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President Trump signed 32 Executive Orders in his first 100 days in office. Over the course of history, there have been over 1500.

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Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

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Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell

Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill

The Affordable Care Act gave health insurance to millions of Americans by shifting resources from the wealthy to the poor and by moving oversight from states to the federal government. The Senate bill introduced Thursday pushes back forcefully on both dimensions.

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Tweet by William Bradford

New Trump appointee has history of disparaging tweets against Obama, Megyn Kelly and Japanese Americans

Before William C. Bradford was appointed by the Trump administration to run the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy, he tweeted a slew of disparaging remarks about the real and imagined ethnic, religious and gender identities of former president Barack Obama, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, TV news host Megyn Kelly and Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Grigory Ivliev, right, the head of the Russian government agency in charge of intellectual property

Russia Renewed Unused Trump Trademarks in 2016

Amid a broadening investigation of Russian contacts with his associates and his own role in trying to stop it, President Trump fired off another angry tweet this past week repeating his assertion that he has no business interests in Russia. But while no Trump Tower graces the Moscow skyline, the Russian authorities recently made sure that another piece of valuable property — the intellectual kind — bearing the same name remained safely in Mr. Trump’s portfolio.

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President Trump

Trump ‘Is Not Under Investigation,’ His Lawyer Insists

A member of President Trump’s legal team says that the president was not under investigation by the special counsel looking into Russia’s election-year meddling, contradicting Mr. Trump’s assertion in a Friday morning tweet that he is a subject of the widening inquiry.

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Michael Flynn

How Michael Flynn’s Disdain for Limits Led to a Legal Quagmire

Michael T. Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In the summer of 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic militants — Mr. Flynn was fired, bringing his military career to an abrupt end. Mr. Flynn decided that the military’s loss would be his gain.

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President Trump walking off airplane in Maryland

As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined

President Trump has outsourced the decision on how to proceed militarily in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, a startling break with how former President Barack Obama and many of his predecessors handled the anguished task of sending Americans into foreign conflicts.

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President Trump smiling during a signing ceremony

‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear

President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration. But White House officials said that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.

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President Trump listening at Cabinet meeting

Trump’s Cabinet, With a Prod, Extols the ‘Blessing’ of Serving Him

One by one, they praised President Trump, taking turns complimenting his integrity, his message, his strength, his policies. Their leader sat smiling, nodding his approval. So it went on Monday in the Cabinet Room of the White House, as Mr. Trump transformed a routine meeting of senior members of his government into a mood-boosting, ego-stroking display of support for himself and his agenda.

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Jessica Colotl

A Woman Long at Risk of Deportation Gains a Reprieve

Jessica Colotl, a Mexican woman whose highly publicized deportation case in Georgia thrust her into the national debate over immigration, may stay in the United States and be temporarily protected from deportation, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

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Jessica Colotl, DACA participant

'If We are Deported, Who Benefits?'

Jessica Colotl tells her story: "What happened to me could happen to any one of the 750,000 young people whose entire lives depend on this lifeline the U.S. government extended us through the DACA program."

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President Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz speaking about former FBI director James Comey's testimony on Thursday.

Team Trump’s official response to the Comey testimony — now, with context

Following the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, President Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz released a statement in response. The Washington Post reprinted the statement in full, with annotation.

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James Comey preparing to testify

Comey Accuses White House of ‘Lies’ and Says Trump Tried to Derail Inquiry

James B. Comey, the recently fired F.B.I. director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed that President Trump had clearly tried to derail an F.B.I. investigation into his former national security adviser and that the president had lied and defamed him.

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Bus-only lane in New York City

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord

Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

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Map showing climate anomalies

Trump, Prioritizing Economy Over Climate, Cites Disputed Premises

In making his case for abandoning the Paris climate accord, President Trump characterized the agreement as an economic straitjacket — one that would impose terrible burdens on Americans by shuttering the coal industry, suffocating growth and redistributing jobs and wealth from the United States to its competitors. But several of Mr. Trump’s claims either relied on dubious data or distorted research reports.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at podium

Video: Sean Spicer Press Briefing - Decoded

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held his first formal press briefing since President Trump's international trip. The New York Times decodes his statements.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Donald Trump's Jared Kushner dilemma

President Trump remains publicly supportive of his son-in-law, who has a broad portfolio of White House responsibilities, including Middle East peace and streamlining government. But after recent reports of Kushner's contacts with Russian officials or intermediaries, the picture is less clear.

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President Trump stands with Vice President Mike Pence and House Republicans

White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans.

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Former FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler

How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules

Congressional Republicans knew their plan was potentially explosive. They wanted to kill landmark privacy regulations that would soon ban Internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T, from storing and selling customers’ browsing histories without their express consent. So after weeks of closed-door debates on Capitol Hill over who would take up the issue first, Republican members settled on a secret strategy, according to Hill staff and lobbyists involved in the battle.

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President Trump at the White House

White House Backs Down on Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

The White House has unexpectedly backed down in a confrontation with the government’s top ethics officer, announcing it will publicly disclose waivers that have been quietly handed out since January to let certain former lobbyists work in the administration.

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President Trump speaking with House Speaker Ryan behind him

Fact Check: The Updated GOP Health Care Bill

After the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office issues its report, the New York Times takes a look at Republican claims about the House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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ICE agents outside home

ICE Using Powerful Stingray Surveillance Devices In Deportation Searches

Amid news that immigration arrests are rising sharply under the Trump Administration, the Detroit News reported last week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently obtained permission to use a Stingray to track down an immigrant suspected of “unlawful reentry” into the country.

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Walter M. Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, in January

White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll

The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose any ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists who have work in the White House or federal agencies.

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Trump speaks

Kushner keeps most of his real estate but offers few clues about potential White House conflicts

Jared Kushner, 36, who is emerging as a singularly powerful figure in the Trump White House, is keeping nearly 90 percent of his vast real estate holdings even after resigning from the family business and pledging a clear divide between his private interests and public duties.

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Student speaking at graduation

Border Patrol detains 22-year-old Cal State L.A. student activist

A 22-year-old immigration activist and college student has been detained by Border Patrol agents, sparking claims that she was targeted in retaliation for protesting the arrest of her mother, who was swept up by federal agents during a massive cocaine bust last month.

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President Trump

Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

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President Donald Trump

AP FACT CHECK: It’s far from case closed on Trump, Russia

President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone’s convinced his presidential campaign and Russia did not collude before the election. Investigations into contacts between Russians and people with the Trump campaign are still going on, so there’s no exoneration to be found.

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Former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump

ACLU Demands Records on Comey Dismissal

The ACLU submitted a request to the Department of Justice and the FBI asking for the release of all documents relating to President Donald Trump’s decision to remove FBI Director James Comey from office. The cloud of uncertainty swirling over Comey’s dismissal, along with indications that the president may have gravely abused his power, demands a public accounting.

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Kris W. Kobach standing with President Trump

Advocate for Tough Voting Rules to Steer Trump’s Elections Commission

An advocate for tough restrictions on voting rights and immigration is the new vice-chair of a federal advisory commission to investigate voter fraud. Academic studies regularly show — and most state election officials agree — that voter fraud is rare.

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Map of North Korea

If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy

A New York Times experiment shows that respondents who could correctly locate North Korea on a map tend to view diplomatic and nonmilitary strategies more favorably than those who could not.

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President Trump and aide walk through doorway into meeting room.

Defiant Trump Vows to Take Immigration Case to Supreme Court

President Trump vowed on Wednesday to challenge California jurisdictions all the way to the Supreme Court after a federal judge there stopped him from withholding funds to penalize them for shielding illegal immigrants. Mr. Trump, who twice has been blocked by courts from imposing a temporary travel ban on visitors from select Muslim-majority countries, expressed frustration that once again a judge in a single district could thwart him from taking action.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Director Gary Cohn speaking in White House briefing room

Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for companies big and small

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in the taxes paid by corporations big and small Wednesday in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan alarmed lawmakers who worry about ballooning federal deficits.

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Customs and Border Protection uniform patch

Gathering Social Media Handles from Chinese Visitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined a coalition effort, led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), to oppose the federal government’s proposal to scrutinize the social media activities of Chinese visitors. Specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to ask certain visa applicants from China to disclose the existence of their social media accounts and the identifiers or handles associated with those accounts.

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U.S.S. Carl Vinson sailing off the coast of Indonesia

Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested

Just over a week ago, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea and give President Trump more options in responding to the North’s provocative behavior. The problem was that the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force were that very moment sailing in the opposite direction.

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blackburn

Vote correlation: Internet privacy resolution and telecom contributions

The House’s vote Tuesday approving a resolution that would allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ browsing history split nearly along party lines. The final vote was 215-205, with nine members not voting.

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Group of students holding HEFAS sign

Resources for Undocumented Students

De Anza College is committed to providing education and a safe environment for all students, regardless of their immigration status. While the recent national election has prompted uncertainty and concern about future government polices, De Anza is reaffirming its commitment to treat all students with equity and respect. This page will be updated regularly with information about on-campus programs and other resources for undocumented students.

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protesting in washington

In Time for the Reform Debate, New Documents Shed Light on the Government’s Surveillance of Americans

The ACLU today released more than a dozen new documents concerning the government’s warrantless surveillance of millions of Americans. They were obtained from several intelligence agencies in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and relate to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that the government relies on to conduct its PRISM and Upstream spying programs.

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racists

Californians for Population Stabilization Board Chair Ben Zuckerman Co-Edited Book with White Nationalist

Ben Zuckerman, the president of the board of the anti-immigrant Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) co-edited a book with well-known white nationalist Michael Hart. The book, Extraterrestrials: Where Are They?, examines the plausibility of aliens existing and was first published in 1982 and again in 1995, but a 2015 email exchange obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that Zuckerman cared little about Hart’s openly racist beliefs.

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trump

250 donors shelled out $100k or more for Trump’s inauguration, providing 91% of funds

What does it take to stage a welcome-to-the-neighborhood blowout? President Trump raised $107 million for his inaugural festivities, shattering previous records. The former titleholder, Barack Obama, raised half that, $53.2 million, in 2009 — though Obama imposed far stricter limits on amounts and sources of donations.

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