Trump goes to war with 'un-American' leakers

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Washington is rife with political warfare, as 2016's presidential electoral combat spills over into Donald Trump's presidency and shows no signs of abating.

It's a battle of leaks and tweets, background innuendo and rhetorical broadsides.

In the middle of the maelstrom are federal law-enforcement and intelligence agencies and operatives that are supposedly above the partisan fray.

It hasn't worked out that way.


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Image caption James Comey, director of the FBI, has come under fire from the left and the right

When leaks were welcome

During the campaign, Donald Trump loved to tout the latest news about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server - whether through the agency's public pronouncements or background leaks to media outlets.

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Donald Trump: Unchained and unapologetic

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Donald Trump reportedly started work in the Oval Office on Thursday morning and told his staff he wanted to hold a press conference that day.

And so he did. Boy, did he.

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Five big questions after Flynn's resignation

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The Michael Flynn controversy went from zero to resignation in the blink of an eye.

On Friday night, Donald Trump was asked about his national security advisor's pre-inauguration contact with a Russian ambassador and said he'd "look into" it.

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Trump travel ban: What did we learn from the ruling?

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Image caption Demonstrators spell out "No Muslim Ban" at a protest in Boston

Federal circuit courts usually toil in anonymity. They are a legal rest stop for landmark cases on the way to the Supreme Court.

But this week it was different. All eyes were on three judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, who, for a brief moment, had the fate of Donald Trump's immigration order in their hands.

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Reality check: Is Donald Trump's cabinet facing historic obstruction?

The claim: It has taken longer for Donald Trump to have his "full cabinet" confirmed than any president in US history.

Reality Check Verdict: Democrats have slow-walked many of Mr Trump's presidential nominations. It has taken longer so far for him to get the majority of his choices confirmed, although part of that is due to the lateness of a few nominations and delays in submitting background-check paperwork. Mr Trump still has months to go, however, before he sets a record for how long it has taken to have all his cabinet positions filled.


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What Trump team has said about Islam

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Does Donald Trump believe Islam is a religion?

It was a straightforward question, asked of Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, during a radio interview last week. His answer was anything but straightforward, however.

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Trump's telephone un-diplomacy

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The world is getting its first look at Donald Trump the Diplomat. He looks a lot like Donald Trump the Candidate, Donald Trump the Businessman and Donald Trump the Reality Television Host.

He's brash. He has a temper. He's willing to say impolite things. He can be bullying or ingratiating, depending on his own internal calculations.

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Democrats in dilemma over Supreme Court

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In a season of Democratic Party frustration and anger, Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court Tuesday night is a particularly bitter pill to swallow.

When the seat opened nearly a year ago following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Democrats imagined a durable liberal majority on the court for the first time since the 1960s.

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Is Trump's immigration order legal?

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Image caption A lawyer holds a sign offering his services to those affected by President Trump's immigration order, at Los Angeles International Airport

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have offered the most prescient reaction to President Donald Trump's executive order suspending refugee resettlement and blocking individuals from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States.

"It's going to be decided in the courts as to whether or not this has gone too far," he said.

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Trump's executive order: Amateur hour at the White House?

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Image caption History will have its own take on President Trump's immigration order

It's only one week into Donald Trump's presidency, and he already has his first "heckuva job" moment.

For those who don't remember, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, President George W Bush publicly praised his emergency management head, Michael Brown, for doing a "heckuva job" with recovery efforts.

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