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    Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border
    By ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump's promise to build a "big, beautiful wall" at the Mexican border.

    The notices were made public late Friday by Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security Department agency that will oversee the project and eventually patrol and maintain the wall. The proposals are due to the government by March 29.

    One of the CBP contract requests calls for a solid concrete wall, while the other asks for proposals for a see-through structure. Both require the wall to sunk at least six feet into the ground and include 25- and 50-foot automated gates for pedestrians and vehicles. The proposed wall must also be built in a such a way that it would take at least an hour to cut through it with a "sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools."

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    Trump, critic of Obama's golfing, regularly hits the links
    By Dan Merica
    Updated 7:03 PM ET, Sun March 19, 2017

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    A president's golf play is far from controversial: In fact, it's the most common pastime of the country's leaders. But before he ran for office, Trump was the most fervent critic of the fact that President Barack Obama regularly hit the links with friends, aides and advisers, arguing that it showed the president was unserious about fixing America's problems.

    Now that Trump is President, the comments are coming back to complicate his golf habit.

    Trump has visited the two courses near his Mar-a-Lago estate -- Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter -- 10 times in the first two months of his presidency.

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    FBI: Trump campaign, Russia ties investigated, no wiretap evidence found
    By Stephen Collinson, CNN
    Updated 3:04 PM ET, Mon March 20, 2017

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    (CNN)FBI Director James Comey said for the first time Monday that the bureau is investigating whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow while Russia was interfering in the presidential election.

    Comey also delivered an implicit rebuke to President Donald Trump, saying that he had "no information" to support claims by the President that he was wiretapped on the orders of predecessor Barack Obama.

    In a dramatic hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey, once again finding himself at the epicenter of a political storm, also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a clear preference for whom he wanted to see as the next president -- and it was not Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/20/politics/comey-hearing-russia-wiretapping/index.html
     
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    The Latest: Trump keeping tabs on Russia hearing, tweeting

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on a congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (all times local):

    3:05 p.m.

    President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the congressional hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He's tweeting that the FBI and National Security Agency are telling Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process.

    That put FBI Director James Comey in the unusual situation of having to respond to presidential tweets in the middle of his testimony.

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    Buckle Up: Trump Faces His Most Consequential Week Yet
    by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

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    Buckle up:Trump faces his most consequential week yet

    This is shaping up to be a consequential week for Donald Trump's presidency — on his explosive wiretapping charge, on Russia, on the fate of his health-care effort, and on the confirmation of his Supreme Court pick. And we start getting answers to these questions as soon as today.

    1. Does FBI Director Comey publicly repudiate Trump's wiretapping charge? Beginning at 10:00 am ET, Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Russia's activities to influence the 2016 election. But expect Democrats to ask him to either confirm — or refute — President Trump's unsubstantiated accusation that Barack Obama wire-tapped him. Earlier this month, NBC News reported that Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's claim.

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    Poll: President Trump's approval rating hits a new low
    Jessica Estepa , USA TODAY Published 12:05 p.m. ET March 20, 2017
    | Updated 5 hours ago

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    Two months after the inauguration, Donald Trump's job approval rating has hit a new low, according to a new poll.

    The Gallup poll found 37% of Americans approve of how the president is doing his job. Comparatively, 58% disapprove of how Trump is handling the presidency.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...017/03/20/trump-approval-rating-low/99409570/
     
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    Republicans Praise Gorsuch, Democrats Decry Garland Treatment On Day 1 Of Hearings
    March 20, 201710:47 AM ET
    Jessica Taylor

    At his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Neil Gorsuch pitched himself as a reasonable jurist who would do his best to uphold the rule of law without any bias.

    "Sitting here, I am acutely aware of my own imperfections," the federal appeals court judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. "But I pledge to each of you and to the American people that, if confirmed, I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of our great nation."

    The 49-year-old Gorsuch, who was nominated by President Trump in January to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, did his best to strike a chord of unity in his testimony.

    But his comments followed four hours of opening statements from the committee members in which Democrats made clear they believed it was not Gorsuch who should be sitting before them, but President Obama's original nominee, Merrick Garland.

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    Trump Still Hasn't Done Very Much
    Month Two: What matters and what didn't
    By Michael Grunwald
    March 20, 2017

    Monday marks the end of President Donald Trump’s second month in office. And once again, it was a month dominated by news coverage of President Donald Trump.

    He plunged into a ferocious battle over Obamacare, delivered his first speech to Congress, released his first budget blueprint and revised his controversial travel ban. He also accused his predecessor of tapping his phones, demanded a congressional investigation of his accusation, and then refused to withdraw it even after the investigation swiftly debunked it. If that didn’t seem presidential—well, it actually was, because Trump is the president. And he’s been a perpetual presidential motion machine, signing executive orders, announcing new policies, attacking the media and bragging about how much he’s getting done.

    But he hasn’t gotten much done

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/trump-still-hasnt-done-very-much-214932
     
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    Trump warns GOP of political costs of rejecting health bill
    By ALAN FRAM and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned House Republicans they would lose their seats in next year's midterm elections if they failed to back the GOP health care overhaul and fulfill a long-promised goal to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

    In a rare trip to the Capitol, the president met behind closed doors with rank-and-file Republicans, some wavering on the legislation two days before a climactic vote. Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill Monday night in hopes of nailing down support.

    Trump's message to Republicans: "If you don't pass the bill there could be political costs," said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.

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    US, UK bar laptop carry-ons from Mideast, N. Africa flights
    By ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and British governments, citing unspecified threats, are barring passengers on some international flights from mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags.

    Passengers flying to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries will be allowed only cellphones and smartphones in the passenger cabins, senior Trump administration officials said. Larger electronic items must be checked.

    The British security rules will affect flights from six countries and will bar passengers from taking "any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal sized mobile or smartphone," into the cabin.

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    Donald Trump's wealth ranking tumbles 200 spots on Forbes list
    Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 5:21 PM EDT

    NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s week is not getting off to a good start, with him falling more than 200 spots on the Forbes world billionaires list and hearing that his election campaign is under FBI investigation.

    While Mr. Trump’s political fortunes were rising, his net worth was dropping to a mere $3.5 billion, or roughly a third of what he claimed during his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. His latest ranking reflects a dip of about $1 billion, by Forbes’ reckoning.

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    London Parliament Attack
    Mar 22 2017, 2:48 pm ET
    London Terrorist Attack: 3 Killed Near British Parliament
    by Alastair Jamieson, Alexander Smith, Saphora Smith and Lisa McNally

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    LONDON — Three people were killed and 20 others wounded Wednesday after a terrorist attack at Britain's Parliament sent crowds of tourists and lawmakers fleeing for safety.

    The victims included a police officer stabbed at the House of Commons, who died despite the efforts of doctors and a passing government minister to save him.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/lo...d-near-britain-s-house-commons-london-n736991
     
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