Federal Government

The federal government of the United States (U.S. federal government) is the national government of the United States, a constitutional republic in North America, composed of 50 states, one district, Washington, D.C. (the nation's capital), and several territories. The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the president, and the federal courts, respectively.
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  • Trump casts doubt on US intelligence, calls Putin's meddling denial 'strong and powerful'
    Good Morning America

    Trump casts doubt on US intelligence, calls Putin's meddling denial 'strong and powerful'

    President Donald Trump said he addressed Russia's interference in the U.S. 2016 election and that President Vladimir Putin was "extremely strong" in his denials. "I have president Putin, he just said it's not Russia.

  • Shock, alarm as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit
    Reuters

    Shock, alarm as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

    By Jeff Mason and Denis Pinchuk HELSINKI (Reuters) - Standing side by side with Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump refused on Monday to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home. On a day when he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump spoke not a single disparaging word in public about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War. Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policies, especially the decision to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

  • Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash
    Associated Press

    Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party.

  • Obama in ancestral home Kenya to launch sister's project
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    Obama in ancestral home Kenya to launch sister's project

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya Sunday, the country of his father's birth, his first visit to this East African country since leaving office.

  • Trump calls the European Union a foe of the United States
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    Trump calls the European Union a foe of the United States

    President Trump listed the European Union as one of the biggest U.S. foes while visiting the United Kingdom.

  • 'I find it hard to believe' Putin didn’t know about Russian interference in U.S. election: White House national security adviser
    Good Morning America

    'I find it hard to believe' Putin didn’t know about Russian interference in U.S. election: White House national security adviser

    President Donald Trump's top national security adviser said he finds it "hard to believe" Vladimir Putin didn't know about top Russian military intelligence officials' extensive efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- efforts the Russian president has repeatedly denied were state sponsored.

  • Republicans 'preparing to impeach deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein' after 12 Russians indicted over election meddling
    The Independent

    Republicans 'preparing to impeach deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein' after 12 Russians indicted over election meddling

    Republicans in the House are reportedly preparing an effort to impeach deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the man overseeing the special counsel's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have drafted an impeachment filing for Mr Rosenstein and are planning to introduce it as early as Monday, according to Politico. Republicans have long accused Mr Rosenstein of stalling their attempts to investigate the FBI’s probes of President Donald Trump’s campaign team and election rival Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

  • Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin
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    Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin

    HELSINKI (AP) — A face-to-face sit-down with a long-feared foe. Endless media hype. Huge ratings.

  • California Democratic Party snubs Feinstein, endorses rival
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    California Democratic Party snubs Feinstein, endorses rival

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The California Democratic Party snubbed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by handing its official endorsement and a badly needed boost to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger.

  • Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza
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    Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border.

  • Donald Trump taunts protesters at Scottish golf course as they tell him to 'go home'
    The Telegraph

    Donald Trump taunts protesters at Scottish golf course as they tell him to 'go home'

    Donald Trump has taunted protestors while playing golf at one of his Scottish resorts after Liam Fox attacked those demonstrating against the US President as "an embarrassment to themselves." Demonstrators on the beach below Mr Trump's Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire booed loudly when the President and his son, Eric, came within view as he made his way around its Ailsa course. The President, who was spotted with a large entourage including 12 golf buggies and a small army of bodyguards, was greeted with unwelcoming chants of "racist" and "go home".  But Mr Trump, who was wearing a white hat with USA written on it, taunted protestors by waving at them from his golf buggy. Walking to the edge of the golf course, a short distance from the demonstrators, Mr Trump waved and smiled at the demonstrators from the fourth hole before moving on. US President Donald Trump plays a round of golf on the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, where he and first lady Melania Trump are spending the weekend Credit: PA It was rare glimpse of Mr Trump, who otherwise kept a low profile at the resort, where he is spending the weekend golfing amid tight security and more demonstrations. The President took to Twitter to state he would at the resort "for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf - my primary form of exercise!" Thousands more people gathered for a much larger protest in Edinburgh, where a 20ft Trump baby blimp that appeared the previous day in London was flown again. US president Donald Trump visits UK, in pictures Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, sent a supportive message to marchers attending the Edinburgh protest and a gay pride event in Glasgow to "remember love trumps hate." But Mr Fox, who welcomed Mr Trump to the UK at Stansted Airport on Thursday, argued that demonstrations were not the way to welcome the US President to Britain. Give us a wave, Donald! Credit: AFP He told BBC News: "The President has his own way of expressing himself and I don't think the protesters were an embarrassment to the Government. I think they were an embarrassment to themselves. "I think that when you have the President of the United States, the leader of the free world being greeted with signs that say 'go home, we hate you', I don't think that reflects the good manners and hospitality of the British people." Police secure the area as U.S. President Donald Trump, wearing a hat with Trump and USA displayed on it, plays golf at Trump Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort during the President's first official visit to the United Kingdom Credit: Getty Images Mr Trump complained the demonstrations made him feel "unwelcome" in London but insisted that most British people "love the President." He and his wife, Melania, flew to Scotland on Friday evening after his meetings with the Queen and Theresa May were overshadowed by a highly critical newspaper interview attacking the Prime Minister's Brexit strategy. The area around the Turnberry resort was saturated with security personnel, with police snipers positioned on temporary scaffolding. Roads into the area were blocked off and vehicles stopped and searched, while a police boat was stationed off the coast. In a tweet posted before his first round of golf, Mr Trump said: "The weather is beautiful and this place is incredible!" The President said he would leave on Sunday for Helsinki, where he is holding a summit with Vladimir Putin.  I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf - my primary form of exercise! The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible! Tomorrow I go to Helsinki for a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018 Although protesters gathered outside to vent their fury at his administration's policies, he received support from some local residents. Demonstrators called Bill McGibbon, 74, a "fascist" for flying an American flag outside his house. He said: "“I like Trump. I like what he is doing. I also think it’s important we retain a relationship between the US and UK.  “I would like to see some British politicians stand up and say what we are all thinking.” Trump protestors on the beach near to the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire Credit: PA Asked about the hostility he faced from the protesters, he said: "They can call me whatever they like. They can have their opinion and I haven’t offended them but they seem intent of offending me." Thousands more protesters joined a rally titled the Carnival of Resistance in Edinburgh, some dressed as caricatures of the US President and others carrying placards bearing messages such as "Dump Trump." SNP, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians addressed the march from the Scottish Parliament to the Meadows park in the city. Credit: AFP Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, told the crowds: "We are here today standing shoulder to shoulder, all parties and none, all faiths and none, standing together in this capital to send a message out to the world that Scotland stands united against Trump." Meanwhile, police announced they were trying to trace a paraglider who flew over Turnberry with a banner stating "Trump well below par", shortly after the President's arrival on Friday night. Police Scotland said the stunt, which was organised by Greenpeace, was being treated as a beach of an air exclusion zone and this was a criminal offence. Donald Trump's UK visit | Read more  

  • Donald Trump was 'thinking about my mother' when he met Queen Elizabeth
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    Donald Trump was 'thinking about my mother' when he met Queen Elizabeth

    He told Piers Morgan that he asked Melania: “Can you imagine my mother seeing this scene? Windsor. Windsor Castle.”