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Donald Trump accuses Obama of orchestrating leaks and protests against him

Trump accuses Obama of orchestrating leaksDonald Trump has accused former president Barack Obama and his “people” of organizing the demonstrations that have roiled city streets, airports and town halls during the first weeks of his presidency.

In an interview with Fox and Friends, which aired on Tuesday morning in the US, the president also suggested Obama and his allies were behind the leaks of classified information from the White House to the press.

There is no evidence that the former president has had any hand in either activity.

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Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Took Out $19 Million in Puzzling Real Estate Loans

paul ManifortPaul Manafort, the former Donald Trump campaign manager who resigned over his lobbying work in Ukraine for the pro-Russian government, has taken out over $19 million in home equity loans in New York City in the past five years, in an escalating series of transactions that includes one particularly large and unusual loan from a banker on Trump’s Economic Advisory Council.

The loan data was compiled from public sources by two New York attorneys, Julian Russo and Matthew Termine, who published it on a blog. It’s not clear what Manafort is up to, but it’s almost certainly not what home equity loans are designed for, which is home improvement. “It feels like we’re seeing a small piece of the bigger picture here,” Russo told The Intercept.

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Commerce pick Wilbur Ross questioned over bank's links to Trump and Russia

Wilbur RossDonald Trump’s nominee to head the commerce department is facing intense scrutiny over whether the US president or his affiliates have ever received loans from a bank in Cyprus that is partly owned by a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor who has served as vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus since 2014, has received two letters from senators demanding answers about possible links between the bank and current and former Trump administration and campaign officials.

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Appeals court will not put Trump travel ban case on hold

Appeals court willl not postpone travel banA U.S. appeals court on Monday rejected a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to place on hold an appeal over President Donald Trump's travel ban from seven majority-Muslim countries.

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Trump budget to increase defense, slash EPA, other agencies

Trump budgetPresident Trump has signed off on top-line numbers in a budget outline that seeks to make good on his campaign promises to bolster military spending while making deep cuts to other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency.

"This budget will be a public safety and national security budget, very much based on those two with plenty of other things but very strong," Trump said Monday. "And it will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it."

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Nominee for Navy Secretary to withdraw

Nominee for Navy Sec.withdrawsPresident Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, investor Philip Bilden, is expected to withdraw from consideration, sources familiar with the decision told POLITICO, becoming the second Pentagon pick unable to untangle their financial investments in the vetting process.

Bilden’s withdrawal could come as early as today, the sources said.

Bilden, who built his career in Hong Kong with the investment firm HarbourVest, was a surprise pick for the Navy post but had had been Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ preferred candidate.

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Two progressive activists were behind Trump Russian flag prank at CPAC

PNAC members pranked into waving Russian flagA progressive group called Americans Take Action was reportedly behind the Russian flags emblazoned with the word "Trump" that appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) during the president's speech Friday.

CPAC workers quickly collecting the flags from attendees waving them in the audience.

According to a report by Talking Points Memo, two young progressive activists from D.C., Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton with the group Americans Take Action, purchased tickets to the conference and handed out the nearly 1,000 flags to attendees as a prank.

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