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President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lebanon prime minister: ‘Trump understands’

- The Washington Times

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday rejected the notion his tiny and diverse country — home to both Sunni and Shia Muslim populations as well as Christians — is jammed in the middle of a growing Middle East power struggle between the Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shia-dominated Iran.

Trump skeptical of Obama’s political boast

- The Washington Times

President-elect Donald Trump took aim at President Obama’s political prowess Tuesday, pointing out that Mr. Obama couldn’t sway voters in key battleground states during the presidential campaign.

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FILE - In this June 15, 2017 file photo state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, listens as lawmakers debate a measure to change the rules governing recall elections, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif. California Democrats are again pushing to change recall election rules to help Newman who is facing a recall attempt backed by Republicans over his support for a gas tax increase. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Democrats push new bill to change recall rules, save senator

- Associated Press

California Democrats started a new legislative push Monday to change recall election rules in an effort to protect one of their own after a court put an earlier attempt to slow the recall process on hold.

Texas slashes underperforming anti-abortion group's contract

- Associated Press

An anti-abortion group awarded nearly $7 million to boost women's health and family planning after the state cut off Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers is falling short and will receive far less money as a result, Texas officials said Monday.

Florida rally: Hundreds seek removal of Confederate monument

- Associated Press

Several hundred supporters of Black Lives Matter and others rallied Monday evening in a city along Florida's Gulf Coast to demand the removal of a Confederate monument outside a courthouse. The protest also drew a smaller number of people to the city of Bradenton who wanted the monument, now covered in protective plywood, to stay.

Geography matters outside of class

- The Washington Times

Geography and its global cultural and political roles in the public square are taught in America's schoolhouses. However, the courses obviously have not been reaching all Americans.

There are 14 organizations planning to protest President Trump's rally in Phoenix on Tuesday. However, two groups will be there to support him. (Associated Press)

Bikers for Trump on duty in Phoenix

- The Washington Times

At last count, there are 14 organizations planning to protest against President Trump's rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, this according to a tally by the Phoenix Sun Times, a news organization that has attempted to track them all. The groups also have urged their members to request free tickets to the rally, then not attend — to lend the impression that there are empty seats in the humongous arena. Meanwhile, two groups will be on hand in support of the president.