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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump's first national security adviser's security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House disowns embattled Michael Flynn

- The Washington Times

The White House on Tuesday attempted to put distance between President Trump and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who congressional investigators said has not shown that he followed the law in disclosing financial ties to Russia.

President Donald Trump speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance ceremony. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump names Francisco for solicitor general

- The Washington Times

President Trump tapped former Bush administration official Noel J. Francisco Tuesday to serve as solicitor general, the government’s top lawyer in cases before the Supreme Court.

Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, wants immunity in exchange for testifying about the administration's Russia connections, but Intelligence Committee Democrats aren't certain Gen. Flynn has much to tell. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Chaffetz, Cummings say no evidence Flynn ‘complied with the law’

- The Washington Times

Payments for a trip to Russia that included dining with President Vladimir Putin were not fully disclosed when Michael Flynn applied for a security clearance earlier this year, the heads of a bipartisan congressional investigation said Tuesday after reviewing classified documents related to the Trump administration’s former national security adviser.

In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Antonio Reyes of Brownsville, Texas, stands by the U.S.-Mexico border fence near his home. Reyes said he's seen people scale the border fence that bisects his backyard and jump down in seconds. Sometimes they carry bales of what appear to be drugs. A higher wall is "still not going to stop them," he said. "They'll shotput it or whatever they have to do." (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

Trump says he hasn’t changed his position on border wall

- The Washington Times

President Trump said Tuesday on Twitter that he hadn’t changed his stance on building a border wall, defending his apparent decision to remove funding for the project from budget negotiations to avoid a possible government shutdown this week.

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Mayors grapple with grant threat after meeting with Sessions

- Associated Press

Mayors from several U.S. cities threatened with the loss of federal grants emerged from a meeting with the attorney general Tuesday saying they remain confused about how to prove their police aren't prohibited from cooperating with immigration authorities - a requirement for the money.

Judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city funding

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, welcomes Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, prior to the start of Mattis confirmation hearing before the committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

McCain tells President Trump to get tougher on China about North Korea

- The Washington Times

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain suggested Tuesday that he'll push the Trump administration to take a harder line toward China over North Korea's nuclear provocations when senators head to the White House Wednesday for an unusual group briefing on Pyongyang's activities.

Report: Friends, family of Democrats hired under ex-governor

Associated Press

A new report by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many had little or no experience.