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Protesters carry signs and chant in Lafayette Park near the White House during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bars citizens of seven predominantly Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump blames airlines, protests and Schumer's 'tears' for 'extreme vetting' chaos

By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

President Trump downplayed Monday the chaos at airports caused by the new extreme vetting program, saying in a series of Twitter posts that only a small number of travelers were delayed by the screening but other issues caused "big problems." Published January 30, 2017

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President Trump's temporary bar on the entry of nationals from seven countries believed to be under control of terrorist groups generated a massive public outcry and a fierce legal battle. The administration is drafting a revised executive order this week. (Associated Press)

Terror plots against U.S. planned by foreign nationals in seven countries on Trump's ban list

Nationals from seven countries listed on a travel ban issued by President Trump have participated in ongoing terrorist plots against the U.S., according to congressional and law enforcement reports that challenge the widely circulated media criticism that no one from those nations has ever staged an attack on American soil.

Dozens of Coptic Christians were killed in a December bombing at St. Mark Cathedral in central Cairo. Each month, about 322 Christians are killed, 214 churches or Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 acts of violence are carried out on Christians because of their faith, advocates say. (Associated Press)

Liberal Democrats ignore persecution of Christians outside the U.S.

- The Washington Times

Advocates who work to protect persecuted groups say there is a "blind spot" in the West concerning the plight faced by Christians around the world -- a shortsightedness evident in the overwhelmingly negative reaction to President Trump's executive order granting preferred refugee status to persecuted religious minorities.

President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump says he 'loves' Australia but questioned refugee deal

- The Washington Times

President Trump defended his blunt talk with world leaders Thursday as a necessary change in American leadership to protect the U.S. from dangerous illegal immigrants, while senior lawmakers in both parties scrambled to minimize the potential diplomatic fallout, and one top Democrat even called on the president to apologize to allies.

While Americans protest President Trump's curb on travel and refugee flows, war-ravaged Libyans say they understand the need to take precautions. (Associated Press)

Libyans understand Trump's motive behind order for travel ban

With a population of 6 million and historically the most prosperous of the seven majority-Muslim nations on President Trump's contentious executive order curbing travel and refugee flows, oil-rich Libya stands out as the smallest and the wealthiest country in the group.

David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Petraeus says Trump order is blocking Iraqi general from U.S.

- Associated Press

Former CIA Director David Petraeus says President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees is blocking a senior Iraqi military official from traveling to the U.S. to meet with his American counterparts.

Protesters assemble at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to protest President Trump's travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries. Faith leaders have been among the most vocal critics of the order. (Associated Press)

Faith leaders pan Trump order protecting religious minorities from genocide

- The Washington Times

Faith community leaders have been among the most vocal critics of President Trump's executive order granting persecuted religious minorities around the world -- including some victims of genocide -- preferred refugee status, despite longstanding international law citing religious persecution as a criterion to determine who qualifies as a refugee.

U.S. military botches online fight against Islamic State

- Associated Press

On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists' propaganda, language specialists employ fictitious identities and try to sway the targets from joining IS ranks.

President-elect Donald Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway speaks with members of the media as she arrives for a dinner at Union Station ahead of Friday's presidential inauguration, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ** FILE **

Kellyanne Conway: We want GOP senators to 'be there' for Trump

- The Washington Times

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that the administration wants Republican senators to "be there" for President Trump and support him, after GOP Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham said they feared Mr. Trump's "extreme vetting" immigration executive order would become a "self-inflicted wound" in the fight against terror.

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James Clapper          T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times

Throwing Clapper under the bus

When President Obama attributed the rise in Iraq of the Islamic State, or ISIS, to the failures of the U.S. intelligence community earlier this week, naming and blaming directly National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper, he was attempting to deflect criticism of his own incompetence.

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