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U.S. President Donald Trump salutes a Marines honor guard as he disembarks from Marine One upon arrival at the White House in Washington in this Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Justice Dept. lawyers say Trump has power to block foreign visitors

The White House said it is "absolutely not" backing down on President Trump's extreme vetting executive order as Justice Department attorneys asked an appeals court Monday to lift a restraining order that left the policy in limbo and sparked a major test of the new administration's powers. Published February 6, 2017

Lawyer says Trump right to chide judge over 'ridiculous' ruling

An activist lawyer on Monday accused the Seattle judge who halted President Trump's extreme vetting executive order of a "dangerous political stunt," saying the president was right in chiding the judge for a "ridiculous" ruling. Published February 6, 2017

The IRS leniency rate for employees who have been caught cheating on their taxes could be anywhere from 60 percent to 82 percent. (Associated Press)

Some IRS employees cheated on their taxes and agency let most keep their jobs

More than half of IRS employees found to have intentionally cheated on their taxes last year were allowed to keep their jobs, according to numbers released by the inspector general that suggest the agency is still reluctant to punish its own staffers for breaking tax laws. Published February 5, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington in this Feb. 2, 2017, photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump says U.S. should 'GET SMART' after Louvre attack

President Trump called for the U.S. to "GET SMART" in a Twitter post Friday morning after an attack at the Louvre museum in Paris that authorities there suspect is terrorist-related. Published February 3, 2017

Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is surrounded by security as he walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017,  as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to advance his nomination. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Controversial Cabinet picks pass first test in Senate

President Trump's picks to lead the Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services departments -- some of his most controversial nominations -- survived their first test votes on the Senate floor Thursday, putting each of them on track to win full confirmation over the next couple of weeks. Published February 2, 2017

A shovel prepares to dump a load of coal into a 320-ton truck at the Arch Coal Inc.-owned Black Thunder mine in Wright, Wyo., on April 30, 2007. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Congress votes to nix Obama's anti-coal regulation

Congress nixed an Obama-era anti-coal regulation Thursday, erasing the first of what's expected to be a long series of rules the former president rolled out in his final days in office. Published February 2, 2017

President Donald Trump listens as he is introduced during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump budget pick clears hurdles; defense spending snag looms

Two Senate committees voted Thursday to approve President Trump's pick for budget director, setting up a floor showdown later this month on the man who will be tasked with doing the government reorganization and budget-cutting Mr. Trump called for in the campaign. Published February 2, 2017

A crowd gathers on the State House lawn in Montpelier, Vt., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, for a solidarity candlelight vigil in response to President Donald Trump's recent travel ban on refugees and citizens of certain majority-Muslim countries. (Jeb Wallace-Brodeur/The Times Argus via AP)

Judge orders Trump to end travel ban from Muslim-majority countries

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration this week to stop blocking travelers trying to reach the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, delivering the latest and largest blow yet to the president's new extreme vetting policy. Published February 1, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., followed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Democrats announce plans to filibuster Gorsuch nomination

Democrats have already decided they will force a filibuster on Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday, just minutes after President Trump announced the pick. Published January 31, 2017