Washington Chatter: Top stories for the week ahead

President Donald Trump was able to successfully usher his healthcare repeal legislation through the House last week despite lingering objections from many Republicans. Now, the bill faces a thorough work-over in the Senate. Combined with many Republicans still peeved about a budget agreement seen largely as a list of wins for the Democrat Party, it will be a controversial week in Washington for the Trump administration. Here’s what you need to know about that and other top stories this week.

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The man who exposed the Clintons says Trump has a big problem

A recent report out from The Wall Street Journal ties President Donald Trump’s top aid and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to liberal billionaire George Soros. According to the author of the bestselling book that exposed the Clinton family’s many dirty-money ties ahead of the 2016 election, this is a massive problem for the administration.

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Washington Chatter: Here’s what to watch out for this week…

With the passage of a stopgap funding bill Friday, lawmakers gave themselves another week to agree to the terms of an omnibus spending package to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year. And as Washington works to hammer out a final plan, other matters of domestic importance to the Trump administration are also on the agenda this week, including another attempt at an Obamacare overhaul.

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Study: Journalists have America’s lousiest jobs

In the era of President Donald Trump, we hear a lot about news reporters doing a lousy job– but a growing number also feel they have a lousy job. And as public distaste for members of the news media continues to increase, the results of a recent study probably mean fewer and fewer Americans will consider journalism careers.

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Making a political myth reality is harder than it seems

By now, we’ve all heard the phrase “fake news” thousands of times. But no matter how much her supporters wish to believe the artful attempt by master media manipulator Hillary Clinton to explain the failure of her uninspired campaign, “fake news” isn’t real and can’t be eliminated.

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Mr. Sessions, the correct answer was ‘no’

Following news that the Trump administration is readying charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other whistleblowers, some mainstream media outlets are pondering whether the Justice Department could also go after reporters who covered the leaks. And Attorney Jeff Sessions won’t say whether the concerns are justified.

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Misguided Democratic Party will hand Trump a 2nd term, liberal icon says

The Democratic Party learned nothing from its 2016 electoral defeat, according to Camille Paglia. The author and culture critic contends that the elitist left controlling the nation’s mainstream media and Democratic insiders isolated by their tendency to declare any information that betrays their worldview “fake news,” will again turn voters away from the party 2020.

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Washington chatter: Your guide to the political week ahead

Growing international tension following the U.S. military assault on the Syrian regime is dominating discussions in Washington this week. Tough questions remain about the Trump administration’s next steps and whether further military actions without congressional authorization are a constitutional concern. The importance of these questions is increasing amid the possibility that the strike is the first step toward military standoffs with Syrian allies, including nuclear superpower Russia. Also, as Trump takes his first steps toward being a full-fledged wartime president, political watchers are examining what that could mean for the administration’s ambitious “America First” domestic agenda.

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Fake News: CNN refuses to acknowledge Susan Rice controversy

Reports this week that Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice may have had a hand in “unmasking” members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team in classified documents exploded this week. Despite the reports being taken seriously by members of Congress, multiple news outlets and the president, CNN says there’s nothing to report.

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Reason editor: Trump’s AG can’t kill marijuana reform

President Donald Trump’s appointment of Alabama conservative Jeff Sessions to head the Justice Department had many drug reform advocates worried. But the editor of a top Libertarian magazine says Sessions has, at best, the ability to slow the trend toward national marijuana legalization.

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Can you get arrested for sending a gif on social media?

A Maryland man has reportedly hit with federal charges after a national media figure alleged a Twitter message sent by the alleged troll caused him to have a seizure. The reporter’s lawyer charges that the man’s social media transgression was “no different than someone sending a bomb in the mail.”

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