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Trump fans rally across the nation to support the president

“Phone call after phone call from people: ‘Why aren’t we out supporting President Trump?’” said one Tea Party activist.

Fox News distances itself from controversial Swedish guest

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Nils Bildt should not have been invited to appear in a segment on immigrants and crime in Sweden.

Republicans block bid to force Trump to release tax returns

House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to Congress.

Councilors seek exploration of a Fire Department cadet program

One year after the police cadet program has been reinstated, two city councilors are exploring a similar initiative for the Boston Fire Department to help boost the number of blacks and Latinos in the city’s fire service.

Trump looks to refocus his presidency in address to Congress

President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress gives him a welcome opportunity to refocus his young administration.

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Trump says the Oscars focused too hard on politics, calls mix-up ‘sad’

President Trump says the Academy Awards ceremony “focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end.”

Warren will bring Iraqi refugee to Trump’s address

Senator Elizabeth Warren has invited Tiba Faraj, who arrived in Massachusetts in 2010 after a journey spanning seven years, to accompany her.

Trump Today: Father of fallen Navy SEAL wants investigation into Yemen raid

President Trump plans to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order this week.

Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday

President Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers.

The best quotes from Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars opening monologue

As a first-time host of the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel used his opening monologue to get in some political shots.

Sting pays emotional tribute to journalist James Foley at the Oscars

Sting paid tribute to journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by the Islamic State in a video that shocked the world, during the Oscars.

Baker gets a prime seat at Governors’ Ball: Next to Ivanka Trump

Governor Charlie Baker apparently got quite a nice seat at the Governors’ Ball Sunday night: right beside first daughter Ivanka Trump.

Kimmel gets political in Oscars opener

“I want to say thank you to President Trump,” Kimmel said. “Remember last year, when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?”

Congress returns to face health care, Supreme Court decisions

Congressional Republicans insist they are working closely with the new administration as they prepare to vote.

Trump to ask for major cuts to EPA, increased spending for military

President Trump also wants no reductions to Social Security and Medicare, according to senior administration officials.

Trump’s choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

President Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, cited concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.

New York Times to air ‘The truth is. . .’ ad during Oscars

President Trump has already slammed the ad, calling it “bad” and an attempt by the company to “help save its failing reputation.”

City pressing state for more neighborhood-based liquor licenses

A new plan would reserve licenses specifically for certain neighborhoods until they had a restaurant that is ready to apply for one.

Chris Christie tells GOP lawmakers to hold town halls: ‘You asked for the job. Go do it.’

‘‘I understand why members of Congress don’t like it,’’ the N.J. governor said. ‘‘But you know what? You asked for the job. Go do it.’’

Father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen refuses to meet Trump

William “Ryan” Owens’s father is demanding an investigation into the operation that claimed his son’s life.

Jerome Tuccille, 79, Trump biographer and libertarian author

Mr. Tuccille was a disaffected Roman Catholic looking for a new faith when he discovered the writings of Ayn Rand.

When Trump, Cabinet diverge on foreign policy

More than once, President Trump’s subordinates have clarified, or even contradicted, his statements.

Trump says he won’t attend White House correspondents’ dinner

The president made the announcement in a tweet.

Australian children’s book writer blasts Trump over detainment at LA airport

Mem Fox got a written apology from the US embassy in Canberra after lodging a complaint over her treatment by immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport last month, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Company.

White House bars several news outlets from briefing

Reporters from The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean Spicer.

How White House press briefings usually work

The Trump administration veered from longstanding White House protocol on Friday.

Will Trump crack down on marijuana?

The Trump administration raised the prospect Thursday of a federal crackdown on recreational pot.

Justice Department will again use private prisons

The Justice Department will once again use private prisons to house federal inmates, reversing an Obama-era directive to stop using the facilities.

Weakened Democrats, opting for total war on Trump, bow to their voters

Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman with the daunting task of rebuilding the party’s depleted organization. But senior Democratic officials concede that the blueprint has already been chosen for them — by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against Trump.

Bannon: Trump administration is in unending battle for 'deconstruction of the administrative state'

White House strategist Steve Bannon said Thursday that Trump administration is locked in an unending battle against the media and other globalist forces to ‘‘deconstruct’’ an outdated system of governance.

Conservatives urged not to ‘squander’ Trump presidency

President Donald Trump’s top aides on Thursday delivered one overriding message to the thousands of conservative activists gathered for their annual conference outside of Washington: Don’t blow it.

Civil rights groups, Baker say White House is sending misguided signal on transgender rights

The Trump order rescinded guidance that instructs schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

Repeal of health law faces obstacles in House, not just Senate

After weeks of loud protests, it is becoming increasingly likely that a consensus in the House might be just as hard to reach as in the Senate.

Giffords says to lawmakers: ‘Have some courage’ and meet voters

Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, urged members of Congress to “have some courage” and face their constituents.

‘We are Boston’? Heard that one before.

Ironically, Jackson’s mayoral slogan is following suit behind an American Working Families advertising campaign from 2013, for then State Rep. Marty Walsh’s mayoral bid.

Students will be ‘protected’ and ‘safe’ in Mass., Baker says

In July, Governor Charlie Baker signed a transgender public accommodations law.

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Slow start to BYOB in Boston

While one application may seem like a stagnant start to kick-off the newly offered BYOB program, City Council president Michelle Wu said that she thinks it is great news.

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Charlie Baker’s money man gets next to Trump at Mar-a-Lago fund-raiser

Also awkward? His chief money-man was caught on camera just a couple feet from him, according to a photo snapped by the Palm Beach Daily News.

Number of homeless Mass. families doubles in 9 years

More than 33,000 families – or more than 100,000 people – have spent at least one night in a homeless shelter since 2008.

Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

New left and left-leaning protesters are taking out their ire on Republicans and their links to President Donald Trump.

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

President Donald Trump is sending his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on a fence-mending mission made all the more challenging by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border.

Emails show EPA’s Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

Scott Pruitt’s office was forced to release the e-mails after he was sued by the Center for Media and Democracy, a left-leaning advocacy group.

Trump’s former Miss Massachusetts wants to practice immigration law

During the last presidential campaign, she said she had an “epiphany” that immigration law might be her calling given her own family’s story from Jamaica.

Political Happy Hour: February 22, 2017

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In 2011, Trump was a sideshow at CPAC. Times have changed

When President Trump speaks this morning, the new president will be the vessel for the conservative cause.

Trump lifts Obama-era transgender protections

The president reversed an Obama order that allowed transgender students to use the restroom of their gender identity.

GOP lawmakers face angry Trump foes at town halls

Representative David Brat was one lawmaker the receiving end of constituent angst about the Trump administration.

Trump blames ‘liberal activists’ for protests in GOP districts

Republicans are facing angry constituents nationwide, frustrated by the president’s Cabinet appointments and Affordable Care Act plans.

Obama official blasts Trump’s transgender plans

Vanita Gupta is blasting the Trump administration’s plans to alter guidance that linked access to school bathrooms to students’ gender identity.