Turmoil in Washington

In break from chaotic start, Trump outlines broad agenda

The president outlined his agenda in optimistic terms as he sought to regain control of an early tenure marked by chaos and division.

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President Trump asked Democrats expand what is already the largest military in the world and approve tax cuts. But then he also championed paid family leave.

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A measured, disciplined speech by the president appeared to do little to dissipate the partisan tension.

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Color the US senator from Vermont unimpressed with the president’s address to Congress.

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Here are how claims made by President Trump during his speech stack up with the facts.

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Video of President Trump’s trip to the Capitol shows him reading words off a piece of paper.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/01/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/pelosi.jpg Here’s why so many female Democrats wore white to Trump’s speech

Noticed a lot of female lawmakers wearing white during President Trump’s Tuesday speech? It was no accident.

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The president’s comments came after a wave of bomb threats at Jewish centers and the toppling of 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

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While President Trump has derided the dossier as ‘‘fake news,’’ the arrangement shows that FBI officials considered the author credible.

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The move could ultimately make it easier for agricultural and development interests to drain wetlands and small streams.

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In a major shift, the president told news anchors he is open to granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

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Many accused Betsy DeVos of ignoring the fact that many of the schools were founded because black students were not allowed to attend segregated schools.

Kellyanne Conway (left) checked her phone after taking a photo of President Trump with leaders of historically black universities and colleges. Photos of Conway kneeling on the coach have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion.

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Kellyanne Conway kneels on Oval Office couch

In photos, Conway is seen kneeling on the couch with her feet behind her and her shoes on.

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The Republican will be making a visit to deeply Democratic Rhode Island this week, and protesters say they plan to greet him.

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President Donald Trump said he believes that predecessor Barack Obama is riling up protesters against his administration.

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