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President Trump: Oscars 'too focused' on politics, Best Picture mix-up 'was sad'


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump offered his opinion Monday on the Best Picture mix-up at the Academy Awards, saying that the ceremony's focus on politics distracted from its organization and "glamour."Trump made the comments as part of an Oval Office interview with Breitbart News. The president noted that he had "been to the Oscars" previously and that something was "missing" this year."I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at th

Astrid Silva: Meet the woman delivering the Democratic response to Trump in Span


Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Immigration activist Astrid Silva will be delivering the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress in Spanish on Tuesday night.Silva marks the first time a Spanish response will be delivered rebutting a president’s first address to a joint session of Congress. She will be joined by former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who will deliver the Democratic response in English.Her speech Tuesday night will t

Spicer: 'We did our job' by arranging pushback against Russia reports


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer told ABC News' Jonathan Karl that the White House "did [its] job" by pointing reporters to sources who could dispute The New York Times' reporting on the Trump campaign contacting Russians prior to the election."I will say I think we did our job very effectively by making sure that reporters who had questions about the accuracy and claims in The New York Times, we were pointing them to experts who understood whether or not that stor

President George W. Bush says it's important to have a free press


Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- During a rare interview on NBC’s Today show, former President George W. Bush -- who seldom commented on political issues during Barack Obama’s presidency -- offered his critique of the Trump administration’s policies and the president's contentious relationship with the press.The nation's 43rd president was on the show to promote his new book, Portraits of Courage, a series of paintings of wounded veterans.Here are the key highlights from his

Dems to highlight red state's success with Obamacare in response to Trump speech


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump's first major congressional address this week will be met with a Democratic response highlighting the success of Obamacare in a state that Trump won.Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a strong supporter of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, will deliver the Democrats' rebuttal to the president's first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday."Nobody is better equipped to talk about the successes of the [Affordable Care Act] than he is," said Congr

Five things to note from the conservative convention CPAC


Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images(OXON HILL, Md.) — The first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference — also known as CPAC — gave conservatives a chance to hear from some of President Donald Trump’s top advisors at the White House and even included a Supreme Court prediction by one of Trump's former rivals.Here’s five things to note from the first day of CPAC.Bannon and Priebus Insist They're BuddiesWhite House senior adviser Steve Banno

Trump to propose 'historic' defense spending increase in budget blueprint


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Trump administration officials are previewing details of the president's first budget blueprint that is expected to include a boost in defense spending offset by cutbacks to foreign aid and other "lower priority" programs.Two Office of Management and Budget officials said in a conference call with reporters Monday that the "passback budget" being sent for Congress' review will be seen as a “security budget,” with a proposed increase of $54 billion in defense s

What to know about the president's 'designated survivor'


ABC News(WASHINGTON) — On Tuesday, most of the nation's political elite — from Vice President Mike Pence to House Speaker Paul Ryan — will file into the House chamber to hear President Trump outline his national agenda. But one member of the administration definitely won't be watching in person.During major presidential addresses, the administration isolates one cabinet-level official in an undisclosed location. That person takes control if a disaster were to wipe out all those

Trump's Congressional address: What you need to know


ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Trump will give his first major congressional address at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, laying out his agenda for the nation. In addition to lawmakers, the audience is expected to include most of his cabinet, the Supreme Court justice and top military brass.His appearance follows an invitation last month from House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called the address "an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly from our new president about his visi

Jimmy Kimmel tweets at President Trump during Oscars


MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After not seeing a tweet from President Trump all night long, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel decided to take action.He tweeted at Trump live on stage, saying he was "worried" about the president after the show had gone on for more than two hours.First Kimmel wrote, "Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?" The crowd erupted in laughter.Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017Next, he made it a bit personal, writing, "@realDonaldTr

Jimmy Kimmel gets political in his opening Oscars monologue


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Well, the big night is finally here! The 2017 Oscars have begun, and your host for the evening Jimmy Kimmel has taken the stage.In his opening monologue, the late-night host did not hold back, poking fun at President Donald Trump, close friend and pretend-enemy Matt Damon, and even Denzel Washington.Kimmel came out and immediately addressed the elephant in the room. He said that many people had told him that the country is so divided right now he should

Oscars 2017: Nominees wear blue ribbons in support of ACLU


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- As part of a new initiative to support the American Civil Liberties Union, Oscar nominees and other stars are wearing blue ribbons with the organization's name on them.Already spotted wearing the ribbons, part of the "Stand With ACLU" campaign, are Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother, Loving star Ruth Negga and more."For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U

President Trump, first lady host governors for dinner at White House


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- While Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for the Oscars Sunday night, the president and first lady will host a night of glamour of their own.But instead of movie stars, the guests invited to the White House tonight are the nation's governors.It's an annual tradition for the president to invite the nation's governors to the White House for a dinner.Tonight's Annual Governor's Ball is also a first for President Trump and the first lady in acting as host and hostess of the W

Democrats' new chair on electoral mistakes: 'We ignored rural swaths of America'


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The new chair of the Democratic National Committee acknowledged the party made mistakes in its past election strategy and has work ahead to win more seats at all levels of government.“We didn't invest enough in our state party infrastructure,” newly-elected DNC Chair Tom Perez told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday. “We didn't invest enough in grassroots organizing. We ignored rural swaths of America.”“We need an

Pelosi: President Trump 'has nothing to show' for first month in office except '


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said that President Trump will have no positive achievements to point to when he gives his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night."He has nothing to show for it but fear in every way," Pelosi told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday on This Week. "To people who are sick -- fear, to people who are immigrants -- fear, to people who are concerned about the greed on Wall Street -- taking us back to wh

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