Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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PHILADELPHIA – Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) came out in strong support of a draft executive order that suggested President Donald Trump would re-examine the use of enhanced interrogation techniques and CIA black sites that were banned under the Obama administration.

Cheney, whose father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, was defender of the program under the Bush administration, said that without enhanced interrogation, the U.S. was less safe.

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PHILADELPHIA – President Donald Trump can't bring back torture even if he wanted to, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) told reporters during the Republican retreat Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday on a draft executive order calling for the Trump administration to re-examine opening CIA black sites, reigniting a debate about "enhanced interrogation" techniques used under the Bush administration. Thune said Trump cannot make that call without Congress playing a role.

"Those issues are settled law. Congress has spoken," Thune said. "When it comes to enhanced interrogation techniques and that sort of things, my understanding is–I haven't seen the new executive action and what's being proposed– but my understanding is that they're going to examine some of those issues, but with regard to torture, that's banned. The Army Field Manuel makes that very clear."

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When Trump said Monday in a meeting with congressional leaders that millions of undocumented immigrants had voted in the election for Hillary Clinton and cost him the popular vote, it wasn't the first time he'd made such a claim.

It was the first time, however, he'd made it from the White House as the President of the United States.

It was just another blip on the crowded radar for congressional Republicans who have found themselves simultaneously exhilarated by the idea of a Republican presidency and deeply worried that Trump could pull them off course with his unpredictability and tendency to fixate on his own popularity.

“I think we should be talking about the future. We have lots to do. You know tax reform and regulatory relief and replacing the Affordable Care Act with something better," said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), when asked about Trump's comments that millions had voted illegally in the election. “The election is behind us. You know he won.”

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A big, beautiful border wall was a constant refrain during Donald Trump's presidential campaign, but Monday –in his first official press conference at the White House–spokesman Sean Spicer hinted that the administration may have its eye on a broader approach.

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It was the first official White House press briefing of the Trump era, and after tearing into the media about their coverage of the inauguration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not take a single question from reporters.

Spicer's unorthodox message and posture signified a major shift in the way the Trump administration will deal with the White House press corps.

"There's talk in the media of holding Donald Trump accountable, and I'm here to tell you it goes two ways," Spicer said. "We are going to hold the press accountable, as well."

Spicer's frustration was visible Saturday evening as he spoke quickly and called the media's actions irresponsible.

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A presidential speech that was intended to thank the intelligence community quickly went off the rails Saturday as Donald Trump talked about himself, his inauguration crowd, the dishonest media and how great his party was.

Trump appeared at the CIA on his first official day as the 45th president after a rough few weeks where he'd heavily criticized the agency, blamed it for leaks and questioned their assessment that Russia had interfered in the U.S. election. In a brief 15-minute statement, Trump meandered, but without the kind of discipline or grace one might expect from the commander in chief.

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When President Donald Trump went to cut his inaugural cake it looked familiar to some people.

It turns out, that was on purpose.

The baker of the Trump inauguration cake has come forward with her story.

In an instagram post, Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Washington’s Buttercream Bakeshop, posted a photo and explanation.

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After casting doubt on the intelligence community, President Donald Trump will meet with CIA officials during his first full day as President of the United States.

Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted out Saturday that Trump will lead the thank you event.

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