President Donald Trump returned to many of his campaign promises, and hinted at some new action the White House will soon take, in a speech to thousands of conservatives gathered Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
"Our victory was a win for conservative values," Trump said, pledging to support members of law enforcement, repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and build a wall "soon, way ahead of schedule."
The call-back to the campaign trail included some popular phrases — and a jab at Hillary Clinton that elicited chants of "lock her up!" Trump reiterated his assurance that he will "put American first," saying there is no global flag, so that terrorism doesn't strike in the U.S.
And in looking forward, Trump vowed that would "never apologize" for protecting the safety of American people and promised "brand new action" in the coming days to protect the nation.
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three White House officials. Democrats accused Priebus of interfering in a pending investigation.
The officials said that Priebus' Feb. 15 request to FBI Director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe came as the White House sought to discredit a New York Times report report about contacts between Russian intelligence officials and members of Trump's 2016 campaign team.
As of Thursday, the FBI had not commented publicly on the veracity of the report and there was no indication it planned to, despite the White House's request.
In a pair of tweets Friday morning, Trump slammed the FBI for not stopping leaks on national security, though he didn't mention the reporting on Priebus and the FBI specifically.
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Fifty-four percent of Americans somewhat or strongly disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the presidency after a month in office, while 43 percent approve somewhat or strongly, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.
NBC News reported that Trump enjoys broad support from within his party, but few outside of it, with evident divisions along gender and racial lines as well.
Nine of 10 Republicans or people who lean Republican approve of Trump's performance as president, with the same percentage of Democrats and those who lean Democrat disapproving.
But independents split two to one against Trump. His aggregate low approval rating is below any other newly elected president since pollsters began tracking presidential job approval.
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A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial to support charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia.
The judge's ruling Friday means that prosecutors cannot call 12 other women as "prior bad act" witnesses.
The 79-year-old comedian is set to go on trial in June over the 2005 complaint by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
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Across America, hundreds of thousands of school children are suspended, expelled or arrested each year. An NBC investigation shows that black students with disabilities are arrested, suspended or expelled far more often than other children.
It was not business as usual for some workers in Japan on Friday.
As the clock reached 3 p.m., about 100 office workers raised champagne glasses in a cafe in the middle of Tokyo's central business district to toast "Premium Friday," a new initiative to promote better work-life balance.
Company and government offices were asked to let employees leave at 3 p.m. in what is supposed to become a regular practice on the last Friday of each month.
AT&T says any cell phone customer can sign up for unlimited data plans starting Friday. That option had been limited to customers of AT&T-owned DirecTV.
A blaze that shot through the roof of a South Jersey hotel overnight left two people, including a police officer, injured.
The blaze at the Ramada Inn on Landis Avenue in Vineland broke out in a second floor room around 2 a.m. Friday and it took firefighters more than two hours to get the flames under control. All 28 guests were accounted for, firefighters said.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday evening in National Harbor, Maryland. It was the ninth time that Pence has spoken at the gathering, but the first in his new role as vice president.
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Police executing a drug raid have recovered a stolen piece of pop art depicting Bruce Springsteen.
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With loud protests roiling congressional town halls this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, decided not to hold one in person, citing the shooting of former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
NBC News reported that his excuse drew Giffords' ire. She was shot in the head during an event in January 2011, and noted Thursday on Twitter that, despite the shooting on a Saturday, her offices were open for business the following Monday.
"To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents," Giffords said. "Hold town halls."
She added that town halls and constituent meetings were a hallmark of her tenure, and that representatives who aren't holding town halls also "have opposed commonsense gun violence prevention policies."
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The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother who was attacked by two women who rubbed the substance on his face at the airport in Malaysia's capital last week, police said Friday.
Authorities were checking the Kuala Lumpur airport for traces of the toxin, 11 days after the attack. But news that a powerful nerve agent was used to kill someone in a crowded airport raised serious questions about public safety.
Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."
Only hours earlier, President Donald Trump suggested the opposite. He told CEOs at the White House the deportation push was a "military operation."
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