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Erin McPike

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Past articles by Erin:

How Trump Could Use Re-Election Funds Already Raised if He Declines to Run Again

Sources close to the president say he is still fully committed to seeking a second term. → Read More

Trump Explains Reversal on Afghanistan Strategy in Primetime Address

"A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions." → Read More

Trump and Nixon Parallels, Foreign Policy Edition

Donald Trump's presidency mirrors Richard Nixon's in a few ways, including on the world stage. → Read More

Trump Prods Labor Department to Promote Apprenticeship Programs to Erase Skills Gap

Image Credit: FlickrCC/Gage Skidmore President Donald Trump applied his considerable branding ability to a key economic issue on Thursday. He said he really likes the phrase, “Earn while you learn.” It describes the basis for apprenticeship programs, which are the focus of the White House's workforce development week. He signed an executive order to encourage more of them. One clause of the… → Read More

White House Accepting Ideas From Americans for Government Reorganization for One More Full Week...

The Office of Management and Budget says its collecting ideas from average Americans to reform the government, but the White House could just use the commentary for political purposes. → Read More

Cabinet Agencies in Trump Administration Still Filled With Holes During Reorganization Effort

How can these agencies maximize their employees' performance when they're missing so many managers? → Read More

Trump Keeps a Campaign Promise to Withdraw From Paris Agreement as Administration Lags in Progress

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." → Read More

Pentagon Says United States Is Ahead of North Korean Nuclear Threat Through 2020

The United States claims it is three years ahead of North Korea's missile technology, but that's based on available intelligence of the Kim regime's capability. → Read More

White House Takes Foreign Policy Victory Lap During NATO Mini-Summit

President Trump's message has been consistent with what senior administration officials previewed before he embarked on the nine-day voyage: That he would ask other countries to step up their efforts. → Read More

Nerves in Europe Ahead of Trump's Address to NATO

White House officials say the president will back Article V on Thursday, but European officials remain nervous, saying Trump has awakened the deep mistrust throughout the alliance. → Read More

Trump to Tell Allies to Step Up Their Military Might

Foreign leaders and their staffs want to hear clarity of policy from Trump during his first official trip abroad. He wants each of them to step up to the plate. → Read More

Contrary to Lavrov Comments, No Meeting Set for Trump and Putin Yet

No bilateral meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been established yet → Read More

Trump, Tillerson Meet with Russian Foreign Minister & Don't Discuss Election Hacking Reports

Reports of Russian interference in the U.S. election did not come up with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov... → Read More

White House Offers Competing Explanations for Comey Firing

Although the president and his aides have said on the record repeatedly since the inauguration that he wouldn't fire Comey and still had confidence in him, Huckabee Sanders said there's been an erosion of confidence in the now-ousted director over the past several months. → Read More

President Trump Turns Up Military Pressure on ISIS in Syria by Arming Kurdish Forces

President Donald Trump agreed to provide U.S. arms to the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces to intensify the military campaign against the terrorist group in Raqqa, Syria, which is the capital of its caliphate → Read More

GE CEO Jeff Immelt Pleads With Washington to Include Border Adjustment Tax in Tax Reform Package

GE CEO Jeff Immelt trekked to President Donald Trump's backyard to press against protectionism and for movement on tax reform and infrastructure. On a day when most of the Beltway was focused on the House Republican success in passing a health care bill that would restructure Obamacare if enacted, Immelt used his half-hour address Thursday afternoon at Georgetown University to make the case for… → Read More

Rubio and Tillerson Spar Again Over Human Rights Following State Department Address

In his second address to State Department employees, Tillerson said American national security interests and the relevant diplomatic negotiations should not hinge on an insistence that other countries adopt an American standard for human rights. → Read More

Democrats Treading Carefully in Montana Special Election as GOP Candidate Ties Himself to Trump

The Montana House special election could be a test case... → Read More

Donald Trump Jr. Compares Handling Terrorists to Parenting at Montana Campaign Event

BILLINGS, Montana — Donald Trump Jr. compared parenting five children to dealing with terrorists in a campaign event for a Republican candidate for Congress Friday night. Stumping for Greg Gianforte, who mounted a failed bid for governor of this state last year, Trump boasted that President Donald Trump is projecting strength on a world stage in contrast with previous presidential… → Read More

National Media Descending on Montana for Overlooked House Special Election

The GOP has held the Montana seat since 1997. → Read More