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Donald Trump signed off on the surprise phone checks conducted last week by Sean Spicer during an investigation into leaks, multiple sources have told CNN. Trump also reportedly approved Spicer's decision to bar certain media outlets from a gaggle last week.

Spicer told CNN Trump was not involved in either decision.

The sources also said Trump gave Spicer the go-ahead to connect intelligence officials and Congressmen with reporters to deny reports of his campaign's contacts with Russia.

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Zeta strengthened into a hurricane again early Wednesday and was on track to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana in the afternoon, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

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The Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday during a tense second night of protests in Philadelphia over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a joint statement Monday that police were launching a "full investigation" to answer questions that arose from video that captured part of the incident with police.

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