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President Trump said Wednesday the media paints an inaccurate picture of him. "I went to an Ivy League college. I was a nice student. I did very well. I'm a very intelligent person," he said.

More from Trump:

  • On the Washington Post report that the Clinton campaign and the DNC bankrolled researched for the Trump-Russia dossier: Democrats are "embarrassed about it ... It's a very sad commentary on politics in this country."
  • Which Republican initially funded Fusion GPS's research into Trump's connections to Kremlin? "If I were to guess, I have one name in mind."
  • On his conflicts with GOP senators and with Rep. Wilson and gold star widow Myeshia Johnson: "Well, I think it's always okay when somebody says something about you that's false, I think it's always okay to counter-punch or to fight back."
  • On his call with Johnson: "I would say basically we talked condolence ... I was extremely nice to" Sgt. La David Johnson's widow. "I said La David right from the beginning."
  • On his Tuesday lunch with GOP senators: "It was almost a love fest. Maybe it was a love fest. Standing ovations. There is great unity" in the Republican Party.
  • On Flake's retirement: "I think I'll be boosted in Arizona because he's very unpopular ... I think I'm probably helped greatly in Arizona by what happened with Senator Flake."
  • On whether Corker will support Trump's tax plan: "I really believe [he's] gonna do the right thing."
  • On the Obama-era uranium deal with Russia: "That's Watergate, modern age."
  • On whether he authorized the mission in Niger: "Not specifically ... I gave [generals] authority to do what's right so we win" the fight against ISIS.
  • On DACA: "I would love to do a DACA deal but we have to get something very substantial for it, including the wall, including security, including a strong border."
  • On Rep. Kevin Brady's comment that changes to 401(k) plans may come as part of tax legislation: "Maybe we'll use it as negotiating." But "there are certain elements of deals you don't want to negotiate with ... [Brady] knows how important 401(k)s are."

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1 hour ago - Health

CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.

2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate

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The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is "mostly settled" and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: A pricetag of $500-$555 billion is a huge number and, if it holds, would likely be the single biggest component of the sweeping package. It also isn't far off from the roughly $600 billion proposed when the bill was expected to cost $3.5 trillion.

2 hours ago - World

U.S. presses Gulf countries to help resolve Sudan coup crisis

Jake Sullivan briefs the press. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Biden administration has asked its partners in the Gulf and elsewhere to press the Sudanese generals who carried out a coup on Monday to release captives including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and to reinstate the civilian government, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. has limited influence over coup leader Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and other military leaders, many of whom have close ties to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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