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President Donald Trump. Photo" Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters during Monday's White House press briefing that President Trump "strongly, clearly, and consistently has denied" adult film actress Stormy Daniels' claims of a 2006 affair and subsequent intimidation to keep her quiet. He also would not address whether Trump had seen Daniels' interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS' "60 Minutes" last night, saying, "There are clips of it playing all over in the morning news shows."

Passing the buck: Shah also refused to comment on the $130,000 payment made to Daniels by Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen: "False charges are settled out of court all the time. You have to ask Michael Cohen about the specifics."

Other highlights:

  • On the future of VA Secretary David Shulkin: "I have no personnel announcements to make."
  • On the Iran nuclear deal: "The president’s been very clear since January…in fact, it goes back years. … If changes aren’t made, the president is prepared to potentially withdraw from the agreement."
  • On rumors that Kim Jong-un is in Beijing: "We can’t confirm those reports. We don’t know if they’re necessarily true. … We’re looking forward to a potential summit some months in advance."
  • On this weekend's March for Our Lives: "The president does respect everyone’s First Amendment right and wants their voices to be heard."

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Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we've asked several former Washington power brokers to share their best advice as a new administration and new Congress settle in.

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GOP holdouts press on with plans to crush Cheney

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Pro-Trump holdouts in the House are forging ahead with an uphill campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as head of the chamber's Republican caucus even though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them to back down.

Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.

Democrats aim to punish House GOP for Capitol riot

Speaker Nancy Pelosi passes through a newly installed metal detector at the House floor entrance Thursday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.

Why it matters: It's unclear whether the Democrats' strategy will manifest itself in ads or earned media in the targeted races or just be a stunt to raise money for themselves. But the Capitol violence will be central to the party's messaging as it seeks to maintain its narrow majorities in Congress.