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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dodged questions Friday on what President Trump meant when he told reporters Thursday night that his dinner with senior military leaders may be the "calm before the storm."

Instead she stated that the White House "is never going to say in advance" what the president is planning. "He's not trying to broadcast or telegraph his actions, [unlike prior presidents]," said Sanders. "If he feels that [military] action is necessary, he'll take it."

Briefing highlights:

On Trump rolling back the Obama-era birth control program: "The president believes that the freedom to practice one's faith is a fundamental right in this country... If people don't like what the Constitution says, they should talk to Congress about changing it."Status of Iran deal: Trump's looking at all of Iran's "bad behavior."On Corker saying Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly are keeping the world from chaos: "The president is the one keeping the world from chaos."Trump-Tillerson relations: Trump still has full confidence in his Secretary of State. "Nothing has changed despite what you may read in the media."Mysterious health attacks on Americans in Cuba: The U.S. will continue to look into this "until we get some real answers."Latest jobs number: "Today's jobs report shows how much the storms have hurt our economy." But the storms also hurt our people, said Sanders.Status of GOP tax plan: Trump is visiting Hamburg, Pennsylvania Wednesday to deliver a tax reform speech.

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The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton on Wednesday said that repairs and security expenses related to the Jan. 6 insurrection have already cost more than $30 million.

The state of play: Congressional appropriations committees have allocated the $30 million for repairs and perimeter fencing around the Capitol building through March 31, per NPR.

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White House stands by imperiled Tanden nomination after Senate panel postpones hearing

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The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

The latest: Asked Wednesday afternoon whether Tanden has offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki told reporters, "That’s not the stage we’re in." She noted that it's a "numbers game" and a "matter of getting one Republican" to support the nomination.

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: Capitol Police did deploy lethal force on Jan. 6 — shooting and killing 35-year-old Ashli Babbit — but have faced questions over why officers appeared to be less forceful against pro-Trump rioters than participants in previous demonstrations, including those over Black Lives Matter and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.