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Benjamin Sampair Tracy has been a CBS News national correspondent since January 2008. He is the White House correspondent for the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell and CBS This Morning.


Trump hits Turkey with sanctions as fighting escalates in northern Syria

President Trump is calling for a cease-fire in northern Syria as clashes erupt across the region. He's also imposing tough economic sanctions on Turkey over its incursion into Syria last week. CBS News..
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Trump orders sanctions on Turkey amid backlash over Syria troop withdrawal

President Trump is imposing sanctions on Turkey and increasing tariffs on Turkish steel. This comes as the White House faces bipartisan criticism over its decision to pull U.S. troops from northern..
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Trump imposes new sanctions on Turkey amid growing Syria crisis

The White House is scrambling to contain the growing crisis in Syria after President Trump's decision to withdraw most U.S. troops from the country. Turkey's invasion of northern Syria, targeting..
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Former White House adviser Fiona Hill to testify in impeachment inquiry

House Democrats are hearing from former White House adviser on Russia, Fiona Hill, who will appear in private to answer questions about the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine. CBS News chief..
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Video depicting fake Trump attacking political enemies shown at Trump resort

A disturbing video depicting a fake President Trump attacking his political enemies was shown at the president's Miami resort during a conference hosted by a pro-Trump group. The video depicts a man,..
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White House says it will not cooperate with House impeachment inquiry

A defiant White House sent House Democrats a letter saying it will not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. On Tuesday, the administration blocked an ambassador from appearing before a house panel...
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House Democrats subpoena U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland

House Democrats have issued a subpoena to Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, for documents related to his contacts with Ukraine. This comes after the White House blocked him..
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Beto O'Rourke's debate comments could complicate new gun proposals

Just days after calling for new restrictions on e-cigarettes, the president is spending the weekend at the White House considering an even more contentious issue: gun control. His administration could..
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House Democrats take impeachment inquiry to the White House

House Democrats are taking their impeachment inquiry straight to the White House. CBS News has obtained a copy of their subpoena, demanding a long list of documents about President Trump's dealings..
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House Democrats subpoena White House for impachment inquiry documents

House Democrats issued a subpoena to the White House Friday for documents relating to the whistleblower complaint. They are also requesting Ukraine-related documents from Vice President Mike Pence. The..
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President Trump wants to know who the whistleblower's sources are

An audio recording obtained by The Los Angeles Times captured President Trump telling a group of people at a private event that he wants to know who shared information with a whistleblower. The..
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Trump takes aim at officials who spoke to whistleblower

A complaint by a whistleblower outlines a phone call President Trump had with Ukraine's leader, urging him to investigate Joe Biden. Multiple officials told the whistleblower their concerns and now Mr...
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Democrats say whistleblower complaint is "disturbing" and "heightens" concerns

House Democrats who have viewed a whistleblower complaint against President Trump say it's "disturbing" and "heightens" their concerns. CBS White House correspondent Ben Tracy, CBS News intelligence..
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Whistleblower complaint stems from Trump's call with Ukraine's president

A whistleblower complaint was filed about President Trump's contact with a foreign leader. Now, it's been revealed Ukraine was involved. Ben Tracy reports.
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Trump blocking California from stricter emissions standards

President Trump said he is revoking California's ability to set its own auto emissions standards. As Ben Tracy reports, how this plays out in California, will have a nationwide impact.
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U.S. official: Attack on Saudi oil facilities was launched from southern Iran

A senior U.S. official tells CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that the U.S. has identified the exact locations from which a combination of more than 20 drones and cruise missiles..
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Trump administration expected to roll out gun control proposal by next week

The Trump administration is expected to announce its proposal to curb gun violence as soon as next week. After the Democrats debated gun control in Houston, it is unclear what President Trump will..
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Trump: A lot of people disagreed with Bolton's tactics, ideas

President Trump weighed in on the ouster of his National Security Adviser John Bolton, saying people within his administration disagreed with a lot of his tactics and ideas on foreign policy. CBS News..
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President Trump stands by inaccurate claim about states threatened by Dorian

President Trump is at the center of a hurricane controversy Thursday morning, as he stands by his inaccurate claim about the states threatened by Hurricane Dorian. At a briefing Wednesday, the..
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Trump administration diverting $3.6 billion to fund Mexico border wall

The Trump administration is diverting $3.6 billion in military funding to pay for the border wall. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joined CBSN with more on where the money is coming from,..
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Democrats slam Trump's plan to divert billions to pay for border wall

The Trump administration is diverting billions of dollars from military projects to pay for 175 miles of the president's border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a key campaign promise. There are 11..
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Trump says he won't support any new gun laws

President Trump called Saturday's mass shooting a "wicked attack," but did not say he would support any new gun control laws. Ben Tracy reports.
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Trump sends mixed signals on trade with China

President Trump returns from the G-7 summit, after sending confusing signals about China. Last week, Mr. Trump said he wanted new tariffs on Chinese goods and ordered U.S. companies to consider leaving..
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Trump gets ready to "double down" on trade war with China

The White House suggested today that Donald Trump is prepared to "double down" on his trade war with China. The president said he had doubts about the strategy at the G-7 summit in France earlier. But..
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Global economy concerns loom over G7 summit

Donald Trump is in France meeting with world leaders at the annual G7 summit. Underneath the smiles and handshakes are concerns about the teetering global economy, as well as the president’s..
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Trump considers payroll tax cut but says economy is "strong"

President Trump announced he's considering various tax cuts to boost the economy. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joined CBSN to talk about what that could mean, as well as other issues..
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Trump downplays recession concerns as he weighs tax cuts

President Trump is making plans to try and prevent an economic downturn, even as he rejects the idea a recession could be on the way. For the first time Tuesday, the president said he's considering..
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Trump administration says it is not considering a payroll tax cut

President Trump says the U.S. economy is strong and we're not headed toward a recession. But his administration is looking for ways to boost the economy. A healthy economy is considered vital to the..
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Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide inspires conspiracy theories

Jeffrey Epstein's death is raising troubling questions about how such a high-profile suspect could apparently take his own life while in custody. It's also raising some bizarre conspiracy theories,..
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Trump backs "meaningful" background checks in wake of mass shootings

President Trump says he supports "meaningful" background checks on gun purchases in the wake of last week’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. The move may bring him into conflict with the NRA,..
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White House, Congress may be moving toward action on gun control

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting he's open to new laws expanding background checks for gun buyers. In the aftermath of three mass shootings in the past two weeks, the president is..
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Mitch McConnell says senate will consider gun control legislation next month

For the first time, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting he's open to new laws requiring background checks on all gun buyers. This comes in the aftermath of the deadly El..
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Trump met with protesters nearly everywhere he went in El Paso, Dayton

The first funerals for the 22 shooting victims in El Paso will be held Thursday. On Wednesday, President Trump visited that city and Dayton, Ohio, where another gunman killed nine people last weekend...
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Dayton and El Paso residents to Trump: Stay home

President Trump is set to visit two cities where the nation's most recent mass shootings left 31 people dead. Some people in those communities would rather see him stay home. His first stop is Dayton,..
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Trump downplays North Korea's latest missile tests

North Korea appears to have launched another round of short-range missiles. It's the country's third weapons test in just over a week. CBS News correspondent Debora Patta reports on the tests from Hong..
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Trump threatens more China tariffs and attacks Democrats at Ohio rally

President Trump is threatening to sharply escalate the trade dispute with China, putting U.S. consumers in line to pay higher prices for thousands of products. The president rallied with supporters in..
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Trump threatens new 10% tariffs on China

President Trump announced that he will be imposing additional tariffs on China. He is expected to put 10% tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. CBS News White House correspondent Ben..
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White House reacts to Democratic debates and more ahead of Trump rally

After two nights of Democratic primary debates in Detroit, President Trump took to Twitter to express his thoughts about the candidates. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joined CBSN with..
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Dan Coats resigns as Trump's Director of National Intelligence

Dan Coats is resigning as President Trump's Director of National Intelligence after two years. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joins CBSN to discuss why Coats is choosing to step down now.
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Director of national intelligence who often clashed with Trump to resign

One of the few remaining members of President Trump's original national security team says it's time to "move on." Dan Coats says he is resigning as director of national intelligence. Coats had a tense..
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Trump blasts Mueller testimony as "one of the worst performances"

The president continues to dismiss the Russia investigation, after Robert Mueller spent the day testifying. He also claimed the Mueller report exonerates him of obstruction of justice. Ben Tracy..
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Trump ramps up feud with Democratic "Squad"

A new CBS News poll finds most Americans disagree with Donald Trump's racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen known as the "Squad." But the president continues to target the group. Ben Tracy reports.
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Trump defends racist tweet, slams "The Squad"

Donald Trump today added new fuel to his fight against four freshmen democratic lawmakers who are all women of color. His tweets prompted fresh criticism from democrats. Ben Tracy reports.
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AOC says Trump's policies are about “ethnicity and racism”

President Trump is doubling down on his defense of his supporters chanting "send her back " in reference to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. She promised to become Mr. Trump's "nightmare" and on..
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Trump reverses course, backs supporters who chanted "send her back"

President Trump is now defending his supporters who chanted "send her back" at a rally earlier this week in reference to freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Less than 24 hours after attempting to..
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Trump changes course on citizenship question

CBS News legal analyst Kim Wehle, CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy, and CBS News senior Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes join "Red & Blue" to discuss President Trump's plans to sign..
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Trump to announce executive action on citizenship question

President Trump is expected to take executive action to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. CBS News White House correspondents Ben Tracy and Paula Reid joined CBSN with what to expect from..
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Trump told Acosta to defend himself publicly

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta says he will not resign over his role in Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex abuse case. Acosta spoke to reporters Wednesday and defended his controversial plea deal with the..
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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defends handling of Jeffrey Epstein case

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta defended his handling of a decade-old plea deal with billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex crime charges when Acosta was a U.S. attorney in Florida. Acosta is..
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Democrats ramp up calls for Alex Acosta's resignation

Pressure is growing on Alex Acosta, President Trump's labor secretary, to step down. Democrats are blasting Acosta for a secret and generous plea deal he approved for financier Jeffrey Epstein more..
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