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Trump to get first presidential physical exam Friday

(AP) President Donald Trump arrived for his first medical checkup as president at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he’s mentally unfit. 

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Trump’s motorcade pulled into the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, early Friday afternoon. But what has been a fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump’s recent slurring of words on national TV.

Some of the comments were published in a new book about Trump’s first year, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as “complete fantasy” for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president. 

Trump himself has pushed back hard against any suggestion that he’s mentally unfit, declaring himself “a very stable genius.” 

The examination was expected to last several hours and will measure things like Trump’s blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight. 

 The White House said Trump’s physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, was expected to release a brief statement on Friday after the exam and then provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters.

Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump administration's plan to end DACA

A federal judge in California dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – also known as DACA – on Tuesday by temporarily blocking their ability to do so.

In his ruling, Judge William Alsup said DACA must stay in place until litigation over the program is complete. He also said that the Department of Homeland Security’s “decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise.”

The judge’s ruling will allow recipients who didn’t renew by last year’s deadline to submit renewal applications, but no new applications will be allowed to be submitted.

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“Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, according to The Hill. “Today’s ruling is a huge step in the right direction.”

“America is and has been home to Dreamers who courageously came forward, applied for DACA and did everything the federal government asked of them,” Becerra continued. “They followed DACA’s rules, they succeeded in school, at work and in business, and they have contributed in building a better America. We will fight at every turn for their rights and opportunities so they may continue to contribute to America.”

The Trump administration announced in September that it was ending the program; however, earlier on Tuesday, during a meeting with Republicans and Democrats to discuss immigration issues, Trump appeared willing to negotiate a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants – a move that stunned both Democrats and Republicans.

“My head is spinning with all the things that were said by the president and others in that room in the course of an hour and a half,” Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said, according to The New York Times.

During the meeting, Trump also appeared to support Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein’s call for a clean DACA bill, which would push off dealing with issues like border security until later.

In a tweet Tuesday evening, though, he did seem to harden his resolve on the border wall, saying that a southern border wall must be part of any “DACA approval.”

Roseanne Barr thinks she would be a better president than Oprah

Roseanne Barr apparently thinks that she would make a better president than Oprah Winfrey — or Susan Sarandon for that matter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barr told reporters during a press tour that should Winfrey run for president in 2020, as many Americans are calling for after her emotional and riveting Golden Globes acceptance speech, she would possibly consider an opposition run.

>> Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says

“I do love Oprah. Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else. But you know what? I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and, you know, try something different,” she said. “Actually, I think I’d be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, probably even President Trump. And I did run in 2012.”

The actress also told the room that politics will not be off-limits in the upcoming reboot of her classic sitcom “Roseanne.” According to Barr, the series will take on some of Trump’s presidency, as it is a show about a working class family.

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“In ‘The Roseanne Show,’ I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump, and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic,” she said. “And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.”

The season premiere of the reboot reportedly will focus on a fight between Roseanne, a Trump supporter, and her sister Jackie, who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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The actress, an outspoken Trump supporter, reportedly fired back when one reporter accused the president of being xenophobic.

“Well, that’s your opinion,” she said, adding, “Well, he says a lot of crazy [expletive] … I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he’s said and done that I don’t agree with, just like there are a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don’t agree with. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says.”

The reboot of “Roseanne” premieres at 8 p.m. ET March 27 on ABC.

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run.

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“I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.”

“She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don’t think she’s actively considering it.”

Two of Winfrey’s friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that she was “actively thinking” about running for president. Her long-time partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that Winfrey “would absolutely do it."

"It's up to the people," he added.

King said Tuesday that she thought Graham misunderstood the Times reporter’s question.

“He thought the reporter said to him, ‘Would she make a good president?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely she would,’” King said. “That's how he interpreted the question, because this is the thing. Stedman would never so cavalierly say absolutely she would do it. It's up to the people. He would never do that.”

Winfrey fueled speculation that she could look to mount a campaign in a rousing, nearly 10-minute speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Still, she denied having any presidential ambitions while speaking with a Bloomberg News reporter backstage at the awards show.

She was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her contributions to the entertainment industry and used her time onstage to address the “#MeToo” movement. The movement has encouraged more women to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.”

King, who was at the Golden Globes when Winfrey gave her speech, described being in the room as “electrifying.”

“It was the right person giving the right speech at the right time,” she said. “She wanted that moment to be more than women wearing black dresses of solidarity. She really did want to speak to young girls around the country. She really did want to say, ‘Enough already,’ and I think she delivered on all that in a very eloquent way. Will she run for president? I think it's a very, very intriguing idea myself."

Alabama's Bo Scarbrough denies yelling expletive directed at Trump in pregame video

Bo Scarbrough says there’s been a big misunderstanding, and it involves what he supposedly said about the president.

>> Alabama beats Georgia to win College Football Playoff National Championship

>> Photos: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Shortly after the College Football Playoff national championship game started on Monday evening, Sporting News posted a video that appeared to include Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough shouting "[Expletive] Trump!" as he walked with his teammates through the tunnel.

>> Click here to watch (WARNING: Profanity)

The video, which was not even clear enough to definitely say the words came from Scarbrough, was just nine seconds long, but it made its way across the internet as the nation was captivated by President Donald Trump’s trip to watch the Crimson Tide take on Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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Following the game, Scarbrough admitted to being the voice dropping the expletive on the video. However, he tweeted that the recipient of the curse was actually not Trump.

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“If y’all really listen I said Georgia,” Scarbrough wrote on Twitter after winning the national title. “smh [Shaking my head] about y’all people in this world.”

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Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, might interview the president as part of the investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post.

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The newspaper reported Mueller “brought up the issue of interviewing Trump during a late December meeting with the president’s lawyers,” citing a pair of unidentified sources familiar with the situation.

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NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deleted a tweet and issued a statement of clarification Monday after a message posted on its official, verified Twitter account saluted Oprah Winfrey as “our future president.”

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“A tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the statement said. “It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”

President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., slammed NBC’s deleted tweet as evidence of media bias against his father, which he said “is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it.”

Lots of people are speculating that Winfrey could have political aspirations following her inspiring speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

She’s delivered powerful oratories in Atlanta – where her OWN series “Greenleaf” films and where her HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was shot.

>> Related: Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says 

“You’re nothing if you’re not the truth,” she said during her 2017 commencement address at Agnes Scott College. “I’ve made a living, I’ve made a life – I’ve made a fortune, really – all good! – from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.”

>> Related: Who was Recy Taylor? Oprah mentions Alabama woman in Golden Globes speech

In November, she surprised Ron Clark Academy with a $5 million gift.

Clark caught her eye in the year 2000, when he was named the Disney American Teacher of the Year. He visited her daytime talk show a few years later, to promote his book “The Essential 55.”

With her powerful endorsement, the book became a best-seller. He used the resulting proceeds to fund the purchase of an old factory that became the Ron Clark Academy.

>> Related: Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“I’ve never known another human being with such drive, such courage, such passion, in the face of everybody going.. what? You are a true guiding light for so many,” Winfrey said. “What I love about you, the reason I say yes every darn time, you are doing what you are meant to be doing. You didn’t just answer your call, you answered God’s call. Most people are deaf, they don’t hear it. Ron heard it and answered the call.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue.

Opinions from the right:

Fire & Fury signifying nothing

From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe?

Has Trump lost his mind or has CNN lost its bearings?

From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over the fact Trump became president?

Why hasn't Wolff's dementia-Trump been seen in public?

From the DC Examiner: The author of “Fire and Fury’ claims Trump is unstable, with those on the left all-to-eager to believe the behind-the-scene accounts. But, have we really seen that at Trump’s public events? 

Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says

Update 10:25 a.m. Jan. 8: Two friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president.

Friends have been urging her to run for office for months, according to the news station. A friend emphasized Monday to CNN that “Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.”

Original report: Would Oprah Winfrey ever run for president? It's a possibility, according to her partner, Stedman Graham.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

"It's up to the people," Graham, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "She would absolutely do it."

>> Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

Graham's remarks came as Winfrey's fans flocked to social media to praise her Golden Globes speech.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said as she became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again. 

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Soon afterward, #Oprah2020 became a top trending topic on Twitter.

But don't get too excited, fans. When a Bloomberg reporter asked Winfrey about the trending hashtag Sunday night, she denied that she plans to run. 

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"I don't; I don't," she said, according to the report.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Report: Bannon apologizes for comments about Trump family in new book

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon expressed regret Sunday for uncomplimentary words attributed to him in a controversial book, saying his support for President Donald Trump was “unwavering,” The New York Post reported.

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Bannon also said he regretted calling the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., “unpatriotic” for meeting a Russian lawyer in June 2016 who had ties to the Kremlin, the Post reported. Those comments were including in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around,” Bannon said in a statement to Axios.

“My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama , ” added Bannon, who returned to the web news site after leaving the White House last August.

The president blasted Wolff’s book as “full of lies,” called the author a “total loser,” and referred to Bannon, his former campaign chairman, as “Sloppy Steve,” when book excerpts began to appear online last week.

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said.

Bannon tried to make amends Sunday.

“I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency, ” he said in the statement to the news web site.

In “Fire and Fury,” Bannon faulted Trump Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for taking the meeting with the Russians during the presidential campaign and not reporting it to the FBI.

“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic …and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately, ” Bannon was quoted in the book.

Sunday, a top White House aide called Bannon’s comments in the book “grotesque,” CNN reported.

“It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive,” White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

In the statement Sunday, Bannon said his ire was directed at Manafort.

“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,” Bannon said in his statement. ” He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”

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