A Busy First Day

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Good Tuesday morning.
• President Trump abandons trade deal in a flurry of first-day activity.
In his first workday in office on Monday, Mr. Trump gave notice that he’s pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, banning federal foreign aid to groups abroad that counsel women on abortion and freezing most federal hiring.
Mr. Trump also summoned some of the titans of American business, met with the leaders of several construction and building trade unions, and huddled with congressional leaders.
• The Senate confirms Mike Pompeo to lead the C.I.A.
Mr. Trump’s cabinet continued to take shape on Monday, as Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas earned approval to lead the C.I.A. Mr. Trump has so far faced few meaningful obstacles in installing the team of his choice.
• Republican senators offer an alternative for Obamacare.
Several Republican senators proposed a partial replacement for the Affordable Care Act that would allow states to continue operating under the law if they chose, a proposal meant to appeal to critics and supporters of former President Barack Obama’s signature health law. The proposal was quickly attacked from all sides.
• A Tea Party of the left? Democrats hope so.
Eight years after Republicans united after a stinging electoral defeat to oppose Mr. Obama, Democrats are channeling an even deeper anxiety over Mr. Trump — and a far shallower defeat — in a newfound burst of organizing.
Party leaders are hoping to recreate the mass movement that sprang up in 2009 and swept Republicans to power in the House and in governor’s races across the country — a Tea Party equivalent from the left.

What We’re Watching

Mr. Trump will have breakfast with auto industry leaders, including the heads of Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. More executive actions are expected at some point during the day.
The Senate will hear testimony from Representative Tom Price, Mr. Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, and from Representative Mick Mulvaney, the president’s pick to be his budget director. Linda E. McMahon, Mr. Trump’s choice to lead the Small Business Administration, will also testify.
Senate Republicans will be trying to steer several other nominees toward confirmation votes.
The Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of about 70 moderate Republican lawmakers, will release its 2017 policy agenda.
A Very White, Male Cabinet
President Trump’s cabinet is shaping up to have a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush.
If Mr. Trump’s nominees are confirmed, women and nonwhites will hold five of 22 cabinet or cabinet-level positions. He has not yet named the nominee for one additional position.
“Donald Trump is rolling back the clock on diversity in the cabinet,” said Paul Light, a professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Those five members will also be in some of the lowest-ranking positions. None of them are in the so-called inner cabinet, the four positions in place since George Washington’s presidency: the attorney general and the secretaries of state, the Treasury and defense (originally called the secretary of war).
President Trump met with leaders of Congress from both parties on Monday at the White House.

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The president used his first official meeting with congressional leaders to blame illegal ballots for his loss by nearly three million in the popular vote.

Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., told members that Barack and Michelle Obama would be welcomed as members.

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Members of Woodmont Country Club, a mostly Jewish organization near Washington, have been entangled in a dispute over whether to exclude the former president because of his policies toward Israel.

President Trump signing a memorandum in the Oval Office on Monday.

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The move, a stopgap measure until a long-term plan to reduce the government’s work force is developed, makes exceptions for national security, public safety and military positions.

Simone Bailey and her daughter, Poppy Burrows, traveled from Chicago to participate in the Women’s March in Washington on Saturday.

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Democrats have begun gathering to try to harness worries about President Trump and to recreate their version of the conservative mass movement that sprang up in 2009.

Vice President Mike Pence swore in Mike Pompeo as C.I.A. director on Monday with Mr. Pompeo’s wife, Susan, holding the Bible.

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The cabinet continued to take shape, as Mr. Pompeo earned approval and Mr. Tillerson, the secretary of state nominee, cleared a key Senate hurdle to all but assure his confirmation.

A naturalization ceremony at Ellis Island last year. Investigators at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services say that possible corruption among contract workers is going unexamined and puts the immigration system at risk.

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Investigators say they have been denied the authority to look into dozens of cases. And they have warned of national security implications.

President Trump yelled for the press pool to return to a meeting with union leaders on Monday after one of the leaders praised his Inaugural Address.

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President Trump reiterated his interest in directing hundreds of billions of dollars, some of it in federal funds, to infrastructure investments, union officials said.

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The president told corporate leaders that they could face tariffs if they don’t bring back manufacturing jobs, but he is fighting against larger market forces.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Democrat of Nevada, in her office at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

New Faces in Congress: Catherine Cortez Masto, First Latina Senator


“It’s incredible to have made history,” she said, “but it’s more important to me to be able to bring that diversity to the United States Senate.”

Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine, both Republicans, discussed their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act during a news conference at the Capitol on Monday.

Senators Propose Giving States Option to Keep Affordable Care Act


Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine, both Republicans, say states could also choose to receive federal money for their own plans.

Barron Trump walking on Friday in the inaugural parade. He will be the first young son of a president since John F. Kennedy Jr. to live in the White House.

Chelsea Clinton and Others Say: Leave Barron Trump Alone


Outrage followed a “Saturday Night Live” writer’s post on Twitter about the president’s 10-year-old son. NBC suspended the writer indefinitely, and she apologized.

The Texas law, enacted in 2011, requires voters seeking to cast their ballots at the polls to present photo identification, like a Texas driver’s or gun license, a military ID or a passport.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal From Texas on Voter ID Case


Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued an unusual statement explaining that the court remains free to consider the case after further proceedings in the lower courts.

What We’re Reading

As the White House continues to modulate its tone on the president’s tax returns, Esquire has put together a timeline chronicling Mr. Trump’s various justifications for not releasing the documents.
A pickup basketball game and corner-booth schmoozing: Politico chronicles how Senator Ted Cruz, Republican flamethrower of Texas, is trying to make nice on Capitol Hill.
Gallup, the polling firm, has officially begun tracking Mr. Trump’s job approval. Here are the results.
President Trump has excoriated pharmaceutical companies for the high price of many drugs.

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The president has pledged to take on the pharmaceutical industry to lower prices, but Congress has banned direct negotiations for medicines covered by Medicare.

Melody Choate and her daughter Victoria at the Women’s March in Washington.

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One protester in Washington used her body as a sign, donning a No! poncho; another wore an Assata Shakur T-shirt; and one woman channeled the “Brady Bunch,” wearing her pantsuit one more time.

President Trump signed a presidential memoranda Monday, one of his first orders as president, freezing federal funding to health providers abroad who discuss abortion as a family-planning option.

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Anti-abortion groups welcomed the president’s decision, while abortion rights advocates said it would endanger women in poor countries by reducing health services.

On average, presidents win in the Supreme Court about two-thirds of the time. President Barack Obama won just 50.5 percent of his cases.

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Mr. Obama’s record before the justices of winning about half his cases is an outlier. But since the Reagan administration, each succeeding president has done worse than the last.