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DC Daily: President Trump celebrates first 100 days with rally

Trump on milestone: "Most successful" in history
Posted: 7:55 AM, Apr 29, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-29 15:01:00Z

Here's what's happening today in the world of politics:

President Trump hits 100-day mark

-- Saturday marks President Donald Trump's 100th day in office, a checkpoint recently downgraded on his Twitter profile as a "ridiculous standard."

But his weekly address Friday, President Trump called his first 100 days, "just about the most successful in our country's history. In just fourteen weeks, my administration has brought profound change to Washington."

President Trump is set to mark the occasion later in the day with a rally in Pennsylvania.

GALLERY: Trump's first 100 days as president

On April 21 the President shrugged off the 100-day checkpoint, claiming that despite "how much I accomplish," the "media will kill!"


Kids suing Trump to march to White House

-- A call for clean energy and environmental support will be on display during a march to the White House Saturday.

Thousands are expected to show up for the "March for Climate, Jobs and Justice," in Washington D.C., CNN reports. Among the demonstrators is a group of young people, the youngest of which is 9-years-old, suing the President, his administration, and more than 600 fossil fuel companies  over inaction on global warming.

The march on the capital is one of many happening across the country advocating for climate change policy.

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President blames Obama for Flynn mess

-- President Trump says former President Obama's administration is to blame for not vetting his former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

In an interview with FOX News Friday, the President said, "he was approved by the Obama administration at the highest level. And when they say we didn’t vet, well, Obama, I guess, didn’t vet, because he was approved at the highest level of security by the Obama administration."

Flynn resigned from the national security advisor position in February, following investigations into lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government.

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Report: Press freedom at lowest point around the globe

-- In a new report from the independent watchdog group Freedom House, press freedom is at its lowest point in 13 years around the word.

The group's annual analysis found that the United States' rating dropped two points, from 21 to 23. Countries are graded on a scale of 0-100. The closer to zero, the freer the press. Globally, the report found that only 31 percent of countries have a free press.

While the U.S. is recognized as have a free press in the findings, they do note that "No US president in recent memory has shown greater contempt for the press than Trump in his first months in office."

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North Korean missile breaks up shortly after launch

-- A North Korean missile test Friday resulted in said missile breaking up soon after it was launched, a U.S. official told ABC News.

The missile, a KN-17 missile, traveled about 21 miles before breaking up mid-air. Cmdr. David Benham, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command, said the missile "did not leave North Korean territory."

President Trump said the launch "disrespected the wishes of China and its highly respected President."

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NSA to stop controversial surveillance program

-- The National Security Agency said it has stopped the collection of electronic correspondence by Americans.

The program collected electronic correspondence of Americans who mentioned a foreign target in their messages. 

"NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target," the NSA said in a statement. "Instead, NSA will limit such collection to internet communications that are sent directly to or from a foreign target."

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Former President George H.W. Bush out of hospital

-- Former President George H.W. Bush, 92, was released from a Houston hospital Friday.

The 41st president had been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. 

"President and Mrs. Bush are very pleased to be home spending time with family and friends and are grateful for the outstanding care provided by his doctors and nurse," Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

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CNN and ABC News contributed to this report.