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Rex Tillerson, Russia counterpart Lavrov Press Conference - Live Updates

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on his first trip to Russia as secretary of State, has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as his own counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Tillerson and Lavrov are holding a news conference - livestream and live updates here. 

Rex Tillerson, Russia President Putin meet in Moscow

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for about two hours at the Kremlin, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan and Kylie Atwood reported Wednesday. But don’t look for pictures of the meeting from the U.S. press.

Trump meets NATO’s Stoltenberg

Mr. Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jen  Stoltenberg, joint newser late afternoon.

Sean Spicer apologizes again for Hitler, Holocaust gaffe

White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized again Wednesday for his comparison of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler the day before.

“I made a mistake ... there’s no other way to say it. I got into a topic that I shouldn’t have, and I screwed up,” he said Wednesday at a Newseum forum. 

FBI reportedly obtained court order to monitor Trump aide Carter Page

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, because the government had reason to believe Page was acting as a Russian agent, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson gets stuck in elevator during public housing tour

While touring affordable housing in Miami with former Heat star Alonzo Mourning, Carson got stuck in an elevator for nearly 20 minutes as the NBA legend waited outside.   

Chief justice says partisan battles over nominees “real danger” for Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts warned Tuesday that the highly partisan climate will have consequences for the judicial branch of government.

“It is a real danger that the partisan hostility that people see in the political branches will infect the nonpartisan activity of the judicial branch,” the Supreme Court justice said at an event at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Upstate New York.

The presidency and the press

Members of the Trump administration join the media for a Newseum forum on the First Amendment. Kellyanne Conway (9:20 a.m.) and Sean Spicer (10:55 a.m.) participate.

Recent Trump Administration News: 

Spicer says Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Nazi German dictator “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” during World War II.  

Leon Panetta talks Russia, Syria, and the “red line” in North Korea

Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe that Bashar al-Assad has won Syria’s civil war.

Trump warns “North Korea is looking for trouble” while pressuring China

President Donald Trump said North Korea “is looking for trouble” Tuesday, warning China that the U.S. “will solve the problem without them” if China doesn’t pressure the North over its nuclear weapon program.  

Tillerson in Italy and Moscow

Tillerson attends meeting on Syria with G7 countries; will hold press briefing with German Foreign Minister Gabriel before departing en route Moscow.

Pennsylvania congressman to be named drug czar by Trump

Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino is expected to step down from his seat to take on a new role in the Trump administration. Multiple sources tell CBS News that Marino will head up the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), assuming the informal title of drug czar.  

2026 World Cup: Trump backs joint U.S., Mexico, Canada bid

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced on Monday that the U.S., Canada and Mexico issued a collective bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and President Trump is backing the bid, Gulati tweeted.  

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