What's next after one month of Trump drama

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Four weeks. Twenty-eight days. It feels like 280 days. I feel 280. If Donald Trump is exhausting even the news-hungry political journalists, I wonder what he is doing to the rest of the world.

For the first three weeks I started the day repeating a mantra, "watch what he does, not what he says." I've discarded that notion. What Mr Trump says and how he says it is an important part of his presidency. His rhetoric, both in person and Twitter, appeals to his supporters. It's new and fresh and irreverent. But one day it could also be his undoing. He is increasingly losing respect among key Republicans, and he needs them to govern effectively.

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This is my fourth American administration and we've never seen anything like it for sheer non-stop drama. Lewinsky was a daily feast of slightly prudish titillation, but it was one story line, and in the end it was just sex. 9/11 was far more serious and scary, and the ramifications lasted far beyond that fateful morning. But in a way it was a more conventional (though nonetheless horrifying) story of geopolitics and ideology. We journalists knew how to cover them both.

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Image caption John McCain has been a Republican critic of Trump

Sometimes now, I admit, I'm at a loss. There is so much to say and think, and even feel, about the Trump administration that I find myself curiously stuck for words.

What's the most important story here? Is the psychodrama of a president who is both fantastically confident and oddly insecure, who publicly lashes out those who offend him and rewards those who please him? Is it the hard right turn he plans for America? Is it Russia, the curious crush Donald Trump seems to have on Vladimir Putin and what that might mean for global security? Is it America's allies, floundering in the face of this unpredictability?

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Neil Gorsuch: The man who could shape American law for decades

Donald Trump's pick to be the next US Supreme Court justice has been on a charm offensive here in Washington.

Neil Gorsuch met with the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

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What will happen in Donald Trump's first 100 days?

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Donald Trump has promised to take Washington by storm.

There is almost nothing the new American president does not want to change - policy, tone, foreign relations, the press pool. Mr Trump has told his cabinet nominees to be bold and be bold now.

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Trump inauguration: Two Americas in 24 hours

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In the space of 24 hours, Washington was the scene of two Americas.

President Trump's supporters came feeling they've just taken their country back.

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Katty Kay: Sick and feeling guilty in a busy news week

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I'm sick. I have shards of glass where my throat used to be. There are hot skewers in my ears (my husband says this is not true; he lies).

Getting out of bed to refill my water glass takes more physical effort than I usually exert in a week. My bed has disappeared under a pile of disgusting used tissues.

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Donald Trump presidency: Boeing and his chaos theory

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Americans voted for Donald Trump (not a majority, but a winning combination) because they wanted change.

They were so fed up with the status quo that they took a gamble on someone who had never held elected office.

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Donald Trump as president - will he be deal-maker or divider?

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As Washington swoons in the halcyon promise of unity, a somewhat trite commitment made in the days after every contentious election in modern history, we should not forget that Donald Trump made a campaign habit of fuelling disunity.

It is worth remembering, not out of political grievance, but as a clue to what kind of president he will be.

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US election: The state that defines the American divide

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Derwin Gray won't say which way he is voting.

The charismatic, former NFL-playing pastor of Transformation Church doesn't want to upset the carefully choreographed racial balance of his evangelical congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Blood on American streets? I doubt it

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I've had the chance to spend time at a couple of Trump events this week. By and large, the people I met were cheerful, kind, (mostly white) middle class Americans.

It's pretty unthinkable that the elderly veteran from Chicago or the nice couple from upstate New York will take up bayonets and charge Pennsylvania Avenue baying for blood if Clinton is elected.

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US election: Driverless cars and other reasons we have Trump

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This election is fascinating because it tells us so much about a country that is rapidly changing. There's no one reason to account for Donald Trump, it is the product of a number of social, economic and cultural shifts.

In no particular order, and you may think of others, here's why I think Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for the White House this year.

1. Never Admire Free Trade Again

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