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Monday politics: Future of Democratic Party with Tom Perez at the helm, another chapter in White House vs the media and more

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US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the National Governors Association and his administration before a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump Administration’s turbulent relationship with the national media has been a focal point of its first month in the White House, and another chapter was written on Friday as press secretary Sean Spicer held an off-camera gaggle that excluded several major outlets, including CNN, The New York and Los Angeles Times and POLITICO.

Many reporters from other outlets who were allowed in the briefing were quick to share the pool audio with the outlets who were kept out.

President Trump also announced Saturday on Twitter that he would not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, making him the first present in nearly four decades to decline to attend. This morning, the President outlined his budget priorities, highlighting a plan for a more than $50-billion increase in defense spending, with accompanying cuts in domestic programs. He wants Medicare and Social Security funding to stay as is.

On the Democratic side of the aisle, the DNC elected a new chairman in former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who edged out Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison in the vote on Saturday. Perez, the establishment favorite, was quick to name Ellison deputy DNC chair.

Plus, President Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, though it technically is not the State of the Union, because giving that speech requires a president to be in office for at least a year. We’ll talk about what to expect today on AirTalk.

Guests:

Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Occidental College and co-author of ‘Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?’ (Lynne Rienner Pub, 2007); she tweets @carolineheldman

John (Jack) Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @jpitney

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