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The nation’s top spies said Russia is continuing to target the U.S. political system

The nation’s top intelligence chiefs were united Tuesday in declaring that Russia is continuing efforts to disrupt the U.S. political system and is targeting the 2018 midterm elections, following its successful operation to sow discord in the most recent presidential campaign.<p>Their assessment …

North Korea

White House Let Rob Porter Keep Job Even After Receiving Final F.B.I. Report

WASHINGTON — The White House changed its story on Tuesday about how it handled allegations of spousal abuse against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned in disgrace last week, conceding that the F.B.I. told White House career officials last summer about problems in Mr. Porter’s background …

Donald Trump

Pence: The United States is ready to talk with North Korea

Despite the mutual chilliness between U.S. and North Korean officials in South Korea last week, behind the scenes real progress was made toward a new diplomatic opening that could result in direct talks without preconditions between Washington and Pyongyang. This window of opportunity was born out …

North Korea

Trump's budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America's social safety net but mounting spending on the military, formally retreating from last year's promises to balance the federal budget.<p>The president's spending outline for the …

Donald Trump

Trump to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in 2019, Pence Says

President Donald Trump will act on his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by transferring the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv in 2019, …

Israel

It looks like Jeff Sessions is taking Trump's cues to clean house at the FBI

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been pushing FBI director Christopher Wray to oust two key officials who have been targeted by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.<p>Urging Wray to make a "fresh start" at the FBI, Axios reported that Sessions recommended he replace deputy FBI …

Donald Trump

In an Unexpected Move, Amazon Just Made Its Biggest Announcement Since Acquiring Whole Foods | Inc.com

There are no cashiers. There aren't even checkout lanes. And there definitely aren't any lines.<p>At Amazon's new grocery store, you just grab stuff off the shelves, bag it yourself and walk out. Everything gets automatically charged to your Amazon account.<p>It's called Amazon Go, and the store uses …

Amazon Go

House votes to end government shutdown, sending legislation to Trump

Congress voted late Monday to reopen the government after a three-day shutdown, sending President Trump a short-term spending bill that passed after Senate Republican leaders pledged to act on immigration policy next month.<p>The House joined the Senate in passing the bill to fund the government …

Republicans

Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

<b>Updated at 12:39 p.m. ET</b><p>Health care workers who want to refuse to treat patients because of religious or moral beliefs will have a new defender in the Trump administration.<p>The top civil rights official at the Department of Health and Human Services is creating the Division of Conscience and …

Health Care

The US embassy in London says the initial plan to move and finance a new building was a Bush decision

The US embassy in London has responded to US President Donald Trump after he described the new £750 million embassy in Battersea, which opens January 16, as a "bad deal."<p>On Friday, Trump cancelled a February trip to the UK to open the new embassy. He blamed the cancelled visit on the "off location" …

Donald Trump

Iran threatens 'severe' response to US sanctions against judiciary chief

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran slammed US President Donald Trump's decision to target the head of its judiciary with sanctions, saying the move warrants a "severe" response.<p>Trump on Friday avoided upending the nuclear deal with Iran that he has repeatedly disparaged, agreeing to waive key sanctions the US lifted as …

South Asia

Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according …

Immigration

Medicaid work requirements are one of the least politically controversial things Trump has done

The big news Thursday morning — besides President Trump undercutting his own White House on FISA — was that his administration is moving to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. And as The Washington Post's Amy Goldstein reports, it's a legally controversial decision …

Health Care

Bannon's brutal ouster from Trump and Breitbart circles should frighten Americans

Conservative institutions have embraced Bannon's political slaughter not for his past sins but because he criticized the president. That's chilling.<p>Steve Bannon — the loathed architect of President Trump’s alt-right hate machine, Breitbart lies, racism, misogyny and Twitter thug troll factory — is …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Open Meeting Just Proves How Right Michael Wolff Is

The televised meeting that was supposed to show his mastery at the deal only showed what a doofus he is. All the king’s men couldn’t put it together …

Donald Trump

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid, a major policy shift that moves toward fulfilling a conservative vision for one of the nation’s largest social insurance programs for low-income people.<p>Federal officials said …

Health Care

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Muscles from Scratch

For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.<p>A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when …

Cell Biology

Federal judge gives respite to ‘dreamers’, says DACA can’t end while lawsuit is pending

A federal judge’s decision to block Trump administration plans to phase out protections for so-called undocumented “dreamers” brought sharp backlash Wednesday from the White House, calling the injunction “outrageous.”<p>The order by U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued Tuesday says safeguards …

Immigration

Here Are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein

Since the New York <i>Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i> first published allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Harvey Weinstein by Rose McGowan, Gwyneth …

Robert Scoble

U.S. hails Korea talks, despite North's rejection of denuclearization

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North and South Korea held their first talks in over two years on Tuesday, which Washington welcomed as a first step to solving the North Korean nuclear weapons crisis, even though Pyongyang said those were aimed only at the United States and not up for discussion.<p>The …

North Korea