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Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops

By Ellen Nakashima<p>, Reporter<p>Karen DeYoung<p>, Associate editor/reporter<p>Liz Sly<p>, Bureau chief<p>A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria this month was in close touch with Kremlin and ­Syrian officials in the days and weeks before …

Middle East

Trump administration strips consumer watchdog office of enforcement powers in lending discrimination cases

By Renae Merle<p>, Reporter<p>The Trump administration has stripped enforcement powers from a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unit responsible for pursuing discrimination cases, part of a broader effort to reshape an agency it criticized as acting too aggressively.<p>The move to sharply restrict the …

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels

By Chris Mooney<p>, Reporter<p>Steven Mufson<p>, Reporter<p>The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documentsobtained by The …

Renewable Energy

Trump, condemned for ‘shithole’ countries remark, denies comment but acknowledges ‘tough’ language

By Ed O'Keefe<p>, Reporter<p>Anne Gearan<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump's comments about African countries and Haiti drew condemnation from around the world Friday, putting the White House and Republicans on the defensive while casting doubt on hopes of resolving disputes in the coming weeks over immigration …

U.S. customs agents are searching more cellphones — including those belonging to Americans

By Nick Miroff<p>, Reporter<p>U.S. customs agents conducted 60 percent more searches of travelers' cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices during the government's 2017 fiscal year, according to statistics released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).<p>The agency said it searched …

Surveillance

Seattle 3 Year Time-lapse Video from the Space Needle

Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 …

Donald Trump

Five myths about exercise

By Mark Tarnopolsky<p>It's the most wonderful time of the year — for gym owners. Almost 50 percent more people join up in January compared with other months, clearly suffused with a commitment to carry out their New Year's resolutions to exercise. But people often begin their self-improvement plans …

Exercise

Trump’s tweets rattle the globe, but aides say North Korea policy is carefully calibrated

By Philip Rucker<p>, Reporter<p>Greg Jaffe<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump's taunting tweet this week raising the specter of nuclear war with North Korea sparked fresh concerns in the Pentagon, at the State Department and even in the White House about whether a carefully calibrated strategy to compel the rogue …

North Korea

‘That’s the model’: Republican Cory Gardner stands up to President Trump

By Karen Tumulty<p>, Columnist<p>Sean Sullivan<p>, Reporter<p>For Republicans who have found themselves at odds with President Trump or his policies, there have generally been just two options: Buckle, as former deficit hawks did on the recent tax bill, or give up entirely, as two senators did in deciding to …

Republicans

Senior Republican refers Trump-Russia dossier author for possible charges

By Devlin Barrett<p>, Reporter<p>Tom Hamburger<p>, Reporter<p>The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended Friday that the Justice Department investigate for possible criminal charges the author of the now-famous dossier alleging the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin during …

Donald Trump

Trump lawyer seeks to block insider book on White House

By Josh Dawsey<p>, White House reporter<p>Ashley Parker<p>, Reporter<p>A lawyer representing President Trump sought Thursday to stop the publication of a new behind-the-scenes book about the White House that has already led Trump to angrily decry his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.<p>The legal notice — …

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016, Kellyanne Conway settled into her glass office at Trump Tower. Right up until the last weeks of the race, the …

North Korea: South seizes second ship in oil supply row

<b>South Korean authorities have seized a second ship suspected of supplying oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, officials say.</b><p>The Panama-flagged tanker, which is named Koti, is being held at a port near the western city of Pyeongtaek.<p>South Korea has already impounded a Hong …

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Your Technology

If 2017 taught you anything about personal technology, it’s that the onus is on you to protect your personal data and devices.<p>Tech companies aren’t going to do that for you. (In fact, they are generally the ones failing you.) So why not make protecting yourself your New Year’s resolution?<p>Last year, …

Apps

Specialty Box Office 2017: ‘The Big Sick’ Is Highest Grosser, But Overall Results Flat

The specialty box office generally flatlined this year. The overall 2017 takeaway among this year’s crop of limited theatrical roll-outs is that the …

Mickey Mouse and Jesus among write-in votes that helped sink Roy Moore

Votes for Mickey Mouse, football coach Nick Saban and “any other Republican” were among more than 22,000 write-ins in the Alabama Senate election the …

Our Reporter Mike Schmidt on His Golf Club Interview With President Trump

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, President Trump came off the 18th hole of his golf course here and walked into the club house’s Grill Room. Waiters scurried to bring menus and drinks to a large round table reserved for him as he stopped to shake hands and make small talk …

America’s chaotic, crazy, challenging, great, tumultuous, horrible, disappointing year

By Scott Clement<p>, Polling director<p>Emily Guskin<p>, Polling analyst<p>Shelly Tan<p>, Graphics reporter<p><i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>Would you say this was a good …

Pew Research Center

Even Steve Bannon Is (Finally) Renouncing the Unhinged Racist Running Against Paul Ryan

In 2016, a brash and boisterous businessman tried to upend the American political world or at least do so within Wisconsin’s First Congressional …

Opinion

As we say goodbye to 2017, think back to five years ago. Five years ago, if I had told you Google was one of the world's most important consumer …

F.B.I. Director Wants to Move Forward, but the President Is Making His Job Harder

WASHINGTON — When President Trump tapped Christopher A. Wray to be his next F.B.I. director, it signaled a clear break from the tenure of James B. Comey, whom Mr. Trump had grown to distrust and eventually fired.<p>It seemed Mr. Trump would let his handpicked F.B.I. director do his work unimpeded, …

U.N. resoundingly rejects U.S. decision on Jerusalem in pointed rebuke

By Carol Morello<p>, Reporter<p>Ruth Eglash<p>, Reporter<p>The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a stunning rebuke of a U.S. decision that allies and adversaries alike warned would undermine …

Israel

World's richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half

Inequality report also shows UK’s 50,000 richest people have seen their share of the country’s wealth double since 1984<p>The richest 0.1% of the world’s population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% – or 3.8 billion people – since 1980, according to a report detailing …

The DOJ hasn't answered a key question about its 'highly unusual' decision to release FBI agents' private texts

The Justice Department recently released 375 text messages to Congress and the press that were exchanged between two career FBI employees during last year's presidential election.<p>But the department has failed to answer a significant lingering question stemming from that release: how it chose which …

How Doug Jones Destroyed Roy Moore’s Whole Shtick with One Well-Chosen Verb

Virtually every aspect of Doug Jones’ victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday has already been studied, quantified, and analyzed. But as a former …

Other Words Trump Could Silence

On Thursday, the Trump administration instructed policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to use the following words in …

Why Don't America's Rich Give More to Charity?

The rising wealth of the top tier of earners seems to be inaugurating a new age of charitable giving. More than 150 billionaires from around the …

10 Revealing Remarks About Education in 2017

This year, education often dominated the national conversation. New appointments in the Education Department and escalating debates on college access …

The 18 Days That Haunt Trump's Presidency

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to broadly investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, but recent reports suggest …