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Melania Trump Inspires Americans to Say ‘I Care’

This week, Melania Trump rattled the world with a Zara jacket, and it wasn’t even from this season.<p>She wore the surprising jacket on her way to visit detained immigrant children in Texas, and wore it back to the White House even as the jacket had shocked and awed the nation. Her spokeswoman said …

Red Carpet

Jared Kushner Criticizes Abbas, Questioning His Ability to Make Peace

JERUSALEM — Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser on the Middle East, said the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, was afraid to make peace with Israel, bore responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Gaza and was prioritizing his own political survival at …

Israel

Elizabeth Warren Condemned Trump in Reno. He Answered in Las Vegas With a Slur.

HENDERSON, Nev. — The clash began Saturday morning with a populist denunciation of President Trump’s policies, delivered in Reno, Nev., by a Democratic senator who is one of his most ferocious critics.<p>It intensified within hours, with a sarcastic, racially incendiary jibe — “Pocahontas” — lobbed by …

Donald Trump

Trump Appeals to Republicans in Las Vegas, Leaving Behind Washington’s Legislative Chaos

LAS VEGAS — Leaving behind the chaos he sowed in Washington with his shifting immigration policies, President Trump visited his second midterm battleground state of the week on Saturday to deliver the blunt message he has repeated at rallies for weeks: “We need more Republicans.”<p>For a few hours, at …

Donald Trump

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Was Asked to Leave Restaurant Over White House Work

WASHINGTON — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night because of her work in the Trump administration, becoming the latest official to be singled out for her support of the president’s policies.<p>In a Saturday tweet, Ms. …

Donald Trump

Katie Arrington, South Carolina Candidate Who Beat Mark Sanford, Is Seriously Hurt in Crash

Katie Arrington, a South Carolina state lawmaker who this month defeated Representative Mark Sanford in a House Republican primary, was seriously injured in a car crash on Friday night, according to her spokesman.<p>Ms. Arrington and a friend were traveling to Hilton Head, where Ms. Arrington was …

South Carolina

What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines

For Malaysian factories that make light-emitting diodes, it is an opportunity. For American makers of outboard boat motors, it is a threat. For the biggest sellers of flat-screen televisions, it is a nuisance.<p>The emerging trade war between the United States and China has prompted predictions of …

Televisions

As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper

LEESBURG, Va. — Gina Anders knows the feeling well by now. President Trump says or does something that triggers a spasm of outrage. She doesn’t necessarily agree with how he handled the situation. She gets why people are upset.<p>But Ms. Anders, 46, a Republican from suburban Loudoun County, Va., with …

Donald Trump

Seven Ways Alabama Has Made It Harder to Vote

Five years after the Supreme Court invalidated the Voting Rights Act’s requirement that certain states get federal approval to change their election laws, there are few places where the results are clearer than in Alabama, where the lawsuit began.<p>Alabama has enacted a slew of restrictive laws and …

Government

A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s call on Monday for the Defense Department to establish a sixth branch of the military, this one focusing on space, has not exactly engendered a groundswell of support at the Pentagon.<p>“We got it,” Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

Military

In Tense Meeting, Trump Officials Debate How to Process Migrant Families

WASHINGTON — Tense arguments broke out at the White House over the past two days as top government officials clashed over how to carry out President Trump’s executive order on keeping together immigrant families at the Mexican border, according to four people familiar with the meetings.<p>The disputes …

Immigration

Trump’s Shift on Migrant Families, and More Political Stories This Week

In Washington<p><b>President Trump caved to political pressure and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border. But enforcing the order proved chaotic.</b><p>At the beginning of the week, President Trump and his administration doubled down on its policy of separating migrant …

Immigration

Companies Get First Tariff Waivers, but Many More Are Left in Limbo

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration granted seven companies the first set of exclusions from its metal tariffs this week and rejected requests from 11 other companies, as the Commerce Department began slowly responding to the 20,000 applications that companies have filed for individual …

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Lobsters, Small-Batch Whiskey and Trump’s Trade War

WASHINGTON — The effects of President Trump’s trade war are beginning to ripple through the United States economy as steel tariffs disrupt domestic supply chains and global trading partners retaliate against a wide variety of American products, such as peanut butter, whiskey and lobster.<p>The cascade …

Economy

President Trump, Deal Maker? Not So Fast

WASHINGTON — President Trump likes nothing more than presenting himself as the ultimate deal maker, the master negotiator who can translate his success in business into the worlds of politics, policy and diplomacy. “That’s what I do, is deals,” he said one day last month.<p>Except that so far he has …

Donald Trump

Candidate for Congress Stands by His Words: Diversity Is ‘Evil’

SOMERS POINT, N.J. — The only word bigger than “Support Trump” on the fliers and lawn signs dotting this town are the last name of the congressional candidate who paid for them.<p>“I see a path to victory by saying things that everybody knows are true, but that Jeff Van Drew, and other politicians are …

New Jersey

Trump Highlights Immigrant Crime to Defend His Border Policy. Statistics Don’t Back Him Up.

WASHINGTON — President Trump hit back on Friday at criticism over his administration’s hard-line stance on immigration, lamenting the “death and destruction caused by people that shouldn’t be here,” and accusing Democrats and the news media of not caring.<p>While statistics show that native-born …

Immigration

Charles Krauthammer, Prominent Conservative Voice, Dies at 68

Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist and self-described Great Society Democrat who metamorphosed into one of the nation’s most cogent conservative voices as a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and television commentator, died on Thursday at a hospital in Atlanta. He was 68.<p>The Washington Post, …

McGill University

Family Separation: It’s a Problem for U.S. Citizens, Too

In May, when the outrage over the separation of migrant children from their parents was beginning to boil, President Trump’s secretary for Homeland Security shrugged off accusations that it was a “form of state terror.” After all, she said, “We do it every day in every part of the country.”<p>On this …

Crime

Is North Korea a Nuclear Threat or Not? The President Now Says It Is

WASHINGTON — The gulf between President Trump’s rhetoric and a thorny geopolitical reality widened a bit further on Friday, when the White House said it would extend a decade-old executive order declaring a national emergency over the nuclear threat from North Korea.<p>The announcement came days after …

North Korea

A Day Care and a Dog Rescue Benefit: On Facebook, They Were Political Ads

What do a day care center, a vegetarian restaurant, a hair salon, an outdoor clothing maker and an investigative news publisher have in common?<p>To Facebook, they looked suspiciously like political activists.<p>Facing a torrent of criticism over its failure to prevent foreign interference during the …

Social Media

In Ruling on Cellphone Location Data, Supreme Court Makes Statement on Digital Privacy

WASHINGTON — In a major statement on privacy in the digital age, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the government generally needs a warrant to collect troves of location data about the customers of cellphone companies.<p>“We decline to grant the state unrestricted access to a wireless carrier’s …

Privacy

Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net

WASHINGTON — President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled on Thursday a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans.<p>Produced over the last year by Mr. Trump’s budget …

Donald Trump

Fact Check: Is There Truth to Trump’s Bold Claims about North Korean Denuclearization?

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump said on Thursday that North Korea had already begun to denuclearize, as he continued to trumpet the results of his summit meeting last week with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un.<p>At the June 12 meeting in Singapore, Mr. Kim agreed to “work toward complete …

North Korea

Trump, Doling Out Endorsements, Embraces Former Critic in Alabama Race

President Trump moved on Friday to leave an even deeper mark on Republican primary season, boosting a personal ally who is running for governor of Florida and extending political clemency to a former critic, Representative Martha Roby of Alabama, who is in a difficult race for re-election.<p>Ms. Roby …

Republicans

The Week in Tech: Silicon Valley Gets Even More Political

<i>Each week, technology reporters and columnists from The New York Times review</i> <i>the week’s news</i><i>, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two about the most important developments in the tech industry. Want this newsletter in your inbox?</i> <i>Sign up here</i><i>.</i><p>Hello, readers! I’m Jack Nicas, a Times reporter …

Silicon Valley

Senator Jeff Merkley, a Quiet Stalwart of the Left, Has a Breakout Moment at the Border

WASHINGTON — It did not exactly make for riveting video this month when Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, was turned away from a converted Walmart at the Texas border that is housing hundreds of migrant children who have been taken away from their parents by the Trump administration.<p>Shirt …

Jeff Merkley

U.S. Prepares Housing Up to 20,000 Migrants on Military Bases

WASHINGTON — The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the …

Immigration

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