Keith Fitzgerald

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U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway.

In the past six months, the Trump administration has moved to expel 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living and working legally in the United States, disregarding senior U.S. diplomats who warned that mass deportations could destabilize the region and trigger a new surge of illegal …

Immigration

Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s health-care sabotage

By Editorial Board<p>IT IS a tribute to the resilience of the United States’ public and private institutions that, despite President Trump’s incoherent management, the country has, by many measures, continued to improve, notching its lowest unemployment rate since 2000 in the latest federal employment …

Health Care

Five myths about the U.S.-Mexico border

By Christopher E. Wilson<p>The remaining members of the much-discussed caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, last weekend to seek asylum in the United States. The event, and President Trump’s reaction to it, set off a new round of debate on the management and security of the …

Republicans who decried Obamacare secrecy now writing legislation in secret

By Karen Tumulty<p>, Columnist<p>Hypocrisy has always been a vital lubricant to making the gears turn in Washington. Give politicians some power and a job to get done, and they quickly forget their righteous critiques of the seamy practices they denounced when the other side was running things.<p>Rarely, …

Health Care

Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border

On Feb. 20, a young woman named Mirian arrived at the Texas border carrying her 18-month-old son. They had fled their home in Honduras through a cloud of tear gas, she told border agents, and needed protection from the political violence there.<p>She had hoped she and her son would find refuge …

Michael Cohen, once at pinnacle of Trump’s world, now poses threat to it

By Michael Kranish<p>, Reporter<p>Tom Hamburger<p>, Reporter<p>Rosalind S. Helderman<p>, Reporter<p>When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.<p>At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White …

Donald Trump

Trump Blasts Comey in Barrage of Tweets, Calling Him ‘Slippery’

For the second time in a week, President Trump on Sunday excoriated the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey in a series of tweets after details from Mr. Comey’s tell-all book were leaked before its official release.<p>In the latest tirade, which unfolded over an hour, the president declared that Mr. …

‘Mission Accomplished!’ But What Is the Mission in Syria?

WASHINGTON — On the morning after, President Trump declared success. The surgical strike against chemical weapons facilities in Syria had been executed perfectly, he said on Saturday. “Mission Accomplished!” he wrote on Twitter.<p>That’s a phrase presidents and politicians have studiously avoided …

Middle East

Judge Says Trump and Cohen Can’t Yet Review Materials Seized by FBI

A federal judge in Manhattan indicated on Monday that she was not prepared to grant President Trump exclusive first access to documents seized in F.B.I. raids on the office of his personal lawyer, and said that she was considering appointing an independent lawyer to assist in reviewing the seized …

Comey, in Interview, Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ and ‘Stain’ on All Around Him

WASHINGTON — If there was any chance that President Trump and James B. Comey could have avoided all-out war, it ended Sunday night.<p>That was when ABC News aired an interview with Mr. Comey, the president’s fired F.B.I. director, as he uses a publicity blitz for his searing tell-all memoir, “A Higher …

Trump still intends to get U.S. troops out of Syria as soon as possible, White House says

By Karen DeYoung<p>, Associate editor/reporter<p>James McAuley<p>, Reporter<p>William Booth<p>, Bureau chief<p>The White House said Monday that President Trump still intends an early exit for U.S. troops in Syria, as French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to walk back his suggestion that he had convinced Trump …

Middle East

Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration’s plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.<p>The United States, they explained, would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies — part of a …

Nikki Haley finds herself under the bus as Trump shifts course on Russia

The Washington Post reported late Sunday that President Trump “has battled his top aides on Russia and lost.”<p>Less than 20 hours later, Trump reversed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s announcement that the United States would be ramping up sanctions on Russia.<p>Hmm.<p>The sudden …

Teenagers and college-age people drink less while this group pours another round

By Joel Achenbach<p>, Reporter<p>Experts on alcohol abuse have found one demographic group that’s drinking at an alarming rate. Not teenagers. Not college-age people. It’s baby boomers.<p>For reasons not well understood, teenage and college-age Americans today are consuming alcohol at lower rates than young …

Alcohol

Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement

By Philip Rucker<p>, Reporter<p>Carol D. Leonnig<p>, Reporter<p>Anton Troianovski<p>, Bureau chief<p>Greg Jaffe<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki …

Russia

California limits National Guard’s border mission, risking clash with Trump

The state of California has rejected the terms of the Trump administration’s initial request to deploy National Guard troops along the border with Mexico, U.S. military officials and the head of the Border Patrol said Monday, the latest sign of persistent tension with the White House over …

How Paul Ryan lost the Republican Party

Two years ago, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan was the Republican Party’s indispensable man, uniting the party’s unruly congressional caucus behind an agenda of cutting taxes and shrinking the welfare state. Now Ryan (Wis.) is retiring to spend more time with his teenage children.<p>What happened? Ryan’s …

Mitch McConnell

Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators

President Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer before criminal investigators have a chance to see the material.<p>The request underscores the high stakes in an ongoing legal fight in federal court in New …

Corruption

The newest threat to California’s redwoods isn’t what you’d think

By Daniel Wayne Rinn<p>A new industry is thriving in California. It is green in terms of the money being made and the crop itself. Yet it is anything but that when it comes to the environment, posing horrendous ecological threats to the region’s redwood forests.<p>Lindgren Lumber and Humboldt Flakeboard …

U.S. has been quietly helping Mexico with new, high-tech ways to fight opium

By Joshua Partlow<p>, Bureau chief<p>MEXICO CITY — In the past few opiate-soaked years, U.S. officials say, nearly all the heroin coursing through American cities has come from one place: Mexico.<p>U.S. authorities have expressed alarm at what they call an explosion of opium poppy in their southern …

James Clapper: Comey accounts are accurate

James Clapper

Undocumented immigrants pay billions of dollars in federal taxes each year

Here’s how they do it.<p>One of the biggest misconceptions about undocumented immigrants is that they don’t pay any taxes. In his first address to Congress, President Trump set the tone for his coming immigration agenda when he said immigration costs US taxpayers “billions of dollars a year.”<p>A 2017 …

Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen "very soon or not so soon at all." The White House said he would consult further with allies.<p>Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned …

Trump Promises Strike on Syria and Warns Russia Against Backing Assad

WASHINGTON — President Trump put Syria and Russia on notice Wednesday morning in a Twitter post, promising that missiles fired at Syria “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” and telling the Kremlin that it should not partner with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” …

Middle East

Paul Ryan Upends Republican Hopes and Plans for Midterm Elections

WASHINGTON — Fifteen months after Republicans took full control of Washington, the man long seen as central to the party’s future is abandoning one of the most powerful jobs in the capital, imperiling the G.O.P. grip on the House and signaling that the political convulsions of the Trump era are …

Ryan Found Himself on the Margins as the G.O.P. Moved Right

WASHINGTON — Paul D. Ryan took the helm of the House two and a half years ago, not because he wanted it, but because he was seen as the only lawmaker who could keep Republicans from devouring themselves. They had shut down the government, nearly precipitated a debt crisis and toppled a speaker, …

The Justice Department’s Explanation for Ending a Program That Helps Detained Immigrants Know Their Rights Makes No Sense

The Washington Post was the first to report the new policy on Tuesday. An immigration court official “said the review will examine the …

Work Requirement Proposals Would Kick Struggling Workers When They’re Down

Download the PDF here.<p>Taking away food, shelter, and health care from jobless workers won’t help them find work any faster. But that is exactly what …

Researchers: Depression may be a physical illness linked to inflammation

Physical Roots of Depression<p>Although current treatments for depression mostly focus on brain chemicals such as serotonin, scientists now think …

AP: Women file to run for US House seats in record numbers

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The number of women running for the U.S. House of Representatives set a record Thursday, most of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies of the Republican-controlled Congress.<p>Their ranks will continue to swell, with candidate filing …

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