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Omarosa says Trump is a racist who uses N-word – and claims there is tape to prove it

Donald Trump is a “racist” who has used the “N-word” repeatedly, Omarosa Manigault Newman, once the most prominent African American in the White House, claims in a searing memoir.<p>The future US president was caught on mic uttering the taboo racial slur “multiple times” during the making of his …

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New York Congressman Chris Collins Is Charged With Insider Trading

Representative Chris Collins was at the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House last summer when he received an unexpected email from the head of a drug company in which he was heavily invested. The company’s only product — an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis — had …

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At President Trump’s hotel in New York, revenue went up this spring — thanks to a visit from big-spending Saudis

The general manager of the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan had a rare bit of good news to report to investors this spring: After two years of decline, revenue from room rentals went up 13 percent in the first three months of 2018.<p>What caused the uptick at President Trump’s flagship hotel in …

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Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to …

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Russian Hackers’ New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator

Sen. Claire McCaskill is a top target for Republicans looking to grow their slim Senate majority in 2018. Turns out, Russia’s “Fancy Bear” hackers …

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Exclusive: CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape

<b>(CNN) —</b> Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier, according to the audio recording of the conversation aired exclusively on CNN's …

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White House readies plan for $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers caught in Trump’s escalating trade war

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced up to $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers caught in an escalating trade war, seeking to temper growing Republican dissent over President Trump’s trade policies.<p>The aid is designed to help farmers facing tariffs in China, Mexico and other countries …

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Carter Page FISA Documents Are Released by Justice Department

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration disclosed on Saturday a previously top-secret set of documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, the onetime Trump campaign adviser who was at the center of highly contentious accusations by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee that the …

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Exclusive: Alleged Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials

(An earlier version of this article corrected the date of Simes’s trip to February 2015 instead of 2016)<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maria Butina, accused in the United States of spying for Russia, had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a …

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Trump’s Putin fallout: Inside the White House’s tumultuous week of walk-backs

Executive time began early on Thursday, just after sunrise.<p>Feeling exasperated and feisty as he awoke in the White House residence, President Trump fired off his grievances on Twitter about how the media had been covering his Helsinki summit. And, refusing to be cowed, Trump gave national security …

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Zuckerberg: The Recode interview

Everything was on the table — and after Facebook’s wildest year yet, that’s a really big table.<p>Yesterday, I motored my Ford Fiesta down to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., to interview CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.<p>I had not done a formal interview with Zuckerberg since he appeared …

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Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Payment to Playboy Model

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others …

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From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.<p>The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military …

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Special counsel Robert Mueller asks for immunity for five potential witnesses in Paul Manafort trial

Special counsel Robert Mueller is asking a judge to grant immunity from prosecution for five potential witnesses whose testimony Mueller wants to …

Russian woman charged with spying for Moscow by 'infiltrating' NRA

A Russian woman has been charged with spying for Moscow in the US by infiltrating the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an attempt to influence the Republican party and American politics.<p>Maria Butina, who purported to be a pro-gun activist, met American politicians and candidates to establish …

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12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign. The indictment came only three days before President …

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Papa John’s founder resigns hours after apologizing for using the n-word

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company’s board late Wednesday, after touching off a firestorm of criticism when he confirmed that he had used a racial slur during a conference call with a marketing agency.<p>Schnatter, a Trump donor who had already stepped down as his …

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Government Told Immigrant Parents to Pay for DNA Tests to Get Kids Back, Advocate Says

Authorities separated families and took their documents, leaving genetic tests as the only way to verify who they are. And a secret contractor is …

Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s …

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Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

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Soccer Team Is Found Alive in Thailand Cave Rescue

MAE SAI, Thailand — The scrawny boys were huddled on the floor of the cave when the British divers emerged from the murky water.<p>As his light flickered from one boy to another, one diver called out, “How many of you?”<p>“Thirteen,” a boy answered.<p>“Brilliant,” the diver said.<p>After 10 days trapped in a …

Trump Administration in Chaotic Scramble to Reunify Migrant Families

Faced with a court-imposed deadline to reunite families separated at the southwest border, federal authorities are calling in volunteers to sort through records and resorting to DNA tests to match children with parents. And they acknowledged for the first time Thursday that of the nearly 3,000 …

Immigrant PhD candidate rocked by sudden US Army discharge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Growing up in eastern China, Panshu Zhao fell in love with America. He read the Bible his parents gave him, watched Hollywood movies and studied the ideals of democracy. He jumped at the chance to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University.<p>In 2016, Zhao enlisted in the U.S. …

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Trump says EPA administrator Pruitt chose to resign, 'Scott felt that he was a distraction'

After months of controversy and ethical questions, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned from the agency, President …

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North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration, …

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Exclusive: Trump administration plan would bar people who enter illegally from getting asylum

A sweeping regulation being considered by the Department of Justice would likely stop most Central Americans from winning asylum in the US.<p>The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States.<p>Under the …

Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening

WASHINGTON — President Trump singled him out for praise even while attacking other members of the Supreme Court. The White House nominated people close to him to important judicial posts. And members of the Trump family forged personal connections.<p>Their goal was to assure Justice Anthony M. Kennedy …

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Laurel man charged with murder

A gunman blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis with a shotgun Thursday afternoon, killing five people, authorities …

Anthony Kennedy retiring, giving Trump opening to reshape Supreme Court

The departure of the 81-year-old Kennedy has the potential to radically reshape the court on issues such as abortion and affirmative action.<p>Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced on Wednesday that he will retire, unleashing an epic political battle to replace him that could allow President …

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