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Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election

Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr. pushed messages from an account operated from Russia’s ‘troll farm’—including allegations of voter fraud a week …

Donald Trump

Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

WASHINGTON — President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, …

Health Care

E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that Scott Pruitt, the chief of the agency, had signed a measure to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of America’s …

Climate

Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer Gave $10,000 To Manhattan DA After He Declined To File Sexual Assault Charges

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer delivered $10,000 to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in 2015, in the months after Vance’s …

Corruption

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades

<i>Update: The Weinstein Company’s board</i> <i>is planning</i> <i>to investigate sexual harassment complaints against Harvey Weinstein as he takes a leave of absence. Find more coverage here.</i><p>Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the …

Harvey Weinstein

Tillerson’s Fury at Trump Required an Intervention From Pence

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time.<p>The tensions came to a head around the time President …

United States

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Were Close to Being Charged With Felony Fraud

In the spring of 2012, Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., found themselves in a precarious legal position. For …

Corruption

Exclusive: Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted Michigan and Wisconsin

<b>(CNN) —</b> A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump's victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation.<p>Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key …

Facebook Ads

Rep. Tim Murphy, popular with pro-life movement, urged abortion in affair, texts suggest

A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an …

Pittsburgh

Pence’s chief of staff floats ‘purge’ of anti-Trump Republicans to wealthy donors

Nick Ayers urges donors to ‘form a coalition’ to take on GOP leaders and members who don’t back the president.<p>Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff railed against congressional leaders in closed-door remarks to wealthy donors and called for a “purge” if GOP lawmakers don’t quickly rally behind …

Donald Trump

Kennedy’s Vote Is in Play on Voting Maps Warped by Politics

WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has long been troubled by extreme partisan gerrymandering, where the party in power draws voting districts to give itself a lopsided advantage in elections. But he has never found a satisfactory way to determine when voting maps are so warped by politics that …

Judiciary

Trump’s company had more contact with Russia during campaign, according to documents turned over to investigators

Associates of President Trump and his company have turned over documents to federal investigators that reveal two previously unreported contacts from Russia during the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>In one case, Trump’s personal attorney and a business associate …

Donald Trump

Las Vegas Shooting Live Updates: Multiple Weapons Found in Gunman’s Hotel Room

LAS VEGAS — A gunman on a high floor of a Las Vegas hotel rained a rapid-fire barrage on an outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, leaving at least 59 people dead, injuring 527 others, and sending thousands of terrified survivors fleeing for cover, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in …

Terrorism

Did Manafort Use Trump to Curry Favor With a Putin Ally?

Emails turned over to investigators detail the former campaign chair's efforts to please an oligarch tied to the Kremlin.<p>On the evening of April 11, 2016, two weeks after Donald Trump hired the political consultant Paul Manafort to lead his campaign’s efforts to wrangle Republican delegates, …

Russia

U.S. in Direct Communication With North Korea, Says Tillerson

BEIJING — The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a military confrontation from both sides.<p>“We are …

North Korea

Health Secretary Tom Price Resigns After Drawing Ire for Chartered Flights

WASHINGTON — Tom Price, the health and human services secretary, resigned under pressure on Friday after racking up at least $400,000 in travel bills for chartered flights and undermining President Trump’s promise to drain the swamp of a corrupt and entitled capital.<p>Already in trouble with Mr. …

Tom Price

Scoop: Tom Price's travel costs exceed $1 million since May

<b>SCOOP: TOM PRICE's TRAVEL COSTS EXCEED $1 MILLION SINCE MAY —</b> The HHS secretary's travel over the past four months included trips aboard military aircraft to Europe, Africa and Asia that cost more than $500,000, POLITICO's Rachana Pradhan and Dan Diamond first reported on Thursday night. That's on …

Health Care

DOJ demands Facebook information from 'anti-administration activists'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant, according to court documents obtained by CNN.<p>The warrants specifically target the accounts of …

Privacy

Exclusive: Kushner didn't disclose personal email account to Senate intel committee

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In his closed interview with the staff of the Senate intelligence committee, White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner did not share the existence of his personal email account, which he has used for official business, CNN has learned.<p>CNN has also …

Donald Trump

College Basketball Assistants, Including Chuck Person, Face Bribery Charges

Ten people involved with the highest echelon of college basketball, including four assistant coaches, are facing federal bribery, fraud and other corruption charges, prosecutors in Manhattan announced on Tuesday.<p>The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a statement …

Corruption

North Korea Says It Has the Right to Shoot Down U.S. Warplanes

North Korea threatened on Monday to shoot down American warplanes even if they were not in the country’s airspace, stating that President Trump’s comments suggesting he would eradicate North Korea and its leaders were “a declaration of war.”<p>The warning, made by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho of North …

North Korea

Steve Bannon Sought To Infiltrate Facebook Hiring

According to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, Bannon hoped to spy on Facebook’s job application process.<p>Steve Bannon plotted to plant a mole inside Facebook, according to emails sent days before the Breitbart boss took over Donald Trump’s campaign and obtained by BuzzFeed News.<p>The email exchange …

Steve Bannon

Ivanka Trump used a personal email account after inauguration

Ivanka Trump, the first daughter and adviser to the president, used a personal email address to communicate with a government official after her …

Donald Trump

Supreme Court Cancels Hearing on Previous Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday abruptly canceled oral arguments on President Trump’s travel ban, signaling the beginning of the end for a politically charged legal case that could have produced a blockbuster ruling on the clash between presidential power and claims of religious …

Judiciary

German elections 2017: Angela Merkel wins fourth term but AfD makes gains – as it happened

Exit poll puts Merkel’s CDU/CSU on 32%, with Social Democrats in second place on 20% AfD takes 13% and projected to be first far-right party to enter Bundestag in six decades Follow the official results live

Germany

Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Prison for Sexting With Teenager

He lost his seat in Congress, his audacious bid to resurrect his career as mayor of New York City, and his high-profile marriage. And he undermined Hillary Clinton’s shot at the presidency in the closing days of the tumultuous 2016 campaign.<p>On Monday, Anthony D. Weiner, sobbing as the judge spoke, …

Crime

After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity

N.F.L. players across the country demonstrated during the national anthem on Sunday in a show of solidarity against President Trump, who scolded the league and players on Twitter this weekend.<p>■ With the support of owners, some of whom joined their teams on the field, dozens of players knelt in …

Odell Beckham Jr

Kushner used private email to conduct White House business

The senior adviser set up the account after the election. Other West Wing officials have also used private email accounts for official business.<p>Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private …

The White House

McCain Announces Opposition to Republican Health Bill, Likely Dooming It

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain of Arizona announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders with little hope of succeeding in their last-ditch attempt to dismantle the health law and fulfill their longstanding promise to …

Health