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Trump Ordered Bannon to Limit Testimony

President Donald Trump personally made the decision to curtail the testimony of former chief White House political strategist Steve Bannon before the …

Steve Bannon

FBI investigating whether Russia funneled cash to NRA to aid Trump's campaign | McClatchy Washington Bureau

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help …

Corruption

Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it was taking new steps to protect doctors, nurses and other health workers who have religious or moral objections to performing abortions or sex-change operations, or providing other medical services.<p>The move, one day before the …

Rights & Freedoms

The Latest: Trump campaign aides interviewed by House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia (all times local):<p>10:35 a.m.<p>President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and senior White House aide, Rick Dearborn, are being interviewed Wednesday behind closed doors by the House …

Donald Trump

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested

WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China identify the agency’s informants in that country has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. Many of the informants were killed in a systematic dismantling of the C.I.A.’s spy network in China starting in 2010 that was …

National Security

Trump administration to appeal 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as …

Donald Trump

I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life

She approached him because she recognized his camera flash — Aziz Ansari was taking pictures at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party with a film camera, …

Aziz Ansari

Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence

Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say<p>A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement …

Donald Trump

Porn Star Who Claimed Sexual Encounter With Trump Received Hush Money, Wall Street Journal Reports

A former star of pornographic movies received a $130,000 payment a month before the 2016 election that was part of an agreement to keep her from publicly discussing a sexual encounter she claimed to have had with Donald J. Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday afternoon.<p>The Journal, …

Donald Trump

Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries

President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.<p>“Why are we having all these people from …

Immigration

APNewsBreak: 7-Eleven probe opens new front on immigration

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in the largest crackdown on an employer under Donald Trump's presidency.<p>Agents tell The Associated Press they targeted about 100 stores from coast …

Immigration

DACA Immigration Protections Must Continue for Now, Judge Says

WASHINGTON — In the middle of an intense political fight about the program that shields from deportation young immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children, a federal judge in California issued a nationwide injunction late Tuesday ordering the Trump administration to start …

Immigration

White House Official Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin

A member of Trump’s National Security Council staff had a radical notion: to pare back American troops in Europe as a way to curry favor with the …

Russia

Exclusive: Top Pence aides quietly depart in new year

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vice President Mike Pence's chief lawyer and domestic policy director are leaving his office at the beginning of the new year, according to four sources familiar with the staff turnover.<p>The moves come amid high tensions and staff turnover in the Trump administration thanks to the ongoing …

Mike Pence

Republican Senators Raise Possible Charges Against Author of Trump Dossier

WASHINGTON — More than a year after Republican leaders promised to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, two influential Republicans on Friday made the first known congressional criminal referral in connection with the meddling — against one of the people who sought to …

Trump Administration

Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot

<b>(CNN) —</b> Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.<p>The move essentially shifts federal policy from the hands-off approach adopted under the previous …

Cannabis

Steve Bannon Privately Called Trump A "Narcissist" Before Taking Over His Campaign

As the relationship between the Breitbart boss and the President explodes in public, emails obtained by BuzzFeed News reveal that Bannon, in private, was never a Trump zealot.<p>Steve Bannon privately expressed ambivalence about Donald Trump as a presidential candidate before taking over his campaign, …

Donald Trump

Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

Former White House strategist quoted in Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff Bannon: ‘They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV<p>Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 …

Donald Trump

Orrin Hatch to Retire from Senate, Opening Path for Mitt Romney

Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Senate Republican, plans to announce on Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year, rebuffing the pleas of President Trump to seek an eighth term and paving the way for Mitt Romney to run for the seat.<p>Mr. Hatch intends to announce his decision …

Elections

The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be “as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and …

Republicans

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.<p>About three weeks earlier, …

George Papadopoulos

Trump Reportedly Fires HIV/AIDS Panel Without Explanation

The remaining 16 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS were told they were being fired Wednesday, via a FedExed letter from the …

Donald Trump

Trump Says Russia Inquiry Makes U.S. ‘Look Very Bad’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump said Thursday that he believes Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, will treat him fairly, contradicting some members of his party who have waged a weekslong campaign to try to discredit Mr. Mueller and the continuing …

Russia

At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment

One woman said she was riding a Ferris wheel at Coney Island after a company event when a co-worker suddenly took her hand and put it on his crotch. Another said she felt pressured into a sexual relationship with an executive and was fired after she rejected him.<p>A third said that a co-worker …

Sexual Harassment

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.<p>Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.<p>For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according …

UFOs

CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.<p>Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and …

Alex Azar

Kushner’s legal team looks to hire crisis public relations firm amid Russia probe

Senior White House official Jared Kushner and his legal team are searching for a crisis public relations firm, according to four people familiar with the matter.<p>Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, has quietly called at least two firms, these people said. The inquiries have occurred in the past two …

Jared Kushner

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.<p>The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality …

Net Neutrality

Disney Makes $52.4 Billion Deal for 21st Century Fox in Big Bet on Streaming

LOS ANGELES — In a move that will reverberate from Hollywood and Silicon Valley to TVs and smartphones around the world, the Walt Disney Company said Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox, the empire controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at …

21st Century Fox