Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

A Virginia man caught with $16,500 in cash in his carry-on luggage was charged Thursday with transmitting top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese agent. Kevin Mallory, 60, of Leesburg was arrested Thursday and made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. The self-employed consultant who speaks Chinese is charged under the federal Espionage Act and could face […]

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McConnell’s Calculation May Be That He Still Wins by Losing

When it comes to managing Republicans’ best interests, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, rarely loses. So it is possible that Mr. McConnell views the potential failure of a hastily written health care bill as an eventual boon. His presentation on Thursday of the Senate’s health care measure to Republican colleagues — after the White House and key […]

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Even with no GOP Senate bill in sight, Democrats and allies begin mobilizing to fight it

Surrounded by several fellow Democrats in a meeting room in the Capitol Visitors Center, Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) lashed out Wednesday afternoon at Republican plans to refashion federal health policies, contending that they would “hit rural communities like a wrecking ball.” But the plans that Wyden was condemning at an all-Democratic hearing were not part of a Senate bill. In […]

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GOP budget deadlock imperils Trump hopes for tax overhaul

If Republicans can’t pass a budget, forget about a major overhaul of the nation’s tax code — at least if they want a GOP-only approach with President Donald Trump that would avoid Democratic delaying tactics. Congressional Republicans are struggling to first figure out a budget, but despite weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, they remain stuck. Tea party conservatives are demanding spending […]

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Merkel open to creating eurozone budget

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she could back a eurozone finance minister and eurozone budget “if the circumstances are right”. French President Emmanuel Macron has argued strongly for both, in order to reform the eurozone. Germany is wary of any move that might lead to a “transfer union” – a common budget used to prop up indebted governments in the […]

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Cellphone, internet outages reported across U.S.

If you’re having trouble making calls or connecting to the internet on your cellphone, you’re not alone. CBS Tucson affiliate KOLD-TV reports several major cellphone providers — including Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile — were having service issues on Monday. The website downdetector.com, which compiles users’ reports of outages, posted maps highlighting a number of different areas with problems: Verizon outage […]

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Spicer expected to take less public role

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to take on a more strategic role that would give him a limited presence in the daily press briefings that have made him a prominent face of the Trump administration. A senior administration official and three people familiar with the potential changes said Monday that Spicer has discussed taking a more senior […]

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