Homeland security chief defends Kushner’s alleged proposal

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, the lone administration official to speak out publicly about reports that Jared Kushner sought a back channel to communicate with the Russian government, defended the move, saying it was a “good thing” for the U.S. government. “It’s normal, in my opinion, and acceptable,” Kelly said of the reports that Kushner made the request for a […]

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Defending Cuts, Mulvaney Misleads on Food Stamps and Big Bird

President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, defended austere budget cuts with misleading claims about economic development in coal country, how Social Security disability works and Big Bird. In congressional hearings over the budget, Mr. Mulvaney justified the president’s proposals to eliminate or tighten public programs that disproportionately affect the very people who voted for Mr. Trump. Here’s an assessment. Mr. […]

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AP reports Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat, The Associated Press has learned. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming […]

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Trump considers major changes amid escalating Russia crisis

President Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a “war room” within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies. Following Trump’s return to Washington on Saturday night from a nine-day foreign trip that provided […]

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Why did Russia become such a big issue only after November?

The chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee informed reporters on Tuesday afternoon that the committee would issue subpoenas to businesses associated with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, subpoenas that, unlike those issued to Flynn personally, couldn’t be batted away by invoking the Fifth Amendment. At the news conference addressing that decision, a reporter asked the two about testimony earlier […]

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