McConnell Defends Trump, Rejecting Call for New Inquiry

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, on Wednesday defended President Trump’s firing of the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, resisting Democratic calls to challenge the president and support a broader inquiry of Russian interference in the election. “Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor, […]

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Yates: Alarm about Russian blackmail led to warning on Flynn

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told Congress Monday she bluntly warned the Trump White House in January that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “essentially could be blackmailed” by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow’s ambassador in Washington.The testimony from Yates, an Obama administration holdover fired soon after for other […]

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Trump White House kept travel ban secret from its first attorney general

The White House instructed administration lawyers not to let the acting attorney general know that it was working on a travel ban temporarily barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to testimony Monday. The decision to leave Justice Department leaders in the dark on the executive order may help explain its chaotic implementation. The order was eventually blocked by a […]

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Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Mike Flynn, Say Officials

Former President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News. The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office. A senior Trump administration official acknowledged […]

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Trump voices ‘unwavering support’ for historically black colleges

President Trump pledged “unwavering support” to historically black colleges Sunday, after some university leaders and advocates expressed alarm at a statement he made Friday in which he questioned whether a funding source for such schools was constitutional. Many leaders of historically black colleges had been pleased by overtures from the Trump administration from the earliest days of Trump’s presidency, including […]

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Trump’s revised travel ban faces legal challenges in courtrooms on both coasts

President Trump’s revised travel ban faces two major legal tests this month when federal appeals courts on opposite coasts take up challenges to an executive order that the administration says is urgently needed for national security and that opponents say discriminates against Muslims.The first hearing comes Monday in Richmond. Federal immigration law gives the president broad authority to bar foreign […]

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White House, GOP senators differ on whether Senate starts ‘from scratch’ on health care

The White House and fellow Republicans in the Senate differed Sunday on Congress’ next step on ObamaCare reform, with Maine Sen. Susan Collins suggesting her chamber will shelve the recently passed House measure and “start from scratch.” While President Trump and House Republicans celebrated passage of their measure Thursday with a White House Rose Garden event, concerns were already mounting […]

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Trump questions whether key funding source for historically black colleges is constitutional

In February, President Trump invited leaders from historically black colleges and universities to the White House, a move they hoped signaled his support for the institutions and showed an effort to give them more clout in his administration. But critics had a more cynical description of the Oval Office meeting: a photo op. Those naysayers got more ammunition on Friday […]

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Israel-Germany row shines spotlight on anti-occupation group

Former Israeli combat soldiers who were thrust into the center of a recent diplomatic row between Israel and Germany, say the sudden international spotlight has given them a bigger stage to speak out against Israel’s 50-year rule over millions of Palestinians. Breaking the Silence is a group of ex-soldiers-turned-whistleblowers who view Israel’s open-ended occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian […]

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