Trump’s tweet raises obstruction specter, worries allies

The shifting explanations for why President Donald Trump fired national security adviser Michael Flynn have revived questions about whether the president may have obstructed an ongoing investigation of potential contacts between his campaign and Russia. Pressure on the administration has mounted since Flynn last week pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, with […]

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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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Trump phone calls signal a new transactional approach to allies and neighbors

In his phone calls with foreign leaders, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that he is less interested in tending America’s long-term relationships than he is in short-term deals. It was this approach that shone through in Trump’s contentious call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over an agreement that would require the United States to take in 1,250 […]

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Trump Has Provocative Words for Allies. Congress Does Damage Control

President Trump has been in office for barely two weeks, but Congress is already in diplomatic damage control. Senators are huddling in meetings or on embarrassing phone calls with ambassadors of major allies, assuring them that, yes, America is still their friend. They are cobbling together visits to other nations, something that members of Congress regularly do, but this time […]

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NSA Defender Feinstein Blasts Spying on Allies

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a steadfast defender of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs, said she is “totally opposed” Monday to the agency spying on allied countries. “Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance, I do not […]

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Obama, Netanyahu: Bad Blood Between Key Allies

President Barack Obama heads into his second term weighed down by an American government snarled in partisan gridlock, but also by an unproductive relationship with the leader of Israel, the bedrock U.S. ally in the tumultuous Middle East. And the puzzle that is the U.S.-Israeli relationship under Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is only growing more complex. “It’s troubled. […]

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