Amid cooperation, some Trump allies urge Russia probe fight

Even as President Donald Trump’s advisers encourage him to accept the realities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, longtime friends and allies are pushing Trump to fight back, citing concerns that his lawyers are naive to the existential threat facing the president. Trump supporters and associates inside and outside the White House see the conciliatory path as risky to the […]

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US defense secretary arrives in Iraq to assess Mosul fight

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces have killed or gravely wounded more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters in the battle for Mosul since October, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Sunday. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told reporters there are still an estimated 3,000-5,000 IS fighters still defending Mosul. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit Sunday to an […]

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For Clinton, a double-barreled fight against Trump and Sanders in New York

Hillary Clinton’s double-barreled fight for the presidency has arrived in her home state, where she is planning a weeks-long, hyper-local blitz to deal with the challenge of simultaneously competing against two fellow New Yorkers: Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Although New York’s primary is still nearly three weeks away, its 247 delegates are expected to make it a critical […]

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Clinton to push Trump, GOP on Supreme Court fight

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will assail the prospect of a Donald Trump-appointed U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday, her campaign said, as she seeks to regain momentum from party rival Bernie Sanders, the winner of three weekend nominating contests. Clinton will criticize U.S. Republican senators for refusing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, and voice concern about any […]

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The behind-the-scenes fight between Apple and the FBI

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook took the stage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco to tout the iPhone’s latest mobile-operating system, iOS 8. With more than 6,000 developers and technology enthusiasts cheering them on, Cook and other executives showed off new text messaging features, a health-tracking tool and an updated photo app. Not once during the two-hour presentation did […]

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GOP establishment caught between a rock and a hard place in nomination fight

Nineteen states have voted in the Republican presidential primary process. And it’s hard to imagine a more nightmarish scenario for the party’s establishment. “We’re left with a bully and a zealot,” Republican media consultant Kim Alfano said. At present, Donald Trump — the foul-mouthed billionaire who revels in breaking every political rule — is the favorite for the party’s nomination. […]

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Homeland Security Goes on Offense for Fight With Congress

The Obama Administration made a last-minute public plea for Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security, sending Secretary Jeh Johnson on a tour of political talk shows Sunday. As the deadline approaches for the department’s funding, Johnson echoed the administration line that Congress should simply fund the department without conditions. Republicans in Congress hoped to attach language to the […]

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