Government seeks dismissal of suit over Trump’s businesses

Justice Department lawyers sought the dismissal Friday of a lawsuit alleging that Republican President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by letting his businesses accept money from foreign governments.The government filed papers in Manhattan federal court saying none of the plaintiffs had suffered an injury that would give them standing to bring such a lawsuit. It also said the relief […]

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Macron to unveil first French government

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to end the suspense over his first government on Wednesday after a 24-hour delay in unveiling what he has promised will be a new-look cabinet. On the campaign trail ahead of his election on May 7, Macron pledged a slimmed-down group of ministers of around 15 people, half of them women and including people […]

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How Government Secrets Are Declassified and Disclosed

The news that President Trump disclosed highly classified information about the Islamic State during a meeting with Russian officials, jeopardizing an ally’s intelligence source, has raised interest in legal issues surrounding disclosures of classified information. Who sets the rules for declassifications or disclosures? The classification system is regulated by executive orders, which presidents periodically update and replace. The current version […]

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Kosovo government falls after losing no-confidence vote

Kosovo’s government collapsed on Wednesday after losing a no-confidence vote, setting the scene for an early election after months of political deadlock over a border demarcation deal that critics say would mean a loss of territory for the tiny Balkan country. Prime Minister Isa Mustafa’s coalition government lost in a 78-34 vote, with three abstentions and five lawmakers not present. […]

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Ryan promises to keep government open but makes no promises on health care

House leaders told GOP lawmakers Saturday that they plan to devote their energy this week to keeping the federal government open, conspicuously avoiding an immediate commitment to take up health care despite pledges to do so by conservatives and the White House. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), speaking on a conference call with GOP members, offered no specific plan […]

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Trump finds himself on the defensive on a pair of government transparency issues

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday defended President Trump’s decision to keep visitor logs to the White House complex under wraps, saying his predecessor’s policy amounted to “faux” government transparency. The Trump administration drew criticism from an array of watchdog groups when it announced Friday that it would end the Obama administration’s policy of making most visitor logs […]

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Israelis increasingly losing faith in government

A leading Israeli think tank on Monday said it has found that Israelis are increasingly losing faith in their government and most Israeli public institutions — findings that mirror the global trend of dissatisfaction and cynicism that helped propel Britain’s exit from the European Union and the victory of President-elect Donald Trump. The Israel Democracy Institute also found a continuing […]

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Clinton hits Trump, says real estate mogul doesn’t understand government

Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump as “reckless” on foreign policy and for failing to understand how the federal government runs. Trump doesn’t grasp that the skills needed to govern differ from those in running a business, she said in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation broadcast on Sunday. “Maybe he just doesn’t understand that running our government is not the same as […]

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