Congress averts shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill

Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The shutdown reprieve came as all sides issued optimistic takes on an afternoon White House meeting between top congressional leaders and President Donald Trump. The measure passed the House […]

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How Trump Has Flip-Flopped on Intelligence Agencies

President Trump’s harsh criticism of the F.B.I. elicited a rare and impassioned defense on Thursday from its director, Christopher A. Wray, even as he noted “no shortage of opinions out there” about the bureau.Mr. Wray’s comments to the House Judiciary Committee may as well have described Mr. Trump’s own shifting stances on the F.B.I., C.I.A. and other federal agencies that […]

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Mideast braces for fallout from Trump’s move on Jerusalem

Palestinians shuttered schools and shops and called for protests in West Bank towns on Thursday, while the leader of the Hamas militant group called for a new armed uprising, in widespread show of anger over President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump’s dramatic break on Wednesday with decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem counters long-standing international […]

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Trump threatens government shutdown, blames Democrats

President Donald Trump said Wednesday a government shutdown “could happen” and blamed Democrats for the looming threat, claiming “they want to have illegal immigrants pouring into the country, bringing with them crime.” “Democrats are really looking at something very dangerous for our country. They are looking at shutting down, they want to have illegal immigrants, in many cases people that […]

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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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Trump denies asking FBI director to go easy on Flynn

President Trump denied any attempt to obstruct an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Sunday, while lawmakers said the president’s own comments raised new questions about him and the probe into Russians who interfered in last year’s presidential election. During a weekend-long series of tweets following Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI, Trump attacked […]

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Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry

President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides. Senator […]

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Trump Sells Tax Plan With False Claims

At a Wednesday afternoon rally in Missouri, President Trump played up what he called the “biggest tax cuts in history” and boasted about economic growth “in a nonbraggadocious way.” “In fact, they’re going to say Trump is the opposite of an exaggerator,” he said of his rosy projections, in a speech full of exaggerations and falsehoods. Here’s an assessment. He […]

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The rise and fall of the Trump-Schumer-Pelosi partnership

Everything seemed to be going so smoothly just after Labor Day. President Trump tweeted favorably about dealing with “Chuck and Nancy,” and the two Democrats returned the favor. “He likes us. He likes me anyway,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in mid-September. He was caught on a live microphone on the Senate floor explaining to another senator […]

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