At the White House, an abrupt chain reaction

President Trump overhauled his White House on Friday in a dramatic shake-up of his senior team at the six-month mark of his presidency, which so far has been beset by a special counsel’s widening Russia investigation, a floundering legislative agenda and seemingly constant chaos and infighting within his West Wing. Trump’s decision Friday morning to install wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as […]

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Analysis: White House’s ill-timed knock on Russia sanctions

The Trump White House picked the worst possible time to criticize a package of new Russia sanctions that is heading toward almost certain and overwhelming approval by Congress. The administration stayed on the sidelines as lawmakers crafted the legislation popular with Republicans and Democrats alike. And now its complaints over a key section of the bill are drowned out amid […]

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White House social media director violated Hatch Act with tweet targeting GOP congressman

White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. violated a federal law that bars public officials from using their positions for political activity when he urged President Trump’s supporters to defeat a GOP congressman, the Office of Special Counsel has concluded. As a result, Scavino was issued a warning letter and advised that additional violations of the law could result […]

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Kushner offers few clues about potential White House conflicts

As chief executive of his family’s real estate empire, Jared Kushner planned two apartment projects across the street from each other in Jersey City. Both would be luxury skyscrapers, complete with retail space and sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. A new crosswalk would connect them, intended to link the two Kushner Cos. developments practically and visually. But when Kushner […]

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