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Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Vow Thorough Russian Investigation

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:46:27 GMT

Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, right, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat, updated reporters about their ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Wednesday.The top Republican and Democrat on the committee pledged to forge ahead, while seeking to distance themselves from the troubled House inquiry.

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Justices Dig Through 1984 Murder, Weighing Withheld Evidence

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:36:51 GMT

The garage in a Washington alley where Catherine Fuller was murdered. Eight defendants were convicted of assaulting and killing her.The legal question was about prosecutors withholding evidence about another suspect, but the argument was dominated by an effort to reconstruct what happened decades ago.

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Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:23:18 GMT

Ivanka Trump during a meeting with female small-business owners at the White House on Monday.The president’s elder daughter had drawn criticism from ethics experts after saying she would serve as an informal adviser to her father.

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After Apology, Bill O’Reilly Continues Attacks on Maxine Waters

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:41:10 GMT

Maxine Waters, in her 14th term as a Democratic member of Congress from California, spoke at the party’s convention in July.The Fox News host had faced intense criticism for a remark about the congresswoman’s hair.

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Shots Fired at Capitol as Driver Tries to Run Down Officers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:21:29 GMT

A Capitol police officer examined bullet holes in a car that had reportedly tried to ram a cruiser outside the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday.A United States Capitol Police spokeswoman said a woman had been taken into custody and no one was hurt.

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What Cold War Intrigue Can Tell Us About the Trump-Russia Inquiry

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:22 GMT

The “taxi phone” on Kastanayevskaya Street in the Moscow suburbs where Paul Stombaugh was ambushed in June 1985.Events rooted in 1985, which became known as the Year of the Spy, in some ways mirror those that were set in motion during the 2016 presidential election.

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Like Trump, White House Staff Will Skip Correspondents Dinner

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:40:07 GMT

Sean M. Spicer, the White House press secretary, will skip the White House Correspondents Dinner next month, along with the rest of the White House staff.The administration said the entire White House staff would not attend the event next month, in solidarity with the president, who had already said he would not attend.

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Fact Check: Trump’s Misleading Words on Energy and Jobs

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:12:49 GMT

President Trump was joined by a group of coal miners on Tuesday as he signed an executive order that rolled back many of President Barack Obama’s climate-change efforts.President Trump claimed undue credit for job gains and miscast the effect of his executive orders on energy.

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Amid White House Tumult, Pence Offers Trump a Steady Hand

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:05:28 GMT

Vice President Pence after swearing in Mick Mulvaney as the White House budget director in February.As other advisers floundered in recent weeks, the vice president has emerged as an effective wingman for a president short on competent help.

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Rex Tillerson to Lift Human Rights Conditions on Arms Sale to Bahrain

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:37:30 GMT

A demonstration last month in Sitra, Bahrain, marking the sixth anniversary of major protests in the country. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has decided to lift all human rights conditions on a sale of F-16 fighter jets and other arms to Bahrain.The decision could mend a rift with a critical Middle East ally, but it is bound to be read by other nations in the region as a sign the administration will ease human rights demands.

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Little Sign of a ‘Trump Bump’ in the Economic Forecast

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:50:49 GMT

Valdese Weavers in Burke County, N.C., is hiring, but can’t always find the right employees. “We could train an undereducated person in the past,” its chief executive, Michael Shelton, said. “But the textile industry has changed, and we need a higher level of competence in computers and math for specific skills.”Despite upbeat sentiment among consumers and investors in the new year, actual growth estimates are modest for the quarter and beyond.

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Justices Side With Free-Speech Challenge to Credit Card Fees

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:20:42 GMT

The case before the Supreme Court was part of a long-running dispute between some merchants, who want to steer customers toward using cash, and credit card companies, which want to make their fees invisible to consumers.The justices ruled in favor of five New York businesses that wanted to inform their customers that they imposed a surcharge for the use of credit cards.

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Sports of The Times: Facing Congress, Some Sports Officials (Not All) Begin to Confront Sexual Abuse

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:36:59 GMT

The former gymnast Jamie Dantzscher listened to testimony from Jessica Howard, a former national champion in rhythmic gymnastics, at a congressional hearing about sexual abuse on Tuesday.A doctor is accused of molesting dozens of young gymnasts. Now a senator is calling for an investigation into “who knew what and when.”

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Sean Hannity Is Still Upset Ted Koppel Said He Was ‘Bad for America’

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:19:44 GMT

Sean Hannity, left, and Ted Koppel had a confrontational interview during a report that aired on the CBS show “Sunday Morning.”Mr. Hannity, the Fox News personality, is lashing out over an interview aired on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

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Special Election: Why Democrats Have a Shot in a Georgia District Dominated by Republicans

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:30:14 GMT

Jon Ossoff speaking to volunteers at his campaign office in Cobb County. Mr. Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat, is seeking the congressional seat left vacant by Tom Price’s appointment to President Trump’s cabinet.The contest to fill Tom Price’s vacant congressional seat is an early test of whether Democrats can make use of President Trump’s unpopularity.

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Policy Shift Helps Coal, but Other Forces May Limit Effect

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:09:00 GMT

A 2014 photo showing rail cars filled with coal in Wyoming and sprayed with a topper agent to suppress dust.Reversing clean power rules may lead to more drilling and pipelines, but economics and state initiatives still favor natural gas and renewable energy.

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Congressional memo: Congress Is Headed to Another Government Funding Showdown

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:06:12 GMT

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, left, after a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.Fresh off the House health bill debacle, the president is courting another disaster by asking for $18 billion in cuts to pay for his border wall with Mexico.

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Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:28:50 GMT

President Trump on Monday at a discussion with women who own small businesses.Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.

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Devin Nunes Says He Will Continue to Lead Russia Inquiry

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:39:54 GMT

Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on his way to a caucus meeting on Tuesday.The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Democrats’ concerns about his impartiality were “their problem.”

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Texas Used Wrong Standard in Death Penalty Cases, Justices Rule

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:09:03 GMT

The case concerned Bobby J. Moore, who has been on death row in Texas since 1980 for fatally shooting a Houston supermarket clerk during a robbery.The Supreme Court has rejected the test Texas uses to determine who should be spared execution because of an intellectual disability, continuing a trend toward limiting capital punishment.

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Repeal of Affordable Care Act Is Back on Agenda, Republicans Say

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:47:32 GMT

Stephen K. Bannon, one of President Trump’s chief advisers, left a meeting at the Capitol last week during negotiations on the American Health Care Act.Under pressure from conservative activists, House Republican leaders and the White House say they have restarted negotiations.

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5 Reasons Trump’s Promised Tax Overhaul Won’t Be So Easy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:48:44 GMT

Representative Kevin Brady, seated left, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Greg Walden, both Republicans. The president’s failure to push through broad health care overhaul has raised questions about the prospects of a sweeping rewrite of the tax code.

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2018 Dilemma for Republicans: Which Way Now on Obamacare?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:30 GMT

“Repeal Obamacare” buttons at a Heritage Foundation booth during the Conservative Political Action Conference last month in National Harbor, Md.Caught between alienating their conservative base and angering a broader group of voters, Republicans risk losing their House majority.

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Climate Change Denialists in Charge

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:16 GMT

A view of a power plant in New York City.Here are some of the voices of those central to environmental policy who have denied the effects of human-caused climate change.

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Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:05:25 GMT

An image distributed by the North Korean government showing the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, visiting a missile test center in North Pyongan Province. Analysts say the pair of engines he is standing in front of could power an intercontinental ballistic missile.The United States has been trying to sabotage North Korea’s missile program. President Trump must decide what to do next.

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