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Trump says he will consider keeping Iran deal but stresses that it's 'a disaster'

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:05:00 PDT

President Trump said Tuesday he promised French President Emmanuel Macron that he would reconsider his pledge to blow up the multinational Iran nuclear deal, but spent much of his time in their joint appearance explaining why he thinks it is “a disaster.”

“It’s insane. It’s ridiculous. It should...


Trump is pushing hard to reach NAFTA agreement, both with trading partners and with Congress

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

With critical political deadlines fast approaching, the Trump administration is racing to strike a deal on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement by early May — with an eye toward forcing a congressional vote on a new pact by the end of the year.

After months of making little progress,...


Man arrested in Waffle House shooting had displayed bizarre behavior in recent years, police say

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:20:00 PDT

Travis Reinking, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of gunning down four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, had displayed increasingly bizarre behavior in recent years, once complaining to relatives that he was being stalked by pop singer Taylor Swift.

Reinking was taken into custody...


Fox News host Sean Hannity's real estate holdings draw scrutiny

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:10:00 PDT

On Feb. 6, conservative media personality Sean Hannity brought his longtime financial advisor, William Lako, on his popular radio show to talk about money.

“For 25 years, you’ve watched me start with nothing, right, pretty much?” Hannity asked Lako. “Yes, I did,” replied Lako.

Since Hannity started...


For Melania Trump, the shroud of invisibility lifts during a week of public attention

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:30:00 PDT

She is either complicit in her husband’s worst instincts or a victim of them, either struggling in an anachronistic job or confidently doing precisely what she wants to do with it. Fifteen months after she became first lady, Melania Trump remains a mystery.

In the span of several days ending Tuesday,...


Senate panel approves Mike Pompeo as secretary of State after Rand Paul flips to support

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:40:00 PDT

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of State on party lines Monday after a Republican holdout changed his mind at the last minute, avoiding an embarrassing defeat for President Trump.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky had vowed to oppose Pompeo, but Paul...


President's hiring and firing power at issue in Supreme Court case over SEC judges

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:10:00 PDT

The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in an arcane dispute over administrative judges that poses a potentially far-reaching question about the president’s power: Can such executive branch officials have independent authority to act or must they be subject to control and removal by the president?


A FEMA program has sheltered thousands of Puerto Ricans since Hurricane Maria. But now the evacuees fear its days are numbered

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Scores of calls poured in last week. Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria were anxiously contacting lawmakers and advocates, fearful they were about to lose federal assistance that has allowed them to live in hotels since the storm ravaged the island seven months ago.

The government had warned...


Trump bristles at criticism over planned North Korea summit

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:35:00 PDT

President Trump pushed back Sunday against criticism that his decision to hold face-to-face talks with North Korea’s leader amounted to a major concession to Pyongyang, with no gain for Washington in return.

“Wow, we haven’t given up anything,” the president tweeted from his Florida resort.



French, German leaders will bring Trump the same message: Save the Iran nuclear deal

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:10:00 PDT

President Trump faces a European double bill this week as a crucial deadline looms for a decision on whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.

“I don’t...


Trump claims bragging rights on North Korea, but Kim also acting from position of strength

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Within minutes of North Korea’s announcement that it was suspending nuclear and missile tests and closing a test site, President Trump proclaimed a victory of sorts.

“Big progress!” he tweeted, eager to bask in the glow of credit for having influenced a significant reversal by a traditionally intractable...


Barbara Bush remembered at funeral for her grit, grace and humor

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:15:00 PDT

Barbara Pierce Bush was remembered Saturday for the strength of character and wit that made her one of the most popular first ladies in U.S. history, as she was laid to rest by the political clan she built, including the husband and son she helped reach the presidency.

“She was our teacher and...


Democrats sue Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks over alleged election conspiracy

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:25:00 PDT

Democrats gave President Trump another potential legal headache Friday, filing a federal lawsuit that alleges an illegal election conspiracy between his presidential campaign, the Russian government, the WikiLeaks organization and others.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial damages, probably...


Leakers, loyalty and Russian hookers: Comey memos allege Trump's fixations in early days

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:55:00 PDT

They are among the most storied memos in recent Washington history.

Under pressure from Republicans, the Justice Department on Thursday sent Congress the seven memos, spanning 15 pages, that then-FBI Director James B. Comey wrote over four months early last year about his interactions with President...


Federal judge delays ruling in Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump and his personal lawyer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:45:00 PDT

A federal judge in California postponed a ruling on a request by President Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is now the subject of a federal investigation, for a 90-day delay of a lawsuit filed against them by porn star Stormy Daniels.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero took the...


From 'nut job' to 'slimeball': A timeline of Trump's insults aimed at Comey

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:15:00 PDT

President Trump's rhetorical attacks against James Comey, the man he fired as FBI director, have escalated in both frequency and viciousness.(image)

Sen. Charles Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the country's oldest drug laws.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a statement...


Trump sex scandals turn a harsh spotlight on this Beverly Hills lawyer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Most Beverly Hills lawyers are seldom accused of extortion.

For Keith M. Davidson, however, it’s not so rare: He is fighting three civil suits by television personalities alleging extortion.

Davidson is the attorney who negotiated payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen...


Brooklyn's Sunset Park, built and rebuilt by immigrants, sees change once again

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Down at the water’s edge in southwestern Brooklyn, in a refurbished industrial building, lines spilled out the doorways of eateries peddling $7 avocado toast and $12 pulled pork sandwiches.

On this cold winter’s day, families lunched at tables inside faux-Native American tents set up in an outdoor...


The Trump administration sure does sell books

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:40:00 PDT

In any other administration, the news regarding North Korea — a secret mission by the CIA director to meet with Kim Jong Un, followed by tantalizing hints of North Korean negotiating flexibility — would have blotted out all other topics this week.

This being the Trump administration, the Korea...


Trump hires Giuliani and two other lawyers in effort to rebuild his legal team

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:20:00 PDT

President Trump hired New York’s former mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, as one of his new lawyers Thursday, turning to one of his oldest political allies as two federal investigations have reached deep into his inner circle.

Trump said Giuliani would help him left the cloud of investigations that has...


Judge bars government from sending a U.S. citizen captured in Syria to Saudi Arabia

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:15:00 PDT

Trying to find its way out of a legal thicket, the Trump administration wants to send to Saudi Arabia a U.S. citizen who was captured on the battlefield in Syria last fall and is suspected of supporting Islamic State.

Lawyers for the American, who is identified only as John Doe in court papers,...


Starbucks is closing thousands of stores for racial bias training. Will it work?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:10:00 PDT

Next month, the nation’s biggest coffee chain will close thousands of its U.S. stores for an afternoon to tell 175,000 employees that they may have been racist without realizing it.

That is the premise behind at least 8,000 “racial-bias education” seminars that Starbucks will hold May 29 at its...


Internal report that McCabe misled investigators sent to criminal prosecutors

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:40:00 PDT

Andrew McCabe, the FBI official who became a target for President Trump, now faces the possibility of criminal charges — the latest fallout from an internal watchdog report that found he lied to investigators.

The findings of that report, by the inspector general of the Justice Department, were...


Prosecutors suspected Manafort was a 'back channel' between Trump campaign and Russia

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:30:00 PDT

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, came under scrutiny by the special counsel because prosecutors suspected he might be a back channel between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election, a Justice Department lawyer said Thursday.

The disclosure...