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The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader.

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Bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump’s border barrier could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in coming months.

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Pentagon officials are recommending a restrained response to the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, arguing against a potentially costly conflict with Iran.

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Drug companies facing more than 2,000 lawsuits over their alleged roles in the opioid epidemic demanded Saturday that the federal judge overseeing the case step aside, questioning his impartiality.

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September 13, 2019 8 min

The trio at the center of the stage have consistently held the top places in the polls, with the rest of the candidates trailing far behind and therefore growing increasingly desperate.

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The rupture between President Trump and John Bolton, as chronicled in public and in private accounts of administration officials, is a case study of the president’s sometimes Kafkaesque management style.

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Over a turbulent 17 months, President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton had disagreed on a variety of issues, from North Korea to Venezuela to Iran. But Trump finally decided to remove his top security aide on Tuesday.

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Two years ago, the United States extracted from Russia an important CIA source who had provided information about the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Plans for U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan have been thrown into confusion following Trump’s decision to call off a secret meeting he planned at Camp David with Afghan and Taliban leaders to secure a peace deal.

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A White House official says President Trump himself used a Sharpie to mark up an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map, which he displayed during an Oval Office briefing on Wednesday.

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Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate the speech of a company executive and dupe his subordinate into wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to a secret account.

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Nicholas Soames, a member of Parliament representing Mid Sussex, was among the group of 21 Conservative politicians who defied Johnson’s wishes by voting for a motion that paves the way for Brexit to be delayed till 2020.

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House Democrats plan to make President Trump’s alleged involvement in a 2016 scheme to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with him a major investigative focus this fall.

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President Trump made dire predictions Thursday for Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall, warning that the storm was likely going to “hit very hard” and “be very big.”

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August 29, 2019 3 min

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who struggled to gain traction in a crowded field, ended her presidential run Wednesday, a further winnowing of the Democrats hoping to take on President Trump in 2020.

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Keeping China guessing is all part of a strategy to gain the upper hand in the trade war, President Trump suggested after a whiplash-inducing series of contradictory and confusing statements about relations between the world’s two largest economies.

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President Trump capped days of advocacy on behalf of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by announcing here Monday that he intends to invite the leader to the Group of Seven summit in 2020.

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A summit of world leaders devolved into a confusing spectacle on Sunday when President Trump signaled regret for his trade war with China only to have the White House reverse his position hours later.

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Already, President Trump has shaken up the G-7 summit schedule, calling at the last minute for a special meeting Sunday morning to discuss the global economy.

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The anti-Trump movement inside the Republican Party — long a political wasteland — is feeling new urgency to mount a credible opposition to Trump before it’s too late.

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