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Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates

Jan 19 2017 — — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said. The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will […]

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Mexico says ‘El Chapo’ extradited to U.S.

Jan 19 2017 — — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most notorious cartel kingpin who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country’s most wanted man, was extradited to the United States on Thursday to face drug trafficking and other charges. Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department announced Guzman was handed over to U.S. authorities for […]

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Ethics Lawyers Call Trump’s Business Conflicts ‘Nakedly Unconstitutional’

Jan 19 2017 — — Will Donald Trump’s new job as president create ethical conflicts with his long-running role as a business owner? Trump sees no problem. “I have a no-conflict situation, because I’m president,” Trump said at a recent press conference. He was correctly referring to the federal conflicts-of-interest law that covers Cabinet secretaries, but not presidents. Still, ethics […]

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Cheers and ceremony: Trump arrives for his big day

Jan 19 2017 — — Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday for three days of inaugural festivities and quickly set about building better ties to the Republican Congress. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing. Trump began taking on more trappings […]

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Trump accuser leads a train car full of women to march on Washington

Jan 19 2017 — — Cathy Heller was looking for transportation to the Women’s March on Washington when she kept running into the same problem. On the morning of the march, every train leaving New York Penn Station for DC was sold out. A few phone calls later, she found herself entreating an Amtrak salesperson: how many women would she […]

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CNN/ORC Poll shows last-minute love for Obamacare

Jan 19 2017 — — Americans views of Obamacare tilt narrowly positive, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, marking the first time more have favored than opposed the law since its passage in 2010. The shift comes at the same time more than 8-in-10 say the law is likely to be repealed and replaced by incoming president Donald Trump. Overall, […]

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What Does Vladimir Putin See in Donald Trump?

Jan 19 2017 — — At noon on Friday, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. Millions of Americans will rejoice at the sight, and millions more will not. As a rule, foreign leaders don’t attend the inauguration of American presidents, but Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will be there in spirit. To understand why and to […]

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Trump’s nuclear wake-up call

Jan 19 2017 — — By the time he is sworn in tomorrow, Donald Trump will have undergone a haunting rite of passage: the classified briefing given to every incoming president that explains how he can order a nuclear attack. While neither U.S. nor Trump officials would confirm the exact time or location of Trump’s briefing, several past presidents have […]

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Avalanche buries Italian hotel, up to 30 missing

Jan 19 2017 — — A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers using flashlights on their helmets battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel on […]

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Obama defends granting clemency to Chelsea Manning

Jan 18 2017 — — U.S. President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off Chelsea Manning’s prison term, saying at his final White House news conference that the former army intelligence analyst had served a “tough prison sentence” already for leaking documents.

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Obama approval hits 60% as end of term approaches

Jan 18 2017 — — President Barack Obama will leave office Friday with his highest approval rating since 2009, his presidency largely viewed as a success, and a majority saying they will miss him when he is gone. A new CNN/ORC poll finds Obama’s approval rating stands at 60%, his best mark since June of his first year in office. […]

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The Trump lobbying purge that wasn’t

Jan 18 2017 — — Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s much-publicized efforts to keep lobbyists out of his administration, they have continued to offer policy advice, recommend job candidates and contribute money to his transition team, according to a POLITICO investigation. And while they’re barred from donating to the $200 million in inaugural festivities this week, lobbyists have been collecting checks […]

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Alt-right leader Richard Spencer says Trump is ‘first step’ toward identity politics

Jan 18 2017 — — Count Richard Spencer among the millions of Americans who will be thrilled to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office Friday. Spencer is no ordinary Trump supporter. He is a leader of the alt-right, a movement that rejects mainstream conservatism and promotes white nationalism — and, say many, is now emboldened by Trump’s win. […]

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Trump to Enter Office as Most Unpopular President in at Least 40 Years, Poll Finds

Jan 17 2017 — — Donald Trump enters office as the most unpopular of at least the last seven newly elected presidents, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds, with ratings for handling the transition that are also vastly below those of his predecessors. Forty percent of Americans in the national survey approve of the way Trump has handled the […]