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Kushner Cos. filed false New York housing paperwork

Updated on  March 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm
When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit. Read More

Zinke defends ‘konnichiwa’ comment to Hanabusa

Updated on  March 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is defending his use of a Japanese greeting when responding to a question from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii. Read More

Lawmakers quibble over details of $1.3T U.S. spending bill

Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary. Read More

Senators want CIA to lift veil on nominee’s black site past

Gina Haspel’s long spy career is so shrouded in mystery that senators want documents declassified so they can decide if her role at a CIA black site should prevent her from directing the agency. Read More

Mueller now has memos McCabe kept on Trump dealings

Updated on  March 17, 2018 at 6:32 pm
The memos could factor into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as his team examines Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice. Read More

Sessions fires ex-FBI deputy director days before his retirement

Updated on  March 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced tonight that he was firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a longtime and frequent target of President Donald Trump’s anger, just two days before his scheduled retirement date. Read More

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter was pioneer in Congress

Updated on  March 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm
Veteran U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Kentucky blacksmith’s daughter who went on to chair one Congress’s most important committees, died today at a Washington hospital where she was being treated after falling in her home, her top aide said. She was 88. Read More

Congress demands Pentagon and Justice investigate child sex assault

Updated on  March 15, 2018 at 5:21 pm
Congress reacted today to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defense and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem. Read More

White House revolving door may spin faster as Trump mulls more changes

Updated on  March 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm
President Donald Trump appears to have soured on additional members of his senior leadership team — and his frequent mulling about making changes has some people around him convinced he could act soon. Read More

Trump admits making things up

Updated on  March 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm
President Donald Trump confided to donors at a private Missouri political fundraiser Wednesday night that he ‘had no idea’ what the Canada-U.S. trade statistics were when he insisted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the two countries had a trade deficit. Read More

Trump’s company turning over documents to federal investigators

Updated on  March 15, 2018 at 11:08 am
President Donald Trump’s company said today that it has been turning over documents for months in response to requests from the special counsel investigating Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates. Read More

Tillerson’s firing, Pompeo’s hiring causes anxiety in Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s firing is reverberating across a Middle East where Iran fears his replacement will fight to end the 2015 nuclear deal, a hope of Gulf Arab states as Palestinians worry about a further-emboldened nationalist Israeli government. Read More

Senate passes bill easing Dodd-Frank rules for banks

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation today designed to ease bank rules that were enacted to prevent a relapse of the 2008 financial crisis that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and homes. Read More

House backs school safety bill in Florida shooting response

Updated on  March 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm
The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improve school safety today, the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. Read More

Lamb maintains slim lead in hotly contested House race

Updated on  March 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm
Democrat Conor Lamb clung to a slender lead today in a closely watched U.S. House race in Pennsylvania while Republican Rick Saccone eyed a recount in the GOP stronghold friendly to President Donald Trump. Read More

Trump picks camera-proven Kudlow as top economic aide

Updated on  March 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Two administration officials said today that Trump had offered the job to Kudlow, who had worked in the White House budget office more than three decades ago under Ronald Reagan. Read More

House Democrats cite ‘evidence’ of Trump-Russia collusion

Updated on  March 14, 2018 at 7:36 am
California Rep. Adam Schiff said he believes there is “significant evidence” of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, though he couldn’t say if there was criminal wrongdoing. Read More