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Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters
To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor. The president and his companies have been ...
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Jared Kushner to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in Russia probe Jared Kushner to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in Russia probe
WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is expected to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee in its investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, as congressional inquiries and a separate FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump associates and Russia officials threaten to engulf the administration. Kushner volunteered to testif...
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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans say goodbye at public service Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans say goodbye at public service
Fans gathered to honour Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a public memorial service in Los Angeles on Saturday, three months after the actresses died. The mother and daughter were remembered in the 1,200-seat theatre at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The event included a tribute song by James Blunt and a performance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Singin' in the Rain's ...
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Senate's top Democrat opposes Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Senate's top Democrat opposes Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Democrat announced Thursday he will try to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation following two days of questioning in which the federal appeals court judge refused to opine about past, present or potential future cases. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged fellow Democrats to join him in requiring Gorsuch to meet a 60-vote threshold that R...
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Freedom Caucus claims enough votes to kill Obamacare repeal Freedom Caucus claims enough votes to kill Obamacare repeal
WASHINGTON — A day before the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, conservatives say they have enough “no” votes to kill it and are calling on House leadership to postpone floor action and go back to the drawing board. “It’s not going to pass as it’s standing right now,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told reporters Wednesday. “They should, absolutely” push back Thursday’s scheduled vote. “As...
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Trump pressures 'sanctuary cities' that won't hold undocumented immigrants Trump pressures 'sanctuary cities' that won't hold undocumented immigrants
In a move to put public pressure on "sanctuary cities," the Department of Homeland Security on Monday published a list of 118 localities that have refused to cooperate with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants. President Trump ordered the department to publish a weekly list of all detention requests turned down by local jails, listing the agency, the undocumented immigrants and th...
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Trump hasn't donated hotel profits from foreign governments yet Trump hasn't donated hotel profits from foreign governments yet
In the days before taking office, President Trump vowed that his companies would donate any profits made from foreign government patrons at his hotels to the U.S. Treasury to avoid any questions about conflicts of interest. Almost two months into his presidency, that hasn't happened yet. The Trump Organization now says it plans to make the donation after the end of the calendar year. The presid...
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Republican budget experts say Trump budget dropped populism Republican budget experts say Trump budget dropped populism
For Donald Trump, being a “compassionate conservative” like George W. Bush wasn’t good enough. During his campaign, he cast himself as an uncompromising populist who would fight for forgotten poor, rural Americans. But his budget blueprint is a betrayal of those people and his populist message, according to several former Republican budget officials. “Where’s the populism?” said Steve Bell, ...
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Winter Storm Stella is here: What you need to know Winter Storm Stella is here: What you need to know
Winter Storm Stella blasted up the East Coast Tuesday, providing much of the region with its biggest snowfall of the winter. Here is what you need to know: The latest forecast The late-season snowstorm continued to dump snow, sleet and freezing rain from the Carolinas to New England Tuesday, including many of the big cities in the Northeast U.S., the National Weather Service said. Blizzard war...
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President Trump promised mine jobs and highways; West Virginia won't forget President Trump promised mine jobs and highways; West Virginia won't forget
ON U.S. ROUTE 52 — In southern West Virginia they call this The Highway That Time Forgot, a 100-mile, two-lane stretch of stomach-churning switchbacks and careening coal trucks, clogged by stop-and-start school buses, slow-driving seniors and the random pedestrian. Infamous are its ear-popping ascents and declines; its oscillating speed limits and paucity of passing zones; its (by one count) 33...
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