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Trump administration blocks access to White House visitor logs Trump administration blocks access to White House visitor logs
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Friday that records of visitors to the White House will stay secret until at least five years after Trump leaves office, a reversal of policy quickly denounced by advocates of transparent government. "Given the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, the White House Office will disclose Secr...
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United States judge found dead in Hudson River United States judge found dead in Hudson River
United States judge found dead in Hudson River REUTERSUPDATED ABOUT 5 HOURS AGO 64 COMMENTS EMAIL PRINT In this April 30, 2013 file photo, Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam looks on as members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee vote unanimously to advance her nomination to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals at the Capitol in Albany, NY. ─ AP In this April 30, 2013 file photo, Ju...
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US missile strike took out 20% of Syria's airforce, Mattis claims US missile strike took out 20% of Syria's airforce, Mattis claims
The US airstrike on Syria's Shayrat airbase Friday destroyed about 20% of the Syrian government's operational aircraft, Secretary of Defense James Mattis claimed in a statement Monday. "The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or rearm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest," Mattis said, describing the strike as a "measured re...
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Trump walks out before signing executive orders Trump walks out before signing executive orders
President Donald Trump walked out of an executive order signing ceremony Friday -- without actually signing the orders. During the signing ceremony, White House pool reporters asked Trump questions about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has offered to testify on Russian involvement in the US election in return for immunity from prosecution. The President ignored the ques...
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Police: Woman found dangling from shoelaces after botched WH breach Police: Woman found dangling from shoelaces after botched WH breach
A woman was arrested late Tuesday night after she allegedly attempted to gain entry to the White House, telling police she was there to speak to President Donald Trump. Secret Service officers observed the woman, identified as Marci Wahl, 38, walking and staring at the White House complex before discovering she had jumped a fence on the south side but had gotten stuck. Officers found Wahl, of ...
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Petraeus and other ex-generals oppose bill to let mentally ill vets get guns Petraeus and other ex-generals oppose bill to let mentally ill vets get guns
“The bill you are debating comes at a time when an average of 20 veterans commit suicide each day, two-thirds of whom do so by using a firearm. We know that non-deployed veterans are at a 61 percent higher risk of suicide compared to the American civilian population, and deployed veterans are at a 41 percent higher risk,” they wrote. “When vulnerable veterans have access to firearms, they can do h...
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IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault
The US has sent 400 additional troops to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. They include Marines, who arrived in the past few days to set up an outpost from which they will be able to fire artillery at IS positions in the city. Several hundred US special forces soldiers are already deployed, advising Kurdish-led Syrian Democr...
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Sessions did not disclose contact with Russian ambassador, Justice Dept. says Sessions did not disclose contact with Russian ambassador, Justice Dept. says
WASHINGTON — Prior to his nomination as attorney general last year, then-Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the United States, but did not disclose the contacts during questioning during his contentious confirmation, Justice Department officials confirmed late Wednesday. Sessions, who took office last month as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, met with Russi...
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What that Trudeau-Trump handshake moment means What that Trudeau-Trump handshake moment means
To decode the prime minister’s look at the president’s outstretched hand, one can look to an obscure drawing on hand gestures from 1644, writes Kelly Grovier. Rarely have silent hands spoken so loudly. A photo captured in the Oval Office this week of US President Donald Trump sitting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone viral on social media – not because of anything explicitly ...
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Trump backs off two-state framework for Israeli-Palestinian deal Trump backs off two-state framework for Israeli-Palestinian deal
President Donald Trump rejected the long-established US framework for Middle East peacemaking at a White House visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday as he announced his desire to reach "the ultimate deal." In staking his claim to a prize that has eluded many a leader before him, Trump previewed the nascent outlines of an approach that -- if he sticks with it -- ditches ...
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