The president’s aides have met with 116 political hopefuls in recent months, senior White House officials said. The president has told advisers he wants to travel extensively and hold rallies. The strategy carries risks for a historically unpopular commander in chief and could help drive angry Democrats to the polls.
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Eight octogenarians occupy powerful posts, and Senate leaders have paused action on legislation at least three times this year to accommodate ailing colleagues.
A lawyer for the Trump for America transition team contends the federal government should not have provided thousands of pages of emails to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III because transition documents are private property, not government records. The organization argues Mueller overstepped the law in acquiring private records without a warrant or subpoena.
Ladan, 13, stands behind a tree as guests visit her home in a Kenyan refugee camp.
Ladan, 13, stands behind a tree as guests visit her home in a Kenyan refugee camp.
Women wait outside of the compound of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Women wait outside of the compound of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Shamso, left, and Ladan walk to school in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Shamso, left, and Ladan walk to school in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Khairo Hassan boards the plane that will take her back to Mogadishu, Somalia.
Khairo Hassan boards the plane that will take her back to Mogadishu, Somalia.
Girls watch as a plane lands in the Dadaab, Kenya.
Girls watch as a plane lands in the Dadaab, Kenya.
Khairo Hassan, right, makes $3 a month and had to borrow $400 over several months to feed her family.
Khairo Hassan, right, makes $3 a month and had to borrow $400 over several months to feed her family.
A strained international aid system has broken down amid the biggest global refu­gee crisis since World War II. The problem started when the United Nations, squeezed by growing demands for aid, slashed food rations in a camp of 250,000. That left the refugees little option but to buy food on credit from local markets.
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Middle-class families like the Ridings have been at the center of the Republican message about why the party needs to pass a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax code. But days before Congress votes, basic questions about how the plan will affect families’ pocketbooks and lives remain unanswered. “If they want to help middle-class families,” Becca Riding said, “why don’t they ask us what’s helpful?”
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The chief of a little-known agency said the Pentagon did not take his UFO investigations seriously. He quit, but before leaving his job, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged for the release of three of the most unusual videos in the Pentagon’s secret vaults.
It’s not clear whether other federal departments have been instructed by the Trump administration to avoid certain words in preparing their budget documents for next year.
Jakiw Palij, who served as an armed guard in a labor camp in Poland, was ordered out of the U.S. in 2004, but Germany, Poland and Ukraine have repeatedly refused to accept him. In a race against time, lawmakers and Jewish groups are asking the Trump administration to act.
Aerial photos showed the blaze was about 40 percent contained, a fire official said. But the risk remains high for people living near the foothills of Montecito — home to a number of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
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More than 50 years after Viola Liuzzo became the only white woman to die for the civil rights movement, I needed to understand why she was willing to risk her life for someone like me.
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“The war on Christmas is over,” Alec Baldwin’s President Trump says. “It will soon be replaced by the war with North Korea.”
Authorities in Goochland, Va., said Bethany Lynn Stephens, who weighed a little more than 100 pounds, was mauled to death by her dogs, which had a combined weight of about twice hers.
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