The denial was remarkable on several levels — first, the special counsel’s office speaks exceedingly rarely, and second, the statement seemed to drive a stake through a sensational allegation that Democratic lawmakers suggested earlier in the day could spell the end of the Trump presidency.
The silent treatment limits President Trump’s ability to dictate national coverage and frame the day’s debate. And it’s providing an early template for how Democratic presidential candidates may attempt to deal with him in 2020, essentially forcing him out of a conversation they want to have with voters.
The National Credit Union Administration defended spending by two agency officials highlighted in an inspector-general probe.
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The Coast Guard is operating without a budget, marking the first time in more than a century that part of the armed forces has had paychecks withheld. Coast Guard spouses said they are increasingly worrying about paying their bills and are visiting an ad hoc food pantry set up on base.
A nonpartisan bid could add more unpredictability to a complicated 2020 campaign. Schultz has not decided whether to run, and in what manner.
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The sentence was a coda to a case that has gripped Chicago for years, spurred a federal investigation and forced public officials from their jobs.
The secretary of homeland security testified last month, "We’ve never had a policy for family separation.” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said a previously undisclosed memo contradicts that.
The U.S. government confirmed that since Sunday it has been holding Marzieh Hashemi, an American-born journalist who works in Iran. Hashemi is a “material witness” in a federal case and will be released after she testifies before a grand jury, the government said.
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In the aftermath, Britons — surprised to learn that the queen’s husband still drives — wondered if he should still be doing so, and if not, who would take the keys away.
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