As the president pulled back on his statement in Helsinki, his unscripted aside and what appeared to be his handwritten addition on his script were reminiscent of other signals that he has inserted into apologies to remind his followers that he will never be the kind of politician who is managed by staffers.
Strategists have counseled candidates and party leaders to focus on “kitchen table” issues. Now, they say, the political ground may have shifted.
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With president’s Republican foes retiring or ailing, Sen. Ben Sasse is the ideal candidate to assume the role of leading conservative on trade and national security — if he stays.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference in Helsinki. (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference in Helsinki. (AP)
For the Kremlin, the meeting with President Trump in Helsinki was just the beginning of a long-awaited U.S. thaw. Russian officials are likely to seek to ramp up the pressure on Trump to make good on his promise to improve U.S.-Russia relations despite the head winds in Washington.
Butina, who was indicted this week, befriended leaders of the National Rifle Association and the Conservative Political Action Conference, and sidled up to GOP presidential candidates. But the FBI was watching her by August 2016, officials said.
George Springer hits a home run to give the American League a 7-5 lead in the 10th inning. (USA Today Sports)
George Springer hits a home run to give the American League a 7-5 lead in the 10th inning. (USA Today Sports)
Alex Bregman and George Springer of the Houston Astros lead off the 10th inning with back-to-back home runs. Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run shot. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge opened the scoring in the second inning with a solo homer off Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
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Rep. Martha Roby, who condemned Donald Trump in 2016, defeated former congressman Bobby Bright and avoided becoming the third Republican House member to lose in a primary this year.
The Democrats are seeing a surge of individual donations, suggesting strong grass-roots support, but a lot of that cash is getting eaten up by their initial primary push.
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Two witnesses said Makiyah Wilson’s mother held her as she cried, again and again: “Please don’t let my baby die.” Police were searching for the shooters, a group of masked men who drove up and opened fire indiscriminately, killing Makiyah and injuring four others.
The former Trump campaign chairman had argued that the jury pool in Northern Virginia is too liberal and too saturated with coverage of the case to give him a fair trial. The judge said he is not entitled to a completely ignorant jury, nor one with as many Republicans as Democrats.
A portion of the parkway had been closed and at least one Metro station was flooded as heavy rain swept through the Washington area Tuesday afternoon.
Christopher Speights admitted earlier this year to secretly recording children during game trips and blackmailing them to solicit inappropriate pictures.
The school board will vote on spending $2.3 million to expand its cadre of school psychologists and social workers. It also will consider spending $1.8 million to replace classroom locks and bolster safety training for the upcoming school year.
The proposed amendment to the District’s existing extortion statute would make it a crime for landlords and employers to wield a person’s undocumented status to get someone to work extra hours or pay more in rent, among other things.
The move last week by NSA Director Paul Nakasone is the latest initiative by national security agencies to push back against Russian aggression in the absence of direct guidance from the White House on the issue.
The group said it was not consulted before Homeland Security officials implemented a family separation policy that was in place until President Trump reversed his endorsement of the practice earlier this month.
MGM Resorts International isn’t seeking money. But it wants courts to agree that any claims from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history “must be dismissed” because of a federal law passed after the 9/11 attacks.
Nonprofits that spend money to influence elections but are not required to disclose donors to the public no longer need to share their donors’ names or addresses in their tax filings under a new Treasury rule announced this week.
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President Harry S. Truman generally found the Soviets “pigheaded” and hard to work with — but not Joseph Stalin.
In disputes over the ownership of embryos, judges have often ruled in favor of the person who does not want them used, following the theory that no one should be forced to be a parent. But Arizona is taking the opposite approach.
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