Trump embarks on expansive search for disloyalty as administration-wide purge escalates

Johnny McEntee, President Trump’s former personal aide who now serves as director of presidential personnel, has begun combing through various agencies with a mandate from the president to force out political appointees who are not seen as sufficiently loyal.

Trump wants to block ‘traitor’ Bolton’s book entirely, claiming most conversations are classified

President Trump told his staff he will seek to stop the book’s publication, said people familiar with the conversations. The president’s private arguments contrast with the traditional point-by-point process used to protect sensitive secrets.
It is not clear what form the Russian assistance to Sen. Bernie Sanders has taken. President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about Russian interference in the Democratic presidential contest.
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What’s at stake for each candidate in Nevada

This is Bernie Sanders's chance to make himself the clear favorite heading into March.
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The only sure thing in Vegas: Uncertainty

The dread among Democrats is unfolding here in full view of their political nemesis, President Trump, who trolled his would-be opponents this week by sleeping in splendor at the Las Vegas hotel that bears his name and by scheduling a rally here for the afternoon before their caucuses.
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Sen. Richard Saslaw says Democrats were not inclined to give a boost to sheriffs who vowed to defy new gun laws.
Truro Anglican Church’s Tory Baucum resigned in haste. The church’s investigation told two competing stories.
David Forney, 22, a senior from Walkersville, Md., was found unresponsive by a fellow midshipman in Bancroft Hall, the school’s dormitory, on Thursday evening.
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Bellen Woodard was the only African American girl in her Loudoun County 3rd grade class when she got the idea for the “More than Peach” project.
The justices voted 5-4 to remove the remaining judicial order blocking new rules that make it easier to deny immigrants residency or admission to the United States if they might depend on public-assistance programs.
Cooper tore into the disgraced former governor during a contentious interview, using a vulgar expression to criticize Blagojevich's lack of remorse after being granted clemency by President Trump.
Paul Harkin hands out naloxone and fentanyl detection packets in San Francisco. (Nick Otto for The Post)
Paul Harkin hands out naloxone and fentanyl detection packets in San Francisco. (Nick Otto for The Post)
National progress in reducing fatal overdoses has stalled as illicit fentanyl, a synthetic drug that is roughly 50 times as powerful as heroin, floods California and other states west of the Mississippi.
“Even with the most serious charges of murder, 13-year-olds in California can’t be tried as adults,” Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said. “I’m certain this information may be met with outrage.” He was right.
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