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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Trump has selected George Conway III, the husband of his counselor Kellyanne Conway, to head the civil division of the Justice Department, people familiar with the decision said Saturday, placing him in charge of a crucial office charged with defending Trump’s contentious travel ban and lawsuits alleging that h…

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER WASHINGTON – After eight years of chafing under President Barack Obama’s fiscal priorities, congressional Republicans were longing for a budget proposal that did the two things that have become the party’s mantra: Make broad cuts to federal spending and reduce the federal deficit. Instead, President Donald Trump sent them a budget even many Rep…

By PETER BAKER and JESSE DRUCKER WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump wrote off more than $100 million in business losses to reduce his federal taxes in 2005, according to forms made public Tuesday night: a rare glimpse at documents that he had refused to disclose since becoming a candidate for the nation’s highest office. Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxe…

By THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON – The House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026, while slicing $337 billion off federal budget deficits over that time, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Republicans had been bracing for what was almost c…

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By Maggie Haberman and Benjamin Weiser NEW YORK – Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was asked by President Donald Trump to remain in his post shortly after the election, was fired Saturday after he refused an order to submit his resignation. Bharara's dismissal capped a brief but highly unusual showdown in which a politi…

By Maggie Haberman and Robert Pear WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, after a halting start, is now marshaling the full power of his office to win over holdout conservatives and waffling senators to support the House Republicans’ replacement for the Affordable Care Act. There are East Room meetings, evening dinners and sumptuous lunches – even a White House bowling…

By Reed Abelson The American Medical Association, the powerful lobbying group representing the nation’s doctors, announced on Wednesday that it opposed the House Republicans’ proposed legislation to replace the federal health care law, saying it was concerned the bill “would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits.” The group, which provided cruc…

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Iceland’s government announced plans to eradicate gender pay disparities by 2022. In Moscow, four feminist activists unfurled a giant poster outside the Kremlin denouncing patriarchy, and they were arrested. India’s prime minister honored a symbol of rural women’s aspirations for dignity and self-sufficiency – the toilet. The Egyptian authorities announced that they would …

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised version of his executive order banning migrants from predominantly Muslim nations, removing Iraqi citizens from the original travel ban at the urging of the State and Defense departments. The order, which comes about a month after federal judges blocked Trump’s haphazardly implemented ban in January on resid…

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By Erin McCann Bill Paxton, the affable actor who co-starred in a string of 1990s blockbusters including “Twister,” “Titanic” and “Apollo 13” and later starred in the critically acclaimed television drama “Big Love,” has died. He was 61. His death, from complications of surgery, was announced on Sunday in a statement from a representative for his family. It did not e…

By NICHOLAS KULISH, CAITLIN DICKERSON and RON NIXON In Virginia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents waited outside a church shelter where unauthorized immigrants had gone to stay warm. In Texas and in Colorado, agents went into courthouses, looking for foreigners who had arrived for hearings on other matters. At Kennedy International Airport in New York, pass…

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By JOHN ELIGON, ALAN BLINDER and NIDA NAJAR OLATHE, Kan. – “The Jameson guys,” as some on the staff at Austins Bar and Grill knew the pair, were on the patio on Wednesday evening. It was hardly unusual: Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two immigrants from India, often enjoyed an after-work whiskey at the bar they had adopted as a hangout. Adam W. Purinton was …

By YAMICHE ALCINDOR WASHINGTON – Two days before Election Day, Donald Trump traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, and proclaimed that he was the protector of federal programs aimed at helping elderly and low-income Americans. It was Hillary Clinton, he said, who was an untrustworthy steward of the working class and who would slash vital benefits. “I am going to protect and s…

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By Kenneth Chang Not just one, but seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far away, offering the first realistic opportunity to search for biological signs of alien life outside of the solar system. The planets orbit a dwarf star named Trappist-1, about 40 light years, or about 235 trillion miles,…

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By Jeremy W. Peters Milo Yiannopoulos had everything he needed to be a smash success in today’s conservative world: A big personality, an intuitive sense for baiting the left and no inhibitions about causing offense. It hardly mattered that he did not consider himself much of a conservative. But Yiannopoulos’ downfall this week – a dizzying 24 hours in which he lost…