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By DANIEL VICTOR Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died Sunday at his home in Key West, Florida. He was 78. His wife, Carol, confirmed his death Monday but said she did not yet know the cause. Deford…

By MARK LANDLER and JASON HOROWITZ VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis and President Donald Trump discussed terrorism and the radicalization of young people in a meeting Wednesday in which two global leaders with starkly different world views sought to bridge the chasm between them with a handshake, a private audience and a mutual pledge to work for peace. In a larger meet…

By MARK MAZZETTI and MATTHEW ROSENBERG WASHINGTON – Michael Flynn misled Pentagon investigators about his income from Russian companies and contacts with Russian officials when he applied for a top-secret security clearance last year, according to a letter released Monday by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. Flynn, who resigned this year as Preside…

By PETER BAKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – President Donald Trump sought to rally leaders from around the Muslim world on Sunday in a renewed campaign against extremism. Trump, who during last year’s presidential campaign said he thought that “Islam hates us” and proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, sounded different theme…

By Peter Baker WASHINGTON – On Day 118 of the Trump administration, a special counsel was appointed. The word impeachment was uttered on the floor of the House of Representatives. And the president of the United States contemplated how to go forward with the next 1,343 days. The notion that President Donald Trump will actually be impeached seemed like liberal wishf…

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT President Donald Trump asked the FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Comey, according to th…

By GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN WASHINGTON – The disclosure that President Donald Trump divulged classified intelligence to two high-ranking Russian officials was a new blow to an already dispirited and besieged White House staff still recovering from the uproar and recriminations from the president’s firing of James B. Comey, the FBI director. Trump’s appe…

By Sewell Chan and Mark Scott LONDON – Security experts are warning that the global cyberattack that began on Friday is likely to be magnified in the new workweek as users return to their offices and turn on their computers. Many workers, particularly in Asia, had logged off Friday before the malicious software, stolen from the U.S. government, began proliferating …

By Jennifer Steinhauer WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans, increasingly unnerved by President Trump’s volatility and unpopularity, are starting to show signs of breaking away from him as they try to forge a more traditional Republican agenda and protect their political fortunes. Several Republicans have openly questioned Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James…

By MATT APUZZO and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN WASHINGTON – Five days into the Trump administration, Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general, hurried to the White House with an urgent concern. The president’s national security adviser, she said, had lied to the vice president about his Russian contacts and was vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow. “We wanted to tell the…

Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear WASHINGTON – Two Republican lawmakers who had come out against the House bill to repeal the health care law earlier this week reversed course on Wednesday and threw their support behind the plan after securing more money to help people with pre-existing medical conditions. Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, an influential voice in Republica…

By Jodi Kantor, Rachel Abrams and Maggie Haberman A month before Donald Trump was elected president, he and his aides watched his daughter's coolly composed surface crack open. Inside Trump Tower, the candidate was preparing for a debate when an aide rushed in with news that The Washington Post was about to publish an article saying that Trump had bragged about grabb…

By Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear WASHINGTON – With two days left before an 11-day recess and no vote scheduled, House Republican leaders worked Tuesday to win votes one at a time for their latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act after an influential Republican voice on health care came out against the measure. A failure to get the repeal bill to a vote this w…

By Michael M. Grynbaum and Emily Steel Fox News on Monday announced the exit of one of its co-presidents, Bill Shine, removing a holdover from the Roger Ailes era and signaling that the network is prepared to shake up its executive ranks as it tries to move past a season of turmoil that has engulfed it since last summer. Shine is a veteran newsman and a longtime lieu…

By Katrin Bennhold LONDON – Call it the curse of O’Hare. Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the carrier found itself facing another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a 3-foot-long rabbit died on a flight from Britain. The continental giant rabbit, Simon, which was bound for O’Hare…