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Robert Pear, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Jennifer Steinhauer WASHINGTON – House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the health care law from consideration on the House floor Friday afternoon in a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidenc…

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump issued an ultimatum Thursday to recalcitrant Republicans to fall in line behind a broad health insurance overhaul or see their opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act vanish, demanding a Friday vote on a bill that appeared to lack a majority to pass. The demand, issue…

By MATT APUZZO, MATTHEW ROSENBERG and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN WASHINGTON – FBI Director James B. Comey took the extraordinary step on Monday of announcing that the bureau is investigating whether members of President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee created a treache…

By Dan Barry NEW YORK – Jimmy Breslin, the New York City newspaper columnist and best-selling author who leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 years with brick-hard words and a jagged-glass wit, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88, and until very recently, was still pushing somebody’s buttons with two-finger jabs at his keyb…

By Alexander Burns A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, dealing a political blow to the White House and signaling that proponents of the ban face a long and risky legal battle ahead. The ruling was the second frustrating defeat for Trump’s travel ban, …

By Peter J. Henning President Trump once said, “Generally, I like other people to fire, because it’s always a lousy task.” Lousy or not, that was the message delivered to 46 holdover U.S. attorneys from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, directing them to submit their resignations and leave office immediately. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern D…

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis Kellyanne Conway, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, amplified Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama had tapped his telephone, suggesting on Monday that the former president’s surveillance effort could have employed any number of devices, even including a microwave oven. Conway quickly clarified that she was not, in fact, acc…

By Charlie Savage and Maggie Haberman WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday moved to sweep away the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department, ordering 46 holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately — including Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan. The firings were a …

By Matthew Haag A freight train slammed into a charter bus full of people in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least four people onboard and injuring many more, the authorities said. The charter bus, which was near its destination in Biloxi on a trip from Austin, Texas, appeared to have gotten stuck on the railroad at a crossing and could not move…

By Eric Lichtblau, Michael D. Shear and Charlie Savage WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing a chorus of criticism over his contacts with the Russian ambassador, recused himself Thursday from any investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. His conversations with the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, came amid suspected Russian hacki…

By Julie Hirschfield Davis and Michael D. Shear WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday will deliver a broad policy speech that constitutes his first engagement with Congress, opening a consequential new phase in a presidency that has so far been defined by his unilateral actions and pronouncements. Trump, appearing in the well of the House, will defend his …

By Jennifer Steinhauer WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash domestic spending to preserve the two biggest drains on the federal government – Social Security and Medicare – has set up a battle to determine who controls the Republican Party’s ideology. The outcome could map the course of major challenges to come, including a revision of the…

By Glenn Thrush and Kate Kelly WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will instruct federal agencies Monday to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and drastic enough cuts to domestic agencies that he can keep his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, according to four senior administrati…

By Steven Erlanger LONDON – With thousands of people demonstrating against President Donald Trump outside Parliament, British lawmakers on Monday debated whether to deny him a formal state visit because – in the eyes of nearly 2 million Britons in an online petition – it would “cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the queen.” The debate included the kind of p…

By Peter Baker WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser Monday, calling him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.” Trump made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago getaway in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been interviewing candidates to replace …