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By Abigail Hauslohner, Todd C. Frankel and Joel Achenbach BEAUMONT, Texas – The prolonged misery from Hurricane Harvey peaked here Friday in the southeast corner of the state, where a crippled municipal water system left residents with no running water, unable to flush toilets, desperate for basic sanitation and fearful for their health. Meanwhile a massive fire s…

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By Glenn Thrush WASHINGTON – President Trump traveled to storm-brushed Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday to survey some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster. Trump, who pushed aides to schedule a trip to Texas as early as possible after Harvey made landfal…

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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics of immigration and earned him a criminal contempt conviction. Trump, who made cracking down on illegal immigration a signa…

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By Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin WASHINGTON – The relationship between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. What…

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By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MARK LANDLER WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday put forward a long-awaited strategy for resolving the nearly 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, but one that failed to specify either the number of troops that would be committed, or the conditions by which he would judge the success of their mission there. In a nationally te…

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN President Donald Trump angrily defended himself on Tuesday against criticism that he did not specifically condemn Nazi and white supremacist groups following the weekend’s deadly racial unrest in Virginia, and at one point questioned whether the movement to pull down statues of Confederate leaders would escalate to the desecrati…

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By Glenn Thrush WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday bowed to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend – labeling their racist views “evil” after two days of equivocal statements. “Racism is evil,” Trump said. “And those who cause violenc…

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By Glenn Thrush and Rebecca R. Ruiz BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – White House officials, under siege over President Donald Trump's reluctance to condemn white supremacists for the weekend's bloody rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, tried to clarify his comments Sunday, as critics in both parties intensified demands that he adopt a stronger, more unifying message. A state…

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By Pam Belluck BOSTON – Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday. The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it raises the prospect that gene editing may on…

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By MAGGIE HABERMAN, MICHAEL D. SHEAR and GLENN THRUSH WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president's senior staff. Scaramucc…

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By MATT APUZZO and MAGGIE HABERMAN WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, described himself to Senate investigators on Monday as a political and foreign policy neophyte who met with Russians as part of a hectic and unconventional presidential campaign, not as part of a plot to steer the election. “All of my actions were proper and occu…

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By CARL HULSE WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for his independent streak over more than three decades in the Senate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office disclosed Wednesday evening in a statement from the Mayo Clinic. The statement said the medical condition was discovered after McCain, 80, a Republican fro…

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By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS WASHINGTON – The White House acknowledged Tuesday that President Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed, private conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia this month, raising new questions about their relationship as the cloud of Russia investigations continues to shadow the Trump administration. The hourlong conversa…

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By JO BECKER, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it. The meeting was …