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By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean WASHINGTON – In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Dep…

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By JIM TANKERSLEY and THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers on Friday secured enough votes to pass the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades, putting them on the cusp of their first significant legislative victory as party leaders geared up to pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut along party lines and send it to President Donald Trump by Christmas. A day after the …

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By Declan Walsh CAIRO – In the deadliest attack on civilians in Egypt's modern history, Islamist militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque Friday and then sprayed gunfire on panicked worshippers as they fled the building, killing at least 235 people and wounding at least 109 others. The scale and ruthlessness of the assault, which occurred in a small town in…

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By Michael S. Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo and Maggie Haberman WASHINGTON – Lawyers for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, notified the president's legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel's investigation, according to four people involved in the case, an indication that Flynn is cooperating with pros…

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By Richard Fausset, Jonathan Martin and Cambell Robertson ATLANTA – Republicans in Washington seemed near panic Thursday in the light of a news report in which four women said Roy S. Moore, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama and an evangelical Christian, had made sexual or romantic overtures to them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. …

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By Ben Casselman and Tara Siegel Bernard Republicans promised a middle-class tax cut. So far, they have created mostly middle-class confusion. Both the evolving House bill and the emerging Senate plan would slash taxes for businesses and many wealthy individuals. What they would mean for the middle class, however, is less clear. The plans feature a spider web of inters…

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Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin RICHMOND, Va. – The American suburbs appear to be in revolt against President Donald Trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities on Tuesday dealt the Republican Party a thumping rejection and propelled a diverse class of Democrats into office. From the tax-obsessed suburbs of New Yor…

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By David Montgomery, Christopher Mele and Manny Fernandez SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – A gunman clad in all black, with a ballistic vest strapped to his chest and a military-style rifle in his hands, opened fire on parishioners at a Sunday service at a small Baptist church in rural Texas, killing at least 26 people and turning this tiny town east of San Antonio into the …

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By Benjamin Mueller, Michael Schwirtz and Adam Goldman NEW YORK – The FBI was seeking information about a second Uzbek man in connection with the truck attack in Manhattan on Tuesday that killed eight people, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. The news that authorities were interested in a second person significantly expanded an inquiry into the deadliest t…

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By Jose A. DelReal and Corey Kilgannon NEW YORK – The screams seemed too vivid from the start, too visceral to belong to crowds celebrating a crisp and sunny Halloween in Lower Manhattan. The tragedy had unfolded in just minutes, and for hours it remained too senseless to believe. Police tape surrounded the white pickup truck that a 29-year-old assailant had transfor…

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By Ken Belson, John Eligon and Jennifer Medina LAS VEGAS – When Stephen Paddock pulled his car up to the wide circular driveway at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, a half-dozen bellboys and valets were likely to be there to help. When he walked past the two giant stone lions and through the glass doors into the lobby, greeters would probably have ushered him the roug…

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By Jennifer Medina, Richard Perez-Pena and Adam Goldman LAS VEGAS – Before he mowed down concertgoers from a perch high in a hotel tower, a gunman created a ring of surveillance around him, with video cameras in his suite and in the hallway, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. But investigators were still at a loss to offer a motive for the massacre. The cameras …

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By KEN BELSON, JENNIFER MEDINA and RICHARD PEREZ-PENA LAS VEGAS – At first, it sounded like fireworks – a loud, crackling noise. Then the awful realization began to spread, unevenly, through the huge crowd. It dawned on people when they heard screams, when they saw bloodied victims collapse around them, or when others stampeded for the exits, trampling some of the pe…

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Kenneth P. Vogel and Jeremy W. Peters WASHINGTON – Steve Bannon and two of his longtime benefactors are putting together a political coalition designed to ensure that the victory of a Republican insurgent in Alabama's Senate primary this week was just the beginning of the surprises that await the party establishment. Bannon brings to the effort the political and prom…

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By Binyamin Appelbaum WASHINGTON – The tax plan that the Trump administration outlined on Wednesday is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans. It would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population. As for the middle class, the benefits appear to be modest. The administration and its congressional allies are proposing to sharply reduce tax…