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Margot Sanger Katz The Affordable Care Act gave health insurance to millions of Americans by shifting resources from the wealthy to the poor and by moving oversight from states to the federal government. The Senate bill introduced Thursday pushes back forcefully on both dimensions. The bill is aligned with long-held Republican values, advancing states’ rights and p…

By SEWELL CHAN and ILIANA MAGRA LONDON – A vehicle drove into pedestrians early Monday in London. The Metropolitan Police called it “a major incident” and said a number of casualties were being treated at the scene. At least three or four people were injured, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to the BBC. One person has been arrested. The incident, which…

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By MIKE ISAAC SAN FRANCISCO – Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, said he would take a leave of absence from the ride-hailing service after an investigation into the company concluded that Uber must repudiate its aggressive startup culture. The developments were part of a flurry of actions at Uber on Tuesday morning, which began with an internal email from K…

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Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker  WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign in recent weeks as he told President Trump he needed the freedom to do his job, according to two people who were briefed on the discussion. On Tuesday, the White House declined to say whether Trump still had confidence in his attorney general. “I have not had that disc…

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By AURELIEN BREEDEN and BENOIT MORENNE PARIS – A police officer shot and wounded an assailant armed with a hammer and kitchen knives on the square outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. The cathedral, a Gothic landmark on the Ile de la Cite on the Seine, across from the headquarters of the Paris police prefecture, was …

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By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – White House officials said Monday that President Donald Trump will not invoke executive privilege to try to block James Comey, the FBI director he fired, from testifying before Congress this week, clearing the way for a hearing that may be the most anticipated in Washington in months if not years. Comey is scheduled to appear before the …

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By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – On one level, President Donald Trump reacted to Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London much as his predecessors might have. He expressed solidarity and telephoned Britain’s prime minister to offer condolences. “WE ARE WITH YOU,” he wrote to Britons. But even as the investigation into the attack was getting underway, Trump wa…

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OAKLAND, Calif. – So much about the start of the NBA finals Thursday night felt familiar. It had everything to do, of course, with the two teams that took the court for Game One at Oracle Arena: the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, back at it for the third straight year. The general hope before the opening tip was that these two teams would be capabl…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…