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By Lois Romano Barbara Bush, who was the wife of one president and the mother of another and whose embrace of her image as America’s warmhearted grandmother belied her influence and mettle, died April 17. She was 92. The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, issued a statement Tuesday evening announcing her death but did not disclose the cause. Mr…

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By Carolyn Y. Johnson Barbara Bush, the 92-year-old former first lady of the United States, has died. The Washington Post reported Sunday that Bush was in failing health and would not seek further medical care, according to the office of former president George H.W. Bush. A person close to the family said Barbara Bush had been suffering from a lung disease called …

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By Ashley Parker, Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey and Tom Hamburger President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen sometimes taped conversations with associates, according to three people familiar with his practice, and allies of the president are worried that the recordings were seized by federal investigators in a raid of Cohen's office and residences this week. C…

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By Robert Costa WASHINGTON – Stephen Bannon, who was ousted as White House chief strategist last summer but has remained in touch with some members of President Trump's circle, is pitching a plan to West Wing aides and congressional allies to cripple the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to four people familiar with the discussions.…

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By Tracy Jan WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to strengthen existing work requirements and introduce new ones for low-income Americans receiving Medicaid, food stamps, public housing benefits and welfare as part of a broad overhaul of government assistance programs. The order directs federal agencies …

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By Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Devlin Barrett Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Donald Trump, is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, according to three people with knowledge of the case. FBI agents on Monday raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room as part of the investig…

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By Amy B. Wang Depending on who you followed more closely, there were two accounts of the fire Saturday night that tore through a 50th-floor apartment in Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s namesake building on Fifth Avenue in New York. The first narrative unfolded through official alerts and images from the New York Fire Department, which painted a picture of an e…

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By Amy B Wang At least 15 are dead after a crash between a semi-truck and a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey league team, police said. The other 14 people aboard were injured. The team's head coach, Darcy Haugan, was among the dead. The deadly crash occurred around 5 p.m. Friday on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan, about 150 miles northeast of Saskatoon, according …

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By Emily Rauhala BEIJING - China responded to President Donald Trump’s new tariffs by threatening tariffs of its own on 106 U.S. products, including on soybeans, cars and some airplanes, in the latest escalation of what risks becoming a tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s two largest economies. The plan, which was announced Wednesday, would see Beijing slap 25 …

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By Lisa Rein, Philip Rucker, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and Josh Dawsey WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump fired his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary Wednesday and tapped as his replacement atop the chronically mismanaged agency the president’s personal physician, who gained prominence with his effusive praise of the 71-year-old’s physical and mental health. The ouste…

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By Tony Romm The Federal Trade Commission confirmed Monday that it has opened an investigation of Facebook following reports that a data analysis firm used by the Trump campaign improperly accessed the names, “likes” and other personal information from at least 30 million users on the social site. The rare announcement sent Facebook’s stock tumbling - at one point Mo…

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By Emma Brown and Frances Stead Sellers Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who alleges that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, says that she was threatened for attempting to tell her story publicly and accepted money through a Trump attorney to remain silent because she was scared for her family. In a much-anticipated "60 Minutes" interview, Daniels sai…

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By David J. Lynch WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump embarked Thursday on the sharpest trade confrontation with China in nearly a quarter-century, moving toward imposing tariffs on $60 billion in Chinese goods and limiting China’s freedom to invest in the U.S. technology industry. The Chinese government fired back hours later, threatening to hit $3 billion in U.S. g…

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By Meagan Flynn and Mark Berman A package believed to be bound for Austin exploded at a Texas FedEx facility early Tuesday, law enforcement officials said, opening another potential front in investigations into of a series of blasts that have left the Texas capital gripped with fear. The explosion happened shortly after midnight at the facility in Schertz, Texas, jus…

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By Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday. Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step …