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By Mark Berman and Matt Zapotosky Authorities investigating recent bomb threats against Jewish institutions across the country arrested a former journalist on Friday morning and said he was behind at least some of the threats as part of a campaign to harass a woman. This arrest appears to be the first made in response to a wave of bomb threats at Jewish centers and s…

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By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis  WASHINGTON - The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programs, according to details of a document reviewed by The Washington Post. While White House officials have already indicated…

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By Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller  WASHINGTON - Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Donald Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’ confirm…

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By Mike DeBonis WASHINGTON – President Trump ascended the bulliest of pulpits Tuesday to address a joint session of Congress. It turns out it was his fellow Republicans who needed some bullying - specifically, on their plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The leader of the Republican Party took some tentative steps in his address to the joint congress…

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By Sean Sullivan, Abby Phillip and Mike DeBonis In a wide-ranging speech covering his accomplishments since taking office, President Donald Trump delievered his his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, laying out the agenda for his presidency and, in broad terms, his vision for the country. He touted "billions" in new investments by American co…

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  By Elahe Izadi It was a mistake for the ages, one that apparently has never happened before. The best picture mix-up at Sunday night’s Oscars left audiences in the Dolby Theatre and at home in total shock as they tried to process that “Moonlight” actually won, and that “La La Land” had incorrectly been declared winner. The confusion and chaos of the mome…

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By Adam Bernstein Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show “The People’s Court” helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97. A grandson, Gabriel Wapner, confirmed the death but…

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By Greg Miller and Adam Entous WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates' ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House. Acting at the behest of the W…

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By John Wagner President Donald Trump declared himself among friends as he began speaking Friday at an annual gathering of conservative activists and told the crowd that he would serve them well. “Now you finally have a president, finally,” Trump said, shortly after taking stage to Lee Greenwood’s “Good Bless the U.S.A.” “It took you a long time.” With his appearanc…

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By Philip Rucker OXON HILL, Md. – Vice President Mike Pence forcefully defended the Trump administration’s plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday night, saying the law known as Obamacare is a “nightmare” and that the administration is committed to “an orderly transition” to a new health-care system. Addressing a gathering of conservative act…

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By Sandhya Somashekhar, Emma Brown, Moriah Balingit and Robert Barnes WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked federal protections for transgender students who sought the right to use the public school restrooms that match their gender identity, taking a stand on a contentious issue that has become the central battle over LGBT rights. Officials with…

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By Moriah Balingit, Emma Brown and Sandhya Somashekhar The Trump administration plans to roll back protections for transgender students and is preparing changes to federal guidance that required the nation’s public schools to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identities. A White House spokesman said Tuesday that the Educat…

By Fred Barbash, Ben Guarino and Brian Murphy  President Donald Trump called anti-Semitic violence “horrible” and vowed Tuesday to take steps to counter extremism in comments that followed criticism that the White House had not clearly denounced vandalism and threats targeting Jewish institutions. Hours before Trump’s remarks, Hillary Clinton called on her former pre…

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By Christian Davenport CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Elon Musk’s SpaceX christened historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center here Sunday morning with the first launch from the pad since the shuttle last flew more than five years ago. About eight minutes after the 9:39 a.m. ET liftoff from what NASA calls the “great American gateway to space,” the rocket’s firs…

By Sean Sullivan and Mike DeBonis  WASHINGTON - A growing roster of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill believe President Donald Trump’s pugnacious rhetoric and unpredictable behavior threaten to diminish the United States’ standing around the world, do real damage to fragile diplomatic relationships and even weaken global stability. Lawmakers are speaking in i…