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 rocke…

By Emily Langer Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Saturday at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69.…

By Nate Cohn Donald Trump won the presidential election as the least popular candidate in the polling era. He assumed the presidency with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president. And his ratings have continued to fall. The question isn’t whether it’s bad for Trump and the Republicans, but how bad. Usually, presidents ride high at the start of their …

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…

By Brady Dennis WASHINGTON - Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s next administrator. Pruitt cleared the Senate by a vote of 52-46. The vote came after Democrats held the Senate floor for hours overnigh…

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By Margaret Talev  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied a report by the Associated Press that President Donald Trump was considering using the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants. “That is 100 percent not true. It is false,” Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One, calling the AP’s report that Trump may call up as many as 100,000 tr…

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Eric Schmitt WASHINGTON – Robert S. Harward, the retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL who was President Donald Trump’s top choice to replace his ousted national security adviser, on Thursday turned down the post in the latest setback for a White House already in turmoil. “This job requires 24 hours a day, seven days a week foc…

By Ashley Parker President Donald Trump on Thursday aired his grievances against the news media, the intelligence community and his detractors generally in a sprawling, stream-of-consciousness news conference that alternated between claims that he had “inherited a mess” and the assertion that his fledgling administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine.” …

By Jonnelle Marte  WASHINGTON - A day after the dramatic defeat for one of his cabinet nominees, President Donald Trump named former U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta as his next pick for labor secretary, according to a White House official. Acosta, the dean of the law school at Florida International University, served as an assistant attorney general for the Civil Rig…

By Max Ehrenfreund WASHINGTON - Senators confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to lead the Office of Management and Budget in a narrow vote Thursday morning, giving the congressman one of the most powerful positions in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and the responsibility of reconciling the new administration’s conflicting spending priorities. The Senate confi…

By James Risen and Matthew Rosenberg WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of U.S. intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worl…

By Terrence Dopp Andrew Puzder withdrew Wednesday as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee as controversy deepened over his personal life and private sector background. Puzder had been scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. The fast-food executive ran into trouble on Capitol Hill over his admission that he employed an undocumented house…

By Mark Landler WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump lashed out at the nation’s intelligence agencies again Wednesday, accusing them of illegally leaking information to the news media, on a day of fresh disclosures about his dealings with Russia during and after the presidential campaign. In a fusillade of angry, early-morning tweets, Trump revived his charge that…

By Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo WASHINGTON – Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former U.S. officials. U.S. law enforcement a…