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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, ADAM GOLDMAN and EMILY COCHRANE ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A lone gunman who was said to be distraught over President Donald Trump’s election opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team at a practice field in this Washington suburb Wednesday, using a rifle to shower the field with bullets that struck four people, including Rep. Steve…

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday mocked federal investigators for making up a “phony collusion with the Russians story” amid new reports that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, is looking into whether Trump tried to obstruct justice in the case. “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they…

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By CHARLIE SAVAGE, EMMARIE HUETTEMAN and REBECCA R. RUIZ Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify starting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, before the Senate Intelligence Committee about matters linked to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxjLFHsuflg In March, Sessions recused himself from any inq…

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By Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman WASHINGTON – A longtime friend of President Trump said Monday that Trump was considering whether to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the president’s campaign and Russian officials. The startling assertion comes as some of Trump’s conservative allies, who initially praised Muell…

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By Matt Apuzzo and Emmarie Huetteman WASHINGTON – James Comey, the recently fired FBI director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed President  Trump had tried to derail an investigation into his national security adviser, and accused the president of lying and defaming him and the FBI. Comey, no longer constrained by the formalities of a…

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By Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle LONDON – Following a tumultuous, unpredictable snap election, Prime Minister Theresa May, a Conservative, appeared on the verge of losing her overall parliamentary majority, according to a national exit poll released just after voting ended on Thursday night. If confirmed by the actual vote count, the result would be a major setb…

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By Glenn Thrush and Julie Hirschfeld Davis WASHINGTON – President Trump said Wednesday that he had selected former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray, a partner at the Washington law firm King & Spalding, to be his new FBI director. The president revealed his decision in a morning tweet. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/872419018799550464 The ann…

By Charlie Savage WASHINGTON – An intelligence contractor was charged with sending a classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to the news media, the Justice Department announced Monday, the first criminal leak case under President Trump. The case showed the department’s willingness to crack down on leaks, as Trump has called for in complaini…

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By Steven Erlanger LONDON – Declaring “enough is enough,” Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Sunday a sweeping review of Britain’s counterterrorism strategy after three knife-wielding assailants unleashed an assault late Saturday, the third major terrorist attack in the country in three months. Seven people were killed and dozens more injured as the men sped across Lon…

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By Michael D. Shear and Coral Davenport President Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet. A s…

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By Bill Friskics-Warren Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69. His death was announced in a statement on Allman's official website. No cause was given, but the statement said he had "strug…

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MARK LANDLER TAORMINA, Italy – President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, saying he would decide in the coming days whether the United States would pull out of the 195-nation agreement. Trump’s lack of a decision after three days of contentious private debate and intense lobbying by other leaders came eve…

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By Adam Liptak WASHINGTON – The federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., on Thursday refused to reinstate President Trump’s revised travel ban, saying it discriminated on the basis of religion. The decision was a fresh setback for the administration’s efforts to limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. Trump had narrowed the scope of his first executi…

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By JONATHAN MARTIN MISSOULA, Mont. – The Republican candidate in a hotly contested special House election in Montana was charged with assaulting a journalist Wednesday at what was to be a final rally in Bozeman on the eve of the vote. The attack brought police officers to the event and sent the reporter to the hospital for X-rays. In a statement late Wednesday, the o…

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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis WASHINGTON – President Trump plans to unveil on Tuesday a $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 that would cut deeply into programs for the poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments, laying out an austere vision for reordering the nation’s priorities. The document, grandly titled “A New Foundation for American G…