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By Rosalind S. Helderman  WASHINGTON - Two days after the presidential election, a Russian official speaking to a reporter in Moscow offered a surprising acknowledgment: The Kremlin had been in contact with Donald Trump’s campaign. The claim, coming amid allegations that Russia had interfered with the election, was met with an immediate no-wiggle-room, blanket denial…

Politics

ASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Monday delivered a "prebuttal" to President Trump's Tuesday night speech to Congress, portraying the president as a promise-breaker who has turned his back on his working-class supporters. But if Schumer is correct, the biggest promise Trump and the Republican Congress are likely to break will be one they made to the…

Nation and World

By Jeremy W. Peters Milo Yiannopoulos had everything he needed to be a smash success in today’s conservative world: A big personality, an intuitive sense for baiting the left and no inhibitions about causing offense. It hardly mattered that he did not consider himself much of a conservative. But Yiannopoulos’ downfall this week – a dizzying 24 hours in which he lost…

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Huge crowds of raucous progressives and quieter conservatives overwhelmed Rep. Tom Reed's town hall meetings in Ashville and Cherry Creek Saturday morning, with the progressives repeatedly interrupting and shouting down the congressman's comments as he tried to defend Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The crowd in Ashville, in Chautauqua Co…

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 term…

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 focus and…