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Trump travel ban case: A look at what comes next

A federal appeals court has handed a resounding victory to Washington state and Minnesota in their challenge of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, finding unanimously that a lower court ruling …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Despite study, farmers skeptical on human-caused climate change

A six-year, three-state, $20 million research project to study the potential effects of climate change on agriculture appears to have done little to persuade farmers that human-caused climate change is …


Assad says U.S. troops welcome in Syria to fight terrorism

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against “terrorists” in Syria – as long as it …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

For President Trump, it’s a solitary start to life in the White House

For Donald Trump, life in the White House residence is so far a largely solitary existence. With his wife and youngest son living in New York, and his grown children …


Trump is crediting many of his policies to a surprising source: Obama

When he was criticized for his sweeping temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, President Donald Trump quickly said that Barack Obama had selected the countries. When he reorganized …


Trump reaffirms ‘one China’ policy in call with China’s Xi

President Donald Trump has reaffirmed America’s long-standing “one China” policy in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, potentially alleviating concerns about a major shift in Washington’s relations with …


Top U.S. commander says more troops needed in Afghanistan

A few thousand more troops are needed to help end the stalemate in Afghanistan, according to a senior U.S. military commander who also told lawmakers Thursday that Russian meddling is …


Trump’s alleged business conflicts and ties to Russia could get House probe

In an escalation of Democratic efforts to highlight questions about President Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest and alleged ties to Russia, a senior House Democrat is dusting off a …


White House adviser Kellyanne Conway ‘counseled’ after Ivanka brand promotion

The White House has “counseled” a top aide to President Donald Trump after she promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during a national cable television appearance from the White House.


Chief Justice Roberts, judiciary’s leader, silent on Trump criticism

President Donald Trump’s unusually personal criticism of federal judges has drawn rebukes from many quarters, including from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but not much from the judges themselves.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

In executive actions, Trump vows crackdown on violent crime

President Donald Trump signed three executive actions Thursday designed to crack down on violence in America, directing the Department of Justice to form a task force and take other steps …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

Sessions takes reins at Justice ready to walk the line for Trump

Jeff Sessions takes over as U.S. attorney general with a notable distinction among Donald Trump’s appointees: He’s a key Cabinet official who hasn’t yet publicly disagreed with the president. Unlike …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

Northeast hit by its biggest snowstorm of the winter

The biggest storm to hit the Northeast this winter dropped a foot or more of snow along the New York-to-Boston corridor Thursday, turning roads treacherous, grounding flights and giving millions …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general

The Senate has confirmed Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration.


DeVos’ first assignment: Mend fences with education foes

On her first day on the job, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plunged into her initial assignment: mending fences with her opponents following a bruising confirmation battle. Parents across the country …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

Rancorous Senate ‘silencing’ gives Warren a national boost

The turbulent national debate over race, gender and free speech consumed the normally staid Senate on Wednesday after the GOP majority voted to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren, abruptly elevating her …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump’s attacks on judiciary are ‘demoralizing’

President Donald Trump’s escalating attacks on the judicial branch drew denunciation Wednesday from his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who told lawmakers that the attacks were “demoralizing” and “disheartening” to …


9th Circuit says there will be no ruling Wednesday on Trump’s travel ban

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering arguments over lifting a temporary halt to President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, said there would be no decision issued Wednesday.


U.S. accused of refusing detainee list as travel cases mount

The U.S. government is refusing to comply with a court order to identify people who were stopped at airports under President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven countries, lawyers …


Pentagon looking to rent space at Trump Tower

The United States military is looking to rent space at Trump Tower for use when President Donald Trump returns to his longtime home in New York City. A Pentagon spokesman …


Trump takes aim at judges, saying ‘a bad high school student’ would see the law favors him

President Donald Trump accused federal judges Wednesday of playing politics by suspending his travel ban and forcefully went after the appeals judges who are deciding whether to uphold that decision.


Trump’s travel ban: What you need to know

President Donald Trump’s surprise executive order on immigration and a Seattle judge’s stunning decision to temporarily block it a week later have induced a national whiplash, riveting attention first on …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for completion …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

UW students sue over Trump travel ban

Two University of Washington students have filed a lawsuit, saying President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries and all refugees from entering the country …


Melania Trump says White House could mean millions for brand

First lady Melania Trump has said little about what she intends to do with her prominent position. But in new court documents, her lawyers say that the “multi-year term” during …


How to handle protesters angry about Trump: Maybe give them milk and cookies

President Donald Trump dismisses polls showing low approval ratings as “fake news.” But House leaders are actively discussing how to handle the protesters swamping their town halls, district offices and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

Senate confirms DeVos as education secretary after Pence breaks tie

The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

Appeals court hammers on government arguments for travel ban

A panel of appeals court judges reviewing President Donald Trump’s travel ban hammered away Tuesday at the federal government’s arguments that the states cannot challenge the order.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017

Federal appeals court schedules hearing on Trump immigration order

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday at 6 p.m. Eastern on whether to restore President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order, which a lower court judge has temporarily put …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017

Federal appeals court denies Trump administration request to immediately restore immigration order

A federal appeals court on Sunday ruled that President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order will remain suspended for the time being, allowing those previously banned from coming to the U.S. …