by on February 12, 2018
A look at the long-shot districts that Democrats are targeting in the midterms. Welcome back to House Party, our column looking at the 2018 House of Representative races as midterms approach. Welcome to the final installment of our intro series, where we’re really getting into the weeds. These are traditionally Republican districts with entrenched incumbents. Democrats can win the House without winning any of these, and right now only a few are on national radars. But there a...
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by on April 2, 2018
The first figure in the Russia investigation is expected to be sentenced Tuesday, though he could escape any jail time. Alexander van der Zwaan, the 33-year-old London-based lawyer who worked with President Trump’s campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Ukraine, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. The former lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom admitted that he originally withheld information on 2016 exchanges he had with Gates and a “person A,” when speaki...
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by on February 9, 2018
Hurricane Maria left her atelier without power. Her seamstresses lost everything and her house flooded. But Puerto Rican designer Stella Nolasco put tragedy behind her to bring a color and optimism to New York Fashion Week, laced with a clear political message. She was just starting to prepare for her fall/winter 2018 collection when the monster storm tore through the island on September 20, devastating the US territory and leaving Puerto Rico without power or telecommunications for months. ...
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by on April 9, 2018
However, the court gives the former Trump campaign chair a list of assets that could secure his release from house arrest. Paul Manafort fell short in the latest of several attempts to assemble money, property and pledges to meet the $10 million bail amount set by U.S. District Court Amy Berman Jackson. A judge handling one of the criminal cases against Paul Manafort has again denied bail to the former Trump campaign chairman, but this time the court gave Manafort what could amount to ...
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by on April 6, 2018
An investor group including Kushner Cos. is set to receive a loan of about $600 million from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to build a residential tower in Brooklyn, New York. About 95 percent of the planned development project is owned by CIM Group, a private Los Angeles-based investment firm. The remainder is owned by Kushner Cos. and LIVWRK, a developer that has frequently partnered with the family company of Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump. The two smaller own...
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by on February 11, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused the White House of politicizing U.S. intelligence and national security after President Trumpblocked the release of a Democratic memo, saying that the president "has something to hide." "President Trump’s refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people," Pelosi said in a statement. "The President’s decision to block t...
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by on March 30, 2018
Most adults on SNAP are workers, but they turn to the program when they’re between jobs or making too little. Jennifer Donald whose family receives money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also know as food stamps, eats dinner with her sons David and Donovan, and daughter Jayla, in Philadelphia.  Sarah Ormbrek’s life used to be a lot more uncertain. She didn’t always have a job. She didn’t always have transportation. And she didn’t always have a home for herself and her...
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by on April 14, 2018
For months, President Trump has railed against investigators and presented himself as the target of an unfair prosecution. So when he was asked to pardon former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, who likewise considered himself the target of an unfair prosecution, Mr. Trump may have seen some parallels — and a chance to make a statement. I. Lewis Libby Jr. after his 2007 conviction on perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to the leaking of a C.I.A. officer’s ...
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by on January 19, 2018
Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Appleton, Wisconsin on March 30th, 2016. The latest congressional testimony from the co-founder of a firm tasked with investigating Donald Trump is full of explosive allegations. Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS says in the November testimony that much of the president's wealth had come from trusts and investments set up by his late father. Simpson also testifies that money from Russian sources was funneled to Trump properties in Toronto, Panama and...
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by on January 28, 2018
THE EMAIL ARRIVED just as Megan Squire was starting to cook Thanksgiving dinner. She was flitting between the kitchen, where some chicken soup was simmering, and her living room office, when she saw the subject line flash on her laptop screen: “LOSer Leak.” Squire recognized the acronym of the League of the South, a neo-­Confederate organization whose leaders have called for a “second secession” and the return of slavery. An anonymous insider had released the names, addresses, emails, pass...
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by on January 27, 2018
The president targeted three bureau officials who could provide key testimony in the Mueller probe. U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with then-FBI Director James Comey at the White House on Jan. 22, 2017. President Donald Trump pressed senior aides last June to devise and carry out a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials after learning that those specific employees were likely to be witnesses against him as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, acco...
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by on March 16, 2018
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe defended himself after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him from the agency, calling his dismissal an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. “The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong. This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness,” McCabe told The New York Times. Sessions fired McCabe on Friday night after an internal FBI office found that McCabe wasn’t forthcoming during a review by the Justice Department’s ins...
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