Trump says it is ‘very hard for me to imagine anything happened’ between Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser

President Trump praised Brett M. Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, while leaving the White House en route to the Carolinas, but said Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard about her claim that she was sexually assaulted while both were teenagers. “If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting […]

Political nonprofits must now name many of their donors under federal court ruling after Supreme Court declines to intervene

Advocacy groups pouring money into independent campaigns to influence this fall’s midterm races must disclose many of their political donors beginning this week after the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to intervene in a long-running case. The high court did not grant an emergency request to stay a ruling by a federal judge in Washington […]

Senate passes spending bill aimed at averting government shutdown, but without increased wall funding, Trump’s support is uncertain

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a measure that would fund the government through Dec. 7, as well as provide funding for the Pentagon and the Health and Human Services Department for fiscal 2019. If passed, the bill would avert a partial government shutdown when current funding legislation expires at the end of September, but […]

Senate committee to hold public hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation, officials say

Two officials familiar with the nomination process said Monday that Kavanaugh would return to testify before the panel. The development came a day after The Washington Post published a first-person account from a woman who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. This is a developing story. It will be […]

Trump orders Justice Dept. to declassify Russia-related material, including part of court order to surveil former campaign adviser

President Trump on Monday ordered the Justice Department to declassify significant Russia-related materials, including portions of a secret court order to surveil one of his former campaign advisers, and to release text messages of several former high-level FBI officials, including James B. Comey and Andrew McCabe. This is a developing story. It will be updated. […]

Trump has decided to impose additional tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods in dramatic escalation of trade battle

The announcement of the tariffs, confirmed by two people familiar with the matter, is likely to come at the beginning of the week. It would represent the most significant step taken in the trade war so far, adding to tariffs on about $50 billion in goods that the U.S. and China have slapped on each […]

Senate Judiciary Committee delays vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh until next week

The panel voted 11 to 10 to hold the vote on Sept. 20. Democrats have complained about the confirmation process and criticized a rush to judgment. The delay, allowed under the Senate Judiciary Committee’s rules, was widely expected. Kavanaugh is on track to secure a full Senate confirmation vote by the end of the month. […]

Trump questions number of deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria, falsely says Democrats created a higher count to make him look bad

A sweeping report from George Washington University released last month estimated there were 2,975 “excess deaths” in the six months after the storm made landfall in Puerto Rico in September 2017. Trump said on Twitter that “they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths” at the time he visited the island after the storm. This […]

Trump issues new order authorizing additional sanctions against countries or individuals for interfering in upcoming U.S. elections

Lawmakers of both parties immediately said the effort does not go far enough. National security adviser John Bolton said the criticism that President Trump had been too deferential to Russia or blinkered in his view of Russian interference played “zero” role in the new action. This is a developing story. It will be updated.  

As Florence looms, Trump says response was ‘incredibly successful’ last year in Puerto Rico, which saw nearly 3,000 excess deaths

In remarks in the Oval Office, President Trump said his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria last year was “an incredible, unsung success” and also incorrectly suggested that Puerto Rico had virtually no electricity prior to the storm. It was “one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all […]

Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis resigns House seat to focus on bid for Florida governor

The congressman informed Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) of his decision on Monday. DeSantis, a stronger backer of President Trump, is locked in a close race against Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee This is a developing story. It will be updated.  

Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days after lying to FBI about Russia-related contacts

Papadopoulos, a once low-profile foreign policy campaign adviser, made an offhand remark in a London bar in May 2016 that helped trigger an FBI counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s campaign. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Trump says Justice Department should investigate who wrote anonymous New York Times op-ed, citing national security, AP reports

The op-ed, published online Wednesday, was written by a senior official in the Trump administration, according to the Times. It depicts a “two-track presidency” in which President Trump acts according to his own whims while many of his top aides, in the author’s words, work to thwart his “more misguided impulses until he is out […]

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to tell Senate committee he will be ‘a neutral and impartial arbiter,’ according to opening remarks

“I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences,” Brett Kavanaugh says in the excerpts, released by the White House. “I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge,” he says. “I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge.” His confirmation hearings are expected to begin later this morning. This […]

President Trump is considering Washington litigator Pat Cipollone to replace outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahn

Earlier this week, Trump interviewed Cipollone, a former Justice Department attorney who practices commercial litigation at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking. Cipollone has been working behind the scenes advising Trump’s outside legal team since June. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Trump says White House Counsel Donald McGahn will leave his job in the fall

President Trump said on Twitter that McGahn plans to leave “shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.” The Senate will begin holding confirmation hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination Tuesday. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Rep. Martha McSally, first female U.S. fighter pilot to fly in combat, projected to win Ariz. GOP primary to replace Sen. Flake

After a contentious primary campaign, Republican voters selected McSally, according to the Associated Press. She was recruited by Republicans but had been forced into an expensive brawl with Kelli Ward, a right-wing former legislator, and Joe Arpaio, the longtime sheriff of Maricopa County who was pardoned by President Trump one year ago. This is a […]

Andrew Gillum projected to win Democratic primary for Fla. governor, bucking party’s recent trend of picking more centrist nominees

Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who ran to the left of the field and rallied with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), rode a late surge to victory in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida, the Associated Press projected. He beat a field that included Gwen Graham, who served one term in Congress, […]

Trump-endorsed Rep. Ron DeSantis projected to win Florida GOP gubernatorial primary

Three-term Rep. Ron DeSantis is the winner of the Republican primary for governor in Florida, the Associated Press projected, beating Adam Putnam, the state’s agriculture commissioner, who had eyed the governor’s office for years. President Trump had given DeSantis his “full and total” endorsement and campaigned with him. This is a developing story. It will […]

Judges say N.C. congressional districts unconstitutionally gerrymandered to help GOP; new districts may be required before November

A panel of three federal judges held Monday that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to aid Republicans over Democrats, and said it may require new districts before the November elections, possibly affecting control of the House. The judges acknowledged that primary elections have already produced candidates for the 2018 elections but said they […]