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Fidget Spinners and Quick Breaks: Senators Fight Impeachment Trial Fatigue
Bipartisan fatigue is creeping into the Senate chamber as the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is stretching into its third day.
For Thirsty Senators in Impeachment Trial, It’s Milk, Water or Nothing
The U.S. Senate imposes an ascetic existence on its members during an impeachment trial, but it does afford them one peculiar indulgence: milk.
Pence Says Iran Sought to Kill Americans in Strike, Contradicting Pentagon Assessment
Vice President Mike Pence declaration that Iran’s missile attack on two U.S. bases in Iraq on Wednesday was intended to kill Americans contradicted initial assessments and contrasted with President
How Governments Use Immigration to Boost Their Economies
People from abroad bring brains and energy, but there’s always the risk of a backlash.
New Sanctions Coming on Iran But Trump Would Be Happy to Talk
The U.S. plans to announce more sanctions against Iran, but President Donald Trump is also willing to negotiate with Iranian leaders with “no preconditions” to ensure the Islamic Republic never
Trump's Unexpected Restraint Toward Iran Keeps Diplomacy Alive
Donald Trump’s decision to hold off on retaliating against Iran this week kept hopes for diplomacy alive and revealed a side he’s rarely displayed over his decades in the public eye: restraint.
U.S. to Extend Key Waivers Linked to Iran's Nuclear Program
The Trump administration will renew several key waivers that allow Iran to keep operating a limited civilian nuclear program, a move that heads off a clash with European allies and Tehran over the
U.S.-Iran Tensions Simmer as Trump and Rouhani Trade Threats
U.S. President Donald Trump launched a new broadside against Iran, warning of unspecified “consequences” if Hassan Rouhani continues threatening America.
Ban on U.S. Exports to ZTE Should Be Kept in Bill, Senators Say
Key senators wrote a letter aimed at pushing Congress to block President Donald Trump’s deal lifting a ban on U.S. exports to Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp.
Pompeo Caught Between Trump’s Short Fuse and Kim’s Intransigence
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s second day of negotiations in Pyongyang began with a pleasantry that turned into a test of wills.
AT&T Hires Former Tillerson Aide for Washington Job After Michael Cohen Flap
AT&T Inc. chose a powerful insider to bolster its Washington presence by hiring Margaret Peterlin, a lawyer who occupied a top perch in the Trump administration’s State Department after advising
Trump-Kim Deal Signals North Korea May Never Give Up Its Nukes
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hasn’t given up a single nuclear weapon, but that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from reassuring Americans on Twitter that they should “sleep well” because the
Trump Tempers His Optimism on North Korea: ‘Only Time Will Tell’
President Donald Trump tempered his optimism on North Korea on Sunday, saying that “only time will tell” how things turn out, as U.S. lawmakers sounded skeptical about promises made by Pyongyang ahead
CIA Defends Haspel’s Role in Destruction of Tapes
The Central Intelligence Agency declassified a 2011 memo by then-Deputy Director Michael Morell on his decision not to discipline Gina Haspel for her role in destroying tapes of detainee
White House Says Pompeo Opponents Are Undermining North Korea Talks
The White House is urging Senate Democrats to back Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, arguing that failing to do so would undercut talks with North Korea after his recent meeting with Kim Jong Un.
2020 U.S. Census to Add Question on Citizenship Status
The Commerce Department says the 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought a swift response by the California attorney general to oppose it.
CIA Pick Haspel to Face Questions on Interrogations
President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA would make history as the first female director of the intelligence agency, but first she’ll face questions about her past role in U.S. interrogation
China Protests U.S. Passage of Legislation to Boost Taiwan Ties
China warned the U.S. against disrupting relations after the U.S. Congress sent President Donald Trump legislation seeking greater diplomatic exchanges with Taiwan.
Senate Rejection May Mark End of Chances for Immigration Deal
Chances for a broad immigration deal emerging from Congress this year are all but dead after the Senate within a span of a few hours on Thursday rejected both a White House-backed proposal and a
Senate Blocks Immigration Plans, Deepening Stalemate on Dreamers
The Senate blocked four immigration proposals Thursday, deepening a bitter impasse over how to protect 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants from deportation.