Trump and Nixon were pen pals in the ‘80s. Here are their letters.

“I think that you are one of this country’s great men, and it was an honor to spend an evening with you,” Trump writes to Nixon in June 1982, less than eight years after Nixon resigned the presidency during the Watergate scandal. The two had been spotted together at the “21” nightclub and Trump was […]

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Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick on Saturday

Two people familiar with the situation said on Monday that Trump was considering three others: Judge Joan Larsen, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and was interviewed in 2018; Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit; and Kate Todd, deputy assistant to […]

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Poll: Half say election winner should appoint next justice

The survey is the latest to demonstrate initial public opposition to naming a justice before the election. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 62 percent of Americans agreed that the winner of the election should be able to appoint the next justice — though, in a separate question, 46 percent said Trump should be able to appoint […]

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DHS whistleblower looks to delay testimony amid effort to access classified intel

Though Zaid stopped short of criticizing DHS, a House Intelligence Committee official took aim at the department for “putting up artificial roadblocks that are designed to delay and obstruct the committee’s investigation.” “The committee has not rescheduled the deposition at this time, but DHS continues to impose needless requirements on Mr. Murphy for the purpose […]

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Envelope addressed to White House contained ricin, source says

Federal investigators were working to determine where the enveloped originated and who mailed it. The FBI, the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were leading the investigation. In a statement, the FBI said agents were working to investigate “a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility” and that there is “no […]

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House Democrats prepare stopgap until early December to skirt shutdown

It’s still unclear which funding and policy exceptions, or anomalies, will be included in the continuing resolution. Democrats were fighting for a contentious provision that would extend the Census Bureau’s Dec. 31 deadline to turn over apportionment data used to divvy up House seats to the president — potentially punting the final handling of census […]

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Trump says Biden ad prompted his intervention on Big Ten football

“I saw the ad and that’s actually what got me into gear,” Trump said, arguing that he felt the ad insinuated that he didn’t care about whether college football was played this fall. “I said, ‘wait a minute, I want it to happen,’ but I really didn’t think about getting involved,” he continued. “When I […]

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Big Ten revives football season in Trump-backed turnaround

The conference said it will use a new daily virus-testing plan for players, coaches and staff that’s set to begin by Sept. 30. Athletes who contract the virus will also undergo additional screening for cardiac conditions and will be kept out of competitions for at least three weeks following a confirmed diagnosis for the illness. […]

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Criminal probe opened into John Bolton book

Spokespeople for the Justice Department, Bolton and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, declined to comment on the development. “We are aware of reports that grand jury subpoenas have been issued seeking information concerning the publication of Ambassador Bolton‘s recent book,” Bolton’s lawyer, Chuck Cooper, said in a statement to POLITICO. “Ambassador Bolton emphatically rejects any […]

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Former Trump economic adviser: ‘I honestly haven’t made up my mind’ on 2020 vote

Cohn, a registered Democrat, emerged as a trusted aide to the president and was in contention to succeed former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, a role that ultimately went to current Fed chief Jerome Powell in November 2017. But Cohn faced skepticism from more conservative members of the administration, who rebuked his support for free-trade […]

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