President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.
Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget.
Two senior FBI officials who texted each other about President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton relied on work phones to try to hide their romance from a spouse and made the bureau's probe of Clinton's private email server their cover story for being in such close contact, according to people familiar with the matter.
Republicans were joyful Friday as they finalized their tax plan, bridging differences between the House and Senate bills and moving another step closer to getting legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas. Republicans also appear to, at least for now, have locked down the votes they need to pass the measure through the House and Senate, after holdout Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pledged their support.
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans secured enough support Friday afternoon to pass their massive tax plan into law after two critical holdouts, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., signaled they would vote for it. Rubio emerged as a final challenge in a complicated political puzzle that the White House and GOP leaders have been assembling for the past two months. His decision to vote for the package came after a standoff with Republican leaders that led to a last-minute expansion of the Child Tax Credit.
LOUISVILLE - Dan Johnson posted a final message on Facebook to his friends and family on Wednesday afternoon. It appeared to be a goodbye. In it, he denied the accusations that had tormented him and his family for the past 48 hours - that he, a Kentucky state representative and the self-proclaimed "Pope" of his Louisville church - had gotten drunk and molested a 17-year-old girl during a sleepover at the church years ago.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea, for the second time this week, to enter negotiations and give up its nuclear weapons. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council in a session called for foreign ministers, Tillerson said the United States asks that any talks be preceded by a "sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior." North Korea has accelerated the pace of its missile program, launching 40 ballistic missiles and conducting three nuclear tests over the past two years. Each test exhibited technological improvements.
This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of $17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch. Perhaps because of its complicated technical design, zealous community of advocates and famously mysterious founding story (its creator was unknown for years), a variety of widespread myths about bitcoin have persisted. Here are five. Myth No. 1 There is a finite supply of bitcoin.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A self-professed neo-Nazi who allegedly used his car as a lethal weapon, killing a woman and injuring 35 other people during a chaotic demonstration by white supremacists here in August, was charged with first-degree murder Thursday after being jailed for the past four months on a lesser homicide charge.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed focused this week on rebooting his image as a beleaguered Cabinet member on the outs with his boss and his own employees - holding a rare town hall with employees, promising foreign trips into 2018 and saying he is "learning" to enjoy his job.