Postal Service Leader Sets Reorganization Amid Scrutiny Over Mail Ballots

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service on Friday announced a substantial reorganization meant to increase efficiency as Democratic lawmakers demanded an inquiry into whether changes by President Trump’s appointees could threaten the effective use of mail-in ballots for the November election. Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general and a major donor to Mr. Trump’s campaigns, was named […]

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Derrius Guice released by Washington following domestic violence-related charges

The Washington Football Team released running back Derrius Guice on Friday after he was charged in multiple domestic violence incidents. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department told the Associated Press that Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. Strangulation is a Class […]

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Trump Prepares to Bypass Congress as Stimulus Talks Fail Again

WASHINGTON — Crisis negotiations between the White House and top Democrats teetered on the brink of collapse on Friday, as both sides said they remained deeply divided on an economic recovery package and President Trump’s advisers said they would recommend that he bypass Congress and act on his own to provide relief. It was not […]

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Trump’s Orders on WeChat and TikTok Are Uncertain. That May Be the Point.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s sudden decision late Thursday to restrict two popular Chinese social media services from the United States has created confusion about how broad the bans on doing business with China could ultimately be. That confusion may be part of the point. Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration announced that it would […]

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US hiring slows amid signs of longer-lasting economic damage

WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring slowed in July as the coronavirus outbreak worsened, and the government’s jobs report offered signs Friday that the economic damage from the pandemic could last far longer than many observers originally envisioned. The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the previous two months. At any other […]

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Russia Continues Interfering in Election to Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Says

WASHINGTON — Russia is using a range of techniques to denigrate Joseph R. Biden Jr., American intelligence officials said Friday in their first public assessment that Moscow continues to try to interfere in the 2020 campaign to help President Trump. At the same time, the officials said China preferred that Mr. Trump be defeated in […]

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Pence Will Visit Wisconsin While Biden Stays Home From Milwaukee Convention

WASHINGTON — When Vice President Mike Pence, traveling aboard Air Force Two on Wednesday, heard that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had scrapped his planned trip to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination, he saw an opportunity. Before he landed back in Washington after a day trip to Florida, Mr. Pence and […]

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House Can Sue to Force Testimony From McGahn, Appeals Court Rules

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee can sue to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a 7-to-2 decision that enforcement of congressional subpoenas was crucial to […]

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Pompeo Warned Russia Against Bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Russia’s foreign minister against Moscow paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants and other Afghan fighters for killing American service members, U.S. officials said. Mr. Pompeo’s warning is the first known rebuke from a senior American official to Russia over the bounties program, and it runs counter to […]

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Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dead at 95

WASHINGTON – Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and was a Republican voice against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died, a Bush spokesperson said Friday. He was 95. Scowcroft died Thursday of natural causes at his home […]

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Trump Administration Penalizes Chinese Officials for Hong Kong Crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 11 senior Chinese Communist Party officials and their Hong Kong allies, including chief executive Carrie Lam, over their role in cracking down on political dissent in the southern Chinese territory. These are the first sanctions against officials from China and Hong Kong over suppression of […]

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Judge Dismisses G.O.P. Suit to End Proxy Voting in House During Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit filed by congressional Republicans against Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sought to block the House of Representatives from using a proxy-voting system to allow for remote legislating during the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, wrote in […]

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Homeland Security Chief Defends Deployments in Portland

WASHINGTON — Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, on Thursday defended his deployment of tactical agents to face protesters in Portland, Ore., after the standoff prompted accusations that the operation had politicized his agency. Mr. Wolf told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the local government in Portland had created a security […]

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The Latest U.S. Tool to Fight Election Meddling: Text Messages

WASHINGTON — The United States government on Thursday became, for a brief moment, one of the biggest and perhaps most annoying telemarketers in Russia. Seeking to publicize new rewards of up to $10 million for information about people trying to attack American voting systems, the State Department sent text messages to cellphones in Russia as […]

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At the Census Bureau, a Technical Memo Raises Alarms Over Politics

WASHINGTON — A Census Bureau memorandum on creating a state-by-state estimate of people illegally in the country is raising new fears of a politicized census — this time involving the population totals that will be used to reapportion the House of Representatives next year. The memo, issued Monday, orders an internal task force to explore […]

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With Old Allies Turning Against Her, Birx Presses On Against the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — As Dr. Deborah L. Birx was taking heat from both President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week, the Democratic governor of Kentucky spoke up in her defense. Dr. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, had visited his state in late July, after he issued a statewide mask order and was contemplating […]

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Lawmakers Aim to Prevent Trump From Bypassing Ban on Armed Drone Sales

WASHINGTON — A bill Democratic and Republican senators plan to introduce on Thursday would ban the sale of advanced armed drones to any nation that is not a close ally of the United States, according to lawmakers and congressional aides. The measure is aimed at halting an effort by the Trump administration to bypass an […]

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Congress’s Ideological Divide Has Stymied Aid for Pandemic-Stricken Schools

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats in Congress say they agree that a new stimulus package must include billions of dollars to help schools struggling financially and logistically to resume education this month and next. But the parties are digging in over profound ideological differences, especially the divide between Democratic demands for public education spending and […]

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White House and Congress Remain Far From Any Stimulus Deal

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats and White House officials on Wednesday remained nowhere close to an agreement for a new rescue package to address the coronavirus’s toll on the economy, growing increasingly pessimistic that they could meet a self-imposed Friday deadline as President Trump again threatened to act on his own to provide relief. Even as […]

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In Stimulus Talks, McConnell Is Outside the Room and in a Tight Spot

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell has put himself in one of the toughest spots of a political life that has seen plenty of them. Up for re-election in the middle of an unforgiving pandemic, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader is caught in a family feud between a group of endangered incumbents in his party […]

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Biden’s Milwaukee Trip Is Canceled, and So Is a Normal Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. acknowledged on Wednesday that he would not appear in Milwaukee to accept the presidential nomination he has sought on and off since the 1980s, bowing to the realities of a pandemic that has altered every aspect of life in 2020, including the November contest. The decision to cancel major […]

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Facebook Removes Trump Campaign’s Misleading Coronavirus Video

WASHINGTON — Facebook took down a video posted by the campaign of President Trump on Wednesday in which he claimed children were immune to the coronavirus, a violation of the social network’s rules against misinformation around the virus. It was the first time Facebook has removed a post by Mr. Trump’s campaign for spreading misinformation […]

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rules for California Jail Over Virus Measures

WASHINGTON — By a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with officials at a California jail in a dispute over the adequacy of its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s brief order was unsigned and gave no reasons, which is typical when it acts on emergency applications. The four more liberal justices […]

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Member of Conservative Think Tank Takes On Reporter Duties on Air Force Two

WASHINGTON — When Vice President Mike Pence traveled to an event in Florida on Wednesday, he was not accompanied on his plane by a member of the White House press corps, as is typically the case. Instead, seated on Air Force Two in a space normally reserved for a White House reporter was the vice […]

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Liability Shield Is a Stumbling Block as Lawmakers Debate Relief

WASHINGTON — Calls to protect corporations and schools from legal blame if workers fall ill from Covid-19 contracted on the job have incited a growing backlash as Congress and the White House negotiate over liability protections in economic relief legislation. Businesses, hospitals, schools and the trade groups that represent them have pushed for any relief […]

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