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From today, September 19, 2018
- Kavanaugh Accuser Wants 'Full Investigation' Before Senate Hearing
The woman who alleged Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her has requested an FBI investigation of the incident before she testifies.
- U.S. Orders Chinese Media Firms to Register as Foreign Agents
The Justice Department ordered two leading Chinese state-run media organizations to register as foreign agents amid U.S. efforts to combat foreign influence operations.
- China Retaliates With Tariffs on $60 Billion of U.S. Goods
The Chinese government said Tuesday it plans to impose new tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. exports, prompting President Trump to reiterate a threat to punch back by hitting Chinese goods worth more than four times that much.
- Senate Passes Broad Spending Bill
The measure increases spending for the Defense Department, medical research and the opioid crisis, and funds other departments through Dec. 7 to avoid a shutdown before the midterm elections.
- U.S. Business Groups Urge Trump to Keep Canada in Nafta
U.S. business groups sought Tuesday to increase pressure on the Trump Administration to retain the existing structure of Nafta, urging U.S. officials to avoid advancing a new pact that excludes Canada.
- Shootings Thrust Gun Control Into Campaign Ads
Mass shootings have thrust the issue of gun control into midterm races that will determine whether Republicans hold control of Congress and maintain dominance in state capitals.
- Some Low-Performing VA Hospitals Show Improvement
The quality of the nation?s veterans hospitals improved over the past year, allowing VA officials to remove a handful of the poorest-performing centers from a list of high-risk facilities.
- Trump Orders Declassification of Intelligence Documents Related to Former Adviser Carter Page
President Trump ordered the declassification of sensitive documents related to the investigation into Russian election interference.
- Probe of FEMA Chief Referred to Federal Prosecutors
An investigation targeting President Trump?s top emergency-management official has been referred to federal prosecutors to determine whether criminal charges should be pursued.
- Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic
The Senate on Monday passed sweeping, bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic through new research, treatment and help for families affected by addiction.
- No, the Financial Crisis Didn't Spawn Populism
Two defining events of the last decade were the financial crisis and the rise of right-wing populists like Donald Trump. But the two aren?t as closely connected as some commentators would have you believe, Greg Ip writes.
- Feinstein Plays a Key Role in Accusation
Sen. Dianne Feinstein?s moves that teed up a public airing of allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have drawn the ire of Republicans, who accuse the California Democrat of seeking to delay the nomination of a jurist she opposes, and the support of Democrats, who say she was trying to ensure a constituent?s confidentiality on an issue that deserved scrutiny.
- Democrats' To-Do List: Translate Anger Into Actual Votes
As Democrats gear up for midterms, they face a tough reality: They tend to have a harder time than do Republicans in getting voters who show up for presidential elections to turn out for midterms.
- Prosecutors Say They're Ready to Sentence Michael Flynn
Prosecutors said Monday they are ready for a federal judge to sentence President Trump?s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in a sign that special counsel Robert Mueller?s investigation is moving closer to the finish line.
- Mueller Indictments: Who's Who
Seven people have pleaded guilty or been convicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller?s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and 26 more individuals have been indicted, along with three Russian companies.
- U.S. Warns of Russian Interference in Macedonia's NATO Bid
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that Russia is actively working against a referendum in Macedonia that would clear the way for the Balkan nation to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
- North and South Korea Kick Off Three-Day Summit in Pyongyang
Moon Jae-in became the first South Korean president to visit Pyongyang in more than a decade. He wants Kim Jong Un to resume diplomacy with President Trump.
- Kavanaugh, His Accuser Will Testify Before Senate Panel
A Senate panel will hold a hearing Monday with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault, setting the stage for a dramatic public showdown.
- Trump Hits China With New Tariffs; Beijing Vows to Strike Back
President Trump said he will impose new tariffs on about $200 billion in Chinese goods and threatened to add hundreds of billions more, escalating trade tensions between the world?s largest economies.
- Trump Adviser Kudlow Blames Deficits on Spending, Not Tax Cuts
A top economic adviser to President Trump said the U.S. is ready to engage in serious trade talks with China, in comments that also shrugged off massive U.S. government budget deficits as largely a function of too much government spending and not tax cuts.
- Trump Promised a Rush of Repatriated Cash; Companies Say Not So Fast
President Trump had said trillions of dollars would flow back to the U.S. quickly in the wake of the new tax law, but a WSJ analysis finds many companies are taking their time.
- Trade Fights With Mexico and China Weigh on GOP Incumbents
President Trump?s trade fights are weighing on GOP incumbents such as Tex. Rep. Will Hurd, who has heard an earful from constituents about Nafta, but is also a favorite in a district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
- Trump Faults Former Lawyer for Writing Book, Says It May Violate Attorney-Client Privilege
President Trump on Friday disputed one of his longtime lawyer?s criticisms of his behavior and questioned whether a forthcoming book by Jay Goldberg runs afoul of lawyer-client privilege.
- Tech's New Problem: North Korea
Hiding behind fake profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn, a group linked to Pyongyang solicited information-technology work, then stiffed its subcontractors, a WSJ investigation shows. The technique, replicated more widely, could be bringing millions of dollars in hard currency to the country.
- California Race Highlights Challenge Facing GOP in Toughest Districts
Retiring incumbents in districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016 compound the task facing Republicans in keeping control of the House.
- U.S., China Ramp Up Trade Threats, Imperiling Negotiation Efforts
The Trump administration plans to unveil fresh tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products entering the U.S. and Beijing debates new ways to retaliate.
- FEMA Chief Says He Wasn't Asked to Resign Over Vehicle Use
FEMA?s top official said he hasn?t been asked to resign over an internal investigation involving vehicle use, and he echoed President Trump in casting doubt on a government-backed report on the number of deaths from last year?s hurricanes in Puerto Rico.
- House Republicans Move to Extend Individuals' Tax Cuts
A House committee voted Thursday to lock in last year?s tax cuts on individuals beyond their scheduled expiration date, though the Senate?s lack of interest in the measure means the bill?s fate is uncertain.
- New Doubts Emerge About U.S.-Led Sanctions on North Korea
Fresh doubts are emerging about the potency of a U.S.-led sanctions campaign aimed at crippling North Korea?s economy and forcing the country to end its atomic-weapons programs, as denuclearization talks have stalled.
- Manafort Airs Details of Ukraine Lobbying
Paul Manafort, President Trump?s former campaign chairman, acknowledged new details about his work for a former Ukrainian president as he pleaded guilty to criminal charges arising from the Mueller investigation.
- Manafort Cooperates With Mueller Probe
Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to two federal crimes and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, a turnaround for the former Trump campaign chairman who now becomes a powerful asset for Robert Mueller?s investigation.
- Seven Countries Join to Hunt Ships Smuggling Fuel to North Korea
A U.S. navy ship stationed in Japan will host a new multinational coalition that aims to better track ships bringing fuel to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions.
- Kavanaugh Vote in Question After Assault Allegation
The GOP?s push for a quick confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was set back after a woman came forward accusing him of sexual assault when they were teenagers.
- Cuomo Defeats Nixon in New York's Democratic Primary
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fended off a challenge from Cynthia Nixon in a Democratic primary, but several insurgents running on a slate with Ms. Nixon scored victories.
- U.S. Sanctions Thai Company for Ties to Iran's Mahan Air
The U.S. sanctioned a Thai aviation firm for working with Iran?s blacklisted Mahan Air, part of a larger campaign to shut down an airline Washington has accused of ferrying weapons and warriors into Syria.
- More States to Join Justice Department's Discussion on Social Media Concerns
The Justice Department is inviting a bipartisan group of 24 state attorneys general to discuss concerns over social media platforms, after receiving an ?increased level of interest? from the AGs, an official said.
- Kavanaugh Denies Allegation of Sexual Misconduct in High School
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied an allegation that he engaged in sexual misconduct in high school, a day after the matter was referred to federal investigators.
- USAID's $216 Million Program for Afghan Women Falling Short
The U.S. Agency for International Development?s biggest program ever for Afghan women has spent almost $90 million over three years and has so far placed just 55 women in government jobs, a watchdog report said.
- Republicans Take Aim at Judges Issuing Nationwide Rulings
The Trump administration and its GOP allies are taking aim at the growing practice of federal judges issuing nationwide rulings, hoping to tackle an issue that has repeatedly stymied President Trump?s agenda.
- Trump Denies Heavy Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria
President Trump denied Hurricane Maria caused 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico, falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the toll to ?make me look as bad as possible.?
- Feinstein Relays Allegation About Kavanaugh to FBI
The California Democrat has forwarded to the FBI an allegation that appeared to be connected to an incident of potential sexual abuse when Judge Kavanaugh was a teenager, a person familiar with the matter said.
- U.S. Moves to Pursue Civil-Rights Probes of Anti-Israeli Groups on Campuses
The Education Department has adopted a broader definition of anti-Semitism that will allow it to more aggressively pursue civil-rights investigations into anti-Israel student organizations, according to a letter sent by a senior department official.
- Senate Confirms Charles Rettig as IRS Commissioner
The Senate confirmed Charles Rettig to run the Internal Revenue Service, giving the veteran California tax lawyer one of the toughest, most thankless jobs in the federal government.
- Sanctions Order on Election Meddling Has Little Bite, Experts Say
President Trump?s executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who attempt to interfere in U.S. elections won?t deter meddlers and is somewhat redundant, according to sanctions lawyers, U.S. senators and others.
- Manafort's Lawyers Discuss Possible Plea Deal to Forestall Second Trial
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort?s legal team is discussing a possible plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller?s office in a bid to avoid a second criminal trial next week in Washington, according to people familiar with the matter.
- Trump Hits Back at JPMorgan CEO James Dimon
President Trump criticized James Dimon as a ?poor public speaker? and ?nervous mess,? a day after the JPMorgan Chase chief executive said he could prevail over Mr. Trump in a presidential campaign.
- Letitia James Wins Democratic Primary for New York Attorney General
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James won the Democratic nomination for state attorney general Thursday, positioning her to be the first black woman to hold statewide office if she wins in the November general election.
- U.S. Seeks New Trade Talks With China to Avoid Tariffs
The Trump administration is giving Beijing another chance to try to stave off new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese exports, asking top officials for a fresh round of trade talks later this month.
- Trump's Pitches for Candidates Draw a Hatch Act Complaint
President Trump?s pitches for Republican candidates at official events have drawn a complaint from a government watchdog about potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits partisan activities at government functions.
- Nearly 600 Russia-Linked Accounts Tweeted About the Health Law
Nearly 600 Russia-linked Twitter accounts tweeted about the Affordable Care Act and U.S. health policy from 2014 through this past May, new data show. Most of the nearly 10,000 tweets seem intended to pit one side against the other.
- U.S. Businesses Ramp Up Lobbying Against Trump's Tariffs
Organizations representing thousands of companies are cooperating on a lobbying campaign called Tariffs Hurt the Heartland.
- Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo Fends Off Primary Challenger
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo turned back a Democratic primary challenge from Matt Brown, a former secretary of state who tried to harness progressive discontent with the party establishment.
- Woodward's 'Fear' Posts Strong Sales as Interest in Trump Books Continues
Bob Woodward?s new book ?Fear: Trump in the White House? sold more than 750,000 copies through Tuesday, its first day on sale, according to publisher Simon & Schuster.
- Trump Authorizes Sanctions for Foreign Election Meddling
President Trump signed an order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who attempt to interfere in U.S. elections, the latest effort to address concerns that Russia is seeking to influence the midterms.
- Why Bush's Quiet Role in Financial Crisis Deserves Attention Now
Political polarization, populism and protectionism suggest the next crisis will be met with far less political will than the last.
- Arrests of Families Crossing Border Highest in Five Years
More than 90,000 immigrants traveling as part of a family have been arrested crossing the U.S. border illegally in the last 11 months, the most in at least five years.
- Big Tech Companies to Appear Before Senate to Discuss Privacy
The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a high-profile hearing on the privacy practices of big tech companies later this month, signaling intensifying government interest in a thorny issue for the industry.
- Trump Associates Push Back on Woodward Book
Three associates of President Trump on Tuesday said their portrayal in a new book critical of the president was misleading, the latest effort by people close to Mr. Trump to tamp down the book?s allegations.
- Trump to Allow Sanctions on Foreigners Meddling in Elections
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order as soon as Wednesday that would authorize sanctions against foreigners who attempt to interfere in American elections.
- U.S. Warns Iran After Attacks in Iraq
The White House said Iranian-backed militias in Iraq had carried out ?life-threatening attacks? against the U.S. consulate in Basra and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and warned Washington would hold Tehran responsible if there are future assaults.
- Trump Hails Flight 93 Passengers on Sept. 11 Anniversary
President Trump marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a stark warning that the U.S. will protect itself from ?tyranny? and ?evil,? invoking the Flight 93 passengers and crew who fought back against hijackers as heroic examples of American resolve.
- Court Tosses Suit Alleging Trump Incited Violence at Rally
A federal appeals court ruled that protesters attacked at a 2016 Trump campaign rally can?t proceed with a lawsuit alleging Donald Trump incited the violence with inflammatory remarks.
- White House Reiterates Trump Call for Investigation of Anonymous Opinion Writer
Sarah Sanders called for the Justice Department to investigate who wrote an anonymous opinion column last week that was critical of President Trump, echoing the president?s demand for such a probe
- Lions in Winter: Bush, Dole, McCain and the Party They Led
Together, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole and John McCain defined an era of the modern Republican party?and have left behind a capital missing their ability to forge compromises.
- U.S. Identifies Remains of Two Service Members From Korean War
The U.S. has identified the remains of two service members among the 55 boxes returned by North Korea this summer.
- U.S. Holds Talks With U.K., France on Possible Syria Strikes
The U.S. is working with France and the U.K. on plans for a coordinated military strike in Syria if the regime uses chemical weapons in an expected offensive against the country?s last major rebel haven, President Trump?s national security adviser said.
- U.S. Pressure on Palestinians Raises Middle East Tension
The Trump administration?s move to close the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington angered Palestinians and imposed new strains on the framework that has guided U.S. Mideast policy for a quarter-century.
- New Jersey County Jail to Consider Ending ICE Contract
Hudson County, N.J., will soon decide whether to end its contract with ICE to house detained immigrants in the county jail.
- White House Corrects Trump Tweet on GDP, Unemployment
President Trump was incorrect when he tweeted that more than a century had passed since quarterly economic growth last outpaced the jobless rate, the White House said.
- Four States Could Determine Control of House
Democrats could run the table in battlefield districts in just four states?Pennsylvania, California, Florida and New Jersey?and capture the net 23 seats they need to seize the House majority.
- U.S. Preparing for Second Trump Meeting With North Korea's Leader
The White House said it is working to arrange a second meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un after the North Korean leader sent a letter requesting one.
- Negotiators Meet in Bid to Ease Trans-Atlantic Trade Tensions
Top trade officials from the U.S. and the European Union reached no breakthrough on laying out a trade pact that would deliver on their presidents? earlier agreement to slash tariffs and boost commerce.
- Pence Blasts Writer of Op-Ed That Criticized Trump
Mike Pence denounced the writer who anonymously criticized President Trump in an opinion piece last week, as the administration continued to push back against reports depicting the president as held in check by his own staff.
- Judge Denies Bail for Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina
A federal judge denied a request by an alleged Russian agent to be released on bail before trial but chastised prosecutors for making salacious allegations about Maria Butina they later walked back.
- Marijuana-Research Applications Go Nowhere at Justice Department
Two years after the Drug Enforcement Administration began accepting requests to grow marijuana for federally approved research, none have been answered, leaving more than two dozen applicants in limbo.
- Trump Presses Apple: Shift Production to U.S.
President Trump called on Apple to shift production to the U.S. and out of China, reviving a longstanding criticism and pressuring the iPhone maker to help fulfill the administration?s economic goal of restoring American manufacturing.
- Trump Joins Cohen in Asking to Rescind Stormy Daniels Hush Agreement
President Trump joined his former lawyer in agreeing to rescind the agreement that legally requires former adult-film star Stephanie Clifford to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.
- Ex-Trump Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days in Prison
George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian intermediary, giving Special Counsel Robert Mueller a second prison term from his 15-month inquiry.
- Trump to Close the Palestine Liberation Organization Office in D.C.
The Trump administration is expected to announce Monday it will close the Palestine Liberation Organization?s office in Washington, widening a campaign of pressure amid stalled Middle East peace efforts.
- In One Kentucky City, Booze and Ballots Don't Mix. That Soon May Change.
Leitchfield, Ky., residents can buy whiskey any weekday they want except for when they head to the polls. But the city council is likely to lift that ban.
- Candidates' Scandals Add Headaches for Republicans
Four House Republicans embroiled in scandals are further complicating their party?s struggle to maintain a House majority in the midterm elections.
- Trump Urges Sessions to Launch Probe of Critical Opinion Piece
President Trump said he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into who in his administration penned a critical anonymous opinion column this week.
- Obama Accuses Trump of 'Capitalizing on Resentment'
Former President Barack Obama accused President Trump of ?capitalizing on resentment? and called on voters to engage in the midterm elections, which he said are ?more important than any I can remember in my lifetime.?
- House GOP Ends Talks on Banning Hacked Information in Campaign Ads
House Republicans pulled out of talks to ban the use of hacked or stolen information in campaigns, leading Democrats to pledge themselves to ?not participate, aid or encourage hackers or foreign actors in any attempt to influence American elections.?
- Trump Preparing Tariffs on Further $267 Billion in Chinese Imports
President Trump said tariffs on another $267 billion in Chinese goods are ready to go and could be rolled out on short notice, reinforcing earlier threats and signaling no end in sight for the growing trade dispute.
- Kavanaugh Hearing: Not for Children, but Hottest Ticket in Town
The Senate hearing for President Trump?s Supreme Court nominee has seen more than 100 arrests of protesters, several procedural maneuvers and a vow by Democrats to willfully violate Senate rules over confidential documents that turned out to be public anyway.
- The NFL's Other Problem: Fake Fans Lobbying for the Blackout
The FCC got thousands of letters from purported fans urging it not to kill the pro-football TV-blackout rule; many weren?t real. ?Sincerely, Sonny Hedgehog?
- Iran Defies U.S. Bid to Curb Its Middle East Influence
Iran is signaling that it will buck U.S. efforts to roll back its military presence in the Middle East, moving to cement foreign alliances and continuing to project power abroad despite sanctions that have helped put intense pressure on its economy.
- Senior White House Officials Scramble to Deny Writing Op-Ed
Top Trump administration officials raced to deny authorship of an anonymous column critical of the president, and senior White House aides privately acknowledged they are unlikely to root out the person.
- Trump Administration Wants to Detain Migrant Children Longer
The Trump administration wants to effectively end a decades-old legal settlement that bars long-term detention for migrant children when families are arrested for trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
- Senators Urge Justice Department to Probe Giuliani's Foreign Work
Seven Senate Democrats are asking the Justice Department to review whether President Trump?s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has complied with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
- Chances Fade for U.S.-China Trade Deal
The prospect of resolving the U.S. trade battle with China is fading as the White House draws closer to a deal to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. The outcomes are related, U.S. officials say.
- U.S. Unveils Charges Against North Korean Operative in Sony Hack
The Justice Department announced charges against a North Korean operative in connection with the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, the first such case to target the country?s cyber army.
- N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Champions Projects Before Primary; Challenger Nixon Criticizes Efforts
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans on Thursday to create a new entrance at New York Penn Station in Manhattan as he continued a week-long tour of infrastructure projects ahead of next week?s primary election.
- Kevin McCarthy Hits Trail to Campaign for GOP, Speakership
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is crisscrossing the country raising money for House Republicans tackling twin challenges: keeping the House GOP majority and getting elected as its speaker.
- In Massachusetts Elections, Breaking Racial Barriers and Political Traditions
Serious primary challenges are uncommon in Massachusetts, and often there is a political pecking order for seats that do come open. But this week showed that the political culture is shifting.
- DOJ to Examine Whether Social-Media Giants Are 'Stifling' Viewpoints
Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to gather state attorneys general to discuss whether social-media giants may be harming competition and ?intentionally stifling? certain viewpoints, stepping up pressure on the platforms over alleged anticonservative bias.
- New U.S. Envoy to North Korea to Travel to Asia
Former Ford executive Stephen Biegun, recently tapped to pursue nuclear negotiations with North Korea, will travel to Asia next week.
- Justice Department Nearing Antitrust Approval of Health Mergers
Antitrust enforcers are preparing to give the green light to two major deals in the health-care industry, CVS Health?s planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna and Cigna?s planned purchase of Express Scripts.