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February 18, 2017 11:06 AM Trump’s news conferences look a lot like Putin’s. Should you worry?

This week, President Trump’s first solo news conference since taking the presidency was fodder for late-night television. But that’s just an extension of what we’ve seen since he took office. Under Trump and press secretary Sean Spicer, the near-daily White House news briefings have changed from routine interactions with a professional press corps to a high-profile 21

February 18, 2017 2:55 AM Here’s How Congress is Handling Russia Investigations

Drama is building on Capitol Hill over current and potential investigations into Russia's alleged interference in last year's election and the pre-inauguration contacts between President Donald Trump's national security adviser and Russia's ambassador. At the end of a week's worth of new revelations and a resignation, FBI Director James Comey held a closed-door 17

February 17, 2017 12:33 PM U.S.' Tillerson calms allies on Syria ahead of Geneva talks

BONN, Germany U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, trying to reassure allies that Washington was not tilting towards Moscow over the Syrian conflict, told them on Friday that the United States backed U.N. efforts to broker a political solution to the war, officials and diplomats said. Tillerson also said military ties with Russia hinged on its stance 15

February 17, 2017 10:28 AM Trump anti-leak drive could prompt prosecutions

The legal consequences could be severe for leakers that the president decries. President Donald Trump’s threats of criminal prosecution over the flood of leaks that has plagued the early weeks of his administration may turn out to be far from empty talk. By far, the most potentially serious disclosures in the view of attorneys who’ve handled such cases 15

February 17, 2017 10:18 AM Donald Trump: 28 Days Later

So far, Trump has signed at least 23 executive actions, signed five bills into law, seen 12 members of his Cabinet confirmed and sent 167 (undeleted) tweets. Donald Trump will hit the four-week-mark Friday on a presidency that has begun like no other — full of big promises, constant controversy, the ever-present encroaching of major scandal, and zero regard 15

February 16, 2017 11:02 PM Fact-checking President Trump’s news conference

“I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done.” We can’t quite fact check the statement above — it’s certainly open to debate what counts as achievements — but we can fact-check 15 dubious claims made by the president in his lengthy news conference. Some of these are from his greatest hits of falsehoods 1

February 16, 2017 3:42 PM Senior House Democrats want briefing on Flynn, Russians

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives Democratic leader and the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee asked U.S. intelligence on Thursday for an immediate briefing on contacts between Russian officials and President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Adding to the clamor from Congress for more information about 17

February 15, 2017 11:42 PM Coast Guard tracking Russian spy ship near U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut

The military tracked a Russian spy ship moving up the East Coast to within 30 miles of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton Wednesday and some political figures called the maneuver another aggressive action by Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We've been in touch with the Navy early this morning," U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, told The Courant 12

February 15, 2017 7:28 PM Defense Secretary Mattis Tells NATO Allies to Spend More, or Else

What’s more, Mr. Mattis went further than his predecessors in apparently linking American contributions to the alliance to what other countries spend. “If your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense,” he said. Mr. Mattis did not say how the United 23

February 15, 2017 7:01 PM Trump blames ‘fake media’ for treating Flynn ‘very unfairly’

The president goes on the attack as crises engulf his White House. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who was ousted earlier this week, is “a wonderful man” who “has been treated very, very unfairly by the media.” The remarks, which came at a bilateral press conference alongside Israeli Prime 19