Firm behind Trump-Russia dossier balks at House subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) A political research firm behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia is balking at subpoenas from the House intelligence committee, with a lawyer for the firm questioning the legitimacy of the panel’s probe …

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Trump, McConnell insist they’re together for GOP agenda

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Monday to work together on the GOP goal of overhauling federal taxes, proclaiming that despite reports to the contrary their relationship is just fine. “We’re probably now closer than …

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Why the battle over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk matters

BAGHDAD Three weeks after Iraq’s Kurdish region held a controversial referendum on independence, Iraqi forces entered the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, forcing Kurdish fighters to withdraw. Here’s what you need to know: WHY? Kirkuk has found itself …

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Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his post

FORT BRAGG, N.C. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away from his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges that could put him behind bars …

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Robert J. Samuelson: The resilient American consumer

WASHINGTON — The American consumer is the great engine of growth for the $19 trillion U.S. economy, representing nearly 70 percent of spending. If the consumer is confident and happy, chances are that the economy is satisfactory or robust. On …

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