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Top GOP Lawmaker Remains in Critical Condition After Shooting

The third-highest ranked U.S. House Republican and at least four others were injured Wednesday in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, near the nation’s capital, and the gunman later died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police.

Trump Sued Over Foreign Business Dealings by Democrat Lawmakers

A group of almost 200 Democratic lawmakers sued to block President Donald Trump from taking any money from foreign states at his global businesses without getting Congressional approval first, claiming his acceptance of such benefits violates the Constitution.

Trump Has No Plans to Fire Special Counsel, Spokeswoman Says

President Donald Trump doesn’t plan to fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a White House spokeswoman said, rebutting assertions by a Trump friend in a television interview that the president was weighing a dismissal.

U.S. Inks China Trade Deal Promoting Finance Services, Beef

The U.S. reached agreement with China to promote market access for American natural gas, financial services and beef that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said was part of a broader effort to begin reshaping the trade relationship between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump Says He Planned to Fire ‘Showboat’ FBI Chief All Along

President Donald Trump said he would have fired former FBI Director James Comey, who he called a “grandstander,” no matter the recommendation from two top Justice Department officials, contrasting with earlier White House assertions that he was merely accepting their advice.

FBI Chief Disputes Trump on Comey as Hearing Veers Off Course

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe dismissed White House claims that the bureau’s rank and file had lost confidence in James Comey before President Donald Trump fired him, defending his former boss and vowing to press ahead with a probe into links between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign.

Trump Weighs 95 Percent Cut to Office of Drug Control Policy

The Trump administration is weighing a cut of almost 95 percent of the budget for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy at a time the president has pledged to aggressively combat opioid addiction, according to an internal memo.

Trump Says Nafta Pullout Still Possible If Renegotiation Fails

President Donald Trump said Thursday he’s still ready to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if he can’t renegotiate better terms for the U.S. but that he decided to hold off on a decision after appeals from the leaders of Canada and Mexico.

Trump Administration Opens Trade Investigation on Aluminum

The Trump administration opened an investigation Wednesday into whether an influx of foreign aluminum is damaging U.S. manufacturers severely enough to threaten national security, beginning a process that could lead to curbs on imports, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

Trump Personally Intervened to Toughen Iran Deal Letter

President Donald Trump personally intervened to inject tougher language into a State Department letter to Congress last week that found Iran was in compliance with the deal limiting its nuclear program, according to an administration official familiar with the matter.

Trump Says NATO Allies Must Meet Defense Spending Obligation

President Donald Trump, who said in January that NATO was “obsolete” and accused allies of delinquency, again demanded on Wednesday that they pay more for their own defense while reaffirming his commitment to the alliance as tensions rise between the U.S. and Russia over the conflict in Syria.

Trump-Xi Summit Accomplishment: Getting to Know One Another

U.S. officials said President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week was an opportunity for the leaders of the world’s two largest economies to get to know each other and set up future meetings.

GOP Paid White House's Priebus Almost $500,000, Filing Shows

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus received almost $500,000 from the Republican National Committee in 2016 as he led the party to wins at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a financial disclosure form released Friday.

Clinton Assails Trump's Cuts to State Department She Led

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to foreign aid and urged the administration not to retreat from engagement with the world, saying the moves would threaten the nation’s safety.

Comey Confirms Russia Inquiry, Rejects Trump Wiretap Claims

FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau is probing potential ties between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign and said there’s no evidence to support the president’s allegation that his predecessor “wiretapped” Trump Tower last year.

Keep Trump's Promise, Pence Tells Republicans on Health Bill

Vice President Mike Pence called on Congress to “keep the president’s promise” during an event in Florida to shore up support for a contentious health-care bill, but didn’t address the finding that has moderate Republicans most worried: that 14 million Americans may lose health coverage in a year.

Trump Points to Drudge’s ‘Great Again’ Praise of New Jobs Report

President Donald Trump seized on the first federal jobs report of his presidency to promote a narrative of an invigorated economy that may strengthen his political position as he begins the drive to win passage of legislative priorities including an Obamacare replacement and a tax overhaul.