WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asserted Monday that payments to buy the silence of two women about alleged affairs were not illegal campaign contributions, as federal prosecutors contend, but instead a "simple private transaction." In morning tweets, Trump sought to counter assertions in a court filing Friday that he had directed his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to try to silence the women in a bid to influence the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has pleaded guilty to the alleged crime, saying he acted at Trump's direction.
It was a seemingly minor typo, in a brief posting on an emailing list for Boy Scouts in northern Virginia. But to the Girl Scouts, it was a red flag. A Boy Scout volunteer from a United Methodist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, was inviting young men and women to an upcoming information session, part of a nationwide recruiting push as the Boy Scouts prepare to include older girls for the first time next February. The church, Scoutmaster Lee Hutchins wrote, would be chartering "one of our Girl Scouts BSA Troops." Girl Scouts BSA?
The Russian ambassador. A deputy prime minister. A pop star, a weightlifter, a lawyer, a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties. Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump's 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit.
Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told CBS's "60 Minutes" that he may be willing to buy some of the five factories General Motors Co. will idle next year, making him the second rival in two days to step up with possible job-creating moves as GM takes political heat for cutting workers. Musk made the statements in an interview with Leslie Stahl that will air Sunday. CBS released excerpts Friday.
As the Camp Fire raged, killing at least 85 people and displacing thousands more in Northern California, Madison waited patiently. The Anatolian shepherd's owner, Andrea Gaylord, was not able to get to her home in Paradise, California, when the fire began to spread Nov. 8 - meaning Madison was left behind. For weeks, all Gaylord could do was pray for Madison's safety, according to California-based animal rescue organization K9 Paw Print Rescue.
The patient had come in for heart failure, and physicians at the University of California at San Francisco had an aggressive plan to help. Doctors there inserted a heart pump through his leg artery to flood his organs with blood. But there is a downside to the strategy - clots can form through its use. So doctors gave the unidentified man anticoagulants to thin his blood. But his airways began to seep. "He had a slow bleed that was ongoing despite the medication," Gavitt Woodard, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the university hospital, told The Washington Post.
WASHINGTON - Former FBI director James Comey's closed-door interview with House lawmakers Friday was largely a repetition of themes and facts that have emerged in previous public sessions, according to a transcript of the six-hour session that panel leaders released Saturday, Dec. 8.
The holiday season might be getting a bit less cheerful for the White House press corps. The annual Christmas press party, a tradition at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for decades, apparently has melted away like a snowflake in May. The White House hasn't said the event is off - but it hasn't scheduled it, either. White House reporters say they're in the dark about its fate. The party is usually held in early to mid-December.
John Dean, a White House counsel under President Richard Nixon who received jail time for his role in the Watergate scandal, said Friday that allegations against President Donald Trump detailed in new court filings give Congress "little choice" other than to begin impeachment proceedings.
WASHINGTON - White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly will leave by year's end, President Donald Trump told reporters Saturday. At the South Lawn of the White House, Trump said he'll announce Kelly's replacement in the next day or so. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, has been the president's top aide since late July 2017 and has had a rocky tenure.