President Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-members of Congress and other allies of him and his family. The last-minute clemency, announced Wednesday morning, […]

House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown

 WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for President Donald Trump, provoking a subpoena from the panel’s Republican chairman. The development brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what […]

House investigators demand details from White staff private emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican is demanding details on the use of private emails by some of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina conservative who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the top Democrat on that panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings, cited a recent Politico report […]

Trump fires Bannon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump’s conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump’s original senior staff. The former leader of conservative Breitbart News and a […]

Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Contradicting a boss already under pressure to fire him, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The […]

Trump advisers at odds over president’s foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The direction of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is at the center of a battle between two of his top aides. Conservative groups are targeting national security adviser H.R. McMaster. They argue that he’s insufficiently supportive of Israel and not tough enough on Iran. Those critics along with a website tied to […]

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. […]

Bannon’s Message to CPAC Short, To the Point

Oxon Hill, Maryland, February 23 – In his remarks, White House Senior Advisor Stephen Bannon emphasized Trump’s plans to deregulate businesses — or what he described as “deconstruction of the administrative state.” “Every business leader we’ve had in is saying not just taxes, but it is also the regulation. I think the consistent, if you look […]

Trump can expect receptive crowd at conservative gathering 

JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago, as the “money, money, money, money” chorus of his reality TV show’s theme song blasted, Donald Trump stepped out before the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists for the first time. The crowd was less than adoring, occasionally laughing at and booing the longtime former […]