WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday, Dec. 14, abruptly named Mick Mulvaney, currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting White House chief of staff, elevating a conservative ideologue with congressional experience to steer the administration through a treacherous phase. Mulvaney replaces John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general who failed to impose discipline on a chaotic West Wing and was ousted last week by Trump after the president grew tired of Kelly's restrictive management.
Reince Priebus, a former chief of staff to President Donald Trump and Republican power broker, could join the Navy after a monthslong process in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recommended him and a board of officers selected him as a reserve officer, according to defense officials and a memo obtained by The Washington Post.
A human heart left on a commercial airliner provides a glimpse into the nation's transplant system, which relies on an obscure network of nonprofit organizations to collect and transport human organs and tissue. The heart traveled in the cargo compartment of a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 9. It was supposed to be picked up in Seattle but remained on the plane when the aircraft left for Dallas. There are conflicting accounts of what went wrong, and an investigation is underway.
WASHINGTON - For months, President Donald Trump's spokesmen, his lawyer and his lawyer's lawyer denied that Trump knew about payments during his 2016 campaign to buy the silence of women who alleged sexual encounters with him.
The quick sentencing of many of those who struck plea deals could mean Mueller is using them for his report, not court.
Authorities across the country said they were responding Thursday to bomb threats made to several locations, though some law enforcement officials were quick to say that these messages were not believed to be credible. Similar threats appeared to stretch from coast to coast, prompting investigations on colleges campuses in Washington state and Pennsylvania and spreading across cities such as New York, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco.
WASHINGTON - In his final speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has been the most vocal of his colleagues in his criticism of President Donald Trump and may very well, after 18 years in Congress, be remembered for ensuring the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh - used the time to warn of global threats to democracy.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who has made recent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, confirmed Wednesday night, Dec. 12, that she is "seriously considering" a 2020 White House bid. Gabbard, 37, considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, was one of the first female combat veterans to join Congress and was a high-profile supporter of the 2016 presidential bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump denied Thursday that he had directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to break the law during the 2016 campaign by buying the silence of women who claimed they once had affairs with the future president. In morning tweets, Trump, however, did not dispute that he had directed Cohen to make the payments, as Cohen and federal prosecutors have alleged - actions that could imperil Trump.
The National Enquirer's parent company acknowledged paying hush money to a woman who alleged an affair with Donald Trump to "suppress the woman's story" and "prevent it from influencing the election."