[Read the ruling.] The defense lawyers’ larger strategy has been to argue that because the United States government tortured their clients, it should not be permitted to execute them as mitigation — an issue that would come to a head during the sentencing phase after a trial and conviction. It is not clear how the…
From revoked security clearances to the Manafort trial, it’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are five of the biggest stories (and some links if you want to read further). President Trump revoked the security clearance of a former C.I.A. chief. Image John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, said President Trump’s decision…
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department threw its support on Friday behind housing advocates who accuse Facebook of violating fair-housing laws. In a so-called statement of interest, the department suggested that Facebook could be held liable if housing providers like real estate developers and landlords used the site’s targeting tools to discriminate against prospective renters and…
It was an unusually strong denial from a career military man who is widely regarded as among the most apolitical and evenhanded officials in Mr. Trump’s small circle of top advisers. As it turned out, it was also wrong. At the time Mr. Mattis was speaking to the journalists, he had not yet received the…
WASHINGTON — When officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico gathered a year ago to begin negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, many of those involved in the talks assumed there would be a hard road ahead. But few of them would have anticipated the current state of affairs: frayed relations between…
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — President Trump refused to say on Friday whether he would pardon Paul Manafort as a federal jury in Alexandria ended its second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in Mr. Manafort’s financial fraud trial. The jurors are weighing what prosecutors have called overwhelming evidence that Mr. Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign…
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department announced Friday that it had imposed economic sanctions on Burmese security forces for what American officials said was their role in “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and “widespread human rights abuses” against other ethnic minority groups. The action targets four Burmese military and border guard commanders and two military units.…
Mr. King has agreed to debate Ms. Grechen Shirley on Sept. 8. Aware of the district’s political shift, Mr. King emphasized in an interview the times he had distanced himself from — and even denounced — Mr. Trump. He cited his criticism of the president’s recent meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in…
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Friday that it had decided against spending $230 million earmarked to help stabilize Syria, the United States’ latest step back from a seven-year war that has been largely won by a brutal government and its Russian and Iranian backers. Administration officials said they would alert Congress that the money,…
Mr. Jones peddles diet supplements, survivalist gear and gun-related paraphernalia on radio broadcasts and videos that spread outlandish claims like the government is trying to infringe on Americans’ rights, destroy their health or control their minds. On Tuesday, Twitter suspended Mr. Jones for a week after he posted a link to a video calling for…