Algerian military plane crash kills 257 people

At least 257 people were killed on Wednesday when a military plane crashed near the Algerian capital, Algiers, state media reported. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Boufarik air base, between Algiers and the city of Blida. Ten of those killed were the plane crew, according to state-run Radio Algérie. It was not immediately clear whether there ... Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg just finished nearly 10 hours of questions from almost 100 lawmakers

The Facebook (FB) CEO was pelted with tough questions on the company’s data collection practices and the need for new regulation during a five-hour hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday. It was his second and final hearing this week in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, bringing the once press shy CEO’s total time testifying on Capitol Hill to about ... Read More »

A Syria decision hadn’t been made when Trump tweeted missiles ‘will be coming’

President Donald Trump’s morning declaration that “nice and new and ‘smart'” missiles would soon be fired toward Syria caught most of his aides off guard and came before an agreement had been reached between key US allies, multiple American and Western officials said on Wednesday. That Trump would surprise staffers and allies with a morning tweet is not new; he regularly sets ... Read More »

Senator: Comey to say whether FBI probing Russia, Trump campaign by Wednesday

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said Tuesday that FBI Director James Comey promised to tell him Wednesday whether the FBI is investigating ties between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump. The Rhode Island Democrat said that Comey made the promise in a March 2 meeting with him and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina. According to Whitehouse, Comey ... Read More »

Populism on the rise? Netherlands gears up for bellwether vote

Voters in the Netherlands head to the polls Wednesday in an election widely seen as an indicator of populist sentiment across Europe. With the first round of the French presidential election just over a month away and Germany headed to the ballot box later this year, the Dutch battle is being closely watched for clues to wider political trends. Conservative ... Read More »

Trump paid $38 million in income tax in 2005

The White House said Tuesday President Donald Trump earned more than $150 million in income and paid $38 million in taxes even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction in response to questions about the coming publication of his 2005 return. The $38 million was in addition to “paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such ... Read More »

Trump on deportations: ‘It’s a military operation’

President Donald Trump, meeting with business leaders at the White House on Thursday, described his administration’s moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a “military operation,” a label that runs counter to what his administration has previously said. Trump has used a series of executive orders to chip away at the barriers to deportations and hire new law enforcement officials to ... Read More »

Trump admin sets stage for mass deportations

The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday laid out the Trump administration’s plans for aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, including a potentially massive expansion of the number of people detained and deported. But the Trump administration also emphasizes that it is leaving intact the DACA program — President Barack Obama’s protections for so-called DREAMers — even if the new rules chip ... Read More »

Ernst runs into the anti-Trump resistance in rural Iowa

A rising star in the Senate Republican ranks ran into a mess in her home state Tuesday. Sen. Joni Ernst had planned a “veterans roundtable” in this tiny eastern Iowa town — far away from the anti-Trump and pro-Obamacare protests that have filled cities in recent weeks. It mirrored the playbook other Republican lawmakers have used during this week’s congressional ... Read More »

Huge stakes for Trump immigration do-over

President Donald Trump is preparing to seize on a second chance to make a first impression with the release this week of a new executive order temporarily halting travel from citizens of seven nations he says pose a high risk of terrorism. The order will form the second thrust of a new administration push to significantly overhaul the shape of ... Read More »



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