Intelligence

WASHINGTON | Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia causes GOP rift

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump‘s embrace of Saudi Arabia has exposed a foreign policy rift in the Republican Party, as some of his GOP colleagues warn that not punishing the kingdom for its role in killing a U.S.-based columnist will have dangerous consequences. Many Republicans — even Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, who share … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia causes GOP rift

JERUSALEM | Following Netanyahu visit, Israeli minister to head to Oman

JERUSALEM  — The office of a senior Israeli Cabinet minister says he will travel to Oman next week, days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Gulf state. Arye Shalicar, an adviser to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, said Sunday that Katz will participate in an international transportation conference. He says Katz, who’s also Israel’s minister … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Following Netanyahu visit, Israeli minister to head to Oman

WASHINGTON | What we know about the explosive devices targeting Democrats

WASHINGTON— The packages arrived in familiar manila envelopes affixed with lots of stamps, some bearing the American flag. But what was inside was alarming: crude pipe bombs wrapped in black tape, with wires sprouting from each end. None of the explosives detonated, and no one was hurt. But authorities quickly launched a wide-ranging investigation into … Continue reading WASHINGTON | What we know about the explosive devices targeting Democrats

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Post: US intel showed Saudi plan to hold writer

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the U.S. and the missing Saudi writer Turkish authorities say was slain inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The Washington Post reports that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain a prominent journalist and critic who disappeared a week ago. The Post, citing anonymous … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Post: US intel showed Saudi plan to hold writer

SAN DIEGO | James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

SAN DIEGO  — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer’s table, yelled “Yes!” to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers’ new era was underway. Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his regular-season debut for Los Angeles 39 years ago, James captivated the … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

NEWARK, N.J | NJ senator calls Trump’s attack on LeBron James racist

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says President Donald Trump’s attack on NBA star LeBron James is part of a larger pattern of racist behavior. Menendez wrote in a tweet Monday that Trump wouldn’t have questioned James’ intelligence or charity work if he were white. Trump criticized James on Friday after … Continue reading NEWARK, N.J | NJ senator calls Trump’s attack on LeBron James racist

Not all details in GOP memo help undercut Mueller probe

WASHINGTON /February 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— President Donald Trump and his supporters are using a congressional memo alleging FBI surveillance abuse to raise questions about the origins of a federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. But the four-page document includes revelations that might complicate the effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller‘s ongoing probe. The document … Continue reading Not all details in GOP memo help undercut Mueller probe

What the GOP memo says (and doesn’t say)

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News)— After more than a week of partisan bickering and social media-fueled buildup, the #releasethememo crowd got their wish. President Donald Trump declassified it. The GOP majority of the House intelligence committee released it. And the public dissection of the four-page, GOP-authored document began. Here are a few key takeaways: WHAT’S THE GIST? The … Continue reading What the GOP memo says (and doesn’t say)

FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

WASHINGTON/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— In a remarkably public clash with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released. The FBI’s short and sharp statement, its first on the issue, laid bare a Trump administration conflict … Continue reading FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

The Latest: Russia probe memo unlikely to be public Tuesday

WASHINGTON/January 30, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on House Republicans’ vote to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The White House says it’s unlikely that a classified memo on the Russia investigation written by the House intelligence committee will be released Tuesday. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on “Fox and … Continue reading The Latest: Russia probe memo unlikely to be public Tuesday

The Latest: Manafort sues to challenge Mueller’s mandate

WASHINGTON/January 04, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the Russia investigation (all times local): 2:30 a.m. Paul Manafort has filed a lawsuit challenging the legal authority of special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe. Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was indicted on charges related to his lobbying work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian … Continue reading The Latest: Manafort sues to challenge Mueller’s mandate

Trump’s approach to intel agencies shows anxiety, distrust

WASHINGTON/March 31, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The White House’s handling of intelligence reports on the Russia investigation has been labeled unorthodox and, to the Democrats, suspicious. But when it comes to Donald Trump’s relationship with his spy agencies, that’s par for the course. Since taking office, Trump has challenged the integrity of intelligence officials, moved to … Continue reading Trump’s approach to intel agencies shows anxiety, distrust