In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump’s choices range from bad to worse

By Phil Stewart and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Feb 25 : US President Donald Trump’s push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more US combat forces. The objective of […]

White House bars some news organizations from briefing

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Feb 25 : The White House excluded several major US news organizations, including some it has openly criticized, from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary today, representatives of the organizations said. Reporters for CNN, The New York Times, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed were not […]

US diplomat warns against isolationism in implicit Trump rebuke

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, Feb 24 : The longest-serving US diplomat warned against isolationism, protectionism and Russian aggression today in a retirement speech implicitly criticizing some of US President Donald Trump’s policies even as he urged officials to serve the White House loyally. Ambassador Dan Fried argued that since becoming a world power over a […]

Trump to speak at conservative forum, as some question his immigration, trade views

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Feb 24 : President Donald Trump takes the stage today at an annual conservative forum, looking to plant his personal stamp firmly on the political movement even as some activists fret his immigration and trade policies go too far. Trump will address the third day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, […]

Trump’s transgender move puts spotlight on Supreme Court case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Feb 24 : The Trump administration’s move to rescind guidance allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice has raised the stakes for an upcoming US Supreme Court case that could deliver a landmark decision on the issue. The eight justices are due to hear oral arguments on March […]

Trump to spare US ‘dreamer’ immigrants from crackdown

By Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON, Feb 21 : President Donald Trump’s administration plans to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, but will leave protections in place for immigrants known as “dreamers” who entered the United States illegally as children, according to official guidelines released today. The Department of Homeland Security guidance to immigration […]