Saudi Arabia greets Trump with elaborate welcome as he embarks on first foreign trip; White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe; Fired FBI director Comey to testify in open session before Senate Intelligence Committee; Iranian moderate Rouhani wins second presidential term; New Orleans removes Robert E. Lee statue, last of Confederate monuments to come down; In a country that bans cinemas and segregates Starbucks, a young prince has an idea: Make Saudi Arabia fun;
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More and more Republicans across the country are watching dispiritedly as Democrats become further energized to turn out their voters in 2018, potentially tipping not only congressional contests but state and local races down the ballot.
President Trump arrived in Riyadh for his debut on the world stage, hoping to turn a page on the scandal encircling his presidency back home as he embarks upon an ambitious, high-stakes journey through the Middle East and Europe.
The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, according to people familiar with the matter, who would not further identify the official.
“I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the chairman of the committee, said in a written statement. The open hearing will be set sometime after Memorial Day.
The move ends more than 130 years of publicly honoring a man who embodied Southern pride but was seen by many as a symbol of racial oppression. In a speech to mark the moment, Mayor Mitch Landrieu sought to end years of heated debate over what the monuments said about its past.
Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, is pressing for more jobs for women and more opportunities for entertainment in the conservative nation where nearly two-thirds of the population is under 30. “We want to be normal like anywhere else,” said one young Saudi.
The Education Department will select one company to collect student debt payments on its behalf, reversing years of Obama administration policy and reviving a servicing model that had an equal number of benefits and problems.
Thirty current and former state and local prosecutors say the attorney general’s directive “marks an unnecessary and unfortunate return to past ‘tough on crime’ practices” that will do more harm than good in their communities.
The State Department summoned Turkey’s ambassador for a meeting — the equivalent of a diplomatic scolding — and D.C. police vowed to continue their investigation, but diplomatic immunity and other issues make prosecution difficult, law-enforcement experts say.
A Democratic strategist posted a video, filmed two days before the first presidential debate, that shows Clinton evading an aide playing Donald Trump. It draws comparisons with a report of James Comey trying to maintain distance with him.