Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year's end or the Trump administration will "moderate its commitment" to them.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press

Officials: Trump knew Flynn misled WH weeks before ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady erosion of trust, White House officials said.

  • Written by JULIE PACE and VIVIAN SALAMA , Associated Press

For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Trump era

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' ardor for investigations and oversight, on display throughout the Obama administration, has cooled off considerably with Donald Trump in the White House.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER , AP Congressional Correspondent

White House: Mideast peace may not be 2-state solution

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House, the Trump administration has suggested that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians may not come in the form of a two-state solution — a position that could represent a dramatic shift from 20 years of U.S. policy.

  • Written by JILL COLVIN and VIVIAN SALAMA , Associated Press