US intelligence chiefs decline to discuss Trump contacts


WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's intelligence chiefs, facing questions from Congress one day before former FBI Director James Comey provides his first public account of the events leading up to his firing, declined to describe conversations with President Donald Trump but said they had not been directed to do anything they considered illegal or felt pressured to do so.


  • Written by EILEEN SULLIVAN, ERIC TUCKER and DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

New Trump FBI pick represented Christie in Bridgegate case



WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Wray, a lawyer with a strong law enforcement background who represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal, was announced Wednesday as President Donald Trump's pick to head the FBI.

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  • Written by SADIE GURMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

Lawmakers decry Trump's proposed cuts in homeland spending


WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for his department, even as he told Congress that the United States "cannot invest too much in security" after recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING , Associated Press

Siding against ally Qatar, Trump injects US into Arab crisis


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump injected the United States into a volatile crisis among America's Mideast allies, siding Tuesday with Saudi Arabia and other countries against Qatar in a dispute that threatens to disrupt efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and counter Iran.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press