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Trump's norm-breaking is leading to a constitutional fight

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But his escalating battle with his own Justice Department and his refusal to accept the historic boundaries of executive power are leading the nation onto the most treacherous constitutional ground so far of his term.Trump on Monday delivered his order for an inquiry into claims that the FBI infiltrated a "spy" into his campaign -- first touted in conservative media -- to the bureau's director, Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an Oval Office meeting.In a deft maneuver, Rosenstein may have defused Trump's fury for now by asking the department's inspector general to look into the President's claim.But the fact the conversation took place at all reflects the extraordinary times in Trump's Washington -- when a President has turned on his own Justice Department...

Baltimore County police officer killed after confrontation; police searching for suspects

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A Baltimore County police officer was killed in a confrontation Monday as she responded to an afternoon call in Perry Hall, setting off an hours-long manhunt for suspects as police searched densely populated suburban neighborhoods.The officer’s death prompted outcry throughout the state, and the search left nearly 2,000 students stranded in their schools well into the evening as police looked for the suspects, considered armed and dangerous. Authorities continued to search for the suspects Monday night but did not say how many there were.Police would not confirm what types of injuries were suffered by the officer, a four-year veteran assigned to the Parkville precinct. A witness saw the officer, whose name has not been released, get hit by a vehicle.Details re

'Too inconvenient': Trump goes rogue on phone security

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President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn’t equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications, according to two senior administration officials — a departure from the practice of his predecessors that potentially exposes him to hacking or surveillance. The president, who relies on cellphones to reach his friends and millions of Twitter followers, has rebuffed staff efforts to strengthen security around his phone use, according to the administration officials.Story Continued Below The president uses at least two iPhones, according to one of the officials. The phones — one capable only of making calls, the other equipped only with the Twitter app and preloaded with a handful of news sites — are issued by White House Infor
Police Confronted Texas School Gunman Within 4 Minutes, Sheriff Says

Police Confronted Texas School Gunman Within 4 Minutes, Sheriff Says

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Police Confronted Texas School Gunman Within 4 Minutes, Sheriff SaysImageDr. David Marshall, left, and Dr. Gulshan Sharma spoke at a hospital in Galveston, Tex., about the injuries suffered by Officer John Barnes during the school shooting in Santa Fe, Tex., on Friday. Dr. Sharma gestured to the area where Officer Barnes was hit by a shotgun blast.CreditKelsey Walling/The Galveston County Daily News, via Associated PressBy Jack HealyMay 21, 2018SANTA FE, Tex. — In many ways, Santa Fe High School followed the playbook for how to confront a school shooting.When gunfire erupted on Friday morning, two police officers stationed at the school confronted the gunman within about four minutes, law enforcement officials reported Monday, offering new details on how the police brought the sho...
Justice Dept. to meet with lawmakers as controversy over FBI source swirls

Justice Dept. to meet with lawmakers as controversy over FBI source swirls

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that chief of staff John Kelly planned to "immediately" schedule a meeting with the officials and leaders of Congress to "review highly classified and other information they have requested." But the statement -- vague enough to allow each side to claim victory -- did not fully settle the critical issue: whether the Justice Department would ultimately be forced to turn over the documents subpoenaed by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes on the FBI source.Sanders had said earlier that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were expected to gather at the White House on Monday afternoon for a discussion aimed at addressing congressional requests.Rosenstein...
Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

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White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud. Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away from the cloud that formed by a chemical reaction when lava touched seawater. Further upslope, lava continued gushing out of large cr...
Rosenstein's quick assent to Trump's unprecedented demand for a probe may have been the best option: Experts

Rosenstein's quick assent to Trump's unprecedented demand for a probe may have been the best option: Experts

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The president asked, and the Justice Department appeared to deliver. President Donald Trump on Sunday demanded a review regarding the use of an alleged FBI informant targeting members of the Trump campaign. Within hours, the Justice Department referred the matter to its internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, for investigation. Trump's pointed demand to the executive agency seems to break years of precedent, experts told CNBC. But the Justice Department's quick response, while at first glance appearing to validate the president's wish, could indicate a more pragmatic move from a department whose leaders' jobs have been regularly threatened...

Donald Trump's FBI tweet reveals how little he cares about how government should work

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"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"That tweet is a hugely telling window into how Trump views the Justice Department and, by extension, everyone in the federal government. He views them all as employees of his, people who are required to do what he asks when he asks it to be done. And to do so without argument.Trump's view on the government is informed by his years in the private sector. As the head of the Trump Organization, everyone did work for him. If Trump wanted someone to run across the street and get him coffee, there was someone who did...