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Once ‘99 Percent Against Trump,’ Dean Heller Calls Him ‘Great Leader’

Senator Dean Heller on Wednesday called President Trump “a great leader” who had revived Nevada’s economy, a striking departure from the arm’s-length approach Mr. Heller took with Mr. Trump in the 2016 campaign and in the first months of his presidency. In a private conference call with White House aides, …

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Fewer Attacks, but a More Complex Terrorist Threat in 2017, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON — Foreign terrorist groups and their affiliates had a bad year in 2017 as the United States and other countries fought back against the Islamic State, but Al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias remain deadly threats, according to an annual government terrorism report that was released on Wednesday. There were …

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For Red-State Democrats, Accusation Against Kavanaugh Scrambles Midterm Calculus

WASHINGTON — The sexual assault accusation against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh hasn’t just upended what was expected to be his relatively easy Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court. The allegation has also scrambled the political calculations for 10 Democratic senators running for re-election in states won by President Trump, particularly …

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U.S. Loses Track of Another 1,500 Migrant Children, Investigators Find

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is unable to account for the whereabouts of nearly 1,500 migrant children who illegally entered the United States alone this year and were placed with sponsors after leaving federal shelters, according to congressional findings released on Tuesday. The revelation echoes an admission in April by …

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Independents Approve of the Economy, but Will It Help Republicans in the Midterms?

Despite very low unemployment and a growing economy, only about four in 10 Americans approve of the way President Trump is doing his job. What does this portend for the midterm elections in November? Although the state of the nation’s economy is robustly related to presidential election outcomes — and …

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Ted Cruz’s Campaign Marked a Fund-Raising Letter an Official ‘Summons.’ It Wasn’t Against the Rules.

The Texas senator’s re-election campaign sent voters in at least three counties a letter with a label suggesting it was a legal summons. The Federal Election Commission says doing so doesn’t break any rules. ImageThe fund-raising appeal from Mr. Cruz comes in an envelope with the words “SUMMONS ENCLOSED — …

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