Trump Won’t Commit to Backing the G.O.P. Nominee in 2024

Donald J. Trump refused to say he would support the next Republican presidential nominee if it was not him, exposing a potential quagmire along the party’s path toward reclaiming the White House in 2024 and showcasing, once again, the former president’s transactional spin on political loyalty. In a radio interview on Thursday, the conservative commentator … Read more

House Ousts Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Panel as G.O.P. Exacts Revenge

WASHINGTON — A bitterly divided House on Thursday ousted Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, from the Foreign Affairs Committee over past comments about Israel that were widely condemned as antisemitic, as Republicans moved to cater to the demands of right-wing members and mete out reprisals to their political adversaries. The 218 to 211 vote, … Read more

Tortured Guantánamo Detainee Is Freed in Belize

BELIZE CITY — A small Central American nation, known for its barrier reef and ecotourism, has taken in a former terrorist turned U.S. government informant whose tale of torture by the C.I.A. moved a military jury at Guantánamo Bay to urge the Pentagon to grant him leniency. U.S. forces released Majid Shoukat Khan, 42, to … Read more

Brian Deese, Top Economic Aide to Biden, Will Step Down

WASHINGTON — Brian Deese, who served as President Biden’s top economic adviser and helped craft and negotiate the sweeping economic legislation that Mr. Biden signed into law in his first two years in office, will leave his position in mid-February, the president said in a statement on Thursday. As the director of the National Economic … Read more

Prosecutors Detail Plot to Kill Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

MIAMI — Chief suspects in the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti made their first appearances in a federal courtroom in Miami on Wednesday, agreeing to detention as the government accused the men of a sprawling conspiracy to seize power. On Tuesday, the Justice Department charged four men in connection with the assassination … Read more

Bear Hugs and Dad Jokes: Ron Klain’s Tearful Goodbye

WASHINGTON — The president and his chief of staff could not hold back their tears. In a ceremony that was by turns sentimental and surreal, the White House on Wednesday officially said farewell to President Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, who has been by Mr. Biden’s side for more than three decades. His voice … Read more

Assessing Political Spin in the Debt Ceiling Fight

WASHINGTON — As the showdown over raising the nation’s debt ceiling drags on, lawmakers have spun up an array of deceptive statistics to blame their political opponents. Republicans have misleadingly minimized their party’s own contributions and wrongly suggested that Democrats and President Biden are solely to blame. For their part, Democrats have overstated former President … Read more

What ‘No’ on F-16 Fighter Jets Might Mean for Ukraine

WASHINGTON — For Ukraine, the United States and its NATO allies, the playbook has now become standardized. First, Kyiv asks for an advanced weapons system. The Biden administration says no, and quietly suggests that Ukraine could get the same type of weapon from its European neighbors, in half the time. But NATO countries in Europe, … Read more