Hope Hicks resigns as Trump’s communications director

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and longtime aide to Donald Trump, has announced her resignation. The White House confirmed news of Hicks’ departure on Wednesday, one day after Hicks testified before the House intelligence committee for eight hours as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “There …

‘African Mona Lisa’ fetches £1.2m at auction in London

A long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess dubbed the “African Mona Lisa” sold at a London auction on Wednesday for £1.2m, exceeding estimates and setting a record for the artist. The painting of Adetutu “Tutu” Ademiluyi, by Ben Enwonwu, a Nigerian artist, was expected to fetch up to £300,000 when it went under the hammer …

Trump Stuns Lawmakers With Seeming Embrace of Gun Control Measures

President Trump appeared to embrace comprehensive gun control during a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday at the White House. Tom Brenner/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday repeatedly embraced a series of gun control measures, telling a group of lawmakers at the White House to pursue bills that have been opposed for …

Hope Hicks to Resign as White House Communications Director

Hope Hicks did not indicate what her next job would be or when she intended to leave her post as White House communications director. Leah Millis/Reuters Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, said Wednesday that she was resigning. Ms. Hicks, 29, a former model who joined Mr. …

Op-Ed Contributor: Has Jared Kushner Conspired to Defraud America?

Jared Kushner, the president’s senior adviser, has conducted foreign policy without officially disclosing all the personal interests he may have been serving. Alex Brandon/Associated Press Amid the dizzying details of internet trolls, almost a million dollars’ worth of antique rugs and fake bank accounts, the indictments brought by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, in his …

Op-Ed Contributor: The Cruel Ploy of Taking Immigrant Kids From Their Parents

A boy from Honduras watching a movie at a Border Patrol detention center in McAllen, Tex., in 2014. John Moore/Getty Images The Department of Homeland Security may soon formalize the abhorrent practice of detaining the children of asylum-seekers separately from their parents. Immigrant families apprehended at the southwest border already endure a deeply flawed system …

On Campus: Ruth Simmons on Cultivating the Next Generation of College Students

After a five-year retirement, Ruth Simmons recently became the president of Prairie View A&M University. Michael Stravato for The New York Times In 2012, after a distinguished career in higher education, which included serving as the president of Smith College and Brown University — where she was the first black woman to lead an Ivy …