A busy Friday in D.C.

White House officials said they learned of the accusations by David Sorensen?s wife Thursday night, before The Post?s inquiries.

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Second White House official departs amid abuse allegations, which he denies

Speechwriter David Sorensen?s former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their turbulent marriage.

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White House Counsel Donald McGahn and other Trump officials have been vexed by Jared Kushner?s months-long inability to obtain a permanent security clearance.

President Trump.

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President Trump won?t declassify Democratic memo

The memo drafted by Democrats counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers.

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A shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen NSA cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump.

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Rachel Brand, the third-highest ranking official at the Justice Department and the first woman to serve as associate attorney general, plans to step down.

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The officials emphasized that they did not consider a resignation imminent, and that Kelly had made no formal offer.

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The force behind one veterans group in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly?s hometown is done with the retired general.

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The Porter crisis has damaged John Kelly?s credibility not only publicly but also inside the White House.

Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland.

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Have you ever wanted to try curling? You can

The sport that spawns buzz every Winter Olympics is poised to take off locally, thanks to an effort to greatly expand the number of venues.

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The sight of Korean athletes, north and south, competing under one banner feeds a desire that perhaps the peninsula someday will live under one flag.

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Athletes from North and South Korea marched under one unified flag as representatives from 92 countries gathered to light the Olympic torch.

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The column, posted on Wednesday, was written by veteran Fox executive John Moody.

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The Baker administration says local utilities can take another week to decide on controversial transmission project.

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Harvard has pledged funds for the near $100 million station, and some advocates want BU to step up, too.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches. Porter is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Rob Porter, Belmont?s ?quintessential golden boy,? now accused of abuse

Classmates who knew Rob Porter at Harvard are reeling from revelations that he has been accused of domestic violence by his two ex-wives.

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This administration has such respect for women. Why, one could even argue that President Trump himself is largely responsible for the #MeToo movement.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/10/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rex_Rob_Porters_resignation_Washin_9360783A.jpg A national ?teach-in? on gender-based violence

Should a woman really need a photo of her black eye to convince the world her husband beat her?

Charles Johnson gained a reputation at Milton Academy for provoking outrage, a trait he carried forward into his adult life. The 29-year-old, whose star has been rising in white nationalist circles, has questioned whether 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust and was kicked off of Twitter for threatening a Black Lives Matter activist.

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Spurned in Milton, a race-baiting troll has found acceptance ? in Trump?s D.C.

In any normal era of American politics, Charles Johnson, who has said black people are ?dumber? than white people and questioned the Holocaust, would be radioactive. Instead, he has secured a foothold near the center of political influence in President Trump?s Washington.

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L.L. Bean?s generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company is now imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.

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The more inclusive the Potterverse gets, the less believable it is.

Boston, MA - 2/09/2018 - (2nd quarter) The Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 10Celtics-Pacers, LOID: 8.4.933028151.

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Pacers 97, Celtics 91

Celtics can?t complete giant comeback

The Celtics trailed the visiting Pacers by 21 points at halftime

Love Letters

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Meredith_Goldstein5-6673.jpg ?I?m just not happy being married to her?

I feel like the most vile person on Earth because I?m hurting my wife so much with my desire to move on from our relationship.

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The newspaper suspended Ron Borges ?pending further review.?

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From waking up slope-side to night skiing under the fireworks, here?s your guide to a perfect day at Sunday River.

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Kyle Draper on what the Cavs shakeup means for the Celtics.

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Safe injection sites can be a valuable tool in stemming fatal overdoses, and in fighting the opioid epidemic.


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Oxitec is taking its work to the streets ? courtesy of trailer-sized mobile labs.