Rebecca Ballhaus

Rebecca Ballhaus

White House reporter at @WSJ

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In the days after Cuomo was first accused of sexual harassment by a former aide, his office called at least six ex employees to find out if they had heard from her or to glean information about her, which some said they saw as attempts to intimidate them.

Best news of 2021: The amazing @vmsalama  is returning to @WSJ  to cover national security. Welcome back!!! 🎉🎉🎉

Two years ago, a Pakistani singer accused a pop star of groping her. Now, after authorities ruled her case isn't covered by a law meant to protect women in the workplace, she's being prosecuted on a criminal defamation charge & faces possible prison time.

New Covid cases have been rising again in the European Union since mid-February, as the continent suffers from slowness to procure and approve vaccines, production delays at vaccine makers and bureaucratic holdups in injecting available doses.

Hospitals that published their previously confidential prices to comply with a new federal rule then blocked that information from web searches with special coding embedded on their websites, according to a @WSJ  analysis of more than 3,100 sites.

"There has been debate over whether vaccinated people can still get asymptomatic infections and transmit the virus to others. The study, by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested that transmission is extremely unlikely.”

“SUEZ, Egypt—To get the giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal unstuck, engineers needed the stars to align. Actually, the sun, Earth and moon.”

A shrinking percentage of Americans are expressing reluctance to get a Covid-19 vaccine: 17%, down from 22% in January. Vaccine hesitancy is declining in most states.

The heads of Brazil’s army, navy and air force resigned Tuesday, rocking a right-wing government that is already facing public fury over Bolsonaro’s inability to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic—which is now killing 100 Brazilians an hour.

The Trump Organization has hired Ronald Fischetti, an experienced New York criminal-defense attorney, to represent it in Manhattan prosecutors’ investigation into the business dealings of the former president and his company.


NEW: The White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for Trump’s visit to Japan. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the trip, and sailors—who wear caps bearing the ship’s name—were given the day off for Trump’s visit. w @glubold 

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Trump is racing to raise money for an “official election defense fund.” But the fine print on the solicitations tells a different story: Half -- or more -- of any contribution will be used to retire debt from his re-election campaign. @bykowicz ⁩

Trump arrived 30 minutes late to today’s NATO summit, missed his scheduled meetings with at least two world leaders, prompted the secretary general to call an emergency session, held an impromptu 35-minute news conference, and is now leaving for the airport go fly to London.

Trump won’t post WH visitor logs, citing “security risks,” & says move will save taxpayers $70K by 2020. One Mar-a-Lago trip costs $2M+.

A software fix to the Boeing 737 MAX was delayed for months as discussions between regulators and Boeing dragged on—and U.S. officials said the government shutdown halted work on the fix for five weeks.