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President Trump signed 32 Executive Orders in his first 100 days in office. Over the course of history, there have been over 1500.

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How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars

There is a striking degree of overlap between the words of right-wing media personalities and the language used by the Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this month.

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President Trump at airplane

El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language

While other leaders have expressed concern about border security and the costs of illegal immigration, Mr. Trump has filled his public speeches and Twitter feed with sometimes false, fear-stoking language even as he welcomed to the White House a corps of hard-liners, demonizers and conspiracy theorists shunned by past presidents of both parties.

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Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas

Trump’s Choice of a Partisan for Top Intelligence Post Rattles Critics

Former officials expressed concern that the president’s pick, Representative John Ratcliffe, will politicize what is supposed to be a nonpartisan job.

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President Trump

Trump Fans the Flames of a Racial Fire

President Trump woke up on Sunday morning, gazed out at the nation he leads, saw the dry kindling of race relations and decided to throw a match on it. It was not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last. He has a pretty large carton of matches and a ready supply of kerosene.

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President Trump

Two Years Into Trump’s Presidency, Obama Remains a Top Target for Criticism

The litany of criticisms, often false or distorted, are familiar, but Mr. Trump has turned increasingly to Mr. Obama in recent days as a political foil.

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Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris

Trump Consultant Is Trolling Democrats With Biden Site That Isn’t Biden’s

For much of the last three months, the most popular Joseph R. Biden Jr. website has been a slick little piece of disinformation that is designed to look like the former vice president’s official campaign page, yet is most definitely not pro-Biden.

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fruit-seller in Los Angeles

When It Comes to the Census, the Damage Among Immigrants Is Already Done

The Supreme Court stopped the Census Bureau, at least for now, from asking residents whether they are American citizens. But many experts say the damage has already been done.

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President Trump

Trump Wants to Neutralize Democrats on Health Care. Republicans Say Let It Go.

As President Trump prepares to kick off his bid for a second term this week, he is anxiously searching for a way to counter Democrats on health care, one of their central issues, even though many of his wary Republican allies would prefer he let it go for now.

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The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Was Far Along Before Mnuchin Delayed Work

The change would push completion of the imagery past President Trump’s time in office, even if he wins a second term, stirring speculation that Mr. Trump had intervened to keep his favorite president, Andrew Jackson, a fellow populist, on the front of the note.

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President Trump

As Trump Accuses Iran, He Has One Problem: His Own Credibility

For any president, accusing another country of an act of war presents an enormous challenge to overcome skepticism at home and abroad. But for a president known for falsehoods and crisis-churning bombast, the test of credibility appears far more daunting.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Steadfast Trump Fan, Never Wavered

From a lectern with the presidential seal, she urged Americans to watch a propaganda video from the right-wing activist James O’Keefe — “whether it’s accurate or not” — and fabricated an anecdote about F.B.I. agents calling her to complain about their former director James B. Comey.

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President Trump

Trump's comments about accepting information from foreign governments, explained

He’s saying that Don Jr. did nothing wrong. Mueller told a more complicated story.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Fight Over Census Documents Centers on Motive for a Citizenship Question

Federal judges in three lawsuits have concluded that the Trump administration’s rationale for adding the question was contrived.

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President Trump

A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero

Negotiations with Mexico illustrate how President Trump stakes out maximalist positions and issues brutal ultimatums to compel action, arguing that extreme problems demand extreme tactics. At times, though, it can seem like little more than smoke and mirrors substituting for serious policymaking, a way of pretending to make progress without actually solving the underlying problem.

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shipping containers in Mexico City

Mexico Agreed to Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal

The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.

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Rod Schoonover

White House Tried to Stop Climate Science Testimony, Documents Show

The White House tried to stop a State Department senior intelligence analyst from discussing climate science in congressional testimony, internal emails and documents show.

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chicken farmer Mike Weaver

Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.

The Agriculture Department is barely enforcing regulations on big meat companies.

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Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Trump’s Split-Screen Persona on Blaring Display in U.K. Visit

The president's trip to Britain ended Wednesday much as it had begun: as a split screen of a president embracing regal respectability on one side and settling scores on the other.

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children in shelter

Migrant Children May Lose School, Sports and Legal Aid as Shelters Swell

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would begin restricting or canceling education, legal aid and playground recreation for migrant children housed in government shelters as a result of financial constraints created by the “crisis at the border.”

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California Senator Kamala Harris

The new, crucial role the California primary could have in 2020, explained

Candidates flocked to the state’s Democratic convention in the hope of making inroads for its many prized voters.

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farm workers in field

Trump’s Crackdown on Illegal Immigration: 11 Employers Prosecuted in the Past Year

New data suggests that the government has not prioritized the prosecution of employers, whose jobs represent the biggest lure for those crossing the southern border to reach the United States.

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Robert Mueller

Mueller Played by the Rules. Trump Made New Ones.

The special counsel led an investigation that was disciplined, quiet, and by the book — and the president seized the opportunity.

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Border Patrol agent at processing center

Over 200 Allegations of Abuse of Migrant Children; 1 Case of Homeland Security Disciplining Someone

A federal judge found the department’s own records disturbing and ordered the names of the accused agents made public.

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President Trump

Let’s Not Upset the President: The White House Tells the Navy to Hide the U.S.S. McCain

The White House’s directive to hide a Navy destroyer named after Senator John McCain during President Trump’s recent visit to a naval base in Japan was driven by a fear of bad visuals.

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Vice President Mike Pence

On the Abortion Issue, Pence Leads the Way

The vice president has been Trump’s bridge to the white, conservative evangelical community that has provided a durable foundation for the president’s support that is also essential to his prospects for a second term.

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Truck in front of coal-fired power plant in Utah

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

After two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault. His administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.

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activists demonstrating

Trump Administration Proposes Rollback of Transgender Protections

The new rule would fit into a broader agenda pushed by religious activists and is consistent with administration actions to limit civil rights protections for gay and transgender Americans in a variety of domains, including education, employment and housing.

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Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker

Distorted Videos of Nancy Pelosi Spread on Facebook and Twitter, Helped by Trump

Manipulated videos of Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem as if she were stumbling over and slurring her words continued to spread across social media on Friday, fueled by President Trump’s feud with the Democratic leader.

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Pres. Trump and Attorney General William Barr

Potential Clash Over Secrets Looms Between Justice Dept. and C.I.A.

President Trump’s order allowing Attorney General William P. Barr to declassify any intelligence that led to the Russia investigation sets up a potential confrontation with the C.I.A. It effectively strips the agency of its most critical power: choosing which secrets it shares and which ones remain hidden.

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Julian Assange

Charges Against Julian Assange Alarm Press Advocates

While past cases involved government employees who provided material to journalists, the Assange indictment could amount to the pursuit of a publisher for making that material available to the public.

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President Trump

Trump’s bizarre Rose Garden news conference on impeachment, explained

With momentum building toward impeachment hearings, the president threw a public temper tantrum.

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old steel mill

There’s No Boom in Youngstown, but Blue-Collar Workers Are Sticking With Trump

The economic recovery has not lifted the area like it has other parts of the country, but President Trump has lost little support.

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Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher

Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes

President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse.

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Mike Gonidakis, Sue Swayze Liebel and Eric Johnston

Inside the Network of Anti-Abortion Activists Winning Across the Country

New state laws may appear to present a united front and a coordinated political campaign. Instead they reflect a sustained effort by a network of disparate activists, each with their own strategy honed over decades of work.

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President Trump and Attorney General Barr

Trump’s “treason” accusation against the FBI

Heading into his 2020 reelection campaign, Trump — with help from new Attorney General William Barr — is trying to establish a narrative that the entire investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russia stemmed from anti-Trump bias in the law enforcement and intelligence communities, not his campaign’s secretive contacts with people in the Kremlin’s orbit.

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Attorney General William Barr

Barr Again Casts Doubt on Russia Inquiry’s Origins, Aligning With Trump’s Attacks

The statements were the latest in a series of actions and comments by Mr. Barr expressing skepticism about how the F.B.I. began investigating during the 2016 presidential campaign whether any Trump associates conspired with Russia’s election interference.

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clinic table

‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect It

States across the country are passing some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in decades, deepening the growing divide between liberal and conservative states and setting up momentous court battles that could profoundly reshape abortion access in America.

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workers putting up campaign posters

Russia Is Targeting Europe’s Elections. So Are Far-Right Copycats

Less than two weeks before pivotal elections for the European Parliament, a constellation of websites and social media accounts linked to Russia or far-right groups is spreading disinformation, encouraging discord and amplifying distrust in the centrist parties that have governed for decades.

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Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.

Why is the Russian news outlet RT America is leading a campaign to raise concerns about 5G wireless technology? U.S. intelligence agencies identified the network as a principal meddler in the 2016 presidential election.

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protesters pro and con abortion

The controversial abortion bills sweeping the country this week, explained

Bills in Georgia, Ohio, and Alabama show we’re in a watershed moment for the abortion debate.

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Attorney General William Barr

The Subpoena and Contempt Fight Between Trump and Congress, Explained

President Trump's strategy of unabashedly stonewalling Democrats’ oversight investigations raises the question of what lawmakers can do about it — and whether, even if they ultimately prevail, the court fight will take so long that the Trump team will run out the clock before the next election.

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Trump sign in dark

5 Takeaways From 10 Years of Trump Tax Figures

Newly obtained tax documents show that during a tumultuous decade of fevered acquisition and spectacular collapse, Mr. Trump’s core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings — ran up $1.17 billion in losses.

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Capital Rotunda

Clash Between Trump and House Democrats Poses Threat to Constitutional Order

Earlier administrations fought isolated skirmishes over congressional subpoenas. Mr. Trump, by contrast, has declared an all-out war on efforts by House Democrats to look into his official conduct and business dealings.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York

Asked if a Woman Can Win, 2020 Candidates Offer an Easy Answer: ‘I Have’

As they campaign for president, several women candidates are encountering some of the same misogyny that Hillary Clinton faced when she ran in 2016.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Seeks the Center for Fear Trump May Contest Election Results

Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not believe President Trump can be removed through impeachment. The only way to do it, she said recently, is to defeat him in 2020 by a margin so “big” he cannot challenge the legitimacy of a Democratic victory.

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drawing of child in shelter

Pediatrician Describes Lapses in Immigrant Medical Care

How prepared is the Trump administration for an influx of unaccompanied minors at the border? A new complaint shows shelters in New Jersey were already failing to respond when kids got hurt or sick.

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collage of corporate logos

The push to break up Big Tech, explained

There’s a pervasive feeling that the tech giants are too powerful ... but they’re also really good for consumers.

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Activists at meeting

Profitable Giants Like Amazon Pay $0 in Corporate Taxes. Some Voters Are Sick of It.

Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate.

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Representatives Jamie Raskin, left, and Jerrold Nadler, both Democrats

As Trump Family Sues to Block Subpoenas, Democrats Ponder Impeachment

The Trump family lawsuit to block oversight of its finances has House Democrats scrambling to confront what many see as the gravest threat to congressional independence since the Nixon era, reviving internal debate over the ultimate weapon in the Democrats’ arsenal: impeachment.

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mourners outside shooting site

Newtown Wasn’t an End for Gun Control. It Was a Beginning.

To many people who thought the massacre of 20 first graders and six of their educators would fundamentally change the nation’s gun politics, the defeat of bill requiring background checks felt irrecoverable. But those votes in April 2013 turned out to be a beginning, not an end.

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Trump Says Mar-A-Lago Can’t Find US Workers To Hire. New Documents Show Dozens Applied.

Trump often says his resorts have no choice but to hire foreign guest workers — there just aren’t any Americans to take the jobs. But government records show nearly 60 US residents applied for those jobs, and only one was hired.

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mourner at site of demonstration

Trump’s new defense of his Charlottesville comments is incredibly false

The 2017 “Unite the Right” rally was organized by and intended for white supremacists and white nationalists.

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GOP Sen. Mike Lee

As Democrats Agonize, G.O.P. Is at Peace With Doing Nothing on Mueller’s Findings

Senate Republicans see the special counsel’s report — with its stark evidence that President Trump repeatedly impeded the investigation into Russian election interference — as a summons for collective inaction.

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former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II

Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas, Setting Up Fight Over Powers

The moves added to an already remarkable week of stonewalling by the Trump administration after the release of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that revealed the scope of the Russian operation to help Mr. Trump win the 2016 election and detailed his attempts to impede an investigation he saw as imperiling his presidency.

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President Trump

Did Trump Obstruct Justice? Mueller Didn’t Say, but Left a Trail to the Answer

The special counsel stopped short of declaring whether acts by the president were illegal attempts to impede the investigation. But his report is a detailed map to conclusions.

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Here’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes

Intuit and other tax software companies have spent millions lobbying to make sure that the IRS doesn’t offer its own tax preparation and filing service.

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President Trump and Democratic candidates

Your biggest questions about the 2020 Democratic primary, answered

Vox gives you a rundown on all the Democrats running for president and everything else you should know about 2020.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

A Darker Portrait Emerges of Trump’s Attacks on the Justice Department

The long-awaited report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, painted a portrait of law enforcement leaders more fiercely under siege than previously known.

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President Trump

Mueller Rejects View That Presidents Can’t Obstruct Justice

Robert S. Mueller III laid out roughly a dozen episodes that revealed that President Trump was intent on using his position to protect himself and his associates from the investigation into links between his campaign and the Russian government’s covert operation to manipulate the 2016 election.

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Mick Mulvaney

How a Trump Aide Crippled America’s Consumer Watchdog From Within

A careful campaign of deconstruction offers a case study in the Trump administration’s approach to transforming Washington, one in which strategic neglect and bureaucratic self-sabotage create versions of agencies that seem to run contrary to their basic premises.

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Trump Says the U.S. Is ‘Full.’ Much of the Nation Disagrees

Local officials in many of those places view a shrinking population and work force as an existential problem with few obvious solutions.

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U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar

In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims

President Trump and his team are trying to make Ms. Omar, who is relatively unknown in national politics, a household name, to be seen as the most prominent voice of the Democratic Party, regardless of her actual position.

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Stephen Miller, the architect of President Trump’s immigration policy,

Trump Sees an Obstacle to Getting His Way on Immigration: His Own Officials

Unable to deliver on his central promise of the 2016 campaign, President Trump has targeted his administration’s highest-ranking immigration officials.

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Julian Assange

The debate over what Julian Assange’s arrest means for freedom of the press, explained

Is the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange justice against a man who broke the law, or is it a warning shot that journalism is under threat in the United States?

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Roberto Carlos Méndez from Guatemala

At Trump’s Florida Resort Empire, a Quiet Effort to Eliminate an Undocumented Work Force

Immigrant labor at his Florida resort is an embarrassing reality for a president who has railed against undocumented immigrants.

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IRS Building

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service.

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Anti-Semitism Is Back, From the Left, Right and Islamist Extremes. Why?

An accumulation of incidents highlights how an ancient prejudice is surging in the 21st century in both familiar and mutant ways, fusing ideologies that otherwise would have little overlap.

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President Trump

"Get Rid of Judges" -- President Trump's Authoritarian Remarks

In a sign of how normalized the behavior of this president has become, neither remark amounted to much more than a blip on the news radar.

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The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well.

The tax agency formed a special team to unravel the complex tax-lowering strategies of the nation’s wealthiest people. But with big money — and Congress — arrayed against the team, it never had a chance.

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Rupert Murdoch

How Rupert Murdoch's Empire of Influence Remade the World

The Fox News founder built a media empire that's been instrumental in amplifying the nativist revolt that has reshaped governments not just in the United States but also across the planet.

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construction worker

Short of Workers, U.S. Builders and Farmers Crave More Immigrants

As a tight labor market raises costs, employers say the need for low-wage help can’t be met by the declining ranks of the native-born.

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The Rise in Extremist Attacks

Attacks by White Extremists Are Growing. So Are Their Connections.

The connections between the killers span continents and highlight how the internet and social media have facilitated the spread of white extremist ideology and violence.

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President Trump in White House

Some Presidents Felt Trapped in the White House Bubble. Trump Thrives in It.

Every president complains that the White House is a confining bubble, but unlike his predecessors, Donald J. Trump has made little effort to break out of it.

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protesters over climate change

The Green New Deal, explained

An insurgent movement is pushing Democrats to back an ambitious climate change solution.

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Kamala Harris

2020 Democrats Love Small Donors. But Some Really Love Big Donors, Too.

The race for cash in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is reaching a frenetic peak, as presidential hopefuls rush to vacuum up $2,800 checks.

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anti-abortion protesters

Trump Administration Gives Family Planning Grant to Anti-Abortion Group

The grant from the Department of Health and Human Services went to the Obria Group, a Southern California-based nonprofit that describes itself as being “led by God” and that aims to siphon patients — and money — away from Planned Parenthood.

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immigrants behind wire fence

This Is What It’s Like For Immigrants Being Held Underneath An El Paso Bridge

US immigration officials are holding hundreds of people in a temporary outdoor detention camp under a Texas bridge, where migrants are surrounded by fencing and sleeping on dirt.

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Gravestones for Sandy Hook first-graders Avielle Richman and Ana Grace Márquez-Greene.

How Alex Jones and Infowars Helped a Florida Man Torment Sandy Hook Families

In the world of conspiracy theorists, Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig fueled each other’s darkest tendencies.

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FAA offices

FAA Chief Coordinated With Ex-Lobbyist Colleagues on Policy

As he moved through the agency’s ranks, the now-acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell exchanged dozens of emails with lobbyists and other industry players discussing everything from rolling backing back consumer protections to airport privatization.

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Pres. Trump, AG Barr, Robert Mueller

The letter summarizing Mueller’s findings, explained

Mueller didn’t establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, and punted on obstruction of justice, according to this explainer from Vox.

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White House

A Cloud Over Trump’s Presidency Is Lifted

The darkest, most ominous cloud hanging over Donald Trump's presidency was all but lifted on Sunday with the release of the special counsel’s conclusions, which undercut the threat of impeachment and provided him with a powerful boost for the final 22 months of his term.

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Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader

Eager to Court Jews (and Fracture Democrats), Republicans Push Bills on Anti-Semitism

The actions are part of a larger political strategy aimed, in part, at showing that Republicans are more willing to directly tackle anti-Semitic hate speech than Democrats, But hate speech has hardly been a longtime cause célèbre for the Republican Party.

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President Trump

Decision to Clear President Will Be Focus of Political Contention

The special counsel reached no conclusion — instead producing a report that merely marshaled evidence on both sides. Then, Attorney General William P. Barr, a political appointee whom Mr. Trump installed less than a month ago, stepped in.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Use of Private Email and Chats, This Time by Trump’s Family, Comes Under Fire

Democrats now charge that Mr. Trump’s eldest daughter and her husband, who both serve as aides to the president, did the same things he pilloried Mrs. Clinton for doing.

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Michael Flynn

Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him

An examination by The New York Times reveals the extent of an even more sustained, more secretive assault by Mr. Trump on the machinery of federal law enforcement.

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flowers at shooting scene

New Zealand shooter’s manifesto shows how white nationalist rhetoric spreads

The same language featured in the alleged gunman’s manifesto is seen in white nationalist writings and outlets around the world.

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Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven’t Figured Out How.

As House Democrats sit down to draft their vision of governance in the coming weeks, lawmakers find themselves badly divided on the issue that delivered their majority.

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President Trump

Trump Renews Attacks on John McCain, Months After Senator’s Death

In a series of Twitter posts, Mr. Trump renewed his criticism of Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who died in August from complications from a virulent form of brain cancer.

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worker processing marijuana

Legalizing Marijuana, With a Focus on Social Justice, Unites 2020 Democrats

For many Democrats, legalization has become a litmus test for candidates’ commitment to equal treatment for all races in policing and criminal justice as well as fighting economic inequality.

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mourners after shooting

After Mosque Massacre, New Zealand Has Its Gun-Debate Moment

While Washington struggles to take action even as such shootings become more routine, New Zealand’s government is immediately diving into a detailed discussion of further legislative checks on guns.

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Robert Mueller

Six Tips for Preparing for the Mueller Report

A lot of people are asking: “When is the Mueller report coming — and what will it say?” Here are six things to keep in mind.

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President Trump

Defying Congress, Trump Plans to Renew Fight for Border Wall Funding

President Trump, undaunted by perhaps the most bruising legislative defeat of his tenure, plans to kick off a fresh effort on Monday to pressure Congress to pay for a wall along the southwestern border, most likely setting up another showdown with Democrats who have vowed to block his signature project.

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Representative Ilhan Omar and Speaker Nancy Pelosi

After Week of Infighting, Democrats Wonder Where to Draw Line on Speech

A wrenching intraparty fight left unanswered a question that transcends partisan politics: In an era of shouting and provocation, how should Congress respond when its members say hateful or hurtful things?

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President Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner

Democrats’ major investigation into White House security clearances, explained

House Democrats want to know how Jared Kushner and dozens of other White House officials got top-secret security clearances after their applications were rejected.

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woman standing in front of low wall

The Campaign to Gut the IRS

A multiyear campaign to slash the IRS budget has left it understaffed and on the defensive. That’s been good news for tax cheats, the rich, and big corporations — but not for the poor.

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Chinese heavy-lift cranes

In Blow to Trump, America’s Trade Deficit in Goods Hits Record $891 Billion

America’s trade deficit in goods with the rest of the world rose to its highest level in history last year as the United States imported a record number of products, including from China, widening the deficit to $891.3 billion and delivering a setback to President Trump’s goal of narrowing that gap

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The high cost of college textbooks, explained

Publishers say digital options make textbooks cheaper. Affordability advocates say it increases their stranglehold on the market.

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store owner in lighting store

Illuminating the Risks of Trump’s China Trade War

President Trump insists that his trade war will make America better off and that, until it’s resolved, China is paying billions of dollars in tariffs to the United States. But it is small business owners and their customers who are largely footing the bill.

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President Trump

15 Claims From Trump’s Speech to CPAC

President Trump addressed the annual gathering of conservatives for over two hours on Saturday. Here’s a fact-check.

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Jacob Wohl, explained

Here's why a failed teen hedge fund manager showed up at a national conservative political event to hold a press conference on a conspiracy theory.

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workers in field

Undocumented immigrants pay billions of dollars in state taxes

Undocumented immigrants are paying billions of dollars in state and local taxes each year — in all 50 states.

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man clearing snow

How the Weather Gets Weaponized in Climate Change Messaging

As battle lines harden between supporters and opponents of climate action, both are increasingly using bouts of extreme weather as a weapon to try to win people to their side.

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President Trump

For Trump, It’s Just ‘Trust,’ No ‘Verify’

Ronald Reagan famously vowed to “trust, but verify” when confronting strongmen from places like the Soviet Union. President Trump just trusts them.

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Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland

Maryland Governor Urges Republicans to Look Beyond ‘Shrinking Base’

Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a moderate Republican who is considering a primary challenge to President Trump, said that Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 was an “anomaly” and urged his party to work on appealing to voters outside its “shrinking base.”

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Senator Debbie Stabenow with Medicare sign

Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill ‘Medicare for All’

Even before Democrats finish drafting bills to create a single-payer health care system, the health care and insurance industries have assembled a small army of lobbyists to kill “Medicare for all,” an idea that is mocked publicly but is being greeted privately with increasing seriousness.

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Mark Harris, the Republican candidate in the contested race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District

Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party

Republican politicians across the country have for years railed against the threat of voter fraud. But when a hard-fought congressional election in North Carolina was overturned because of election fraud by a GOP political operative, the party was measured, and largely muted, in its response.

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President Trump on Air Force One

Trump's Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling him

A review by The New York Times found a continuous, behind-the-scenes effort by Mr. Trump to undermine multiple investigations that have touched his presidency.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller

Nine questions about the Mueller report you were too embarrassed to ask

Special counsel Robert Mueller may complete his report on the Trump-Russia investigation as soon as next week, according to several media outlets’ sources. But what in the world will it look like — and what will it say?

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Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, center left, and Rashida Tlaib, right,

Republicans Hope to Sway Voters With Labels That Demonize Democrats

Republicans are seeking to demonize Democrats well in advance of the 2020 elections by painting them as left-wing crazies who will destroy the American economy, murder newborn babies and turn a blind eye to bigotry against Jews.

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President Obama

The War That Wasn’t: Trump Claims Obama Was Ready to Strike North Korea

President Trump has been telling audiences lately that his predecessor was on the precipice of an all-out confrontation with the nuclear-armed maverick state.

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crews building section of wall

Rationale for a National Emergency Is Based on False or Misleading Claims

To justify redirecting federal funds to a wall, the president made a litany of assertions about crime, drugs and other issues on the southern border. Nearly all were misleading, exaggerated or false.

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A Mexican federal police officer looked toward the United States on the banks of the Rio Grande

Key Takeaways From Trump’s Decision to Use a National Emergency to Build a Border Wall

President Trump is wielding extraordinary power to get his way. Democrats strenuously dispute that there is a national security crisis on the border that warrants using the kind of presidential authority that in the past has been used for grave matters like the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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President Trump

Trump Follows Familiar Playbook When Confronted by a Loss

Forced to confront arguably the biggest surrender of his presidency, Mr. Trump did what he often does after a loss: respond with distraction, digression and entertainment, through a fog of words.

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workers erecting fence

Presidents Have Declared Dozens of Emergencies, but None Like Trump’s

None of the times emergency powers have been invoked since 1976, the year Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act, involved a president making an end run around lawmakers to spend money on a project they had decided against funding.

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President Trump and Democratic candidates

All of the Democrats running for president, explained

The Democratic field promises to include a record number of women and nonwhite candidates, a mix of high-wattage stars and lesser-known contenders who believe they can navigate a fractured field to victory.

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Kamala Harris at the 2012 Democratic Convention

‘Progressive Prosecutor’: Can Kamala Harris Square the Circle?

Ms. Harris seemed to try to be all things to all people as a district attorney and state attorney general. Now, as she runs for president, her record faces a chorus of critics, especially on the left.

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Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Democrats’ 2020 Choice: Do They Want a Fighter or a Healer?

As much as any disputation over policy, this gulf defines the Democratic presidential field, separating candidates of disparate backgrounds and ideologies into two loose groups: fighters and healers.

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El Paso’s Message for Trump Before Rally: Don’t Speak for Us

As President Trump planned a rally in this West Texas city to support his proposed wall on the border, people from across the ideological spectrum in El Paso had a message for him: Don’t speak for us.

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President Trump met with service members at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Mission ‘Accomplished’? Trump Boasts of Being Boon for Military

A look at two years of the military under Mr. Trump produces a report card with plenty of incompletes and far more failing grades from national security experts than the A+ the commander in chief has awarded himself

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Protesters in front of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has blocked a Louisiana abortion law — for now

The Supreme Court issued a stay that blocks enforcement of a Louisiana abortion law. The case could have implications for abortion rights nationwide.

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Should Judges Pay Attention To the President’s Tweets?

In some high-profile legal cases, judges must decide whether to take the administration’s explanation at face value without addressing whatever Trump has said — or to evaluate Trump’s comments as a crucial part of the story.

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Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia

As Trump Behaves One Way on Race. Democrats Demand Better From Their Own.

The president's divisive behavior, and the Republican silence that often meets it, has pushed Democrats to try to set an example by aggressively confronting current and past misconduct in their own ranks,

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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

An End Run Around the Senate?

President Donald Trump says he prefers to have temporary Cabinet secretaries, suggesting that the current, unsettled state of the executive branch is likely to stay in place, though it puts him at odds with the U.S. Constitution.

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President Trump

Trump faces crossroads amid mounting threats on all sides

This week's State of the Union address will mark not only the power shift in the Capitol, with the opposition party now able to thwart the president’s agenda, but also the converging pressures on Trump that have brought his presidency to a crossroads.

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President Trump

What Do You Learn About Trump in an 85-Minute Interview?

An 85-minute interview with the president offers plenty of clues for Trumpologists seeking to understand him and the ways of his byzantine court — who is up and who is down, what he cares about and what he does not, what he knows and what he does not.

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President Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations

A defiant President Trump declared that he has all but given up on negotiating with Congress over his border wall and will build it on his own even as he dismissed any suggestions of wrongdoing in the investigations that have ensnared his associates.

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President Trump’s Numbers Game

Even acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney couldn’t say where his boss had come up with “25,772,342 illegal aliens” in America.

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Howard Schultz

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s lurking presidential bid, explained

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has been toying with the idea of running for president, and over the weekend, he finally pulled the trigger — sort of.

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Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration

During the 2016 presidential campaign and transition, Donald J. Trump and at least 17 campaign officials and advisers had contacts with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries, a New York Times analysis has found.

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How Trump could use a national emergency to get his border wall

Nearly five weeks after it began, President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he has struck a deal to end the partial government shutdown. But that doesn’t mean he’s giving up on his border wall entirely — including if that means declaring a national emergency to get it

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President Trump

For a President Consumed With Winning, a Stinging Defeat

After the longest government shutdown in history, Mr. Trump surrendered with nothing concrete (or steel) to show for the battle, taking essentially the same deal that was on the table in December that he originally rejected, touching off a 35-day impasse.

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Roger Stone

Here’s What We Learned From Roger Stone’s Indictment

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, disclosed new details about his investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

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President Trump

Trump’s ban on transgender troops, explained

Trump banned transgender troops from openly serving. But courts put the ban on hold — until now.

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Government Shutdown Timeline: See How the Effects Are Piling Up

The shutdown is affecting about 800,000 federal employees—many of whom live paycheck-to-paycheck—and services for millions of people in the public. The longer it lasts, the more effects are felt.

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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris launches historic presidential bid

Harris would be the first African-American woman and the first Asian-American woman to be a major-party nominee for president if she ultimately secures the Democratic nomination

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Donald J. Trump at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City in 1990

In Business and Governing, Trump Seeks Victory in Chaos

As he did during decades in business, Mr. Trump has insulted adversaries, undermined his aides, repeatedly changed course, extolled his primacy as a negotiator and induced chaos.

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Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader

McConnell and Pelosi Have a Fraught Relationship. The Shutdown Hasn’t Helped.

The two congressional leaders are ideological opposites who are two of the capital’s most experienced deal makers, yet to this point each has mainly called on the other to relent.

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Ben Smith, the editor in chief of BuzzFeed News

BuzzFeed News Faces Scrutiny After Mueller Denies a Dramatic Trump Report

Whether BuzzFeed’s reporting can stand up to further scrutiny is now at the center of a test of the news media’s credibility. President Trump seized on the special counsel’s denial to continue making the case that the press is biased against him.

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The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts

The National Parks Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the IRS are just a few of the government agencies that have been affected by the impasse, which is expected to cause serious economic fallout as well.

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President Trump at the Rio Grande, near McAllen, Tex.

Trump Confronts the Prospect of a ‘Nonstop Political War’ for Survival

If the record government shutdown standoff between Mr. Trump and Congress has seemed ugly, it may eventually seem tame in light of what is to come. The border wall fight is just the preliminary skirmish in this new era of divided government. The real battle has yet to begin.

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Trump Claims There Is a Crisis at the Border. What’s the Reality?

Here are some of Mr. Trump’s most common assertions of a crisis, and the reality of what we know about immigrants and the border.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the American University in Cairo

Trump and Pompeo Embrace Autocrats and Disparage Opponents at Home

In two remarkable statements on one day last week, Mr. Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, explicitly favored foreign autocrats over elected American leaders.

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If The Wall Is A National Emergency, Then What About Climate Change?

President Donald Trump’s threat to use emergency powers to fund a border wall would open the door to a future Democratic president using the same authority to declare a national emergency on climate change, members of Congress in both parties say.

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Power transmission towers along the Indiana-Illinois border

Scientists Call for Drastic Drop in Emissions. U.S. Appears to Have Gone the Other Way.

The 3.4 percent jump for 2018 would be second-largest surge in greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. since Bill Clinton was president.

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"Dry Alabama" Facebook page

Second Effort Used Online Fakery in Alabama Race

The Dry Alabama campaign, not previously reported, was the stealth creation of progressive Democrats who were out to defeat Mr. Moore — the second such secret effort to be unmasked. In a political bank shot made in the last two weeks of the campaign, they thought associating Mr. Moore with calls for a statewide alcohol ban would hurt him with moderate, business-oriented Republicans.

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Trump Has Promised to Bring Jobs Back. His Tariffs Threaten to Send Them Away

In the United States, factories that buy steel and aluminum — now more expensive — are struggling to pass on extra costs to their customers. Some are losing orders to overseas competitors that can buy metal free of American tariffs. Companies that import electronics and other parts are scrambling to remain profitable while exploring alternatives, such as moving plants beyond reach of the duties.

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slat fence along border

The border wall fight at the center of the government shutdown, explained

Steel slats, concrete, walls and fences: here’s what Trump actually wants to build, and what Congress might be willing to pay for.

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President Trump

Trump’s Wall, Trump’s Shutdown and Trump’s Side of the Story

After an oddly quiescent holiday season in which he complained via Twitter about being left at home alone — “poor me” — he has taken the public stage this week clearly intent on framing the conflict on his own terms.

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Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi Reclaims Role as Speaker -- and a Place in History

The story of her rise, from the well-mannered daughter of a Baltimore mayor to a savvy legislator and prolific fund-raiser who is as much feared within her caucus as she is admired, is, in some ways, the story of the women’s movement itself.

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Trump’s controversial “public charge” proposal that could change the face of legal immigration, explained

While President Trump’s attention, and the nation’s, has been on the US/Mexico border, his administration has been quietly chugging through the regulatory process with a proposal that would make it extremely difficult for many immigrants to come to the US or receive green cards if they’re deemed likely to use public benefits like food stamps or Medicaid.

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President Trump

Prosecutors Effectively Accuse Trump of Defrauding Voters. What Does It Mean?

The latest revelations by prosecutors investigating President Trump and his team draw a portrait of a candidate who personally directed an illegal scheme to manipulate the 2016 election and whose advisers had more contact with Russia than Mr. Trump has ever acknowledged.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Rules for School Lunches

The United States Department of Agriculture announced its final plans to lower nutrition standards for grains, flavored milks and sodium in school cafeterias that were part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and that Michelle Obama, the former first lady, had advocated.

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House

The ties between President Trump's son-in-law and Prince Mohammed did not happen on their own. The prince and his advisers, eager to enlist American support for his hawkish policies in the region and for his own consolidation of power, cultivated the relationship with Mr. Kushner for more than two years.

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Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J

Two More Immigrants Say They Worked for Trump Despite Lacking Legal Status

The two women’s accounts came a day after a Guatemalan woman, Victorina Morales, told The New York Times that she has worked without legal status as a housekeeper at the club for the past five years.

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Oil pipeline worker in Alaska

In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

The rush to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has alarmed some government specialists and environmentalists. It comes as the Trump administration moves more broadly to exploit fossil fuels in Alaska and beyond, erasing restrictive policies that were designed to protect the environment and address global warming

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Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer

Mueller Exposes Culture of Lying That Surrounds Trump

If the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has proved anything in his 18-month-long investigation — besides how intensely Russia meddled in an American presidential election — it is that Mr. Trump surrounded himself throughout 2016 and early 2017 with people to whom lying seemed to be second nature.

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Former President George Bush with his sons Jeb Bush and former President George W. Bush.

It’s Now Donald Trump’s America. But George Bush’s Stamp Endures.

The death of former President George H. W. Bush marks the end of an era and the fading of an approach to public life overtaken by the politics of anger, grievance and polarization. Yet however much he wants to dismantle it, President Donald Trump is still operating within the framework that Mr. Bush helped establish.

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President Trump with leaders of Canada and Mexico

The new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained

Even if the changes don’t quite match President Trump’s claims, experts say the changes are significant.

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Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco

Trump Asks Supreme Court for Fast Appeal on Transgender Military Ban

The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow it to leapfrog federal appeals courts in several cases concerning the president’s decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military.

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Firefighter fighting Camp Fire in California

U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

The report, which was mandated by Congress and made public by the White House, is notable not only for the precision of its calculations and bluntness of its conclusions, but also because its findings are directly at odds with President Trump’s agenda of environmental deregulation, which he asserts will spur economic growth.

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Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton

President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

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Why Selling Weapons to Saudi Arabia Doesn't Create Jobs

President Donald Trump is trying to persuade Americans that hundreds of thousands of US jobs are on the line if he cancels arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Vox explains why that's not the case.

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta

White House Restores Press Pass, Sets New 'Rules" for Press

First Amendment advocates are worried that the White House can use its new code of conduct to threaten expulsions.

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How Voting Rights Fared in the Mid-Terms

There were several important victories for voting rights this year, despite attempts to limit access to the ballot and spurious claims of voter fraud.

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President Trump

Charges of Vote Stealing in Florida Portend More Distrust for 2020

The legal and political skirmishing in the state, Republicans and Democrats say, has been an ominous dry run for messaging and tactics about fraud and vote-stealing that threaten to further undermine confidence in the electoral system.

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migrants in caravan

A Week After the Midterms, Trump Seems to Forget the Caravan

There was little dispute, even before Election Day, that Mr. Trump was exploiting the caravan for political purposes. But analysts, historians and veterans of previous administrations said there were few comparable instances of a commander in chief warning about what he called a looming threat, only to drop it as soon as people voted.

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Voters Rally in Florida

The races that still haven’t been called in Florida and Georgia

A week after Election Day, three major statewide races in two states are still too close to call — and some are undergoing a recount. Vox explains what's happening.

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Matthew Whitaker

Trump on Friday: ‘I Don’t Know Matt Whitaker.’ Trump Last Month: ‘I Know Matt Whitaker.’

President Trump went out of his way to distance himself from Matthew G. Whitaker, his choice to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, saying repeatedly that he did not know Mr. Whitaker and had not spoken to him and emphasizing that the new attorney general was merely “there in an acting position.”

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Representative Mike Coffman

Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric Rallied the Base. But It Also Backfired

In the final weeks of the campaign, Mr. Trump led the Republican Party in pumping out dark narratives about the dangers of illegal immigrants. Voter surveys and political analysts say the invective appeared to help Republicans hold the Senate. But it also backfired in places like Colorado and Kansas, where some moderate and highly educated conservatives felt alienated and broke to the left.

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President Trump

Even for This President, It Was a Remarkable Week of Attacks on American Institutions

In the three days after the Democrats captured the House, President Trump fired his attorney general and replaced him with a loyalist critical of both the courts and the Russia investigation. He banned a CNN correspondent from the White House, while threatening he would do the same to other journalists. And he accused election officials in Florida and Arizona of rigging the vote against candidates he had campaigned for.

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President Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta

White House Uses Misleading Video to Justify Barring of CNN’s Jim Acosta

The White House used on a misleadingly edited video from a contributor to the conspiracy site Infowars to help justify removing the credentials of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, a striking escalation in President Trump’s broadsides against the press.

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Trump supporters

High Turnout Shows Intensity of Divisions in Trump Era

Democrats harnessed voter fury toward President Trump to win control of the House and capture pivotal governorships Tuesday night as liberals and moderates banded together to deliver a forceful rebuke of Mr. Trump, even as Republicans held on to their Senate majority by claiming a handful of conservative-leaning seats.

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Gavin Newsom and family

Gavin Newsom Elected Governor. What's Next?

An outspoken champion of LGBTQ rights, strict gun control and the legalization of marijuana, Newsom campaigned with an ambitious and expensive agenda, including proposals for a state-sponsored healthcare system, universal preschool and increased funding for higher education.

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Seven Key Election Takeaways

There are a lot of different ways to read the results from elections across the country. There will be lots of spin in the coming days about what it all means, but here are seven ways to cut through the noise and put what happened in context.

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Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat, was one of two Native American women elected to the House.

Night of Firsts: Diverse Candidates Make History in Midterm Elections

There were historic firsts across the country on Tuesday night, as voters chose from a set of candidates that was among the most diverse ever to run in the United States. Women, Native Americans, Muslims and L.B.G.T. candidates were among those who broke barriers.

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Democratic Congressional leaders

What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care

The new House Democratic majority knows what it opposes. They want to stop any further efforts by Republicans or the Trump administration to roll back and undermine the Affordable Care Act or overhaul Medicaid and Medicare. But Democrats are less certain about an affirmative health care agenda. Vox explains.

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Who should fix the housing crisis? CA voters send a mixed message

Voters in traffic-choked, rent-strapped California gave mixed reviews Tuesday to a wide array of proposed fixes that appeared on state and local ballots, from creating more affordable housing for the poor and enacting price caps on rents to paying for road repairs and transit.

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Bay Area election guide: 10 things you need to know

Election Day isn't just about Congressional mid-terms. The Mercury News has produced a handy summary of what every voter needs to know to sound smart about the Bay Area’s local elections.

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Here's a look at the 11 propositions California voters will weigh on Nov. 6

Ballot measures address a range of topics including government borrowing, healthcare, taxes and even whether Californians should stop changing their clocks twice a year. Each needs only a simple majority of votes cast on Nov. 6 to become law.

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Newsom and Cox

Where the candidates for California governor stand on key issues

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at important policy positions of Republican John Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom, the candidates facing off in California’s race for governor.

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"They Don't Really Want Us to Vote" -- Increasing Limits on Voting Rights

Almost two decades after the Bush v. Gore stalemate led to voting rules being viewed as key elements of election strategy, the issue is playing an extraordinary role in the midterm elections.

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Rep. Chris Collins

Four Scandals That Could Tip the Mid-Terms

Scandals loom large in some key Congressional races this year. Four races with implicated incumbent Republicans are now considered more competitive for Democrats, who could retake the House as a result. Vox explains.

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President Trump in Montana

Fact-Checking President Trump's Montana Rally

At a rally in Montana on Saturday, President Trump inaccurately accused the state’s Democratic senator of supporting an “open borders” bill, falsely said the economy was “going down” before he took office and repeated a number of misleading claims.

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President Trump

Trump's False Claims on Pre-Existing Comditions

President Donald Trump wants voters to believe that Republicans are the party protecting Americans with preexisting conditions. But in bills, lawsuits, and regulations, they’ve worked to do the very opposite.

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Trump supporters at a rally

How Trump-Fed Conspiracies About Migrant Caravan Intersect With Deadly Hatred

For the last two weeks, Mr. Trump and his conservative allies have operated largely in tandem on social media and elsewhere to push alarmist, conspiratorial warnings about the migrant caravan more than 2,000 miles from the border.

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President Trump with reporters

Trump’s Attacks on the News Media Are Working

Increasingly, the president’s almost daily attacks on the news media seem to be delivering the desired effect, despite the many examples of powerful reporting on his presidency.

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Jay Butler on his ranch, which is rich in federally owned minerals

Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on Public Lands

Reversing a trend in the final years of the Obama presidency, the Trump administration is auctioning off millions of acres of drilling rights to oil and gas developers, a central component of the White House’s plan to work hand in glove with the industry to promote more domestic energy production.

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bombing suspect's van

The Conspiratorial Hate We See Online Is Increasingly Appearing In Real Life

The hatred, trolling, harassment, and conspiracy theorizing of the internet’s underbelly cannot be dismissed as empty, nihilistic performance. It may be a game, but it’s a game with consequences. And it’s spilling into the physical world with greater, more alarming frequency.

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President Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz

Trump and Cruz Put Aside Vitriol to Present a United Front

While many elected Republicans remain privately dismayed by the president for various reasons, they have put aside their qualms to embrace him during this campaign season, as demonstrated by Ted Cruz, one of Trump’s last and most virulent opponents during his journey to the White House.

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Trump Admitted There’s "No Proof" Of His Claim That "Middle Easterners" Are Part Of The Migrant Caravan

"There's no proof of anything," Trump told a reporter in the Oval Office after being asked if he had any evidence to back up his claim. "There's no proof of anything," he repeated. "But there very well could be."

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Pres. Trump at rally

A President Who Believes He Is Entitled to His Own Facts

Over the course of 21 months, President Trump has loudly and repeatedly refused to accept a number of seemingly agreed-upon facts, while insisting on the veracity of a variety of demonstrably false claims that happen to suit his political needs. In the process, he has untethered the White House from the burden of objective proof.

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US Treasury Dept building

Budget Deficit Jumps Nearly 17% in 2018

The federal budget deficit swelled to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018, driven in large part by a sharp decline in corporate tax revenues after the Trump tax cuts took effect.

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The untold story of the migrant “caravan”

The Central American migrants who sparked Trump’s panic faced attacks in Mexico — and threats of deportation — while waiting to seek asylum in the US. Vox looks at how Trump’s border crackdown endangered immigrants’ lives.

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Trump supporters at rally

Trump’s Contradiction: Assailing ‘Left-Wing Mob’ as Crowd Chants ‘Lock Her Up’

From the pot-and-kettle department of politics, the president is trying to turn the tables on his opponents this fall. A master of divide-and-conquer campaigning who gives critics belittling nicknames, calls his foes “evil people” and has encouraged supporters to “knock the crap” out of protesters, Mr. Trump hopes to convince the public that his opponents are the ones who are “totally unhinged.”

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Supreme Court justices

Confirming Kavanaugh: A Triumph for Conservatives, but a Blow to the Court’s Image

For President Trump and Senate Republicans, confirming Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice was a hard-won political victory. For the conservative legal movement, it is a signal triumph. But public confidence in the court has suffered.

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anti-abortion protesters

Susan Collins Gambles With the Future of Roe v. Wade

In a long speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Senator Susan Collins said she believes that Brett Kavanaugh would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and subsequent cases that have reaffirmed it, if such an opportunity were to come before him on the Supreme Court.

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Donald Trump

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a New York Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.

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Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins, one of the most important swing votes on Kavanaugh’s nomination, explained

Maine Sen. Susan Collins could be a crucial swing vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Collins is deliberate, she’s reserved, and she never tips her hand. She makes her own choices.

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Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City

In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham

Kavanaugh Borrows From Trump’s Playbook on White Male Anger

For many conservatives, especially white men who share Mr. Trump’s contempt for the left and his use of divisive remarks, the clash over Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation has become a rallying cry against a liberal order that, they argue, is hostile to their individual rights, political power and social status.

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Kavanaugh testifying

At Times, Kavanaugh’s Defense Misleads or Veers Off Point

The combative nominee was compelled to answer questions he clearly found embarrassing or offensive. What emerges is the image of a skilled lawyer who, when pressed on difficult subjects, sometimes crafted responses that were misleading, disputed or off point.

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Kavanaugh smiling and scowling

A Bitter Nominee, Questions of Neutrality, and a Damaged Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's demeanor at Thursday's Senate hearing raised questions about his neutrality and temperament and whether the already fragile reputation of the Supreme Court as an institution devoted to law rather than politics would be threatened if he is confirmed.

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Sarah Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s Battering Ram

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, says that she never set out to be “the face of anything.” Most of her thirty-one predecessors came from careers in journalism or communications, but Sanders’s background is in Republican campaign management and strategy.

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Vladimir Putin

The Plot to Subvert an Election

For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack — hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The New York Times explores what we know and what it means.

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Consumers Will Increasingly Feel Pain From Trump’s Trade War. Here’s Why.

For American consumers, prices have already risen on some products that the administration targeted for tariffs this year — most notably, washing machines, which were subjected to steep tariffs in January.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?

The most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech.

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Brett Kavanaugh

The sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, explained

The stakes for both sides are incredibly high. Liberals are already wary of the Supreme Court after Republicans held Antonin Scalia’s seat open for more than a year. Meanwhile, Republicans view appointing Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy as key to a long-held goal: chipping away at or outright overturning the right to abortion outlined in Roe v. Wade.

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The Overlooked Weak Link in Election Security

While attention has focused on the potential to penetrate voting machines, a ProPublica survey found that more than one-third of counties overseeing toss-up congressional elections have email systems that could be vulnerable to hacking.

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President Trump

Trump administration draws fire for ‘misleading’ report linking terrorism, immigration

Eighteen former counterterrorism officials are urging the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to retract or correct a report that implies a link between terrorism and immigration, calling its findings “misleading” and counterproductive.

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President Trump

‘Never give an inch’: Trump touts perceived failures as successes

It’s a frequent tactic of the president — elevate a widely perceived failure or mistake and defend it as a great triumph while attacking his critics. His detractors say it is shameless and sometimes comical gaslighting; supporters say he is just a master marketer who uses hyperbole and always shows strength.

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Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear, explained

Fear offers insight into a dysfunctional policy process, with new details of President Trump ranting, raving, and clashing with aides behind the scenes. But it also tells the particular story that Woodward’s major sources have chosen to tell him, and reflects their points of view and priorities.

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Trump Makes False Claim on Economy

The president falsely claims G.D.P. Growth Is higher than unemployment ‘for the first time in 100 years.’ Actually, it has happened at least 185 times in the past century, reports the New York Times.

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Former President Obama

Trump Claims Credit for the Economy. Not So Fast, Says Obama

Barely a day passes without President Trump boasting about the growing economy, claiming with a mix of hyperbole and fact that it is “booming like never before.” But former President Barack Obama finds all the Trumpian chest-thumping more than a little grating, given that the “booming” started on his watch.

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kneeling football players

Republicans Want An NFL “Culture War” To Help Defeat A Blue Wave

Republican strategists and campaign staff tell BuzzFeed News that they see opportunities for candidates to make the NFL protests a political liability for Democrats defending seats in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.

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Trump Says Google Is Rigged, Despite Its Denials. What Do We Know About How It Works?

As the web has grown in size and complexity, the importance of Google Search has grown. Still, not many people have a good understanding of how Google delivers search results. And for good reason — Google tries to keep it a secret.

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President Trump

New Book Depicts Trump White House as 'Crazytown"

A sprawling, highly anticipated book by Bob Woodward depicts the Trump White House as a byzantine, treacherous, often out-of-control operation — “crazytown,” in the words of the chief of staff, John F. Kelly — hostage to the whims of an impulsive, ill-informed and undisciplined president.

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President Trump

In Chastising Sessions Over Indictments of Two Republicans, Trump Crosses a Line

Legal scholars and some lawmakers said the president's tweet could be one more exhibit in trying to prove a pattern of obstruction or reckless disregard for the rule of law in a future impeachment proceeding.

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Brett Kavanugh between Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence

How a new Supreme Court justice will affect abortion, prisons, affirmative action, and gay rights.

An America after Anthony Kennedy and under Brett Kavanaugh looks significantly different from America before. The movement against mass incarceration could run into unprecedented resistance from the Court, and the anti-abortion movement could notch its greatest victories in a half-century.

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President Trump

‘Five Eyes’ Nations Quietly Demand Government Access to Encrypted Data

The Trump administration and its closest intelligence partners have quietly warned technology firms that they will demand “lawful access” to all encrypted emails, text messages and voice communications, threatening to compel compliance if the private companies refuse to voluntarily provide the information to the governments.

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Separated immigrant children are all over the U.S. now, far from parents who don’t know where they are

The separations have stopped and the Trump administration has said that it is executing a plan to reunify the children with their parents before deporting them. Still, more than 2,000 children remain spread around the United States, far from their parents — many of whom have no idea where their sons and daughters have been taken.

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Trump Highlights Immigrant Crime to Defend His Border Policy. Statistics Don’t Back Him Up.

While statistics show that native-born Americans commit crimes at higher rates than immigrants, Mr. Trump has long pushed a narrative that suggests otherwise.

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In Tense Meeting, Trump Officials Debate How to Process Migrant Families

The president’s whiplash-inducing order caught several people by surprise. Just a day before Mr. Trump signed it, one person close to the president said that he told advisers that separating families at the border was the best deterrent to illegal immigration and that he said that “my people love it.”

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Mick Mulvaney, the president’s budget director

Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net

Produced over the last year by Mr. Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, it would reshuffle social welfare programs in a way that would make them easier to cut, scale back or restructure, according to several administration officials involved in the planning.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed

As the judge put it, “the court finds no credible evidence that a substantial number of noncitizens registered to vote” even under the previous law, which Kobach had claimed was weak.

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President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren’t true

President Trump — a man already known for trafficking in mistruths and even outright lies — has been outdoing even himself with falsehoods in recent days, repeating and amplifying bogus claims on several of the most pressing controversies facing his presidency.

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Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Tactic

Mr. Trump has steadfastly tried to deflect blame for the separation of children from their parents, consistently dissembling about why it is occurring.

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The President Has a Few Things He’d Like to Get Off His Chest

As he often does, Mr. Trump misstated or distorted a variety of facts, large and small, over the course of the television appearance and subsequent conversation with reporters.

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Separated at the Border From Their Parents: In Six Weeks, 1,995 Children

President Trump sought to shift blame for the widely criticized practice that has become the signature policy of his aggressive immigration agenda.

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Immigrant Children Who Are Forcibly Separated From Their Parents Face Long-Term Trauma

“This is an extremely high price for these children to pay who have done nothing wrong,” said a child health expert.

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New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation

The suit accuses the president's charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign.

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For Trump, Power and Values Matter Less Than Dollars and Cents

In the president's transactional approach to foreign policy, considerations of financial profit or cost — often measured in ways that economists deem simplistic — can outweigh virtually any other consideration.

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9 questions about North Korea you were too embarrassed to ask

Here are answers to some of the most basic questions about North Korea that will help you get up to speed.

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Tax Havens Blunt Impact of Corporate Tax Cut

The new corporate tax cuts are unlikely to stimulate the level of job creation and wage growth that the Trump administration has promised, a trio of prominent economists has concluded, because high tax rates were not pushing much investment out of the United States in the first place.

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Trump Belittled Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine

"This used to be the G8, not the G7. Something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in," Trump told reporters of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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In the Trump Administration, Science Is Unwelcome. So Is Advice.

As the president prepares for nuclear talks, he lacks a close adviser with nuclear expertise. It’s one example of a marginalization of science in shaping federal policy.

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Muhammad Ali

Trump Considers Pardoning Muhammad Ali, Whose Conviction Was Already Overturned

President Trump said he was “doing recommendations on Muhammad Ali.” In 1971, the Supreme Court overturned Ali’s draft evasion conviction, and President Jimmy Carter issued a blanket amnesty in 1977.

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Sarah Salazar and Sonia Lopez

Her Daughter Was Shot in the Santa Fe School Massacre. Here's What It's Like For One Mother.

For Sonia Lopez, the horrifying ritual that parents endure after a school shooting has meant nursing her teen daughter through surgeries and watching her own marriage collapse.

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Facebook Tried to Rein In Fake Ads. It Fell Short in a California Race.

While the company has introduced several measures to improve the transparency of political ads on its platform, some groups and individuals appear to be finding ways to flout the new restrictions — and Facebook has not been able to catch them

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Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, friends and DACA recipients, on their graduation day

DACA Students Persevere in College

Not only have these DACA students persevered to graduate from college. As the school year comes to an end, signs have emerged that still more will enroll and many already there will stay. This despite the DACA program’s precarious future, teetering between President Donald Trump’s threats to shut it down and federal court decisions that have so far blocked him.

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

A Courtside View of EPA Chief's Cozy Ties With a Billionaire Coal Baron

Mr. Pruitt’s mostly behind-the-scenes relationship with Mr. Craft, the coal billionaire, is emblematic of his unorthodox approach to leading the E.P.A., where he often blurs the lines between personal and official relationships and has created the impression at times that he does the bidding of the industries the agency regulates.

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America is more diverse than ever — but still segregated

The United States is on track to be a majority-minority nation by 2044. But census data show most of our neighbors are the same race.

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Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi

California’s “top two” primary chaos, explained

California’s primary elections on June 5 will be one of the most consequential — and bizarre — contests of the entire primary season.

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Did the Government Separate Immigrant Children From Parents and Lose Them?

President Trump over the weekend falsely blamed Democrats for a “horrible law” separating immigrant children from their parents. In fact, his own administration had just announced this policy. But across social media, there have been confusing reports of what happened to these immigrant children. Here are some answers.

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With ‘Spygate,’ Trump Uses Conspiracy Theories to Erode Trust

A president who has for decades trafficked in conspiracy theories is now bringing them from the fringes of public discourse to the Oval Office.

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No Surprise: Trump blames Democrats for separating migrant families

In one of several misleading tweets during the holiday weekend, Trump pushed Democrats to change a “horrible law” that the president said mandated separating children from parents who enter the country illegally.

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2018 has already outpaced 2017 in school shooting deaths

If it feels like these incidents are happening more often, it’s not just your imagination.

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Trump Falsely Claims Newspaper Used "Phony Source"

President Trump accused the New York Times of using a "phony source" -- except the White House literally provided the source to them.

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Trump Versus Law Enforcement: A Confrontation With No Precedent

For more than a year, President Trump has been at war with law enforcement agencies that answer to him, interjecting himself into an investigation in which he himself is a subject.

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Young People Keep Marching After Parkland, This Time to Register to Vote

The pace of new voter registrations among young people in crucial states is accelerating, a signal that school shootings this year — and the anger and political organizing in their wake — may prove to be more than ephemeral displays of activism.

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Trump Tower

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

The meetings are the first indication that countries other than Russia may have offered assistance to the Trump campaign in the months before the presidential election.

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These Are The Victims Of The Texas High School Shooting

The victims in the Santa Fe, Texas, shooting included a "nice, outgoing" football player, a Pakistani exchange student with a "warrior's heart," and a beloved teacher.

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Trump’s “animals” remark and the ensuing controversy, explained

President Trump called some people “animals” during an immigration roundtable with California sheriffs on May 16. Who you believe he was referring to probably depends on how you feel about President Trump

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How New Abortion Restrictions Would Affect Women’s Health Care

New rules proposed by the Trump Administration raise complicated questions about the fate of organizations that provide both family planning and abortion services — and the potential health effects on women who depend on such providers for basic care.

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Ben Stein, the comedic economist

To Sway Trump on Trade, Businesses Turn to Cable TV

When President Trump tunes into “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, he may see a familiar face delivering a gentle warning that tariffs are “B-A-D economics.”

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US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech

The controversial US Jerusalem embassy opening, explained

It’s a controversial move that breaks with decades of official US policy — and it comes at a particularly tumultuous time for Israel and the region.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits

The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, had previously worked.

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Devin Nunes

Devin Nunes vs. the Justice Dept.

Since Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee declared that they had found no evidence of coordination between Russia’s election interference and the Trump campaign, its chairman has decisively turned the panel’s attention from investigation to investigators.

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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry and current Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Six questions about the Iran deal you were too embarrassed to ask

President Trump will soon remove the US from the Iran nuclear deal. Here’s how we got to this point — and other questions about the agreement you might need answered.

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DHS is using an extremely dubious statistic to justify splitting up families at the border

The government says its new policy reduced border crossings 64 percent. They actually increased 64 percent.

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Scott Pruitt, facing a photograph of Yosemite National Park

EPA Emails Show Effort to Shield Pruitt from Public Scrutiny

A new cache of emails shows that the agency’s close control of Mr. Pruitt’s events is driven more by a desire to avoid tough questions from the public than by concerns about security, contradicting Mr. Pruitt’s longstanding defense of his secretiveness.

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Gina Haspel

Gina Haspel Has the Experience to Run the C.I.A., and That May Be Her Biggest Problem

Ms. Haspel’s greatest strength as a nominee, her extensive record, has become her greatest weakness as critics pick apart her role in some of the agency’s darkest chapters involving torture and secret prisons.

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McMaster and Commander

Gen. H.R. McMaster, who was President Trump's second national security adviser, is a decorated war hero. He has joked to friends that his combat experiences compare favorably with his tour of duty at the White House.

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The Legal Fight Over DACA Just Got Messier

Upset at injunctions issued by federal judges in recent months that partially revived DACA, Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit this week challenging the legality of the program.

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

How Scott Pruitt Undermined his Mission at the EPA

Although Scott Pruitt continues to win high marks within the Trump administration for his policy positions, one EPA staffer said his management of the agency has become “a factory of bad ideas.”

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Students protesting in Chicago

‘We Deserve to Live Without Fear’

Students say that elected officials have not done enough to prevent school shootings despite a yearslong national debate and the grim roll call of campus killings since Columbine.

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Immigrants after crossing the border near McAllen, Tex

Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border

Members of Congress have been demanding answers about how many families are being separated as they are processed at stations along the southwest border, in part because the Trump administration has in the past said it was considering taking children from their parents as a way to deter migrants from coming here.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency

Civil rights advocates worry that the office’s rejection of legitimate claims is the most obvious example to date of its diminishing role in enforcing civil rights laws in the nation’s schools.

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The US bombing of Syria, explained

If you haven't been following the mess in Syria, this short guide will help you understand why the United States military is intervening in that country's civil war.

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Isabel Karina Ruiz-Roque, 34, in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Who Polices the Immigration Police?

Claims of unjust arrests by ICE agents and cops often disappear into an overwhelmed immigration court system. An investigation has uncovered racial profiling, warrantless searches, fabricated evidence, and other abuses.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Sessions Turned to Convicted Fundraiser for Advice

Preparing to restock the Department of Justice at the start of the Trump administration, Jeff Sessions sought out Elliott Broidy for recommendations. The Republican donor’s conviction in a political corruption case years earlier didn’t seem to be a problem

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Christopher Deason

‘You Are the Product' on Facebook

Christopher Deason and his Facebook friends became early entries in a database that would ultimately encompass tens of millions of Facebook profiles and is now at the center of a crisis facing the social media giant.

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Trump administration refugee office seeks to block abortions

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is responsible for caring for undocumented, unaccompanied minors. It has adopted a policy to attempt to prevent those minors from getting abortions.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by 'DACA situation'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his objection to repealing DACA, an immigration policy which temporarily protects certain young, otherwise undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant

Polls show that many Americans believe immigrants make crime worse. But is it true that immigration drives crime? Many studies have shown that it does not.

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A Trump Twitter Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

As President Trump has voiced his grievances against the F.B.I. with a series of insult-laden tweets, his targets have responded nearly in kind, turning a conflict that would in the past have stayed behind closed doors into a brawl for all to see.

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Deb Haaland, a Democratic candidate for Congress in New Mexico’s First District

There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.

There are at least four indigenous women running for Congress, three more are bidding for governors’ offices and another 31 are campaigning for seats in state legislatures — from both sides of the aisle.

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‘This Is the Way I Have to Grieve’

Since a gunman killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students' voices have resonated where those of longtime politicians have largely fallen flat.

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President Trump with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in the Oval Office

Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

While most presidents lie at times, Mr. Trump’s speeches and Twitter posts are embedded with so many false, distorted, misleading or unsubstantiated claims that he has tested even the normally low standards of American politics.

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Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained

Vox explains why House investigators think this company might have gamed Facebook and helped Russia spread fake news.

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Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm Cambridge Analytica

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

One firm harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, the New York Times reports. This allowed the firm to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke spent his first year in office selling off our public lands

Since he was sworn in to lead the $12 billion agency in charge of federal lands and natural resources, Zinke has made unprecedented changes that could leave a lasting mark on America’s wilderness and its environment.

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The Price They Pay

Here are some stories of Americans living daily with the reality of high-cost medications. And there are millions of others just like them.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

The delay is just one symptom of the largely passive response to the Russian interference by President Trump, who has made little if any public effort to rally the nation to confront Moscow and defend democratic institutions.

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Here Come the Fake Videos, Too

A community of hobbyists has begun experimenting with more powerful tools for making computer-generated videos, including FakeApp — a program that was built by an anonymous developer using open-source software written by Google.

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Live From the West Wing, Trump Pulls Back the Curtain

The meetings have produced little in the way of concrete movement on major policy issues, and some Republican officials complain privately that they have only undercut the potential for such progress, because they show a president devoid of clear views.

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Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner’s many, many scandals, explained

The 37-year-old presidential son-in-law has not been officially accused of anything. But amid numerous controversies, here is a guide from VOX to the many woes of the senior White House adviser.

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Trump Falsely Claims, ‘I Never Said Russia Did Not Meddle’

Mr. Trump has also explicitly disagreed with the assessment of various intelligence agencies or cast doubt on Russia’s role in the vote. Here are eight examples, in chronological order.

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How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online

They were politically active Americans scattered around the country, dedicating their spare time to the 2016 presidential campaign or various causes. And the seeming fellow activists who called them to rallies via Facebook, or joined in the free-for-all on Twitter, appeared unremarkable.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

The social network, more than any other technology tool, was singled out on Friday by the Justice Department when prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three companies for executing a scheme to subvert the 2016 election and support Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign

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How gun control works in America, compared with 4 other rich countries

Vox reports the US really does have the most relaxed gun control measures in comparison with other developed nations. Based on the research, that's a significant reason the US leads its developed peers in gun violence.

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Senate Majory Leader Mitch McConnell

Immigration Bills Fail in Congress, Leaving DREAMers in Limbo

Weeks of intense negotiations for a bipartisan deal on immigration collapsed in Congress on Thursday, leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation.

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Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Payday Lending Rules Relax on Trump’s Watch, After Lobbying

Payday lenders waged a concentrated lobbying campaign that has culminated in the Trump administration’s loosening regulatory grip and a far friendlier approach by the industry’s nemesis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Congressman Devin Nunes, R-CA

The 9 biggest questions about the Nunes memo, answered

Vox explains the controversial GOP memo about the FBI and the Trump-Russia investigation.

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Former Deputy F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe

President’s Unparalleled War on a Pillar of Society: Law Enforcement

With a special counsel investigating whether his campaign collaborated with Russia in 2016 and whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice in 2017, the president has engaged in a scorched-earth assault on the pillars of the criminal justice system in a way that no other occupant of the White House has done.

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A billboard in Cairo of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt

As Strongmen Steamroll Their Opponents, U.S. Is Silent

Leaders of countries like Egypt, which had long been sensitive to Washington’s influence, know they run little risk of rebuke from an American president who has largely abandoned the promotion of human rights and democracy in favor of his narrow “America First” agenda.

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Jay Z

President Trump Bragged to Jay-Z About Black Employment. Is He Right?

President Trump bragged about lowering the black unemployment rate in a tweet directed at Jay-Z on Sunday morning. The message was seemingly a response to comments the hip-hop artist and businessman made during an interview with CNN.

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What Happened to All the Jobs Trump Promised?

President Trump has made many claims promising that individual companies such as Amazon, Alibaba and Boeing will hire large – and specific – numbers of American workers, a total of 2.4 million in all.

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Robert Mueller

Trump’s attempt to fire Robert Mueller, explained

Reports say President Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Russia scandal, last June. But top White House lawyer Don McGahn said he’d quit — and Trump backed down. Vox explains.

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Trump at Odds with Justice Dept over Classified Memo

As Republicans were clamoring to make public a secret document they think will undercut the investigation into Russian meddling, President Trump made clear his desire: Release the memo.

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How Much Has ‘Climate Change’ Been Scrubbed From Federal Websites?

A year into the Trump administration, mentions of climate change have been systematically removed, altered or played down on websites across the federal government.

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Five hurdles to getting an immigration deal

The Trump administration and Congress have a matter of weeks to agree to an immigration deal that would protect potentially millions of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation.

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The immigration negotiations Congress just gave itself 3 weeks to do, explained

Congress just gave itself three weeks to solve US immigration policy. Here's a rundown from Vox of what that means.

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President Trump with Congressional leaders

Seven questions about the government shutdown you were too embarrassed to ask

We’ve entered the third day of the Trump administration’s first federal government shutdown. And since the first two days happened over the weekend, you could be forgiven for being a bit behind on exactly what’s happening. So as the standoff between Democrats and Republicans continues, here’s a primer to what, exactly, is going on and why it matters.

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A President Not Sure of What He Wants Complicates the Shutdown Impasse

As the government shutdown continued for its second day on Sunday, one thing was clear to both sides of the negotiations to end it: The president was either unwilling or unable to articulate the immigration policy he wanted, much less understand the nuances of what it would involve.

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Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller walks through the colonnades of the White House

Stephen Miller: Immigration agitator and White House survivor

The 32-year-old former Senate aide is at the center of the fiery Washington battle over what to do about the DREAMers, whose protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will soon be rescinded by President Trump and whose cause has been taken up by Democrats.

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Trump's Quietly Growing List of Victories

News coverage of the president is overwhelmingly negative, largely for reasons of his own making, and the Russia probe and other scandals tend to obscure more mundane political action. In that context, it’s easy for the public to miss or forget about changes that will affect the nation and American policy for years and decades to come.

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Prototypes of the border wall displayed in California in October.

Trump's Evolving Words on the Wall

A review of Mr. Trump’s public statements on Twitter, in campaign speeches and during interviews shows that the president’s views on the border wall have shifted repeatedly since he raised the idea nearly four years ago, on Aug. 5, 2014.

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An affordable-housing building under construction in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.

Tax Overhaul Is a Blow to Affordable Housing Efforts

The Republican tax plan approved last month amounts to a vast cutback, making it much less likely that affordable housing construction will continue apace. Because the tax rate for corporations has been lowered, the value of the credits — which corporations get in return for their investments — is also lower.

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Trump Claims There Is a Crisis at the Border. What’s the Reality?

Here are some of Mr. Trump’s most common assertions of a crisis, and the reality of what we know about immigrants and the border.

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Beyond the gossip, "Fire and Fury" reveals a president in crisis

Fire and Fury has its limits. It’s heavily based on a few sources. At the same time, the book, read as a whole, contains real insight into the inner workings of the Trump administration.

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Trump Sidesteps Question on Mueller Interview

Senate Democrats released an extensive report concluding that Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election fit into a nearly two-decade pattern of meddling with governments around the world, and charging that Mr. Trump himself had hindered the United States response to a serious national security threat.

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What a Judge’s DACA Ruling Means for Trump, and for DREAMers

The judge rejected the Trump Administration’s main reason for ending the program—that it wouldn’t hold up if critics of the policy challenged it in court—as “arbitrary,” “capricious,” and too flimsy to be the basis for ending a program on which nearly a million people depended.

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Robert E. Murray, chief executive of the largest coal mining company in the United States,

How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List

Environmentalists have complained that President Trump is following a blueprint from the coal industry. A confidential memo written by the head of the country’s largest coal mining company suggests they might not be wrong.

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The controversy around Michael Wolff’s gossipy new Trump book, explained

A dishy new book purports to reveal the inner secrets of the Trump White House — and has already provoked President Donald Trump to a furious response. How much of it should we believe?

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Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, with coal miners in Sycamore, Pa

Expect Environmental Battles to Be ‘Even More Significant’ in 2018

If 2017 was the Trump administration’s year of grand pronouncements declaring an end to environmental regulations, 2018 will be the year of trying to finish what it started.

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President Trump

The New Push for Investigations

FBI agents are reportedly looking at the Clinton Foundation again, while two Republican senators suggested the Justice Department consider whether the author of an explosive dossier alleging the president had been compromised by Russia lied.

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A Short History of the Voting Fraud Commission

Even though no evidence has ever been proffered that millions of people voted illegally in the last presidential election, President Trump made such claims starting days after he was elected.

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Trump administration targets certain words

The Trump administration is waging a linguistic battle across official Washington, seeking to shift public perception of key policies by changing the way the federal government talks about climate change, scientific evidence and disadvantaged communities.

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How the ‘Small-Business Tax Cut’ Would Also Be a Tax Cut for the Wealthy

While “pass-throughs” is a term often used to refer to small businesses, a Treasury Department analysis found that many are not actually businesses at all. And 69 percent of pass-through income goes to the top one percent of households.

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Worker in a North Carolina plant that recycles plastic bottle chips.

Trump Tries to Defy the Economic Odds with Tax Overhaul

Perhaps more than any other American political leader, Mr. Trump knows that long shots, like his own presidential bid, sometimes pay off. In that vein, he and congressional Republicans are arguing that their bitterly contested and expensive rewrite of the tax code will ultimately create more jobs and raise wages.

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Anooha Dasari, 16, a high school junior, seated with laptop

In Protests of Net Neutrality Repeal, Teenage Voices Stood Out

The repeal of net neutrality has gotten many of these teens politically engaged for the first time, with fears that the dismantling of rules could open the door for broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast to distort the experience of accessing anything online with equal ease.

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GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan

The Republican Tax Bill Doesn’t Actually Simplify The Tax Code

Instead of using a rare political opportunity to reform the tax code, Republicans chose to slash the corporate tax rate. Most of the loopholes remain in place.

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How Russia Hacked America—And Why It Will Happen Again

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian hackers attacked the U.S. on two fronts: the psychological and the technical. This video from the Atlantic explains how and why it won't be the last time.

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Day breaks on the South Portico of the White House.

Inside the President's Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

As he ends his first year in office, Mr. Trump is redefining what it means to be president. He sees the highest office in the land much as he did the night of his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton — as a prize he must fight to protect every waking moment, and Twitter is his Excalibur.

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What is the "Russia Story"?

Confused by all the news about Russia and the 2016 presidential election? The New York Times has this handy guide.

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Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

An analysis of enforcement data by The New York Times shows that the administration has adopted a more lenient approach than the previous two administrations — Democratic and Republican — toward polluters.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and his wife, Louise Linton, hold up a sheet of new $1 bills.

The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years

Today, the top 1 percent of households own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. That gap, between the ultrawealthy and everyone else, has only become wider in the past several decades.

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President Tweets Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos

No modern American president has promoted inflammatory content of this sort from an extremist organization. Mr. Trump’s two most recent predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both made a point of avoiding public messages that were likely to be seen as anti-Muslim and could exacerbate racial and religious animosities.

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It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses. But the bill is a catchall legislative creation that could reshape major areas of American life, from education to health care.

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A man walks up the steps outside of the U.S. Capitol

The Workplace Culture In Congress Fuels Sexual Harassment

Even before news of accusations against Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, a female member of Congress spoke out about her own experience with harassment. Rep. Jackie Speier of California, a Democrat, said that Congress “has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long.” And research shows that Congress has many of the ingredients for a work environment where sexual harassment is tolerated or even encouraged.

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Casting Wall Street as Victim, Trump Leads Deregulatory Charge

A decade after the financial crisis, the federal government is easing up its policing of Wall Street and the banking industry, even without actually repealing broad swaths of regulation.

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In Peru’s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone)

Climate change has been good to some parts of Peru — but it may become a curse. In recent decades, accelerating glacial melt in the Andes has enabled a gold rush downstream, contributing to the irrigation and cultivation of more than 100,000 acres of land since the 1980s. Yet the boon is temporary. The flow of water is already declining as the glacier vanishes.

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Culling Voter Rolls: Battling Over Who Even Gets to Go to the Polls

On its face, the notice sent to 248 county election officials asked only that they do what Congress has ordered: Prune their rolls of voters who have died, moved or lost their eligibility — or face a federal lawsuit. The notice, delivered in September by a conservative advocacy group, is at the heart of an increasingly bitter argument over the seemingly mundane task of keeping accurate lists of voters — an issue that will be a marquee argument before the Supreme Court in January.

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‘Please, God, Don’t Let Me Get Stopped’

Few places in the United States have simultaneously beckoned undocumented immigrants and penalized them for coming like metropolitan Atlanta, a boomtown of construction and service jobs where conservative politics and new national policies have turned every waking day into a gamble.

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Trump Says He Helped Free U.C.L.A. Players in China. Critics Ask, What About Activists?

Experts say the players for the U.C.L.A. team, who were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, probably would have been released even if Mr. Trump had not raised the case with President Xi Jinping during a visit this month to Beijing.

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FBI says hate crimes, especially against Muslims, went up in 2016

As has long been true, hate crimes based on race were by far the biggest category, with more than half of reported hate crime incidents motivated by race, ethnicity, or ancestry. Among those, nearly half were anti-black crimes, and nearly 10 percent were anti-Latino. About one in five were anti-white, although white people were still much less likely, when accounting for total population, to suffer a hate crime than minority groups.

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The Republican War on College

To pay for a permanent tax cut on corporations, the GOP tax bills would raise taxes on colleges and college students, which is part of a broader Republican war on higher education in the U.S. This is a big deal, because in the last half-century, the most important long-term driver of wage growth has arguably been college.

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For Roy Moore, a Long History of Combat and Controversy

In his response to claims by several women that he accosted or abused them when they were teenagers, the GOP Senate candidate has shown the same defiance that he exhibited when he was twice removed from his post as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, first for dismissing a federal court order to remove a 5,280-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the state judicial building, and later for flouting the United States Supreme Court’s decision affirming gay marriage.

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President Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How.

Republicans are systematically filling appellate seats they held open during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office with a particularly conservative group of judges with life tenure. Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block such nominees with a filibuster, then quickly lost control of the Senate — have scant power to stop them.

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The Texas shooting shows why “a good guy with a gun” isn’t enough

The Texas shooting exposes what this narrative gets wrong — more than 40 people were shot before another armed person intervened. The reality is that there is a lot of evidence that “a good guy with a gun” can’t stop mass shootings and other gun violence in the US. Here are three key reasons why.

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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.

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Despite Trump Campaign Promise, Billionaires’ Tax Loophole Survives Again

From early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump swore he’d do away with the so-called carried-interest loophole, the notorious tax break that allows highly compensated private-equity managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists to be taxed at a much lower rate than other professionals.

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Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, at the Capitol in June.

Alternative Narrative Emerges in Conservative Media as Russia Inquiry Widens

While a special prosecutor was announcing charges against three advisers to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, an alternative narrative was not hard to find in the conservative news media. Be it Fox News, talk radio or a growing number of Trump-friendly websites, the focus was on what they see as the scandal and wrongdoing of President Trump’s political opponents.

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John Kelly’s Bizarre Mythology of the Civil War

President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, stated in an interview Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state.” He went on to argue that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.”

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Kamala Harris’s immigration gamble

California's junior Democratic U.S. Senator is earning a reputation as the most outspoken ally of immigration activists on Capitol Hill. Vox takes a look at the personal story behind her political ambitions.

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Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War

On Monday, the retired four-star general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” This was an incredibly stupid thing to say.

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Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone

New information goes far beyond what the leading social media companies have revealed in the past and underline the breadth of the Kremlin’s efforts to lever open divisions in the United States using American technology platforms, especially Facebook. Multiple investigations of Russian meddling have loomed over the first 10 months of the Trump presidency, with one leading to the indictments of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chief, and others on Monday.

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Trump Campaign Got Early Word Russia Had Democrats’ Emails

The guilty plea of a 30-year-old campaign aide — so green that he listed Model United Nations in his qualifications — shifted the narrative on Monday of the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia: Court documents revealed that Russian officials alerted the campaign, through an intermediary in April 2016, that they possessed thousands of Democratic emails and other “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

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Paul Manafort: An FAQ about Trump’s indicted former campaign chairman

Veteran political operative Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates are facing charges related to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here's a breakdown of why Manafort in particular may have been ensnared by Mueller’s investigation.

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Trump Tries to Shift Focus as First Charges Loom in Russia Case

Pushing back against the accelerating criminal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump argued on Sunday that its focus should instead be on his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, even as the special counsel’s inquiry was reportedly poised to produce its first indictment.

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Will Congress Ever Limit the Forever-Expanding 9/11 War?

A Navy SEAL, killed alongside civilians in a January raid on a village in Yemen. Another SEAL, killed while accompanying Somali forces on a May raid. And now four Army soldiers, dead in an ambush this month in Niger. These American combat deaths underscore how a law passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been stretched to permit open-ended warfare against Islamist militant groups scattered across the Muslim world.

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Facebook struggles with finding a fix for fake content

Amid concerns about internet trolling, manipulation and fake news, there is an ongoing debate among Facebook employees over how to handle so-called organic content, or posts from users that are not advertisements and can be freely shared across Facebook, according to a dozen current and former Facebook employees.

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E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists

The move highlights widespread concern that the E.P.A. will silence government scientists from speaking publicly or conducting work on climate change. Scott Pruitt, the agency administrator, has said that he does not believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for the warming of the planet.

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An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots at EPA

The E.P.A.’s abrupt new direction on legacy chemicals is part of a broad initiative by the Trump administration to change the way the federal government evaluates health and environmental risks associated with hazardous chemicals, making it more aligned with the industry’s wishes.

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How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

A New York Times examination of hundreds of inflammatory social media posts shows that one of the most powerful weapons that Russian agents used to reshape American politics was the anger, passion and misinformation that real Americans were broadcasting across social media platforms.

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Political Guardrails Gone, a President’s Somber Duty Skids Into Spectacle

The feud over President Trump’s call to the widow of a fallen soldier might never have escalated had Mr. Trump done what any of his predecessors almost certainly would have done: apologize. Likewise, the nasty back-and-forth with a Democratic congresswoman, who is close to the soldier’s family, might have dissipated had she not repeatedly disparaged Mr. Trump’s intentions on national television.

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Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account. But it wasn’t real. It was Russian.

Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to persuade American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers. The list of prominent people who tweeted out links from the account, @Ten_GOP, which Twitter shut down in August, includes political figures such as Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and James Woods, and media personalities such as Ann Coulter and Chris Hayes.

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Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, asserting that the president’s own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.

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Top General’s Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump

President Trump’s remarks have drawn angry rebukes from allies of the former president because his claims about Mr. Obama are false — he called or met with relatives of multiple fallen service members. Former military commanders, for their part, said Mr. Trump was politicizing one of the saddest and most sacred duties of the presidency.

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Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws in Latest Setback for Trump’s Opioid Fight

The collapse of Mr. Marino’s nomination highlighted the Trump administration’s troubles formulating a response to a crisis that the president has called unlike any in the nation’s history. Nine months after taking office vowing to make the opioid epidemic one of his top priorities, Mr. Trump has yet to unveil his promised campaign.

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California Governor Signs Bill to Defend Against Religious Registries

On the last day to act on legislation in 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill creating a firewall between the state's data and any attempt by the federal government to create lists, registries, or databases based on a person's religion, nationality, or ethnicity.

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Drug czar nominee and the opioid industry’s advocate in Congress

Tom Marino is a four-term Republican member of the House who represents a district in northeastern Pennsylvania that has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis. Yet Marino also has been a friend on Capitol Hill of the giant drug companies that distribute the pain pills that have wreaked so much devastation around the nation.

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Promise the Moon? Easy for Trump. But Now Comes the Reckoning.

“The gap between President Trump’s ambitious promises and actual policies is large and growing,” said William C. Inboden, a White House aide under President George W. Bush and now executive director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas. “This is weakening the institution of the presidency itself, which becomes diminished when presidents over promise and under deliver, or when responsibilities normally handled by the president become habitually shirked to Congress or other nations.”

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Trump’s Cuts to Health Law Enrollment Efforts Are Hitting Hard

Michigan Consumers for Health Care, a nonprofit group, has enrolled thousands of people in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and was honored last year as one of the nation’s top performers. So the group was stunned to learn from the Trump administration that its funds for assisting consumers ahead of the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1 would be cut by 89 percent.

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After White House Issues Demands, Hopes for an Immigration Deal Dim

Nearly a month after Democratic leaders and President Trump celebrated the possibility of a bipartisan immigration deal, no such agreement appears on the horizon. Instead, any agreement that would shield about 800,000 young immigrants from deportation will depend on how far Democrats are willing to push the government toward a shutdown in mid-December, when a stopgap spending bill expires.

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Trump Hasn’t Killed Obama’s Biggest Policies, But He’s Making Lots Of Important Changes

President Trump’s administration has not totally reversed or repealed any of former President Obama’s really big accomplishments. But the new administration is getting rid of many Obama policies, ones that are not quite as far-reaching as, say, the Affordable Care Act but still could impact millions of people. The latest example came when Trump’s team announced broader exemptions for an ACA mandate requiring employers to offer birth control free of deductibles or co-pays to their employees.

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E.P.A. Chief’s Calendar: A Stream of Industry Meetings and Trips Home

Since taking office in February, the E.P.A. chief has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates, according to a 320-page accounting of his daily schedule from February through May, the most detailed look yet at what Mr. Pruitt has been up to since he took over the agency.

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False ISIS Connections, Nonexistent Victims and Other Misinformation in the Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

Rumors and conspiracies have proliferated in the aftermath of the Sunday night shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that left at least 59 dead. Viral falsehoods include: false allegations about the gunman, a person of interest and Nevada’s gun control laws. The New York Times examines some of the claims.

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Twitter Seen as Key Engine in Russian Influence Campaign

Researchers say there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more extensively than Facebook in the Russian influence campaign last year. In addition to Russia-linked Twitter accounts that posed as Americans, the platform was also used for large-scale automated messaging, using “bot” accounts to spread false stories and promote news articles about emails from Democratic operatives that had been obtained by Russian hackers.

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Trump Tax Plan Benefits Wealthy, Including Trump

The tax plan that the Trump administration outlined this week is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans. It would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population. As for the middle class, the benefits appear to be modest.

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How Failure of the Obamacare Repeal Affects Consumers

Obamacare repeal is dead, again. But the months of Republican attacks on the health law will still have consequences for some consumers. The Trump administration remains deeply opposed to the Affordable Care Act, and it has taken steps that will mean higher prices for insurance and that will make it harder for consumers to get information about how to sign up.

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White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people

Americans, especially wealthy whites, vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality despite evidence of persistent gaps between black and white workers when it comes to hourly wages, annual income and household wealth, according to a new paper by Yale University researchers.

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Hurricane Irma Linked to Climate Change? For Some, a Very ‘Insensitive’ Question

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it is insensitive to discuss climate change in the midst of deadly storms. Tomás Regalado, the Republican mayor of Miami whose citizens raced to evacuate before Hurricane Irma, says if not now, when?

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Where Trump's Hands-Off Approach to Governing Doesn't Apply

The Trump administration opened the door to allowing more firearms on federal lands. It scrubbed references to “L.G.B.T.Q. youth” from the description of a federal program for victims of sex trafficking. And, on the advice of religious leaders, it eliminated funding to international groups that provide abortion. The aggressive regulatory effort, which runs counter to the Trump administration’s less-is-more credo about government meddling, has led to policy changes related to gun ownership, gay rights, reproductive choices, immigration and other divisive political issues.

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Three DACA recipients — Sofia Ruales, left; her sister Erica Ruales; and their cousin Marlon Ruales — listened to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement.

Why Common Critiques of DACA Are Misleading

Defenders of President Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded young immigrants from deportation have offered misleading critiques of the program. They say the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA, led to a humanitarian crisis on the border, put native-born Americans out of work and conferred legal status to recipients. Here’s an assessment.

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The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that battered Mrs. Clinton on Russian web outlets like RT and Sputnik. Far less splashy, and far more difficult to trace, was Russia’s experimentation on Facebook and Twitter, the American companies that essentially invented the tools of social media and, in this case, did not stop them from being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.

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President Trump's DACA Statement, Annotated

The Trump administration has announced that it will be rescinding the DACA program, which has protected 800,000 young adults from deportation. For context, the Southern Poverty Law Center has annotated the president's statement.

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What's Next for DACA and the DREAMers?

What happens now to the estimated 800,000 so-called DREAMers, who were brought to this country by their parents and have built their lives here? Here are several possible paths forward.

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Trump expected to decide soon on fate of young immigrants

After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline and is digging in on appeals to his base. Advocates on both sides of the issue are bracing for the possibility that Trump will halt the issuance of new work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

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Trump Stance on Law and Order Leaves Leeway on the Law

President Trump spent 18 months as the ultimate law-and-order candidate, promising to rescue an American way of life he said was threatened by terrorists, illegal immigrants and inner-city criminals. But many critics and legal scholars say Trump has signaled that taking the law into one’s own hands is permissible, within the executive branch or in local police departments, or even against a heckler at one of his rallies.

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Tech Privacy Tips for Students

As you get ready to go back to school, the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommends adding "review your student privacy rights" to your to-do list, right next to ordering books and buying supplies. Exciting new technology in the classroom can also mean privacy violations, including the chance that your personal devices and online accounts may be demanded for searches.

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Dark money, super PAC spending surges ahead of 2018 midterms

Conservative groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Trump’s campaign offshoot, America First Policies, make up nearly 80 percent of dark money spending reported to the FEC this cycle. Only two liberal groups – Planned Parenthood and Patriot Majority USA – rank among the top 10 in dark money spending so far, according to FEC reporting data processed by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide

Since 2010, law enforcement agencies have reported an average of about 6,000 hate crime incidents per year to the FBI. The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

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Before Charlottesville, a String of Killings Raised the Specter of Far-Right Violence

The death of Heather D. Heyer, who was killed on Saturday after a man drove a car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was the latest in a string of fatal attacks that have raised the specter of far-right, racist or anti-immigrant violence.

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How Trump's talking points match up with Fox News

This video from the Washington Post provides a side-by-side look at how President Trump and Fox News pundits discussed the Charlottesville violence.

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Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

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Justice Dept. Demands Data on Visitors to Anti-Trump Website, Sparking Fight

The Justice Department is trying to force an internet hosting company to turn over information about everyone who visited a website used to organize protests during President Trump’s inauguration, setting off a new fight over surveillance and privacy limits.

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SPLC releases campus guide to countering ‘alt-right’

With college students returning to class in the coming weeks, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a new guide today that advises them on how to respond when speakers associated with the growing white nationalist, or “alt-right,” movement, appear on campus.

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Facing Criticism, Trump Condemns Violence in Charlottesville, Calls Racism ‘Evil’

President Donald Trump bowed to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, labeling their racist views “evil” after two days of equivocal statements. Trump had faced pressure to issue a more forceful rebuke from aides. That pressure reached boiling point early Monday after the president attacked the head of the pharmaceuticals company Merck, who is black, for quitting an advisory board over his failure to call out white nationalists.

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Trump Is Criticized for Not Calling Out White Supremacists

President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters. During a brief and uncomfortable address to reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., he called for an end to the violence. But he was the only national political figure to spread blame for the “hatred, bigotry and violence” that resulted in the death of one person to “many sides.”

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Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

As the new EPA chief works to roll back regulations, close offices and eliminate staff at the agency charged with protecting the nation’s environment and public health, Scott Pruitt is taking extraordinary measures to conceal his actions, according to interviews with more than 20 current and former agency employees.

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Many Politicians Lie. But Trump Has Elevated the Art of Fabrication.

From his days peddling the false notion that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, to his inflated claims about how many people attended his inaugural, to his description just last week of receiving two phone calls — one from the president of Mexico and another from the head of the Boy Scouts — that never happened, President Trump is trafficking in hyperbole, distortion and fabrication on practically a daily basis.

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How the Trump hotel changed Washington’s culture of influence

The Trump International Hotel has emerged as a Republican Party power center. And for the first time in presidential history, a profit-making venture touts the name of a U.S. president in its gold signage. And every cup of coffee served, every fundraiser scheduled, every filet mignon ordered feeds the revenue of the Trump family’s private business.

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Secrecy and Suspicion Surround Deregulation Teams

When President Trump ordered federal agencies to form teams to dismantle government regulations, the Transportation Department turned to people with deep industry ties. One appointee had previously lobbied the department on behalf of American Airlines. Another held executive roles for several electric and hybrid car companies regulated by the department. A third was a lawyer who represented United Airlines in regulatory matters.

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Those Calls to Trump? White House Admits They Didn’t Happen

Has President Trump told you about the time the head of the Boy Scouts called to say his was the best speech ever delivered to the more than century-old organization? What about when the president of Mexico picked up the telephone to let him know that his tough enforcement efforts at the border were paying off handsomely? As the White House conceded on Wednesday: Neither was true.

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Discrimination against whites was a core concern of Trump’s base

The Justice Department’s plan to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they determine discriminate against white students represents a shift in the department’s civil rights division. But the move also addresses a central concern for voters who fueled President Trump’s victory last year: that whites are losing out in today’s society.

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Trump Supports Plan to Cut Legal Immigration by Half

President Trump embraced a proposal on Wednesday to slash legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country.

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Trump Was Involved in Drafting Son’s Statement, Aide Confirms

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that President Trump was involved in drafting a misleading statement issued by his son about a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year, contradicting the president’s lawyer who repeatedly denied that Mr. Trump had anything to do with the statement.

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Trump Says No ‘Chaos!’ at White House but Continues Threats

After a week of White House turmoil spilling into public view, Mr. Trump insisted there was “No WH chaos!” just an hour before he swore in a retired four-star Marine Corps general as his new chief of staff.

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Keep an Eye On Your State’s Congressional Delegation

Pro Publica has added some new features to Represent, its congressional news app, including new pages for every state’s delegation and redesigned bill category pages, like legislation about environmental protection, to provide more useful information. You also can search the full text of bills by keyword or phrase.

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How to Repair the Health Law (It’s Tricky but Not Impossible)

Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired? The question for the roughly 20 million Americans who buy their own health coverage — and for millions of others who remain uninsured — is what can realistically be done to address their main concerns: high prices and lack of choice in many parts of the country.

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Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

Pro Publica's "Documenting Hate" project has found that incidents and crimes of racial or religious or sexual prejudice are becoming so commonplace that they can seem an almost ordinary part of the fabric of life in America.

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Which Anonymous Sources Are Worth Paying Attention To?

An earlier installment in this FiveThirtyEight guide to unnamed sources laid out some general tips for making sense of these kinds of stories. This second part gets more specific, to help you to essentially decode these stories. The goal is help you know which stories you should rely on based on the different kinds of sourcing used. This author divides anonymous sources into six general types and give the pros and cons of each, in terms of reliability.

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Obamacare’s Future Now Depends on an Unhappy White House

The congressional effort to overhaul the health care system appears to be in shambles. But the current health care system lives on. And decisions the Trump administration makes about how to manage it could have big effects on who has coverage next year, and what it costs them.

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When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources

Here’s a guide to unnamed sources in government/politics/Washington stories — who they are, how reporters use them, and how to tell if you should trust what they say.

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Video: Sean Spicer Press Briefing - Decoded

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held his first formal press briefing since President Trump's international trip. The New York Times decodes his statements.

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Donald Trump's Jared Kushner dilemma

President Trump remains publicly supportive of his son-in-law, who has a broad portfolio of White House responsibilities, including Middle East peace and streamlining government. But after recent reports of Kushner's contacts with Russian officials or intermediaries, the picture is less clear.

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans.

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How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules

Congressional Republicans knew their plan was potentially explosive. They wanted to kill landmark privacy regulations that would soon ban Internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T, from storing and selling customers’ browsing histories without their express consent. So after weeks of closed-door debates on Capitol Hill over who would take up the issue first, Republican members settled on a secret strategy, according to Hill staff and lobbyists involved in the battle.

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White House Backs Down on Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

The White House has unexpectedly backed down in a confrontation with the government’s top ethics officer, announcing it will publicly disclose waivers that have been quietly handed out since January to let certain former lobbyists work in the administration.

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Fact Check: The Updated GOP Health Care Bill

After the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office issues its report, the New York Times takes a look at Republican claims about the House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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ICE Using Powerful Stingray Surveillance Devices In Deportation Searches

Amid news that immigration arrests are rising sharply under the Trump Administration, the Detroit News reported last week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently obtained permission to use a Stingray to track down an immigrant suspected of “unlawful reentry” into the country.

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Walter M. Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, in January

White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll

The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose any ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists who have work in the White House or federal agencies.

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Kushner keeps most of his real estate but offers few clues about potential White House conflicts

Jared Kushner, 36, who is emerging as a singularly powerful figure in the Trump White House, is keeping nearly 90 percent of his vast real estate holdings even after resigning from the family business and pledging a clear divide between his private interests and public duties.

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Border Patrol detains 22-year-old Cal State L.A. student activist

A 22-year-old immigration activist and college student has been detained by Border Patrol agents, sparking claims that she was targeted in retaliation for protesting the arrest of her mother, who was swept up by federal agents during a massive cocaine bust last month.

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Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

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AP FACT CHECK: It’s far from case closed on Trump, Russia

President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone’s convinced his presidential campaign and Russia did not collude before the election. Investigations into contacts between Russians and people with the Trump campaign are still going on, so there’s no exoneration to be found.

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ACLU Demands Records on Comey Dismissal

The ACLU submitted a request to the Department of Justice and the FBI asking for the release of all documents relating to President Donald Trump’s decision to remove FBI Director James Comey from office. The cloud of uncertainty swirling over Comey’s dismissal, along with indications that the president may have gravely abused his power, demands a public accounting.

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Kris W. Kobach standing with President Trump

Advocate for Tough Voting Rules to Steer Trump’s Elections Commission

An advocate for tough restrictions on voting rights and immigration is the new vice-chair of a federal advisory commission to investigate voter fraud. Academic studies regularly show — and most state election officials agree — that voter fraud is rare.

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If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy

A New York Times experiment shows that respondents who could correctly locate North Korea on a map tend to view diplomatic and nonmilitary strategies more favorably than those who could not.

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Defiant Trump Vows to Take Immigration Case to Supreme Court

President Trump vowed on Wednesday to challenge California jurisdictions all the way to the Supreme Court after a federal judge there stopped him from withholding funds to penalize them for shielding illegal immigrants. Mr. Trump, who twice has been blocked by courts from imposing a temporary travel ban on visitors from select Muslim-majority countries, expressed frustration that once again a judge in a single district could thwart him from taking action.

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Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for companies big and small

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in the taxes paid by corporations big and small Wednesday in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan alarmed lawmakers who worry about ballooning federal deficits.

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Gathering Social Media Handles from Chinese Visitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined a coalition effort, led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), to oppose the federal government’s proposal to scrutinize the social media activities of Chinese visitors. Specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to ask certain visa applicants from China to disclose the existence of their social media accounts and the identifiers or handles associated with those accounts.

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U.S.S. Carl Vinson sailing off the coast of Indonesia

Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested

Just over a week ago, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea and give President Trump more options in responding to the North’s provocative behavior. The problem was that the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force were that very moment sailing in the opposite direction.

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Vote correlation: Internet privacy resolution and telecom contributions

The House’s vote Tuesday approving a resolution that would allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ browsing history split nearly along party lines. The final vote was 215-205, with nine members not voting.

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Resources for Undocumented Students

De Anza College is committed to providing education and a safe environment for all students, regardless of their immigration status. While the recent national election has prompted uncertainty and concern about future government polices, De Anza is reaffirming its commitment to treat all students with equity and respect. This page will be updated regularly with information about on-campus programs and other resources for undocumented students.

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In Time for the Reform Debate, New Documents Shed Light on the Government’s Surveillance of Americans

The ACLU today released more than a dozen new documents concerning the government’s warrantless surveillance of millions of Americans. They were obtained from several intelligence agencies in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and relate to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that the government relies on to conduct its PRISM and Upstream spying programs.

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Californians for Population Stabilization Board Chair Ben Zuckerman Co-Edited Book with White Nationalist

Ben Zuckerman, the president of the board of the anti-immigrant Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) co-edited a book with well-known white nationalist Michael Hart. The book, Extraterrestrials: Where Are They?, examines the plausibility of aliens existing and was first published in 1982 and again in 1995, but a 2015 email exchange obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that Zuckerman cared little about Hart’s openly racist beliefs.

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250 donors shelled out $100k or more for Trump’s inauguration, providing 91% of funds

What does it take to stage a welcome-to-the-neighborhood blowout? President Trump raised $107 million for his inaugural festivities, shattering previous records. The former titleholder, Barack Obama, raised half that, $53.2 million, in 2009 — though Obama imposed far stricter limits on amounts and sources of donations.

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