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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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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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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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Woman waiting to vote

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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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 at a Texas facility

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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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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President Trump

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

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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President Trump

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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President Trump

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

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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President Trump

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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President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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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Kim Jong Un

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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President Trump

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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President Trump

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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Candidate with supporters

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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President Trump

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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President Trump

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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students after shooting

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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President Trump

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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President Trump

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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Voter registration tables

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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students after shooting

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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President Trump

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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A patient leaving a Planned Parenthood clinic

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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Border officer standing next to mother and child

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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missile in the night sky

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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Protesters in Washington, DC, in October 2017 supporting abortion rights for an undocumented immigrant teenager

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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President Trump

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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President Trump

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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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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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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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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The Securities and Exchange Building in Washington, DC

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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Peruvian family harvesting flowers

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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Players Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill at a news conference in Los Angeles.

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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Roy Moore

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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Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel

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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President Donald Trump, flanked by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, left, and Rep. Kevin Brady, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, speaks about tax reform legislation

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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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

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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29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, U.S. Colored Troops in formation near Beaufort, South Carolina, 1864

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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George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump

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 arriving at FBI headquarters

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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Special Forces troops at the burial service in Florida this past week for Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in Niger

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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Three women seated on stage with Mark Zuckerberg, right, the chief executive of Facebook.

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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Dr. Nancy Beck testifying at a Senate hearing in March.

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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President Barack Obama, in 2009, saluting the remains of a soldier at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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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Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), left, talks to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

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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A navigator from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, left, helped a couple enroll in a health care plan .

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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Young activists with signs in support of DACA

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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Opponents of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate rally outside of the Supreme Court.

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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Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator

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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Emergency workers in Las Vegas after the mass shooting on Sunday.

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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President Trump spoke about his administration's tax reform plan in Indianapolis.

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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Members of a disability rights group at a news conference opposing the Republican health bills

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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Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

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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Surrounded by religious leaders, President Trump signed an executive order in the Rose Garden in May

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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A Facebook post, by someone claiming to be Melvin Redick, promoting a website linked to the Russian military intelligence agency G.R.U.

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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People demonstrating support for DACA

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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Two women volunteers clean up a Jewish cemetery that was vandalized.

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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Participants at a rally of white supremacists gathered near a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va.

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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President Trump

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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President Trump spoke about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., at a previously scheduled event on health care for veterans

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 in his E.P.A. office

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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President Trump at the Department of Transportation

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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President Trump meets with Cabinet

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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Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services

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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Walter Shaub, Jr., former director of the Office of Government Ethics

Outgoing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’

Actions by President Trump and his administration have created a historic ethics crisis, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics said. He called for major changes in federal law to expand the power and reach of the oversight office and combat the threat.

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Sunayana (“Nani”) Dumala preserves reminders of her husband in their home in Olathe, Kansas.

A murder shatters the dreams of immigrant tech workers

“He’s back, and he has a gun!” Adam Purinton strode toward the patio of Austins Bar & Grill, a black and white cloth tied around his head and military-style medals pinned haphazardly to his white shirt. He burst into the patio’s flimsy side door shouting, “Get out of my country!” and fired his handgun at two Indian men seated at a high table, according to eyewitnesses and police records. Customers screamed over the din of the TVs and dove for the ground. At least three bullets hit the man facing the door, Srinivas Kuchi­bhotla. Another bullet plunged into the leg of his friend, Alok Madasani, who crawled for the door before collapsing on the concrete.

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Donald Trump, Jr., and his father

Donald Trump Jr.'s full emails annotated

Donald Trump Jr. posted his full exchange with a publicist for a Russian pop musician to Twitter on Tuesday, and the emails confirm previous reports that Trump Jr. was offered compromising information about Hillary Clinton specifically from the Russian government. The emails also say flatly that the Kremlin was working to help elect his father — claims which Trump Jr., his father and the White House would deny for months afterward. The Washington Post has published the emails with notes about their content.

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The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams

President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Mr. Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts.

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Foes of Obama-Era Rule Work to Undo Birth Control Mandate

From the obscure perch of a backbench senator’s office, Katy Talento used to warn against what she saw as the health hazards of birth control pills — cancer, infertility and miscarriage. From his post at a Christian legal advocacy group, Matthew Bowman spent years attacking the requirement that most health insurance plans cover contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Now on the inside — one at the White House, the other at the Department of Health and Human Services — Ms. Talento and Mr. Bowman have a clear path to prosecute their strong belief that birth control coverage should not be a mandate from Washington.

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Erik D. Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide

Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan

President Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, have developed proposals to rely on contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan at the behest of Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, according to people briefed on the conversations.

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Senator Mitch McConnell, left, the majority leader, and Senator John Cornyn, the majority whip.

Five Misleading Republican Claims About Health Care

Republican lawmakers have their own version of the facts about the impact of their replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Here is an assessment.

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President Trump at Kennedy Center

‘I’m President and They’re Not’: Trump Attacks Media at Faith Rally

President Trump used the first part of his holiday weekend getaway to issue more denunciations of the news media, using a celebration of American veterans and freedom at an evening rally to thunder that he would not allow the “fake” media to stop his agenda.

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Frances Isbell

For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services Is No Option

Frances Isbell has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that has left her unable to walk or even roll over in bed. But Ms. Isbell has a personal care assistant through Medicaid, and the help allowed her to go to law school at the University of Alabama here. She will graduate next month. The care she gets is an optional benefit under federal Medicaid law, which means each state can decide whether to offer it and how much to spend. Optional services that she and millions of other Medicaid beneficiaries receive would be particularly at risk under Republican proposals to scale back Medicaid as part of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Scott Pruitt, right, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start

In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history, according to experts in environmental law. Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, is moving effectively to dismantle the regulations and international agreements that stood as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s legacy.

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Sean Spicer’s untelevised news briefing, annotated.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer once again barred TV cameras from a media briefing on Monday and prohibited live audio broadcasts. Spokesmen for President Trump have allowed question-and-answer sessions with reporters to be televised just six times in the past six weeks. The Washington Post has annotated a transcript of the session, since it could not be seen on TV.

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Video Fact Check: The Senate Health Care Bill

Does the health care bill in the Senate live up to Republicans' promises? The New York Times checked the facts.

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Fouad Dagoum and his wife, Azhar Ahmed, fled Sudan in 2000 after their village was ransacked by militia members.

With 3 Words, Supreme Court Opens a World of Uncertainty for Refugees

About four out of 10 refugees who come to the United States have no family ties in the country, according to independent estimates. In some cities known for taking in refugees — like Boise, Idaho; New Haven; and Fayetteville, Ark. — those with no family ties are a majority. On Monday, the Supreme Court threw into question whether such refugees, who are among the most vulnerable people seeking a haven after fleeing persecution or conflict, will be approved for resettlement in the United States.

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Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

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Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell

Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill

The Affordable Care Act gave health insurance to millions of Americans by shifting resources from the wealthy to the poor and by moving oversight from states to the federal government. The Senate bill introduced Thursday pushes back forcefully on both dimensions.

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Tweet by William Bradford

New Trump appointee has history of disparaging tweets against Obama, Megyn Kelly and Japanese Americans

Before William C. Bradford was appointed by the Trump administration to run the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy, he tweeted a slew of disparaging remarks about the real and imagined ethnic, religious and gender identities of former president Barack Obama, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, TV news host Megyn Kelly and Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Grigory Ivliev, right, the head of the Russian government agency in charge of intellectual property

Russia Renewed Unused Trump Trademarks in 2016

Amid a broadening investigation of Russian contacts with his associates and his own role in trying to stop it, President Trump fired off another angry tweet this past week repeating his assertion that he has no business interests in Russia. But while no Trump Tower graces the Moscow skyline, the Russian authorities recently made sure that another piece of valuable property — the intellectual kind — bearing the same name remained safely in Mr. Trump’s portfolio.

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President Trump

Trump ‘Is Not Under Investigation,’ His Lawyer Insists

A member of President Trump’s legal team says that the president was not under investigation by the special counsel looking into Russia’s election-year meddling, contradicting Mr. Trump’s assertion in a Friday morning tweet that he is a subject of the widening inquiry.

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Michael Flynn

How Michael Flynn’s Disdain for Limits Led to a Legal Quagmire

Michael T. Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In the summer of 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic militants — Mr. Flynn was fired, bringing his military career to an abrupt end. Mr. Flynn decided that the military’s loss would be his gain.

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President Trump walking off airplane in Maryland

As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined

President Trump has outsourced the decision on how to proceed militarily in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, a startling break with how former President Barack Obama and many of his predecessors handled the anguished task of sending Americans into foreign conflicts.

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President Trump smiling during a signing ceremony

‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear

President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration. But White House officials said that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.

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Trump’s Cabinet, With a Prod, Extols the ‘Blessing’ of Serving Him

One by one, they praised President Trump, taking turns complimenting his integrity, his message, his strength, his policies. Their leader sat smiling, nodding his approval. So it went on Monday in the Cabinet Room of the White House, as Mr. Trump transformed a routine meeting of senior members of his government into a mood-boosting, ego-stroking display of support for himself and his agenda.

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Jessica Colotl

A Woman Long at Risk of Deportation Gains a Reprieve

Jessica Colotl, a Mexican woman whose highly publicized deportation case in Georgia thrust her into the national debate over immigration, may stay in the United States and be temporarily protected from deportation, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

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Jessica Colotl, DACA participant

'If We are Deported, Who Benefits?'

Jessica Colotl tells her story: "What happened to me could happen to any one of the 750,000 young people whose entire lives depend on this lifeline the U.S. government extended us through the DACA program."

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President Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz speaking about former FBI director James Comey's testimony on Thursday.

Team Trump’s official response to the Comey testimony — now, with context

Following the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, President Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz released a statement in response. The Washington Post reprinted the statement in full, with annotation.

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James Comey preparing to testify

Comey Accuses White House of ‘Lies’ and Says Trump Tried to Derail Inquiry

James B. Comey, the recently fired F.B.I. director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed that President Trump had clearly tried to derail an F.B.I. investigation into his former national security adviser and that the president had lied and defamed him.

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Bus-only lane in New York City

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord

Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

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Trump, Prioritizing Economy Over Climate, Cites Disputed Premises

In making his case for abandoning the Paris climate accord, President Trump characterized the agreement as an economic straitjacket — one that would impose terrible burdens on Americans by shuttering the coal industry, suffocating growth and redistributing jobs and wealth from the United States to its competitors. But several of Mr. Trump’s claims either relied on dubious data or distorted research reports.

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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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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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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President Trump stands with Vice President Mike Pence and House Republicans

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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Former FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler

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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President Trump at the White House

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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President Trump speaking with House Speaker Ryan behind him

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 agents outside home

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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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Trump speaks

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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President Trump

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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President Donald Trump

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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Former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump

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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President Trump and aide walk through doorway into meeting room.

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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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Director Gary Cohn speaking in White House briefing room

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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