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'The president is a pyromaniac': the week Trump set fire to the White House

What went wrong? Take your pick: healthcare, transgender troops, the fallout from his savaging of Jeff Sessions, the Boy Scouts speech – it was the worst week in Trump’s short presidency<p>Donald Trump began the week by turning a national scout jamboree into something resembling a youth rally. He …

Is the American republic built to withstand a malevolent president? | Michael Goldfarb

The principle of common good underpins the constitution. Donald Trump is gleefully shredding that ideal<p>The Trump administration, having passed the six-month milestone in office, kicked off the next phase of his presidency with an explosion of crazy, spread over the past seven days. Like sweeps week …

Top White House aides press Trump to pull back on Sessions criticism

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has publicly rebuked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing regret for appointing him to the post and disparaging him as "beleaguered" and "very weak."<p>But inside the West Wing, Trump has often found himself the odd man out.<p>It's there that several top …

“I am half agony, half hope”: Jane Austen’s most romantic love scene

When it comes to Jane Austen’s love scenes, there is the letter scene in <i>Persuasion</i>, and then there is everything else.<p><i>Persuasion</i> may not have the sparkling charm of <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>or the satirical bite of <i>Emma</i>, but it is Austen’s most deeply felt, melancholy, and beautiful novel. It is the last …

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Rupert Murdoch's papers criticize Trump; is the mogul sending a message?

Rupert Murdoch speaks regularly by phone with President Trump. But Murdoch also makes his views known to Trump through his newspapers and television networks. Lately the messages in those outlets have not been altogether positive for the president.<p>The conservative media mogul's papers have run a …

Trump aides move on after health care loss

As the president's biggest agenda item tanked on the Hill, his senior advisers busied themselves with their pet projects – and looked ahead to tax reform.<p>Following the biggest legislative debacle of President Donald Trump’s first six months in office, the White House on Tuesday was some hands on …

Some prominent conservative voices doubt Trump over Russia

<b>(CNN) —</b> During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump famously told the world that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and "shoot somebody" and he wouldn't "lose any voters."<p>For some time, his prediction has appeared to be true. No matter what he said and regardless of what he did, the famous …

Bush and Clinton stress value of humility in Oval Office

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke together Thursday afternoon at a public event at the Bush Center on the qualities of leadership.<p>Event moderator, billionaire David Rubenstein, asked the two at the scholastic leadership event in Dallas about what they viewed …

Government

The Trump Family's Explanations Are Straining Credulity to Its Breaking Point

The story that Donald Trump Jr., his father, and their aides told about a June 9 meeting with a Russian lawyer made little sense—even before the latest revelations.<p>As an American statesman once said, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice—can’t get fooled again.” The Trump family has little …

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JP Morgan chief blasts US dysfunction: 'It's almost an embarrassment being American'

• Jamie Dimon rails at Washington and laments ‘stupid shit’ in US politics<br>• Dimon says bad policy is ‘holding back and hurting the average American’<p>JP Morgan just had the most profitable 12 months ever for a US bank – but it wasn’t enough for Jamie Dimon, the bank’s boss.<p>“It’s almost an embarrassment …

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Trump Falsely Blames Loretta Lynch in Son’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Defending his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump wrongly blamed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for admitting the lawyer to the United States in the first place.<p>“Somebody said that her visa or her passport was approved by Attorney …

Donny Boy: Growing Up Donald Trump Jr.

WH aides exposed to scrutiny over Russia meeting response

<b>(CNN) —</b> A scramble by White House aides to respond to the brewing controversy over Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer may have exposed those aides to special counsel scrutiny.<p>They can now be called on by investigators led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to explain what they may have …

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Where the Trump-Russia Scandal Is Headed

It's hard to believe after four days of increasingly dire revelations about the president's son, son-in-law, and former campaign manager, but true nonetheless: The basics of the Trump-Russia scandal have only changed mildly in the past year.<p>In 2016, Donald Trump publicly encouraged Russian …

Donald Trump Jr.'s latest email explanation to Sean Hannity doesn't make any sense

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump Jr. has offered a series of explanations over the past 72 hours for why he met with a Russian lawyer who purported to have information about Hillary Clinton's campaign.<p>He tried out his latest one with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.<p>"I didn't know if there was any …

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What If It's All True?

For months, President Trump and his aides have insisted that any suggestion of collusion with Russia was bogus. But if the Trump campaign was eager to receive information from the Russian government, what else might have happened?<p>For months, rumors, innuendos, and allegations about collusion …

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Trump to NYT: "They want to take away my voice"

Excerpts from Mark Leibovich's cover story in the forthcoming New York Times Magazine, "This Town Melts Down":<p><b>"The president was</b> sitting alone in a …

Cowboy Beans Recipe

These gussied-up beans, known as cowboy beans, are perfect for a big cookout, tailgating, or an everyday family meal.<p>Lean ground beef makes this a …

Make Your Own Powdered Sugar in 2 Minutes or Less

Do your really need to buy powdered sugar? Unless you use a lot of it, not really. If you're working on a recipe that calls for powdered, …

House intelligence panel demands any tapes from Trump, memos from Comey

By Karoun Demirjian<p>, Congressional reporter<p>Ellen Nakashima contributed to this report.<p>Congressional investigators demanded Friday that the president turn over within two weeks any recordings he made of his conversations with former FBI director James B. Comey, as President Trump refused to answer …

Comey Asks Public to Weigh His Veracity Against Trump's

James Comey’s sworn testimony Thursday did not, by itself, heighten President Trump’s risks of confronting obstruction-of-justice charges or articles …

White House looks for ways to undermine Comey's credibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — With fired FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated congressional testimony just a day away, the White House and its allies …

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