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Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with …


On the Eve of O.J. Simpson’s Possible Parole, Here’s the Real Story Behind His Imprisonment

The news media will take a break from its understandable Trump obsession tomorrow, and focus on whether an inmate in Nevada, convicted of serious, …


Exclusive 'Rebel in the Rye' Trailer Exposes a Famed Writer's Secrets

Before he became famous around the world as the author of <b>The Catcher in the Rye</b>, J.D. Salinger was a young man in search of inspiration. As portrayed …



Alisyn Camerota's debut novel 'Amanda Wakes Up'

Alisyn Camerota talks to Jake Tapper about how much her novel is inspired by her own life.

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Panel spars over whether Simpson sentence was 'payback'

Legal experts discuss a Nevada parole board's decision to grant O.J. Simpson parole.


OJ Simpson paroled after 9 yrs behind bars

OJ Simpson has been granted parole after serving 9 years for armed robbery and kidnapping. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.


Will Trump finances be focus of special counsel probe?

Our panel weighs in on President Trump's warning to the special counsel to steer clear of his family's finances.

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Pentagon: Trump's meeting with Mattis not 'meaty'

President Trump met with Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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What are McCain's treatment options?

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about the treatment options that may be available for Sen. John McCain who is now diagnosed with brain cancer.

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Coons: Trump will pay heavy price if he fires Mueller

Democratic Senator Chris Coons told Jake Tapper that the President would pay a heavy price if he followed special counsel Robert Mueller.

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WH staffers upset about lack of loyalty to AG

President Trump would not personally say if he still has confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions. CNN's Sara Murray reports.

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GOP senator disturbed by Trump's comments

CNN's Jake Tapper spoke with four GOP senators and shares their remarks about President Trump's interview with the New York Times.

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