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Under Fire, Trump Rages Against His Russia Investigators

In an explosive interview, the president fumes over Sessions, warns Mueller not to examine his finances, and threatens to expose anyone who crosses him.<p>Amid an unrelenting week of Russian intrigues, punctuated briefly by the collapse of the Republican health-care bill, <b>Donald Trump</b> sat down with his …

Donald Trump

How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool

He and his coterie of idiots, nihilists, and opportunists were the perfect prey for Putin’s spell.<p>In the fall of 2012, I was in Moscow, at the embassy of a small Middle Eastern country. I was writing an article for <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> about an oligarch in Baku who wanted to build the tallest …

Russia

Mike Pence’s Master Plan Goes Up in Smoke

Until now, he’s managed to stay clear of the Trumpian chaos and positioned for a possible presidential run. But on health care and the Don Jr. imbroglio, he stumbled. As one G.O.P. strategist put it, “I think, to some degree, no matter how hard he tries to stay above the fray, he is going to be …

Donald Trump

How Zendaya Evolved Into a Young Style Icon

Zendaya has been a television star and red carpet fixture since she was 14, but it was at the 2015 Oscars that she reached true style icon status. After wearing a silk Vivienne Westwood gown and dreads on the world’s most prominent red carpet, the singer and actress was thrust onto almost every red …

Fashion

Does Donald Trump Know What Health Insurance Is?: An Investigation

The president appears to misunderstand the concept on a fundamental level.<p>In an interview with <i>Time</i> in May, <b>Donald Trump</b> acknowledged that understanding health-care policy “wasn’t high on my list” when he ran his own company. Several weeks earlier, he had complained that “nobody knew that health care …

Insurance

Jason Bateman Moves Into Uncharted Territory

He’s not done with “acting crap”—but the Arrested Development star is wearing several other hats in his new series, Ozark.<p><b>Jason Bateman</b> is taking a big risk with his new show, <i>Ozark</i>—but it’s not the risk you think.<p>Yes, Bateman—whose 35-year acting career has mostly been defined by comedic roles …

TV

Paul Manafort Reportedly Owed Millions to Russian Oligarch Before Joining Trump Campaign

A new report sheds new light on the former campaign chairman’s work as a lobbyist for a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.<p>Before joining <b>Donald Trump</b> last March as an unpaid campaign manager, <b>Paul Manafort</b> reportedly owed as much as $17 million to a Russian oligarch and Ukrainian businessman …

Russia

Issa Rae Doesn’t Mind That Emmys Snub: “That Just Motivates Me More”

The Insecure creator talks Season 2, that Lupita-Rihanna movie, and the sweet text she got from Ava DuVernay.<p>The second season of <i>Insecure,</i> debuting on HBO July 23, looks lush—more cinematic in scope and more ensconced in the rich tones of Los Angeles. The comedy is leveling up after a successful …

TV

Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump

Regulators are scrutinizing hundreds of millions in loans and a subpoena from Robert Mueller is expected.<p>Among the many mysteries surrounding <b>Donald Trump’s</b> finances as a real-estate mogul—and the conflicts of interest that might be revealed by his tax returns, were he ever to release them—is his …

Donald Trump

Fixing Twitter’s Louise Mensch Problem

How do you stop fake news on Twitter? Start by not endorsing the people who spread it.<p>Twitter has likely never seen itself as a more important part of the public dialogue than right now. <b>Donald Trump,</b> the president of the United States of America, uses the service most mornings to broadcast …

Social Media

Trump Thinks Comey Was Trying to Blackmail Him

“In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there.”<p>President <b>Donald Trump</b> suggested Wednesday that former F.B.I. director __James Comey, whom he fired in May amid the bureau’s investigation into alleged collusion between his campaign and Russia, was trying to blackmail him when …

Donald Trump

Unpacking the Times’s “Incredible” Trump Interview

Trashing Sessions, threatening Mueller, pontificating on Napoleon, and more.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>It's head-turning even by Trumpean standards. <i>The New York Times'</i> President Trump interview—conducted by <b>Peter Baker</b>, <b>Maggie Haberman</b> and <b>Michael Schmidt</b>—was one of …

Journalism

Gorgeous, Gripping Dunkirk Is This Summer’s Most Surprising Movie

Christopher Nolan tries something new with this wartime triptych.<p>Watching <i>Dunkirk,</i> <b>Christopher Nolan’s</b> W.W. II film opening July 21, I kept trying to come up with terms to classify it. It was a dance piece, then a music video, then a poem, then a prayer. The film is many things. Something it’s not is …

Christopher Nolan

What Terrible Fate Awaits Lena Dunham on American Horror Story?

The Girls creator will join Ryan Murphy’s election-themed seventh season.<p>For those who worry that <i>American Horror Story</i> might grow stale after six seasons of haunted houses, ghosts, and gore, never fear: creator <b>Ryan Murphy</b> announced on Wednesday that he’s spicing up the next installment by …

American Horror Story

RuPaul is the Queen of Hearts in Pirelli’s Alice in Wonderland-Themed 2018 Calendar

Go behind the scenes of the famed international calendar’s shoot, with photographer Tim Walker and stars including Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, and Djimon Hounsou.<p>The Pirelli calendar has become known for breaking tradition as a high-fashion pinup created by some of the most esteemed …

Fashion

Netflix’s Charming GLOW and Showtime’s Glowless I’m Dying Up Here

Two summer series search for meaning in the pop culture of the past, with mixed results.<p>Adorability in movies and TV used to translate as cute, perky, dimply, and pint-sized: Shirley Temple, tapping her way into darlinghood; Sandra Dee and <b>Sally Field</b> as Gidget; Annette Funicello in her Mouseketeer …

TV

Is Hollywood Scared of Vladimir Putin?

A new report alleges that two studios have cut the President of Russia from their films for fear of retaliation.<p><b>Vladimir Putin</b> has been featured in political headlines more and more frequently since <b>Donald Trump</b> became president. But with news of the twosome’s undisclosed meeting currently …

Russia

Elon Musk Admits Flying to Mars Might Be Hard

“There’s a real good chance that it does not make it to orbit.”<p><b>Elon Musk’s</b> space exploration company SpaceX—which has already revolutionized the spaceflight industry by launching and landing reusable rockets—has a bigger goal: to take people to the moon, and to eventually establish human colonies …

Exploration

Why a Lame-Duck Trump Is Even More Dangerous

Trump’s domestic policy agenda may have collapsed. His war powers, however, are almost unlimited.<p>Every president ends up as a lame duck, but none has pursued that fate as voraciously as <b>Donald Trump</b>. Barely eight weeks into his presidency, pundits were already saying it was over. We should “stick a …

Donald Trump

Bill Ackman Isn’t Afraid of a Little Gastrointestinal Distress

The hedge-fund manager puts his mouth where his money is.<p>Back in June, when hedge-fund manager <b>Bill Ackman</b> joined Twitter, the overwhelming response was, “What took you so long?” Of all the hedge-fund managers who might excel on social media, Ackman is perhaps best suited for the platform, given his …

Bill Ackman

Game of Thrones Showrunners Announce Unexpected Follow-Up

No White Walkers need apply.<p>As <i>Game of Thrones</i> begins its planned final seasons, there’s been a question haunting its home network. What will HBO do without its tentpole show? The answer, to a certain degree, is more of the same: there are four <i>Thrones</i> spin-offs currently in the early development …

Game of Thrones

Kate Middleton Gives Germany the Cold Shoulder

On the third day of the royal family’s Poland and Germany tour, Middleton wears red.<p>On the royal tour of Poland and Germany, <b>Kate Middleton</b> has already hit several sartorial marks: She’s done paired-down sophistication in Alexander McQueen, floral tea-length in Erdem, and semiformal surrealism in a …

Royal Family

How the Democrats Fell for Trump’s Trap

In politics, it is terrible for a party to be defined by what it stands against rather than what is stands for.<p>So many times a day, my in-box and social-media feeds burble with outreach from the Democratic messaging machine: from democrats.org, say, or the D.N.C. War Room, the D.N.C. Rapid Response …

Elections

Harry Styles’s Dunkirk Make-Under

The look of Harry Styles, modern movie star, is far from Harry Styles, solo singer on tour. On red carpets for Dunkirk, in which he plays his first-ever film role, he’s still Harry Styles, the Gucci-wearing tall drink of water, but he’s toned down the glitz. Small details—a wide pinstripe here, …

Fashion

Beyoncé’s Incredible Instagram Introduction of Twins Rumi and Sir: An Exhaustive Breakdown

Also on this week’s episode of In the Limelight, Angelina Jolie does Disneyland, and a surprising Julianne Moore encounter.<p>When <b>Beyoncé</b> announced her pregnancy to the world, in an art-directed Instagram oozing with Virgin Mary iconography, she really set a high bar for herself. If a conceptual …

Angelina Jolie

Four Terrific Performances Make Girls Trip a Dirty Riot

The film’s stars find uncharted laughs in familiar territory.<p>It doesn’t take an old vagrant’s penis pressed up against a window to prove that <i>Girls Trip</i> means business, but it certainly drives the point home. The new comedy from <i>The Best Man</i> director <b>Malcolm D. Lee</b>—with a script by four credited …

TV

The Problem with Hollywood’s Hottest Stock

Netflix surges, Jeffrey Katzenberg returns, Comic-Con gets chugging.<p>To the 5 freeway! The Amtrak station! The private jet fueling up at Van Nuys Airport! It’s Wednesday, and Hollywood is embarking on its annual southward pilgrimage to that temple of promotion, Comic-Con.<p>Hello from Los Angeles, …

Hollywood

The Russian Government Has a Fidget Spinner Conspiracy Theory

In Russia, the fidget spins you.<p>Right now in America, its leader is waffling on whether Russia meddled in the election—despite multiple investigative agencies agreeing that it sure did. In Russia, however, a government-sponsored news program is claiming that America is meddling in the <i>minds of its</i> …

Russia

Think You Know What Happens in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One? Think Again

Star Mark Rylance explains how the adaptation will surprise even those who have read Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel.<p><b>Steven Spielberg’s</b> much-anticipated sci-fi movie <i>Ready Player One</i>—based on <b>Ernest Cline’s</b> 2011 best-seller—recently released a first-look photo, which had fans dissecting every …

Movies

After Trumpcare’s Collapse, Republicans Face a Brutal Reality

What the G.O.P.’s failure to unwind Obamacare reveals about a party in turmoil.<p>After months of starts and stops, the unexpected defections of Senators <b>Jerry Moran</b> and <b>Mike Lee</b> this week have effectively killed the Senate G.O.P. effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. A mostly symbolic push by …

Jerry Moran