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Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Will Cooperate

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The plea deal could be a sign that Mr. Gates plans to share incriminating information against Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, or other members of the campaign.

The Charges in the Mueller Investigation

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Since Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as special counsel, he has issued more than 100 criminal counts against 19 people and three companies.

Indicted Missouri Governor Resists Pressure to Resign

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Gov. Eric Greitens faces an invasion of privacy charge and calls from fellow Republicans to quit. Lawmakers said they could take steps toward impeachment.

Still Glad You Voted Trump? At CPAC, Conservatives Had an Answer

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Conservatives try to look past President Trump’s flaws and see only his policies.

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Hard-Line Supporter of Israel Offers to Pay for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

The State Department is reviewing whether the offer by Sheldon Adelson to donate up to an estimated $500 million is legal.

White House Told Kushner’s Security Clearance Will Be Delayed

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The White House was not told what the issues were involving Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

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As Economy Grows, Federal Reserve Frets Next Downturn

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The Fed’s biannual policy report to Congress made little mention of the stock market’s fluctuations, but it affirmed plans to raise interest rates.

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Trump Threatens ‘Phase 2’ if North Korea Sanctions Fail

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President Trump suggested that should sanctions not work, the resulting U.S. actions might be “very unfortunate for the world.”

An Australian Model on Guns? Trump and Turnbull Reject Comparisons

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A Florida shooting survivor implored President Trump to emulate Australia’s gun crackdown. But when Australia’s prime minister visited the White House, the two said the nations are too different.

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Top Chinese Official Plans U.S. Trip to Address Trade Friction

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President Xi Jinping of China is sending Liu He, his top economic policy maker and a recent addition to the Politburo, to Washington on Tuesday.

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Trump Blames Video Games for Mass Killings. Researchers Do Not.

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“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” the president said on Thursday.

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Fact Check: Trump Says ‘No President Has Ever Cut So Many Regulations.’ Not Quite.

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Mr. Trump claims to have cut 22 federal regulations for every one that is newly created — more, he says, than any other president. Neither boast is true.

Trump on His Hair: ‘I Try Like Hell to Hide That Bald Spot, Folks’

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It’s not always easy to hide thinning hair, especially when your hair is as famous as the president’s.

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Trump Announces Harsh New Sanctions Against North Korea

The action was a clear signal, near the end of an Olympic Games marked by a rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula, that his pressure campaign would not let up.

Trump Condemns Florida Officer Who Didn’t Act; Sticks by Plan to Arm Teachers

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“When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage, or something happened, but he certainly did a poor job,” President Trump said of the officer in Parkland.

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Ivanka Trump, in South Korea, Calls for Pressure on the North

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The president’s daughter dined with South Korea’s leader and will attend the Olympics’ closing ceremony, where a North Korean delegation will also be present.

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Fact Check: Major Shootings Led to Tougher Gun Laws, but to What End?

Major legislation is often spurred by tragedy. Experts are uncertain about the extent that gun control laws have improved safety and curbed violence.

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Another Shooting, Another Gun Debate. Will the Outcome Be the Same?

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Last week’s school massacre in Florida set the well-worn machinery of America’s gun debate in motion. But angry students injected new passion into a stale fight.

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Mueller Files New Fraud Charges Against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates

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The charges do not involve President Trump or his campaign, but they compound the legal problems for Mr. Manafort, his former campaign chairman.

Trump Suggests Teachers Get a ‘Bit of a Bonus’ to Carry Guns

President Trump promoted arming specially trained teachers to fend off school shooters, but rejected active-shooter drills to survive a rampage.

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Justice Dept. to Prioritize Prosecutions for Lying in Gun Background Checks

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The guidance, expected to be announced in the coming days, allows the Trump administration to take action on guns without issuing rules that might inflame gun rights supporters.

What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump’s Empathy?

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Consoler in chief has been a role that President Trump has been slow and somewhat reluctant to embrace — especially in contrast to his predecessor.

Right and Left React to the Deepening Divide Over Gun Control

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Writers from across the political spectrum on the divisive debate on gun restrictions in the wake of the mass shooting in Florida last week.

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As Conservatives Gather, Anger at the News Media Runs Deep

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The first panel of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference took aim at the press, and the attacks did not let up from there.

Former Trump Aide Calls Paris Climate Accord ‘a Good Republican Agreement’

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In an interview, George David Banks, who stepped down recently, said he also believed Mr. Trump might still be willing to remain in the global climate pact.

Billy Graham to Lie in Honor at the U.S. Capitol

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Mr. Graham, the evangelist and presidential pastor who died this week, will become the fourth private citizen to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

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A Supreme Court Showdown Could Shrink Unions’ Power

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Workers in a small Illinois town are worried that a Supreme Court decision curbing union power would hurt their community.

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With Florida Shooting Survivors, N.R.A. Spokeswoman Holds Back. With Conservatives, It’s a Different Story.

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The spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference a day after addressing those affected by the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Comedian Going to White House Correspondents’ Dinner. What About Trump?

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Michelle Wolf, a stand-up comic and contributor to “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” takes on one of the most prominent — and perilous — gigs in comedy.

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Margaret Brennan Named Host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS

Ms. Brennan, who succeeds John Dickerson, becomes the only female journalist currently serving as the solo anchor of a major Sunday political show.

N.R.A. Chief, Wayne LaPierre, Offers Fierce Defense of 2nd Amendment

Mr. LaPierre leveled a searing indictment against liberal Democrats, the news media and political opportunists he said were joined together in a socialist plot to “eradicate all individual freedoms.”

How the N.R.A. Keeps Federal Gun Regulators in Check

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The A.T.F.’s weakened political position is partly because the N.R.A. has long used its sway to hobble the agency as well as because of a dearth of leadership and resources.

U.S. Says Troops Can Stay in Syria Without New Authorization

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Even after ISIS is substantially defeated, the Trump administration will allow troops remain in Syria indefinitely without new congressional authorization.

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On Washington: Two Polarizing Issues, Gun Control and Immigration, Have Thwarted Compromise

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Despite strong public support and bipartisan congressional backing for action, deep political divisions on the two issues yielded no deal.