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The rise and fall of Eric Greitens, the GOP star whose career is crumbling amid scandal

The former Democrat was praised at one point by The National Review. Now he is the subject of a felony indictment.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III files new charges against Manafort and Gates

The additional charges increase the legal pressure on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, as they prepare for a trial later this year.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from affair

Indictment alleges Republican took a nude photo of a woman and used it to blackmail her. He says it's politically motivated and he's innocent.

Trump casually threatens to pull ICE officers out of California to teach the state a lesson

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President Trump said Thursday that he has become so frustrated with California's “lousy management job” in cracking down on illegal immigration that he's thinking about removing federal immigration officials from the state. “If we ever…

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Haley says Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan is nearly finished

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The U.N. ambassador said both Israel and the Palestinians would have something to like in the forthcoming proposal. She added that U.S. negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt “are still going back and forth.”

‘Harden our schools’: Trump makes arming teachers a top safety goal after Florida school massacre

President Trump aligned ­himself with gun rights advocates, arguing that allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons would “solve the problem instantly.” Meanwhile, a ban on semiautomatic rifles such as the AR-15 used by the Florida…

Inside Trump’s shifting stance on gun rights

Eager to be seen as leading the debate, President Trump floated ideas that were inspired by the emotion conveyed by the Florida shooting survivors on cable news, aides said, as much as by considered policy discussions.

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Hoyer ventures into Rust Belt, honing Democratic economic message

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The Md. congressman took his listening tour to stops in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.

Illinois governor toasts diversity — with chocolate milk

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The governor drank chocolate milk to demonstrate the importance of diversity. The demonstration was the idea of Tyronne Stoudemire, Hyatt Hotels’ vice president of global diversity, who is black.

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Glenn Beck's dim view of CPAC: 'Perhaps next year they will book Richard Spencer'

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The conservative media icon says the annual conference has devolved into “dangerous populism and nationalism” during Trump's presidency.

Florida governor, who holds A+ rating from NRA, could face a reckoning on guns

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Ahead of a possible Senate bid, Rick Scott has refused to budge from his opposition to new limits on firearms, an approach that contrasts with some fellow Republicans who seem open to new gun limits.

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The Fix: Trump brings the gun-control conversation back to himself and ‘fake news’

The role of consoler-in-chief does not come naturally to President Trump, but he made an effort Wednesday afternoon. He appeared misty-eyed, at times, during a meeting at the White House with survivors of last week's shooting at a Florida…

The NRA goes to DEFCON 1 with its new talking points

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I recognize that this piece will be misconstrued as so much pearl-clutching by the media. I will also say at the top that there are legitimate questions about how the media should cover mass shootings, especially whether making the killers…

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‘ATTACKS WOULD END!’: Trump doubles down on arming some teachers, defends NRA

The strategy of arming teachers has many critics, including some law enforcement officers and the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers lobby.

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Rubio’s intense exchange with father of a Fla. shooting victim, annotated

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) faced tough questioning at a CNN town hall on gun violence, and no exchange was tougher than his first one. Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High…

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The Daily 202: Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect tears

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The ‘I-hear-you’ president is working harder than before to show that he feels people’s pain after the Florida massacre.

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The economics of arming America’s schools

We estimate the tab for proposals to arm one out of every five teachers and hiring “six to eight” guards to patrol every school.

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Rubio faces critics, warms to new firearm restrictions in town hall

The normally risk-averse Florida senator shifts toward embracing more gun control measures in a move that could mark an inflection point for the GOP.

Thursday, Feb 22

‘Fix it’: Students and parents tell Trump to address gun violence

President Trump listened at the White House as a variety of suggestions were offered to try to prevent another mass shooting, such as bolstering school security and raising the age requirement to buy an assault rifle.

The Fix: This photo of Trump’s notes shows his empathy deficit

After what appears to be four questions the president planned to ask those assembled, No. 5 is an apparent reminder to tell those present that he was actually listening to them.

Wednesday, Feb 21

The huge questions about Melania Trump's immigration history nobody will answer

Her parents very likely benefited from something President Trump wants to eliminate. And there are lingering questions about her own past status.

Melania Trump’s parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions about whether they relied on ‘chain migration’

Immigration experts said Viktor and Amalija Knavs very likely relied on family sponsorship to obtain their green cards, a process Trump has derided.

A lawmaker’s aide called school-shooting survivors crisis actors. Within hours, he was fired.

Benjamin Kelly, a Republican Florida aide, had said David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez “are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.”

Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

President Trump’s frequent self-comparisons to his predecessor come in nearly every realm, and range from the substantive to the superficial. He often exaggerates the truth, brushes over nuance, and engineers his own reality.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Sarah Sanders offered a very bad defense of Trump's response to Russia

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And a worse one on Trump's tweet blaming the Russia investigation for the recent mass shooting.

Romney faces a complicated path as he begins his run for Senate seat

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What motivates him, at age 70 and with two dozen grandchildren, to decide to submit himself to the rigors and occasional tedium of a statewide campaign in Utah?

Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings

A Washington Post-ABC News poll, conducted after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, illustrates the differing opinions over how to respond to gun violence and highlights the intense frustration with inaction in Congress.

Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat from Utah

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President Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney’s bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, writing on Twitter that he would be a “worthy successor” to retiring Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah). The endorsement is…

Monday, Feb 19

Pennsylvania court draws ‘much more competitive’ map to overturn GOP gerrymander

Elections experts say the state Supreme Court's new map is “fairer” and “more compact" than the lopsided one used in the past three congressional elections, which heavily tilted electoral power toward Republicans and became the butt of…

For the White House, tragedy drew eyes away from scandals

While the White House mourned the loss of life in Florida, some aides privately acknowledged that the shooting offered a breather from a political storm battering the West Wing. “For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” an…

Trump lashes out at Oprah on Twitter, calling her 'insecure'

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President Trump blasted the former talk show host — and a potential 2020 rival? — for a “60 Minutes” interview where Winfrey asked voters how they feel about Trump's comments and policies.

Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

The president attacked the FBI and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, blamed Russian interference on Democrats and claimed special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation has exonerated him.

Sunday, Feb 18

Trump tweets another anti-CNN cartoon — this one by the same artist who drew Clinton in blackface

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Despite past criticism, the president still seems unconcerned about the origins of what he posts on Twitter.

Fact Checker: A guide to Trump’s error-filled tweetstorm about the Russia investigation

In a tweetstorm that started late Saturday and continued into Sunday morning, President Trump railed against the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here’s a quick guide to his many misstatements and misleading claims…

Under fire for travel expenses, EPA’s Pruitt cancels trip to Israel

The Environmental Protection Agency chief, who had been scheduled to leave this weekend for an extensive tour of the Mideast ally, has faced criticism over the past week for the cost of his domestic and international travel.

Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election in a nine-hour tweetstorm

President Trump questioned the intensifying special counsel's investigation of his campaign and administration while attacking his own national security adviser, the FBI, Hillary Clinton and others in a remarkable nine-hour span of tweets…