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Trump Signals Consequences for Michael Cohen Over Secret Recording

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With a tweet, President Trump signaled open warfare on his longtime fixer, who has publicly discussed the idea of cooperating with the Justice Department.

Tabloid Company, Aiding Trump Campaign, May Have Crossed Line Into Politics

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Prosecutors believe that American Media Inc. acted more as a political supporter than as a news organization as it helped Michael D. Cohen prevent embarrassing coverage of Donald J. Trump.

Ex-‘Manhattan Madam,’ Kristin Davis, Expects Subpoena From Mueller

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In an interview, Ms. Davis, a former fixture of New York tabloids, said she did not know why the special counsel’s office was interested in her.

Around the World, Readers React to Shifting U.S. Alliances

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Times commenters from American-allied countries expressed deep unease about each stop of President Trump’s European tour.

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Lessons From a Failed Nomination, for Both Brett Kavanaugh and the Senate

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Senators expect the embarrassing collapse of one judicial nomination to influence others to come.

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There Is a Revolution on the Left. Democrats Are Bracing.

After victories by progressive candidates in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Maryland, young liberals are trying to remake the party into a ferocious opposition force.

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Trump and Putin’s Meeting, the Aftermath and More Political Stories This Week

The meeting incited conflicting statements, outcry and new developments in the relationship between Washington and Moscow. Here’s a look at the meeting, what happened afterward — and some links to other political articles if you want to…

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Yes, She Is in Kansas: Ocasio-Cortez Makes Her National Campaign Debut

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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who has quickly become the face of a left-wing populist wave, visited Kansas with Senator Bernie Sanders to campaign for progressive candidates.

Got $250? You Can Go to Sean Spicer’s Book Party

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The former White House press secretary, looking for a second act, is on a book tour for “The Briefing,’’ a memoir of his six embattled months at the lectern.

Trump Doubles Down on Russia. The Spies Shake Their Heads in Disbelief.

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The policy gap on Russia between the president and his administration’s intelligence and national security agencies appears to be growing wider.

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With All Eyes on Joe Manchin, He Is All Ears at a Supreme Court Round Table

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A discussion in his home state underscored the difficult decision the West Virginia senator and other red-state Democrats must make.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle, Co-Host of ‘The Five,’ Is Leaving Fox News

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Ms. Guilfoyle, who recently revealed that she is dating Donald Trump Jr., had been at the network for 12 years.

Trump Endorsement in Georgia Race Surprised, and Frustrated, Some Republicans

The president’s out-of-the-blue tweet in support of Brian Kemp was the latest example of him intervening in races with no warning to the party infrastructure.

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Trying to Flip the House, ZIP Code by ZIP Code

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Swing Left, a Democratic political action committee founded after the 2016 election by three relative novices, resembles a Silicon Valley start-up more than a traditional political organization.

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Insider Attack in Afghanistan Exposes Risks for Advisers at Center of Trump Strategy

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Officials are investigating whether an Army training brigade that is a top Pentagon priority had enough security personnel to protect it from partnered Afghan forces.

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A Cheat Sheet to Catch Up on the Supreme Court Nomination

Scheduling fights in the Senate. Student evaluations. Here’s a distilled version of what has happened since President Trump introduced his court nominee to the world.

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Republicans Bow to White House on Chinese Telecom Firm ZTE

A pending bill no longer contains the toughest restrictions on a Chinese telecom firm, after the Trump administration persuaded congressional leaders to soften their penalties.

More Than 100 Former Ohio State Students Allege Sexual Misconduct by Doctor

Ohio State University announced Friday that more than 100 of its former students have come forward to accuse a former team doctor of sexual misconduct.

Britain Wants to Keep Trump. The Baby Version, That Is.

The British Museum and the Museum of London are in discussions to own the balloon, but the people behind it want it to tour worldwide.

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Michael Cohen Secretly Recorded Trump Discussing Payment to Former Playboy Model

The F.B.I. seized the recording in a raid. Its existence recording highlights the potential legal and political danger that Mr. Cohen represents to the president.

Friday, Jul 20

Bill Shine, Trump’s Top Communicator, Was Questioned by Federal Prosecutors

The president’s new aide brought baggage as well as long experience at Fox News to the White House. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Trump to Invite Putin to Washington, Blindsiding His Intelligence Chief

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The announcement came as uncertainty spread throughout the government about what the president had agreed to.

‘Say That Again?’: Prospect of Putin White House Visit Surprises Intelligence Chief

Dan Coats, the intelligence chief, also said he was not fully aware of what President Trump and the Russian president had discussed one on one, a remarkable admission.

White House Memo: Trump Tries a Familiar Tactic: Providing a New Story Line

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The president seems set on testing the limits of his ability to move past a controversy without consequences.

Thursday, Jul 19

Republicans Block Anti-Putin Resolutions Before Senate Approves One Rebuke

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Congressional Republicans shot down a series of measures brought by Democrats — and some Republicans — to admonish President Trump over his summit meeting with Vladimir V. Putin.

Trump Says He Laid Down the Law in His Latest Account of His Meeting With Putin

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But that statement was at odds with how the president had earlier has characterized the meeting and contradicted an answer he appeared to give earlier in the day.

Wednesday, Jul 18

Maria Butina, Suspected Secret Agent, Used Sex in Covert Plan, Prosecutors Say

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Ms. Butina was arrested over the weekend in Washington and was in contact with Russian intelligence, prosecutors said.

News Analysis: For Republicans, ‘The Dam Has Broken.’ But for How Long?

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Never in the modern era has a president engendered such a wave of discussion about whether his real loyalty was to a foreign power over his own country.

Republicans Scramble to Contain Trump’s Damage, but Path Is Unclear

As Democratic leaders in Congress pressed for tangible actions to punish President Trump, Republicans weighed a variety of proposals to respond to his remarks in Helsinki.

Tuesday, Jul 17

Republicans Rebuke Trump for Siding With Putin as Democrats Demand Action

No Republican in Congress, however, pledged any particular action to punish President Trump, such as holding up his nominees, nor did any promise hearings or increased oversight.

Putin Says Democrats Are to Blame for ‘Manipulations’ of Their Party

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In a Fox News interview, the Russian president said the hacked Democratic emails showed the truth — that the party leadership favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

news analysis: Trump Sheds All Notions of How a President Should Conduct Himself Abroad

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Rather than defend America against those would threaten it, he attacked his own citizens and institutions while hailing the leader of a hostile power.

Fact Check of the Day: 8 Suspect Claims From the Trump-Putin News Conference

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President Trump contradicted U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and President Vladimir V. Putin said he didn’t know that Mr. Trump was in Russia in 2013.

Monday, Jul 16

$88 Million and Counting: Trump Amasses Huge Head Start for 2020 Campaign

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The president’s re-election haul reflects a brisk fund-raising effort. Most of his predecessors, by contrast, did not kick off their campaigns until after the midterms.

Tracing Guccifer 2.0’s Many Tentacles in the 2016 Election

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The indictment of 12 Russian operatives provides never-before-seen detail about the central role of the online avatar Guccifer 2.0 in the dissemination of stolen Democratic documents.

Feinstein Has Advantages in California Race. De León Now Has Party Leaders.

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Though Senator Dianne Feinstein trounced Kevin de León in a primary, they will still face off in November, after party leaders endorsed Mr. de León, reflecting the power of liberal activists.