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Trump Grappling With Risks of Proceeding With North Korea Meeting

President Trump was surprised and angered by a statement issued by the North’s chief nuclear negotiator, who declared that the country would not swap its nuclear weapons capability for economic aid.

Mueller Hopes to Wrap Up Obstruction Inquiry Into Trump by Sept. 1, Giuliani Says

The New York Times

Mr. Giuliani sought to make the case that a longer timeline for that aspect of the Russia investigation would hurt Republicans in the midterm elections.

Anti-Gun Backlash From School Shooting? Probably Not in Texas

Activism after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., led to the most successful push for gun control in decades in the state. Few expect the same in Texas.


U.S. Suspends Tariffs on China, Stoking Fears of a Loss of Leverage

A temporary cease-fire has calmed fears of a trade war, but the Trump administration now faces criticism it is backing down from striking a tough deal.

Sunday, May 20


Trump Demands Inquiry Into Whether Justice Dept. ‘Infiltrated or Surveilled’ His Campaign

Legal experts said President Trump’s promise of intervention had little precedent, and could force a clash between the sitting president and his Justice Department.


Out of Prison, Back to Congress? Michael Grimm Is Trying on Staten Island

After pleading guilty to tax fraud, Mr. Grimm gave up his seat in 2014. Now he’s running to reclaim his Staten Island House seat.


Young People Keep Marching After Parkland, This Time to Register to Vote

Younger voters typically do not cast ballots in midterm elections. But after the Parkland, Fla., shooting, registration among younger voters is accelerating.


John Lewis and Other Black Leaders Spurn Black Challenger in Boston


Ayanna Pressley is trying to become the first nonwhite member of the House from Massachusetts, but Mr. Lewis and others have endorsed her white opponent.


U.S. and China Tout Trade Talks as Success, but Leave the Details for Later

The New York Times

The two countries said they had reached an agreement to increase American exports, but the White House noted that specifics would be agreed upon at a later date.

Saturday, May 19


Black, Female and Running for Governor: Can She Win in the South?


Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia, is trying to win a statewide election in the Deep South without relying on conservative-leaning white voters.


Israel and Evangelicals: New U.S. Embassy Signals a Growing Alliance

The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem marks the increasing importance of conservative Christians to Israel, at the risk of upsetting American Jews.


Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

The New York Times

The Trump Tower meeting and follow-ups are the first indication that countries beyond Russia may have offered help to the Trump campaign.


Melania Trump Returns to White House in ‘High Spirits’ After Kidney Procedure

The White House has not explained what led the first lady to seek treatment or whether its reference to her “benign kidney condition” meant she had a tumor.


Requiring Prices in Drug Ads: Would It Do Any Good? Is It Even Legal?


A proposal that the administration presents as a matter of transparency has raised a torrent of questions from consumers, doctors, drugmakers and advertising professionals.


These 7 Women Could Help Democrats Win Congress. (And Here’s How the Republicans Plan to Stop Them.)

Pennsylvania has had an all-male congressional delegation since 2015. After victories by several women this week, that may change in November.


How New Abortion Restrictions Would Affect Women’s Health Care

The Trump administration’s proposal to bar certain federal funds from abortion providers has raised complicated questions about reproductive health care.

F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims

The informant made contact in the summer of 2016 with Trump campaign advisers who were already under scrutiny for ties to Russia.

Lawyers for Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels Sling More (Legal) Mud

On Friday, the fighting centered on the question of whether Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, could formally enter the case.


Trump Laments Latest School Shooting and Vows Action — Again

President Trump had called for gun control measures after the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., but did not press for action, and Congress has not followed through.

White House Keeps Details of Melania Trump’s Health Under Wraps

Four days into Mrs. Trump’s unusually long recovery period after a kidney procedure, virtually all that has been said is that the first lady is “doing great.”

Friday, May 18


Trump’s New Health and Human Services Secretary Is a Joyful Regulator

In an administration with a deregulatory bent, Alex Azar relishes his policymaking powers.

Boosting U.S. Exports to China by $200 Billion Is a Tricky Task

President Trump is trying to broker a deal to bring down the national trade deficit with China. Experts doubt his goal is achievable.


Fact Check of the Day: The Context Behind Trump’s ‘Animals’ Comment

President Trump said his description of some immigrants as ‘animals’ referred to MS-13 members. But his remarks came during a discussion on how to prosecute immigrants in sanctuary cities, which don’t protect gang members who committed…


Director of Bureau of Prisons Steps Down

It was not immediately clear why Mark Inch resigned from the agency, which has been the subject of congressional scrutiny over allegations of staffing shortages and sexual harassment.

China Pledges $200 Billion in U.S. Purchases by Overhauling Trade Rules

Chinese negotiators pledged to reduce tariffs and nontariff barriers on American goods, a move that could result in an additional $200 billion of purchases by 2020.


Trump Says He Will Nominate Acting Secretary to Lead V.A.

President Trump’s previous choice to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ronny L. Jackson, withdrew his name from consideration last month.


Now Even Japan Is Pushing Back Against Trump’s Tariffs

Japan is considering filing a complaint with the W.T.O. against the United States for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a sign it could be readying for a trade war.


Gunman at Trump Doral Golf Club in Florida Is Shot by the Police

An armed man ranting against President Trump opened fire on officers early Friday in South Florida before he was wounded and apprehended, the police said.

Trump Pushes Possibility of Campaign Informant as ‘Really Bad Stuff’

The New York Times

By raising the prospect of a spy in his 2016 campaign, the president weighed into a simmering battle between federal law enforcement officials and his allies on Capitol Hill.


U.S. and South Korea to Discuss North’s ‘Bright Future’

Moon Jae-in, the South Korean leader, is to meet President Trump at the White House next week to discuss possible incentives for Pyongyang to denuclearize.