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Thursday, May 24

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Trump yet again seeks out the friendly confines of Fox News to answer questions

One news conference as president — but two dozen Fox News interviews.

Trump’s pardon of Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But caring about racial injustice in 2018 would be more meaningful.

President Trump's posthumous pardon of boxing legend Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But it would probably be far more meaningful to many Americans if the president was more sympathetic to the concerns of black athletes about racial…

Senate passes bill to change how Congress deals with sexual harassment claims

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The bill passed by voice vote, meaning no senators objected.

Congress looks like it's about to finally do something about its sexual harassment problem

After months of delay, the Senate passed a bill overhauling rules lawmakers say have led to rampant sexual assault in Congress.

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Boxer Jack Johnson is posthumously pardoned by President Trump

President Trump granted a posthumous pardon Thursday to boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was jailed in 1913 for violating a Jim Crow-era law that made it illegal to transport a white woman across state lines…

The pardon of Jack Johnson should be a reminder that opposition to interracial marriage is still with us

In 2013, 13 percent of whites said they opposed interracial marriages.

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An unpredictable president changes the North Korea script

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President Trump dismisses traditional negotiating tactics, but his approach has its own problems.

As well-funded Democrats seize 'progressive' label in gubernatorial races, progressive group endorses insurgent challengers

Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorses candidates for governor in states where many Democrats are running left.

Who’s behind those political ads on Facebook? Now, you can find out.

Facebook and Twitter forged ahead Thursday with new efforts to disclose more information about the political advertisements that appear on their sites, part of a broad campaign to help users better understand why they see the content they…

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The Fix: Trump’s weirdly wistful breakup with Kim Jong Un

If you didn't know better, you'd think President Trump and Kim Jong Un just broke up. “I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters,” Trump wrote in his letter…

The group least likely to think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees? Evangelicals.

Only a quarter of white evangelical Protestants think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees.

House easily passes its version of annual defense bill

The $717 billion measure will have to be squared with the Senate’s forthcoming parallel measure before it can be sent to the president’s desk.

GOP immigration rebels push forward after Trump promises to veto any bill without wall funding

House Republican leaders are aiming to avoid a messy floor showdown over immigration — an issue that has badly split their party for years.

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What Paul Ryan gets wrong about identity politics

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says “moral relativism” is creating identity politics, but the truth is more likely the reverse. The lawmaker, who is retiring from Congress after this term, spoke Thursday at the National Catholic Prayer…

Senate Democratic campaign chairman welcomes help from Clintons in the midterms

"We welcome those individuals and everybody who wants to help," said Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

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Trump’s North Korea rhetoric was always bold predictions tempered with ‘but you never know’

The president telegraphed how much he wanted the meeting, deliberately inflating the best-case scenario. But, as he advised in “The Art of the Deal,” he gave himself an out.

Abortion rights group launches $5 million campaign to flip the House

"This is the moment NARAL was made for,” said the group's president, Ilyse Hogue. “We’re seeing and feeling a deep anxiety that is ginning up enthusiasm to take back the House as a buttress against Trump's draconian agenda.”

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Trump’s letter to Kim, annotated

The summit’s cancellation followed days of wavering by both countries. Then North Korea issued a statement saying the United States should “meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown.”

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President: U.S. is ‘ready if necessary’ to respond if provoked by Kim regime

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President Trump said he based his decision on “open hostility” from North Korea, which had also threatened to walk away from the June 12 summit. South Korea’s government seemed blindsided. “It is difficult to deal with these sensitive and…

‘A terrible and corrupt leader’: Trump lashes out against Comey after he accuses the president of lying about ‘spygate’

In a tweet and television interview, Trump said the fired FBI director was ‘a rotten apple’ who damaged his agency.

Trump wins a battle in the culture war as NFL owners cave on national anthem protests

The league’s new policy represents some of the richest men in the country caving to political pressure placed upon them by the president.

The Energy 202: Democrats ding Trump on gas prices, just as Trump once did to Obama

The gas station press conference took place on Capitol Hill.

Steve Bannon says Martin Luther King Jr. would be ‘proud’ of Donald Trump. King’s daughter says otherwise.

The Rev. Bernice King, an activist and the daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., has accused former White House aide Stephen K. Bannon of "co-opting" her father's legacy to support his nationalist politics. "#SteveBannon…

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The Cybersecurity 202: The FBI is trying to thwart a massive Russia-linked hacking campaign

The DOJ attributed the malware to the group known as Sofacy, also known as Fancy Bear.

President Trump says NFL players who protest shouldn’t be in the game — and maybe not even in the country

President Trump praised the NFL's decision to implement a policy forbidding players from protesting racism and police brutality during the national anthem, going so far as to say that those who violate it should not be able to play. “I…

The Health 202: Democrats are no longer cheering Obamacare plans

Republicans are the ones who own its problems, they say.

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‘A real wall’ must be part of any immigration bill in the House, Trump says

The president says lawmakers should include his signature campaign promise if they want his signature.

Trump promised to drain the swamp. Michael Cohen shows the swamp is just fine.

The BBC reported Wednesday that President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was paid at least $400,000 to arrange talks between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last year. The allegation, which Cohen denies,…