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Are human-smuggling cartels at the U.S. border earning $500 million a year?

“To be clear — human smuggling operations are lining the pockets of transnational criminals. They are not humanitarian endeavors. Smugglers prioritize profit over people. And when aliens pay them to get here, they are contributing $500…

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RNC paid nearly half a million dollars to law firm representing Hope Hicks and others in Russia probes

The latest disclosure by the Republican National Committee adds to the mounting legal fees associated with the Russia investigations.

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Justice Dept. seeks inquiry into whether political motivation tainted FBI’s probe of Trump campaign

Washington Post

In a tweet, President Trump demanded to know if law enforcement infiltrated his campaign for “political purposes.” The Justice Department responded by saying it had asked its inspector general to expand its own review, a move that…

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Trump demands Justice probe of whether FBI surveilled his campaign for ‘political purposes’

Washington Post

With his tweet, President Trump effectively ordered an investigation into the investigation of his campaign. The Justice Department responded that it had asked its inspector general to expand an existing case to try to answer the question.

Confusion and squabbling undermine Trump’s steps forward on the world stage

From North Korea nuclear negotiations to China trade talks, old habits of conflict and contradiction stymie the president’s reach for triumphs.

Sunday, May 20

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Michael Cohen payments put spotlight on investment firm linked to Russian billionaire

The head of Columbus Nova, which paid President Trump’s personal lawyer $500,000 to bring in new investors, also contributed to Trump’s inaugural committee and the Republican National Committee.

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Trump’s ZTE push could imperil $150 million for terrorism victims

Families see U.S. negotiations with Chinese telecom as a threat to an expected fine for violating U.S. sanctions.

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Trump seeks advice from South Korea on Pyongyang’s sudden harder-line shift

Washington Post

North Korea’s actions in recent days, including a threat to call off Kim Jong Un’s upcoming summit with President Trump, have alarmed the White House and created new complications for the preparations.

Mnuchin says Trump putting trade war with China 'on hold'

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said talks had produced agreement on increased Chinese purchases of American products and measures to make it easier for U.S. companies to operate in China.

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Oliver North, incoming NRA chief, blames school shootings on ‘culture of violence’

The retired Marine, best known for his role in the Iran-contra scandal in the 1980s, said many young boys have “been on Ritalin” since early childhood. “They’ve been drugged in many cases,” he said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

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It’s the 50th anniversary of the day Trump left college and (briefly) faced the draft

Trump accepted his bachelor’s degree and departed Pennsylvania for New York, and found new reasons he couldn’t go to war, and went about building his business empire unimpeded by drafts or classes for the rest of his days.

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Royal wedding sermon on ‘love’ was about more than the marriage of Harry and Meghan

The sermon delivered at Saturday’s royal wedding was about the love shared by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But Bishop Michael Curry’s message, called “The Power of Love,” following a week that included a school shooting in Santa Fe, Tex…

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The Trump administration meets 'The Sopranos' in SNL's cold open

The sketch focused on the recent first anniversary of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation.

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Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on impeachment: 'Just getting rid of Trump, what does that do?'

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"Yes, Trump has to go but that shouldn’t be the main goal.”

Saturday, May 19

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‘You can do this with anything': Santa Fe shooting suspect's choice of guns complicates debate over assault rifles

Police say Dimitrios Pagourtzis used a pistol and a shotgun, firearms that even gun-control advocates generally regard as utilitarian.

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China agrees to buy 'significantly' more from the U.S., but doesn't commit to specific amount

Washington Post

The U.S. and China announced Saturday afternoon that two days of "constructive" talks between American and Chinese officials in Washington had led to an agreement for China to buy more goods and services — including "meaningful increases…

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Has the political climate improved, marginally, for Republicans?

No one doubts Democrats will record gains in the House this November, but there’s fresh debate about what some recent statistics say about the midterm elections.

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Melania Trump released from hospital, returns to White House in 'high spirits'

The first lady spent five nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson doubles down on dismantling Obama-era fair-housing policies

Washington Post

HUD announced that it is withdrawing a computer assessment tool that provides communities with demographic data and maps to help them gauge neighborhood segregation.

What people aren’t saying about Meek Mill’s turning down Trump’s prison reform event

At Friday's White House summit on prison reform, President Trump sought to balance his law-and-order philosophy with the wishes of those who view former inmates more compassionately. “There is no substitute for personal accountability, and…

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Trump means business when he attacks the media

Washington Post

"Fake news” might be Trump's rhetorical weapon of choice, but when he really wants to show off his might, the president takes aim at business interests.

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Trump's increasingly desperate, tortured claims about the Russia probe

Trump claimed this week that the FBI may have "implanted" someone who "spied" on his campaign. It's merely the latest bogus claim.

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Paul Ryan can’t wash his hands of immigration fight yet

The House speaker finds himself fighting a two-front war on the most politically treacherous issue in GOP politics.

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Secret FBI source for Russia investigation met with three Trump advisers during campaign

Washington Post

The source is now at the center of a battle that has pitted President Trump against his own Justice Department.

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Trump will nominate the acting secretary to head Veterans Affairs

Robert Wilkie has experience in Washington, having held high-level posts in the Defense Department and worked on senators’ staffs.

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A Republican war breaks out over immigration, taking down the farm bill in the process

GOP leaders failed to quell a conservative revolt that followed a moderate rebellion, heralding a divisive debate ahead of midterms.

Fox News host Steve Hilton wanted to disrupt the party system. This week, he left his PAC.

Hilton announced that he was leaving Crowdpac, which he founded in 2014, after his talks on Trumpism on his Fox show affected the PAC.