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Trump Blames Bad Relations With Russia on Everything but Russia

In Helsinki, the president preferred to pin the problem on “many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity.”

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Analysis: Corruption in the Trump Administration Is Spreading

While petty scandals like Scott Pruitt’s grab attention, there are more egregious and profitable conflicts of interest elsewhere in Washington.

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Analysis: The Invisible Melania Trump

The first lady’s behavior isn’t what people today are used to.

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No One Knows If a President Can Be Indicted

Scholars disagree on existing precedents—and the question won’t be settled until evidence leads a prosecutor to try it.

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Republican Leaders Confront an Immigration Revolt on Two Sides

As House moderates near success in forcing votes on DACA, Speaker Paul Ryan is facing another uprising from the conservatives who tanked the farm bill on Friday.

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Apollo 8 Helped America Survive 1968—a Year Remarkably Similar to 2018

In a country so polarized about so much, no one seemed to disagree: Apollo 8 had done something important and profound.

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Why Do Trump’s Defenders Assume He’s Guilty?

With friends like these, the president should probably reconsider his messaging strategy.

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The Tenacity of Trump

The president lies prodigiously, but when it comes to campaign promises on immigration, trade, and other issues, he’s working hard to keep them.

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A Return To Earmarks Could Grease The Wheels In Congress

Pork-barrel spending – that often reviled custom otherwise known as 'earmarks' – may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Banned since 2011, they may be making a comeback.

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How Did Rex Tillerson Manage to Keep His Job?

His survival is a testament not only to his ability to ignore the machinations that dominate Washington, but also to the president’s penchant for political drama.

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Will the Last Person to Leave the West Wing Please Turn Out the Lights?

As the administration faces a spate of departures from its top ranks, filling their posts will be a major challenge.

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Trump Thought the Rules Didn’t Apply—and Now He’s Paying the Price

The Trump administration decided early on that many guidelines were either antiquated or punitive, and is belatedly discovering that they were there for its own protection.

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It's Getting Harder to Prosecute Politicians For Corruption

A legal scholar looks at the new and narrowed definition of bribery by the US Supreme Court. In the future, will politicians doing favors for donors and friends ever be prosecuted for corruption?

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Mueller’s Indictment Puts Details Behind Claims of Russian Interference

Thirteen Russian nationals connected to the shadowy Internet Research Agency were indicted by the special counsel on Friday.

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What Trump-Era Democrats Can Learn From LBJ

Lyndon B. Johnson was an effective policymaker but failed to protect his legacy—much in the same way Obama’s is being toppled today.

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The Surprise in the Nunes Memo

The controversial document raises some interesting questions—but also undermines the political argument it was intended to buttress.

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There's No Way Mueller Will Indict Trump

Those hoping the special counsel will prosecute the president are engaging in fantasy.

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A New Group Wants to Elect More Veterans—From Both Parties

The organization, With Honor, believes veterans are the key to making Congress work across partisan lines.

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Book: Americans Are No More Polarized Than Pre-Reagan

"Polarization is the grouping of opinion around two extremes. No matter how we measure public opinion, this has not happened."