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News Analysis: Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’

But the strategy has driven a wedge inside Mr. Trump’s political and legal teams. Some of Mr. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the president is better off not undermining Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director who served presidents of both parties and enjoys broad bipartisan respect in Washington. If the president has done nothing wrong, they argue, then allowing Mr. Mueller to come to that conclusion on his own would be the best way of finally dispensing with the suspicions of collusion with Russia during last year’s election. An exoneration…

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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

Other prosecutors working for Mr. Starr developed a draft indictment of Mr. Clinton, which The Times has also requested be made public. The National Archives has not processed that file to determine whether it is exempt from disclosure under grand-jury secrecy rules. Document Can presidents be indicted while they remain in office? Conventional wisdom says no, but a newfound Office of Independent Counsel legal memo says yes. OPEN Document In 1974, the Watergate special counsel, Leon Jaworski, had also received a memo from his staff saying he could indict the…

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Trump blasts Clintons, NY Times, ‘fake news’ in lengthy Twitter rant

President Trump went on a wide-ranging Twitter rant Saturday morning, bashing Hillary Clinton, “fake news,” The New York Times and other favorite targets. Trump tweeted at least eight times within a one-hour period, focusing first on a Washington Post story, based on unnamed sources, that alleged Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked to a Russian ambassador during the 2016 White House campaign about policy issues and other matters. “A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions. These illegal leaks, like Comey’s, must stop!” Trump…

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Trump decries “fake news” on pardons while slamming leaks

President Trump appeared to suggest he was not considering exploring presidential pardons of his associates and aides in the ongoing Russia investigation in a Saturday morning tweet, and instead pivoted to the issue of alleged leaks emanating from the administration.  “While all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS,” Mr. Trump said in a tweet.  While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that…

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USS Gerald R. Ford: Inside the world’s most advanced aircraft carrier

The U.S. Navy’s new aircraft carrier is the most advanced in the world, carrying more aircraft and weapons than ever before. The USS Gerald R. Ford is $13 billion futuristic ship complete with a gigantic flight deck and a new electromagnetic system to launch aircraft. The state-of-the-art tech and operational systems mean aircraft will be able to take off faster to get to the fight quicker. At 1,100 feet, the new Ford carrier is about the size of three football fields.  Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Gerald R. Ford…

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Stakes for Exxon in Sanctions Case Go Far Beyond a $2 Million Fine

Treasury and Exxon have been sparring for years over the company’s ability to do business with Russia. The Trump administration has recently been trying to show its mettle with a flurry of sanctions announcements amid concerns that Mr. Trump may soften those already enacted. At the same time, a Republican-controlled Congress is threatening to increase Russia sanctions, which could cost the energy industry billions of dollars. The core of the dispute is whether Exxon violated sanctions by signing eight contracts with Rosneft, the Russian state oil company, in May 2014….

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Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump report more previously undisclosed assets

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to President Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner initially “inadvertently omitted” more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday.  The previously unreported assets were added to updated financial disclosure reports certified by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics…

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“Sad reading” for Charlie Gard’s latest test results: hospital

Undated photo of Charlie Gard provided by his family, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London. Family of Charlie Gard via AP LONDON — The British parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard have been told by a hospital lawyer that the results of their son’s latest brain scans make for “sad reading.”  Great Ormond Street Hospital lawyer Katie Gollop broke the bad news to Charlie’s parents at a pre-court hearing Friday in London. Charlie’s father, Chris Gard, yelled “Evil!” at Gollop as his mother, Connie Yates, began to cry….

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