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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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Trump Says He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon

“A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions,” Mr. Trump wrote. “These illegal leaks, like Comey’s, must stop!” The president was equating the report in The Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to a decision by James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired, to leak contents of a memo he wrote describing a conversation he had with Mr. Trump. Mr. Comey has said the memo was unclassified and therefore not illegal to disclose. The tweet about The…

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An Over-the-Top New Yorker Will Run Trump’s Communications Shop

The pair represent the competing power centers still vying inside Mr. Trump’s West Wing: Ms. Sanders, the Southern-drawling, workmanlike political operative installed by Mr. Priebus; and Mr. Scaramucci, the gregarious New York hedge fund manager who has grown close with the Trump family and is new to politics. Known throughout Manhattan as “the Mooch,” Mr. Scaramucci, 53, grew up a scrappy son of blue-collar Long Island, attended Harvard Law School and became a wealthy hedge fund manager and Wall Street fund-raiser. Along the way, he cultivated political and business relationships,…

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Ralph Regula, Long-Serving Ohio Congressman, Dies at 92

Photo Representative Ralph Regula in 2001. He helped create a national park, and led the effort to keep the name of the nation’s tallest mountain. Credit Kamenko Pajic/Associated Press Ralph Regula, an 18-term Republican congressman from Ohio who was a key player in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and waged a long battle to keep the name of North America’s tallest peak from being changed from Mount McKinley, died on Wednesday in Bethlehem Township, Ohio. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son Richard. Mr. Regula represented…

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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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For Westchester, 11th Time Is Charm in Fight Over Fair Housing

The apparent resolution of the dispute was heralded by officials in Westchester, which had been forced under the settlement to spend tens of millions of dollars on affordable housing, and millions more in its subsequent push to fully comply. The settlement was the result of a lawsuit brought by the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York after the county had falsely certified paperwork in a federal grant application to gain millions in federal development money. As part of the agreement, Westchester committed to building 750 units of housing in over…

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Trump’s Virginia Golf Outings Leave Paddlers High, Dry and Angry

“There is no way you can aim a gun from a little bitty, wiggly boat. It won’t work,” fumed Susan Sherrod, chair of the Canoe Cruisers Association, a local group that is protesting mightily. “You can’t pack a big bomb in it. It’s too small.” The Trump Organization’s attraction to the area is understandable. Just outside the capital, past the mammoth shopping centers and across from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, great blue herons and snowy egrets loll along the leafy banks. Paddleboards, wooden canoes, and kayaks cluster above where…

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Sessions Presses Immigration Agenda in Philadelphia, a Sanctuary City

Richard Ross Jr., Philadelphia’s police commissioner, also disputed Mr. Sessions’s characterizations of the city. “We don’t harbor anyone — we’re a welcoming city, not a sanctuary city” for criminals, Commissioner Ross said, adding that Philadelphia “can’t afford” to lose federal funding. Photo Attorney General Jeff Sessions listened to his introduction before speaking at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia on Friday. Credit Matt Rourke/Associated Press Despite Mr. Sessions’s speech, the commissioner said he didn’t “personally believe that we belong in the immigration business.” Mr. Sessions repeatedly invoked Mr. Trump, who…

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ISIS Leader Is Still Alive, Pentagon Chief Says

Pentagon officials have said that Mr. Baghdadi, who takes stringent precautions to avoid detection, does not appear to be directing the Islamic State’s forces on a day-to-day basis. Mr. Mattis said he assumed that Mr. Baghdadi still “had a role to play” in the organization, but provided no details on what that role was. Mr. Mattis’s remarks to reporters off-camera came two days after President Trump convened his national security council to discuss the administration’s still-unfinished strategy for Afghanistan. The unveiling of that strategy is behind schedule. Senator John McCain,…

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