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President Trump signed 32 Executive Orders in his first 100 days in office. Over the course of history, there have been over 1500.

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President Trump

A Trump Twitter Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

As President Trump has voiced his grievances against the F.B.I. with a series of insult-laden tweets, his targets have responded nearly in kind, turning a conflict that would in the past have stayed behind closed doors into a brawl for all to see.

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Deb Haaland, a Democratic candidate for Congress in New Mexico’s First District

There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.

There are at least four indigenous women running for Congress, three more are bidding for governors’ offices and another 31 are campaigning for seats in state legislatures — from both sides of the aisle.

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‘This Is the Way I Have to Grieve’

Since a gunman killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students' voices have resonated where those of longtime politicians have largely fallen flat.

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President Trump with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in the Oval Office

Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

While most presidents lie at times, Mr. Trump’s speeches and Twitter posts are embedded with so many false, distorted, misleading or unsubstantiated claims that he has tested even the normally low standards of American politics.

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Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained

Vox explains why House investigators think this company might have gamed Facebook and helped Russia spread fake news.

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Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm Cambridge Analytica

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

One firm harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, the New York Times reports. This allowed the firm to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke spent his first year in office selling off our public lands

Since he was sworn in to lead the $12 billion agency in charge of federal lands and natural resources, Zinke has made unprecedented changes that could leave a lasting mark on America’s wilderness and its environment.

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The Price They Pay

Here are some stories of Americans living daily with the reality of high-cost medications. And there are millions of others just like them.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

The delay is just one symptom of the largely passive response to the Russian interference by President Trump, who has made little if any public effort to rally the nation to confront Moscow and defend democratic institutions.

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Here Come the Fake Videos, Too

A community of hobbyists has begun experimenting with more powerful tools for making computer-generated videos, including FakeApp — a program that was built by an anonymous developer using open-source software written by Google.

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President Trump with Congressional leaders

Live From the West Wing, Trump Pulls Back the Curtain

The meetings have produced little in the way of concrete movement on major policy issues, and some Republican officials complain privately that they have only undercut the potential for such progress, because they show a president devoid of clear views.

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Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner’s many, many scandals, explained

The 37-year-old presidential son-in-law has not been officially accused of anything. But amid numerous controversies, here is a guide from VOX to the many woes of the senior White House adviser.

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Trump Falsely Claims, ‘I Never Said Russia Did Not Meddle’

Mr. Trump has also explicitly disagreed with the assessment of various intelligence agencies or cast doubt on Russia’s role in the vote. Here are eight examples, in chronological order.

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How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online

They were politically active Americans scattered around the country, dedicating their spare time to the 2016 presidential campaign or various causes. And the seeming fellow activists who called them to rallies via Facebook, or joined in the free-for-all on Twitter, appeared unremarkable.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

The social network, more than any other technology tool, was singled out on Friday by the Justice Department when prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three companies for executing a scheme to subvert the 2016 election and support Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign

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How gun control works in America, compared with 4 other rich countries

Vox reports the US really does have the most relaxed gun control measures in comparison with other developed nations. Based on the research, that's a significant reason the US leads its developed peers in gun violence.

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Senate Majory Leader Mitch McConnell

Immigration Bills Fail in Congress, Leaving DREAMers in Limbo

Weeks of intense negotiations for a bipartisan deal on immigration collapsed in Congress on Thursday, leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation.

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Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Payday Lending Rules Relax on Trump’s Watch, After Lobbying

Payday lenders waged a concentrated lobbying campaign that has culminated in the Trump administration’s loosening regulatory grip and a far friendlier approach by the industry’s nemesis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Congressman Devin Nunes, R-CA

The 9 biggest questions about the Nunes memo, answered

Vox explains the controversial GOP memo about the FBI and the Trump-Russia investigation.

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Former Deputy F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe

President’s Unparalleled War on a Pillar of Society: Law Enforcement

With a special counsel investigating whether his campaign collaborated with Russia in 2016 and whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice in 2017, the president has engaged in a scorched-earth assault on the pillars of the criminal justice system in a way that no other occupant of the White House has done.

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A billboard in Cairo of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt

As Strongmen Steamroll Their Opponents, U.S. Is Silent

Leaders of countries like Egypt, which had long been sensitive to Washington’s influence, know they run little risk of rebuke from an American president who has largely abandoned the promotion of human rights and democracy in favor of his narrow “America First” agenda.

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Jay Z

President Trump Bragged to Jay-Z About Black Employment. Is He Right?

President Trump bragged about lowering the black unemployment rate in a tweet directed at Jay-Z on Sunday morning. The message was seemingly a response to comments the hip-hop artist and businessman made during an interview with CNN.

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What Happened to All the Jobs Trump Promised?

President Trump has made many claims promising that individual companies such as Amazon, Alibaba and Boeing will hire large – and specific – numbers of American workers, a total of 2.4 million in all.

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Robert Mueller

Trump’s attempt to fire Robert Mueller, explained

Reports say President Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Russia scandal, last June. But top White House lawyer Don McGahn said he’d quit — and Trump backed down. Vox explains.

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President Trump

Trump at Odds with Justice Dept over Classified Memo

As Republicans were clamoring to make public a secret document they think will undercut the investigation into Russian meddling, President Trump made clear his desire: Release the memo.

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How Much Has ‘Climate Change’ Been Scrubbed From Federal Websites?

A year into the Trump administration, mentions of climate change have been systematically removed, altered or played down on websites across the federal government.

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Five hurdles to getting an immigration deal

The Trump administration and Congress have a matter of weeks to agree to an immigration deal that would protect potentially millions of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation.

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The immigration negotiations Congress just gave itself 3 weeks to do, explained

Congress just gave itself three weeks to solve US immigration policy. Here's a rundown from Vox of what that means.

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President Trump with Congressional leaders

Seven questions about the government shutdown you were too embarrassed to ask

We’ve entered the third day of the Trump administration’s first federal government shutdown. And since the first two days happened over the weekend, you could be forgiven for being a bit behind on exactly what’s happening. So as the standoff between Democrats and Republicans continues, here’s a primer to what, exactly, is going on and why it matters.

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President Trump

A President Not Sure of What He Wants Complicates the Shutdown Impasse

As the government shutdown continued for its second day on Sunday, one thing was clear to both sides of the negotiations to end it: The president was either unwilling or unable to articulate the immigration policy he wanted, much less understand the nuances of what it would involve.

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Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller walks through the colonnades of the White House

Stephen Miller: Immigration agitator and White House survivor

The 32-year-old former Senate aide is at the center of the fiery Washington battle over what to do about the DREAMers, whose protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will soon be rescinded by President Trump and whose cause has been taken up by Democrats.

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President Trump

Trump's Quietly Growing List of Victories

News coverage of the president is overwhelmingly negative, largely for reasons of his own making, and the Russia probe and other scandals tend to obscure more mundane political action. In that context, it’s easy for the public to miss or forget about changes that will affect the nation and American policy for years and decades to come.

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Prototypes of the border wall displayed in California in October.

Trump's Evolving Words on the Wall

A review of Mr. Trump’s public statements on Twitter, in campaign speeches and during interviews shows that the president’s views on the border wall have shifted repeatedly since he raised the idea nearly four years ago, on Aug. 5, 2014.

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An affordable-housing building under construction in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.

Tax Overhaul Is a Blow to Affordable Housing Efforts

The Republican tax plan approved last month amounts to a vast cutback, making it much less likely that affordable housing construction will continue apace. Because the tax rate for corporations has been lowered, the value of the credits — which corporations get in return for their investments — is also lower.

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President Trump with Twitter logo bird

Beyond the gossip, "Fire and Fury" reveals a president in crisis

Fire and Fury has its limits. It’s heavily based on a few sources. At the same time, the book, read as a whole, contains real insight into the inner workings of the Trump administration.

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Trump Sidesteps Question on Mueller Interview

Senate Democrats released an extensive report concluding that Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election fit into a nearly two-decade pattern of meddling with governments around the world, and charging that Mr. Trump himself had hindered the United States response to a serious national security threat.

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What a Judge’s DACA Ruling Means for Trump, and for DREAMers

The judge rejected the Trump Administration’s main reason for ending the program—that it wouldn’t hold up if critics of the policy challenged it in court—as “arbitrary,” “capricious,” and too flimsy to be the basis for ending a program on which nearly a million people depended.

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Robert E. Murray, chief executive of the largest coal mining company in the United States,

How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List

Environmentalists have complained that President Trump is following a blueprint from the coal industry. A confidential memo written by the head of the country’s largest coal mining company suggests they might not be wrong.

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Author Michael Wolff at Trump Tower

The controversy around Michael Wolff’s gossipy new Trump book, explained

A dishy new book purports to reveal the inner secrets of the Trump White House — and has already provoked President Donald Trump to a furious response. How much of it should we believe?

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Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, with coal miners in Sycamore, Pa

Expect Environmental Battles to Be ‘Even More Significant’ in 2018

If 2017 was the Trump administration’s year of grand pronouncements declaring an end to environmental regulations, 2018 will be the year of trying to finish what it started.

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President Trump

The New Push for Investigations

FBI agents are reportedly looking at the Clinton Foundation again, while two Republican senators suggested the Justice Department consider whether the author of an explosive dossier alleging the president had been compromised by Russia lied.

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A Short History of the Voting Fraud Commission

Even though no evidence has ever been proffered that millions of people voted illegally in the last presidential election, President Trump made such claims starting days after he was elected.

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President Trump

Trump administration targets certain words

The Trump administration is waging a linguistic battle across official Washington, seeking to shift public perception of key policies by changing the way the federal government talks about climate change, scientific evidence and disadvantaged communities.

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How the ‘Small-Business Tax Cut’ Would Also Be a Tax Cut for the Wealthy

While “pass-throughs” is a term often used to refer to small businesses, a Treasury Department analysis found that many are not actually businesses at all. And 69 percent of pass-through income goes to the top one percent of households.

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Worker in a North Carolina plant that recycles plastic bottle chips.

Trump Tries to Defy the Economic Odds with Tax Overhaul

Perhaps more than any other American political leader, Mr. Trump knows that long shots, like his own presidential bid, sometimes pay off. In that vein, he and congressional Republicans are arguing that their bitterly contested and expensive rewrite of the tax code will ultimately create more jobs and raise wages.

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Anooha Dasari, 16, a high school junior, seated with laptop

In Protests of Net Neutrality Repeal, Teenage Voices Stood Out

The repeal of net neutrality has gotten many of these teens politically engaged for the first time, with fears that the dismantling of rules could open the door for broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast to distort the experience of accessing anything online with equal ease.

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GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan

The Republican Tax Bill Doesn’t Actually Simplify The Tax Code

Instead of using a rare political opportunity to reform the tax code, Republicans chose to slash the corporate tax rate. Most of the loopholes remain in place.

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How Russia Hacked America—And Why It Will Happen Again

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian hackers attacked the U.S. on two fronts: the psychological and the technical. This video from the Atlantic explains how and why it won't be the last time.

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Day breaks on the South Portico of the White House.

Inside the President's Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

As he ends his first year in office, Mr. Trump is redefining what it means to be president. He sees the highest office in the land much as he did the night of his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton — as a prize he must fight to protect every waking moment, and Twitter is his Excalibur.

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Links between Trump associates and Russians

What is the "Russia Story"?

Confused by all the news about Russia and the 2016 presidential election? The New York Times has this handy guide.

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Smokestacks from hazardous waste incinerator

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

An analysis of enforcement data by The New York Times shows that the administration has adopted a more lenient approach than the previous two administrations — Democratic and Republican — toward polluters.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and his wife, Louise Linton, hold up a sheet of new $1 bills.

The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years

Today, the top 1 percent of households own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. That gap, between the ultrawealthy and everyone else, has only become wider in the past several decades.

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President Tweets Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos

No modern American president has promoted inflammatory content of this sort from an extremist organization. Mr. Trump’s two most recent predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both made a point of avoiding public messages that were likely to be seen as anti-Muslim and could exacerbate racial and religious animosities.

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It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses. But the bill is a catchall legislative creation that could reshape major areas of American life, from education to health care.

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A man walks up the steps outside of the U.S. Capitol

The Workplace Culture In Congress Fuels Sexual Harassment

Even before news of accusations against Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, a female member of Congress spoke out about her own experience with harassment. Rep. Jackie Speier of California, a Democrat, said that Congress “has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long.” And research shows that Congress has many of the ingredients for a work environment where sexual harassment is tolerated or even encouraged.

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The Securities and Exchange Building in Washington, DC

Casting Wall Street as Victim, Trump Leads Deregulatory Charge

A decade after the financial crisis, the federal government is easing up its policing of Wall Street and the banking industry, even without actually repealing broad swaths of regulation.

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Peruvian family harvesting flowers

In Peru’s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone)

Climate change has been good to some parts of Peru — but it may become a curse. In recent decades, accelerating glacial melt in the Andes has enabled a gold rush downstream, contributing to the irrigation and cultivation of more than 100,000 acres of land since the 1980s. Yet the boon is temporary. The flow of water is already declining as the glacier vanishes.

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Signs and voting machines

Culling Voter Rolls: Battling Over Who Even Gets to Go to the Polls

On its face, the notice sent to 248 county election officials asked only that they do what Congress has ordered: Prune their rolls of voters who have died, moved or lost their eligibility — or face a federal lawsuit. The notice, delivered in September by a conservative advocacy group, is at the heart of an increasingly bitter argument over the seemingly mundane task of keeping accurate lists of voters — an issue that will be a marquee argument before the Supreme Court in January.

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ICE officers arresting a man on his way to work

‘Please, God, Don’t Let Me Get Stopped’

Few places in the United States have simultaneously beckoned undocumented immigrants and penalized them for coming like metropolitan Atlanta, a boomtown of construction and service jobs where conservative politics and new national policies have turned every waking day into a gamble.

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Players Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill at a news conference in Los Angeles.

Trump Says He Helped Free U.C.L.A. Players in China. Critics Ask, What About Activists?

Experts say the players for the U.C.L.A. team, who were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, probably would have been released even if Mr. Trump had not raised the case with President Xi Jinping during a visit this month to Beijing.

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FBI says hate crimes, especially against Muslims, went up in 2016

As has long been true, hate crimes based on race were by far the biggest category, with more than half of reported hate crime incidents motivated by race, ethnicity, or ancestry. Among those, nearly half were anti-black crimes, and nearly 10 percent were anti-Latino. About one in five were anti-white, although white people were still much less likely, when accounting for total population, to suffer a hate crime than minority groups.

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students sitting at graduation

The Republican War on College

To pay for a permanent tax cut on corporations, the GOP tax bills would raise taxes on colleges and college students, which is part of a broader Republican war on higher education in the U.S. This is a big deal, because in the last half-century, the most important long-term driver of wage growth has arguably been college.

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Roy Moore

For Roy Moore, a Long History of Combat and Controversy

In his response to claims by several women that he accosted or abused them when they were teenagers, the GOP Senate candidate has shown the same defiance that he exhibited when he was twice removed from his post as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, first for dismissing a federal court order to remove a 5,280-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the state judicial building, and later for flouting the United States Supreme Court’s decision affirming gay marriage.

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Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel

President Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How.

Republicans are systematically filling appellate seats they held open during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office with a particularly conservative group of judges with life tenure. Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block such nominees with a filibuster, then quickly lost control of the Senate — have scant power to stop them.

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The Texas shooting shows why “a good guy with a gun” isn’t enough

The Texas shooting exposes what this narrative gets wrong — more than 40 people were shot before another armed person intervened. The reality is that there is a lot of evidence that “a good guy with a gun” can’t stop mass shootings and other gun violence in the US. Here are three key reasons why.

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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.

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President Donald Trump, flanked by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, left, and Rep. Kevin Brady, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, speaks about tax reform legislation

Despite Trump Campaign Promise, Billionaires’ Tax Loophole Survives Again

From early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump swore he’d do away with the so-called carried-interest loophole, the notorious tax break that allows highly compensated private-equity managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists to be taxed at a much lower rate than other professionals.

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Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, at the Capitol in June.

Alternative Narrative Emerges in Conservative Media as Russia Inquiry Widens

While a special prosecutor was announcing charges against three advisers to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, an alternative narrative was not hard to find in the conservative news media. Be it Fox News, talk radio or a growing number of Trump-friendly websites, the focus was on what they see as the scandal and wrongdoing of President Trump’s political opponents.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

John Kelly’s Bizarre Mythology of the Civil War

President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, stated in an interview Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state.” He went on to argue that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.”

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Sen. Kamala Harris speaking at rally

Kamala Harris’s immigration gamble

California's junior Democratic U.S. Senator is earning a reputation as the most outspoken ally of immigration activists on Capitol Hill. Vox takes a look at the personal story behind her political ambitions.

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29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, U.S. Colored Troops in formation near Beaufort, South Carolina, 1864

Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War

On Monday, the retired four-star general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” This was an incredibly stupid thing to say.

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Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone

New information goes far beyond what the leading social media companies have revealed in the past and underline the breadth of the Kremlin’s efforts to lever open divisions in the United States using American technology platforms, especially Facebook. Multiple investigations of Russian meddling have loomed over the first 10 months of the Trump presidency, with one leading to the indictments of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chief, and others on Monday.

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George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump

Trump Campaign Got Early Word Russia Had Democrats’ Emails

The guilty plea of a 30-year-old campaign aide — so green that he listed Model United Nations in his qualifications — shifted the narrative on Monday of the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia: Court documents revealed that Russian officials alerted the campaign, through an intermediary in April 2016, that they possessed thousands of Democratic emails and other “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

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Paul Manafort arriving at FBI headquarters

Paul Manafort: An FAQ about Trump’s indicted former campaign chairman

Veteran political operative Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates are facing charges related to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here's a breakdown of why Manafort in particular may have been ensnared by Mueller’s investigation.

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Trump Tries to Shift Focus as First Charges Loom in Russia Case

Pushing back against the accelerating criminal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump argued on Sunday that its focus should instead be on his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, even as the special counsel’s inquiry was reportedly poised to produce its first indictment.

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Special Forces troops at the burial service in Florida this past week for Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in Niger

Will Congress Ever Limit the Forever-Expanding 9/11 War?

A Navy SEAL, killed alongside civilians in a January raid on a village in Yemen. Another SEAL, killed while accompanying Somali forces on a May raid. And now four Army soldiers, dead in an ambush this month in Niger. These American combat deaths underscore how a law passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been stretched to permit open-ended warfare against Islamist militant groups scattered across the Muslim world.

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Three women seated on stage with Mark Zuckerberg, right, the chief executive of Facebook.

Facebook struggles with finding a fix for fake content

Amid concerns about internet trolling, manipulation and fake news, there is an ongoing debate among Facebook employees over how to handle so-called organic content, or posts from users that are not advertisements and can be freely shared across Facebook, according to a dozen current and former Facebook employees.

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The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is funded through the E.P.A.’s approximately $26 million National Estuary Program

E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists

The move highlights widespread concern that the E.P.A. will silence government scientists from speaking publicly or conducting work on climate change. Scott Pruitt, the agency administrator, has said that he does not believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for the warming of the planet.

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Dr. Nancy Beck testifying at a Senate hearing in March.

An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots at EPA

The E.P.A.’s abrupt new direction on legacy chemicals is part of a broad initiative by the Trump administration to change the way the federal government evaluates health and environmental risks associated with hazardous chemicals, making it more aligned with the industry’s wishes.

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How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

A New York Times examination of hundreds of inflammatory social media posts shows that one of the most powerful weapons that Russian agents used to reshape American politics was the anger, passion and misinformation that real Americans were broadcasting across social media platforms.

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Political Guardrails Gone, a President’s Somber Duty Skids Into Spectacle

The feud over President Trump’s call to the widow of a fallen soldier might never have escalated had Mr. Trump done what any of his predecessors almost certainly would have done: apologize. Likewise, the nasty back-and-forth with a Democratic congresswoman, who is close to the soldier’s family, might have dissipated had she not repeatedly disparaged Mr. Trump’s intentions on national television.

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Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account. But it wasn’t real. It was Russian.

Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to persuade American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers. The list of prominent people who tweeted out links from the account, @Ten_GOP, which Twitter shut down in August, includes political figures such as Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and James Woods, and media personalities such as Ann Coulter and Chris Hayes.

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Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, asserting that the president’s own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.

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President Barack Obama, in 2009, saluting the remains of a soldier at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Top General’s Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump

President Trump’s remarks have drawn angry rebukes from allies of the former president because his claims about Mr. Obama are false — he called or met with relatives of multiple fallen service members. Former military commanders, for their part, said Mr. Trump was politicizing one of the saddest and most sacred duties of the presidency.

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Representative Tom Marino stands next to flag

Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws in Latest Setback for Trump’s Opioid Fight

The collapse of Mr. Marino’s nomination highlighted the Trump administration’s troubles formulating a response to a crisis that the president has called unlike any in the nation’s history. Nine months after taking office vowing to make the opioid epidemic one of his top priorities, Mr. Trump has yet to unveil his promised campaign.

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California Governor Signs Bill to Defend Against Religious Registries

On the last day to act on legislation in 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill creating a firewall between the state's data and any attempt by the federal government to create lists, registries, or databases based on a person's religion, nationality, or ethnicity.

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Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), left, talks to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

Drug czar nominee and the opioid industry’s advocate in Congress

Tom Marino is a four-term Republican member of the House who represents a district in northeastern Pennsylvania that has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis. Yet Marino also has been a friend on Capitol Hill of the giant drug companies that distribute the pain pills that have wreaked so much devastation around the nation.

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President Trump after making remarks on the administration’s Iran nuclear policy

Promise the Moon? Easy for Trump. But Now Comes the Reckoning.

“The gap between President Trump’s ambitious promises and actual policies is large and growing,” said William C. Inboden, a White House aide under President George W. Bush and now executive director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas. “This is weakening the institution of the presidency itself, which becomes diminished when presidents over promise and under deliver, or when responsibilities normally handled by the president become habitually shirked to Congress or other nations.”

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A navigator from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, left, helped a couple enroll in a health care plan .

Trump’s Cuts to Health Law Enrollment Efforts Are Hitting Hard

Michigan Consumers for Health Care, a nonprofit group, has enrolled thousands of people in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and was honored last year as one of the nation’s top performers. So the group was stunned to learn from the Trump administration that its funds for assisting consumers ahead of the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1 would be cut by 89 percent.

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Young activists with signs in support of DACA

After White House Issues Demands, Hopes for an Immigration Deal Dim

Nearly a month after Democratic leaders and President Trump celebrated the possibility of a bipartisan immigration deal, no such agreement appears on the horizon. Instead, any agreement that would shield about 800,000 young immigrants from deportation will depend on how far Democrats are willing to push the government toward a shutdown in mid-December, when a stopgap spending bill expires.

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Opponents of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate rally outside of the Supreme Court.

Trump Hasn’t Killed Obama’s Biggest Policies, But He’s Making Lots Of Important Changes

President Trump’s administration has not totally reversed or repealed any of former President Obama’s really big accomplishments. But the new administration is getting rid of many Obama policies, ones that are not quite as far-reaching as, say, the Affordable Care Act but still could impact millions of people. The latest example came when Trump’s team announced broader exemptions for an ACA mandate requiring employers to offer birth control free of deductibles or co-pays to their employees.

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Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator

E.P.A. Chief’s Calendar: A Stream of Industry Meetings and Trips Home

Since taking office in February, the E.P.A. chief has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates, according to a 320-page accounting of his daily schedule from February through May, the most detailed look yet at what Mr. Pruitt has been up to since he took over the agency.

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Emergency workers in Las Vegas after the mass shooting on Sunday.

False ISIS Connections, Nonexistent Victims and Other Misinformation in the Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

Rumors and conspiracies have proliferated in the aftermath of the Sunday night shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that left at least 59 dead. Viral falsehoods include: false allegations about the gunman, a person of interest and Nevada’s gun control laws. The New York Times examines some of the claims.

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Sign outside Twitter corporate offices in San Francisco

Twitter Seen as Key Engine in Russian Influence Campaign

Researchers say there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more extensively than Facebook in the Russian influence campaign last year. In addition to Russia-linked Twitter accounts that posed as Americans, the platform was also used for large-scale automated messaging, using “bot” accounts to spread false stories and promote news articles about emails from Democratic operatives that had been obtained by Russian hackers.

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President Trump spoke about his administration's tax reform plan in Indianapolis.

Trump Tax Plan Benefits Wealthy, Including Trump

The tax plan that the Trump administration outlined this week is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans. It would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population. As for the middle class, the benefits appear to be modest.

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Members of a disability rights group at a news conference opposing the Republican health bills

How Failure of the Obamacare Repeal Affects Consumers

Obamacare repeal is dead, again. But the months of Republican attacks on the health law will still have consequences for some consumers. The Trump administration remains deeply opposed to the Affordable Care Act, and it has taken steps that will mean higher prices for insurance and tha