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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 that will make it harder for consumers to get information about how to sign up.

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White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people

Americans, especially wealthy whites, vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality despite evidence of persistent gaps between black and white workers when it comes to hourly wages, annual income and household wealth, according to a new paper by Yale University researchers.

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Hurricane Irma Linked to Climate Change? For Some, a Very ‘Insensitive’ Question

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it is insensitive to discuss climate change in the midst of deadly storms. Tomás Regalado, the Republican mayor of Miami whose citizens raced to evacuate before Hurricane Irma, says if not now, when?

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Surrounded by religious leaders, President Trump signed an executive order in the Rose Garden in May

Where Trump's Hands-Off Approach to Governing Doesn't Apply

The Trump administration opened the door to allowing more firearms on federal lands. It scrubbed references to “L.G.B.T.Q. youth” from the description of a federal program for victims of sex trafficking. And, on the advice of religious leaders, it eliminated funding to international groups that provide abortion. The aggressive regulatory effort, which runs counter to the Trump administration’s less-is-more credo about government meddling, has led to policy changes related to gun ownership, gay rights, reproductive choices, immigration and other divisive political issues.

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Three DACA recipients — Sofia Ruales, left; her sister Erica Ruales; and their cousin Marlon Ruales — listened to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement.

Why Common Critiques of DACA Are Misleading

Defenders of President Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded young immigrants from deportation have offered misleading critiques of the program. They say the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA, led to a humanitarian crisis on the border, put native-born Americans out of work and conferred legal status to recipients. Here’s an assessment.

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The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that battered Mrs. Clinton on Russian web outlets like RT and Sputnik. Far less splashy, and far more difficult to trace, was Russia’s experimentation on Facebook and Twitter, the American companies that essentially invented the tools of social media and, in this case, did not stop them from being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.

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President Trump's DACA Statement, Annotated

The Trump administration has announced that it will be rescinding the DACA program, which has protected 800,000 young adults from deportation. For context, the Southern Poverty Law Center has annotated the president's statement.

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What's Next for DACA and the DREAMers?

What happens now to the estimated 800,000 so-called DREAMers, who were brought to this country by their parents and have built their lives here? Here are several possible paths forward.

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Trump expected to decide soon on fate of young immigrants

After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline and is digging in on appeals to his base. Advocates on both sides of the issue are bracing for the possibility that Trump will halt the issuance of new work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

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Trump Stance on Law and Order Leaves Leeway on the Law

President Trump spent 18 months as the ultimate law-and-order candidate, promising to rescue an American way of life he said was threatened by terrorists, illegal immigrants and inner-city criminals. But many critics and legal scholars say Trump has signaled that taking the law into one’s own hands is permissible, within the executive branch or in local police departments, or even against a heckler at one of his rallies.

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Tech Privacy Tips for Students

As you get ready to go back to school, the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommends adding "review your student privacy rights" to your to-do list, right next to ordering books and buying supplies. Exciting new technology in the classroom can also mean privacy violations, including the chance that your personal devices and online accounts may be demanded for searches.

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Dark money, super PAC spending surges ahead of 2018 midterms

Conservative groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Trump’s campaign offshoot, America First Policies, make up nearly 80 percent of dark money spending reported to the FEC this cycle. Only two liberal groups – Planned Parenthood and Patriot Majority USA – rank among the top 10 in dark money spending so far, according to FEC reporting data processed by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide

Since 2010, law enforcement agencies have reported an average of about 6,000 hate crime incidents per year to the FBI. The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

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Before Charlottesville, a String of Killings Raised the Specter of Far-Right Violence

The death of Heather D. Heyer, who was killed on Saturday after a man drove a car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was the latest in a string of fatal attacks that have raised the specter of far-right, racist or anti-immigrant violence.

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How Trump's talking points match up with Fox News

This video from the Washington Post provides a side-by-side look at how President Trump and Fox News pundits discussed the Charlottesville violence.

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Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

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Justice Dept. Demands Data on Visitors to Anti-Trump Website, Sparking Fight

The Justice Department is trying to force an internet hosting company to turn over information about everyone who visited a website used to organize protests during President Trump’s inauguration, setting off a new fight over surveillance and privacy limits.

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SPLC releases campus guide to countering ‘alt-right’

With college students returning to class in the coming weeks, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a new guide today that advises them on how to respond when speakers associated with the growing white nationalist, or “alt-right,” movement, appear on campus.

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Facing Criticism, Trump Condemns Violence in Charlottesville, Calls Racism ‘Evil’

President Donald Trump bowed to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, labeling their racist views “evil” after two days of equivocal statements. Trump had faced pressure to issue a more forceful rebuke from aides. That pressure reached boiling point early Monday after the president attacked the head of the pharmaceuticals company Merck, who is black, for quitting an advisory board over his failure to call out white nationalists.

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Trump Is Criticized for Not Calling Out White Supremacists

President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters. During a brief and uncomfortable address to reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., he called for an end to the violence. But he was the only national political figure to spread blame for the “hatred, bigotry and violence” that resulted in the death of one person to “many sides.”

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Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

As the new EPA chief works to roll back regulations, close offices and eliminate staff at the agency charged with protecting the nation’s environment and public health, Scott Pruitt is taking extraordinary measures to conceal his actions, according to interviews with more than 20 current and former agency employees.

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Many Politicians Lie. But Trump Has Elevated the Art of Fabrication.

From his days peddling the false notion that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, to his inflated claims about how many people attended his inaugural, to his description just last week of receiving two phone calls — one from the president of Mexico and another from the head of the Boy Scouts — that never happened, President Trump is trafficking in hyperbole, distortion and fabrication on practically a daily basis.

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How the Trump hotel changed Washington’s culture of influence

The Trump International Hotel has emerged as a Republican Party power center. And for the first time in presidential history, a profit-making venture touts the name of a U.S. president in its gold signage. And every cup of coffee served, every fundraiser scheduled, every filet mignon ordered feeds the revenue of the Trump family’s private business.

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Secrecy and Suspicion Surround Deregulation Teams

When President Trump ordered federal agencies to form teams to dismantle government regulations, the Transportation Department turned to people with deep industry ties. One appointee had previously lobbied the department on behalf of American Airlines. Another held executive roles for several electric and hybrid car companies regulated by the department. A third was a lawyer who represented United Airlines in regulatory matters.

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Those Calls to Trump? White House Admits They Didn’t Happen

Has President Trump told you about the time the head of the Boy Scouts called to say his was the best speech ever delivered to the more than century-old organization? What about when the president of Mexico picked up the telephone to let him know that his tough enforcement efforts at the border were paying off handsomely? As the White House conceded on Wednesday: Neither was true.

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Discrimination against whites was a core concern of Trump’s base

The Justice Department’s plan to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they determine discriminate against white students represents a shift in the department’s civil rights division. But the move also addresses a central concern for voters who fueled President Trump’s victory last year: that whites are losing out in today’s society.

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Trump Supports Plan to Cut Legal Immigration by Half

President Trump embraced a proposal on Wednesday to slash legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country.

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Trump Was Involved in Drafting Son’s Statement, Aide Confirms

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that President Trump was involved in drafting a misleading statement issued by his son about a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year, contradicting the president’s lawyer who repeatedly denied that Mr. Trump had anything to do with the statement.

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Trump Says No ‘Chaos!’ at White House but Continues Threats

After a week of White House turmoil spilling into public view, Mr. Trump insisted there was “No WH chaos!” just an hour before he swore in a retired four-star Marine Corps general as his new chief of staff.

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Keep an Eye On Your State’s Congressional Delegation

Pro Publica has added some new features to Represent, its congressional news app, including new pages for every state’s delegation and redesigned bill category pages, like legislation about environmental protection, to provide more useful information. You also can search the full text of bills by keyword or phrase.

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How to Repair the Health Law (It’s Tricky but Not Impossible)

Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired? The question for the roughly 20 million Americans who buy their own health coverage — and for millions of others who remain uninsured — is what can realistically be done to address their main concerns: high prices and lack of choice in many parts of the country.

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Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

Pro Publica's "Documenting Hate" project has found that incidents and crimes of racial or religious or sexual prejudice are becoming so commonplace that they can seem an almost ordinary part of the fabric of life in America.

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Which Anonymous Sources Are Worth Paying Attention To?

An earlier installment in this FiveThirtyEight guide to unnamed sources laid out some general tips for making sense of these kinds of stories. This second part gets more specific, to help you to essentially decode these stories. The goal is help you know which stories you should rely on based on the different kinds of sourcing used. This author divides anonymous sources into six general types and give the pros and cons of each, in terms of reliability.

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Obamacare’s Future Now Depends on an Unhappy White House

The congressional effort to overhaul the health care system appears to be in shambles. But the current health care system lives on. And decisions the Trump administration makes about how to manage it could have big effects on who has coverage next year, and what it costs them.

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When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources

Here’s a guide to unnamed sources in government/politics/Washington stories — who they are, how reporters use them, and how to tell if you should trust what they say.

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Outgoing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’

Actions by President Trump and his administration have created a historic ethics crisis, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics said. He called for major changes in federal law to expand the power and reach of the oversight office and combat the threat.

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Sunayana (“Nani”) Dumala preserves reminders of her husband in their home in Olathe, Kansas.

A murder shatters the dreams of immigrant tech workers

“He’s back, and he has a gun!” Adam Purinton strode toward the patio of Austins Bar & Grill, a black and white cloth tied around his head and military-style medals pinned haphazardly to his white shirt. He burst into the patio’s flimsy side door shouting, “Get out of my country!” and fired his handgun at two Indian men seated at a high table, according to eyewitnesses and police records. Customers screamed over the din of the TVs and dove for the ground. At least three bullets hit the man facing the door, Srinivas Kuchi­bhotla. Another bullet plunged into the leg of his friend, Alok Madasani, who crawled for the door before collapsing on the concrete.

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Donald Trump Jr.'s full emails annotated

Donald Trump Jr. posted his full exchange with a publicist for a Russian pop musician to Twitter on Tuesday, and the emails confirm previous reports that Trump Jr. was offered compromising information about Hillary Clinton specifically from the Russian government. The emails also say flatly that the Kremlin was working to help elect his father — claims which Trump Jr., his father and the White House would deny for months afterward. The Washington Post has published the emails with notes about their content.

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The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams

President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Mr. Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts.

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Foes of Obama-Era Rule Work to Undo Birth Control Mandate

From the obscure perch of a backbench senator’s office, Katy Talento used to warn against what she saw as the health hazards of birth control pills — cancer, infertility and miscarriage. From his post at a Christian legal advocacy group, Matthew Bowman spent years attacking the requirement that most health insurance plans cover contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Now on the inside — one at the White House, the other at the Department of Health and Human Services — Ms. Talento and Mr. Bowman have a clear path to prosecute their strong belief that birth control coverage should not be a mandate from Washington.

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Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan

President Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, have developed proposals to rely on contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan at the behest of Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, according to people briefed on the conversations.

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Senator Mitch McConnell, left, the majority leader, and Senator John Cornyn, the majority whip.

Five Misleading Republican Claims About Health Care

Republican lawmakers have their own version of the facts about the impact of their replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Here is an assessment.

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‘I’m President and They’re Not’: Trump Attacks Media at Faith Rally

President Trump used the first part of his holiday weekend getaway to issue more denunciations of the news media, using a celebration of American veterans and freedom at an evening rally to thunder that he would not allow the “fake” media to stop his agenda.

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For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services Is No Option

Frances Isbell has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that has left her unable to walk or even roll over in bed. But Ms. Isbell has a personal care assistant through Medicaid, and the help allowed her to go to law school at the University of Alabama here. She will graduate next month. The care she gets is an optional benefit under federal Medicaid law, which means each state can decide whether to offer it and how much to spend. Optional services that she and millions of other Medicaid beneficiaries receive would be particularly at risk under Republican proposals to scale back Medicaid as part of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Scott Pruitt, right, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start

In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history, according to experts in environmental law. Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, is moving effectively to dismantle the regulations and international agreements that stood as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s legacy.

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Sean Spicer’s untelevised news briefing, annotated.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer once again barred TV cameras from a media briefing on Monday and prohibited live audio broadcasts. Spokesmen for President Trump have allowed question-and-answer sessions with reporters to be televised just six times in the past six weeks. The Washington Post has annotated a transcript of the session, since it could not be seen on TV.

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Video Fact Check: The Senate Health Care Bill

Does the health care bill in the Senate live up to Republicans' promises? The New York Times checked the facts.

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Fouad Dagoum and his wife, Azhar Ahmed, fled Sudan in 2000 after their village was ransacked by militia members.

With 3 Words, Supreme Court Opens a World of Uncertainty for Refugees

About four out of 10 refugees who come to the United States have no family ties in the country, according to independent estimates. In some cities known for taking in refugees — like Boise, Idaho; New Haven; and Fayetteville, Ark. — those with no family ties are a majority. On Monday, the Supreme Court threw into question whether such refugees, who are among the most vulnerable people seeking a haven after fleeing persecution or conflict, will be approved for resettlement in the United States.

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Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

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Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill

The Affordable Care Act gave health insurance to millions of Americans by shifting resources from the wealthy to the poor and by moving oversight from states to the federal government. The Senate bill introduced Thursday pushes back forcefully on both dimensions.

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New Trump appointee has history of disparaging tweets against Obama, Megyn Kelly and Japanese Americans

Before William C. Bradford was appointed by the Trump administration to run the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy, he tweeted a slew of disparaging remarks about the real and imagined ethnic, religious and gender identities of former president Barack Obama, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, TV news host Megyn Kelly and Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Grigory Ivliev, right, the head of the Russian government agency in charge of intellectual property

Russia Renewed Unused Trump Trademarks in 2016

Amid a broadening investigation of Russian contacts with his associates and his own role in trying to stop it, President Trump fired off another angry tweet this past week repeating his assertion that he has no business interests in Russia. But while no Trump Tower graces the Moscow skyline, the Russian authorities recently made sure that another piece of valuable property — the intellectual kind — bearing the same name remained safely in Mr. Trump’s portfolio.

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Trump ‘Is Not Under Investigation,’ His Lawyer Insists

A member of President Trump’s legal team says that the president was not under investigation by the special counsel looking into Russia’s election-year meddling, contradicting Mr. Trump’s assertion in a Friday morning tweet that he is a subject of the widening inquiry.

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How Michael Flynn’s Disdain for Limits Led to a Legal Quagmire

Michael T. Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In the summer of 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic militants — Mr. Flynn was fired, bringing his military career to an abrupt end. Mr. Flynn decided that the military’s loss would be his gain.

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As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined

President Trump has outsourced the decision on how to proceed militarily in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, a startling break with how former President Barack Obama and many of his predecessors handled the anguished task of sending Americans into foreign conflicts.

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‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear

President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration. But White House officials said that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.

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Trump’s Cabinet, With a Prod, Extols the ‘Blessing’ of Serving Him

One by one, they praised President Trump, taking turns complimenting his integrity, his message, his strength, his policies. Their leader sat smiling, nodding his approval. So it went on Monday in the Cabinet Room of the White House, as Mr. Trump transformed a routine meeting of senior members of his government into a mood-boosting, ego-stroking display of support for himself and his agenda.

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Jessica Colotl

A Woman Long at Risk of Deportation Gains a Reprieve

Jessica Colotl, a Mexican woman whose highly publicized deportation case in Georgia thrust her into the national debate over immigration, may stay in the United States and be temporarily protected from deportation, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

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Jessica Colotl, DACA participant

'If We are Deported, Who Benefits?'

Jessica Colotl tells her story: "What happened to me could happen to any one of the 750,000 young people whose entire lives depend on this lifeline the U.S. government extended us through the DACA program."

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Team Trump’s official response to the Comey testimony — now, with context

Following the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, President Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz released a statement in response. The Washington Post reprinted the statement in full, with annotation.

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Comey Accuses White House of ‘Lies’ and Says Trump Tried to Derail Inquiry

James B. Comey, the recently fired F.B.I. director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed that President Trump had clearly tried to derail an F.B.I. investigation into his former national security adviser and that the president had lied and defamed him.

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Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord

Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

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Trump, Prioritizing Economy Over Climate, Cites Disputed Premises

In making his case for abandoning the Paris climate accord, President Trump characterized the agreement as an economic straitjacket — one that would impose terrible burdens on Americans by shuttering the coal industry, suffocating growth and redistributing jobs and wealth from the United States to its competitors. But several of Mr. Trump’s claims either relied on dubious data or distorted research reports.

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Video: Sean Spicer Press Briefing - Decoded

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held his first formal press briefing since President Trump's international trip. The New York Times decodes his statements.

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Donald Trump's Jared Kushner dilemma

President Trump remains publicly supportive of his son-in-law, who has a broad portfolio of White House responsibilities, including Middle East peace and streamlining government. But after recent reports of Kushner's contacts with Russian officials or intermediaries, the picture is less clear.

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans.

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Former FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler

How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules

Congressional Republicans knew their plan was potentially explosive. They wanted to kill landmark privacy regulations that would soon ban Internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T, from storing and selling customers’ browsing histories without their express consent. So after weeks of closed-door debates on Capitol Hill over who would take up the issue first, Republican members settled on a secret strategy, according to Hill staff and lobbyists involved in the battle.

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White House Backs Down on Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

The White House has unexpectedly backed down in a confrontation with the government’s top ethics officer, announcing it will publicly disclose waivers that have been quietly handed out since January to let certain former lobbyists work in the administration.

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Fact Check: The Updated GOP Health Care Bill

After the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office issues its report, the New York Times takes a look at Republican claims about the House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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ICE Using Powerful Stingray Surveillance Devices In Deportation Searches

Amid news that immigration arrests are rising sharply under the Trump Administration, the Detroit News reported last week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently obtained permission to use a Stingray to track down an immigrant suspected of “unlawful reentry” into the country.

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White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll

The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose any ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists who have work in the White House or federal agencies.

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Kushner keeps most of his real estate but offers few clues about potential White House conflicts

Jared Kushner, 36, who is emerging as a singularly powerful figure in the Trump White House, is keeping nearly 90 percent of his vast real estate holdings even after resigning from the family business and pledging a clear divide between his private interests and public duties.

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Border Patrol detains 22-year-old Cal State L.A. student activist

A 22-year-old immigration activist and college student has been detained by Border Patrol agents, sparking claims that she was targeted in retaliation for protesting the arrest of her mother, who was swept up by federal agents during a massive cocaine bust last month.

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Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

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AP FACT CHECK: It’s far from case closed on Trump, Russia

President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone’s convinced his presidential campaign and Russia did not collude before the election. Investigations into contacts between Russians and people with the Trump campaign are still going on, so there’s no exoneration to be found.

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ACLU Demands Records on Comey Dismissal

The ACLU submitted a request to the Department of Justice and the FBI asking for the release of all documents relating to President Donald Trump’s decision to remove FBI Director James Comey from office. The cloud of uncertainty swirling over Comey’s dismissal, along with indications that the president may have gravely abused his power, demands a public accounting.

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Advocate for Tough Voting Rules to Steer Trump’s Elections Commission

An advocate for tough restrictions on voting rights and immigration is the new vice-chair of a federal advisory commission to investigate voter fraud. Academic studies regularly show — and most state election officials agree — that voter fraud is rare.

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If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy

A New York Times experiment shows that respondents who could correctly locate North Korea on a map tend to view diplomatic and nonmilitary strategies more favorably than those who could not.

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Defiant Trump Vows to Take Immigration Case to Supreme Court

President Trump vowed on Wednesday to challenge California jurisdictions all the way to the Supreme Court after a federal judge there stopped him from withholding funds to penalize them for shielding illegal immigrants. Mr. Trump, who twice has been blocked by courts from imposing a temporary travel ban on visitors from select Muslim-majority countries, expressed frustration that once again a judge in a single district could thwart him from taking action.

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Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for companies big and small

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in the taxes paid by corporations big and small Wednesday in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan alarmed lawmakers who worry about ballooning federal deficits.

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Gathering Social Media Handles from Chinese Visitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined a coalition effort, led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), to oppose the federal government’s proposal to scrutinize the social media activities of Chinese visitors. Specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to ask certain visa applicants from China to disclose the existence of their social media accounts and the identifiers or handles associated with those accounts.

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U.S.S. Carl Vinson sailing off the coast of Indonesia

Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested

Just over a week ago, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea and give President Trump more options in responding to the North’s provocative behavior. The problem was that the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force were that very moment sailing in the opposite direction.

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Vote correlation: Internet privacy resolution and telecom contributions

The House’s vote Tuesday approving a resolution that would allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ browsing history split nearly along party lines. The final vote was 215-205, with nine members not voting.

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Resources for Undocumented Students

De Anza College is committed to providing education and a safe environment for all students, regardless of their immigration status. While the recent national election has prompted uncertainty and concern about future government polices, De Anza is reaffirming its commitment to treat all students with equity and respect. This page will be updated regularly with information about on-campus programs and other resources for undocumented students.

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In Time for the Reform Debate, New Documents Shed Light on the Government’s Surveillance of Americans

The ACLU today released more than a dozen new documents concerning the government’s warrantless surveillance of millions of Americans. They were obtained from several intelligence agencies in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and relate to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that the government relies on to conduct its PRISM and Upstream spying programs.

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Californians for Population Stabilization Board Chair Ben Zuckerman Co-Edited Book with White Nationalist

Ben Zuckerman, the president of the board of the anti-immigrant Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) co-edited a book with well-known white nationalist Michael Hart. The book, Extraterrestrials: Where Are They?, examines the plausibility of aliens existing and was first published in 1982 and again in 1995, but a 2015 email exchange obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that Zuckerman cared little about Hart’s openly racist beliefs.

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250 donors shelled out $100k or more for Trump’s inauguration, providing 91% of funds

What does it take to stage a welcome-to-the-neighborhood blowout? President Trump raised $107 million for his inaugural festivities, shattering previous records. The former titleholder, Barack Obama, raised half that, $53.2 million, in 2009 — though Obama imposed far stricter limits on amounts and sources of donations.

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