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Did Donald Trump Jr. Break the Law?

July 12, 2017 With the disclosure of a June 2016 email in which he welcomed direct assistance from the Russian government to help his father’s campaign, Donald Trump Jr. leapt Tuesday from the frying pan of political danger into the fire of potential legal peril. The president’s eldest son became a central figure...

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Was Donald Trump Jr. Told the Kremlin Was Behind the Leak?

July 11, 2017 Last week, Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t considered part of the sprawling Russia investigation that has consumed his father’s early presidency. Now he is firmly at its center. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the president’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about...

A Mental-Health Crisis in Alabama’s Prisons

July 2, 2017 Ten days after he testified on the state of mental-health care in Alabama’s prisons last year, Jamie Wallace killed himself. He was 24 years old. Wallace took the stand in December 2016 in Braggs v. Dunn, a class-action lawsuit challenging the Alabama Department of Corrections’ mental-health-care system. Over the course...

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The Supreme Court Partially Unblocked Trump's Travel Ban

June 26, 2017 The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a series of lower-court rulings blocking the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban on Monday, setting up a major showdown over presidential power and religious discrimination. In an unsigned order issued on the Court’s last day before its summer recess, the justices scheduled oral...

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Trump Sees Big Boost in Income From Properties He Frequents As President

June 19, 2017 President Trump says he’s received tens of millions of dollars in income from the golf courses and resorts whose profile he boosted during frequent visits since taking office, according to filings released Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. The 98 pages of financial disclosures offer a partial snapshot...

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Will Rod Rosenstein Recuse Himself From the Russia Probe?

June 16, 2017 Rod Rosenstein is having a strange week. The deputy attorney general is under pressure from all sides as the Russia investigation has escalated into direct scrutiny of the president himself. President Trump directly criticized the deputy attorney general on Friday, and some reports indicate he could soon remove himself from...

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Why Is Robert Mueller Probing Jared Kushner's Finances?

June 16, 2017 Jared Kushner’s business endeavors in the dog-eat-dog world of New York City real estate helped endear him to his father-in-law, President Trump. Now those complex dealings are reportedly under scrutiny by federal investigators as part of the sprawling Russia investigation. The Washington Post reported Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s...

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Mike Pence Lawyers Up

June 16, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence has hired an outside lawyer to represent him during the Russia investigation, a sign that key members of the administration are gearing up for a protracted legal tug-of-war with Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. According to The Washington Post, Pence tapped prominent Virginia attorney Richard...

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Report: Trump Is Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice

June 15, 2017 By firing James Comey, President Trump has now provoked the criminal investigation he insisted didn’t exist when he fired him. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating whether Trump tried to obstruct justice by firing the former FBI director last month, placing the Trump administration in a legally perilous situation...

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A Brief History of Violence Against Members of Congress

June 14, 2017 Violence against federal legislators is less common than assassination attempts against presidents, but the deliberative branch has seen its share of tragedies and near-tragedies. The most recent shooting of a member of Congress took place only six years ago when the Arizona Democrat Gabby Giffords was shot in the head...