• Breaking with tradition, Trump White House forgoes Ramadan dinner
  • We now live in a world in which White House press briefings must be drawn to be seen
  • Editor’s Note
  • Is Mexico the world’s second most dangerous country, as Trump says? That depends
  • Hillary Clinton: GOP is ‘death party’ if health care bill passes

Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

(CNN)The President’s latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a new victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation. Shortly thereafter, the President shocked the nation with the announcement that he had fired the controversial FBI director he had only recently praised. The White House press office immediately pointed to Rosenstein’s detailed memo as…

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Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

(CNN)President Donald Trump released a 98-page financial disclosure form Friday, detailing the broad outlines of his wealth but still leaving a number of unanswered questions about the specifics of not only Trump’s income but also the details of his vast holdings. Trump raked in $288 million from his golf courses alone; he made at least $37 million from Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort and a frequent weekend stomping ground for the…

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Trump family makes first visit to Camp David

Washington (CNN)Think “Trump orbit” in a recreational sense, and it’s likely golf or gilded interiors come to mind — a vision of uber-comfortable playgrounds replete with ribeye steaks and crystal chandeliers. It’s an unusual decision for the President, who is widely known as someone who doesn’t like to disrupt his daily routine or spend weekends anywhere except at Trump-branded properties.

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Trump delegates troop decisions, to praise and concern

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s decision to delegate authority over troop levels in Afghanistan has been lauded by those who feel he’s correcting Obama administration overreach, even as it raises concerns that he may be ceding too much civilian control of the military. Former defense officials say civilian oversight of the military is not just an important check in a healthy democracy, it ensures that larger strategic considerations are taken into…

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The best and worst countries to be a kid

(CNN)Children growing up in Niger are at the highest risk of having their childhood cut short, according to a report by Save the Children. Norway and Slovenia share the top position as the best places to grow up. (The top 10 best and worst places are listed below) See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “Given what we know about the risks…

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Kamala Harris is every woman who stands up to speak

(CNN)Washington may be a tough town where the big boys roam free, but apparently, freshman Sen. Kamala Devi Harris makes these career politicians nervous. Again and again during the Senate intelligence committee hearings into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Harris, who is of black and Indian descent, has been reprimanded by her all-white male colleagues for simply doing her job: asking direct questions and expecting direct answers in return….

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Trump gives away his most consequential decision to the Pentagon

(CNN)President Trump has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis full authority to set US troop levels in Afghanistan. Fair enough. But there are — and should be — honest concerns about the degree to which the President’s hands-off approach to the military provides for a proper set of checks and balances and is healthy for civil-military relations in this country. This is not a man, let’s remember, well known for…

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Wenstrup: Baseball aside, we’re all playing for the same team

(CNN)I never expected a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone, but Wednesday morning it did. I was pulling on my batting gloves and heading to the batting cages along the first base line when I heard the crack of a rifle shot. I turned — only to hear my Mississippi colleague and fellow Iraq War veteran Trent Kelly yell, “shooter!” Join us on…

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Washington Post: Mueller investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings

Washington (CNN)The business dealings of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and trusted aide Jared Kushner are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter. Mueller’s investigation is still in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear if any criminal charges will be brought when it is complete, the Post pointed out. Sources have stressed to CNN that there…

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to have his cake and eat it too when it came to his explanations during congressional testimony Tuesday for the firing of FBI Director James Comey. On the other hand, Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had discussed removing Comey as FBI director and agreed that it was time for a “fresh start” at the bureau…

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The return of leftist terrorism?

(CNN)On Wednesday morning, a gunman attacked congressional Republicans practicing baseball, injuring five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The man identified as the shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson III, was taken into custody and later died. Two Republican congressmen who were at the baseball practice, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis and South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, also said that a man who looked like the shooter had asked them before…

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Trump makes hospital visit after congressional baseball shooting

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump made an evening visit to the hospital where a critically wounded US congressman is receiving treatment Wednesday. The couple brought two large bouquets of white flowers for the injured lawmaker’s wife, as well as for Crystal Griner, a US Capitol Police officer also wounded in the gun attack. His appearance was shorter than his predecessor’s post-shooting statements, and did not contain political overtures, as President Barack…

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Congressman: Gunman targeted us because we’re Republicans

(CNN)As House Majority Whip Steve Scalise fights for his life after being shot during practice for the congressional Republican baseball team, one of his teammates said Wednesday night he believes it was their political party that made them targets for the gunman. ‘We’ve got to come together’ Palmer said “our country’s being torn apart” and that “both sides need to tone it down, whether it’s social media or showing up…

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VA chief on Cabinet meeting: We weren’t told to do it

(CNN)There was no script for President Donald Trump’s first full Cabinet meeting, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said Tuesday. Shulkin said the meeting was “very productive,” and that he was able to discuss how the Cabinet could help the VA advance its agenda. ‘A very good meeting’ “It was a very good meeting actually,” Shulkin said. “We had a chance … to talk about issues in depth.” One issue…

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Heinrich: Sessions’ testimony shows ‘concerted effort’ to obstruct investigation

(CNN)A Democratic senator who questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said he thinks Sessions’ refusal to answer some questions suggests there is a “concerted effort” from the administration to obstruct the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “I have deep concerns any time a sitting attorney general refuses to answer questions under oath, and the attorney general refused time and time again, without ever invoking executive privilege,”…

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In Sessions hearing, GOP senators sought truth, Dems sought to hit Trump

(CNN)A generally mild-mannered Jeff Sessions expressed outrage and indignation during his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee hearing on the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Throughout the 2 hour probe, two things became crystal clear: Republican senators want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election process and Democratic senators are focused on exposing confidential information in an effort to sabotage the Trump presidency. Committee Chairman Richard Burr,…

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Macy Gray talks racism in America and her biggest problem with Trump

Los Angeles (CNN)Macy Gray is known for her edgy, enigmatic voice and her soulful music about love and life, but in her 10th studio release, which will be out this summer, the Grammy-winning singer is getting political in a way she hasn’t before. Fans got a taste of what’s to come when Gray released “White Man” in February — an anthem about racism in America. The video features a tense…

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