Thursday, 26 July 2018

Politics A.M.: ‘I’m not going to be a punching bag anymore’: Inside Michael Cohen’s break with Trump

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'I'm not going to be a punching bag anymore': Inside Michael Cohen's break with Trump
Cohen's actions appear to be driven more by his outrage over the president's indifference and feelings of betrayal than by a legal strategy to help his case.
Fact Checker • Analysis
Once again, 'fake news' decried by Trump turns out to be true
The Trump administration has a consistent habit of flatly denying media reports that turn out to be correct.
The Fix
Michael Cohen secretly recorded Trump. Does that make him a bad lawyer?
The ethics and legality of the Trump-Cohen recordings, explained.
House conservatives introduce resolution calling for impeachment of Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel probe on Russia
The move sets up a showdown with Republican leaders, who have distanced themselves from calls to remove the deputy attorney general.
The Fix • Analysis
Trump declares a victory in his trade war. Skepticism is warranted.
In a bold statement, President Trump suggested the E.U. has given in. The NATO summit two weeks ago shows why we should wait and see.
A year after GOP measure's demise, Democrats see health care as a winning issue
But several Republicans have pivoted to a message that highlights what they perceive as a potential Democratic overreach: the embrace of more aggressive federal intervention in health care.
Republican primary candidates have one goal: Securing Trump's endorsement or denying it to an opponent
The president has a formal system for decisions but often opts for the candidate who's a "good guy" or airs provocative ads.
Bernie Sanders endorses anti-establishment Democrat for governor in Michigan
Abdul El-Sayed, whose campaign is led by veterans of Sanders's presidential bid, has positioned himself as the next breakout star of this year's Democratic primaries — even as he trails far behind in polls.
When Paul Ryan leaves government, the federal deficit will be $1.2 trillion higher than when he arrived
The tax cuts he supported contribute to that gap.
PowerPost • Analysis
Ohio Democrat learns that any comment about Nancy Pelosi can and will be used against you
The low-key Ohioan's remark on a "Hardball" segment with Chris Matthews quickly became the first big gaffe of his campaign.
The Fix • Analysis
Another poll shows approval of Trump among women is on the decline
The Trump campaign continues to struggle with female voters.
Before her arrest as an alleged Russian agent, Maria Butina's proud defense of her homeland drew notice at American University
To some who knew her as a graduate student, Butina's indictment on federal charges validated their own unsettling suspicions.
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