Friday, 20 July 2018

Politics A.M.: Trump calls Obama ‘a total patsy’ for Russia as he touts his efforts to build a relationship with Putin

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Trump calls Obama 'a total patsy' for Russia as he touts his efforts to build a relationship with Putin
In a television interview, the president said he has been "far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years, maybe ever."
'That's going to be special': Tensions rise as Trump invites Putin to Washington
What Trump and Putin discussed in Helsinki remains mostly a mystery.
Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy
The effort is designed to foil covert operations such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election.
The Fix • Analysis
How closely will Republicans follow Trump on Russia and Putin?
Polls show both Republicans and Americans overall were skeptical of Russia. Some of those attitudes are changing.
Russia-friendly Rep. Rohrabacher doubts hacking indictment, plans to consult outside 'experts'
"There are experts that will be able to judge whether it's accurate," said the California Republican.
Russian firm indicted in special counsel probe cites Kavanaugh decision to argue that charges should be dismissed
The Supreme Court nominee's opinion in the 2011 case and other decisions indicates he may be skeptical of restrictions on money in politics.
Democrats seize on failure of judicial pick to demand all of Supreme Court nominee's documents
College articles sunk Trump's nomination of Ryan Bounds for the powerful appellate court, prompting Democrats to use that as justification to press for all of Brett Kavanaugh's writings.
Senate moves to install VA nominee following reports of staff targeting by acting secretary
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a vote on Robert Wilkie's confirmation for Monday.
The Fix • Analysis
The top 10 Senate races give Democrats a (narrow) opening to win the Senate
But there are a lot of buts for Democrats in The Fix's latest Friday Line Senate rankings,
Trump promised to remake the courts. He's installing conservative judges at a record pace.
The Trump administration has successfully pushed through the Senate the largest number of federal judges than any recent president.
PowerPost • Perspective
House provides no 2019 pay raise for feds; conflicts with Senate
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a 1.9 percent pay raise last month. If the full Senate agrees, the two chambers would have to reconcile their differences.
The Fix • Analysis
Will slut-shaming fly in the #MeToo era? Rep. Jason Lewis provides a test case.
Minnesota congressman's views seem at odds with many Republican voters.
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