Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Politics A.M.: The Trump-Michael Cohen tape transcript, annotated

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The Trump-Michael Cohen tape transcript, annotated
The tape leaves plenty of questions. Here's what we can say.
Transcript of Cohen tape suggests Trump knew about model's deal to sell story of alleged affair
When the story broke two months later, Trump's spokeswoman said, 'We have no knowledge of any of this.'
Four important points that arise from the Trump-Cohen recording
When did Cohen and AMI talk? How can anyone argue this wasn't related to the campaign? Why did Trump want to pay cash?
Georgia runoffs: Republicans pick Trump-endorsed secretary of state for governor
Democrats also picked nominees in two competitive suburban Atlanta congressional districts in voting Thursday.
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.
Fact Checker • Analysis
No, HHS Secretary Azar did not say 'zero tolerance' children received a 'great act of American generosity'
An attack ad by an abortion-rights group cites HHS Secretary's Alex Azar's quote out of context.
Democratic socialists stage a summertime comeback
Relatively few in number, the organization and its candidates have made a mark in midterm elections.
White House readies plan for $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers caught in Trump's escalating trade war
The plan would begin sending funds to farmers in September.
White House counsel huddles with Senate Republicans on dispute over documents from Supreme Court nominee
Democrats are demanding that Brett Kavanaugh hand over all documents from his time at the George W. Bush White House.
Congress to ease Russia sanctions amid clamor for tougher measures
The annual defense bill gives the president some wiggle room on selling arms to countries with Russia ties.
Without evidence, Trump claims Russia 'will be pushing very hard for the Democrats' in 2018 midterms
The president trotted out a new line on Russian interference as the uproar over his shifting stances on the issue entered its second week.
Ivanka Trump shuts down her namesake clothing brand
The president's daughter and White House senior adviser said her "focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington" and called the company's closure "the only fair outcome for my team and partners."
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