Friday, 30 November 2018

Politics A.M.: Trump emerges as a central subject of Mueller probe

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'Individual 1': Trump emerges as a central subject of Mueller probe
Investigators have evidence that Trump was in close contact with his lieutenants as they reached out to Moscow and WikiLeaks — and that they attempted to conceal their activities.
'Very legal & very cool': Trump dismisses criticism of his 2016 business project in Russia
President Trump mocked scrutiny of his Russian business exploration as a "Witch Hunt!"
The Fix • Analysis
Trump's hubris-infused Russia deal coverup
Trump has often shrugged off the political and ethical rules of the day. Pursuing a real-estate deal in Moscow during the 2016 primary season might take the cake.
Acting attorney general Whitaker was notified in advance of Cohen plea
Whitaker in the past has been publicly critical of the special-counsel probe, and many have feared he might take steps to stifle it.
Power Up: Trump frets as Mueller probe follows him abroad
The president is tweeting.
Cohen's plea deal renews scrutiny of Republicans' Trump-Russia report
House Intelligence Committee Democrats seek to reinterview other witnesses they suspect of lying under oath.
Trump scores big political win with signing ceremony at G-20 for new North American trade pact
The USMCA agreement replacing NAFTA represents a personal triumph for Trump — but the accord faces big difficulties in Congress.
Fact Checker • Analysis
Does the sentencing bill give early release to drug traffickers, sex offenders?
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says yes. But he gives short shrift to safeguards in the bill that could keep many of them behind bars.
No talk of 'the Resistance' or opinions about impeachment at work, federal employees are warned
Some government watchdogs fear the new federal guidance will chill First Amendment rights and whistle-blowing.
Certification in limbo in N.C. House race as fraud investigation continues
State election officials have no plans to certify results in 9th District vote at their meeting Friday.
The Fix • Analysis
McConnell isn't bringing up criminal justice reform. Maybe he doesn't want to.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a vote after the election, but the clock is running out.
The Trailer: Bernie's army gathers in Vermont
In this edition: Bernie's allies gather in Vermont, Mississippi voters go their own way, the Louisiana governor's race kicks off before the candidates do, and Democrats' power struggles lead to more struggling.
How Canada's feminist foreign minister cut a trade deal with Trump
Chrystia Freeland has become a symbol for the growing divide between Canada and the United States. 
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