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Contest seen as bellwether of current political climate in a district Trump won by 11 percentage points in 2016

Widely Watched Ohio House Race Too Close to Call

wsj.com • Politics

Republican Troy Balderson claimed a razor-thin victory Tuesday night in an Ohio House district that President Trump won by 11 percentage points in 2016—however, the Associated Press says the race is too close to call.

The transfer of the inquiries marks an escalation

Exclusive: Mueller refers foreign agent inquiries to New York prosecutors

cnn.com • Politics

Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists and operatives failed to register their work as foreign agents, according to people familiar with the matter.

Unlike previous administrations, this White House had no process for making officials available to the legendary reporter.

'Everyone talked with Woodward': Trump White House braces for new book

politico.com • Politics

Bob Woodward, the legendary Washington Post journalist, was sitting on the couch in press secretary Jay Carney’s office, presenting Obama administration officials with an offer they couldn’t refuse.

in Trump’s world, eternity has limits

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

washingtonpost.com • Politics

For the past decade, Michael Cohen worked as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer. He was an eager supplicant, executing the wishes of his celebrity boss and forever seeking his attaboy affection. He said he would take a bullet for Trump, and, even after the president passed him over for a White House job, Cohen still professed his eternal loyalty.

Longtime Trump executive Allen Weisselberg has been subpoenaed in Michael Cohen probe

Trump Organization Finance Chief Called to Testify Before Federal Grand Jury

wsj.com • Politics

Allen Weisselberg, a longtime financial gatekeeper for President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in the criminal probe of Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Attorney general laughs after students chant rallying cry from the Trump campaign, a reference to jailing Hillary Clinton

Jeff Sessions Repeats ‘Lock Her Up’ During Exchange With High-Schoolers

wsj.com • Politics

Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated the words “lock her up” and laughed as he spoke to a group of conservative high-schoolers who had chanted the phrase, a reference to jailing Hillary Clinton.

The tweet, which was posted last Sunday night, follows an apparent warning issued by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, in which he cautioned American's "must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace," according to Iranian state media reports

Trump tweets explosive threat to Iran

cnn.com • Politics

US President Donald Trump has launched a furious all-caps Twitter rebuke of Iran declaring "you will suffer consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before."

as always, Trump takes to Twitter

Trump again reverses course on Russian interference, calls it ‘all a big hoax’

washingtonpost.com • Politics

After a week of tortuous statements, walk-backs and clarifications on whether he believes the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump appeared to have come full circle on Sunday night, dismissing the issue as “all a big hoax.”

“It’s probably the best chance that we have had in 25 years to actually make any substantial changes,” said Richard Pombo

Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces to Overhaul the Endangered Species Act

nytimes.com • Politics

The Endangered Species Act, which for 45 years has safeguarded fragile wildlife while blocking ranching, logging and oil drilling on protected habitats, is coming under attack from lawmakers, the White House and industry on a scale not seen in decades, driven partly by fears that the Republicans will lose ground in November’s midterm elections.

Even the Wall Street Journal described the president's appearance alongside his Russian counterpart as an 'embarrassment'

Inside Trump's Putin climb-down

politico.com • Politics

The White House climb-down from President Donald Trump’s disastrous news conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin began Monday night, just hours after Trump said he saw “no reason” why Russia would have meddled in the 2016 election.

House GOP may grab parts of bipartisan Senate bill, add access to emergency savings

Retirement Bills in Congress Could Alter 401(k) Plans

wsj.com • Politics

Lawmakers are working on the biggest changes to U.S. retirement savings in more than a decade, exploring several proposals that could make it easier for small companies to offer 401(k) plans and for workers to guarantee themselves an annual income after they retire.

Trump administration is once again slashing funding

Trump slashes funding that helps people sign up for Obamacare

cnn.com • Politics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday that it would provide only $10 million for the navigator program for this fall's open enrollment season. The move is the latest effort by the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Both parties say liberal Sen. Tammy Baldwin is the front-runner in Wisconsin’s Senate race

Wisconsin Democrats fear another debacle in November

politico.com • Politics

It’s an unusual message for any candidate, but the liberal Democrat from Wisconsin is sounding the alarm after Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer effectively declared the first-term senator a favorite to keep her seat in November by leaving her off their lists of top-tier Senate races.

the top ongoing legal and political battles that acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler will have to tackle

Pruitt leaves behind a long to-do list

politico.com • Politics

For all his reputation as a deregulatory crusader — the trait that helped him stay atop the Environmental Protection Agency through months of ethics scandals — Pruitt’s efforts to wipe out the Obama administration’s environmental rules suffered at least five early setbacks in court.

President deliberates with advisers, who aren’t sure where he stands ahead of Monday announcement

Trump Takes a Final Look at Supreme Court Choices

wsj.com • Politics

President Donald Trump on Sunday polled outside advisers about his Supreme Court nominee and appeared to favor different finalists as the day wore on, wrestling with a decision that is crucial to his legacy and that could tip the court’s yearslong balance firmly toward conservatives.





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