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PUTIN COULDN’T HAVE PLANNED TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION BETTER HIMSELF, SAYS FORMER RUSSIAN SPY

Donald Trump Jr. (center) hugs his father, Donald Trump, after he accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 21, 2016. Donald Jr.’s wife, Vanessa walks past.
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As the controversy centering on Donald Trump Jr.’s relations with a Kremlin-linked lawyer descends into farce, a former Soviet sleeper agent has waded into the debate with his claims that Russia could not have planted a less competent administration in the U.S. than President Donald Trump’s.

Trump Plans Giveaways to His Buddy Putin

If Donald Trump were smart, he’d be listening to his advisors. He’s not.

As President Donald Trump lashes out at former President Barack Obama for failing to take a harder line against Russia for election meddling, Trump’s own advisers are struggling to convince him that Russia still poses a threat, according to multiple senior administration officials…

Trump Questions Putin on Election Meddling at Eagerly Awaited Encounter

President Trump met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday.
STEPHEN CROWLEY / THE NEW YORK TIMES
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, DAVID E. SANGER and GLENN THRUSH
JULY 7, 2017
HAMBURG, Germany — President Trump questioned President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Friday about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, using their epic first face-to-face meeting to directly raise what has become a vexing political issue for the White House.

So much for the idea of a Trump-Putin “bromance”

Can Donald Trump relight the fire with his Russian brother Vladimir Putin?

Once upon a time they were a mutual admiration society. In 2013, Trump expressed hope that Putin would attend his Miss Universe contest in Moscow and wondered if he would become “my new best friend.” In 2015, he compared Putin favorably to President Obama.

“In terms of leadership, he [Putin] is getting an ‘A,'” he told Bill O’Reilly. Putin returned the favor in 2016 by calling Trump “talented and brilliant.”

‘Morning Joe’ Row Is Fresh Sign of TV’s Iron Grip on Trump

President Trump’s fractious relationship with the political news media is exemplified by his history with the hosts of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
MSNBC
JUNE 30, 2017
Mediator
By JIM RUTENBERG
There are a lot of insights to be drawn from the latest media maelstrom involving President Trump: about his sensitivity to criticism, his impulsivity, the way he talks about women and the ease with which he can still hurl the basest of insults.

The Health-Care Debacle Has Exposed Republicans for Who They Are

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to force a vote on his health-care bill went foul from the start. The “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” devised in secret, turned out to be as harsh and as unpopular as its House counterpart. It stripped health insurance from 22 million people, raising most people’s premiums, particularly those of older and low-wage workers, and gutted Medicaid to pay for tax cuts for the very rich. There is no real mystery as to why this was a hard sell.

Former NATO Ambassador Shoots Down Republican Attempts to Blame Obama for the Russian Election Hack

Two Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee tried Wednesday to pick up on President Donald Trump’s recent claim that former President Barack Obama failed to act against Russian interference in the 2016 election. But Nicholas Burns, a former top State Department official testifying at the committee’s hearing on Russian meddling in European elections, was having none of it.

The must-see video of 'Trump' having tantrum at children's school goes viral

Donald Trump’s Achilles’ Heel and/or the soft, dark, underbelly of his weakness is clearly his ego. So, it would make sense that one way for the frustrated and angry American people to get back at him would be to mock his fragile, legend-in-his-own-mind, immature self-importance. Donald Trump has been called the man-child/boy-president and been spoofed all over the Internet with images of him as a grown toddler. You can see some of those images here.

How Governors From Both Parties Plotted to Derail the Senate Health Bill

Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, a Republican, at the White House in November. He denounced his party’s health legislation in biting terms, saying that it would victimize the poor and those with mental illnesses, and redirect tax money “to people who are already very wealthy.” Credit Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Readers' best comments: Trump's Twitter storm of the week

In a series of tweets, President Trump both admitted that he had no recordings of conversations with former FBI director James Comey and acknowledged for the first time that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar:

I think that when Trump tweeted that Comey “better hope there are no tapes,” he was referring back to when he believed the Obama administration bugged his offices. So the tapes would be those in the hands of the intelligence agencies.

— David Nelson

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