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How Trump’s Budget Would Affect Every Part of Government

Government programs from Medicaid to the National Institutes of Health would be cut substantially under the budget proposed by the White House on Tuesday. Even military spending would make few gains over 10 years.

Here are some of the changes over 10 years, compared with projected spending under current law, according to a Times analysis:

Ex-C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia

John O. Brennan, the former director the C.I.A., testified during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday in Washington. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times
WASHINGTON — John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, described on Tuesday a nerve-fraying few months last year as American authorities realized that the presidential election was under attack and feared that Donald J. Trump’s campaign might be aiding that fight.

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal Here's the timeline you need to keep track of the controversy.

The Trump-Russia scandal—with all its bizarre and troubling twists and turns—has become a controversy that is defining the Trump presidency. The FBI recently disclosed that since July it has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia, as part of its probe of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election. Citing "US officials," CNN reported that the bureau has gathered information suggesting coordination between Trump campaign officials and suspected Russian operatives.

Potential obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump just took 'quantum leap', lawyer says

'Trump's loyalty demands and his alleged request that Comey lay off his former national security adviser have caused many to suspect an improper and possibly criminal motivation', writes Paul Callan
US President Donald Trump attends the US Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut/ AFP Images
A potential obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump just received a “quantum leap in strength and legal sustainability”, according to a well known legal analyst and former New York homicide prosecutor.

"I Have My Subpoena Pen Ready": Congress Reacts to News Trump May Have Asked FBI to Stop Flynn Probe

n Tuesday evening, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump asked former FBI director James Comey during a February meeting to end the federal investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The White House denied in a statement that Trump had ever asked Comey or "anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn."

Sadly, it looks like Spicey's star is falling

Per usual, there's all kinds of leaks about a White House "shakeup," with some aides now saying a major house cleaning wouldn't look so good following the recent turmoil and Donald Trump's big overseas trip.

But one person who does look uniquely vulnerable is the jittery guy who kicked off his briefing career on Jan. 23 with a diatribe directed at the very people charged with relentlessly covering one of the most scandal-ridden White Houses in modern politics. One way or the other, Sean Spicer’s role will almost certainly be scaled back, writes Politico:

Report: Top GOP Lawmaker Was Recorded Saying He Thought Trump Was on Putin's Payroll

Kevin McCarthy embraces Donald Trump—323 after reportedly saying he thought Trump was on Vladimir Putin's payroll. Evan Vucci/AP

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's spokesman now says the allegation was a joke.
Another night, another bombshell report about President Donald Trump and Russia.

 Congress Could Establish a Commission to See if Trump Is Mentally Fit to Be President

Jamie Raskin proposes using the 25th Amendment to assess whether presidential incapacity exists.

Before he was elected last year to the US House of Representatives, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin earned wide recognition over a quarter-century as a professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law. So whenever Raskin weighs in on issues of presidential accountability, he speaks from experience—and with the authority of a scholar who has worked with Democrats and Republicans to make real the full promise of the nation’s defining document.

Trump goes off on Twitter: 'single greatest witch hunt' in American history

Informed that Robert Mueller was being appointed as special counsel to investigate connections with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House says Trump was the soul of civility.

... White House staff members joined President Donald Trump in the Oval Office where he offered a measured response, according to a senior White House official. …

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