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Trump Called Murdoch to Congratulate Him on Disney Deal

President Donald Trump called Rupert Murdoch on Thursday and congratulated him ahead of a deal for Walt Disney Co. to buy some of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox Inc., White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Trump Called Ryan About Report He Plans to Step Down

President Donald Trump called House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday to ask about a report that he will step down from his leadership position after 2018, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump Lauds Civil Rights Pioneers in Contentious Museum Trip

Donald Trump honored the sacrifice of black civil rights pioneers in remarks at the opening of a Mississippi museum boycotted by black lawmakers and others who said the president’s conduct in office has been an affront to the movement.

Trump Urges Alabama to Vote Moore, Targets Accuser's Lawyer

U.S. President Donald Trump gave his most full-throated endorsement yet of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, casting aside calls to shun the former judge who’s been accused of sexual misconduct while seizing on reports that questioned the credibility of his accuser.

Trump Campaign Stops Paying Donald Jr.’s Legal Bills

The Trump campaign has stopped paying legal bills for Donald Trump Jr. and is setting up a legal defense fund to cover the costs for him and other campaign staffers related to investigations into Russian election meddling, said a person familiar with the matter.

Trump to Pay His Own Legal Bills, Set Up Fund to Cover Staff

President Donald Trump has started paying his own legal bills related to the Russia probe, rather than charging them to his campaign or the Republican National Committee, and is finalizing a plan to use personal funds to help current and former White House staff with their legal costs.

Trump Insists Asia Trip That Lacked Breakthroughs Was a Success

President Donald Trump pushed back on Wednesday against observations that his nearly two-week trip to Asia had produced no breakthroughs on trade or on North Korea, delivering a 24-minute statement at the White House in defense of his nationalist agenda.

McConnell Explores Installing Sessions If Moore Wins

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the idea of having Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed to his old Senate seat if Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore wins election but then is expelled by his colleagues, according to a person familiar with the exchange.

Podesta Group Unravels as CEO Plans to Take Clients to New Firm

Less than two weeks after Democratic mega-lobbyist Tony Podesta stepped down from his firm amid questions over its foreign work, one of Washington’s most prominent lobbying shops is unraveling as its employees try to reconstitute under new leadership.

Carter Page Invokes Fifth Amendment in House Intelligence Interview

A former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign invoked the Fifth Amendment in refusing to produce documents during a private interview Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee looking into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Manafort, Gates Had Deep Trump Campaign Ties Despite Denials

The White House has sought for months to distance itself from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and inaugural planner Rick Gates, who were both charged Monday on multiple counts of money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying.

Three Trump Associates Charged in Russia Collusion Probe

The federal investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia took a major turn Monday as authorities charged three people -- a former campaign chief, his associate and an ex-foreign policy adviser -- with crimes including money laundering, lying to the FBI and conspiracy.

Trump, House Tax Chief Send Mixed Signals on 401(k) Break

President Donald Trump repeated his desire to keep tax breaks for workers’ 401(k) contributions Wednesday -- just hours after the chief tax writer in the House said his panel was exploring ways to change retirement savings in legislation he plans to release next week.

White House Close to Ending Mueller Probe Backlog

The White House expects soon to clear a backlog of requests for documents and information from special counsel Robert Mueller related to his investigation of Russian tampering with the 2016 U.S. election, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

White House Reviews Trump Aides’ Use of Private Email

The White House has begun an internal review of its staff’s use of private email for government business, a person familiar with the inquiry said, as Congress scrutinizes an issue that echoes one of President Donald Trump’s key attacks on his opponent in last year’s election.

House Committee Seeks Details of Kushner's Private Email Use

The ranking members of the House Oversight Committee have asked the Trump administration to detail whether senior officials have used personal email accounts for government work, after it was disclosed that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had been using one on the job.

Trump Will Use Campaign Funds to Pay for Russia Legal Bills

President Donald Trump will use money donated to his campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his personal legal bills related to investigations into his campaign’s ties to Russia, two people familiar with the matter said.

Mueller Looks to Interview at Least Four Trump Aides

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has informed the White House that he’ll likely seek to interview at least four of President Donald Trump’s current and former aides as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a person familiar with the matter said.

Trump Risks GOP Civil War in Pushing Congress for ‘Dreamer’ Bill

President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program preventing the deportation of immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children risks a deep wedge between the Republican Party’s leaders and its conservative base ahead of next year’s congressional elections.

Key Trump Aide’s Departure Rattles President’s Allies

President Donald Trump’s allies are worried that the most damaging of the many recent departures from his White House may be that of Keith Schiller, a little-known former bodyguard who’s one of the president’s closest confidants outside his family.

Trump Offers Open-Ended Commitment to Shore Up Afghanistan

President Donald Trump announced an open-ended commitment to Afghanistan that will put as many as 4,000 more U.S. troops into the nation’s longest-lasting conflict and keep American forces there as long as it takes to deny terrorists a haven and bring about a political settlement with the Taliban.

U.S. Urges Latin America to End Diplomatic Ties With North Korea

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Peru to cut all economic and diplomatic relations with North Korea as the U.S. looks to broaden the coalition of countries pressuring leader Kim Jong-Un to curtail his nuclear program.

Mueller Using Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is using a federal grand jury in Washington to help collect information as he probes Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates, according to three people familiar with the investigation.

Trump’s Focus on Leaks and Loyalty Puts Sessions in Crosshairs

President Donald Trump’s preoccupations with leaks and loyalty are converging squarely on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, contributing to a sense among some close to Trump that Sessions is not long for the role as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

Kushner Described as Forthcoming in Closed-Door House Meeting

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was cooperative and forthcoming Tuesday during a closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee examining potential connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, lawmakers said.

Trump Struggles to Regain Footing After Staff Defections

President Donald Trump sought to impose order in his White House in the face of a widening Russia probe on Friday, ending a tumultuous week by appointing a new lead lawyer, sidelining his old one and hiring a new communications director as two top spokesmen quit in protest.

Trump Jr., Manafort Asked to Testify July 26 by Senate Panel

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, were asked to testify July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the panel expands its scrutiny of potential links between the president’s associates and Russia.