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    Leah Mills / Reuters

    The Unmonitored President

    Trump is the first president who, rather than striding forward and speaking, just gets up and talks.

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  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Trump’s Troubling Helsinki Remarks: Bizarre—and Historic?

    The president’s absolution of Putin will stand as the most surreal moment in 70 years of Russian-American relations, and maybe the most bizarre and troubling utterance by any chief executive in American history.

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    ICE Is the Ugly Face of Big-Government Populism

    Rather than address its egregious abuses, the Republican Party is uniting in praise for the agency.

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    Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

    The Fourteenth Amendment Can’t Be Revoked by Executive Order

    A former Trump aide twists the words of the Constitution to advocate depriving American-born children of their citizenship.

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    Sergei Karpukhin / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: RSVPutin

    The White House said that President Trump asked National-Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall.

  • Alex Brandon / AP

    A New Talking Point From the Pro-Trump Fringe

    A new line of punditry is bubbling up among the president’s followers online: It was a positive thing that the Russians hacked the 2016 election.

  • Grigory Dukor / Reuters

    Trump’s Missing A-Game

    Helsinki may be the extraordinary moment when Donald Trump’s worst traits were so blatantly self-exposed that even some of his own partisans were forced to say, “Enough.”

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    Alex Brandon / AP

    Jeff Flake Hints at the T-Word

    The retiring Arizona senator criticizes President Trump like no other Republican. On Thursday, he accused the commander in chief of “giving aid and comfort to an enemy of democracy.”

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    Leah Millis / Reuters

    Donald Trump Is No Patriot

    It’s not clear he even understands the distinction between self and country upon which the idea of patriotism rests.

  • Leah Millis / Reuters

    The White House Can't Contain the Russia Story

    President Trump’s communications shop has little control over his message on a normal day, let alone in a news-heavy week like this one.

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    Carlos Barria / Reuters

    The Trump Administration Contradicts Itself on Putin’s Offer

    The White House and U.S. State Department had very different answers to Russia’s request to interview 11 Americans.

  • Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters

    Trump Can Never Go Too Far for Republicans

    Even the most serious GOP senators were willing to take the president at his word on Russia—no matter how transparent his excuses.

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    Can Trump’s Republican Critics Find Strength in Numbers?

    They don’t have to prove that they represent a majority of their party. They just have to demonstrate that the party can’t win without them.

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    Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘No’ Problem

    When asked by a reporter on Wednesday whether Russia was still targeting the U.S., President Trump answered, “no.” The White House said he was talking about something else.

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    Jim Bourg / Reuters

    Trump Says Russia Isn’t Still Targeting the U.S.—But He’s Wrong

    Putin’s government is waging information warfare against America, but the president is ignoring his intelligence advisers as they sound the alarm.

  • Congress
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Only Republican Opposing Brett Kavanaugh

    Representative Justin Amash is the sole member of Congress who's come out against the Supreme Court nominee, citing his record on privacy. Can he get Senator Rand Paul to join him?

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    Leah Millis / Reuters

    Some of the People Trump Has Blamed for Russia’s 2016 Election Hack

    A “400 pound” person, someone living in New Jersey, and now “a lot of people out there”

  • Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    Can the GOP Demonize Pelosi One More Time?

    The Republican ad assault on the Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is now in its 12th year, but it may not work in the 2018 midterms.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Putin’s Big Tell?

    Putin’s decision to reference William Browder at the post-summit press conference provided even more evidence that a 2016 meeting between Trump-campaign officials and a Russian lawyer was blessed by the Kremlin.

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    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Decency Loses Its Moral Force

    The Strzok hearing was shameful, but shame has fallen victim to partisan differences.

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    Trump Has Learned Nothing

    The president's waffling on Russian interference was part of a weeklong meltdown—a summer tradition that started during his campaign.