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    A Supreme Court Case Could Liberate Trump to Pardon His Associates

    Gamble v. United States isn’t related to the Russia investigation. But the outcome—which one senior Republican senator has tried to influence—could still have consequences for the probe.  

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    Yale Law School’s Reckoning Over Brett Kavanaugh

    Students and faculty staged a sit-in Monday in protest against President Trump’s nomination of the conservative appellate-court judge, a 1990 Yale Law graduate, to the Supreme Court.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis

    The Massachusetts Democrat introduced legislation that takes aim at segregation, redlining, restrictive zoning, and the loss of equity by low-income homeowners.

  • Chris Wattie / Reuters

    Brett Kavanaugh's Unprecedented Fox News Interview

    Faced with sexual-assault allegations, the would-be justice has been more aggressive in fighting for his Supreme Court nomination than most of his predecessors.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Laugh and the World Laughs With You

    In his second address before the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump blasted "globalism" and instead underscored the importance of sovereignty. The audience laughed during Trump's speech.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Acts of Rod

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Trump on Thursday following reports that he once suggested secretly recording the president and discussed invoking the Twenty-Fifth Amendment.

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    The White House Is Scrambling to Calm Its Supporters Over the New Kavanaugh Allegations

    Republicans in Washington are committed to getting Trump’s Supreme Court nominee confirmed, fearing their voters will stay home in November if they can’t seal the deal.

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    Anonymity Is Having a Moment

    But when is it justified?

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    What Rosenstein’s Exit Would Mean for Mueller's Russia Investigation

    His departure could have consequences for the special counsel’s probe.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    The Republican Rush to Confirm Kavanaugh Backfired

    Three new allegations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee show the dangers of a hasty process.

  • Brendan McDermid / Reuters

    Trump Signals an Openness to Talks With Iran

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley appeared on Sunday morning’s news shows and took a hard line on Iran, but said the president would react favorably if Iran expressed interest in meeting.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Christine Blasey Ford and the Search for a Standard of Proof

    The Sunday shows were filled with commentary on the 51-year-old research psychologist’s expected testimony against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but no one could quite define what a fair hearing should look like.

  • Dale G. Young / Detroit News via AP

    A Grassroots Call to Ban Gerrymandering

    Voters Not Politicians gathered an astounding 425,000 signatures in Michigan to secure a spot on the November ballot for a proposed constitutional amendment creating a citizens’ commission for redistricting.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify as Frustrated Republicans Ask ‘When?’

    Attorneys for the woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault said she would testify this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee without specifying a date or final terms.  

  • Alex Wong / Reuters

    Christine Blasey Ford Weighs the Risks and Rewards of Testifying

    There’s almost no way the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault can adequately prepare for a high-pressure appearance Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    Donald Trump Might Be the ‘Client From Hell’

    The president doesn’t seem to understand what lawyers do—including the ones trying to defend the presidency.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Oh My Rod

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly suggested secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    Who Stands to Benefit From the New Leak About Rod Rosenstein?

    The New York Times reported Friday that the deputy attorney general had talked about secretly recording the president and invoking the Twenty-Fifth Amendment.

  • Micah Walter / Reuters

    A Conservative Judge Takes Aim at Roe v. Wade in Face of a Shifting Supreme Court

    Judge Bobby Shepherd of the Eighth Circuit has upheld, for now, two Missouri laws restricting abortion that are virtually identical to those struck down in 2016 by the Supreme Court.

  • Leah Millis / Reuters

    The Kavanaugh Confirmation Process Is Getting Even Uglier

    After several days of comparative restraint, President Trump argued that if his Supreme Court nominee had really tried to assault Christine Blasey Ford, she would have filed a police report.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Big Spenders Come Out in Anticipation of the 2018 Midterms

    Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Richard Uihlein, George Soros, and Bill Maher all made political contributions in August.