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Trump and Putin’s Meeting, the Aftermath and More Political Stories This Week

The meeting incited conflicting statements, outcry and new developments in the relationship between Washington and Moscow. Here’s a look at the meeting, what happened afterward — and some links to other political articles if you want to read further. THE MEETING Trump, at Putin’s side, questioned American intelligence about Russian …

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Hey, Let’s Start a Political Movement

This wasn’t the forward, decisive vision of a Washington operative. A one-time freelance writer, (whose work has appeared in the Travel section of The New York Times), Mr. Todras-Whitehill’s political experience was minimal. He had volunteered during John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and traveled to northeastern Ohio in 2008, where …

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Russia Campaign ‘Just One Tree in a Growing Forest,’ Rosenstein Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will crack down on agents who are working to advance foreign agendas in the United States, Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, said on Thursday as he warned of a growing Russian threat to the United States. Influence operations undertaken by foreign governments “are …

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Kirstjen Nielsen Again Says She’s Seen No Evidence Russia’s Meddling Was Aimed at Helping Trump

what was said “I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party. I think what we’ve seen on the foreign influence side is they were attempting to intervene and cause chaos on both sides.” — Kirstjen Nielsen, the …

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Putin Says Trump’s Critics in U.S. Are Trying to Undermine Meeting

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia warned on Thursday that certain political forces in the United States — a formulation that usually refers to a supposed anti-Russian cabal in the American national security establishment — were trying to undermine what he called a successful meeting this week with …

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Critics of Trump’s Veterans Affairs Dept. Raise Concerns About Departures

Amid high-level turnover at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump administration critics are expressing alarm over whether politics is playing a role in the recent wave of removals, reassignments and retirements. The department is currently run by Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke and has been without a Senate-confirmed leader …

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From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret …

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