Trump is getting briefed on North Korea — by the media

President Trump professed Thursday to know no more than the reporters questioning him about whether North Korea might cancel his scheduled meeting next month with its leader, Kim Jong Un.

“We have not been told anything,” Trump said during a brief question-and-answer session, as he met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “We’re just reading stories like you are.”

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Why Robert Mueller probably won’t — and perhaps shouldn’t — indict Trump

This post has been updated.

Rudolph W. Giuliani is not the most credible messenger. But he seems pretty sure that Robert S. Mueller III has guaranteed that President Trump won’t be indicted. Giuliani says Mueller's team informed Trump's lawyers that such a thing wasn’t even on the table because the special counsel will follow existing Justice Department guidelines that say presidents can’t be indicted.

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The House GOP’s internal immigration battle, laid bare

We are witnessing a pretty surprising bucking of House leadership from a group of House Republicans who typically don't pull this sort of thing.

Nearly 20 House Republicans have signed a petition to try to force an immigration vote that Republican leaders have so far refused to have.

“Obviously we don't like the discharge petition,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said at an event Thursday. “It would guarantee [whatever we vote on] would not go into law.”

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Why hasn’t Trump attacked Michael Avenatti?

The tweet is probably inevitable. “Dopey Avenatti is a total lightweight and desperate for attention,” it might say — or something like that. But for now, anyway, President Trump is laying off the man who might be his most visible antagonist, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels.

At least one Trump tweet on Thursday morning indicated the president was watching “Fox & Friends,” yet he refrained from commenting on a segment in which the hosts cited a report by the conservative Media Research Center that Avenatti has appeared on TV 147 times in the past 10 weeks. Trump has never made public remarks about Avenatti.

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Will Michael Cohen’s mounting frustration lead him to turn on Trump?

Michael Cohen told Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox in September that he “would take a bullet for the president,” but President Trump's longtime personal attorney sounds considerably less resolute these days.

“I just can't take this anymore,” Cohen has confided in friends, according to Fox's latest reporting.

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Who will decide which party controls the House? Whiter, wealthier Americans.

Control of the House of Representatives is going to be decided this November in a relatively small handful of races across the country, some 70 out of 435 House districts.

New data show that although spread out, these districts encompass a narrow slice of America. The voters who could decide control of Congress tend to be whiter, older and more educated than the rest of the country.

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In reference to ‘animals,’ Trump evokes an ugly history of dehumanization

President Trump on Thursday pointedly referred to undocumented immigrants as "animals" in a statement his critics say betrays a gross misunderstanding of the plight of people who came to the United States illegally, and beyond that, little sympathy for them.

During an immigration roundtable at the White House with administration aides, political leaders and California law enforcement officials, Trump said his administration was deporting undocumented immigrants who commit violent crimes.

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54 things Donald Trump Jr. couldn’t ‘recall’ or ‘remember’ in his testimony

If there’s one thing Donald Trump Jr. cleared up with his congressional testimony, it’s that he doesn’t remember a lot of things.

In a newly released transcript of his testimony, Trump repeatedly couched his answers about that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting by saying he did not “remember” or that he didn’t “recall” certain things. Even when he was pretty sure, he'd say “not that I recall” or something like that. The result was a pretty cagey piece of testimony.

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A new way the Stormy Daniels payment might have broken a law

The first thing that made the Stormy Daniels saga more than a salacious tale about a president and a porn star was the possibility that a $130,000, pre-election payment for Daniels's silence about an alleged affair constituted an illegal campaign contribution by President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

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Trump’s new Stormy Daniels disclosure reveals yet another Rudy Giuliani contradiction

Yet another thing Rudolph W. Giuliani said about President Trump's Stormy Daniels reimbursement has now come into question.

Trump's newly filed financial disclosure form includes a footnote that, for the first time, officially lists the reimbursement to Michael Cohen:

In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as “reportable liabilities” on Part 8, in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trnmp's attorneys, Michael Cohen. Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be $100,001 — $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.

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