The decision is without precedent in modern American history: The president used his public office to direct a massive contract to himself.

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The Maryland Democrat, who died Thursday, knew that alliances and respect from rivals would only make him more powerful — so his friends ranged from Rep. Meadows to Sen. Warren.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney held a combative news conference as House investigators heard from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.


Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey

Romney suggested that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have given Trump an ultimatum — and that Trump caved on withdrawing from Syria.

Watch five of Rep. Elijah Cummings’s most powerful speeches

“Booming,” “stirring” and “powerful” were just a few of the ways Cummings’s congressional colleagues described his style as remembrances of him poured in Thursday.

Trump’s acting chief of staff admits it: There was a Ukraine quid pro quo

But he insisted it wasn't a corrupt one.

In admitting that Trump had personally intervened to award a multimillion-dollar summit to his own company, and that the president had also used taxpayer money as leverage to push a Ukrainian investigation into Democrats, Mulvaney embraced a Trumpian tactic: saying the quiet — and potentially illegal — part out loud.

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In this edition: What we learned from the third fundraising quarter, why the Medicare-for-all debate can be so confusing, and fresh attack ads in the deep South.

“The cease-fire does not change the fact that America has abandoned an ally, adding insult to dishonor,” Romney said, hours after Senate Republicans blocked a vote on a resolution condemning the military move.

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What he says happened makes no sense. What he says Trump wanted makes no sense.

Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and tech industry veteran, is running on a platform of universal basic income. Read more about Yang, find out where he stands on key issues and see how much money his campaign has raised so far.

Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq War, has been a member of Congress since 2013. Read more about Gabbard, find out where she stands on key issues and see how much money her campaign has raised so far.

Despite the Miami area's vulnerability to the effects of climate change, the Trump administration plans to keep the topic off the agenda.

Democrats abruptly left the White House meeting, angered by what they described as an insulting and “nasty diatribe” by Trump. The White House pushed back, saying the president was measured.

Cory Booker, a senator from New Jersey since 2013, has presented himself as a presidential candidate of hope and optimism. Read more about Booker, find out where he stands on key issues and see how much money his campaign has raised so far.

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., would be the first openly gay president if elected. Read more about Buttigieg, find out where he stands on key issues and see how much money his campaign has raised so far.

Kamala Harris rose rapidly in California politics, from San Francisco district attorney to California attorney general to U.S. senator. Read more about Harris, find out where she stands on key issues and see how much money her campaign has raised so far.

Amy Klobuchar, a senator from Minnesota since 2007, easily won reelection in 2018. Read more about Klobuchar, find out where she stands on key issues and see how much money her campaign has raised so far.

eto O’Rourke represented an El Paso-area congressional district for three terms before mounting an unsuccessful challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz ( R ). Read more about O’Rourke, find out where he stands on key issues and see how much money his campaign has raised so far.

Bernie Sanders, U.S. senator from Vermont, is a political independent who caucuses with the Democrats. He is running for president for the second time. Read more about Sanders, find out where he stands on key issues and see how much money his campaign has raised so far.

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