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In Mocking Franken, Trump Ignores His Own History

  • Last fall, a recording was made public of Donald J. Trump boasting about groping women, followed by a succession of women who said it was more than bragging.
  • A typical politician might not have taken to Twitter to mock Senator Al Franken for similar accusations, but Mr. Trump has made the atypical choice a common one.


Disaster Aid Pushes White House to Seek Big Cuts Elsewhere

The White House asked Congress for an additional $44 billion in response to this year’s hurricanes, but also suggested spending cuts to try and control a $666 billion deficit that continues to climb.


Top Russian Official Tried to Set Trump and Putin Meeting

The overture came soon after the Trump campaign was told of Russian “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. As Donald J. Trump neared the Republican nomination, Moscow tried repeatedly to contact his campaign.


Trump to Keep Ban on Elephant Trophies, For Now

The president reversed his own administration’s decision in an evening tweet, prohibiting trophies of killed elephants from being brought into the country from Zimbabwe.




Lebanese Leader, Ending Saudi Stay, Arrives in France

Questions are swirling about why Saad Hariri spent two weeks in Saudi Arabia, where he announced his resignation. The unexpected trip unsettled the Middle East, sparking a political crisis in Lebanon.


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