07.20.2018 - 10:08 AM EDT

Confused about the ridiculously open and apparent Russian infiltration scheme allegedly targeting the NRA and conservative Republicans? We sort it out for you in this handy chart.

07.19.2018 - 1:40 PM EDT

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I was very skeptical that President Trump’s stunning performance at Monday’s press conference would lead to any great shift on Capitol Hill or among core Trump voters. I remain skeptical. In fact, we’ve seen evidence from the Hill tending to validate that skepticism. Some Sens and Reps are blaming Trump critics for the last four days. Many more are accepting at face value the President’s would/wouldn’t nonsense or simply saying there’s nothing they can do.

07.19.2018 - 10:15 AM EDT

Yesterday President Trump gave an interview to Jeff Glor of CBS News. In a portion where he invoked his standard “no collusion” mantra, there was something more (emphasis added).

TRUMP: There’s no collusion. I didn’t deal with Russia. I had nothing to do with Russia with respect to my race. I won that race rather easily. And I can tell you that I think, frankly, 2020, I think it’s going to be even better than we did in ’16.

GLOR: But would you, are you more likely to sit an interview now?

TRUMP: My lawyers are working on that. I’ve always wanted to do an interview, because look, there’s been no collusion. There’s been no talk of Russia. There’s been no phone call. There’s been nothing. And it’s I call it a witch hunt. That’s exactly what it is. It’s a it’s a vicious witch hunt. And you know what? It’s very bad for our country. Very, very bad for our country.

07.19.2018 - 10:00 AM EDT

Good morning. Here’s what our writers and editors have their eyes on today.

07.18.2018 - 5:39 PM EDT

Matt Shuham asked Fox News how Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump ended up talking about the “aggressive” and warlike people of Montenegro. Tucker called him back.

Read Matt’s write-up of their conversation (Prime access) →

07.18.2018 - 5:00 PM EDT

One of the ways the Trump administration has been chipping away at Obamacare is by approving state plans to attach work requirements to Medicaid. Now, one set of work requirement is going into effect: Arkansas is requiring Medicaid recipients to submit proof online that they work or searched for a job at least 80 hours per month. But Arkansas has the second-worst rate of home internet in the country; thousands of people missed the deadline and could lose their health care.

Get the full story, and catch up on other assaults on Obamacare, in Alice Ollstein’s Weekly Primer on health care (Prime access) →

07.18.2018 - 3:47 PM EDT

Mariia Butina will be held in jail until her trial, a judge ordered a short time ago. Tierney Sneed reports from the courthouse. Keep checking back as she adds new details that emerged in court.

07.18.2018 - 12:36 PM EDT

Mariia Butina is scheduled to appear in federal court in DC within the hour for a preliminary hearing, following her arrest Sunday and indictment Tuesday. Tierney Sneed is at the courthouse. More when we have it.

07.18.2018 - 12:06 PM EDT

An amazing detail from the latest filing by federal prosecutors in the case against Mariia Butina, the Russian national accused of infiltrating the NRA as part of a Russian influence operation.

07.18.2018 - 11:47 AM EDT

Prosecutors reveal more about Mariia Butina’s clandestine influence operation targeting the NRA, and yes, sexual favors were allegedly involved.

07.18.2018 - 11:04 AM EDT

New goings-on in the Mueller probe at the federal courthouse in DC … Tierney Sneed is there … more soon.

 

Late update: Here’s what Tierney sleuthed out.

07.18.2018 - 10:18 AM EDT

Good morning. Here’s what our writers and editors have their eyes on today.

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