02.20.2018 - 2:51 PM EDT

Here’s your weekly – every TuesdaySum Up of all significant developments on Obamacare and health care policy over the past week. Read these 500 words and we’ll make sure you’re totally up to date and haven’t missed anything. Voting rights and Democracy on Monday; Health care policy and Obamacare on Tuesday; Russia on Friday.

02.20.2018 - 12:38 PM EDT

I want to share with you some notes I’ve been keeping about Tom Barrack, the man who is supposedly one of the President’s closest friends and confidantes as well as a friend of Paul Manafort. He had a big speaking role for Trump at the convention. He organized the inauguration. He’s a big person in Trump World. But the first thing to know about Barrack (pronounced ‘bare-rick’) is that he is the guy Donald Trump pretends to be: he is a fabulously successful and fabulously wealthy investor, developer and manager of real estate properties on a global basis. He operates what is essentially a private equity firm called Colony Northstar (formerly Colony Capital). This is what supposedly makes Barrack such a valuable sounding board for Trump: he doesn’t need Trump or his money. Trump is surrounded by clowns, frauds and phonies. But Barrack is, when it comes to global real estate/investor titans, the real deal.

For these reasons, it’s always seemed to me that Barrack doesn’t need in on any of Trump’s rackets. But he’s also been just in the background of a number of the big developments in the Russia story. This occurred to me again when I first learned about his ties to Rick Gates, which I’ll describe below.

02.20.2018 - 11:53 AM EDT

The Parkland shooting has spurred an inspiring surge in activism among the teen survivors, as well as other high school students around the country, demanding efforts to reduce gun violence. The movement gains much of its power from the fact that these activists, like those with Black Lives Matter, are literally fighting to save their own lives.

02.20.2018 - 10:23 AM EDT

The circle is tightening around Paul Manafort.

02.20.2018 - 10:05 AM EDT

Good morning, and welcome back from the long weekend. Here’s what our writers and editors have their eyes on today.

02.18.2018 - 6:59 PM EDT

What now looks likely to be a plea deal agreed to by Rick Gates is a very big deal. What’s not clear yet is who it’s a big deal for.

02.17.2018 - 7:34 PM EDT

I flagged this on Twitter before President Trump started flogging it. But I’m not at all surprised that he did. Because, somewhat to my surprise, it revealed that Facebook seems still to be committed to lying, albeit now more artfully, about its role in the 2016 election and more broadly as a channel of choice for propaganda and misinformation.

02.17.2018 - 2:17 PM EDT

This is quite the photo. (Click the headline of this post to see full sized image.)

Dan Scavino (L), White House Director of Social Media, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (2nd L), Johnny DeStefano (2nd R), Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel, and Keith Kellogg (R), Chief of Staff of the National Security Council. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
02.17.2018 - 1:39 PM EDT

With a bit of time to think over yesterday’s revelations, here are some follow up thoughts, interpretations and brainstorms about what the information contained in the indictments means.

02.16.2018 - 6:27 PM EDT

When I first heard the alert that Mueller had indicted a group of Russian nationals for crimes tied to interference in the 2016 US election, it to me seemed relatively unremarkable. We know, or think we know, this happened. We know there are potential crimes connected to the interference. So my first thought was that Mueller was simply checking this box as part of the process of building out his case. Of course, the indictments contained a great deal of information than I suspected, much of which you can see discussed in our team’s coverage over the course of the afternoon.

I annotate these documents when I read them, to try to make sense of them. So I wanted to share with you passages that struck me as particularly notable or ones that suggested more was afoot than was included in the indictment itself.

02.16.2018 - 5:55 PM EDT

The other indictment from Special Counsel Robert Mueller today was also a surprise. A plea agreement had already been reached, and a plea entered in federal court in DC. That all happened earlier this week. Not a peep.

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