Trump claims Russia no longer targeting US elections, contradicting officials

US President Donald Trump spoke during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

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President Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.

This courtroom sketch depicts Maria Butina, in orange suit, a 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent, listening to her attorney Robert Driscoll, standing, as he speaks to Judge Deborah Robinson, left, during a hearing in federal court in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson, bottom left, and co-defense attorney's Alfred Carry, right, listen. Prosecutors say Butina was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States. And prosecutors also are accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

Russian woman used sex in her role as covert agent in US, prosecutors say

Maria Butina, who has been charged with secretly acting on Moscow’s behalf in the United States, was ordered held without bond.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump departed from Glasgow Prestwick Airport aboard Air Force One on Monday.

Trump planning to ditch JFK’s baby blue color scheme for Air Force One

President Donald Trump says the familiar color on the presidential aircraft will give way to a new red-white-and-blue color scheme.

Protesters rallied against the separation of immigrant families in Bridgeport on July 11.

Child welfare experts worry about effects of separation policy on children

Children may already have been traumatized by being separated from their parents, participants at a forum at Tufts University said.


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The Massachusetts Republicans running for the US Senate will fit right in with the dutiful doormats in the caucus they hope to join.

Legislative leaders in Mass. agreed to a $41.9 billion budget proposal — nearly three weeks into the current fiscal year.

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State budget won’t include provisions on immigration

Liberals lawmakers had wanted the budget to prohibit police from performing some federal immigration duties.

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Trump says Air Force One to get red, white, and blue makeover

President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover.


After Helsinki meeting, talk of presidential treason creeping into mainstream

As Trump scrambled to patch any holes on Tuesday by reimagining his extraordinary news conference with Russia’s president the day before in Helsinki, the question was whether he had reached a genuine turning point or simply endured another one of those episodes that seems decisive but ultimately fades into the next one.

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3 ways Trump can get out of the post-Putin-meeting political mess

What could President Trump possibly say to dig himself out of his Helsinki hole? We shall see.

Trump expected to speak at 2 p.m. about widely criticized Putin summit

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