Photo: Russian real estate developer Aras Agalarov (C) stands with his son, singer Emin Agalarov, and publicist Rob Goldstone (R) during a news conference with Donald Trump (not in photo) following the 2013 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 16, 2013. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)
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Washington has rallied around Sen. John McCain after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. McCain spoke up for the first time today, tweeting "Unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon. So stand by!" But McCain's absence is bound to affect action on Capitol Hill, including the continued wrangling over a GOP health care bill. Ed O'Keefe, congressional reporter with the Washington Post, says McCain is eager to get back in the game – and Republican Senators are anxious for his return.
President Trump made clear on Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times, that he's unhappy with a lot of the people who work for him. He attacked his own attorney general, saying Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russia investigation was "very unfair to the president." Trump didn't quite threaten to fire the special counsel Bob Mueller -- but he left open the possibility, and said it would be a particular violation if Mueller started looking into his family's finances beyond Russia. What is Trump so nervous about? We look at what it means to follow the Russian money and where it might lead us.
Is there any public policy issue that you think you have all figured out -- that you're willing to try to change your mind on?
David Leonhardt, opinion columnist for the New York Times, writes "Righteousness comes easily in these polarized times. We all have reasons for our opinions." But he observes that we tend to be surrounded by people who hold similar ones -- and the more we talk politics, the more confident we can become that we're right.” Leonhardt thinks this is a problem, that it's leading to groupthink and overconfidence -- even possibly in himself. So he's setting out this summer to rethink how confident he should be on certain topics -- and he's encouraging you to do the same.
Josh Barro on liberals and their 'hamburger problem'
CREDO study on national charter management organization
Berkeley study on Seattle's minimum wage experience
University of Washington minimum wage study
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
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Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
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