The Trump presidency

Does Trump have the power to pardon himself?

President Trump has discussed with his lawyers what options might be available to him, including pardoning himself or members of his family, the Washington Post reported Thursday night.

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Richard Nixon’s attorneys tried to answer that same question more than four decades ago.

// Sessions discussed campaign matters with Russian ambassador, report says

The accounts from ambassador Sergey Kislyak are contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general.

// Kushner omitted dozens of financial holdings from disclosure, new form shows

Jared Kushner failed to disclose dozens of financial holdings that he was required to declare when he joined the White House.

// Trump Jr., Manafort consider private interview with senators

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee now say the men are negotiating the terms of their appearances.

White House Press secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer resigns as Scaramucci named communications chief

The shake-up comes as President Trump is suffering from dismal approval ratings and struggling to advance his agenda.

// Trump’s new communications director has Boston-area ties

As of Friday, you can find him in the West Wing, but Anthony Scaramucci spent his formative years in the Boston area.

A look inside the USS Constitution’s restoration

After a 26-month long restoration project, the USS Constitution will launch back into the Boston Harbor on Sunday.

//[1].jpg West Virginia man indicted on fraud charges tied to stolen Gardner paintings

Todd “Mordokwan” Desper was indicted on four counts of wire fraud and attempted wire fraud.

// Residents, tourists in Greece sleep outdoors after quake

Residents and tourists were too afraid to return to their homes and hotels, camping out instead in parks and olive groves.

// Minneapolis police chief resigns following officer shooting

Janee Harteau resigned amid calls for new leadership following last week’s shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman.

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 21: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 21, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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Red Sox 6, Angels 2

Red Sox erupt for five early runs to defeat Angels

On cruise control, the Sox beat the Angels, 6-2. Games rarely are that easy.

// MBTA readies new system for verifying passengers’ payment

The MBTA will soon require passengers to show tickets before boarding commuter rail trains at North Station.

// Harvard women’s groups frustrated by efforts to ban them

The university’s effort to crack down on all-male final clubs could have a disproportionate impact on women.

// 48 people rescued in one day at Hampton Beach

At Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, 48 people were rescued from rip currents on Wednesday.

N.H. Trooper Nick Cyr with his 646-pound tuna.

N.H. trooper catches 646-pound tuna after long battle

New Hampshire State Trooper Nick Cyr reeled in a 646-pound bluefin tuna while fishing on Tuesday afternoon in waters off Rye Harbor.

Georgetown, MA: June 21, 2017: At Great Rock Farm, goats are incorporated into the yoga class that is held outdoors under trees and next to a pond. Here Julia Shorter (bottom) takes a photo of her sister Elizabeth Shorter (top) as she strikes a pose with a goat on her. The sisters are from Amesbury (Globe Staff Photo/ Jim Davis)

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Has life got you down? Try yoga with the goats

People are flocking to Great Rock Farm in Georgetown, where good-natured, curious creatures playfully mingle with instructors and students.

// A Patriots lineman got an interesting response from Elon Musk about a hyperloop

Guard Joe Thuney wanted to know if the proposed hyperloop might someday include stops in Boston or Providence.

// UK palace releases Prince George’s 4th birthday portrait

The son of Prince William and his wife Kate celebrates his birthday Saturday.

// What’s the secret to living to 110?

Ulla Lund, who resides in Waltham, is about to join the ranks of supercentenarians.

Ty Burr

// Movies worth finding on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes

Since it’s a slow week, and a hot one, here’s Ty Burr’s latest rundown of what he’s been finding interesting on the various streaming menus lately.


// My son liked farmwork — would he get into college?

A suburban mom worried whether summers driving a tractor provided enough fodder for the all-important college essay.

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//[1].jpg For Mission Hill, a senseless loss to gun violence

Andres “Cholo” Cruz’s death speaks to the harsh and often random nature of gun violence, made all the easier because of ready access to illegal weapons.

Special reports

//[1].jpg His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead

In Hingham, a welfare check on a disconsolate young man with a gun turned into something utterly unimaginable.


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// Forget sharks: 7 things in the water swimmers should actually fear

Shark attacks are incredibly unlikely, but here are seven things swimmers should actually be afraid of — and how to avoid them.


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