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.

// Trump tweets that he has ‘complete power to pardon’

True to form, Donald Trump called the Washington Post’s story about presidential pardons “fake news.”

// 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’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.

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.

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

Nick Cyr

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.

//[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.

Orford, NH - 7/17/17 - Center, camper Carson Krulewitch, reads The Mark of Athena while his fellow campers play Magic the Gathering during a rainy afternoon at Camp Moosilauke on Monday, July 17, 2017. Because of the weather, the power was temporarily knocked out but campers continued on with flash lights, hardly missing a beat. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Reporter: Tom Farragher Topic: 19Farragher

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Where boys can be boys, with no iPhones in sight

The governing principle at Camp Moosilauke, one of the oldest summer camps in the United States, is simple and astonishingly successful: Let boys be boys.

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)

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.

// Ari Schultz, 5-year-old heart transplant recipient, dies

Ari’s story went viral in March when his parents posted a YouTube video, telling him he would be receiving a new heart.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan walks back to the locker room after the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game loss to the New England Patriots in overtime, in Houston. Time for the Falcons to move on. The team begins offseasoon workouts with an eye toward getting over a stunning Super Bowl loss. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)


Can the Falcons avoid the Super Bowl hangover? And other NFL training camp storylines

The “loser’s curse” might be more myth than reality now.

// 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.

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.

// 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.

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// 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.

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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.

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//[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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Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer

Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.