Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether bigotry tainted Trump’s travel ban

The US Supreme Court will be asked Wednesday to consider a core question of President Trump’s rise to power.

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The president’s lawyers insisted the ban — which is currently in effect after three revisions to survive court challenges — had nothing to do with religion.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: U.S. President Donald Trump answers reporters' questions during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in the East Room of the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Macron and Trump are scheduled to meet throughout the day to discuss a range of bilateral issues as Trump holds his first official state visit with the French president. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump says if he were Ronny Jackson, he wouldn’t want to go through nomination process for VA secretary

“If I were him . . . I wouldn’t do it,” President Trump said of the nomination process that US Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson is facing to run the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

// Trump wants to leave ‘strong and lasting footprint’ in Syria, warns Iran on nukes

President Trump declared that if the Iranians ‘‘restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before.’’

// President Trump welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at White House

The arrival was heavy on pomp, with nearly 500 US service-members from all five military branches participating in the ceremonial welcome.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on Tuesday.

Some rib Trump after he briefly holds hands with Macron

President Trump shook French President Emmanuel Macron’s hand — and then, keeping his hand clasped around the foreign dignitary, led Macron away from reporters.

Hollywood star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was praying for former president George H.W. Bush to recover from an infection.

‘I am here to pump you up’ — Arnold Schwarzenegger wishes George H.W. Bush a full recovery

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter Tuesday to wish former President George H.W. Bush well as the 93-year-old continues treatment at a Houston hospital for an infection.

Vermont has a reputation as a liberal wonderland. Yet here we are in 2018, and Vermont is in fact the only state that has only ever elected white men to Congress.

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Ground Game

Believe it or not, a New England state is the only one to never send a woman to Congress

If asked to guess, it’s a safe bet that few Americans would have put this state anywhere on their list of possibilities.

Local politics

Republicans unsettled by narrow win in Arizona

The GOP held onto an Arizona US House seat they would have never considered endangered in any other year.

Trump signals openness to a ‘new deal’ to constrain Iran

Hosting President Macron of France, President Trump said he could agree to an Iran deal renegotiated by US and European officials if it was strong enough.

Evangelicals dismiss Trump scandals, look to help GOP

Christian conservatives say the president more than honored his end of the bargain that brought reluctant members of their ranks.


Former ambassador Rufus Gifford adds celebrity sizzle to congressional race

There are no fewer than 13 Democratic candidates running to succeed US Representative Niki Tsongas in the Third Congressional District.

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