Trump’s presidency at 6 months

Donald Trump was sworn into office six months ago. But his young presidency has struggled under the weight of a failed health care overhaul, an obstacle-ridden travel ban, and constant Russia controversies.

// Trump rages at Sessions in New York Times interview

President Trump said Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to Russia was “very unfair to the president.”

// Shrugging off controversy, Trump’s voter-fraud panel seeks more personal data

The panel is among the earliest examples of Trump translating his “us-against-them” political philosophy into governance.

Opinion | Jeffrey D. Sachs

// Lies and the lying lobbyists who tell them

The greatest problem in Washington is not polarization but lying.

Spotlight Follow-up

// Veterans Affairs secretary promises ‘brand new’ review of Manchester hospital

Federal investigators looking into allegations of substandard care at the Manchester veterans’ hospital will disregard an internal report that found no serious problems.

Humpback whale's right pectoral flipper is raised as it falls back into the water, in this spin breach, in the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank.

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Whale watching can brighten even a gray day

Will you see a humpback if you take a whale watch tour on a rainy day? Lucky for you, whales are just as likely to surface on a dreary day as they are on a nice one.

Alex Beam

// Don Jr. and Jared meet Boris and Natasha

An imagined meeting of the Trump circle and the world’s greatest “no-goodniks.”

Lillian Webb and Donald Eugene Webb.

Fugitive told wife to bury him in backyard when he died

A fugitive accused of killing a Pennsylvania police chief and recently dug up in Dartmouth instructed his wife to bury him in their yard.

// Boston is a wicked sweaty city, report finds

The city ranks as one of the sweatiest cities in the country.

// Someone is asking $500 for a mousepad signed by Tom Brady’s better half

The seller calls Gisele Bundchen a “money-making machine” and says buying this not-quite-one-of-a-kind mousepad is a “smart investment move.”

// Heartbreakers guitarist takes stage in Somerville club

Mike Campbell joined local Grateful Dead tribute band Bearly Dead during a cover of the Dead song, “Loser.”

// Chef Barbara Lynch faces drunken driving charge, report says

Renowned chef Barbara Lynch is facing a drunken driving charge after a car crash in Gloucester earlier this week.

Senator John McCain.

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Senator McCain diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer

Arizona Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has glioblastoma, a brain tumor.

// What to know about Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis

Here are five things to know about glioblastoma and McCain’s future health.

// O.J. Simpson to plead for his freedom on live TV

Former football star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson will command the world’s attention once again Thursday.

Yvonne Abraham

// The soul of a neighborhood, killed for no reason

Andres Cruz was the kind of hardware store owner who still extended credit to cash-strapped customers and offered help with their projects.

Judge denies MIT janitor’s request to be released from custody

Francisco Rodriguez, a 43-year-old father who has no criminal record, has become a political emblem of the US immigration system.

// Snarled by traffic, Bristol sheriff facing contempt hearing

Judge William Young ordered Tom Hodgson to appear for a contempt hearing because he showed up two hours late.

Feds seeking stiff sentence for MS-13 gang member

The government filed its sentencing request Wednesday in US District Court in the case against Efrain Yanes-Vasquez.

// Single-family home plan in Wellesley may be scrapped for condos

The developer says the 12-home subdivision is not economically viable, and is considering 44 condominiums instead.

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Marty Walsh and Sam Kennedy on the art of building consensus

Learn how two of Boston’s biggest decision makers get their team, and city, behind them.

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// Soon-Shiong is expanding his medical empire. Is that good for patients?

The billionaire now controls hospitals and a cancer clinic, where he can test his vision for revamping health care.