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After Helsinki meeting, talk of presidential treason creeping into mainstream

As Trump scrambled to patch any holes on Tuesday by reimagining his extraordinary news conference with Russia’s president the day before in Helsinki, the question was whether he had reached a genuine turning point or simply endured another one of those episodes that seems decisive but ultimately fades into the next one.

Ground Game

3 ways Trump can get out of the post-Putin-meeting political mess

What could President Trump possibly say to dig himself out of his Helsinki hole? We shall see.

Trump expected to speak at 2 p.m. about widely criticized Putin summit

The Latest on President Donald Trump and his summit with Russian President Donald Trump (all times local):

CNN’s Anderson Cooper calls Trump’s summit performance ‘disgraceful’

Cooper’s comments were the most startling of several strong media reactions to the session, primarily because of his role as a news anchor.

Deval Patrick swings through Texas to test a 2020 presidential bid

The former Massachusetts governor spent this July weekend in the dry Texas heat to see how it might feel to join the ever growing field of candidates.

Trump says Putin made an ‘incredible offer’ in Russian hacking case

President Trump said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin privately made an “incredible offer” to help American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election season.

Melania Trump’s wardrobe goes mute

After the brouhaha caused by her “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket, the first lady’s clothes, which in many cases have become her voice, have been apparently muzzled.


At Helsinki summit, Trump leaps to Putin’s defense

In the case of United States versus Russia, it was as if President Trump had been hired to act as the defense attorney for President Vladimir Putin.

Russian media suggest Putin-Trump summit a step forward

Russian media saw Monday’s highly anticipated summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump as a heartening step forward, with the Kremlin leader as the more prominent figure.

5 takeaways from the Trump-Putin press conference

If you missed the press conference that everyone is talking about, here’s what you need to know.

Federal judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of reunited families who were separated by the Trump administration after crossing the southwest border.

California Democratic Party snubs Feinstein, endorses rival

A majority of the party’s 360-member executive board ignored the senator’s calls to stay neutral in the race.

For questions of presidential power, Brett Kavanaugh has several answers

His role in recent constitutional fights involving the presidency is expected to be a major focus of his confirmation hearings.

Malware, spearphishing, and phony identities — indictment provides details of Russian hacking conspiracy

It was a well-planned and ultimately successful cyberoperation, carried out by the intelligence agency of a major country, Robert Mueller alleges.

Former Mass. governor Deval Patrick to lend hand to campaigns in Texas

Patrick is in Texas to give an address to the NAACP convention — a chance to test out his message and rationale for running for president.

Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family

Trump likes the idea of permanent power and celebrity, a Rice University professor said, “and nothing screams that more than the British royal family.”

Department of Justice appeals ruling that allowed AT&T-Time Warner merger

Stung by a federal judge’s dismissal of its objections to AT&T’s megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal.

A Blue Line to Lynn? Advocates are pushing a new way to fund transportation projects

In the wake of the “millionaire’s tax” decision, advocates have set their sights on regional ballot questions as a way to fund transportation.


Greater Boston author readings July 15-21

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Democrats worry their voters are more exhausted than outraged by Trump

“There are a lot of people who are tired of talking about and tired of hearing about Donald Trump nonstop,” said Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster.

Sessions singles out ‘sanctuary city of Lawrence’ in N.H. opioid speech

Speaking in Concord, N.H., on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “there can be no sanctuary” for fentanyl dealers.

Police say they made an ‘error’ in arresting Stormy Daniels

Her attorney said she was ‘‘set up’’ in a Columbus police sting operation, calling it an ‘‘absurd use of law enforcement resources.’’

Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says

Brett Kavanaugh at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets.

In symbolic rebuke, Senate votes for a congressional role in Trump’s tariff decisions

The Senate voted to seek a congressional role in Trump’s tariff decisions, reflecting growing GOP alarm over the president’s trade war.

At Harvard Law School, he’s Professor Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by President Trump for the Supreme Court, was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, where he was well-liked by both students and faculty members.

Trump says Pfizer is rolling back drug ‘price hikes’

President Trump said Tuesday that Pfizer Inc. is rolling back drug price increases after he attacked the pharmaceutical company a day earlier for raising costs.

Twice a Supreme Court runner-up, Hardiman is back at work

It was the second time in two years that Thomas Hardiman, who is originally from Waltham, was one of President Trump’s finalists.

Trump tweeted about an Emerson College poll. But his facts weren’t quite right

The president’s Twitter post doesn’t tell the whole story, according to the Emerson professor who helped lead the study.

Born inside the Beltway, Brett Kavanaugh is part of the GOP legal elite

Brett Kavanaugh is an Ivy Leaguer who worked for the justice he has been nominated to replace, investigated a Democratic president, and served in a Republican White House.

These six people may decide whether Kavanaugh will join the Supreme Court

Six senators may have an ability to alter the outcome of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

President Trump’s caustic racial comments dovetail with harsh policies

President Trump has put some of his sentiments into policy, crafting initiatives critics call bigoted and dangerous.

Elizabeth Warren slams President Trump at Natick forum

Asked about Trump’s offer to make a donation if she took a DNA test, Warren shrugged it off as a distraction technique.

Capital Source

In backing Gifford for Congress, Fitchburg mayor rebuffed others — including Marty Walsh

The pull for Fitchburg Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale’s political heart strings was not without competition.

House explodes, killing 2 people

The cause has not been determined, but utility workers shut off gas in the area of the Newfield, N.J., blast.

Critics say Trump’s insults of Warren were a double scoop of misogyny, racism

Senator Elizabeth Warren labeled President Trump’s Thursday comments about her “creepy” and assured her supporters that she can “handle a bully.”

Judge overseeing lawsuit against Hefner, Rosenberg steps down

Judge Debra Squires-Lee did not say why she recused herself from the case against Bryon Hefner and Stanley Rosenberg.

Bob Massie lags on fund-raising, gives campaign another loan

A campaign official says Bob Massie’s trip to France affected the totals.

State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected

Much of the unexpected revenue came from unstable sources, such as capital gains taxes.

Trump urges quick action on immigration, changing course once again

Trump urges quick action on immigration, changing course once again

Trump suggests giving Elizabeth Warren a DNA test, ‘but we have to do it gently because we’re in the “Me Too” generation’

President Trump also made light of the #MeToo movement during Thursday night’s rally in Montana.


Former Fox executive Bill Shine joins White House as communications chief

Trump urges quick action on immigration, changing course once again.

A look at the 24 members of President Trump’s Cabinet

Trump’s includes Vice President Mike Pence, 15 permanent members, and eight others considered to be Cabinet-rank.

‘Trump baby’ blimp to fly in London during president’s visit next week

Protesters have been given approval to fly a blimp depicting Donald Trump as a giant orange baby over Parliament during the president’s visit to Britain.


Greater Boston author readings July 1-7

A weekly calendar of literary events.

On Mideast trip, Elizabeth Warren polishes her credentials

For the senator, the trip is bound to raise further talk about her 2020 plans, as the Massachusetts Democrat continues trying to bolster her foreign policy credentials.

Representative Jim Jordan denies allegations that he ignored sexual abuse of wrestlers at Ohio State

Jordan denies allegations that he ignored sexual abuse of wrestlers at Ohio State

Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it

Ursula Trump, who runs the Trump bakery in the next village, eventually relented, palms upturned, and sighed: “You can’t choose your relatives, can you?”

Here’s why #secondcivilwarletters is trending (and a look at some of the funniest tweets)

The Twitter hashtag, which imagines Civil War era-esque prose with a (sometimes hilarious) modern twist, seems to be in response to conservative talk show host Alex Jones.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends her Bronx roots amid criticism

Conservative critics have seized on reports that the BU grad spent much of her life growing up not in the Bronx, but on a quiet suburban street in Westchester County.

FBI, SEC also investigating Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

The Justice Department has been looking into what Facebook knew, and when.