Trump and Barr have been urging foreign governments to help them investigate the Mueller probe’s origins

US President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr walk together down a White House corridor on September 9, 2019. | AFP/Getty Images New reports from the New York Times and Washington Post shed light on this effort. Attorney General Bill Barr has been personally urging foreign governments to cooperate with an investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe during trips abroad — and President Donald Trump himself asked the prime minister of…

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Three big ideas for tech regulation from Senator Mark Warner

US Senator Mark Warner. | Asa Mathat for Vox Media Sen. Warner outlined what he thinks Congress needs to do next on the latest Recode Decode. Cooperation between the US government and tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter has improved somewhat in recent years, Senator Mark Warner says — but there’s a snowball’s chance in hell they’re going to be able to continue to regulate themselves. “There have never been companies of this size…

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How Trump’s right-wing conspiracy beliefs got him in trouble over Ukraine

Donald Trump met with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse of the Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016, in Bedminster, New Jersey. | Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Trump is embroiled in a major scandal that stretches from Ukraine to Australia — all stemming from his belief in debunked right-wing conspiracy theories. President Donald Trump is embroiled in a major scandal that stretches from Ukraine to Australia — all stemming from his…

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Trump’s immigration agenda had a bad day in court

President Donald Trump speaks during his visit to US Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas, on January 10, 2019. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images He won’t be able to expand family detention or fast-track deportations — for now. Federal courts have dealt two major setbacks to President’s Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement strategy on the southern border, preventing him from commencing his plan to detain families for longer periods and to expand the administration’s power to…

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The Trump administration’s latest sanctions against Russia contradict Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theory

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States’ leaders in Sochi, Russia, on October 11, 2017. | Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Trump doesn’t believe Russians interfere in US elections. His government does. President Donald Trump evidently believes a wacky right-wing conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine — and not Russia — that actually interfered in the 2016 election (and to help the Democrats, not Trump). He’s also long questioned Moscow’s involvement,…

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Report: Mike Pompeo listened to Trump’s July 25 Ukraine call

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on September 30, 2019. | Tom Brenner/Getty Images The Wall Street Journal reports that the secretary of state was on the call when Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate the Bidens. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly listened in on the July 25 phone call between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — indicating that the State Department’s top official was aware of the president’s efforts…

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The House Intelligence Committee just subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani for documents related to impeachment

Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, now faces requests for documents from Congress. | Getty Images Three House Committees are asking Giuliani to submit records related to a July phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. Congressional scrutiny on Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who’s at the heart of an impeachment investigation into the president, just escalated. The House Intelligence Committee, along with the Oversight and Foreign Affairs panels, have subpoenaed…

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Health care is getting more and more expensive, and low-wage workers are bearing more of the cost

Activists marched to the offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in New York City on September 5, 2017. | Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Is the rapidly rising cost of employer-sponsored health insurance sustainable? Half of all Americans get their health insurance through work. Trouble is, doing so is becoming less and less affordable — especially for already low-wage workers. In 2019, the Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey — an…

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