A brief history of Trump attempting to ‘hereby demand’ things

“Hereby” is a magic word that can change reality by simply being uttered. Sunday marked the president’s fourth attempt to use it correctly.

RNC pays half-million dollars to firm representing Hope Hicks in Mueller probe

The Republican National Committee paid $450,000 in April to the law firm representing Hope Hicks in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, new public disclosures show.

Hicks retained Robert Trout of Washington litigation firm Trout Cacheris & Janis as investigations into links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials heated up in the fall of 2017.

The RNC and the Trump campaign have previously acknowledged paying legal bills for Trump and others involved in the Russia investigation, including the president’s family members. In 2017, the RNC spent $230,000 to cover the president’s legal fees and spent close to $200,000 on Donald Trump Jr.’s legal fees.

Neither had acknowledged paying bills on Hicks’ behalf, and the new disclosure filed on Sunday with the Federal Election Commission did not name her. Such disclosures do not usually specify the clients or nature of the legal work at issue.

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Reuters: Source says Giuliani ‘made up’ end date for Mueller probe

President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani made up the Sept. 1 deadline he said special counsel Robert Mueller had placed on Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump obstructed the Russia investigation, a …

Mike Pompeo Promises To ‘Crush’ Iran And Achieve A Better Deal

The secretary of state avoided specifics on how he would convince  the rest of the world to abandon the existing nuclear accord.

Supreme Court upholds employers’ right to require arbitration to settle workplace disputes

A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld the right of employers to require employees to use private arbitration to resolve workplace disputes.

The 5-4 decision, split along the usual ideological lines, upheld the right of employers to use mandatory arbitration clauses to block the filing of class-action lawsuits over workplace issues such as unpaid overtime. The majority rejected arguments that forcing those cases into private, individual arbitration violated federal labor law.

The Supreme Court Just Made It A Lot Harder For You To Sue Your Employer

A new ruling allows employers to force workers into class-action waivers. As one justice put it, the case cuts to "the entire heart of the New Deal."

The Supreme Court Just Made It A Lot Harder For You To Sue Your Employer

A new ruling allows employers to force workers into class-action waivers. As one justice put it, the case cuts to "the entire heart of the New Deal."

Supreme Court upholds agreements that prevent employee class-action suits

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that employers can include clauses in employment contracts that force employees to settle disputes individually with a third-party arbitrator.In a 5-4 ruling, the justices said arbitr…

Hillary Clinton To Endorse Andrew Cuomo’s Re-Election: Report

The New York governor faces former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary.

Pompeo threatens Iran with the ‘strongest sanctions in history’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose “the strongest sanctions in history” on Iran unless it takes dramatic steps, including permanently abandoning its nuclear program, halting missile tests and withdrawing military forces from Syria.

Critics quickly called the maximalist demands unrealistic and warned that they put the U.S. on dangerous new collision course with Tehran — as well as European allies who oppose President Donald Trump’s crackdown on Iran and face potential U.S. sanctions from continuing to do business with the country.

Pompeo stopped just short of issuing a military threat against Iran and denounced the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as a bad bet that the agreement would prompt the Iranian government into better behavior on the regional and world stage.

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Presidential historian: Impeachment will be the ‘season finale’ of Trump

Presidential historian Jon Meacham said Monday that he thinks impeachment will be the “season finale” to President Trump’s time in office.Meacham told “Morning Joe” that Trump’s vow to ask the…

A Georgia candidate seeks to make history — and a comeback strategy for national Democrats

The Tuesday Democratic gubernatorial primary has emerged as a test for two competing visions for the party’s future in the age of Donald Trump.

The Energy 202: Trump talks a lot about coal. But his administration just named 35 ‘critical minerals’

The Trump administration is trying to ease the way for more mining of all forms.

Trump lambastes a former CIA director ahead of installation of a new one

On Twitter, the president quoted a harsh critic of John Brennan, who led the agency under President Barack Obama.

The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton warns of ‘a full-fledged crisis in our democracy’ at Yale

Vanquished Trump rival quotes from “Fascism” and “On Tyranny” in gloomy speech.

Is Rod Rosenstein indulging Trump’s conspiracy theories too much?

Rosenstein may be playing the long game and trying to buy some time. But he also risks undermining the Mueller probe.

Democrats take aim at Trump scandals in midterm message

Democrats plan to hammer the corruption allegations swirling around the Trump administration in the run up to the midterms, hoping to tap into a successful strategy that delivered them control of Congress in 2006.

Democratic leaders will roll out the latest plank of their messaging platform Monday, focusing on a package of anti-corruption bills they say would directly target "pay-to-play" accusations linked to the White House — and some of the most controversial players in President Donald Trump’s orbit — if enacted.

“The corruption, the conflicts of interest in this administration are important, not only because it’s not the right way to do things, but because of what it means,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a recent POLITICO Playbook event.

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Trump pushes China to be ‘strong & tight’ on North Korea border

President Donald Trump urged China on Monday to “be strong & tight” along its border with North Korea as preparation continues for his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Singapore.

“China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!”

It was not immediately clear what the president was referring to in writing “I want this to happen” and White House spokespeople did not return emails seeking clarification.

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The Health 202: States are targeting a key middleman in the drug-pricing chain

President Trump has decried pharmacy benefit managers as “dishonest double-dealing” middlemen.

The Cybersecurity 202: We surveyed 100 security experts. Almost all said state election systems were vulnerable.

Our survey revealed deep concerns that states aren’t prepared to defend themselves against the types of cyberattacks that disrupted the 2016 election.