Evening Edition: White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe

Trump’s media firewall is collapsing as the Russia probe gets closer; Analysis: Recapping a stunningly bad two weeks for the White House; Rosenstein says he appointed a special counsel to restore Americans’ faith in Russia investigation; Tracking President Trump’s false and misleading claims since Jan. 20; Amid turmoil in the U.S., can Trump’s first international trip turn things around?; First stop on Trump’s first official trip overseas signals Saudi Arabia’s importance; Foreign embassies see Ivanka Trump as an avenue of entry into her father’s White House; Sweden drops prosecution against WikiLeaks founder Assange, but British police say he still faces arrest; Anthony Weiner, disgraced former congressman, pleads guilty in ‘sexting’ case involving minor; Biden on Clinton: ‘I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.’; Was Turkish president personally involved in his bodyguards’ attacks on protesters in D.C.? New footage raises questions.; Will Melania Trump wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia? Donald Trump circa 2015 seems to think she should.; No matter who wins Iran’s election, he’ll have a fight with the supreme leader; Do you say ‘Thanks!’ or ‘Thanks.’? Google will tailor suggested email replies to your preferences.; ‘Hitler Street’ and swastika landscaping: A New York enclave’s hidden Nazi past; My father keeps revealing secret children;
 
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White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe
The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House adviser as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Fix | Analysis
Trump’s media firewall is collapsing as the Russia probe gets closer
Trump has been insulated by journalists’ inability to show that the FBI investigation touches him or his White House staff directly. Not anymore.
 
Analysis: Recapping a stunningly bad two weeks for the White House
Two weeks ago, President Trump was celebrating the high-water mark of his administration’s policy agenda: The House’s passage of its health-care bill. Since then: A nearly unrelenting disaster of bad decisions and bad news.
 
Rosenstein says he appointed a special counsel to restore Americans’ faith in Russia investigation
Despite the positive feeling during the all-House briefing, several members leaving the meeting expressed frustration with the lack of new information deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein provided about President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey.
 
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Fact Checker | Analysis
Tracking President Trump’s false and misleading claims since Jan. 20
The election. Crime. Job creation. Immigration. For each of these categories and more President Trump has made false or misleading claims since he took office. The Fact Checker has recorded 586 so far in this interactive database, which will run throughout the year.
 
‘Can He Do That?’
Amid turmoil in the U.S., can Trump’s first international trip turn things around?
President Trump leaves for his first international trip after two tumultuous weeks back home. In this episode of the podcast, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Kevin Sullivan joins us right off the plane from Saudi Arabia — Trump’s first stop.
 
First stop on Trump’s first official trip overseas signals Saudi Arabia’s importance
During two full days in Riyadh, President Trump plans to sign bilateral military, economic and counterterrorism agreements with the Saudis, signaling an end to what both Riyadh and Washington have called the estrangement of the Obama years.
 
Foreign embassies see Ivanka Trump as an avenue of entry into her father’s White House
President Trump’s daughter, in turn, has used foreign nations’ interest to help soften her father’s rough edges amid uncertainty over his foreign policy.
 
Sweden drops prosecution against WikiLeaks founder Assange, but British police say he still faces arrest
Julian Assange had disputed the rape allegation and argued that if he was sent to Sweden, he risked being extradited to the United States and tried for espionage. He still faces charges of jumping bail in Britain.
 
Anthony Weiner, disgraced former congressman, pleads guilty in ‘sexting’ case involving minor
The criminal case involves a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina who told the Daily Mail last year that Weiner had been engaging in sexually explicit conversations with her online. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.
 
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The Fix | Analysis
Biden on Clinton: ‘I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.’
The former vice president, who made the comments at a conference in Las Vegas, later clarified, according to reports, saying that “Hillary would have been a really good president.” But that isn’t likely to make Clinton supporters feel much better.
 
Analysis
Was Turkish president personally involved in his bodyguards’ attacks on protesters in D.C.? New footage raises questions.
In the video, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to give instruction before the brawling begins seconds later.
 
WorldViews | Analysis
Will Melania Trump wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia? Donald Trump circa 2015 seems to think she should.
When first lady Michelle Obama visited Saudi Arabia in 2015, she often appeared without a headscarf. Donald Trump took her to task on Twitter, saying “They were insulted.”
 
Perspective
No matter who wins Iran’s election, he’ll have a fight with the supreme leader
COLUMN | The Post’s former Tehran corespondent explains why Ayatollah Ali Khamenei always sours on the elected leaders.
 
Do you say ‘Thanks!’ or ‘Thanks.’? Google will tailor suggested email replies to your preferences.
Gmail’s new Smart Reply feature for smartphones illustrates one way that Google is using its increased focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
 
‘Hitler Street’ and swastika landscaping: A New York enclave’s hidden Nazi past
A family in Long Island sued when their community’s bylaws prevented them from selling to anyone who didn’t have German ancestry.
 
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My father keeps revealing secret children
The advice columnist takes your questions about the strange train we call life.
 
 
     
 
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