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    While chairing Trump campaign, Manafort tried to set up private briefings for a Russian billionaire
    Sep21

    While chairing Trump campaign, Manafort tried to set up private briefings for a Russian billionaire

    Investigators are scrutinizing Paul Manafort’s emails. While working unpaid for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Paul Manafort mused about how he could use his new prominence to get financially “whole,” and offered to give private political briefings to a Russian billionaire who had recently sued him. That’s according to...

    What to know about the biggest stories of the week
    Aug11

    What to know about the biggest stories of the week

    Our brief guide to the news you may have missed. Congress is out on its summer vacation, and while the Trump administration insists the president’s August sojourn to his luxury golf resort in New Jersey isn’t a vacation, it certainly has a vacation-y vibe to it. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images President Trump boards Air Force One on...

    7 quotes about nukes, North Korea, and LSD from President Trump’s press event
    Aug11

    7 quotes about nukes, North Korea, and LSD from President Trump’s press event

    President Donald Trump, on vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, openly mused to reporters about a wide range of topics on Thursday — threatening North Korea with “the likes of which nobody’s seen before” while criticizing the timing of the FBI raid on Paul Manafort’s home and saying he wanted to “de-nuke the world.” He also expressed...

    9 essential pieces of pop culture to catch up on this weekend
    Aug04

    9 essential pieces of pop culture to catch up on this weekend

    Including an endlessly fun ’90s nostalgia medley and the first trailer for Call Me by Your Name. The ever-growing glut of great new TV, movies, books, music, comics, and podcasts can be a lot to keep up with. So we here at Vox Culture — where our current obsessions include an endlessly fun ’90s nostalgia mashup, the first trailer for...

    How Russia’s strongmen use homophobia to stay in power
    Aug02

    How Russia’s strongmen use homophobia to stay in power

    From the atrocities in Chechnya to the Kremlin’s anti-gay laws, “state-sponsored homophobia” is a weapon throughout the Russian Federation. Back in March, international news outlets reported on the devastating detention, torture, and murder of hundreds of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. Now, the NGO Russian LGBT Network — along with...

    Iraqi forces just retook Mosul from ISIS. These photos show what they found.
    Jul31

    Iraqi forces just retook Mosul from ISIS. These photos show what they found.

    Mosul, after the fall. It has taken many months, and many thousands of lives, but Iraqi forces have finally reclaimed the northern city of Mosul from the ISIS militants who held it for three years. Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, had been ISIS’s biggest prize. After taking the city in June 2014, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...

    Rick Perry thought he was talking energy policy with the Ukrainian prime minister. He wasn’t.
    Jul26

    Rick Perry thought he was talking energy policy with the Ukrainian prime minister. He wasn’t.

    He was talking to two Russian pranksters. According to reporting from Reuters, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry “optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine” with two men he believed were the Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and a translator. They were actually Russian pranksters who are known as the “Jerky Boys...

    Trump’s press secretary doesn’t think Trump will get over his anger at Jeff Sessions
    Jul25

    Trump’s press secretary doesn’t think Trump will get over his anger at Jeff Sessions

    “That frustration certainly hasn’t gone away, and I don’t think it will.” Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Donald Trump is “frustrated and disappointed” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation...

    The real reason Jeff Sessions is putting up with Trump’s crap
    Jul25

    The real reason Jeff Sessions is putting up with Trump’s crap

    The attorney general is deeply committed to an ideological agenda — and working hard to turn it into reality. President Donald Trump, despite his reality TV reputation, has only fired two people — and in both cases, it’s caused more problems for him than it solved. So while he seems to be running out of patience with Attorney General Jeff...

    Jared Kushner’s Russia defense raises more questions than it answers
    Jul24

    Jared Kushner’s Russia defense raises more questions than it answers

    Maybe the Russians shouldn’t have gone to Jared. Jared Kushner really wants everyone to believe that he did nothing wrong. Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide released a public statement about the Russia scandal on Monday morning, a preview of what he’s going to say in closed-door congressional testimony this week. “I did not...

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