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Team Trump tries egregious gambit on FBI investigation

President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller has narrowed “from five to two” the number of subjects about which he wants to interview Trump. This is quite likely a story cooked up by a Trump lawyer who has repeatedly made untrue statements. There aren’t only five topics, and no one not employed by Fox News or the White House thinks Mueller has agreed to further limit any topics about which the president may have information.

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The Trumps’ grotesque spectacle in Jerusalem

On Monday, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other leading lights of the Trumpist right gathered in Israel to celebrate the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a gesture widely seen as a slap in the face to Palestinians who envision East Jerusalem as their future capital.

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Michael Cohen case raises potential Trump corruption

What did President Donald Trump know about Michael Cohen’s quasi-shakedown operation, and when did he know it? That’s an important question, but in this particular case, we need to add a second one: Whether or not Trump knew about Cohen’s efforts, to what degree did he personally benefit from them?

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Why are feminists shocked with liberal men are accused with sexual assault?

The former attorney general of the state of New York allegedly had a pattern of slapping and choking women with whom he was intimate. He also spat at them, demanded threesomes, insulted them, threatened them and called one (who had dark skin) his “brown slave,” according to recent accusations. One woman claims that without warning he slammed her so hard that he broke her eardrum. Another woman says that his palm left a red welt on her face that remained visible the following day.

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Don’t start pushing for a Nobel for Trump just yet

If President Donald Trump’s incendiary threats have actually frightened the “dear respected comrade” Kim Jong Un into laying down his nuclear arsenal, he will deserve the Nobel Peace Prize his fans are demanding. But the suits in Oslo might want to hold off before awarding another premature Peace Prize to an American leader.

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Lynching memorial ends national silence on racial terrorism

When I visited Berlin five years ago, I was awed and thrilled by the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Topography of Terror museum. Thrilled because those places and other blunt expressions of public accountability in the German capital for the nation’s horrific past were a break from the ignored or euphemistic, happy-faced storytelling of the painful parts of U.S. history. I marveled at the ability of a nation to unflinchingly look itself in the mirror and then permanently report back its findings to the world in word and architecture.

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Five myths about the U.S.-Mexico border

The remaining members of the much-discussed caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, last weekend to seek asylum in the United States. The event, and President Donald Trump’s reaction to it, set off a new round of debate on the management and security of the U.S.-Mexico border.