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As Trump-Kim summit nears, president is confident, but wide gaps remain

June 11, 2018
Mark Landler | The New York Times
President Trump exuded confidence Monday on the eve of his landmark meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. But American and North Korean diplomats were engaged in difficult last-minute negotiations to bridge gaps on some of the most basic issues dividing the two sides.
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Going it alone: Trump increasingly relies on unilateral action to wield power

June 11, 2018
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
President Trump unilaterally levied new steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies, including the European Union, Canada and Mexico. He granted clemency to convicted felons while touting the view that he also has the ability to pardon himself. He reinstated the coming summit with North Korea in Singapore as abruptly as he canceled it. And he upended a cornerstone of the existing world order via Twitter tantrum as he departed the Group of 7 summit in Canada. And that was just in the past two weeks.
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Pompeo draws firm line on North Korea as summit hangs in balance

June 11, 2018
Jennifer Jacobs, Toluse Olorunnipa, David Tweed | Bloomberg
The U.S. plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability yet is prepared to offer “unique” guarantees to ease the regime’s security concerns, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said ahead of a historic summit between the two adversaries.
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Scoop: Trump tells Macron the EU is “worse” than China

June 11, 2018
Jonathan Swan | Axios
When French President Emmanuel Macron visited Washington, he and President Trump had a tough conversation about trade that foreshadowed the breakdown of transatlantic relations at the G7 summit.
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Meet the guys who tape Trump’s papers back together

June 11, 2018
Annie Karni | POLITICO
Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him.
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Trump clashes with friends while flirting with foes

June 9, 2018
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
President Donald Trump is confounding foreign policy norms by turning his back on some of America’s closest friends — even as he reaches out to longtime U.S. rivals.
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Trump’s New Plan to Dismantle Obamacare Comes With Political Risks

June 9, 2018
Charlie Savage, Robert Pear , Abby Goodnough | The New York Times
After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a Republican-controlled Congress, the Trump administration is seizing on a different strategy for dismantling the law, one fraught with political risk. It is asking a court to throw out major elements, including hugely popular provisions that protect sick people from being denied health insurance or charged higher rates.
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Special report: A new era of global trade wars

June 9, 2018
Jonathan Swan, Jim VandeHei | Axios
No single shot in President Trump’s trade wars matters much. But the wild, simultaneous spraying of shots at a half dozen U.S. allies — unprecedented in modern America — is changing the balance of trade politics and power before our eyes.
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President Trump’s pardon power, eight states hold primary elections

June 8, 2018
President Trump considers dozens of new pardons.
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