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Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

April 16, 2018
Philip Rucker, Greg Jaffe, John Hudson | The Washington Post
President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration’s plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.
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After Syria attack, U.S. and Russia tensions rise but fears ease of wider military confrontation

April 14, 2018
Anne Gearan, Carol Morello, Missy Ryan | The Washington Post
Western leaders warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further missile strikes if chemical weapons are used again, while the pre-dawn attacks were denounced by Damascus and its backers as illegal actions that would carry repercussions.
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President Trump Talked Tough. But His Strike on Syria Was Restrained.

April 14, 2018
Peter Baker, Rick Gladstone | The New York Times
In sending missiles and bombs at Syria, President Trump hit more targets and used more firepower than he did in a similar military strike last year. But in the end, he opted for what was still a restrained operation that was evidently calculated to avoid provoking Syria’s patrons in Russia and Iran into retaliating.
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Inside Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes on Syria

April 14, 2018
Hallie Jackson | NBC News
NBC’s Hallie Jackson reports for TODAY on President Donald Trump’s decisions to attack chemical weapons sites in Syria, reversing an earlier intent to withdraw troops from the country.
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Trump administration responds to Syria

April 13, 2018
NOTE: This Extra was recorded at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday, April 13.

James Comey’s tell-all book makes headlines

April 13, 2018
James Comey’s new book rocks Washington.
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Trump’s allies worry that federal investigators may have seized recording made by his attorney

April 13, 2018
Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Carol Leonnig, Tom Hamburger | The Washington Post
President Trump’s personal attorney Michael D. Cohen sometimes taped conversations with associates, according to three people familiar with his practice, and allies of the president are worried that the recordings were seized by federal investigators in a raid of Cohen’s office and residences this week.
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Trump considers rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 13, 2018
Eamon Javers | CNBC
CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on the top political stories on the morning, including President Trump's turnaround on trade, and James Comey's new book criticizing President Trump.
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Trump expected to pardon former Cheney aide ‘Scooter’ Libby

April 13, 2018
Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
President Trump is expected to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby, according to a senior administration official, giving an olive branch to a George W. Bush administration staffer that the former president declined to grant.
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