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Recent articles by Philip:

The battle over the Mueller report begins as Trump allies claim victory

Despite few public details, those in the president’s orbit say they are heartened by the revelation that no additional Mueller indictments are forthcoming. → Read More

Trump leaves longstanding US allies rattled with plan to charge them for hosting American troops

In private discussions with his aides, President Donald Trump has devised an eye-popping formula to address one of his long-standing complaints: that allies hosting US forces don’t pay Washington enough money. Under the formula, countries would pay the full cost of stationing American troops on their territory, plus 50 percent more, said US and foreign officials familiar with → Read More

The 10 personas of Donald Trump in a single speech

From victim to bully and auditor to rebel, the president's performance at CPAC captured his unorthodox presidency. → Read More

Bill Shine abruptly resigns as White House communications chief

The former Fox News executive is leaving the Trump administration after eight months. → Read More

The fragility of citizenship

Philip Rucker's debriefing on the Trump-Kim Hanoi summit. Ishaan Tharoor on the question of citizenship for westerners in the Islamic State. Plus, the Pentagon’s new effort to count civilian casualties in war from Missy Ryan. → Read More

Trump and Kim abruptly cut short summit after failing to reach nuclear deal

The sudden ending was an ominous development for Trump after he had hoped his second summit with Kim could produce demonstrable progress toward North Korea’s denuclearization. → Read More

White House bans four journalists from covering Trump-Kim dinner because of shouted questions

Reporters from the Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg News and the L.A. Times were excluded. → Read More

Thousands of miles away from Washington, Trump takes aim at Cohen

The president took to Twitter to attack his former lawyer hours before opening his high-stakes summit in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. → Read More

‘We fell in love’: Trump and Kim shower praise, stroke egos on path to nuclear negotiations

The two men enter their second summit meeting this week as unorthodox leaders who are each distrustful of the global establishment, eager to project dominance and determined to maximize his power. → Read More

Trump announces nomination of Kelly Knight Craft to be ambassador to United Nations

Craft, the current envoy to Canada, and her husband have been major donors to Trump and the GOP. → Read More

‘I think it’s a shame’: Trump comments on Coast Guard officer accused of plotting attacks

Lt. Christopher P. Hasson was arrested a week ago, but charges were first revealed Wednesday in federal court filings. → Read More

‘Enjoy your life’: Trump puts new attorney general in an awkward position from the start

William P. Barr’s first days on the job have been marked by a wave of Trump attacks on the Justice Department or the officials who came before him. → Read More

Trump, O’Rourke to face off at border as 2020 campaign gears up

The president and a potential Democratic challenger are in El Paso. → Read More

‘A watershed moment’: Trump faces crossroads amid mounting threats on all sides

As the president prepares for his State of the Union address, advisers say the West Wing has the feel of Trump Tower, where Trump had absolute control over his family business and was free to follow his impulses. → Read More

‘Prisoner of his own impulse’: Inside Trump’s cave to end shutdown without wall

Elected as a self-proclaimed master dealmaker and business wizard, the president now risks being exposed as ineffective. → Read More

‘Am I out of touch?’: Trump administration struggles to show empathy for workers.

“Is this the ‘Let them eat cake’ kind of attitude?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Thursday. “Or, ‘Call your father for money’?” → Read More

‘Absolutely out of control’: Cliff Sims’s book depicts life in Trump’s White House

In “Team of Vipers,” the former White House communications aide recounts scenes of chaos, dysfunction and duplicity among the president, his family members and administration officials. → Read More

Trump two years in: The dealmaker who can’t seem to make a deal

The president is trying to bend Congress to his will in the shutdown fight, but many say his negotiating skills are falling short. “It’s like McDonald’s not being able to make a hamburger,” one critic said. → Read More

Giuliani seeks to clarify comments on Trump campaign and Russia, saying he has ‘no knowledge of any collusion’

The comments by President Trump’s personal attorney came after a CNN interview in which he appeared to leave open the possibility that campaign aides conspired with Russia. → Read More

Amid shutdown, Trump to travel to Texas in effort to boost argument for border wall

The president will visit the Rio Grande Valley, a busy area along the border where views about his proposed wall are split. → Read More