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Past articles by Philip:

Trump ordered them to thwart Mueller. White House aides refused.

Philip Rucker on the obstruction that could have been. Kimberly Kindy on how the pork industry could soon take more control of food safety checks. Plus, Maura Judkis on the cannabis cookbooks that put pot in your potluck. → Read More

Trump blames McGahn after Mueller paints damning portrait with notes from White House aides

The president, long suspicious of paper trails, seethes that contemporaneous memos by aides become primary source material for special counsel’s report. → Read More

Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump’s presidency laid bare by Mueller report

The 448-page report reveals a vivid portrait of a president and his aides on the brink of obstructing justice. → Read More

Mueller report: How Trump avoided interview with special counsel during Russia investigation

It was March 2018, nearly 10 months into his Russia investigation, when special counsel Robert Mueller III, a man of few words, raised the stakes dramatically in a meeting with Donald Trump's lawyers: If the president did not sit down voluntarily for an interview, he could face a subpoena. → Read More

A Mueller mystery: How Trump dodged a special counsel interview — and a subpoena fight

The president’s legal team conducted an extensive pressure campaign to keep him from coming face-to-face with federal investigators — fearful he would perjure himself. → Read More

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