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Recent articles by Philip:

‘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

Trump calls wall only solution to ‘growing humanitarian crisis’ at border

The president portrayed undocumented immigrants as murderers, rapists and drug smugglers in a dark Oval Office address. Democrats said he was stoking fear and governing by “temper tantrum.” → Read More

Trump poised to declare state of emergency over Mexico border wall ahead of prime-time TV address

Trump administration officials made an urgent case on Monday that the situation at the US-Mexico border has reached a crisis level, laying the groundwork for President Donald Trump to possibly declare a national emergency that would empower him to construct a border wall without congressional approval. → Read More

Trump visits U.S. troops in Iraq for first trip to a conflict zone

Unannounced trip the day over Christmas holiday comes amid turmoil and confusion at the Pentagon. → Read More

Trump vows not to reopen federal government until wall funding is secured

About 25 percent of the government is shut down for the fourth straight day. → Read More

‘I am all alone’: An isolated Trump unleashes a storm of Yuletide gloom

Since the partial government shutdown began, the president has fired off roughly three dozen tweets — including 10 in three hours Monday that sounded like a running list of grievances. → Read More

Trump forces Mattis out two months early, names Shanahan acting defense secretary

Mattis had been expected to stay in his role through the end of February. → Read More

‘A rogue presidency’: The era of containing Trump is over

Defense Secretary Mattis is the last of the perceived bulwarks to exit the administration as Trump enters his third year as president unbound. → Read More

Trump 'flipping out' as conservatives turn on him over border wall crisis and Mattis resignation

President Donald Trump began Thursday under siege, listening to howls of indignation from conservatives over his border wall and thrusting the government towards a shutdown. → Read More

‘A tailspin’: Under siege, Trump propels the government and markets into crisis

Facing a revolt from key parts of his base, the president abruptly moved to attempt to deliver on campaign promises to build a border wall and bring troops home. → Read More

Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

The announcement came after nearly a week of jockeying in which several possible picks turned down the job. → Read More

Trump’s falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’

The president and his allies have repeatedly changed their stories on who was responsible for buying the silence of women alleging sexual encounters with Trump. → Read More

‘This has spiraled downward’: Democrats introduce Trump to divided government

During 17 extraordinary minutes of raised voices, pointed fingers and boorish interruptions in the Oval Office, Pelosi and Schumer introduced Trump to Washington’s new dynamic. → Read More

Who wants to be White House chief of staff?

Just as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation heats up, President Trump struggles to find a new chief of staff. Also, right-wing violence is up and left-wing attacks are down. Plus, this may be why your smart speaker can’t understand you. → Read More

‘There was no Plan B’: Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after top candidate turns him down

The position has proved to be a particularly thankless task in this White House, and the two people to hold the job have been left with their reputations diminished. → Read More

Bush funeral: Trump sits with fellow presidents, but still stands alone

The emotional tribute to the 41st president’s character and compassion draws implicit contrasts with the 45th. → Read More

Trump to attend George H.W. Bush funeral, names Dec. 5 national day of mourning

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president and first lady will attend the state funeral, which will be held at Washington National Cathedral. → Read More