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Trump’s defense of Donald Jr., Brexit negotiations, proposed changes at the VA, and more
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‘That’s Politics’: This, via Twitter, is President Trump’s latest defense of his son Donald Jr.’s  controversial meeting on June 9, 2016, with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The president’s assertion that such cooperation with someone who claimed to represent a foreign government is normal stands in contrast to the comments of more experienced campaign operatives—as well as to his own past promises to “drain the swamp” of dirty politics. So, just how normal was Don Jr.’s attempt at opposition research? John Dickerson reviews the history of past candidates’ dirty tricks—and the times when they took the moral high ground.

South Korea with North Korea to defuse tensions recently escalated by missile tests from the North. Elsewhere, Qatar that it instigated the crisis by posting false stories on Qatari news websites. And Britain is with the EU—where the rights of British nationals living in the bloc and EU citizens living in Britain have become a major point of contention.

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