Hacking Democracy
Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault
In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century. It was a case that took almost no time to solve and was traced to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But because of the ways President Barack Obama and President Trump handled it, the Kremlin has yet to face severe consequences. Through interviews with more than three dozen current and former U.S. officials, The Post tells the inside story of how the Obama administration handled the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
By Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous  •  Read more »
Graphic: The new findings in Russia’s bold campaign to influence the U.S. election
Here is a look at the events in the Obama administration as the White House proposed various ways to punish Russia during the final months of the presidential campaign.
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‘Can He Do That?’
Putin’s instructions: Damage Clinton, help elect Trump
In this special edition of the podcast, The Post’s national security team goes inside the Obama administration’s decision-making after the CIA captured Putin issuing specific orders to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
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Trump struggles to stay calm on Russia, one call at a time
Interviews with 22 senior administration officials, outside advisers, and presidential confidants and allies reveal a White House still trying to find a steady rhythm of governance while indulging and managing President Trump’s combative and sometimes self-destructive impulses.
By Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker  •  Read more »
Dean Heller of Nevada becomes fifth GOP senator to come out against health-care bill
Heller said that he cannot support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill without changes to it. Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid.
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Trump acts out firing his VA secretary if new reforms are not implemented successfully
The president was being playful, of course, though it is hardly the first time he has joked in public about firing one of his subordinates.
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The banquet business was booming at Mar-a-Lago. Then Trump became president.
In recent weeks, seven nonprofits — all repeat customers of the president’s club — have announced their decisions to avoid Mar-a-Lago next winter, during the social season when Palm Beach life revolves around lavish parties for charity.
By David A. Fahrenthold and Drew Harwell  •  Read more »
Johnny Depp apologizes for joking about assassinating Donald Trump: ‘I was only trying to amuse’
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” the actor asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival. The White House called Depp a “nut job” whose “joke is no laughing matter.”
By Stephanie Merry and Lindsey Bever  •  Read more »
Jury deadlocks in second trial of former University of Cincinnati officer who fatally shot Samuel DuBose
The first trial for the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a 2015 traffic stop also ended with a deadlocked jury last year.
By Mark Berman  •  Read more »
Wonkblog | Analysis
Why Wawa won’t let food stamp recipients buy a sandwich on toasted bread
It’s actually the law of the land — and some groups want the rule to get stricter.
By Caitlin Dewey  •  Read more »
Chat Transcript
Should I contact my biological father and drop the bombshell news that he has a secret love child?
The advice columnist takes your questions about the strange train we call life.
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