Live Coverage of the Montana Special Election

By The Editors

Polls in the special election for Montana’s congressional seat close at 8 p.m. MT, or 10 p.m. eastern. Recent elections in the state suggest it may be some time before most returns are available. While you’re waiting for results, catch up on some of our past coverage of this race.

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The FBI Turns Its Attention to Jared Kushner

By Aria Bendix

Last week marked a a new high in Jared Kushner’s brief political career. President Trump’s tour of Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican, which Kushner had arranged and planned, went off without a major hitch. This week portends to be a more trying one for Kushner, as he returns to Washington to be greeted by the news that he is now a focus of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

On Thursday, NBC News and The Washington Post reported that investigators are looking into meetings Kushner held in December with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., and Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank (VEB), a state-owned Russian bank that previously financed a deal with Trump’s former business partner. An array of other outlets quickly confirmed those reports.

Although the reports did not specify why those meetings provoked FBI concern, news of the investigation comes as little surprise. Last week, the Post reported that FBI investigators had focused in on a senior White House aide with close ties to Trump. As Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser to the president, Kushner’s name was floated as a potential person of interest. Trump’s top strategist, Steve Bannon, has also fueled speculation about Kushner’s alleged Russian. “Mr. Bannon has told confidants that he believes Mr. Kushner’s contact with Russians, and his expected testimony before Congress on the subject, will become a major distraction,” The New York Times reported in April.

While investigators believe that Kushner possesses key information related to the FBI probe, he is reportedly not currently the target of any criminal investigation. In fact, unlike former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, Kushner is not considered a formal subject of a probe, and has not been subpoenaed by a grand jury. The reports do not suggest …read more

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Republicans Reckon With a Rushed Health-Care Vote

By Russell Berman House Republicans can’t say they weren’t warned. As party leaders rushed to pass their American Health Care Act earlier this month, they ignored a chorus of calls—from Democrats, yes, but also from independent analysts and some in their own party—to wait for a final assessment from the Congressional Budget Office, a customary […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Indefinite Article

By Elaine Godfrey Today in 5 Lines During a speech at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, President Trump spoke of “the commitments that bind us together as one,” but stopped short of explicitly endorsing Article 5, which says that, when invoked, NATO allies must aid a fellow ally under attack. In a statement, Trump condemned […]

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Only the Supreme Court Can Save Trump’s Travel Ban Now

By Matt Ford The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld a lower court’s injunction that blocks the Trump administration from enforcing a key provision of the controversial travel ban on Thursday, handing the president a major legal defeat on his signature national-security policy. Writing for the majority in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, […]

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Who Is Marc Kasowitz?

By Matt Ford President Trump is turning to a longtime ally to represent him in the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election: Marc Kasowitz, a prominent New York corporate attorney who’s acted as an off-and-on legal fixer of sorts for the president for almost two decades. The appointment prompted former Connecticut […]

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Trump Declines to Affirm NATO’s Article 5

By Rosie Gray BRUSSELS — President Trump did not explicitly endorse the mutual-aid clause of the North Atlantic Treaty at the NATO summit on Thursday despite previous indications that he was planning to do so, keeping in place the cloud of ambiguity hanging over the relationship between the United States and the alliance. Speaking in […]

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The Muted Republican Reaction to Greg Gianforte’s Assault Charge

By Clare Foran Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte lost three newspaper endorsements over his altercation with a Guardian reporter who asked Gianforte about the controversial GOP health-care bill, and a Montana sheriff cited Gianforte with misdemeanor assault early Thursday morning. But the reaction from the candidate’s would-be Republican colleagues in Congress has been far […]

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Jeff Sessions’s Agenda for the Civil-Rights Division

By Adam Serwer President Trump’s proposed budget assumes a major reduction of staff in the civil-rights division, the section of the Justice Department charged with enforcing laws against discrimination and protecting the right to vote. “This is especially troubling as communities continue to be hit hard by issues such as voter suppression, hate crimes, police […]

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