July 31, 2018
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U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday afternoon to block the release of blueprints to make 3D-printed plastic guns.

In June, the government reached a settlement with Texas-based Defense Distributed, allowing the company to start posting blueprints for the guns online Wednesday. On Monday, eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit to halt the settlement, saying that being able to print guns is a public safety risk. Catherine Garcia

July 26, 2018
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President Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, claims that Trump knew in advance of the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and Russians who promised to deliver damaging information on Hillary Clinton, people with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

They also told CNN Cohen is willing to share this information with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen says he was one of several people with Trump when Trump Jr. informed him of the offer, and Trump said he should go ahead with the meeting. Since news of the meeting broke in the summer of 2017, Trump has denied ever knowing about the meeting in advance. Trump Jr. set up the meeting with a publicist he knew, and it was attended by several Russians, including Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Cohen does not have recordings of the moment when Trump learned about the meeting, CNN reports. Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told CNN that Cohen is "certainly a source that is not credible." Catherine Garcia

July 25, 2018
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On Wednesday, conservative Republican lawmakers, led by Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

On Twitter, Meadows accused the Department of Justice of hiding information from Congress and "defying multiple congressional subpoenas. We have had enough." Congressional allies of President Trump have claimed Rosenstein is keeping documents from lawmakers and not being transparent about his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which the Justice Department denies. There will not be a vote on the resolution before the House leaves for a five-week recess on Thursday. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2018
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On Monday, the Senate confirmed Robert Wilkie, previously an undersecretary at the Pentagon, as the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He was confirmed with an 86-9 vote, and has been the acting secretary since President Trump's last nominee, Adm. Ronny Jackson, withdrew from consideration. The VA is the second largest federal agency, behind the Department of Defense, and has a staffing shortage, with the VA inspector general announcing in June the agency has more than 2,300 vacancies. Catherine Garcia

July 1, 2018
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LeBron James is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, with his management firm confirming on Sunday night that the basketball superstar signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the team.

James, a four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, 14-time NBA All Star, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, is leaving behind his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Instagram, the 33-year-old thanked "Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home." Catherine Garcia

June 18, 2018
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Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday afternoon outside of a motorcycle dealership in South Florida. He was 20.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed XXXTentacion's death. Witnesses said the rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving the dealership when a gunman ran up to his vehicle and shot him.

XXXTentacion's second album, ?, was released in March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He had been under house arrest while awaiting trial for domestic violence, but a judge let him out so he could go on tour, TMZ reports. Catherine Garcia

June 11, 2018
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President Trump tweeted from Singapore on Tuesday morning local time that Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, back in the United States, had a heart attack.

"Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack," he tweeted. "He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center." Kudlow, 70, joined the Trump administration earlier this year, replacing Gary Cohn, and often appears on the Sunday shows in support of the president's policies. Catherine Garcia

June 8, 2018
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been served with another indictment in the Russia investigation.

This time, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has charged Manafort with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Manafort's aide Konstantin Kilimnik, whom Politico says may have ties to Russian intelligence, was charged as well. These are the first known charges against Kilimnik.

Friday's indictment spells out how Manafort, with his previously indicted business partner Rick Gates, were paid by the Ukrainian government to lobby and influence politics on Ukraine's behalf and didn't disclose their Ukraine-based income to the U.S.

The document additionally details Manafort's previous charges that include conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, and being an unregistered foreign agent. It then goes on to say that earlier this year, Manafort and Kilimnik conspired to and obstructed justice by attempting to tamper with an unnamed witness. Read the full indictment here. Kathryn Krawczyk

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