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Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has dozens of questions for President Trump and is said to be trying to determine whether the president had criminal intent when he fired James B. Comey.

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has dozens of questions for President Trump and is said to be trying to determine whether the president had criminal intent when he fired James B. Comey. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Good Monday morning,
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russias election interference, wants to ask President Trump dozens of questions to determine whether he obstructed justice. They appear to be an attempt to examine his relationships with his family and his closest advisers.
  • The Trump administration has delayed a decision about whether to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico for another 30 days, giving key allies a reprieve.
  • The administration, fearing Chinese technological dominance, is considering tighter restrictions on Chinese researchers in the United States as a trade fight escalates.
  • A few months after Mr. Trumps disparaging comments roiled African nations, Nigerias president stuck to other topics in a White House visit.
  • Meet Washingtons Trump-era it couple, Matt and Mercedes Schlapp, conservatives who scrambled aboard the Trump juggernaut, have made money, lost friends and become a symbol of the deep divide in the G.O.P.
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What Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What It Means
Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel.

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. Doug Mills/The New York Times

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently provided President Trumps lawyers a list of questions he wants answered in an interview. The New York Times obtained the list; here are the questions, along with the context and significance of each. The questions fall into categories based on four broad subjects. They are not quoted verbatim, and some were condensed.
Read the questions and their significance
President Trump and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea at the White House in 2017.
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The United States has never been closer to potentially having something happen with respect to the Korean Peninsula, President Trump declared on Monday during a joint news conference in the Rose Garden with the President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
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The president is pushing back against advisers who are proposing more neutral sites in favor of the strip of land that is one of the Cold Wars last frontiers.

Critics say Justice Neil M. Gorsuchs reputation for lively, finely tuned prose has descended into, as one put it, a glop of cutesy idioms, pointless metaphors and garbled diction.
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Dr. Robert R. Redfields salary is being reduced following reports that he was being paid more than the Health and Human Services secretary, the head of the Food and Drug Administration and the director of the National Institutes of Health.
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His pay raised eyebrows because it was much higher than his predecessors. It was granted under a special provision to attract top scientists.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear three new cases about lethal injections, class-action settlements and class arbitration.
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Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, earlier this month in New York.
Stormy Daniels Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Trump

It was the latest move by a pornographic film star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, who says she had an affair with President Trump 12 years ago.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel presented findings from a secret Iranian nuclear archive on Monday. He said they proved Iran was lying when it denied having a nuclear weapons program.
Israel Says Secret Files Prove Iran Lied About Nuclear Program

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cites no evidence that Iran violated the nuclear deal, but the accusation may bolster the case for Mr. Trump to pull out of it.

Our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster, President Trump said on Monday. Theyre laughed at all over the world.
Theres No Reason to Apologize for Muslim Ban Remarks, Trump Says

The statement appeared to undercut an argument that Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco made before the Supreme Court, one that the Justice Department now says included a factual error.

President Trumps tax cuts have not yet translated into expanded investment by companies like Caterpillar, which provided a front-end loader for Made in America Day last year.
Investment Boom From Trumps Tax Cut Has Yet to Appear

Analysts are still waiting for hard evidence that the new tax law is setting off the investment explosion that the president and Republicans promised.

The comedian Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday. The incoming president of the association behind the annual event said, It will not surprise you to hear that my email inbox is overflowing with advice on how to improve the dinner.
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CBS News made noises about pulling out. A pledge to reimagine the dinner eased the networks concerns.

Thomas D. Homan, an Obama administration holdover, was President Trumps pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His nomination has been stalled in the Senate.
ICE Leader, Advocate of Tough Trump Immigration Policies, Will Retire

Thomas D. Homan, the agencys acting director, faced opposition from several Senate Democrats and even some Republicans who said he was too aggressive in deporting undocumented immigrants.

A Marine Corps drill instructor addressing female recruits during boot camp. The Marine Corps had almost a 15 percent increase in sexual assault reports in the last fiscal year.
Reports of Sexual Assault in the Military Rise by 10 Percent, Pentagon Finds

A total of 6,769 Defense Department personnel reported being sexually assaulted in the 2017 fiscal year. It was the largest yearly increase since 2014.


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