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Did Vladimir Putin know Donald Trump was in Moscow in 2013?

The personal relationship between Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin was the subject of speculation even before Trump became president, partly because Trump changed his tune about it. Trump touted his ties to Putin on four occasions between 2013 and 2015, once going so far as to say, “I got to know him very well.” But during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said, “I have no relationship with him” and “I never met Putin – I don't know who Putin is.” This turnabout earned Trump a Full Flop.

The Russia investigation and Donald Trump: a timeline from on-the-record sources (updated)

U.S. law enforcement agencies and Congress are investigating links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, as part of a broader probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. To date, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has swept up four members of Trump’s campaign, including three who have agreed to work with Mueller’s team as part of a plea deal. Numerous Trump associates had contacts with Russian government officials or business people during the campaign and presidential transition.

Fact-checking President Trump’s NATO summit news conference in Brussels

President Donald Trump fielded questions about the United States’ strained relationship with NATO allies at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Brussels. We fact-checked several of the president’s more memorable claims from the press conference below. “Prior to last year where I attended my first meeting, it was going down, the amount of money being spent by countries was going down and down very substantially, and now it's going up very substantially.” This is inaccurate.

The latest on reunification of families separated at the border, Trump immigration policy

The Trump administration’s process for reuniting immigrant families separated at the border hasn’t been easy. Pressured by a court order, officials have been working overtime to reconnect parents and children separated this summer as a result of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. A federal judge ordered the administration to reunify children under 5 years old with their parents by July 10 (a deadline it missed) and the remaining children by July 26. There is still a long way to go. The vast majority of kids remain separated. In a hurry?

A look at White House turnover under Trump, Obama following Scott Pruitt's exit

Scott Pruitt’s resignation marks the latest in a series of speedy departures from President Donald Trump’s White House. The Environmental Protection Agency administrator became known for heavy deregulation and multiple ethical scandals, including several spending abuses. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has taken his spot. Other recent departures include legislative affairs director Marc Short, trade adviser Everett Eissenstat, and Joseph Hagin, deputy chief of staff who served for 14 years under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush.

President Trump's Supreme Court Pick: Brett Kavanaugh

This story will be updated. President Donald Trump has appointed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat that will be vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27. Trump announced his pick from the East Room of the White House on Monday night. Kavanaugh, 53, has been a federal judge for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University, where he also attended law school.

Mailbag: 'Ya gotta do better'

With tensions rising with global trading partners, trade was the leading topic that motivated PolitiFact readers to write to us in recent weeks. Here is a sampling of recent emails about trade, as well as other issues. All have been edited for space and clarity. *** Several readers reacted to our fact-check of a statement by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who said, “If you are talking about Canada … our wine cannot sit on their supermarkets.” We rated this Half True, noting that it was the case in British Columbia but not in every Canadian province.

Fact-checking an immigration meme that's been circulating for more than a decade

A viral image on social media – one that’s critical of illegal immigration – has been circulating for years. The list of claims first circulated in the form of a chain email in 2006, according to Snopes.com. Six years later, we checked several of the claims ourselves. With immigration in the headlines today, these claims are popular again. So we’ll take a fresh look at them here. All told, the list is heavy with claims that are unsupported, misleading, or simply wrong.

Democrats’ playbook for stopping Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick

As President Donald Trump moves closer to nominating a Supreme Court justice, Democrats are scrambling for a strategy to stop a nominee that would tilt the court in a more conservative direction and reverse liberal gains. The retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy was a swing voter who at times sided with the court’s liberal and conservative wings. Trump now has the chance to alter the court’s ideological balance in a manner that could reshape fundamental aspects of American life.

'Abolish ICE' movement is growing. Is the agency's disbanding likely?

Calls to “abolish ICE” have grown louder as the Trump administration deals with fall-out from its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, which led to the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. The movement to get rid of the immigration enforcement agency gained attention after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Democratic primary win over Rep. Joe Crowley in the race to represent New York’s 14th congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez said it was “time to abolish” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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