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As Trump Weighs Shake-Up, He Faces Recruiting Challenge - New York Times

WASHINGTON — Back from overseas and confronting an unforgiving political environment, President Trump appears increasingly isolated inside the White House, according to advisers, venting frustration over the performance of his staff and openly talking ...and more »

Investigation Turns to Kushner's Motives in Meeting With a Putin Ally - New York Times

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, was looking for a direct line to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — a search that in mid-December found him in a room with a Russian banker whose financial institution ...and more »

Dubke resigns as White House communications director - Washington Post

Mike Dubke has resigned as White House communications director in the first of what could be a series of changes to President Trump's senior staff amid the growing Russia scandal. Dubke, who served in the post for three months, tendered his resignation ...and more »

Explainer: Was Jared Kushner's attempted 'back-channel' with Russia treasonous — or typical? - PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON — Smart diplomacy or inappropriate — and possibly illegal? Jared Kushner's reported attempt to establish a “back-channel” line of communication between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential transition team is proving divisive, even if ...and more »

This White House statement on Trump's 'positive energy' reads like a parody - Washington Post

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks issued a statement about President Trump on Monday that is so disconnected from reality that it reads like a parody — like something “Saturday Night Live” cooked up to mimic propaganda. Here it is: President Trump ...and more »

Trump's aides are starting to rival their boss when it comes to praising him - Washington Post

To most observers, President Trump's first overseas trip was either a moderate success that was at times overshadowed by viral GIFs or a disaster that damaged the United States' relationships with longtime European allies. But as Trump and his aides ...and more »

Timeline: What we know about Trump's campaign, Russia and the investigation of the two - Washington Post

This article is updated as of Dec. 30, 2017. Part of the reason that the ongoing investigations into possible links between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian actors appear endlessly complex is that new details are reported gradually, over the ...and more »

God Save America from Naïve Princelings Convinced They Know Everything - National Review

Just a point to add to Andy McCarthy raking Jared Kushner over the coals for the “galactically stupid” idea . . . I get why someone who voted for Donald Trump would defend the president. Trump descended that escalator and went about the process of ...and more »

Mike Dubke, White House communications director, quits - BBC News

The White House communications director has resigned only three months after being hired by President Donald Trump. Mike Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, was hired in March to revamp the White House media strategy. As part of the ...and more »