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Good Monday morning,
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • President Trump appeared to abandon a strategy of deferring to the special counsellashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation and raising questions about whether he might seek to shut it down.

  • A lawyer for Mr. Trump said Saturday that Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, should end the inquiry. It was an extraordinary shift in the public strategy by the Trump legal team.

  • Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of Mr. Trump’s scorn, was fired Friday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected an appeal that would have let him retire hours later, over the weekend.

  • Memos that Mr. McCabe kept about his interactions with Mr. Trump and his conversations with the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey were left at the F.B.I., which means the special counsel’s investigators have access to them.

  • Cambridge Analytica, an upstart voter-profiling companyharvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former employees, associates and documents, making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history.
— The First Draft Team

Turnover at a Constant Clip: The Trump Administration’s Major Departures

By DENISE LU AND KAREN YOURISH
President Trump’s record-breaking staff churn does not appear to be ending anytime soon. On the heels of the firing of Andrew G. McCabe, formerly deputy director of the F.B.I., reports indicate that Mr. Trump intends to oust Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, his second national security adviser.
The possible shake-ups come after Mr. Trump’s dismissal of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson via Twitter and at least two dozen other departures during his tenure — so far.
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Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has a record of rolling back regulations, which some see as a possible springboard to higher office.

Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief Plots His Political Future

By CORAL DAVENPORT

Scott Pruitt may be using his position as an environmental deregulation czar to position himself to run for office in Oklahoma — or perhaps for the presidency.

State Senator Chris McDaniel of Mississippi, with his sons and a supporter, dropped his bid for a U.S. Senate seat after President Trump made it clear he would back Mr. McDaniel’s opponent in the primary.

With Senate Candidates’ Exits, the Bannon Revolt Fizzles

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG AND JONATHAN MARTIN

Candidates in Mississippi and Nevada dropped their bids after it became clear President Trump did not support them, effectively ending Stephen K. Bannon’s promised insurgency from the right.

President Trump was studiously silent as his administration imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign and what officials called other “malicious cyberattacks.”

FACT CHECK

How Trump Has Split With His Administration on Russian Meddling

By LINDA QIU

The administration has been far tougher on Russia than the president himself, whose pattern of diversion has steadily increased since he took office.

Larry Kudlow, center, on a CNBC set this month, is set to make a rare move from television to a White House job heavy on policy.

The Television President Expands His Cast

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.

The lack of any resolution to the reports of coming firings is leaving many of President Trump’s top advisers in a kind of political limbo that threatens to undermine their effectiveness.

Despite Speculation, Cabinet Remains Intact

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR AND MAGGIE HABERMAN

Two embattled cabinet secretaries — Ben Carson and David Shulkin — remained in their jobs despite talk of further high-level ousters. That suggested an effort to tamp down the anxiety in the West Wing.

Black jack dealers are an example of the 105 million service workers in the U.S.

Most Americans Produce Services, a Fact Trump Ignores in Discussing Trade

By NEIL IRWIN

The president’s outlook on the service workers who dominate the American economy could have real economic consequences. He continues to focus on “goods-producing” jobs like logging and mining.

A United States Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, like the one above, crashed in western Iraq on Thursday, killing all seven service members aboard.

Chopper Crash in Iraq Kills All 7 U.S. Service Members

By EILEEN SULLIVAN

The helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff, according to residents of the town of Qaim, near the Syrian border.

President Trump boarding Air Force One this month. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed his company for documents related to Russia.

Mueller Wants Trump Business Records. What’s the Russia Connection?

By BEN PROTESS, MIKE MCINTIRE, STEVE EDER AND JESSE DRUCKER

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents related to Russia. The company has a three-decade relationship with Moscow.

President Trump with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in the Oval Office last year. Mr. Trump said this past week that he had made up information during a conversation with Mr. Trudeau.

WHITE HOUSE MEMO

Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

By PETER BAKER

The president’s latest made-up statement renewed the question: When does he know that the things he says are false and when is he simply misinformed?

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, players after their 74-54 victory over top-seeded Virginia on Friday night.

Cinderella Story? It’s True for U.M.B.C. in Academics, Too

By ERICA L. GREEN

The university is known more for producing the most African-American students who go on to complete combined M.D.-Ph.D. programs than it is for turning out professional athletes.

The deep involvement of Mike Pompeo in the planning, officials said, helps explain the timing of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s ouster.

Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning North Korea Meeting

By MARK LANDLER

The C.I.A.’s emergence as the main player in planning talks between Mr. Trump and North Korea’s leader speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated as secretary of state.

President Trump’s lawyers claimed in court on Friday that Stephanie Clifford violated a confidentially agreement at least 20 times, exposing her to damages of at least $20 million. She has said she had an affair with him.

Trump’s Lawyers Say Actress Repeatedly Violated Confidentiality Deal

By JIM RUTENBERG AND MAGGIE HABERMAN

In a court filing, the president weighed in directly for the first time in a case in which the pornographic-film actress known as Stormy Daniels was paid to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.