The case for Trump-Russia collusion: We’re getting very, very close : We now know the motives. In backing Donald Trump, Russia’s oligarchical class sought not only to disrupt U.S. politics but also to reverse sanctions, both those applied in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and those connected to the Magnitsky Act, which targeted officials involved in human rights violations. In seeking Russian support, Trump sought not only to become president but also to make money: Even as he launched his presidential campaign, he hoped to receive a major influx of money from a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.

Howard Dean on young voters: ‘These people are not Democrats’ : As Hillary Clinton hits the road for a book tour to talk about “What Happened” and the 2016 presidential election, the latest episode of “Cape Up” turns to Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who ran for the party’s presidential nomination in 2004, to talk about the future of the Democratic Party. “They see in Trump the destruction of the United States as they have been taught that it was going to exist,” he told me. “The Trump election was essentially a negation of every value that young people have.” Dean believes “those kids” are the “core base now” of the Democratic Party. “The most reliable demographic of our voters are the young people across the board, across racial and ethnic lines,” he said. There’s just one big problem. “These people are not Democrats.”

Meet the iron worker attempting to knock Paul Ryan out of Congress : Randy Bryce, a Wisconsin iron worker, is trying to pull off a tall task — unseat the House speaker, a 10-term member of Congress. But Bryce, a Democrat, thinks he’s got as good a shot as anyone to defeat Paul Ryan, a Republican who has served his Wisconsin congressional district since winning his first election in 1998.

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