Mueller report: The best day of Trump's presidency

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What was that film called? As Good As It Gets? That's how Donald Trump must feel now that the attorney general has published his four-page summary of the Mueller report.

It is impossible to over-emphasise the significance of what has been said.

If the Democrats want to remove this president from the White House, it's going to have to be via the ballot box in November 2020, and not before.

The cloud that has been over the president for 22 months has gone, the weight that has sat on his shoulders has been lifted.

This is without doubt the best day that Donald Trump has had since his inauguration in January 2017. So let's go through it.

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How May summoned up her inner Trump for her Brexit address

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Theresa May has not wanted for people telling her how she should have and could have done things better with regards to Brexit. But perhaps some of the most unwanted and unwelcome advice has come from the other half in the special relationship, Donald Trump.

She has taken a whole lot of heat from him over her handling of Brexit.

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What Trump wants from Kim talks

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In a jaw dropping presidency has there ever been a more jaw dropping moment than the moment last June when Donald Trump walked in from the right and Kim Jong-un came in from the left, and shook hands in Singapore?

The two gunslingers, little rocket man (as Trump had called Kim), and the mentally deranged dotard (as Kim had called Trump) about to parlay. It was extraordinary, not just because of the improbability, but also because there has probably never in history been a summit so ill-prepared.

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Trump national emergency - A major land grab by the president

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After his failure to win support from Congress for his demand to fund the building of his border wall, Donald Trump was left with a series of unpalatable choices.

Admit total failure on your key campaign pledge. Or go nuclear.

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Why the attack on our cameraman was no surprise

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Image caption Mr Trump frequently points out where the media are located in the audience

I would really love to be able to say when I heard about the attack on our cameraman Ron Skeans that I was surprised. Or shocked even. I wasn't.

Once I found out that he was OK, and that the rest of the team were OK, I thought this was a pretty unsurprising event. What is shocking is that my reaction should be like that - because surely it can never be right that a person going about doing their job, in a country which cherishes the First Amendment and the rights of a free press, is pushed to the ground. But it is an incident that's been coming for a long time.

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Three things to look for in Trump's State of the Union speech

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On Tuesday night, a week later than originally scheduled (the protracted government shutdown got in the way), the president will take the short car ride from the White House to the Capitol and deliver his State of the Union speech.

It's like the State Opening of Parliament at Westminster - except without the horses and carriages - and of course there's no throne or crown.

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Trump's border wall pledge may be his 'read my lips' moment

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Image caption The 2019 State of the Union has been postponed due to the government shutdown

There will be no fanfare tonight. There will be no pomp. And ceremony, forget it.

Tuesday's scheduled State of the Union address by the president has been postponed for at least a week because of the government shutdown, and that painful 35-day closure came about because of Donald Trump's insistence that he needed $5.7bn (£4.3bn) dollars for his border wall.

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US mid-term elections 2018: Trump's invincible, but for how much longer?

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Though his name is not on the ballot anywhere across the US, make no mistake - these elections are ALL about Donald Trump.

He has put himself right bang in the centre of the campaign, and has been hurtling round the country energetically in these final days, Air Force One the taxpayer-funded backdrop to these highly partisan occasions.

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Pugilist or peacemaker: The choice facing Donald Trump

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One week, three profoundly disturbing cases, and a few burning questions.

First the incidents. Let me start with the least publicised. A 51-year-old white man tries to enter a predominantly black church in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. But when he can't get in, he goes to a nearby supermarket and shoots dead two elderly black people. It is being treated as a potential hate crime. The man in detention also had a history of mental illness and shouldn't have been able to own a gun.

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From 'alternative facts' to rewriting history in Trump's White House

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It is time we sit and talk about truth and transparency.

Every now and then a few disparate things collide, and suddenly you see a pattern. And I don't want this blog to come across as faux naïve. I've covered politics for long enough to know that politicians will try to shape and mould truth to best suit their purposes, to allow them to weaponise the facts that will give them greatest advantage.

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