One Trump tweet is what US will recall about Asia trip

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Donald Trump gave a number of high-profile speeches during his Asia trip - though most Americans would be hard-pressed to remember the details.

He pushed for a regional response to North Korea's continued work on missile and nuclear weapons programmes. He touted trade issues and American jobs - albeit by criticising his presidential predecessors. He repeatedly used the term "Indo-Pacific" as a way to emphasise the importance of India in US strategic plans for the region.

In the US, however, the news cycle churned on without him. The Sutherland Springs shooting overshadowed his first weekend abroad. The Republican rout in Virginia state elections stole midweek headlines.

Two days later, the Washington Post broke bombshell allegations that four decades ago Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in an Alabama special election to replace Jeff Sessions in the US Senate, had sexually abused a 14-year-old.

All were bigger stories than the presidential foreign forays. By far.

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George Papadopoulos meeting with UK during Trump campaign revealed

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Dismissed by the White House as a "low-level volunteer", more about the true status of adviser George Papadopoulos seems to emerge by the day.

The Trump campaign foreign policy aide's contacts with Russians have already got him in trouble. He has admitted lying to the FBI about them.

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Six lessons learned from US Democrat wins

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Image caption Supporters of Northam displayed Trump cartoon chicken outside a polling place in Virginia

What a difference a year makes. Last November, Democrats were in despair - losing a presidential race, cementing their minority status in the US Congress and facing historic deficits in state legislatures and governor's mansions across the US.

In off-year elections on Tuesday night, the party found traces of a path out of the wilderness and cause for a glimmer of hope.

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Former Trump adviser Carter Page has a story that doesn't always add up

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Carter Page, a 46-year-old energy industry consultant with longstanding ties to Russia, has become one of the quirkier figures to emerge from the ongoing investigations into possible ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government.

Page says he first reached out to the Trump campaign in 2015 through Ed Cox, the chair of the New York Republican Party and son-in-law of former US President Richard Nixon.

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A year later: Liberals still haunted by Trump win

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Just over a year ago, the political left in the US watched in shock as what seemed unimaginable happened - Donald Trump won the presidency. Since then, they've mourned, they've marched, and they've moved on. Sort of.

There was a moment on the first full day of the Women's Convention in Detroit, Michigan, last month when the audience came alive.

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New York attack: How did Trump do in his terror response?

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As presidential candidate, Donald Trump made being tough on what he called "radical Islamic terror" a central plank of his election bid. How has he responded to the first test of this nature since taking office?

In the immediate aftermath of the attack in New York on Tuesday evening, Donald Trump offered a measured reaction.

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George Papadopoulos: Biggest Trump-Russia news wasn't about Manafort

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On Monday morning Paul Manafort and business associate Rick Gates were charged with 12 counts of money laundering, undisclosed foreign lobbying, lying to government investigators, and various and sundry other serious-sounding offences.

It turned out that wasn't the biggest news of the day.

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Jeff Flake: Fallen soldier in war for soul of Republicanism

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Shortly after Jeff Flake delivered his blistering speech about Donald Trump from the Senate floor, as media talking heads were swooning and fellow senators were lauding their colleague, the White House had a message for the departing Arizonan.

"Based on previous statements and certainly based on the lack of support that he has from the people of Arizona, it's probably a good move," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

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Decoding Bush’s thinly veiled Trump speech

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Nowhere in George W Bush's 2,000-word speech does he mention the name Donald Trump. It was crystal clear, however, that the 43rd US president took dead aim on the 45th president from a podium at the Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday.

Ex-presidents traditionally shy away from the political stage. It was long considered in poor taste for a former occupant of the Oval Office to criticise one of his successors.

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Five reasons Trump's widow story stings

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Image caption Sgt Johnson's widow with his coffin at Miami International Airport

The Donald Trump condolence-call story is a White House headache that shows no signs of abating.

It started badly for the president, as he responded to a question about US military casualties in Niger by questioning how his predecessors dealt with the families of war dead. It got worse, as the story morphed into one of an allegedly callous presidential call to Myeshia Johnson, a grieving widow of one of the US soldiers killed in Niger.

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