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Cillizza: Trump used the phrase 'no collusion' 7 times in a single Russia answer

This is a real exchange that happened between President Donald Trump and Fox News' chief White House correspondent John Roberts in a press conference with the Norwegian prime minister on Wednesday afternoon.

Cillizza: The 10 most amazing lines in the new Trump book

Journalist Michael Wolff's new book documenting the first year of Donald Trump's presidency isn't out until next week, but the excerpts we got on Wednesday have already had a major impact -- leading the President to torch former senior strategist Steve Bannon.

Cillizza: Trump just took a flamethrower to Steve Bannon

Just when you think nothing Donald Trump does can surprise you, this happens.

How politics could change in 2018

More than 450 seats in the US Congress will be up for grabs in 2018. CNN's Chris Cillizza explains how the political landscape could change after midterm elections.

Cillizza: Russia probe not a witch hunt

CNN's Chris Cillizza says Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign is not a Democratic witch hunt.

Cillizza: And it was these 6 words that got him in trouble

In an attempt to beat back his own personal #metoo moment, President Donald Trump just made things worse for himself.

Cillizza: Sarah Sanders just made a hugely offensive allegation against the media

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders isn't a big fan of the media.

Cillizza: 5 reasons to watch the Moore race

When Alabama voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose between Roy Moore and Doug Jones, they are, ostensibly, picking one out of 100 senators -- not to mention someone who will only serve until 2020 before having to run again.

Cillizza: Franken's totally unapologetic resignation

Two things were clear after Al Franken finished his speech on the Senate floor just after noon on Thursday:

Cillizza: The thing I still don't get about the "Access Hollywood" tape story

Donald Trump hates to say sorry.

Cillizza: This story keeps getting weirder

The story of Rand Paul allegedly being attacked by a neighbor -- and breaking six ribs in the process -- is strange on its face.

Cillizza: Donald Trump is acting like a fifth-grade bully

On Monday night, sources close to Donald Trump promised that he hadn't finished his feud with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker. They weren't kidding!

Cillizza: The 12 most damning Corker quotes about Trump

Bob Corker went off on Donald Trump Sunday night.

Readers react to poll about party divisions among friends

Reporter's note: These reactions were gathered by email from readers asked to comment in CNN's "The Point" newsletter with Chris Cillizza.

Cillizza: This Congressman is why people hate politics

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy has had one hell of a last month.

Cillizza: Price broke Trump's cardinal rule

Cillizza: Looks like McCain killed Obamacare repeal

As official Washington began to wind down on a unseasonably sweaty Friday afternoon, John McCain dropped a bombshell that threatened to end the last-ditch attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Cillizza: Trump's unpresidential presidency keeps hitting new lows

On the eve of a critical week of foreign policy challenges, Donald Trump started his Sunday by retweeting an edited video of him hitting a golf ball into Hillary Clinton's back -- and her falling over from the impact.

Cillizza: Democrats keep winning races in places they shouldn't. So ...

On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped two Republican-held state legislative seats -- one in Oklahoma, one in New Hampshire -- that Donald Trump carried in the 2016 election.

Cillizza: Bannon rips Priebus in interview

Of all of the odd couples created by Donald Trump's presidency, none was odder than Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus.

Cillizza: No one is ousting Paul Ryan any time soon

A trio of powerful House conservatives huddled with Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday to voice their dissatisfaction with his leadership, according to The Washington Post's Bob Costa.

Cillizza: Donald Trump promised to make only the best deals. Um....

President Donald Trump cut a deal with Congressional leaders Wednesday that will raise the debt ceiling, keep the government open and funded and secure disaster relief dollars for Hurricane Harvey.

Cillizza: Is Trump taking any of the advice in Obama's letter?

We now know what outgoing President Barack Obama told incoming President Donald Trump.

Cillizza: Arpaio pardon is the absolute epitome of Trumpism

President Donald Trump's decision -- announced late Friday night -- to pardon controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the Platonic ideal of Trumpism.

Cillizza: Not so fast on that Kasich thing

News broke Friday morning that preliminary conversations have begun about the possibility of Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) running as a unity ticket for president in 2020.

Cillizza: Is Donald Trump smart?

Donald Trump likes to tell everyone how smart he is.

Cillizza: Everything is great! in 1 amazing Trump team picture

On Friday, President Donald Trump gathered more than a dozen of his top advisers at Camp David to discuss the future of the American military strategy in Afghanistan.

Cillizza: Trump is exactly who we were afraid he was

Donald Trump is who we thought he was.

Cillizza: A Trump-endorsed candidate may lose today

By just after 8 a.m. ET Tuesday, President Trump had already tweeted his support for Sen. Luther Strange's candidacy in Alabama twice. "Big day in Alabama. Vote for Luther Strange, he will be great!," said Trump in one tweet. Strange, appointed by then Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to replace now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, faces a serious fight today in the form of Roy Moore, a controversial ex-chief justice of the state's highest court, and Rep. Mo Brooks. (If no candidate gets 50% of the vote today, the top two advance to a runoff next month.) In search of the state of play in Alabama -- and what it means for Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has also been working hard for Strange, I reached out to Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser for some perspective. Our conversation, conducted via email and only lightly edited for flow, is below

Cillizza: Saturday was Trump's worst day as POTUS

Donald Trump's presidency has been marked by low moments. The false assertions regarding the size of his inauguration crowd. The testy phone calls with longtime allies. The false claim that Barack Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. The botched rollout of the so-called "travel ban." Tweets attacking everyone from his attorney general to Mika Brzezinksi.

Cillizza: It's hard to imagine a less presidential statement

A group of white supremacists -- screaming racial, ethnic and misogynistic epithets -- rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. One person was killed and 19 others were injured when a car sped into a group of counter-protesters.

Cillizza: Donald Trump is, at heart a provocateur

Over the past 96 hours, President Trump has made news three times with his over-the-top rhetoric directed at the volatile rogue regime of North Korea.

Cillizza: Thursday's 39 eyebrow-raising Donald Trump quotes

After largely avoiding the media since a solo press conference in mid-February, President Donald Trump held two extended press availabilities on Thursday at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Cillizza: Trump's baffling McConnell strategy

Donald Trump, we know, is like a dog on a bone. Once he gets his teeth into something, he doesn't usually give up until it's dead or maimed, politically speaking of course.

Cillizza: No matter the opponent, Trump only has 1 speed

During the 2016 presidential campaign, the big question that lingered around Donald Trump was this: Did he have the temperament to be president?

Cillizza: Trump just picked a dumb fight with McConnell

Even as the Trump White House continues to calibrate the right response to the news that North Korea may have miniaturized a nuclear weapon, President Donald Trump started a very public fight with the most powerful Republican in the Senate.

Cillizza: Manafort raid shows Mueller means business

President Donald Trump has a lot to say about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 campaign.

Cillizza: Should North Korea take Trump literally or seriously?

Following Donald Trump's massive upset last November, conventional wisdom settled on a simple concept to explain his victory: The media (and Democrats) took Trump literally but not seriously while his supporters took him seriously but not literally.

Cillizza: Trump's hard turn on Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump significantly ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea in the wake of news that the rogue nation has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit into an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Cillizza: Americans don't trust Trump. They never really have.

The numbers in the new CNN poll are striking: six in 10 people don't believe President Trump is "honest and trustworthy."

Cillizza: Trump's 20 most dismissive quotes on climate change

On Monday night, the New York Times published a draft copy of a report from 13 government agencies that affirms climate change is real and human actions are having an effect on the warming of the planet.

Cillizza: Voters want Trump to stop with the tweets

President Trump's approval ratings are dismal in the new CNN national poll. Ditto his trust ratings. And the numbers around whether his first six months on office have been a success or a failure. And virtually every other number in the poll.

Cillizza: Trump's claims of success, rated

On Sunday, in the midst of a self-proclaimed working vacation, President Trump took to Twitter to insist his many accomplishments in his first 6 months in office were being overlooked by the media.

Cillizza: 2018 might not be so amazing for Democrats

All the signs suggest that 2018 is going to be a very good year for Democrats.

Cillizza: Today's timeline of tweets is proof positive Trump's obsession with cable news hasn't changed

Cillizza: Pence wants Trump to know he's not running for president. Not at all. Zip. Zero.

The New York Times published a story over the weekend detailing the "shadow" campaign underway among ambitious Republicans to be prepared in the event that President Donald Trump doesn't run for a second term in 2020.

Cillizza: The Mooch's worst week in DC

Like Icarus, Anthony Scaramucci flew too high, too fast.

Cillizza: Ken Starr killed irony today

On CNN's "New Day" Friday morning, former independent counsel Ken Starr raised questions about whether current special counsel Bob Mueller might be over-stepping the bounds of his mandate in investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

Cillizza: Trump taking 17-day vacation. Who cares? Except...

President Donald Trump is set to depart the White House later today for a 17-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey.

Cillizza: Trump quadrupled down on his Russia rhetoric

There was a line of thinking in Washington this week that President Donald Trump might scale back his rhetoric on the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia, the result of a new White House chief of staff in John Kelly and a reshuffled legal team.

Cillizza: A Trumpian slogan for all 50 states

In a phone conversation with Enrique Peña Nieto earlier this year, President DonaldTrump told the Mexican president that, "I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den."

Cillizza: Trump just keeps lying

On Wednesday, the White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump told two lies.

Cillizza: Trump's Russia statement proves he doesn't get separation of powers

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the Russia sanctions bill that the Republican-led Congress had approved overwhelmingly. But he made sure everyone knew he wasn't happy about it -- and in so doing revealed, again, that he has either little understanding of or little care for the separation of powers built into the US government.

Cillizza: The horrible politicization of a slain DNC staffer

In a lawsuit filed earlier this week, former homicide detective and Fox News analyst Rod Wheeler alleged that Fox News Channel and a Republican donor made up quotes attributed to him to drum up a retracted news story suggesting that the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer named Seth Rich had something to do with the hack of the DNC's email server during the 2016 election.

Cillizza: This senator has had enough of Trump, GOP

Arizona's Jeff Flake has had enough.

Cillizza: 5 key questions on Trump's role in son's statement

The Washington Post dropped an absolute bombshell on Monday night: President Donald Trump dictated the initial statement from his son, Don Jr., regarding a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and publicist Rob Goldstone, who had promised the younger Trump dirt on Hillary Clinton's campaign courtesy of the Russian government.

Cillizza: Firing suggests Kelly carries considerable weight

In one of his first acts as White House chief of staff, John Kelly pushed out the newly minted communications director Anthony Scaramucci, a stunning move that suggests the new boss has wider leeway than many people thought when President Trump announced his hiring late Friday.

Cillizza: With a Cabinet shakeup, Trump's reset returns him to who he should always have been from the start

Cillizza: This takes the cake for 'Worst Week in Washington'

For the past six years or so, I've been sifting through each week to find the single person who had the absolute "Worst Week in Washington."

Cillizza: Priebus' hiring was an olive branch to GOP establishment. Now it's kindling.

President Donald Trump fired Reince Priebus as his chief of staff on Friday, a move that completes a purge of Washington insiders from Trump's inner circle and virtually ensures an even harder turn into his outsider rhetoric and approach.

Cillizza: Trump's fantastical and utterly disastrous week

Quick: Think back to Monday. Can you remember what happened at the White House and in Congress?

Cillizza: The bumbling death of the GOP repeal dream

For the last seven years, Republicans found common purpose in two simple words: "Repeal Obamacare."

Cillizza: The totally bananas Scaramucci interview everyone's talking about

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

Cillizza: News flash! Trump isn't going to stop bullying Sessions

Here's a headline from Wednesday morning on CNN: "Top White House aides press Trump to pull back on Sessions criticism."

Cillizza: Trump's 'Mini Me'

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appears to have a very simple strategy for success in his new gig: Sound as much like Donald Trump as humanly possible.

Cillizza: Republicans just dodged political disaster

Senate Republicans won a relatively minor but important legislative victory on health care on Tuesday afternoon. But the lengths they had to go to secure it -- John McCain flying back from Arizona fewer than two weeks removed from surgery that led to a brain cancer diagnosis -- suggest the problems, political and policy-wise, that await congressional GOPers and the Trump White House.

Cillizza: 6 questions we need to ask the President

President Donald Trump has given just one solo news conference since he was sworn in as president on January 20.

Cillizza: 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Trump's speech to Boy Scouts

On Monday night, President Donald Trump jetted to West Virginia to address the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. And oh what a speech it was!

Cillizza: Trump's public bullying of Sessions is embarrassing

At 6:12 a.m. ET, the President of the United States tweeted this:

Cillizza: Chuck Schumer just threw Hillary Clinton under the bus

In the 2016 campaign, there was no one more loyal to Hillary Clinton than her one-time Senate colleague Chuck Schumer. He defended his fellow New Yorker and the race she ran at every turn.

Cillizza: Trump doesn't want to fire the AG. He wants him to quit

Donald Trump's most famous line is "You're fired," which is funny because, as president, Trump has repeatedly shown that he doesn't actually like to fire people.

Cillizza: As the Russia investigation grinds on, the President surrounds himself with loyalists

Sean Spicer is out of the White House. Anthony Scaramucci is in.

Cillizza: The end of a disastrous run as press secretary

After six months of slights and flights, Sean Spicer called it quits Friday.

Cillizza: For Trump, it always comes back to the tax returns

The key line in the Washington Post's new reporting on President Donald Trump upping the pressure on special counsel Robert Mueller amid his increased agitation over the Russia probe is this one: "He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns."

Cillizza: Trump really does care about the New York Times

President Donald Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20. Between that day and today, he has referred to the New York Times as "failing" in no fewer than 17 tweets.

Cillizza: Trump's 'election integrity' chief won't say if Clinton won popular vote

On Wednesday, MSNBC's Katy Tur asked Kris Kobach a very simple question: Did Hillary Clinton win the popular vote by 3 to 5 million votes because of voter fraud?

Cillizza: The absolutely remarkable life of John McCain

John McCain has brain cancer.

Cillizza: Trump threatens senator sitting next to him

Donald Trump is a remarkably unorthodox politician.

Cillizza: Trump's Senate lunch is going to be awkward

All 52 Republican senators were invited to the White House this afternoon for a lunch with President Donald Trump. And it's already shaping up to be a pretty awkward affair.

Cillizza: Trump's bait and switch with Putin

That President Donald Trump huddled with Russian President Vladimir Putin for almost an hour at a G20 dinner in Germany earlier this month is news. The meeting, which came after a more-than-two hour formal sitdown the two men had earlier in the gathering, was previously undisclosed and, given the nature of Russia's aggressive meddling in the 2016 election, is something we need to know more about.

Cillizza: Trump's entire presidency is teetering

The collapse of health care reform in the Senate on Monday night is a fitting coda to President Donald Trump's first six months in office, a tenure that has lurched from controversy to controversy and now appears to be on the verge of tilting directly into the political abyss.

Cillizza: 7 uncomfortable truths for Republicans

The defections of Sens. Jerry Moran and Mike Lee late Monday night confirmed what smart congressional watchers had long suspected: The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is dead. For now. And maybe forever.

Cillizza: W. House wants to kill press briefings

On Thursday, June 29, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held an on-camera press briefing. The White House hasn't done one since.

Cillizza: A second-by-second analysis of latest handshake

President Donald Trump added to the growing lore of his handshakes with world leaders on Friday in France when he and French president Emmanuel Macron spent 29 seconds in a shake that turned into something much, much more.

Cillizza: Trump Jr.'s latest explanation to Sean Hannity doesn't make any sense

Donald Trump Jr. has offered a series of explanations over the past 72 hours for why he met with a Russian lawyer who purported to have information about Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Cillizza: The 6 most troubling parts of Don Jr.'s email exchange

Donald Trump Jr, minutes before The New York Times published a story detailing emails he sent and received regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, released the email chain himself via Twitter on Tuesday.

Cillizza: The 6 most troubling parts of Don Jr's email exchange

Donald Trump Jr, minutes before The New York Times published a story detailing emails he sent and received regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, released the email chain himself via Twitter on Tuesday.

Cillizza: A damning paragraph about Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting

This paragraph, from The New York Times' latest scoop on a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, is completely and totally damning:

Cillizza: The story around the President and Trump Jr. keeps evolving -- and the smoke keeps getting thicker

When it comes to Russia, Donald Trump -- and his son -- can't get their stories straight.

Cillizza: Trump confronts Putin on election meddling 24 hours after saying Russia might not have done it

The first thing President Donald Trump raised with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their meeting Friday at the G20 in Germany was Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Cillizza: Trump's DNC hack tweet has 3 errors

Before heading into a consequential day of meetings with world leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his thoughts about -- wait for it! -- the 2016 election.

Cillizza: Dems need a message that 'hits people in the gut, not just in the head'

The fight for the soul of the Democratic Party is on. In the wake of Hillary Clinton's stunning 2016 loss -- and the resulting complete GOP control of Washington -- the party is in a political desert the likes of which they haven't seen in decades. So, where do they go from here? That conversation is of critical import to how Democrats position themselves vis-a-vis Donald Trump and Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections and who they ultimately choose to be their party's standard-bearer in 2020. In hopes of shedding some light on that running conversation, I'm embarking upon a series of Q&A's with elected officials and party strategists to get their takes on where Democrats should head -- and why.

Cillizza: The handshake heard 'round the world

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House back in March, she and President Donald Trump didn't shake hands. And it was suuuuuuper awkward.

Cillizza: This is what 'modern day presidential' Trump looks like

Every past US president, when they traveled abroad, has served as a sort of brand ambassador for America -- touting the country's greatness and working to advance its priorities on the world stage.

Cillizza: 2 quotes explain why the Senate health bill is in trouble

When Republicans left Washington last week, the Senate's attempt to overhaul the Affordable Care Act was in grave condition.

Cillizza: The real problem with this voter fraud commission

Forty-four states are refusing to turn over voter information requested by Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity vice chairman Kris Kobach, a bipartisan rebuke to a group formed by President Trump to expose alleged voter fraud in US elections.

Cillizza: Trump is making conspiracy theories great again

Donald Trump's political career was birthed of a conspiracy theory: The much-debunked idea that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

Cillizza: Is Christie sunbathing story the craziest thing?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to sunbathe on a beach he closed is dominating the national news on this day before the July 4 holiday. So, why did he do it? And what does it say about him -- and any political future he might have? I put those questions -- and a few more! -- to political reporter Matt Arco, who's seen his fair share of crazy stories in the Garden State. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.

Cillizza: Pics prove Christie's stopped caring

On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered the beaches across the Garden State closed -- a reaction to the ongoing budget impasse in the state's legislature.

Cillizza: Pro wrestling is perfect metaphor for Trump's presidency

On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet containing video in which he pummels a person with a CNN logo as its head. The tweet was accompanied by these hashtags "#FraudNewsCNN #FNN."