Sources say Trump-Russia investigators are seeking Paul Manafort’s cooperation

People with direct knowledge of the investigation into possible collusion with Russia say help is being sought from Donald Trump’s former campaign manager

US investigators examining money laundering accusations against Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.

Related: Trump attacks Post over report Sessions discussed campaign with ambassador

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Tracking Trump: Russia scandal deepens while healthcare flatlines

Donald Trump clashed with Senate Republicans on the healthcare bill and Robert Mueller, in a tumultuous week that ended with Sean Spicer quitting

It was a week full of difficult news for the Trump administration on both the healthcare and Russia fronts, at the end of which White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned.

Related: Trump attacks Post over report Sessions discussed campaign with ambassador

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Could Kamala Harris revive the fractured Democratic party for the 2020 election?

As a woman of color and champion for ‘smart on crime’ reforms, the California senator and her centrist platform could be the party’s solution to its identity crisis

In early July, Kamala Harris, California’s new senator, visited Chowchilla state prison, often called the largest women’s prison in the world.

Harris, the second black woman in history to be elected to the US Senate, toured the facility and sat down with incarcerated women to hear their stories. She later called the women “extraordinary”, and praised their optimism in finding a new life after prison. But the moment that she dwelled on most was a visit to the silkscreening room, where inmates were cutting rectangles of fabric and pushing paint through the material. The imprisoned women were manufacturing American flags.

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Exit Spicey, enter the Mooch: another day in Trump’s tragicomic America

As the laughable ‘Made in America’ week closed, the White House staged a farce to rival any of Sean Spicer’s press briefings. This was nightmare political theater

Sean “Spicey” Spicer, we knew ye all too well. Six months of shambolic press briefings, incoherent communications strategy and endless rumors of your demise. It was all too much for us, and ultimately for you too.

Related: Sean Spicer resigns as Trump press secretary after six months

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The Open 2017: third round – live!

12.15pm BST

The hottest player out on the course this morning was Shaun Norris of South Africa. He was first out, on his own as the 77th out of 77 to survive the cull from an initial field of 156. And he’s enjoying his own company. He’s birdied 1, 3, 5 and 10, and has yet to drop a shot today through 15 holes. That brings him up to +1 for the championship, a tie for 20th place right now. Not bad for a man making his major-championship debut at the age of 35.

12.10pm BST

Here we go, then. Moving Day! And the famous old links of Royal Birkdale is the prettiest of pictures. The sun is out, the wind is down. A few clouds may threaten to spoil the view later on, and there could be a few light showers as the final groups make their way out. But we’ll not see the manic conditions of the second round. Far from it. The course, having had a good drink yesterday, looks to be pretty receptive. The players are back in control, and that means the possibility of low scoring. Perhaps some very low scoring if someone gets into their groove. Here’s a thought: the par round here is only 70. Will we witness the first-ever 62 in a major? It’s not beyond the realms of possibility, as some of the early scoring demonstrates…

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Can the Mall of America survive the retail apocalypse?

While malls across the country are struggling to survive, the Mall of America is celebrating its 25th year – and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down

Twenty-five years ago this August, the Mall of America, America’s largest shopping mall, opened its many, many doors for business. The Minnesota mall is currently wrapping up a year of celebration at the dizzyingly vast temple to consumerism. It’s a celebration that comes, ironically, as America’s malls are dying. But not the Mall of America.

Once the epicenter of American retail, malls are in crisis. Pictures of dead malls, their hollow shells left like abandoned sets for a George Romero zombie movie, are rapidly replacing pictures of decaying Detroit as the go-to image for dystopia USA.

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