Situational awareness: Stocks inched up again today, closing a strong week for the Dow. It's still only made up half its losses from the recent market correction.
The latest round of Russia probe indictments charged 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities with breaking the law in attempting to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Why it matters: It's the fifth indictment from the Russia probe, but it "represents the first charges by [Robert Mueller] for meddling in the 2016 presidential election — the fundamental crime that he was assigned to investigate." [NYT]
Details from the 37-page indictment:
The big picture:
Trump reacts on Twitter: "Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!"
Be smart, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: The White House is right that the indictments show no evidence of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian influence operatives. But Trump is wrong to claim this conclusively proves there was no collusion. That question remains open until Mueller closes the investigations.
The AP's Kristen Gelineau reports from Pyeongchang that "in an era of vitriol and venom, curling may be the perfect antidote to our troubled times."