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Trump Jr.'s shifting explanations for his Russia meeting

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Trump Jr. told Senate investigators today that he set up his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, after being promised help from the Russian government for his father's campaign, because he wanted to determine Hillary Clinton's "fitness" to serve as president.

His shifting explanations:

  • Trump Jr. told the NY Times in March that he had never met with any Russians on behalf of the campaign.
  • On July 8, after news of the meeting emerged, Trump Jr. said it was a "short introductory meeting" focused on Russian adoption.
  • After the NY Times reported on the emails, Trump Jr. tweeted them out on July 11. They showed that, promised dirt on Clinton and told of Russian government support, Trump Jr. replied, "if it's what you say I love it."
  • On September 7, Trump Jr. told congressional investigators, "To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out."
Ina Fried 1 hour ago
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Craigslist pulls personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill

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Craigslist site, with personals still listed as an option. Screenshot: Axios

Online classified site Craigslist has pulled its entire personal ad section after Congress passed a new sex-trafficking bill that puts more liability on Web sites.

Why it matters: Smaller tech companies and advocates for sex workers had feared a chilling effect if the bill becomes law.

Khorri Atkinson 4 hours ago
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.