Sanders takes questions during a press briefing at the White House. Photo; Evan Vucci / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the media is "completely obsessed" with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but "most Americans don't care too much." Mueller's probe has shown "more and more there is no...collusion with Russia," she said.

The media wants to push that the White House is "racially charged and divided," Sanders said. She added that many historians agree with Chief of Staff John Kelly's claim that the Civil War was partially caused by lack of compromise between the North and the South.

  • On Sam Clovis's nomination to a federal post, given his involvement with George Papadopolous, who has pleaded guilty in the Russia probe: Sanders is "not aware" of a need to pull Clovis's nomination.
  • On Papadopoulos: "Papadopoulos is an example of somebody doing the wrong thing while the president's campaign did the right thing."
  • On tax reform's chances in Congress: "No matter how great the plan is," Democrats are "putting partisan politics ahead of their constituents' pocketbooks."
  • Sanders repeated the White House's disputed figure that the Trump's tax plan will give "the typical American family a $4000 pay raise."

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Michael Cohen taken back into federal custody

Michael Cohen arrives at his Park Avenue apartment on May 21 in New York City. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump's disgraced former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is heading back to prison after refusing the conditions of his home confinement, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Details: A New York Post report earlier this month placed Cohen out at a restaurant in New York with his wife, while one of the sources said that more broadly he refused to wear an ankle bracelet.

U.S. sanctions Chinese officials over Uighur human rights abuses

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The Treasury Department announced Thursday that the U.S. has sanctioned four Chinese Communist Party officials and the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau for human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: The sanctions designations, pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act passed by Congress in 2016, mark a significant escalation in the Trump administration's response to the Chinese government's detainment of over 1 million Uighurs in internment camps.

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