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Comey, Trump Foundation, Border: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. “I do not agree with all of the inspector general’s conclusions, but I respect the work of his office.”

That was James Comey, in an Op-Ed for The Times, after a Justice Department report found that he was “insubordinate” in his handling of the Clinton investigation during the 2016 election. Above, Mr. Comey speaking in Canada last week.

The report does not challenge the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server to store classified information. Nor does it conclude that political bias at the F.B.I. influenced that decision.

Nevertheless, it paints an unflattering picture of one of the F.B.I.’s most tumultuous periods, which included the start of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.

Here are the highlights of the 500-page report.

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2. The New York State attorney general’s office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit against President Trump’s charitable foundation. Above, Mr. Trump presented a check from the foundation to a veterans’ group in Iowa in January 2016.

The suit accuses the foundation and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump reacted with vitriol, characterizing the civil suit as an attempt by the “sleazy New York Democrats” to damage him. Here are the basics of the case.

3. We went inside Casa Padre, a converted Walmart in Texas that is being used as a privately run shelter for nearly 1,500 boys, aged 10 to 17, caught illegally crossing the border. Above, a photo of the exterior taken by our reporter.

The facility has had to obtain a waiver from the state to expand its capacity, because children are now often being separated from their parents at the border. Some conservative religious leaders are sharply rebuking the Trump administration for such separations.

The administration has also ruled out domestic abuse as grounds for receiving asylum. On our podcast “The Daily,” we talk to one asylum seeker from West Africa, who fled domestic violence.

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4. The Supreme Court struck down a Minnesota law prohibiting voters from wearing T-shirts, hats and buttons expressing political views at polling places.

As enforced by election officials, it banned even general political messages, like support for gun rights or labor unions. About nine other states have similar laws.

The case started when members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, which says it works to ensure


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