?When we thought things couldn?t get any worse, they have?

Just days before he leaves on his first foreign trip ? with a key stop in Jerusalem ? President Trump said Tuesday that he had an ?absolute right? to disclose the highly classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The information was reportedly passed along by Israel.

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Reports of President Trump asking former FBI director James Comey to end the Michael Flynn probe came after news of an intelligence leak.

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Speaker Paul Ryan argued against a rush to judgment on the Trump revelations and said ?we need the facts.?

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?I?d like to have less drama,? said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who says he still has confidence in the president.

Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, said he?s going to ask the Justice Department to turn over all memos written by former FBI director James Comey about his past meetings with President Trump.

Trump Today: GOP senators begin to edge away from Trump

They have stood by Trump for months during his tumultuous presidency, but just how much can they take?


Opinion | Laurence H. Tribe

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/AFP_OH13E.jpg Impeachment proceedings need to start now

Congress must act immediately to initiate impeachment investigations of President Trump.


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So far, the loyalty of those in Trump?s administration is not to truth and country, but to Trump and preservation of power.


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LeGarrette Blount leaves Patriots to sign with Eagles

Depending on how much he plays, the move could help the Patriots in the compensatory portion of next year?s draft.

NBA Draft Lottery

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Danny Ainge said he is anticipating interest from other teams to try to make a deal with Boston.


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A 10-foot mound is still lurking in the shadows in Chestnut Hill, as temperatures were expected to reach 80 degrees Wednesday ? and even higher Thursday.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Model Gisele Bundchen speaks onstage during David Lynch Foundation Hosts ?Women of Vision Awards? at 583 Park Avenue on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation)

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Tom Brady had a concussion last year, Gisele Bundchen says

Bundchen isn?t saying whether she wants Brady to stop playing football, but she worries about his health and told Charlie Rose that he?s had concussions.

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Michael Doherty, a 20-year-old Duke University student, never returned home after leaving a gathering at a friend?s house early Sunday.

Milton man accused of pulling loaded handgun on good Samaritans in Allston

An inebriated Milton man seen stumbling in Allston early Tuesday allegedly drew a loaded pistol on two people who stopped to make sure he was okay, officials said.

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The lizard ?faces no charges at this time,? police wrote in a Facebook post that had some fun at the woman?s expense.

Renée Graham

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After eight years of holding her breath, Michelle Obama is finally exhaling.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/Newton%20City%20Hall.jpg ?Outspoken? Democratic official ousted from Newton party committee

Party officials said her social media posts favored Republican candidates and were offensive to minority groups.

Globe Magazine

Love Letters

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He helped his girlfriend through a health issue, and she said she looked forward to their future. Then she pulled the plug.

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A Texas man says the woman texted throughout the film and left him at the theater and he wants his money back.


TV Critic?s Corner

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A single-camera comedy called ?Champions? will also star Anders Holm of ?Workaholics.?

Opinion & Ideas


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It should now be obvious to all that Donald Trump simply doesn?t have the mental qualities needed to be a good president.

Special reports

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Her father was not who he said he was. He had secrets, secrets that Lisa would uncover, years later, when she set out to answer the question that burned in her: Who am I?


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In America, everyone who has a cellphone thinks they are a professional photographer. They are not.


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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.


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A new study led by a Harvard Medical School researcher finds that older doctors have higher patient mortality rates.