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President Trump grinned Monday as he hosted the 2018 Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals, at the White House. (Leah Millis/Reuters). The race for the White House shifted into new territory Monday in the wake of the release of a summary of the special counsel’s report, pitting an emboldened President Trump against Democratic contenders eager to shine the political spotlight on kitchen-table issues such as health care and jobs. As Trump declared himself vindicated by Robert S. Mueller III’s finding that he did not conspire with Russia in the 2016 election, Democrats saw an opening to focus anew on matters that many of them have argued are more critical to winning back swing voters than the findings of any investigation. Full story

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