DHS chief seems to disagree on Putin backing Trump

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared to push back on the intelligence community's January 2017 assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in the 2016 US election in an attempt to help President Trump.

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The Senate Intelligence Commitee's leaders said they believed the intelligence community's 2017 assessment of election meddling was correct, breaking with Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.
US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US detainee Kim Dong-chul (C) upon his return with fellow detainees Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim (behind) after they were freed by North Korea, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on May 10, 2018. - US President Donald Trump greeted the three US citizens released by North Korea at the air base near Washington early on May 10, underscoring a much needed diplomatic win and a stepping stone to a historic summit with Kim Jong Un. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump's dramatic week on the world stage

Between President Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal, the release of American detainees from North Korea, and the imminent opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, the Trump administration caused major waves on the world stage.

Inside Politics: Travel ban exception for the World Cup

The Trump administration promises to ease its travel restrictions if the U.S. hosts the 2026 World Cup, Senate Democrats push for access to a report on CIA nominee Gina Haspel, a potential battle brews between the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, John Kelly's strained relationship with the press on display, and Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are put to the test in public hearings--it's all on Inside Politics.
Gina Haspel testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on her nomination to be the next CIA director in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 9, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Politics and morality in the Trump era

President Trump's nominee for CIA director stops short of calling extreme interrogation tactics "immoral," while the White House declines to apologize for an aide's insensitive joke about Senator John McCain.
Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney, walks to the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave on April 13, 2018 in New York City. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

"Drain the swamp?" Not so fast

The president insists he has kept his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but reports that his personal attorney Michael Cohen leveraged their relationship for personal gain suggest otherwise.



  • Manu Raju is a senior congressional correspondent at CNN, covering Capitol Hill and campaign politics. Raju is a veteran reporter in Washington, having previously served as a top Capitol Hill correspondent at Politico for seven years. Prior to his time at Politico, Raju reported for The Hill newspaper, Congressional Quarterly and Inside Washington Publishers. He has long been a frequent guest on political talk shows on TV and radio.

    Raju has won multiple journalism awards for his reporting on the major battles consuming Washington and his coverage of campaign politics. In 2012, Raju was part of a team of four reporters who won the White House Correspondents Association's prestigious Merriman Smith award for presidential reporting under deadline pressure for their coverage of the debt ceiling crisis. In 2015, Raju also was awarded first prize by the Society of Professional Journalists in D.C. for beat coverage of the 2014 midterm elections, and a Folio: Eddie Award for a feature profile on Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    Raju has developed a reputation as a reporter who can find out what politicians are privately discussing out of the public's view. And he is well known for his sharp and skillful questioning of politicians, a skill he showcased in 2014 when he moderated debates in two of the biggest races in the country -- for a key Senate seat in Colorado and a hotly contested governor's race there as well.

    Raju got his start in media working at the student newspaper The Badger Herald at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his alma mater. And his writing roots extend to his late grandfather, Gopalakrishna Adiga, a legendary poet from South India who wrote in the language of Kannada. Raju is a long-suffering Chicago sports fan and a native of the Greater Chicago area.