Republican Party, Michael Flynn, North Korea: Your Weekend Briefing

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3. Amid the intense pressures of the week, President Trump displayed his ability to dominate news cycles with tossed-off comments and tweets.

He ignited a racially charged controversy by invoking “Pocahontas” — a favorite slight against Senator Elizabeth Warren — in a ceremony honoring Navajo veterans, above. Days later, British lawmakers derided him as a “fascist” and “stupid” after he rebuked Britain’s prime minister for objecting to his retweets of a British fringe group’s inflammatory anti-Muslim videos.

The president has also been telling associates he is no longer sure that it’s his voice on the infamous “Access Hollywood” recording that he apologized for during his presidential campaign. Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican, is planning to give a speech on the Senate floor attacking the president’s disregard for the truth.

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4. “It’s laughable.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waved off reports of his imminent ouster, and President Trump tweeted, “He’s not leaving.” Still, the White House has on hand a plan, created by Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, to replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, and fill his spot as C.I.A. director with Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

Mr. Tillerson’s efforts to shrink the State Department continue apace, and he is scheduled to depart for Europe on Monday for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

He will be away on Wednesday, when Mr. Trump is considering making a seismic diplomatic shift: recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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5. High-profile departures of another sort continue to rattle the media.

After a rash of allegations of sexual misconduct, the “Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired from NBC (“There is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” he said); Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” was let go by Minnesota Public Radio; the hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons resigned from his companies; and productions of Israel Horovitz’s plays were canceled after nine women shared their stories about him with The Times.

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