The push by President Trump and his personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to influence the newly elected Ukrainian leader reveals a president apparently eager to wield the power of the United States to taint a political foe, confident that no one could hold him back.

‘A diplomatic disaster’: Ukrainian leaders feel trapped between warring Washington factions

Whether it gives in to President Trump or rejects his demand for an inquiry into Hunter Biden, Ukraine could jeopardize ties with its most important security backer.
Campaign 2020

Warren edges Biden, takes her first lead in prized Iowa poll

The poll from the Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom has Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at 22 percent. Former vice president Joe Biden fell by 3 percentage points to 20 percent.

Democrats could win Oval Office by running up score in House races

A center-left think tank’s analysis of all 235 districts held by Democrats identified high-value targets for the presidency and control of Congress.
Diners on the Amtrak Crescent train on Sept. 9. (Harrison Keely)
Diners on the Amtrak Crescent train on Sept. 9. (Harrison Keely)

End of an American tradition: Amtrak kills the traditional dining car

The rail operator will switch to prepackaged meals and ease restrictions on serving times. Amtrak says the change is driven by the desire to save money and lure younger riders.
In a country that has been stressed to the max over the past decade, tobacco is the main vice. Nearly 2 in 5 Greeks 15 and older smoke daily, the highest rate in Europe.
Uighurs living abroad say they have heard reports of jail and asset seizures for family members who sent money to relatives overseas. The effort appears aimed at cutting off Uighurs in China from relatives outside the country, analysts say.
The relationship unraveled within days when Brown’s off-field behavior took a more disturbing turn with allegations of rape, sexual assault and intimidation.
The Muppet character Julia sits in the middle of a dispute between the most prominent U.S. autism organization advocating for early intervention, and autistic adults who see the condition as a difference, not a disease needing a cure.
The industry has taken a hit as a result of the uncertainty caused by President Trump’s trade war and by Brexit. And when the car industry in Europe’s largest economy is hurting, it can be bad news for the whole country — and the wider continent.
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