Senate Republicans look to hold short trial despite Trump’s desire for an aggressive defense

Several GOP senators on Wednesday said it would be better to limit the trial and quickly vote to dismiss the House charges against President Trump than engage in what could become a political circus.

In new legal memo, White House budget office defends withholding aid to Ukraine

The Office of Management and Budget asserted that it withheld the military aid as a temporary move to study whether the spending complied with U.S. policy — and not as a political effort to block Congress’s spending decisions.

Inspector general says the FBI is not vindicated by his report on Trump campaign probe

Michael Horowitz said he could not vindicate the FBI’s former leaders because of major errors — effectively offering both political parties fresh ammunition in their feud over the Russia case.

Weinstein reaches tentative $25 million settlement with sexual misconduct accusers

The proposed deal would not require the embattled movie mogul to admit fault or personally pay dozens of women.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi points her finger at President Trump during an October meeting about Syria. (Reuters)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi points her finger at President Trump during an October meeting about Syria. (Reuters)
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate their defeat of the Auburn Tigers in the NCAA men’s basketball semifinals in April. (John McDonnell/The Post)
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate their defeat of the Auburn Tigers in the NCAA men’s basketball semifinals in April. (John McDonnell/The Post)
A cleansing ceremony and tribute to ancestors is conducted by a group of Queen Mothers in Hampton, Va., in August. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post
A cleansing ceremony and tribute to ancestors is conducted by a group of Queen Mothers in Hampton, Va., in August. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Post
Fabio Losurdo comforts his horse, Smarty, at a ranch in Simi Valley, Calif., during a brush fire. (AP)
Fabio Losurdo comforts his horse, Smarty, at a ranch in Simi Valley, Calif., during a brush fire. (AP)
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The Afghanistan Papers A Secret History of the War | Part 3
A Secret History of the War | Part 3

U.S. wasted billions of dollars in colossal effort to rebuild Afghanistan, documents reveal

Kabul, 2009. (AP)
Kabul, 2009. (AP)
Kabul, 2005. (AP)
Kabul, 2005. (AP)
Kabul, 2004. (AP)
Kabul, 2004. (AP)
U.S. leaders have long insisted they would not be "nation-building" in war-torn Afghanistan. They have spent $133 billion trying — and failing — to do just that.
Documents The Post obtained after a three-year legal battle show how Washington inadvertently built a corrupt, dysfunctional Afghan government that remains dependent on U.S. military power for its survival.

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Four people, including a police officer, and the two suspects were dead by the end of Tuesday's hours-long gun battle.
If Boris Johnson's Conservatives win a solid parliamentary majority, they will plow ahead with a January withdrawal from the European Union.
President Trump said he would sign the $738 billion defense policy bill, which permits the creation of a sixth branch of the military and extends 12 weeks of paid parental leave to more than 2 million federal workers. The Senate still must vote on the legislation.
President Trump has failed to deliver on his most important pledges, and infighting in the Health and Human Services Department has spilled into view.
The information is necessary to investigate foreign interference in U.S. politics, lawyers for Congress say.
The country will vote again in March. But this time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a leadership challenge in his own Likud party.
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Jews are divided over the president's move to consider Judaism akin to an ethnicity under federal civil rights law.
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Humans hunt animals in this newfound 44,000-year-old cave art in Indonesia.
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How to pack the essentials for a road trip, according to two overlanding experts

Sunny Eaton and Karin Balsley spent years away from a permanent home, driving and camping in their modified ’97 Toyota Land Cruiser. They have outfitted it to suit their needs.
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