Thousands were ordered back to work to process refunds without pay during the shutdown, but hundreds have permission not to work because of financial hardship, and union leaders expect absences to surge as part of a coordinated protest.
The 800,000 federal workers expecting to miss a second paycheck are an extreme example of a tactic the president has used repeatedly: He threatens a calamity and insists he’ll address it only if his adversary capitulates to a separate demand.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says Trump is proof that incendiary comments about women or minorities don’t need to stand in the way of taking power. (Getty Images)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says Trump is proof that incendiary comments about women or minorities don’t need to stand in the way of taking power. (Getty Images)
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s increasingly autocratic leader, said Trump represents “permission” from “the highest position in the world.” (Getty Images)
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s increasingly autocratic leader, said Trump represents “permission” from “the highest position in the world.” (Getty Images)
Behavior by governments has deteriorated, experts say, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is shown above. (Reuters)
Behavior by governments has deteriorated, experts say, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is shown above. (Reuters)
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales abolished the mandate of a U.N.-backed commission known as an effective watchdog in curbing corruption. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales abolished the mandate of a U.N.-backed commission known as an effective watchdog in curbing corruption. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
After two years in office, the president’s affection for autocrats and disregard for democratic values abroad has affected how others govern, experts say, and a generation of leaders who resemble him is consolidating power and growing bolder in its willingness to flout democratic principles and norms.
After a viral video and a presidential tweet put a group of Covington students in the national spotlight, their Catholic school was shut down Tuesday because of security concerns, and demonstrators gathered outside the diocese.
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At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the former senator and secretary of state was asked what he would say to the president if he were seated next to him. After hesitating, Kerry said he’d tell Trump: “Resign.”
The request comes after a federal judge said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross broke a “veritable smorgasbord” of federal rules by ordering the citizenship question to be added to the 2020 Census.
Russell Baker
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Baker wrote the Observer column for 36 years in the New York Times. He won Pulitzers for the columns and for his Depression-era memoir, “Growing Up.”
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In court records from her divorce proceedings, the Iowa Republican said that she turned down the president “knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family.”
The Vermont Democrat was rebuked by critics who pointed out that his tweet neglected America’s long history of slavery.
Farmers in India are incensed as growing numbers of stray cows — considered sacred in Hinduism — threaten crops. So to force government action, they’ve been locking the animals in schools.
Gigi Wu gained social media fame for scaling more than 100 peaks and changing into a bikini to document each climb.
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