Republican defense hawks in the House said a short-term spending plan their party had introduced did not devote enough money to the military. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats began lining up in opposition amid pressure from immigration activists. Absent some sort of accord, federal agencies will cease nonessential activities and furlough hundreds of thousands of employees at midnight Friday.
In comments that put him at odds with the president, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers that the U.S. will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that Mexico will never pay for it.
Veteran U.S. spies were elated to learn of the arrest this week of a suspect in a long-running mole hunt within the CIA’s ranks. But their mood was tempered by skepticism that the man will ever face charges for what some believe is his role in the exposure and deaths of several CIA agents in China, according to current and former officials.
Aaron Bischu Kim of the Los Angeles Gladiators plays against the Shanghai Dragons at the inaugural opening day of the Overwatch League in Burbank, Calif. (Noah Smith for The Post)
Aaron "Bischu" Kim of the Los Angeles Gladiators plays against the Shanghai Dragons at the inaugural opening day of the Overwatch League in Burbank, Calif. (Noah Smith for The Post)
The audience for eSports has surged in recent years and major investors have followed, including owners of traditional sports franchises seeking to reach a young audience. As strange as filling a arena to watch people play video games might seem to some, others find it to be on par with watching any other competition, with city-based franchises, salaried players and fans decked out in licensed merchandise.
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The Trump administration is creating a civil rights division within the Health and Human Services Department that would clear the way for doctors and nurses to opt out of providing abortions or treating transgender patients.
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The retiring senator from Arizona called out President Trump for launching a war on the media, comparing the president to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and warning his colleagues that nothing less than American democracy is at stake.
Simon Edelman, who was placed on administrative leave, said that he gave official photos to The Washington Post and In These Times magazine that show Energy Secretary Rick Perry hugging a coal mining executive with whom he discussed an “action plan” for overhauling regulations.
A lawyer for former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon argued that his client doesn’t have enough time to prepare for a Thursday interview on the House Intelligence Committee’s terms.
The Navy’s decision to consider criminal charges against Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez  sets up a potential spectacle that has not occurred in a generation: The court-martial of a ship’s captain in the death of his own sailors.
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“I didn’t think retirement was possible, and now it is,” said the president’s son, who pointed to the stellar performance of his 401(k) as evidence that his father's economic policies were helping average Americans.
Andy Müller-Maguhn’s visits to the WikiLeaks founder have caught the attention of officials investigating how WikiLeaks got hacked Democratic Party emails that the group released at key moments in the 2016 election.
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