President Trump signed the measure to fund the government through Feb. 8 after it passed the Senate and House on the strength of a statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would address the status of young immigrants called “dreamers” who were brought to this country illegally as children. Thirty-three Senate Democrats joined 48 Republicans to break the impasse over the issue and clear a path for federal agencies to reopen.
This time, it was the Democrats’ turn to learn what Republicans have learned before them: first, that bringing the government to a halt is not an advantageous way to achieve policy objectives. And second, that the party that holds the White House has the upper hand.
Democratic senators believe that a Senate immigration bill passing with a significant bipartisan majority would ultimately force House Republicans to capitulate on the issue. But House conservatives won't be easy to sway, and the president remains a true wild card.
President Trump at the White House Friday. (Jabin Botsford/T he Washington Post)
President Trump at the White House Friday. (Jabin Botsford/T he Washington Post)
It was an out-of-character role for a president used to commanding and demanding center stage: seen but not publicly heard outside the confines of his team’s highly-controlled communications operation.
It was a strange scene of short-term bonhomie and anticlimax on Capitol Hill.
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The moves may signal the start of a wider administration offensive against U.S. trading partners.
The Justice Department's inspector general is investigating why the FBI did not save five months of exchanges between two officials involved in the probes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The company is confronting criticisms about the spread of disinformation and violent imagery. But the process of coming to grips with its dark side has been long and difficult for the social media network, current and former executives say.
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The Cuban teen showed encouraging signs after surgery in Miami. But soon loved ones came to a sobering truth: There would be no miracle.
Common Cause argued that a settlement amounted to an unreported in-kind contribution and called on the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate.
There's widespread perception among airlines and disability rights advocates that some fliers are taking advantage of federal law to bring untrained pets into crowded cabins.
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