Lawmakers agreed to fund the government through Feb. 8 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would address the status of young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children. The pact came at a time when trust has been in short supply on Capitol Hill — and it unnerved liberal activists who weren’t sure whether to believe McConnell.
The shutdown exposed the challenges facing congressional Democrats daily: how to wrangle victories while in the minority and keep the party’s base energized ahead of the November elections.
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/The Washington Post)
President Trump at the White House Friday. (Jabin Botsford/The 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.
Hardly three hours had passed in the workweek when the shutdown drama ended in the Senate and a strange scene of short-term bipartisan bonhomie unfolded on Capitol Hill.
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A tsunami warning was issued along the Pacific Coast from Washington to Alaska after a major undersea earthquake hit southeast of Kodiak. Officials in some coastal areas urged people to seek higher ground.
As the attorney general tried to push Christopher Wray to make personnel changes, Wray became increasingly frustrated and conveyed that frustration to Sessions, according to people familiar with the matter.
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With economic growth strengthening around the globe, business leaders are finding it easier to stiff-arm worries over geopolitical conflagrations, cyberattacks, climate change-related events and the rest of the lineup of potentially destabilizing calamities that form part of the Trump era.
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The diminished terrorist group is turning up the volume in urging followers to carry out lone-wolf strikes wherever they are.
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.
After Louise and David Turpin were charged with torture, child abuse and false imprisonment, those who knew them started to wonder: Were the signs there all along?
Hugh Masekela
1939–2018
Mr. Masekela, who fused African folk with American jazz, achieved a No. 1 hit in 1968 with “Grazing in the Grass.”
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