President Trump presented China and Russia as competitors that want to realign global power in their interests, and framed a new U.S. national security strategy plan that casts his election as a pivot point from failed economic policies and negotiating strategies.
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Analysis
Passage of the tax plan is a much-needed win for the president and Republicans, who would have looked ineffective if the bill was defeated. But there are several ways that the measure could backfire.
U.S. district judge nominee Matthew Petersen withdrew his nomination in the wake of an exchange with Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) last week that went viral. The White House confirmed he has withdrawn his nomination but had no further comment.
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Scores more people were injured, authorities said, when a train traveling on a new route derailed while crossing a bridge above busy Interstate 5, about 40 miles south of Seattle. Those who died were believed to have been on the train and not on the highway.
The territory’s governor ordered agencies to reopen their books and initiate a recount of certified deaths related to the hurricane after weeks of reporting from news outlets pointing to a severe undercount of fatalities.
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The move by Alex Kozinski, a powerful judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, comes days after The Washington Post reported on allegations from 15 women of inappropriate sexual behavior.
The Fix
Analysis
The readout of the call sounded like it was written by a certain someone — exclamation point and all.
The Fix
Analysis
Sean Hannity says the special counsel has to go — but the hosts of “Fox & Friends” say firing Robert S. Mueller III would play into Democrats’ hands.
Skipper, who turns 62 on Tuesday, had been with the network for 20 years. ESPN's former president and executive chairman, George Bodenheimer, will take over as acting chairman of the company for 90 days.
Capital Weather Gang
A biting chill is expected to stretch from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, but the East Coast might miss the brunt of it.
Retropolis
The Past, Rediscovered
The Pentagon’s confirmation of a $22 million program to analyze “anomalous aerospace threats” was a eureka moment — the first (of presumably many) alien-related secrets that have slipped out of the clenched jaws of the government.
Homicide investigators are probing the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, whose bodies were found by a real estate agent who was preparing their mansion for an open house.
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