(AP)
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It is impossible to spend a day in this town without hearing or reading special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s name. He will go down in history as one of the pivotal figures of the Trump era. All this for a man who seldom speaks and is rarely seen. He is omnipresent and absent, inescapable but elusive.
The Debrief
Analysis
Senate Republicans struggled to account for President Trump’s behavior and not-so-consistent statements after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison.
More than 300,000 federal workers could be sent home without pay as President Trump and Democratic lawmakers face off over funding for a border wall. Several budget experts believe a partial shutdown, which would start on Dec. 22 absent a deal, could drag on for days, if not weeks.
They predicted that higher courts wil reject the Texas judge’s reasoning as a tortured effort to rewrite not just the health care law but congressional history.
Authorities are seeking to force wealthy individuals to demonstrate that they bought property with lawfully earned funds.
Patrick Deverney cuts wood at a protest camp in northern Michigan. (Trevor Bach for The Post)
Patrick Deverney cuts wood at a protest camp in northern Michigan. (Trevor Bach for The Post)
A spill at the Straits of Mackinac, perhaps the only place in the world where an oil pipeline travels through several miles of freshwater, could be unprecedented.
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Reporter Mimi Mefo Takambou was arrested after citing social media reports that claimed the military had shot Charles Wesco, an American missionary from Indiana.
Analysis
Cleveland held on to win Saturday night in Denver to keep its faint playoff hopes alive in a game featuring questionable late-game coaching tactics on both sides.
Retropolis
The Past, Rediscovered
“Beale Street” is not only a love story, it is a story about mass incarceration and poverty and race and hard lives in low-income black and brown communities.
Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and most of the show's cast make appearances in the cold open.
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In Houston, Ray Hill was a colossal character. He even adopted “citizen provocateur” as a formal title.
(Meg Kelly/ The Washington Post)
The biggest Pinocchios of 2018
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