The denial was remarkable on multiple levels — first, the special counsel’s office speaks exceedingly rarely, and second, the statement seemed to drive a stake through a sensational allegation that Democratic lawmakers suggested earlier in the day could spell the end of the Trump presidency.
The silent treatment limits President Trump’s ability to dictate national coverage and frame the day’s debate. And it’s providing an early template for how Democratic presidential candidates may attempt to deal with him in 2020, essentially forcing him out of a conversation they want to have with voters.
The Coast Guard is operating without a budget, marking the first time in more than a century that part of the armed forces has had paychecks withheld. Coast Guard spouses said they are increasingly worrying about paying their bills and are visiting an ad hoc food pantry set up on base.
The explosion occurred in the midst of the Mexican government’s campaign against oil theft. Earlier this month, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed many of the country’s pipelines, saddling dozens of cities with an acute gasoline shortage.
The U.S. government confirmed that since Sunday it has been holding Marzieh Hashemi, an American-born journalist who works in Iran. Hashemi is a “material witness” in a federal case and will be released after she testifies before a grand jury, the government said.
The streaming service has realized that consumers can only devote so many hours a day to screen time, and it now sees the massively popular online video game as a formidable foe in the global war for Internet users’ attention.