Thousands were ordered back to work to process refunds without pay during the shutdown, but hundreds have permission not to work because of financial hardship, and union leaders expect absences to surge as part of a coordinated protest.
The 800,000 federal workers expecting to miss a second paycheck are an extreme example of a tactic the president has used repeatedly: He threatens a calamity and insists he’ll address it only if his adversary capitulates to a separate demand.
After a viral video and a presidential tweet put a group of Covington students in the national spotlight, their Catholic school was shut down Tuesday because of security concerns, and demonstrators gathered outside the diocese.
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At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the former senator and secretary of state was asked what he would say to the president if he were seated next to him. After hesitating, Kerry said he’d tell Trump: “Resign.”
The request comes after a federal judge said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross broke a “veritable smorgasbord” of federal rules by ordering the citizenship question to be added to the 2020 Census.
The outbreak prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue an unusual warning urging travelers to avoid surgery at a hospital linked to eight of the infections until Mexican authorities confirm its safety.
Russell Baker
1925–2019
Baker wrote the Observer column for 36 years in the New York Times. He won Pulitzers for the columns and for his Depression-era memoir, “Growing Up.”
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Farmers in India are incensed as growing numbers of stray cows — considered sacred in Hinduism — threaten crops. So to force government action, they’ve been locking the animals in schools.
Williams, seeking a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, was stunned by seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova.
Gigi Wu gained social media fame for scaling more than 100 peaks and changing into a bikini to document each climb.
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