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How Trump can get the rest of his wall money — without a shutdown or emergency

(Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)

He can’t win this shutdown fight. But he can win a sequester fight.


Perennial grains could be a key weapon against climate change. But not quite yet.

The key will be increasing their yield, and therefore their commercial viability.

There might not be a government shutdown this year. This is big news.

But do not be fooled. The budget process remains broken.


How Trump and Congress could chart a constructive course in 2018

(Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

They should focus on helping “dreamers,” improving infrastructure and protecting military spending.

Superheroes might save the world, but they’d totally wreck the environment

Holy global warming, Batman! A scientist calculated the carbon footprints of nine superheroes — and realized the planet would be better off if they didn't try to save it.

Trump’s claim that ‘they just kept cutting, cutting, cutting the military’ until it was ‘depleted’

Trump claims the military budget has been slashed in recent years, but he's forgetting that the U.S. ended two wars overseas.


The dream of ‘clean coal’ is burning up

(Rogelio V. Solis / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Scarce research dollars should go into newer and better technologies.


Uncertainty in Washington is hurting D.C.’s job market, economists say

(Zach Gibson/Reuters / Reuters)

D.C. just had its worst jobs report since the height of sequestration.


Get the National Arboretum’s side of the story

(Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)