Why Republicans are tired of defending Trump
After two weeks of closed-door testimony, a portrait is emerging of a president pressuring his own government and a foreign power to interfere in domestic politics, enlisting administration officials and his personal attorney in ways that increasingly made members of his own team uncomfortable.
“Each new testimony offers at least one big bit of information that generally places the president and Rudy Giuliani squarely at the heart of this throbbing scandal,” White House reporter Ashley Parker says.
President Trump and some aides have tried to block progress on the impeachment inquiry by refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. But a growing number of employees have chosen to come forward with testimony, and their narrative points to actions that could bolster the case for impeachment.
- This week in impeachment, in 5 minutes
- Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals
- After saying Trump held back aid to pressure Ukraine, Mulvaney tries to walk back comments
- A few Republican cracks on impeachment are showing
For more news about the impeachment inquiry, subscribe to “Impeachment Inquiry: Updates from The Washington Post,” a new podcast feed featuring segments from Post Reports, Can He Do That and The Daily 202’s Big Idea.
Who is looking after ‘the littlest victims’ of the opioid crisis?
For more than a decade, foster homes and emergency shelters in every corner of West Virginia have been short of beds. Caseworkers with sleeping bags and baby formula have shuttled children to overnight stays in motels or state offices.
Billboards have gone up along the highways, calling on commuters to open their homes to some of the 6,900 children forced into state care by an opioid epidemic that has fractured families across the state and claimed 5,200 lives over two decades.
“As the opioid crisis was growing, more and more children were left behind,” investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper says. She spent more than six months tracking the crisis in West Virginia. “They were either abused, neglected, abandoned or orphaned, not just by parents but by extended family members.”
- Inside West Virginia’s opioid battle: ‘They looked at us like an easy target’
- Ohio counties, four drug firms reach $260 million settlement in opioid epidemic case, averting trial
- The Opioid Files: Follow The Post’s investigation of the opioid epidemic
Ten days before the deadline, there’s no Brexit deal
British House of Commons Speaker John Bercow ruled Monday that the government could not ask lawmakers to vote again on Brexit, dealing only the latest blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who staked his career on attaining an agreement.
Last week, Johnson hammered out a new divorce agreement with the European Union. But Bercow refused the vote Monday because parliamentary rules bar considering the same measure twice during the same session. The new motion, he said, was “in substance the same” as the previous rejected one.
London bureau chief William Booth says the latest developments have considerably slowed progress: “Instead of being on a fast train to Brexit, we are now on a very slow local train, making perhaps every stop.”
David Fahrenthold scrutinizes the president’s decision to award a major government contract — to himself. U.S. star Rose Lavelle discusses the future of women’s soccer. And Sonia Rao shares what indie studio A24 is doing right.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Greg Miller describes Vladimir Putin’s role in shaping Trump’s view of Ukraine. Griff Witte spends time with refugees who sought asylum in Australia and ended up in Texas. And Martine Powers on how a city responds to its team’s first World Series.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019