‘Our government had just never contemplated a situation like that’
Before he became president, Donald Trump was a businessman with many hotels. After he became president, that didn't change. One of the hotels he still owns is the Trump International in Washington. It’s housed in the old Post Office building -- a historic building owned by the federal government. A new report by the General Services Administration inspector general states that the GSA ignored concerns that the president’s lease might violate the Constitution. But this doesn’t really change anything.
David Fahrenthold covers the Trump Organization for The Post. He says whoever approved the lease just “didn’t want to care about things they weren’t supposed to care about.”
- Federal agency ‘improperly’ ignored constitutional concerns before allowing Trump to keep lease to his hotel, internal watchdog says
- T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval. The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump’s hotel.
Brexit: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
In a dramatic but mostly unsurprising turn of events, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal on Brexit has been shot down by Parliament. This is unchartered territory, with the deadline to leave the European Union at the end of the March but no deal in place. The Post’s London bureau chief, William Booth, tells Martine Powers how May and her government are trying to navigate the political crisis.
- Europe Brexit vote: British Parliament rejects Theresa May’s Brexit deal, leaving withdrawal from E.U. and prime minister’s political future in doubt
- A second Brexit referendum was once a pipe dream. Now some wonder if it’s the only way out of the chaos.
The first border wall
The boundary between the United States and Mexico wasn’t just an imaginary line on a map. Long before a border wall became a partisan issue, it was a fence built prevent American cattle from contracting “Texas fever.”
Mike Rosenwald, host of the podcast Retropod, breaks down the history of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jenna Johnson on the gradual policy shifts of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), newly announced presidential hopeful. Sudarsan Raghavan on the struggle to survive for many in Yemen. Plus, the sounds of healthy and unhealthy snow.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Kimberly Kindy on federal prison workers who aren’t getting enough support during the partial government shutdown. Marissa Lang on the tensions surrounding the Women’s March. Plus, the career troubles of R&B singer Chrisette Michele.
Friday, January 18, 2019