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Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies today before the Senate Armed Services Committee as it examines the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Could the United States soon be plunged into a recession and face financial calamity by defaulting on its loans for the first time ever? It’s at least a possibility as a deadline to raise the debt limit comes up in October.

If the government shuts down next week, here's what would happen.


How Republicans learned to stop worrying and embrace ‘replacement theory’ — by name

They used to talk about it in broad terms — even though the idea was commonly used by racists. Now they're just adopting the label.

A day-by-day guide to Congress’s high-stakes budget week

Congress needs to figure out how to keep the government open by midnight Thursday, raise the debt ceiling to avoid an economic catastrophe, pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill and try to vote on Democrats’ major social policy and climate change legislation.

The mayor reflects on public service, what the social justice movement ushered in and the unique leadership of women.

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Biden promises to pass a deficit-neutral plan but he's already in the hole because of the infrastructure bill.

Lawmakers in the state Senate, making the first move to redraw House maps, chose to strengthen incumbents against future demographic change rather than draw districts that might be more competitive but risky.

The move was long sought by state Democrats who have argued that it will make it easier for residents to take part in future elections.

He was adhering to new guidance issued last week that recommended extra doses for many who got the immunization more than six months ago.

The 1979 Iran hostage crisis gripped the country and may have cost a president his job. Now the Americans who spent 444 days in captivity and inspired a nation to tie yellow ribbons of support feel abandoned.

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We'll probably never know exactly how uneven the effects of the pandemic have been.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) has emerged as the most powerful House liberal by aggressively representing the priorities of her caucus and pushing leaders not to acquiesce to the demands of moderates in politically competitive districts.

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Efforts to declare conspiracy theories proven by unrelated evidence are having a moment.

The median unvaccinated Republican believes the vaccines have effectively zero efficacy in preventing hospitalizations. This is not the case with unvaccinated Democrats.

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Defending the enemy of your enemy.

Follow the president-elect’s progress filling nearly 800 positions, among the 1,200 that require Senate confirmation, in this tracker from The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service.

Partisan division and a yawning cultural gulf threaten the nation’s ability to unite in a crisis.

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Republicans have accused Dilawar Syed, President Biden's nominee as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration, of being antisemitic, but Jewish groups have countered that the claims are anti-Muslim.

The state, controlled by Democrats, could make up for gerrymandering expected in Republican states if it draws extreme lines — the kind it has railed against in the past.

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