President-elect Donald Trump’s choices to lead commerce, health and human services and the Office of Management and Budget face the kinds of problems that have torpedoed Cabinet-level nominees in the past. But it’s far from likely that Trump’s picks will buckle under political pressure.
While much of Washington looks cynically upon this week’s inauguration festivities, hundreds of buses will arrive in the District carrying well-wishers who remain dazzled and want a front-row seat for Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency.
In the wake of a tumultuous election year, the potential for reconciliation appears more remote than usual as Americans are at odds over what is true in our country. Here, four short stories — with corresponding snippets of data — offer a snapshot of the nation. This is our new starting point.
By Leslie Caimi, David Montgomery, Marcia Davis and Tal Abbady
With the threat of President Obama’s veto removed, congressional Republicans are moving quickly to introduce legislation gutting the heavily Democratic city’s gun-control measures, undoing a physician-assisted suicide law and banning the use of local tax dollars to provide abortions for low-income residents.
A majority of the Supreme Court seemed to question whether the government was unfairly taking sides in free-speech disputes. The decision on an Asian American band could affect the Washington Redskins.