American consumers are holding up the global economy. Some worry it might not last.

As a number of signs point to a possible downturn in the United States, economists are growing more skeptical that consumers will continue to open up their wallets as freely, possibly hastening the arrival of the first U.S. recession in a decade.
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Trump has one playbook, and very few plays left in it

He’s mastered tweeting from the bleachers but still struggles with the complexities of governing.

Trump’s speech at a Shell plant drew thousands of workers. They were paid overtime to be there.

Workers at a Royal Dutch Shell plant in Monaca, Pa., were forced to choose Tuesday between attending a speech by President Trump or forgoing overtime pay that their co-workers would earn.
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With unswerving loyalty, the 33-year-old senior adviser has singular control of an issue central to Donald Trump's presidency and is writing the main plot.

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Ralph Whittington
1945–2019
A longtime archivist at the Library of Congress, he amassed and cataloged one of the world’s largest collections of pornography.
The nostalgia, which has persisted longer than the decade itself, is now one of D.C.'s major cultural exports, along with punk and go-go.
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MLB:
Brewers at Nationals
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MIL 0 0 5 0 1 2 - - - 8 12 0
WAS 0 0 2 3 0 4 - - - 9 11 0
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Rendon grounded out, second baseman Hiura to first baseman Thames, Eaton to third.
Cláudio pitching.
Bottom 6th
Individual stats
HR: MIL: Grisham (3); WAS: Turner (12).
RBI: MIL: Grisham 2 (10); WAS: Turner 3 (38).
Brewers
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Player stats
Batting: AB H R HR RBI
T. Grisham CF 3 1 2 1 2
Y. Grandal C 2 2 1 0 0
C. Yelich RF 4 3 1 0 2
K. Hiura 2B 4 1 1 0 2
M. Moustak... 3B 4 2 0 0 1
R. Braun LF 3 2 1 1 1
E. Thames 1B 3 0 0 0 0
O. Arcia SS 2 0 0 0 0
J. Lyles P 1 0 1 0 0
D. Pomeran... P 0 0 0 0 0
M. Pina PH 1 1 1 0 0
F. Peralta P 0 0 0 0 0
A. Claudio P 0 0 0 0 0
Pitching: IP H ER BB SO
J. Lyles 4 7 5 2 4
D. Pomeran... 1 0 0 0 1
F. Peralta 0 3 4 1 0
A. Claudio 0 1 0 0 0
Player stats
Batting: AB H R HR RBI
T. Turner SS 4 2 1 1 3
A. Eaton RF 4 3 1 1 3
A. Rendon 3B 4 1 1 0 0
J. Soto LF 2 1 1 1 2
A. Cabrera 2B 2 0 0 0 0
M. Adams 1B 3 0 0 0 0
W. Suero P 0 0 0 0 0
K. Suzuki C 3 2 2 0 0
V. Robles CF 3 2 1 0 1
A. Sanchez P 1 0 0 0 0
G. Parra PH 0 0 1 0 0
M. Grace P 0 0 0 0 0
H. Kendric... 1B 0 0 1 0 0
Pitching: IP H ER BB SO
A. Sanchez 4 8 5 0 5
M. Grace 1 3 3 2 0
W. Suero 1 1 0 0 2
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Jean-Luc Brunel, who has been the subject of allegations for decades, had befriended financier Jeffrey Epstein.
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Richard B. Cheney has been critical of the Trump administration’s foreign policy moves.
A tin-can chimney, eight solar panels and a TV antenna taped to a tree were just the first clues to a wanted man’s meticulously planned escape, officials say.
Dugongs can live until the ripe old age of 70. Muriam didn't live past 8 months.
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