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Documents Detail How Ballots Gathered In Unresolved N.c. Election - Politico
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Investigators are looking into whether people working on behalf of GOP candidate Mark Harris ran an illegal operation to collect absentee ballots from voters. | AP Photo/Chuck Burton
Trump Swipes At Senators, Mattis Over Military Alliances - Politico
President Donald Trump on Monday offered a fresh rebuke of senators who have criticized his recent military actions and the departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, jabbing at the retired Marine general as well.
Trump Accuses Democrats Of Border Wall Hypocrisy - Politico
So far, President Donald Trump has held firm in his demand for more border wall money, with his administration forecasting an extended government shutdown over the impasse. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Schiff: Trump Endangering ‘rule Of Law’ - Politico
Schiff, though, indicated he was not surprised.
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown day 3, and Mnuchin talks with bank CEOs about liquidity
And Israel will hold elections early on April 9, the AP reports.
Mnuchin Spoke With Big Bank Ceos About Market Stability - Politico
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has also in the past day sought to assure markets that President Donald Trump will not attempt to fire Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. | Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images
Afghan President Replaces Security Chiefs in Critical Phase of War
President Ashraf Ghani tapped two staunch anti-Taliban veterans to lead the army and police as the United States pushes for peace talks.
Democrats vow new scrub of post-9/11 war powers
The House changeover is giving new life to calls by some lawmakers to reexamine the sweeping authority that Congress granted the president 17 years ago.
Partial shutdown is a total failure, and it could last until the new year
The partial government shutdown is a total government failure brought on by President Trump's demand for a wall and his caving to right-wing media personalities. It is the low-wage federal contractors, who clean federal buildings and work in cafeterias, who will suffer the most.
Markets Tumble Further As Trump Digs In On Fed Attacks - Politico
Traders work on the floor at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 19. | Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images
Which 2020 Candidates Won 2018?
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Hint: One rhymes with Freto Frorourke.
Chief Justice Roberts Issues Stay In Case Of Unknown Subpoena - Politico
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Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Sunday temporarily staying a contempt citation. | Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, Pool
Murphy Staffer Discussed Job With Democratic State Committee Member After Governor Courted His Support
One of the jobs under discussion was the newly created position of chief ethics officer at New Jersey Transit. | AP Photo
Meet Trump's Acting Pentagon Chief - Politico
Patrick Shanahan, 56, has played a prominent role in crafting a new National Defense Strategy placing renewed emphasis on military competition with Russia and China. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Courts have the power to stop plaintiffs from choosing their own judges in politically charged cases, a new article argues.
Stock Market Rout Has Trump Fixated on Fed Chair Powell
Mr. Trump increasingly blames the Fed for the downtrend in stock prices. Some investors say the president himself is the bigger problem.
Trump owns the shutdown. And heâ
The president spent the weekend digging in on his position, and aides say he accepts a closure that could drag into the new year.
German president warns of polarization fueled by social media
Ginsburg Back Working After Cancer Surgery - Politico
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âÂÂI share some of the blame for not calling Brooklyn and saying, âÂÂYou canâÂÂt just go to Pittsburgh,âÂÂâÂÂ said the Democratic senator.
Mr. TrumpâÂÂs Christmas Eve Twitter storm was replete with grievances about border security, the Federal Reserve and a departing special envoy.
Trump Renews Attack on Fed as Mnuchin Tries to Calm Markets
An attempt by Steven Mnuchin to calm jittery markets did little to stop volatility.
Economy Is Strong. Leadership Is Shaky. Which Will Win Out in 2019?
Moves like MnuchinâÂÂs phone calls to bank C.E.O.s could create a broader crisis of confidence.
Nonfiction: What the Fall of the Roman Republic Can Teach Us About America
âÂÂMortal Republic,âÂÂ by Edward J. Watts, examines parallels between ancient Rome and todayâÂÂs United States.