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Documents Detail How Ballots Gathered In Unresolved N.c. Election - Politico

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?

Hint: One rhymes with Freto Frorourke.

Chief Justice Roberts Issues Stay In Case Of Unknown Subpoena - Politico

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

Sidebar: Texasâ

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

Brendan SmialowskiI/AFP/Getty Images

Trauma of Clintonâ

‘I share some of the blame for not calling Brooklyn and saying, ‘You can’t just go to Pittsburgh,’’ said the Democratic senator.


Mr. Trump’s 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 Mnuchin’s 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

“Mortal Republic,” by Edward J. Watts, examines parallels between ancient Rome and today’s United States.