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Federalism Is Dead, Long Live Federalism
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For Yale law professor Heather K. Gerken, the question of how Americans can coexist in relative peace and prosperity, despite their many differences, has a temping answer: “The tempting answer to this question is to invoke our father’s federalism, a vision of democracy in which everyone retreats to their comfortable red and blue enclaves.  Peace […]

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Will Grad Students Lose the Right to Unionize Under Trump?
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Trevor Hull wakes up every morning and goes to a lab where he mixes chemicals together, using materials like lead and cadmium to synthesize other substances. A man who he calls his boss sometimes gives him directions and orders, and he’s paid on a bi-weekly basis. He says he feels like he works at a […]

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<i>The Atlantic </i> Politics & Policy Daily: The Art of the Repeal
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Today in 5 Lines Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate will not vote on the new GOP health-care bill until after the July 4 recess. During a meeting with Republican senators, President Trump said he hopes the bill can pass, adding that, “if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to […]

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<em>The Atlantic</em> Daily: Late Vote, Early Warning
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What We’re Following Delayed Action: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is postponing the vote on his party’s health-care bill until after Congress’s July 4 recess. Republicans had hoped to pass the bill this week, but were forced to back down under mounting opposition: Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers feared it would place an undue burden […]

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Planned Parenthood Still Believes It Can Win the Culture Wars
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The United States Congress is trying hard to defund Planned Parenthood, once and for all. For a period of one year, the proposed American Health Care Act would prohibit federal funds from going to non-profit organizations that provide family-planning services, including abortions, and get more than $350 million in reimbursements under Medicaid, which provides health […]

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Will China Save the American Economy?
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MORAINE, Ohio—For years, Donjian Xu and her husband operated a sleepy Chinese restaurant in this industrial suburb of Dayton, cooking up American-style Chinese food like sweet-and-sour chicken and beef with broccoli for customers who would stop in on their lunch break. Then, three years ago, a new crowd started coming into Dragon China: Chinese natives […]

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The Senate’s Health-Care Bill Is Still Unaffordable for Poor People
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First, some good news: Twenty-two million more uninsured people over the next decade is at least slightly better than 23 million. The rest of the numbers from the Congressional Budget Office aren’t so rosy for a plan Republicans hoped would score much better on coverage than its House-made predecessor. On Monday, the agency released its […]

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<em>The Atlantic</em> Daily: Travel Plans
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What We’re Following Trump’s Partial Victory: The Supreme Court agreed to review President Trump’s proposed travel ban this October, and partially unblocked the administration from enforcing it in the meantime. Now, the administration can enforce the ban against foreign nationals from the six targeted countries “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or […]

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The Truth Teller
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If you run into a left-leaning “consultant” these days, there’s a fairly good chance they used to work for the Obama administration. Scores of federal officials and bureaucrats have resigned or been fired since President Trump’s inauguration, some after realizing their goals were not in line with the new president’s. Anthony Fauci, director of the […]

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Democrats Will Have to Do Better Than Ossoff
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In the wake of last week’s special congressional election in Georgia, on which Democrats spent more than $30 million only to come up short, some on the left have taken solace in the idea that the result was nonetheless a good portent—a sign that Democratic candidates are poised to win the House next year. The […]

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HHS Secretary Defies Trump on Ebola Travel Ban
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At the height of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, days before the World Health Organization declared it an international public health emergency, Donald Trump tweeted: “The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great-but must suffer the consequences!” “This framework sees infected persons as […]

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HHS Secretary: The Congressional Budget Office Is ‘Not Accurate’
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“We’re not pulling the rug out from under anybody,” said Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The goal of the House’s and the Senate’s health plans, and the Trump administration’s goal, he said, is “ensuring that there are more individuals who are insured under the new plan than under the old plan”—the […]

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Watergate Lawyer: The Trump Administration Would Fire Mueller ‘At Their Peril’
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When Rufus Edmisten was 31 years old, he delivered a subpoena to the president of the United States asking for tape recordings from the Oval Office. It was July 23, 1973, and “it had to be the hottest day in the world,” he told me last week, 44 years later. Edmisten had recently been appointed […]

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The Kabuki Theater of the AHCA
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The United States has never had a Senate leader as ruthless, as willing to bend, distort and break the rules, traditions and precedents of the Senate as Mitch McConnell. And the Senate has probably never had a majority leader as effective at accomplishing his goals as Mitch McConnell—making even Lyndon Johnson look like a neophyte […]

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The Gulf’s Demands on Qatar Look Designed to Be Rejected
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Now, Qatar has a list. On Thursday evening, news reports surfaced of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and four other nations that, if fulfilled by Doha, will resolve their ongoing standoff with the tiny Gulf nation. Among the more onerous demands appearing on the list, which may or may […]

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The Kremlin’s Investment in Trump Is Paying Off
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Fifty-four years ago this month, former President John F. Kennedy delivered the “Strategy of Peace,” a powerful address that captured America’s indispensable leadership at the height of the Cold War. Kennedy knew that our country could not guard against the Soviet Union alone, for he believed that “genuine peace must be the product of many […]

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<i>The Atlantic </i> Politics & Policy Daily: Heller High Water
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Today in 5 Lines Dean Heller became the fifth Republican senator to oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill. President Trump signed a bill that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, as part of an effort to overhaul the agency. A Cincinnati judge declared a mistrial in […]

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<em>The Atlantic</em> Daily: Presidential Legitimacy and Preexisting Conditions
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What We’re Following Trump’s Troubles:  Last year, the CIA told then-President Obama that Putin had asked his intelligence agencies to intervene in Trump’s favor in the presidential election, according to a new report from The Washington Post. This doesn’t necessarily mean the Trump campaign was involved, but it deepens the uncertainty surrounding the legitimacy of […]

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Witness to a Saturday Night Massacre
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Watching the national controversy over the White House and Russia unfold, I’m reminded of Karl Marx’s oft-quoted observation: “History repeats itself: first as tragedy, second as farce.” I was a close witness to the national tragedy that was Richard Nixon’s self-inflicted downfall as president, and I’ve recently contemplated whether a repeat of his “Saturday Night […]

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The Perilous Path Ahead for the Senate Health-Care Bill
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In the hours after Senate Republicans released their long-awaited plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act, it was nearly impossible to find an enthusiastic supporter of the proposal—even among the lawmakers it was most aimed to please. There was no grand unveiling of a bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants […]

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<i>The Atlantic </i> Politics & Policy Daily: Old McConnell Has a Plan
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Today in 5 Lines Senate Republicans released a 142-page proposal that would dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee said in a joint statement that they are “not ready” to vote for the GOP health-care bill, but are open to negotiations. Former President Barack Obama […]

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The Supreme Court’s Mixed Year on Capital Punishment
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s latest term, which ended this week as the justices began their summer recess, saw death-penalty opponents achieve some notable victories even as the Court moved further away from abolishing capital punishment. In one of those wins Monday, the justices vacated an Alabama death-row inmate’s sentence after ruling the state had not […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Aggressive New Heir to the Throne
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In December 2015, a remarkable memo from Germany’s foreign intelligence service was leaked to news outlets. It argued that Saudi Arabia’s new leaders were destabilizing the Middle East. The memo said King Salman and his advisers had replaced the kingdom’s decades-long, cautious foreign policy with “an impulsive policy of intervention.” The Germans singled out the […]

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The U.S. Enters a New Phase in Syria
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Since it initiated air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria in 2014, the United States has tried to insulate its war against ISIS from the civil war among Bashar Assad’s regime, Syrian rebels, and the parties’ respective foreign allies. That effort always had its limits, but it formally came to an end in an […]

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Inside the Mind of a Hypocrite
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In the wake of the shooting of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News that “You can’t attack people personally in a way and think that tragedies like this won’t happen.” Oh, can’t you? Because if memory serves, her boss is notorious for attacking a few people personally. Three hundred and thirty-two […]

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It’s Trump’s Party Now
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It’s impossible to read the result in Georgia’s Sixth—the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history—as anything but a huge Republican victory. Notwithstanding national polls suggesting about 39 percent approval for the Republican president, a more-or-less standard-issue Republican candidate won by about 5 percentage points in exactly the kind of affluent, educated district supposedly most […]

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What Is the Point of Sean Spicer’s Briefings?
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There’s more than one way to kill a briefing. As my colleague Rosie Gray wrote this morning, the Trump administration has adopted various tactics to slowly strangle the daily White House encounter between press and spokesman: Make them shorter, kick cameras out, ban audio recordings, and so on. When the White House schedule went out […]

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Republicans Will Continue to Stick With Secrecy as Long as It Works
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The paradox of secrecy in American politics is how much attention it gets. Over the last couple of weeks, the penchant of the White House and the Republican Senate for blocking the release of information has become a central issue in Washington. It’s a case of making lemonade from lemons: If you can’t cover the […]

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GOP Firm Exposed U.S. Voters’ Personal Data
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For two weeks in the June, the personal information of nearly every U.S. voter was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server after a marketing firm hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) failed to password protect its data. The BBC reports that the leak represents the largest breach of electoral data in the […]

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Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy
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Speaking at a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said his nation was not interested in negotiating with the Trump administration over a newly-proposed policy to limit tourism and trade to the island. Cuba “will never negotiate under pressure or under threat,” Rodriquez said, while also refusing to return […]

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The Democrats Stage a Senate Slowdown Over Health Care
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Senate Democrats can’t stop Republicans from passing a health-care bill that guts the Affordable Care Act. They can’t force Mitch McConnell to release the legislation, or hold hearings on it, or unilaterally block President Trump’s nominees in retaliation. But Democrats can grind the Senate to a virtual halt, and that’s what they plan to do […]

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Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Russian Trademarks Edition
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One of the questions underlying the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian officials is whether the president himself is in debt to the country’s government or state-run banks. Though Trump has insisted recently that he does not do business in Russia, that assertion conflicts with 20 years of his (and his sons’) […]

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How the AHCA Could Cause an Economic Downturn
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If there’s any single binding policy narrative for the first five months of Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s that the president is against regulations that kill jobs. In his June 1 Rose Garden speech announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Trump bemoaned it as a policy that “could cost Americans as much as […]

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Virginia’s Wake-Up Call to the GOP Establishment
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Ever since Donald Trump became president, wary Republican elites have believed he was an anomaly—a unique candidate who owed his success to celebrity appeal and weak opposition, despite some noxious views and behavior. Take away Trump the person, they believed, and there would be no Trump phenomenon. That viewpoint got a rude wake-up call this […]

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Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?
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Middlebury College’s decision to discipline 67 students who participated in a raucous and violent demonstration against conservative author Charles Murray brings closure to one of several disturbing incidents that took place on college campuses this semester. But larger disputes about the state of free speech on campus–and in public life–remain unresolved. Many critics have used […]

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U.S. Navy Calls Off Its Search for Missing Sailors
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The search for seven missing U.S. Navy sailors who went missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship near Japan was called off Sunday. Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, said divers found a “number of” bodies in a flooded compartment in the USS Fitzgerald, although he did not specify […]

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Vacation’s All They Ever Wanted
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When Congress wants not to get something done—like, say, tackle hot button legislation that could prove awkward for certain members even to vote on—its favorite trick is to run out the clock. Shucks! We so desperately wanted to pass this high-profile tax reform/health care plan/appropriations bill/take your pick, but we simply ran out of time. […]

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The Normalization of Conspiracy Culture
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The catastrophe wasn’t what it seemed. It was an inside job, people whispered. Rome didn’t have to burn to the ground. Nearly 2,000 years ago, after the Great Fire of Rome leveled most of the city, Romans questioned whether the emperor Nero had ordered his guards to start the inferno so he could rebuild Rome […]

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<em>The Atlantic</em> Daily: Closing Time
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What We’re Following Reversing Course: President Trump announced his decision to roll back the Obama administration’s opening of relations with Cuba, calling the policy a “completely one-sided deal.” Yet restoring trade restrictions may not be good for American businesses any more than for Cuban ones—and Ben Rhodes, who led the negotiations with Cuba under Obama, […]

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Donald Trump Reports He’s Getting Rich as President
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President Trump says he’s received tens of millions of dollars in income from the golf courses and resorts whose profile he boosted during frequent visits since taking office, according to filings released Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. The 98 pages of financial disclosures offer a partial snapshot of Trump’s income and assets […]

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The Danger of Picking Sides in the Qatar Crisis
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The key reason offered by Saudi Arabia and seven other nations for their sudden sundering of ties with Qatar is the country’s enabling of terrorism. They do have a point: Qatar has hosted leaders of Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, and has long provided a platform to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim […]

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Why Is Robert Mueller Probing Jared Kushner’s Finances?
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Jared Kushner’s business endeavors in the dog-eat-dog world of New York City real estate helped endear him to his father-in-law, President Trump. Now those complex dealings are reportedly under scrutiny by federal investigators as part of the sprawling Russia investigation. The Washington Post reported Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is probing “finance and […]

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<em>The Atlantic</em> Daily: Take Care
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What We’re Following Preventive Care: Some Republican leaders in Congress have joined Democrats in urging the Trump administration not to undermine the Affordable Care Act by ceasing to pay the subsidies to insurance companies it requires, arguing that Trump mustn’t let the health-care system collapse as the GOP works to replace it. Democrats have promised […]

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Do the Two New Lawsuits Against Trump Have Any Shot at Success?
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Mere days after President Donald Trump took office, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, filed a suit alleging that the president is violating the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, which bars elected officials from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or […]

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Otto Warmbier’s Father Says He’s Proud of His Son, Praises Trump’s Efforts
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Otto Warmbier’s father said Thursday he does not believe North Korea’s explanation for why the 22-year-old University of Virginia student is in a coma, credited the Trump administration for freeing his son, and criticized the Obama administration’s advice to the family “to keep a low profile.” At a sometimes-emotional news conference at Wyoming High School […]

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The Standing Rock Sioux Claim ‘Victory and Vindication’ in Court
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A federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Wednesday, handing the tribe its first legal victory in its year-long battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. James Boasberg, who sits on D.C. district court, said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to perform an adequate study of the pipeline’s […]

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Otto Warmbier’s Condition
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The parents of Otto Warmbier, who was freed by North Korea on Tuesday, are expected to provide an update on the condition of the 22-year-old University of Virginia student who arrived in Ohio late last night. Fred and Cindy Warmbier told media on Tuesday that their son had been in a coma since he was […]

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U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal Narrowly Escapes Bipartisan Opposition
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Following a bipartisan bid to prevent the sale of more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, the Senate voted Tuesday to uphold a previous deal struck by the Trump administration. During a May visit to Saudi Arabia, President Trump approved a $110 billion arms package to supply the nation with numerous defense […]

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Can a Trump-Style Republican Win in Virginia?
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FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—“They’ve been calling me a racist for 10 years,” Corey Stewart sighs, as if the commonness of the accusation were proof it couldn’t possibly be true. “They have! And it’s like, it doesn’t even faze me. I know the truth. They’re just used to it.” Stewart, a Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, sits […]

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