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Border Wall Deal, Amazon, Valentine’s Day: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest._____ImageCreditCaitlin O'Hara for The New York Times1. A constitutional clash between President Trump and Congress appears imminent.He plans to sign the spending package Congress is rapidly approving, to keep the government open past Friday.But then, according to the Senate majority leader,… Read More

Trump Plans National Emergency to Build Border Wall as Congress Passes Spending Bill

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ImageAsylum seekers lined up in January outside the El Chaparral entry point into the United States in Tijuana, Mexico.CreditCreditMark Abramson for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President Trump will declare a national emergency as early as Friday to bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the nation’s southwestern border even as he agreed to… Read More

As Refunds Shrink, Treasury Dept. Reminds Workers of Bigger Paychecks

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Politics|As Refunds Shrink, Treasury Dept. Reminds Workers of Bigger PaychecksImageAfter the tax law passed in 2017, the Treasury Department adjusted its withholding tables so that taxpayers would see the additional money immediately.CreditCreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — The Trump administration defended itself on Thursday amid a barrage of criticism from angry taxpayers who are… Read More

Trump’s Face-Saving Way Out of Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law

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ImagePresident Trump is expected to declare a national emergency after signing a government funding bill that does not include money for a wall along the southern border with Mexico.CreditCreditSamuel Corum for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — The White House’s announcement Thursday that President Trump would claim emergency powers to build his border wall without congressional… Read More

Jussie Smollett, on ‘Good Morning America,’ Expresses Anger Over Attack

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ImageJussie Smollett on “Good Morning America” with Robin Roberts.CreditCreditABCJussie Smollett, a star of the Fox television show “Empire” who said late last month that he had been assaulted by two men yelling homophobic and racial slurs in downtown Chicago, told “Good Morning America” that he was “pissed off” by the attack and those who doubted… Read More

Parkland Shooting: Where Gun Control and School Safety Stand Today

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The Parkland students became a force for gun control legislation and boosted the youth vote. Here’s how they changed America’s response to mass shootings. ImageOne of the many supportive signs that still surround Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.CreditCreditEve Edelheit for The New York TimesOn Feb. 14, 2018, a former student slaughtered 17… Read More