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Agency Ignored Constitutional Questions About Trump Hotel Lease, Report Finds

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Politics|Agency Ignored Constitutional Questions About Trump Hotel Lease, Report FindsImageThe Trump International Hotel in Washington is at the center of a debate about the Constitution’s restrictions on government-bestowed benefits. or “emoluments.”CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — The federal agency that had leased a prime property in Washington to the Trump Organization failed to grapple fully… Read More

In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown

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ImagePresident Trump hosted a round-table discussion on border security during the shutdown, which polls show most Americans blame him for.CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President Trump has insisted that he is not going to compromise with Democrats to end the government shutdown, and that he is comfortable in his unbendable position. But privately, it’s… Read More

Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Rebuke Administration on Russia Sanctions

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Politics|Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Rebuke Administration on Russia SanctionsImageThe Treasury Department has moved to ease sanctions against the Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska’s companies.CreditCreditSergei Karpukhin/ReutersWASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday narrowly staved off an effort by Democrats to deal the Trump administration’s Russia sanctions policy an embarrassing rebuke.Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in a… Read More

John Engler Will Resign as Michigan State Interim President After Nassar Remarks

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U.S.|John Engler Will Resign as Michigan State Interim President After Nassar RemarksImageJohn Engler testifying at a hearing in July about how to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse. He has drawn criticism in recent days for saying that some victims of Lawrence G. Nassar’s sexual abuse were enjoying “the spotlight.”CreditCreditAlex Wong/Getty ImagesJohn Engler will… Read More

On Politics: Republicans Put the Squeeze on Steve King

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Politics|On Politics: Republicans Put the Squeeze on Steve KingGood Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today._____________________• One day after House G.O.P. leaders stripped Representative Steve King of his committee assignments, Republicans began pushing him toward the exit and created a “super PAC” aimed at unseating him in… Read More

White House Considering Indra Nooyi to Head World Bank

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Politics|White House Considering Indra Nooyi to Head World BankImageIndra K. Nooyi, the former chief executive officer of PepsiCo, is among those being considered to head the World Bank.CreditCreditSeth Wenig/Associated PressWASHINGTON — The White House is considering Indra K. Nooyi, the former chief executive officer of PepsiCo, for the position of World Bank president, according to… Read More

Man With Hammer Kills Chef and Injures Two Others at Brooklyn Restaurant

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U.S.|Man With Hammer Kills Chef and Injures Two Others at Brooklyn RestaurantImageA man with a hammer attacked three employees at a Brooklyn restaurant on Tuesday night, killing one and leaving the other two in critical condition.CreditCreditWABC-TVA man wielding a hammer entered a Brooklyn restaurant Tuesday evening and attacked three employees, fatally beating a chef and… Read More

Republicans Rebuke Steve King but Face Vexing Question: Why Not Sooner?

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ImageRepresentative Steve King of Iowa had his committee assignments revoked by House Republicans on Monday.CreditCreditAl Drago for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — By the time a Republican challenged Representative Steve King of Iowa in the 2016 party primary, Mr. King had already courted far-right foreign leaders, proposed electric wiring atop a border wall to treat… Read More

Brexit, Steve King, Carol Channing: Your Tuesday Briefing

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(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Good morning,We start with the latest news about the partial government shutdown, a crucial vote in Britain’s Parliament and today’s confirmation hearing for the attorney general nominee.BreakingA federal judge blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship in the 2020 census. The case will most likely… Read More

White House Welcomes College Football Champions With Fast-Food Buffet

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Politics|White House Welcomes College Football Champions With Fast-Food BuffetImagePresident Trump showing the fast food that was served to the Clemson Tigers before he gave remarks in the East Room of the White House on Monday.CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York TimesAs is tradition, President Trump hosted the champions of college football, the Clemson Tigers, for a celebration… Read More