The Washington Post
President Donald Trump's preferred method of communicating to the American people and the world is Twitter, using short, one-way blasts that reverberate in other news and social media. Trump also engages in other methods, from campaign-style rallies to interviews and scripted speeches. But he rarely tackles the hardest but in many ways most revealing kind of communication, facing the press corps in a stand-alone news conference, with questions that seek to probe and hold to account.
Congress managed to scrape together the votes to keep the government open over the holidays. But when lawmakers return to Washington in January, they will find a long to-do list: long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired after September; protection for the nearly 700,000 young undocumented "dreamers" who otherwise face deportation beginning in March; support for a destabilized Affordable Care Act; and a longer-term government spending bill.
In almost every developed country, life expectancy at birth has trended predictably and steadily upward for decades, with slight hiccups from time to time, usually lasting just a year and often triggered by major epidemics. The United States, in the grip of an escalating opioid addiction and overdose crisis, has now recorded its second straight year of declining life expectancy, a nearly unheard-of event for a rich Western nation and its first such downturn in nearly 60 years.
Federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski has long been an icon in the American legal community. Young lawyers who clerked in his chambers often went on to do the same work for Supreme Court justices. He was known for his brilliance and lively writing style. And now, he has resigned from his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit after facing more than a dozen allegations of sexual harassment and a pending investigation into his reported misconduct.
Relentless and punishing, repeated blasts of cold air will continue surging into the Lower 48 through the first week of the New Year. Only the western United States will be spared. This cold is likely to be the nation's most extreme since February 2015 and, over a long duration, will produce dangerously low temperatures and wind chills over large portions of both the central and eastern United States.
Between 2014 and 2017, the United States Treasury paid $84,000 to settle a claim of sexual harassment brought against Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas. Between 2008 and 2012, roughly $174,000 in settlement money was released over possible harassment allegations against other House offices. And in the past two decades, taxpayers shelled out $14,260.25 for a claim of either sexual harassment or sex discrimination against one Senate office.
The holidays are upon us, which means toys are popping up everywhere. There are Hatchimals and Shopkins, Fingerlings and Oonies, and of course updates on classics like Legos and Nintendo. The most popular of the bunch have already begun selling out online and in stores.
There is probably someone you go to for help for all your technology needs. So how can you give something good to the tech-savvy person in your life? Here are some suggestions for gifts to delight those who are always looking at the hottest tech trends and products. iPhone X
What if we told you that there was a plan that, unlike so many recent Republican health-care bills, could reform the health-care system and restrain costs without kicking anyone off their coverage? In fact, that bill exists, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed on Wednesday. The bipartisan compromise proposal crafted by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash. now officially falls into the category of "so obvious it should pass immediately."
Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, delivered an address to the U.S. Senate Tuesday that was profoundly eloquent in its diagnosis of the degradation that President Trump has brought to American politics. It was also profoundly depressing. If Republicans can be honest only after they have taken themselves out of the political arena — or if by being honest they disqualify themselves from future service — then their party and therefore the nation are in even graver trouble than we knew.