Trump wonders whether Western civilization has ‘will to survive’
In a dark and provocative address with nationalist overtones, President Trump argued that Western values are increasingly imperiled by terrorism and extremism. “Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?” Trump said during a speech in Poland.
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The Fix: Trump heads to foreign soil, promptly bashes intelligence community
Trump’s full answer on Russian hacking, annotated.
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The Fix: Trump takes question from reporter he considered hiring
Trump’s message to the world on Thursday was that the U.S. president’s idea of a free press is one based on favors.
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Phone taps, power plays and sarcasm: What it’s like to negotiate with Putin
The Russian leader is not “theatrical” like President Trump, but he has his own set of tricks to bully and bluster his opponents.
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Police, protesters clash at site of G-20 summit
Police used water cannons against thousands of anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, the day before the start of the G-20 summit.
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Hamburg reflects global discord as police and activists face off at G-20 summit
Thousands of anti-capitalist protesters massed in a harborside square and engaged in small-scale skirmishes with police ahead of massive demonstrations planned as an angry counterpoint to a summit of the world’s top industrialized powers. This year the protests have gained added momentum as a stand against President Trump and his brand of “America First” populism.
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Japan, Europe counter Trump with trade deal that will cover nearly 30% of global economy
Coming on the eve of the Group of 20 meeting of global leaders in Germany, the announcement appeared to be a calculated rebuke of both the United States and Great Britain.
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Love and marriage at the gay rodeo
The International Gay Rodeo Association has seen its numbers dwindle over the years, with more chapters now defunct than operating. The remaining members wonder: Is general interest in rodeo dying? Or has growing acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community rendered their organization less essential?
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Federal ethics chief who clashed with White House says he will step down
As head of the independent Office of Government Ethics, Walter M. Shaub Jr. was the federal government’s most persistent critic of the Trump administration’s approach to ethics.
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The Daily 202 | Analysis
Republicans in red states push back against Trump’s election panel
Opposition from the right has imperiled the work of the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.”
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Attorneys general sue DeVos over delaying overhaul of rules to protect students from predatory colleges
The complaint accuses the Education Department of violating federal law by halting updates to a regulation that wipes away federal loans for students whose colleges used illegal or deceptive tactics to get them to borrow money to attend.
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@PKCapitol | Analysis
One reason the GOP health bill is a mess: No one thought Trump would win
Every important Republican leader expected Hillary Clinton to win, and that left Republicans paralyzed about how to proceed when she didn’t.
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The GOP tried to troll Hillary Clinton on health care. It backfired.
The former presidential candidate told Republicans they’re more than welcome to use her health-care plan.
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The Fix | Analysis
Trump tweets a video with a very unfortunate Fox News chyron
We’re not picking on chyron writers. But when you mess up, you probably hope the president doesn’t use that as the still image in his tweets.
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It’s ‘like we’re lepers or something’: Disabled list makes baseball players ‘feel dead’
For athletes, the long, empty summer days recovering from an injury are as challenging mentally as they are physically.
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Analysis | The Past, Rediscovered
Summer scandals are exposing the ugly truths of reality TV
Between Rob Kardashian’s social media rant and the “Bachelor in Paradise” controversy, viewers have seen a rare glimpse at what can happen to people’s psyches when they agree to live on camera.
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