In Trump’s White House, a day of confusion and change

A meeting with a senator vanished from the White House schedule. A ceremonial executive order signing abruptly canceled. A dramatic walk-back from the press secretary on how a signature campaign promise will be funded. The first days of any new president’s term are disorderly, as a sprawling government bureaucracy and overwhelming global responsibilities are suddenly thrust upon an administration that […]

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Under Trump, Approach to Civil Rights Law Is Likely to Change Definitively

In the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Justice Department won the first hate-crime case involving a transgender victim and sued two cities for blocking mosques from opening. Prosecutors settled lending-discrimination charges with two banks, then sued a third. They filed legal briefs on behalf of New York teenagers being held in solitary confinement, and accused Louisiana of forcing […]

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Americans voted for change. Will they get it?

Nothing about the 2016 presidential election was predictable — not the purloined emails, vulgar videotaped bragging, the insults flung every which way, or the riotous, raucous ascent of a reality television star as he defeated the first woman nominated for the presidency. Debates over precisely what led to Donald Trump’s victory may continue for decades. Undeniable even now is that […]

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A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not

Donald J. Trump once declared that campaigning for “substantial” changes to Medicare would be a political death wish. But with Election Day behind them, emboldened House Republicans say they will move forward on a years-old effort to shift Medicare away from its open-ended commitment to pay for medical services and toward a fixed government contribution for each beneficiary. The idea […]

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The Way You Watch Baseball Is About to Change Forever

Statcast can start something special for pro baseball Tuesday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals served as the coming out party for Statcast, Major League Baseball’s refined tracking technology that yields more data than an average fan could ever want or need. But this technology doesn’t cater to the average fan; it’s directed instead at […]

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