Washington prepares for the unexpected as Russia investigation unfolds

The hardest part for official Washington is not knowing what happens next. Amid the escalating criminal investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, every corner of the city finds itself preparing for the unexpected. Democrats fret that President Trump might try to shut down the inquiry. Republicans worry that their last best hope for a legislative win, a tax […]

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Bewildered by That Rarest of Sightings in Washington — Bipartisanship

Bipartisanship can be disorienting. That’s why Washington has seemed so perplexed over the past 10 days. An unexpected outbreak of cooperation between President Trump and the two top congressional Democrats has upended the established order and left lawmakers grasping to divine the significance, especially Republicans who saw themselves as a strong ruling majority. “You’ve got an unconventional president who is […]

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GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington

The Republican Party of “no” for Democrat Barack Obama’s eight years is having a hard time getting to “yes” in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Despite the GOP monopoly on Washington, they are pitted […]

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Trump tapping Washington, Wall Street veterans for top jobs

President-elect Donald Trump is tapping a trio of nominees with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street to fill out his Cabinet, including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary. On Tuesday, Trump also chose Georgia Rep. Tom Price to oversee the nation’s health care system, picking a fierce “Obamacare” critic who has championed efforts to privatize Medicare. […]

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Kremlin warns Washington against striking Assad’s forces

The Kremlin has strongly warned Washington against striking Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, saying it would fuel turmoil across the entire region. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that an attempt to topple Assad’s government “wouldn’t help a successful fight against terrorism and could plunge the region into total chaos.” Peskov made the statement while asked to comment […]

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Paul Ryan Revives a Lost Washington Art

The stunning split between Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Donald J. Trump might be bad for Republican unity, but good for constitutional democracy. Mr. Ryan’s refusal to endorse Mr. Trump was a reminder of a lost Washington art — not just the willingness to take on the political opposition, but a readiness to publicly challenge the leader of one’s own […]

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Shutdown may be averted, but Washington’s budget plans are still a mess

In this budget season, Washington doesn’t have a problem with the vision thing. The president wants to make community colleges free, launch an ambitious public works program and plow $3 billion into the international Green Climate Fund. Republican appropriators want an even bigger military budget. The president of the American Enterprise Institute has advocated a package of tax credits to […]

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Criminal Justice Reform is Becoming Washington’s Bipartisan Cause

But consensus may not beget success in Congress. The need to reform the broken U.S. criminal-justice system is fast becoming the rare cause for which Washington’s warring factions will lay down their weapons and work together. Normally fierce adversaries, a wide-ranging coalition of advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum announced Thursday that they are joining forces in […]

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