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WASHINGTON  | For Trump, Pelosi shutdown becomes first battle of new era

WASHINGTON  — Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It’s a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump‘s border wall with Mexico. The high-stakes move to reopen … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | For Trump, Pelosi shutdown becomes first battle of new era

BEIJING | China factory activity falls amid tariff fight

BEIJING — An official survey shows China‘s manufacturing activity contracted in December, adding to pressure on Beijing to reverse an economic downturn amid trade tension with Washington. The purchasing managers’ index issued Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics and an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, fell to 49.4 from November’s … Continue reading BEIJING | China factory activity falls amid tariff fight

WASHINGTON | Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

WASHINGTON — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections approached, she fired up her laptop. A member … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

DETROIT | Yeet! List says ban ‘optics,’ ‘thought leader,’ ‘collusion’

DETROIT— No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.) That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” The politically charged term at the center of special prosecutor Robert Mueller‘s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia is … Continue reading DETROIT | Yeet! List says ban ‘optics,’ ‘thought leader,’ ‘collusion’

WASHINGTON | Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been unusually solicitous of each other in the courtroom since Kavanaugh’s confirmation, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon

WASHINGTON  | Senator: Trump slowing down troop pullout from Syria

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday. “I think we’re in a pause situation,” the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president. Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Senator: Trump slowing down troop pullout from Syria

RICHMOND, Va | Scrutiny, criticism of ICE come with immigration enforcement

RICHMOND, Va. — The officers suit up in the pre-dawn darkness, wrapping on body armor, snapping in guns, pulling on black sweat shirts that read POLICE and ICE. They gather around a conference table in an ordinary office in a nondescript office park in the suburbs, going over their targets for the day: two men, … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va | Scrutiny, criticism of ICE come with immigration enforcement

YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala | Guatemala village mourns 2nd child to die in US custody

YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala — White flowers and flickering candles sat atop a low table inside the simple wooden home in remote, rural Guatemala. Nearby was a small pair of rubber boots, sized to fit an 8-year-old. Taped to the wall were three photos, alternately smiling and serious, bearing a simple epitaph for the boy whose memory … Continue reading YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala | Guatemala village mourns 2nd child to die in US custody