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    On Politics: Will the Shutdown Delay the State of the Union?


    Nancy Pelosi proposed that the president postpone the annual presidential ritual, or perhaps submit a written message...

    Nancy Pelosi proposed that the president postpone the annual presidential ritual, or perhaps submit a written message instead.
    Agency Ignored Constitutional Questions About Trump Hotel Lease, Report Finds

    Agency Ignored Constitutional Questions About Trump Hotel Lease, Report Finds


    The Trump International Hotel in Washington is at the center of a debate about the Constitution’s restrictions on government-bestowed benefits. or...

    After President Trump was elected, the General Services Administration should have reviewed the legality of the lease a prime property in Washington, the agency’s inspector general said.
    In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown

    In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown


    President Trump hosted a round-table discussion on border security during the shutdown, which polls show most Americans blame him...

    Despite his public bravado, President Trump has had moments of frustration as he takes in negative news coverage of the shutdown, pointing his finger at aides for not delivering the deal he wants.
    Pelosi Asks Trump to Reschedule State of the Union Amid Shutdown

    Pelosi Asks Trump to Reschedule State of the Union Amid Shutdown


    Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and several other senators circulated a letter calling on Mr. Trump to drop his demand that wall funding accompany any bill to end the...

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited security concerns from the government shutdown in her request to reschedule the speech or to have the president deliver it in writing.
    As Republicans Rush to Condemn Steve King, Some Ask: Why Not Trump?

    As Republicans Rush to Condemn Steve King, Some Ask: Why Not Trump?


    Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, last month in Washington. He once said that undocumented immigrants had “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the...

    Republican leaders are piling on in their condemnations of Representative Steve King of Iowa, but they remain silent on similar comments by President Trump.
    Why Don’t Unpaid Federal Workers Walk Off the Job?

    Why Don’t Unpaid Federal Workers Walk Off the Job?


    Federal law prohibits strikes, public servants care about their work and other reasons airports and prisons aren’t in chaos, despite a protracted federal...

    Federal law prohibits strikes, public servants care about their work and other reasons airports and prisons aren’t in chaos, despite a protracted federal shutdown.
    Government Shutdown Shakes Stability of Jobs That Are Often the Best Around

    Government Shutdown Shakes Stability of Jobs That Are Often the Best Around


    Verla Bloomfield handles claims for the Social Security Administration in Tulsa, Okla. Ms. Bloomfield, who has a master’s degree, prefers the stability of her federal job to more highly paid work in the private...

    Federal work is an anchor in many local economies, offering security and benefits increasingly rare in the private sector and a route to the middle class.
    Will We Ever See Mueller’s Report on Trump? Maybe.

    Will We Ever See Mueller’s Report on Trump? Maybe.


    President Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, William P. Barr, said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he wanted to release as much of what the special counsel found as...

    There is no guarantee a report on the findings of the special counsel’s investigation will be made public. Here’s what could determine the outcome.
    Sanders Meets With Former Staff Members, Seeking to Quell Anxiety Over Sexism

    Sanders Meets With Former Staff Members, Seeking to Quell Anxiety Over Sexism


    Senator Bernie Sanders arriving for a committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday. He later met with former staff members from his 2016 presidential campaign who have complained of sexism and...

    The Vermont senator, still weighing a 2020 presidential run, was responding to complaints of discrimination and mistreatment of women in his 2016 campaign.
    Gillibrand Road Tests 2020 Campaign Themes, at a Diner Close to Home

    Gillibrand Road Tests 2020 Campaign Themes, at a Diner Close to Home


    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand began her exploratory campaign for president on Wednesday, visiting the Country View Diner in Troy,...

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand began Day 1 as an exploratory presidential candidate by taking questions on Al Franken, guns and Wall Street.
    Justices Express Skepticism of Tennessee Law on Liquor Stores

    Justices Express Skepticism of Tennessee Law on Liquor Stores


    The Supreme Court considered on Wednesday whether Tennessee may impose significant restrictions on liquor store owners in the...

    The Supreme Court considered whether the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition, gave states power to discriminate against some liquor store owners.
    Karen Pence Is Teaching at Christian School That Bars L.G.B.T. Students and Teachers

    Karen Pence Is Teaching at Christian School That Bars L.G.B.T. Students and Teachers


    Karen Pence, who taught art class at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia from 2001 to 2013, started teaching there again this month. The private Christian school forbids employees from engaging in “moral misconduct,” including sex before marriage,...

    Mrs. Pence is teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va., which requires employees to uphold conservative beliefs on sexual identity.

    Pelosi Calls for Postponing State of the Union


    Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that President Trump reschedule the State of the Union address because many of the people who help with the security and logistics of it “are either furloughed or victims of the...

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that President Trump reschedule the State of the Union address because many of the people who help with the security and logistics of it “are either furloughed or victims of the shutdown.”
    Read the Letter Pelosi Sent to Trump on the State of the Union

    Read the Letter Pelosi Sent to Trump on the State of the Union


    Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that Congress postpone the State of the Union address during the government...

    In her letter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “since the start of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977, a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown.”