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    Another Shooting, Another Gun Debate. Will the Outcome Be the Same?

    Another Shooting, Another Gun Debate. Will the Outcome Be the Same?


    A memorial banner at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were fatally shot last...

    Last week’s school massacre in Florida set the well-worn machinery of America’s gun debate in motion. But angry students inject new passion into a stale fight.
    Mueller Files New Fraud Charges Against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates

    Mueller Files New Fraud Charges Against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates


    Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, is facing additional charges in the special counsel...

    The charges do not involve President Trump or his campaign, but they compound the legal problems for Mr. Manafort, his former campaign chairman.
    What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump’s Empathy?

    What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump’s Empathy?


    President Trump held notes during a meeting about school safety with high school students, teachers and parents on...

    Consoler in chief has been a role that President Trump has been slow and somewhat reluctant to embrace — especially in contrast to his predecessor.
    Justice Dept. to Prioritize Prosecutions for Lying in Gun Background Checks

    Justice Dept. to Prioritize Prosecutions for Lying in Gun Background Checks


    The Justice Department will ask federal prosecutors to step up prosecutions of prospective gun buyers who lie on federal background check forms, according to law enforcement...

    The guidance, expected to be announced in the coming days, allows the Trump administration to take action on guns without issuing rules that might inflame gun rights supporters.
    As Conservatives Gather, Anger at the News Media Runs Deep

    As Conservatives Gather, Anger at the News Media Runs Deep


    Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, accused journalists of “fawning” over the sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. He was far from the only speaker to attack the news...

    The first panel of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference took aim at the press, and the attacks did not let up from there.
    Right and Left React to the Deepening Divide Over Gun Control

    Right and Left React to the Deepening Divide Over Gun Control


    Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. chief, address conservative activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on...

    Writers from across the political spectrum on the divisive debate on gun restrictions in the wake of the mass shooting in Florida last week.
    Billy Graham to Lie in Honor at the U.S. Capitol

    Billy Graham to Lie in Honor at the U.S. Capitol


    Mourners at a memorial to the Rev. Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, N.C. The evangelist and presidential pastor, who died this week, will become the fourth private citizen to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, lawmakers...

    Mr. Graham, the evangelist and presidential pastor who died this week, will become the fourth private citizen to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.
    A Supreme Court Showdown Could Shrink Unions’ Power

    A Supreme Court Showdown Could Shrink Unions’ Power


    Randy Clover leaving his home in Ava, Ill., to go to work at a state mental health facility in Chester. “The case was started by the governor to destroy unions,” said Mr. Clover, the president of a union...

    Workers in a small Illinois town are worried that a Supreme Court decision curbing union power would hurt their community.
    How the N.R.A. Keeps Federal Gun Regulators in Check

    How the N.R.A. Keeps Federal Gun Regulators in Check


    The gun vault at the National Laboratory Center for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Beltsville, Md. The White House is pushing the agency to the forefront of its fight against violent crime, but it is weakened politically by...

    The A.T.F.’s weakened political position is partly because the N.R.A. has long used its sway to hobble the agency as well as because of a dearth of leadership and resources.
    U.S. Says Troops Can Stay in Syria Without New Authorization

    U.S. Says Troops Can Stay in Syria Without New Authorization


    American Special Forces soldiers scanned the area at a front line outpost outside the northern Syrian city of Manbij this...

    Even after ISIS is substantially defeated, the Trump administration will allow troops remain in Syria indefinitely without new congressional authorization.
    With Florida Shooting Survivors, N.R.A. Spokeswoman Holds Back. With Conservatives, It’s a Different Story.

    With Florida Shooting Survivors, N.R.A. Spokeswoman Holds Back. With Conservatives, It’s a Different Story.


    Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, addressed the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. “Many in legacy media love mass shootings,” she said. “Crying white mothers are ratings...

    The spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference a day after addressing those affected by the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

    N.R.A. Chief, Wayne LaPierre, Offers Fierce Defense of 2nd Amendment


    Mr. LaPierre leveled a searing indictment against liberal Democrats, the news media and political opportunists he said were joined together in a socialist plot to “eradicate all individual...

    Mr. LaPierre leveled a searing indictment against liberal Democrats, the news media and political opportunists he said were joined together in a socialist plot to “eradicate all individual freedoms.”
    Margaret Brennan Named Host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS

    Margaret Brennan Named Host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS


    Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.” Since joining CBS News in 2012, she has helped lead coverage of major international...

    Ms. Brennan, who succeeds John Dickerson, becomes the only female journalist currently serving as the solo anchor of a major Sunday political show.
    As China Puts Pressure on Taiwan, Signs of a U.S. Pushback

    As China Puts Pressure on Taiwan, Signs of a U.S. Pushback


    Taiwanese sailors saluting their flag after military drills in January. President Trump signed legislation in September with a provision that encourages mutual port calls by ships from Taiwan and the United...

    Concern about the self-governing island’s fate seems to be building in Washington, even as President Trump seeks China’s help on other issues.
    Trump’s Pick to Lead Indian Health Service Withdraws Nomination

    Trump’s Pick to Lead Indian Health Service Withdraws Nomination


    Senator Tom Udall, the vice chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, said that the move seemed...

    The withdrawal of the nominee, Robert Weaver, follows reports that said he had inaccurately represented his qualifications to a Senate committee after his nomination in October.