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    A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say

    A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say


    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said that he does not want to add “additional organizational and administrative tail” to the...

    The Pentagon has been cool to the president’s order to create a sixth military branch. But some lawmakers and aerospace experts, citing threats from Russia and China, say a case could be made for one.
    Seven Ways Alabama Has Made It Harder to Vote

    Seven Ways Alabama Has Made It Harder to Vote


    A polling place in Dothan, Ala., in December. Alabama has enacted a series of restrictive voting policies since the Supreme Court opened the...

    Five years ago, the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Since then, Alabama has enacted a slew of restrictive voting laws and policies.
    In Tense Meeting, Trump Officials Debate How to Process Migrant Families

    In Tense Meeting, Trump Officials Debate How to Process Migrant Families


    Undocumented migrants waiting for asylum hearings on Wednesday in Tijuana, Mexico. The House delayed a vote on an immigration proposal, punting the bill to next...

    The reality of a vastly complicated bureaucratic system is colliding head-on with President Trump’s shoot-from-the-hip use of executive power.
    Trump’s Shift on Migrant Families, and More Political Stories This Week

    Trump’s Shift on Migrant Families, and More Political Stories This Week


    Undocumented migrants waiting on Wednesday for asylum hearings in Tijuana, Mexico. The House delayed a vote this week on an immigration proposal, punting the bill to next...

    This week, the country was consumed with the plight of migrant children being detained and separated from their parents. Here’s what happened in Washington and at the southern border — and some links to other political news if you want to read further.
    Companies Get First Tariff Waivers, but Many More Are Left in Limbo

    Companies Get First Tariff Waivers, but Many More Are Left in Limbo


    Schick Manufacturing is one of seven companies that have been granted exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs. Requests from 11 companies have been rejected. Nearly 20,000 applications remain to be...

    The Trump administration has begun granting a handful of exclusions from its steel and aluminum tariffs, but the slow, opaque process still has nearly 20,000 applications waiting.
    Lobsters, Small-Batch Whiskey and Trump’s Trade War

    Lobsters, Small-Batch Whiskey and Trump’s Trade War


    President Trump’s trade policies are starting to be felt by American industries, including Maine lobster producers, as other countries retaliate with tariffs on United States...

    Business owners who are the targets of other nations’ retaliatory tariffs are worried now that President Trump’s offensive will wind up hurting them.
    News Analysis: President Trump, Deal Maker? Not So Fast

    News Analysis: President Trump, Deal Maker? Not So Fast


    President Trump delivering remarks this week to the National Federation of Independent Business in Washington. His advisers said that his hard-line positions that for now have left him at an impasse with negotiating partners should pay off in ways that...

    After 17 months in office, President Trump has yet to seal many major deals on trade, security, health care, immigration or gun control.
    Candidate for Congress Stands by His Words: Diversity Is ‘Evil’

    Candidate for Congress Stands by His Words: Diversity Is ‘Evil’


    Seth Grossman, the Republican candidate for a House seat in southern New Jersey, has been criticized for remarks he has said about...

    Statements made by Seth Grossman, a Republican candidate for a House seat in New Jersey, have prompted potential party allies to abandon him.

    Trump Highlights Immigrant Crime to Defend His Border Policy. Statistics Don’t Back Him Up.


    The president’s remarks, delivered with relatives of those killed by undocumented immigrants, came two days after he signed an executive order to keep together families detained at the...

    The president’s remarks, delivered with relatives of those killed by undocumented immigrants, came two days after he signed an executive order to keep together families detained at the border.
    Family Separation: It’s a Problem for U.S. Citizens, Too

    Family Separation: It’s a Problem for U.S. Citizens, Too


    Children in a recreation area outside Casa Padre, a shelter in Brownsville, Tex., that is housing nearly 1,500 boys aged 10 to 17 who were caught illegally crossing the...

    The police, prosecutors and child welfare agencies split children from their parents every day.
    Is North Korea a Nuclear Threat or Not? The President Now Says It Is

    Is North Korea a Nuclear Threat or Not? The President Now Says It Is


    President Trump’s administration extended a national emergency regarding North Korea that has been in place since...

    An extension of a national emergency over the threat came days after President Trump announced that “everybody can now feel much safer” after his meeting with Kim Jong-un.

    Trump Strikes Somber Tone in Immigration Policy Defense


    President Trump accused Democrats and the news media of not paying attention to stories of Americans whose loved ones were killed by undocumented...

    President Trump accused Democrats and the news media of not paying attention to stories of Americans whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants.
    Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net

    Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net


    Mick Mulvaney, the president’s budget director, on Thursday at the White House. The plan to overhaul the government would make social welfare programs easier to...

    A small army of conservatives have produced dozens of initiatives like the cabinet reshuffle proposal, with the goal of dismantling the social welfare system.
    Bits: The Week in Tech: Silicon Valley Gets Even More Political

    Bits: The Week in Tech: Silicon Valley Gets Even More Political


    More than 100 Microsoft employees signed a letter this week asking the company to halt business with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The letter was addressed to Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya...

    This week, tech companies weighed in on the separation of children from their migrant parents at the Mexico border. Here’s why tech has become more activist.

    U.S. Prepares to House Up to 20,000 Migrants on Military Bases


    The Pentagon has been assessing whether bases can be used to house both families and children detained at the border, as President Trump criticized what he called “extremist, open-border...

    The Pentagon has been assessing whether bases can be used to house both families and children detained at the border, as President Trump criticized what he called “extremist, open-border Democrats.”