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    After Late Help for Elephants, a Question: Why?

    After Late Help for Elephants, a Question: Why?


    Elephants grazed inside Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in August...

    Just why the president shelved his own administration’s rule on bringing hunt trophies into the country — a weighty query — is the elephant in the room.
    Bill de Blasio Will Go to Iowa Again: ‘This Is Who I Am’

    Bill de Blasio Will Go to Iowa Again: ‘This Is Who I Am’


    As mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has made two trips to Iowa, his most recent in 2016, when he and his wife, Chirlane McCray, canvassed on behalf of Hillary...

    The mayor of New York City says he is not running for president, but promoting his perspective on what the Democratic Party should be.
    Under Scrutiny, Trump Foundation Raised, and Gave, More in 2016

    Under Scrutiny, Trump Foundation Raised, and Gave, More in 2016


    President Trump on Friday at the White House. The Donald J. Trump Foundation is in the process of closing, according to paperwork submitted this month to the...

    New filings show that the president’s foundation donated more than $2.2 million to veterans’ groups last year, but it is now in the process of closing.

    Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism


    North Korea had been removed from the list under the George W. Bush administration in an attempt to salvage negotiations for a nuclear...

    North Korea had been removed from the list under the George W. Bush administration in an attempt to salvage negotiations for a nuclear deal.
    Yellen Will Leave Federal Reserve Next Year

    Yellen Will Leave Federal Reserve Next Year


    Janet L. Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, during a news conference in...

    Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said she would leave the Fed when a successor is installed. She could have remained as a governor until 2024.
    After House Vote on Taxes, Spotlight Shifts to Undecided Senators

    After House Vote on Taxes, Spotlight Shifts to Undecided Senators


    Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, has not taken a definitive position on the tax bill, but he has spoken positively in recent days about the effort to overhaul the tax...

    The fate of the tax overhaul now hinges on a handful of undecided senators, and Senate Republican leaders cannot afford to lose more than two of their members.
    Facing Second Accuser, Franken Sees His Once-Rising Star Dim

    Facing Second Accuser, Franken Sees His Once-Rising Star Dim


    Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, during a committee hearing in...

    Lindsay Menz told CNN that in 2010, when Mr. Franken was a senator, he grabbed her rear end as they took a photo. Mr. Franken says he does not remember it.
    Sidebar: Serving Extra Years in Prison, and the Courthouse Doors Are Closed

    Sidebar: Serving Extra Years in Prison, and the Courthouse Doors Are Closed


    The Justice Department reversed its longstanding position, essentially endorsing an opinion Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote when he was an appeals court...

    The Trump administration has said some inmates cannot challenge their unlawfully long prison sentences, reversing a long-held Justice Department position.
    U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Take Aim at Taliban Opium Labs

    U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Take Aim at Taliban Opium Labs


    Poppy buds on the outskirts of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. The country produces around 85 percent of the world’s...

    The airstrikes are part of what is expected to be a sustained campaign targeting a lucrative source of funding for the Taliban.

    If 2018 Is Like 2017, the House Will Be a Tossup


    It’s not obvious that the building Democratic wave will be enough to flip control of the...

    It’s not obvious that the building Democratic wave will be enough to flip control of the chamber.
    Glenn Thrush, New York Times Reporter, Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    Glenn Thrush, New York Times Reporter, Accused of Sexual Misconduct


    Glenn Thrush, who joined The New York Times in January to cover the Trump administration, has had one of the newspaper’s most recognizable...

    Mr. Thrush, a White House reporter, was suspended by The Times after the website Vox published a report accusing him of acting inappropriately toward women.
    Trump Asked China to Free U.C.L.A. Players. What About Activists?

    Trump Asked China to Free U.C.L.A. Players. What About Activists?


    The college basketball players, from left, Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill at a news conference in Los Angeles last week. They had been accused of shoplifting in...

    President Trump, rights advocates say, squandered a chance in Beijing to help free Chinese dissidents facing harsh prison sentences.
    Celebrating a 25-Year-Old Clinton Win, but Still Stung by a Trump Defeat

    Celebrating a 25-Year-Old Clinton Win, but Still Stung by a Trump Defeat


    Bill and Hillary Clinton spoke at an event in Little Rock, Ark., on Saturday, marking 25 years since Mr. Clinton’s election as...

    At an event in Little Rock, it was clear that Bill and Hillary Clinton, and many of their supporters, have not gotten over her loss to President Trump.

    Will the House Tax Plan Help the Middle Class?


    House Republicans have touted their tax plan as good for the middle class. The reality is more...

    House Republicans have touted their tax plan as good for the middle class. The reality is more complicated.