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‘Negotiating with Jell-O’: How Trump’s shifting stance sank deal’s chances
Pinging from one upheaval to the next — while clearly not understanding the policy nuances of the negotiation — President Trump clashed at different times with Democrats and then members of his own party, who all grew increasingly exasperated with him even as they sought to cast blame on the other side.


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Schumer offered Trump something Democrats hate in return for something Republicans broadly like
The Senate minority leader’s offer of border wall funding in exchange for action to protect those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a weird trade — but many Democrats might agree to it.


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Many national parks open, but without rangers on duty
The National Parks Conservation Association estimated that approximately a third of the 417 National Park Service sites were completely closed Saturday. Other national parks — such as Joshua Tree and Yellowstone — remained largely open.


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Moderates on both sides offer private glimmers of a breakthrough
Some Democrats and Republicans rallied behind a new short-term funding proposal to reopen the government through Feb. 8. That plan could include funding for storm-ravaged states, reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and an implicit agreement to hold votes on an immigration deal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to take up a spending plan that would not contain a solution for “dreamers.”



House Republicans showing an unusually united front
In other eras, members of the same party reading from the same talking points would be normal behavior — but not for this crop of House Republicans, who have fought bitterly among themselves since winning the majority in 2010.



A now-familiar partisan ritual takes on new meaning in Trump era
The shutdown conflict pits the nativist impulses unleashed by Trump’s presidential campaign, and now embraced by his party at large, against the demands of a Democratic base that more ­reflects and embraces an increasingly diverse nation.





















In Trump’s inauguration crowd, members of Russia’s elite anticipated a thaw between Moscow, Washington
Last January, as questions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election were beginning to percolate publicly, prominent business leaders and activists from that country attended Donald Trump’s inauguration, mingling at balls and receptions — at times in proximity to key U.S. officials.


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Clad in pink and vowing to vote, activists around the globe flood streets for another Women’s March
From Beijing to Buenos Aires, from Dallas to Denver, from California to the Carolinas, tens of thousands of marchers were taking to the streets to make their voices heard.


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Trump gets less credit for booming economy than Obama, poll says
A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Americans have a split-screen assessment of President Trump’s first year in office, expressing the most positive views about the economy in nearly two decades while giving Trump historically low approval ratings.


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‘Serial stowaway’ sneaks past airport security — again — and flies to London
Chicago police said Marilyn Hartman, 66, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Monday. The Transportation Security Administration wants to know how she got through security.


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Competitive video gaming is going pro. Can its top players clean up an ugly culture?
Top Overwatch player xQc was suspended this week for screaming an anti-gay suggestion at a rival. Gaming has gone pro, but whether it has outgrown its juvenile reputation remains an open question.


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For gala Saturday at Mar-a-Lago, Trump again rents a ballroom from himself
The guest of honor is absent, but by holding the celebration of his first year in office at his club, Trump will be able to collect tens of thousands of dollars in fees. In effect, he will have transformed political donations into revenue for his business.


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A mom struggles with her boys
Here are steps to engage as a family, even when parent and kid personalities couldn’t be more different.


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