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  • Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 December 11, 2018
    As a partial government shutdown looms, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi meet the president to discuss border wall funding. Britain seeks changes to the Brexit deal. U.N. climate talks continue in Poland for a second week.
  • Monday, December 10th, 2018 December 10, 2018
    Prosecutors say Michael Cohen gave illegal campaign contributions at the direction of the president. Yellow vest protests continue in France. And teachers get relief from unfair debts.
  • Friday, December 7th, 2018 December 7, 2018
    Robert Mueller faces two deadlines regarding close former associates of President Trump. Trade tensions continue after the US requested the arrest of a Chinese tech exec. And France's yellow vest movement demands more concessions.
  • Thursday, December 6th, 2018 December 6, 2018
    Canadian authorities arrest the CFO of one of China's largest companies. The organization overseeing U.S. gymnastics files for bankruptcy. A Puerto Rico cemetery closed after Hurricane Maria hasn't reopened.
  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 December 5, 2018
    The president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn should not get jail time, prosecutors say. President George H. W. Bush is mourned in Washington. And Les Moonves misled investigators, according to a CBS report.

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  • Trump Would Be ‘Proud’ to Shut Down Government December 11, 2018
    Prior to his meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump brought reporters into the Oval Office and — in an extended, heated exchange before the cameras — clashed with the two Democratic leaders over congressional support for funding for his border wall, declaring that he is “proud to shut down the […]
  • Trump Suggests Military Will Build Border Wall December 11, 2018
    President Trump suggested the U.S. military would construct a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico if Democrats refused to agree to provide funding for one, hours ahead of a critical meeting at the White House with Democratic leaders to negotiate a year-end spending bill, the Wall Street Journal reports. Said Trump on Twitter: “I […]
  • Quote of the Day December 11, 2018
    “Jesus loves Michael Cohen, but everybody else thinks he’s an idiot. He’s obviously a sleaze-oid grifter. And if I were a prosecutor, I wouldn’t base a prosecution on evidence given to me by Mr. Cohen.” — Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), quoted by CNN.
  • O’Rourke Tops MoveOn Straw Poll December 11, 2018
    An early straw poll of members of the progressive group shows a wide-open competition for liberal voters in the forthcoming 2020 Democratic presidential contest, with Beto O’Rourke narrowly beating out Joe Biden, NBC News reports. The most popular potential candidate was O’Rourke at 15.6%, followed by Biden at 14.9%, and then Sen. Bernie Sanders […]
  • McConnell Agrees to Vote on Criminal Justice Reform December 11, 2018
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the Senate will vote this month on a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system that has proven deeply controversial within the Senate Republican ranks, the Washington Post reports. McConnell said the decision to put the bill — which eases some mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders […]
  • McConnell Warns Senate Could Work Through Christmas December 11, 2018
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned that the Senate will be in session between Christmas and New Years to finish their work for the year unless senators agree to fast-track some items on their to-do list, The Hill reports.
  • Trump Denies Troubles Finding Chief of Staff December 11, 2018
    “President Trump insisted on Tuesday that he’s having no trouble finding a new chief of staff, despite having already burned through two such top aides and being turned down by his reported first choice,” Politico reports. Said Trump: “Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House […]
  • Top Warren Operative Talking to O’Rourke December 11, 2018
    Washington Post: “Mindy Myers, who was one of the primary architects of Warren’s political rise and has remained one of her close advisers, had been expected to play a senior role in the senator’s campaign. But she has been in talks with several rival campaigns and is planning to meet soon with Rep. Beto O’Rourke […]
  • How Cohen Could Help Feds Get the Trump Organization December 11, 2018
    CNN: “He toyed with, but wouldn’t commit to, ‘full cooperation’ with prosecutors, according to court filings. He refused to tell them about crimes for which he hadn’t been charged. He wouldn’t meet with them about ‘other areas of investigative interest.’ With officials in the state attorney general’s office, he provided only corroboration for what they […]
  • How the IRS Was Gutted December 11, 2018
    ProPublica: “Had the billions in budget reductions occurred all at once, with tens of thousands of auditors, collectors and customer service representatives streaming out of government buildings in a single day, the collapse of the IRS might have gotten more attention. But there have been no mass layoffs or dramatic announcements. Instead, it’s taken eight […]

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  • Brexit Could Drastically Change English Soccer December 11, 2018
    As debate has intensified over the plan for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, industries across Britain are preparing for a post-Brexit world. Along with the agriculture, automotive, pharmaceutical and financial services fields, there’s another prosperous British business that could feel the brunt of Brexit: the English Premier League. From March 29 onward, […]
  • Is California Failing Its Most Vulnerable Adults? December 11, 2018
    As she waited for her meal during a routine trip to a fast-food restaurant in Northern California’s Bay Area in July of last year, a woman with a developmental disability was lured away from her adult day care group. The staffer overseeing the group ordered food, but it wasn’t until after he ordered that he […]
  • Significant Digits For Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 December 11, 2018
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. $18,000 fine In South Korea, where video gaming is something of a national sport, the National Assembly passed an amendment outlawing “boosting” — a gaming practice whereby skilled players are hired to play matches for someone else, thereby boosting that person’s […]
  • Have Republicans Given Up On Winning Black Voters? December 11, 2018
    George W. Bush was president when I first started covering national politics. He had come into office with barely any support from black voters. He won re-election with almost as little. But Bush still paid some heed to the interests of black Americans. When then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott praised the pro-segregation 1948 presidential campaign […]
  • Politics Podcast: Trump’s Turbulent Week December 10, 2018
    The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew tries to make sense of the recent turbulence in Trump world, including possible campaign finance violations and another staffing shake-up. The team also checks back in on potential election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio […]
  • A Weird NFL Weekend Leaves Us Even More Confused December 10, 2018
    gfoster: (Geoff Foster, sports editor): NFL Week 14 was very odd in many respects (and the week isn’t over) with the Raiders, Niners and Giants winning and the Rams, Texans, Steelers and Patriots all losing. It all went a long way to making the playoff picture even murkier. What was your biggest takeaway from the […]
  • We Have Ways To Stop Rogue Scientists. They Don’t Always Work. December 10, 2018
    How do you stop a mad scientist? We’ve been doing it in fiction for centuries. Doctor Faustus was carried off to hell. Pneumonia and an Arctic ice flow ended Victor Frankenstein. Doctor Moreau’s own creations ultimately did him in, which is a more poetic way of saying that he ended up on the wrong end […]
  • Significant Digits For Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 December 10, 2018
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 330 feet long and 200 feet across Despite the internet and Wikipedia and satellites and ubiquitous smartphones and video cameras, we don’t know everything. And the list of things we didn’t know included, until recently, the existence of a very large […]
  • Why It Might Be Impossible To Overturn A Presidential Pardon December 10, 2018
    If the American president has a superpower, it might be the ability to grant pardons. With the stroke of a pen, the president can wipe away the consequences of a federal criminal conviction, without having to ask permission from Congress or prepare for a battle in the courts. In the past, presidents have used this […]
  • The U.S. Draws An Easy Group At The 2019 World Cup. France? Not So Much. December 8, 2018
    It was fitting that Didier Deschamps drew the first lottery ball for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which placed France in Group A. He’s lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy for France on two occasions, as team captain in 1998 and as team manager of France’s men’s team in 2018. But what first felt poetic […]