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A Billionaire Keeps Pushing to Impeach Trump. Democrats Are Rattled.

Already, Democrats acknowledge that Mr. Steyer has helped force impeachment into mainstream conversation, playing to a liberal base that has cheered confrontational tactics like the three-day government shutdown. While Democrats intend to run on a fiercely anti-Trump message this year, party leaders envision a campaign of broad attacks on the president’s economic agenda rather than a blunt-force impeachment pledge. There is no realistic chance of impeaching Mr. Trump while Republicans control Congress, and Democrats from moderate and conservative districts fear the idea could alienate voters otherwise likely to vote their…

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As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline

“The U.S. has tried to walk a very fine line in Syria,” said Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. counterterrorism agent who is now chairman of the Soufan Group. But, he said, “as the battlefield shrinks in Syria, the line has become near impossible to maintain.” Mr. Soufan said the United States “would likely have to either dramatically scale back its support of the Kurdish rebels — which would be seen as yet another U.S. betrayal of the few groups that have consistently supported and helped the U.S. in Syria and…

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After 3 Days of Recriminations, Congress Votes to Reopen the Government

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are offering drastically different visions of how to resolve their fate. But those on both sides of the debate, as well as advocates for immigrants’ rights, said that ultimately Mr. Trump would need to get involved for the immigration dispute to be settled. Mr. Trump’s intentions were hard to discern. “I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, Border Patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children,” the president said in…

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Whiplash for Federal Workers: Go Home! Wait! Come Back!

“I blame everybody,” said Billy Young, a federal correctional officer in Texas. Many workers still had fresh memories of the 16-day government shutdown in 2013, and recalled having to plead with creditors and decide which bills to pay. While this shutdown lasted just three days — and only one workday for many — some federal workers said it had further frayed their faith in Congress, and made them second-guess the careers they had chosen. “I’m a die-hard civil servant,” Mr. Young said. “The reason I got this job was for…

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Right and Left React to the End of the Government Shutdown

The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen. Has this series exposed you to new ideas? Tell us how. Email us at For an archive of all the Partisan Writing Roundups, check out Our Picks. From the Right Photo The government shutdown was set to end after the House and Senate passed a…

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News Analysis: Bonuses Aside, Tax Law’s Trickle-Down Impact Not Yet Clear

And two days before Walmart snagged glowing headlines for handing out $400 million in bonuses and hiking its minimum wage at a cost of $300 million, the nation’s largest retailer by sales unveiled a plan to buy back company-issued debt. The cost of the buyback: $4 billion. The gap between what companies are saving and how they are, so far, rewarding workers, doesn’t mean that the new law won’t eventually lead to substantial wage increases. Economists across the political spectrum agree it’s simply too soon to tell whether — and…

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Vice President Pence welcomes end to government shutdown

Ammar Awad | Reuters Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen wave upon their arrival at Ben Gurion international Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel January 21, 2018. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday welcomed news that U.S. Senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until Feb. 8, ending a three-day standoff between President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans and Democrats over immigration and border security. “We welcome the news that thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump…

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Wary, Weary or Both, Southern Lawmakers Tone Down Culture Wars

“There’s a lot of time, and I would be very derelict in my duty if I said I wasn’t worried,” said Cathryn Oakley, state legislative director and senior counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, which helped organize opposition to many proposals seen as harmful to gay and transgender people, among others. “We as advocates, but also our allies, will be very sorry if we take our eyes off the ball,” she said. Even so, many pending bills that are of the greatest concern to gay and transgender rights activists are…

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