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Trump’s Sunday night policy tweets contradict what the White House said just last week

President Trump on Sunday evening called for more spending on health care and said his plan to overhaul the tax code "is actually ahead of schedule," two statements that are at odds with the budget proposal he unveiled just last week.<p>The statements came as part of a blizzard of Twitter posts the …

Health Care

Pirates’ Jameson Taillon returns to the mound after testicular cancer surgery

Less than three weeks after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon made a rehab start for Class AA Altoona on Sunday. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out six and allowed one hit and one walk on 47 pitches over three scoreless innings.<p>“It was …

Baseball

Richard Sherman keeps college scholarship promise to Virginia high school student

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is keeping a promise to send a Virginia high school student to college. During a visit to Richmond last year to attend his former teammate Michael Robinson’s Excel to Excellence Foundation’s annual event, Sherman told Varina High junior Hershai James that …

Education

Bernhard Langer stands alone after landmark victory at Senior PGA Championship

Bernhard Langer is far from the longest hitter on the PGA Tour Champions, relying instead on precision and putting to forge a decorated career on the 50-and-over circuit.<p>That reliable blueprint elevated Langer into a class by himself Sunday following a landmark victory at the Senior PGA …

Golf

Former Bush official Rachel Brand takes over No. 3 position at Justice Dept.

In some ways, Rachel Lee Brand followed a traditional path toward a high-ranking position in the Justice Department: an internship with her senator, an Ivy League law school, a Supreme Court clerkship, a legal job in the White House.<p>But Brand’s journey to becoming the first woman to serve as …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

As White House defends Jared Kushner, experts question his back-channel move

The Trump administration argued over the weekend that back-channel communications are acceptable in building dialogue with foreign governments, part of an effort to minimize fallout over White House adviser Jared Kushner’s reported discussion about creating a secret conduit to the Kremlin at a …

Jared Kushner

Are we on the road to impeachment?

I am not a big or even a little fan of President Trump. Many of his policies strike me as undesirable, some in the extreme. His background and temperament have not prepared him for the presidency. He is largely ignorant of many issues he must face. And yet, for all this, the idea of impeaching him …

Democracy

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch lands in Japanese waters

SEOUL — North Korea on Monday fired an apparent ballistic missile off its east coast that landed in the waters of Japan’s economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, the latest in a string of recent test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic …

North Korea

For the U.S.-European alliance, everything has changed

<i>Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!</i><p><b>— Donald Trump, Sunday morning</b><p>For more than four months, the White House has confirmed no European ambassadors, filled no high-level diplomatic jobs and given no indication that it ever will. Occasional …

NATO

Inside the Trump administration’s plans to restart the Ukraine peace process

In their Oval Office meeting in March, President Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Ukraine crisis was Europe’s responsibility and that the United States wouldn’t get heavily involved, according to two officials briefed on the discussion. Only two months later, the Trump …

Russia

Apparent domestic dispute sets off rampage in Miss.; 8 die

MISSISSIPPI<p>8 killed after apparent domestic argument<p>A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over his children was arrested Sunday after a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff’s …

Crime

JFK, the forever-young president, 100 years on

We cannot imagine John F. Kennedy on his 100th birthday. For all of us, he will always be a man in his 40s, exuding the vigor that became one of his trademark words, pronounced in his distinctively New England way.<p>He was a student of history whose rhetoric gloried in the future, challenge and …

History

Dances with Saudis

Fareed Zakaria’s May 26 Washington Forum essay, “Trump got played by Saudi Arabia” pointed out just how dangerous the Saudis and their religious practice of the Wahhabi version of Islam really is. The basics of jihadist terrorism are contained in this Saudi Arabian religious practice, including the …

Middle East

A dubious Russian ploy

The May 25 front-page article “Dubious finding shaped FBI path in Clinton case,” about a Russian document, was fascinating and illustrative. Valid or not, the Russian document met its objectives: “stir the pot,” i.e., Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s …

Government

Privatization is no panacea

Regarding the May 24 front-page article “Privatizing assets to modernize the rest”:<p>When did you last take a road trip across northern Indiana? In 2006, the Indiana Turnpike was privatized in a lease agreement that was predicted to solve all the state’s highway problems. When we traveled the entire …

Indiana

Do people who can’t find work deserve to go hungry?

In his May 25 op-ed, “A budget built on lies and broken promises,” E.J. Dionne Jr. quoted Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, as saying, “the folks who are on there [food stamps] . . . don’t want to work,” regarding proposed cuts in anti-poverty programs in President …

Mick Mulvaney

Bureaucracy blocks Bond memorial bench

Regarding the May 25 Metro article “Perched on a tribute to bureaucracy”:<p>It’s shameful and disgusting that District transportation officials have to be publicly embarrassed by a Post article before agreeing to maintain a simple sidewalk bench in honor of the heroic Julian Bond. I’m certain there …

Washington Post

Iran is moving toward moderation

Charles Krauthammer’s May 26 op-ed, “Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia,” omitted a crucial detail: the recent elections in Iran. By entrusting President Hassan Rouhani with another four-year term, the Iranian people soundly rejected extremist alternatives. By demonizing the Iranian …

Iran

Brazil’s elite is being eaten alive by corruption

BRAZIL’S POLITICAL elite is being eaten alive by corruption scandals. The last three presidents have been accused of taking bribes, including incumbent Michel Temer, who took office last year following the impeachment of his predecessor. So have dozens of other senior politicians, including eight …

Brazil

Orioles swept in Houston as their losing streak grows to seven games

HOUSTON — The Orioles jettisoned struggling right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen last week, giving his spot in the rotation to Alec Asher, hoping the relative newcomer would be able to provide the floundering Orioles with more innings.<p>But fitting with the way mostly everything has backfired …

Houston Astros

Mr. Trump’s travel ban is offensive and imprudent. But is it really unconstitutional?

A SECOND federal appeals court has ruled against President Trump’s travel ban on six majority Muslim countries, in effect taking his prolific statements on the campaign trail literally and seriously to impugn the ban’s ostensible purpose of safeguarding national security. “We cannot shut our eyes …

Travel Ban

Today, let us remember those who acted selflessly

“THEY DIED for you.”<p>That is a stark and powerful truth about lives lost in the nation’s wars, rarely stated so plainly as it was in an essay that appeared on these pages eight years ago by historian Rick Atkinson. His topic was 10 things Americans ought to know about World War II, on which he has …

Joe Ross tires — and exits — quickly as Nationals lose finale to Padres

Chris Speier was optimistic about Joe Ross like everybody else, optimistic that Ross had corrected his mechanical glitches and was again the pitcher the Washington Nationals need to hold down the final spot in their rotation. The enthusiasm was inescapable after Ross stifled the Seattle Mariners …

Baseball

The Caps and Predators both went for it. Only one is playing for the Stanley Cup.

On a Memorial Day three years ago, the Washington Capitals announced the hiring of Coach Barry Trotz and the promotion of Brian MacLellan to general manager . The organization had Stanley Cup aspirations, and this change in regime marked a step in pursuit of that goal.<p>Six weeks earlier and more …

Ice Hockey

Listen to Japanese announcers’ exhilarating call of Takuma Sato’s Indy 500 win

Takuma Sato held off Helio Castroneves to become the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. The 40-year-old Tokyo native, who drives for Andretti Autosport, screamed into his radio as he approached the finish line. The Japanese announcers who called the race were equally …

Motorsport

Military’s clout at White House could shift U.S. foreign policy

When President Trump’s top foreign policy advisers gathered ­recently at the White House to discuss plans to revamp the administration’s Afghanistan strategy, the makeup of those in the room was indicative of a significant turn in U.S. foreign policy.<p>Seated front and center in the Situation Room …

Foreign Policy

Court says essentially that Trump is not to be believed. Will Supreme Court conclude the same?

A substantial majority of the judges who sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond delivered a rather remarkable judgment last week: The president of the United States is not to be believed.<p>Will the Supreme Court conclude the same thing? And by “Supreme Court,” we mean …

Equality

From arm wrestling to Charles Barkley: 23 more reasons sports on TV remain compelling

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television:<p><b>1.</b> The last time I watched “SportsCenter,” Keith Olbermann was still in a good mood.<p><b>2.</b> Even though I imagine he would have absolutely no idea what he is talking about, if Charles Barkley did a weekly show on …

Charles Barkley

UFC fighter hears wedding bells after ringing opponent’s bell

Much to the delight of the home crowd, Alexander Gustafsson knocked out Glover Teixeira 67 seconds into the fifth round of their light-heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm on Sunday. Gustafsson celebrated the win by proposing to his girlfriend, Moa Antonia Johansson.<p>“I love you …

UFC

World Digest: May 28, 2017

PHILIPPINES<p>Separatist groups urged to join fight against ISIS<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to Muslim separatists and Maoist-led rebels to join his government’s fight against militants linked to the Islamic State.<p>With fears growing that the Islamic State is seeking a presence in …

Pakistan