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China vows action after US warship sails near South China Sea island

Beijing claims passage of destroyer USS Hopper in disputed water violates sovereignty but Pentagon says operations are routine<p>China has vowed to take “necessary measures” to protect its sovereignty after a US navy destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea this …

South China Sea

What closes when the government shuts down

<b>Analysis</b> Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events.<p>Congress failed to pass a spending bill Friday, causing the government shut down at midnight. Read below to see if the government services you depend on are …

Government

House Republicans clash over secret memo

Republicans say the public needs to see a memo that allegedly shows shocking wrongdoing by senior U.S. law enforcement officials, but one senior Democrat calls it a 'profoundly misleading' effort to protect the president.<p>House Republicans are sharply divided over how to handle a classified memo …

Government

Trump’s Physical Revealed Serious Heart Concerns, Outside Experts Say

WASHINGTON — Cardiologists not associated with the White House said Wednesday that President Trump’s physical exam revealed serious heart concerns, including very high levels of so-called bad cholesterol, which raises the risk that Mr. Trump could suffer a heart attack while in office.<p>Dr. Ronny L. …

Medicine

Fire and Fury, Don’t Look for a Pulitzer!

Fire and Fury, sounds like a book about how Trump might have devastated “Rocket-mans North Korean empire.” But alas, not to be! Rather, it comes like …

Donald Trump

The War Against the President: Fictions of the Left

Ever since the 2000 Presidential election, when the debacle of Florida’s hanging chads disrupted the final vote count, the idea that a Presidential …

Fake News

Socialism Created Shitholes of the World, Racism is answer

Finally a President who speaks the truth. These nations and many more are shit-holes. They are shitholes because that is what socialism and its many …

Donald Trump

African Union, African UN envoys demand Trump apology

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, and African ambassadors to the United Nations, sharply denounced US President Donald Trump's reference to African nations as "shitholes" and called on him to retract his statement and apologize.<p>"The African Union …

Africa

Dem lawmaker to introduce 'Stable Genius Act' following Trump tweet

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> One Democratic lawmaker is challenging President Donald Trump's "stable genius" statement by introducing legislation of the same name.<p>Rep. Brendan Boyle on Tuesday announced his proposed "Stable Genius Act," which would require all presidential candidates to file a Federal …

Jerry Moran

6 burning questions Robert Mueller will want to ask President Trump

President Trump could sit down with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigators as soon as the next few weeks, though any cooperation from the president is being carefully negotiated right now, according to The Post's Carol D. Leonnig.<p>Leonnig reports that Trump is eager to sit down with …

Donald Trump

Oprah 2020? Democrats Swing From Giddy to Skeptical at the Prospect

WASHINGTON — With a booming speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire media entrepreneur and former television talk-show host, launched a thousand fantasies for Democrats: Of a historic campaign to put a black woman in the White House. Of a celebrity …

Elections

Exclusive: Bannon apologizes

Battered by the backlash from Michael Wolff's book, Steve Bannon is trying to make amends with the Trump family, providing a statement to Axios that …

Donald Trump

Republicans shower Trump with praise at White House meeting

President Donald Trump may have needed a bit of a pick-me-up.<p>His White House has been dodging questions – about his mental fitness, his relationship with ex-staffers, even his desire to be president in the first place – ever since excerpts began circulating from an explosive forthcoming book on the …

Donald Trump

Trump rises with Bannon’s fall

Steve Bannon has unified the Republican Party — against Steve Bannon.<p>And President Donald Trump stands to benefit most from his former chief strategist's comeuppance.<p>Without Bannon barking in his ear — and nipping at the heels of Republican senators — it will be easier for Trump to deliver on the …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Retaliates Against Kim Jong Un's 'Nuclear Button' by Deploying Weapons of Self Humiliation

On New Year’s Eve, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned his enemies “that the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike …

Donald Trump

Lawrence: New Trump tweet shows he is 'unfit to serve'

President Trump taunted North Korea about his “nuclear button” on Twitter. Lawrence O'Donnell says it is proof Trump is “now clearly the most …

Lawrence O'Donnell

This is what Christmas is like in North Korea, according to someone who escaped

• <b>Kang Jimin, a 31-year-old refugee from North Korea, described Christmas in his homeland.</b>• <b><br>He said he never heard of the festival growing up.</b>• <b><br>Religion is harshly repressed by the North Korean regime, in favour of adoration to the ruling family.</b>• <b><br>There are estimated to be hundreds of thousands of</b> …

Korean Peninsula

Haley announces $285M cut in 2018-19 UN operating budget

Calling it “a big step in the right direction,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday night announced a historic reduction in the U.N. biennial operating budget.<p>Haley said the plan calls for a $285 million cut for the 2018-19 fiscal year.<p>“The inefficiency and overspending of …

Antonio Guterres

Sen. Jeff Flake Dangles Possibility of Running Against Trump

(WASHINGTON) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says President Donald Trump is certain to face an independent challenge in the next presidential …

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

• <b>In this op-ed, James Traub argues that America has become “decadent and depraved.”</b>• <b><br>He explains what decadence means, and how it's tied to corruption.</b>• <b><br>“Decadence is usually understood as an irreversible condition — the last stage before collapse,” he writes.</b><p>In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The</i> …

Lyndon B. Johnson

The GOP's big tax break for landlords could make America’s housing crisis worse

<b>Video by Wochit</b><p>The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act awaiting President Donald Trump's signature contains a big tax break for real estate investors.<p>Senate …

U.S. judge partially lifts Trump administration ban on refugees

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States.<p>U.S. District Judge James Robart …

Facing Republican attacks, FBI’s deputy director plans to retire early next year

Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s deputy director who has been the target of Republican critics for more than a year, plans to retire in a few months when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>McCabe spent hours in Congress this past week, facing …

Government

The Butcher of Breitbart Makes Mincemeat of Jared

Ever quotable, Bannon lays the swirling Russia scandal at the feet of his former White House nemesis.<p>Former Trump chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon milled his former Oval Office colleague Jared Kushner into a bloody chunk of battle sausage this week and smeared him across the shiny pages of <i>Vanity</i> …

Donald Trump

Trump officials implore Congress to renew intelligence law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top intelligence and law enforcement officials implored Congress on Thursday to reauthorize a foreign intelligence program before it expires on Dec. 31, saying if lawmakers don't act, it will be harder to detect plots against the United States.<p>"Let us be clear: If …

Spicer on Tom Hanks’ Trump snub: ‘The Post’ should be used to open dialogue with White House

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, while discussing Tom Hanks’ new movie, told the FOX Business’ Dagen McDowell on “Mornings with Maria,” Americans should rally to support President Donald Trump, after the actor told The Hollywood Reporter, if asked, he would likely turn down the …

Following molestation allegations, Kentucky lawmaker dies in apparent suicide

A Kentucky lawmaker died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday evening after facing allegations that he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012.<p>Dan Johnson, a Republican state representative, shot himself on the Greenwell Ford Road bridge in Mt. Washington, Kentucky, according to the …

Chancellor Angela Merkel condemns burning of Israeli symbols in Berlin

Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the burning of Israeli symbols during protests against the US decision on Jerusalem. Germany's interior, …

Germany

In a Blow to Hamas, Israel Destroys Tunnel From Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Sunday that it had destroyed a tunnel dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory, dealing a substantial blow to one of the main strategic assets in the Islamic militant group’s arsenal.<p>It was the second cross-border tunnel in six weeks that the Israeli military said it …

Hamas