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Trump’s Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets

PLYMOUTH, Wis. — It’s a common observation here that you can’t turn off the cows — not for Christmas, and not for a trade war.<p>So as President Trump’s aggressive trade measures prompt other countries to retaliate with barriers to American goods, dairy farmers and cheesemakers in the rolling, bright …

Globalization

Supreme Court Won’t Hear North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court passed up an opportunity on Monday to take another look at whether the Constitution bars extreme partisan gerrymandering, returning a case from North Carolina to a trial court there for a further examination of whether the challengers had suffered the sort of direct …

North Carolina

Justices Send Clash Between Florist and Gay Couple Back to Lower Courts

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday told a lower court to reconsider the case of a florist in Washington State who had refused to create a floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding. The justices vacated a decision against the florist from the Washington Supreme Court and instructed it to take …

LGBTQI

Jimmy Fallon Says He’ll Donate to Immigration Group in Trump’s Name

Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC, said on Sunday that he would make a donation in President Trump’s name to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides legal defense services to immigrant and refugee families in Texas.<p>Mr. Fallon …

Fundraising

Trump Criticizes Restaurant Refusing to Serve His Press Secretary

President Trump on Monday criticized a Virginia restaurant that refused on Friday to serve the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, offering a somewhat belated defense of a prominent figure in his administration after she was targeted for her association with his policies.<p>Ms. …

Donald Trump

He Sold Drugs for $225. Indiana Took His $42,000 Land Rover.

WASHINGTON — Tyson Timbs would like his Land Rover back.<p>The State of Indiana took it, using a law that lets it seize vehicles used to transport illegal drugs. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Constitution has anything to say about such civil forfeiture laws, which allow …

Eighth Amendment

At a Toast to Trump, the North Korean Anthem Has a Starring Role

WASHINGTON — The North Korean national anthem got plenty of fanfare at the Virginia Women for Trump’s birthday party for the president on Sunday. Corey Stewart, the Republican Senate candidate from Virginia, got the hook.<p>The Tea for Trump toast to an absent President Trump drew hundreds of women in …

Donald Trump

New Emails Suggest Scott Pruitt Discussed Hiring a Friend of Lobbyist Landlord

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, discussed hiring a friend of a lobbyist family that owned a condominium he was renting for $50 a night, newly released emails suggest. The files also show communications involving the lobbyist’s client interests that have not previously …

Scott Pruitt

Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of Due Process Rights

President Trump unleashed an aggressive attack Sunday on unauthorized immigrants and the judicial system that handles them, saying that those who cross into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge.<p>“We cannot allow all of these …

Immigration

Mexico’s Hardball Politics Get Even Harder as PRI Fights to Hold On to Power

MEXICO CITY — Wielding the power and resources of government, Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party has used some of the nation’s most important institutions in an attempt to change the course of next month’s presidential election, according to independent election observers and former …

Government

Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts. But Primary Victories Remain Elusive.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Their rock star had arrived.<p>As the sun set on a sticky June evening, hundreds of supporters screamed. They chanted his name. They tried to get close enough to touch him.<p>“You all ready to make a political revolution?” Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, asked them …

Middle-class

Medicare Allows More Benefits for Chronically Ill, Aiming to Improve Care for Millions

WASHINGTON — Congress and the Trump administration are revamping Medicare to provide extra benefits to people with multiple chronic illnesses, a significant departure from the program’s traditional focus that aims to create a new model of care for millions of older Americans.<p>The changes — reflected …

Health Care

Jared Kushner Criticizes Abbas, Questioning His Ability to Make Peace

JERUSALEM — Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser on the Middle East, said the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, was afraid to make peace with Israel, bore responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Gaza and was prioritizing his own political survival at …

Israel

Former Trump Aide Apologizes for ‘Cotton-Picking’ Remark to Black Guest on Fox News

David Bossie, the former deputy campaign manager for President Trump and a veteran conservative activist, apologized on Sunday after he told a black guest on Fox News, “You’re out of your cotton-picking mind.”<p>Mr. Bossie made the remark during an on-air discussion on Sunday morning with Joel Payne, …

Donald Trump

Trump Leaves His Mark on a Presidential Keepsake

WASHINGTON — Since Bill Clinton occupied the White House, the commemorative medallions known as challenge coins have been stately symbols of the presidency coveted by the military, law enforcement personnel and a small circle of collectors.<p>Then came Donald J. Trump.<p>His presidency has yielded more — …

Donald Trump

Court to Rule on Mandatory Union Fees, and U.S. May Restrict Chinese Investment

<i>Here’s what to expect in the week ahead:</i><p>Labor<p><b>Supreme Court to rule on public-sector union fees.</b><p>The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling this week with enormous stakes for labor, the Democratic Party and progressive causes. The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal …

Public Sector

Postcards From Another Era: Obama Team Memoirs Flood the Stores

WASHINGTON — Construction crews have yet to break ground on Barack Obama’s presidential library, but the architects may have to add an extra wing just to handle all the books now coming out from people who once worked for the 44th president.<p>Nearly a year and a half after Mr. Obama left office, his …

The White House

Melania Trump Inspires Americans to Say ‘I Care’

This week, Melania Trump rattled the world with a Zara jacket, and it wasn’t even from this season.<p>She wore the surprising jacket on her way to visit detained immigrant children in Texas, and wore it back to the White House even as the jacket had shocked and awed the nation. Her spokeswoman said …

Red Carpet

More Than 500 Migrant Children Reunited With Adults, Government Says

The United States government has reunited 522 migrant children who were separated from adults as part of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the Department of Homeland Security said late Saturday.<p>The government “knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to …

Immigration

Americans Love Families. American Policies Don’t.

Politicians are united in their love for families. The very word — “families” — was among those said most often by Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton in campaign speeches. Democrats and Republicans have platforms for middle-class families, working families, military families. And candidates in …

Middle-class

Elizabeth Warren Condemned Trump in Reno. He Answered in Las Vegas With a Slur.

HENDERSON, Nev. — The clash began Saturday morning with a populist denunciation of President Trump’s policies, delivered in Reno, Nev., by a Democratic senator who is one of his most ferocious critics.<p>It intensified within hours, with a sarcastic, racially incendiary jibe — “Pocahontas” — lobbed by …

Donald Trump

Trump Appeals to Republicans in Las Vegas, Leaving Behind Washington’s Legislative Chaos

LAS VEGAS — Leaving behind the chaos he sowed in Washington with his shifting immigration policies, President Trump visited his second midterm battleground state of the week on Saturday to deliver the blunt message he has repeated at rallies for weeks: “We need more Republicans.”<p>For a few hours, at …

Donald Trump

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Was Asked to Leave Restaurant Over White House Work

WASHINGTON — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night because of her work in the Trump administration, becoming the latest official to be singled out for her support of the president’s policies.<p>In a Saturday tweet, Ms. …

Donald Trump

Katie Arrington, South Carolina Candidate Who Beat Mark Sanford, Is Seriously Hurt in Crash

Katie Arrington, a South Carolina state lawmaker who this month defeated Representative Mark Sanford in a House Republican primary, was seriously injured in a car crash on Friday night, according to her spokesman.<p>Ms. Arrington and a friend were traveling to Hilton Head, where Ms. Arrington was …

South Carolina

What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines

For Malaysian factories that make light-emitting diodes, it is an opportunity. For American makers of outboard boat motors, it is a threat. For the biggest sellers of flat-screen televisions, it is a nuisance.<p>The emerging trade war between the United States and China has prompted predictions of …

China

As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper

LEESBURG, Va. — Gina Anders knows the feeling well by now. President Trump says or does something that triggers a spasm of outrage. She doesn’t necessarily agree with how he handled the situation. She gets why people are upset.<p>But Ms. Anders, 46, a Republican from suburban Loudoun County, Va., with …

Donald Trump

Seven Ways Alabama Has Made It Harder to Vote

Five years after the Supreme Court invalidated the Voting Rights Act’s requirement that certain states get federal approval to change their election laws, there are few places where the results are clearer than in Alabama, where the lawsuit began.<p>Alabama has enacted a slew of restrictive laws and …

Government

A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s call on Monday for the Defense Department to establish a sixth branch of the military, this one focusing on space, has not exactly engendered a groundswell of support at the Pentagon.<p>“We got it,” Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

Military

In Tense Meeting, Trump Officials Debate How to Process Migrant Families

WASHINGTON — Tense arguments broke out at the White House over the past two days as top government officials clashed over how to carry out President Trump’s executive order on keeping together immigrant families at the Mexican border, according to four people familiar with the meetings.<p>The disputes …

Immigration