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Trump finds in Barr the attorney general — and shield — he long sought
Attorney General William P. Barr’s views on presidential power boost his status in the administration, even if he is not personally loyal to President Trump.
White House complained to Barr about contents of Mueller report after its release
The letter from a White House lawyer to the attorney general emerged publicly a day after Barr issued his critique of Robert S. Mueller III.
 
Barr’s no-show for House hearing fuels contempt threats, Nixon comparison
Attorney General William P. Barr’s snub of the House Judiciary Committee triggered an all-out war between the White House and Congress.
 
Trump stumbles in his efforts to speed up economic growth
President Trump has failed to arrest rising gas prices and install loyalists on the Federal Reserve Board.
 
Stephen Moore, Trump’s Fed choice, bows out amid scrutiny of remarks
A growing number of Republicans said Moore would have difficulty winning Senate confirmation after criticism over writings in which he made derogatory statements about women.
 
Critic’s Notebook
Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ leaves a lasting impression
Even allowing for the myth of the painting, the “aura” of its celebrity and the tourist’s natural desire for a memorable experience, Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest work is magical to an art critic seeing it in person for the first time.
 
Peter Mayhew | 1944–2019
Towering actor who portrayed Chewbacca in five Star Wars movies dies at 74
The 7-foot-3 Mayhew played the beloved alien character who was recognizable for his massive stature, guttural wails and partnership with pilot Han Solo.
 
 
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Opinions
Bill Barr goes to Hell. And finds a client.
The worst thing Barr did this week had nothing to do with the Mueller report
Does a Trump doctrine on foreign policy exist? Ask John Bolton.
How both Trump and Democrats can win on immigration
For World Press Freedom Day, here’s our bipartisan call to protect journalists
I asked Twitter to choose among the 21 Democrats. Here’s what I found.
 
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EXCLUSIVE
Senate Democrats ask NRA execs, PR firm for documents related to alleged self-dealing
Members of the Senate Finance Committee are asking Wayne LaPierre, Oliver North and Ackerman McQueen to turn over documents by May 16.
 
Iraq wants to isolate 30,000 Iraqis who lived under ISIS in Syria
Humanitarian groups fear that potential prison camp conditions would prevent citizens from reintegrating into society and, in some cases, further radicalize them.
 
Kamala Harris’s questioning of Barr delivers a punch after an uneven campaign stretch
Sen. Harris (D-Calif.) charms on the stump and stands out in Senate hearings, but her caution in televised events has some of her 2020 supporters worried she could undermine her no-nonsense brand.
 
‘We don’t want it’: Venezuela’s opposition wary of U.S. military intervention
Many believe U.S. troops could ignite internal conflicts within the military. Intervention could also undermine Juan Guaidó’s claim to be a grass-roots leader.
 
Cyclone Fani hits India’s east coast; 1.2 million evacuated
Cyclone Fani has made landfall on India’s eastern coast as a grade 5 storm, lashing the emptied beaches with rain and wind gusting up to 127 miles per hour.
 
‘I am sorry for the harm I have caused’: Baltimore mayor facing book scandal resigns
Catherine E. Pugh, a Democrat, reportedly was paid nearly $800,000 by entities connected to the city and state government for her self-published “Healthy Holly” book series. She is Baltimore’s second mayor to quit in a decade.
 
Perspective
We celebrated Michael Phelps’s genetic differences. Why punish Caster Semenya for hers?
The Olympic champion allegedly produces testosterone at a higher level than most women. Officials are now requiring her to take medications to lower it if she wants to compete.
 
Perspective
When to cut off financial help to adult children
A recent survey found that 51 percent of Americans are sacrificing their retirement savings to free up money to assist their adult children.
 
Post Reports | Listen Now
Police test facial recognition in Oregon. But privacy advocates have serious concerns.
Drew Harwell on the implications of using facial-recognition software in police work. Amie Ferris-Rotman on Afghanistan’s first lady speaking out for women’s rights. Plus, Deanna Paul on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
 

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