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Republicans with price tag concerns threaten Trump’s infrastructure plan
The surprise push with top Democrats for a $2 trillion package has run into immediate opposition from the president’s own chief of staff and many Republican lawmakers.
As growth continues, analysts wonder if current state of economy is too good to be true
Everything is firing for an economy and jobs market that continue to defy expectations as the unemployment rate falls to a low not seen in half a century.
 
Unemployment is at a 50-year low, and it might drop a lot further
Despite another big month for job growth, there are a few warning signs beneath the surface of the economy.
 
EXCLUSIVE
How a plot filled with intrigue and betrayal failed to oust Venezuela’s president
Opposition leaders said their elation turned to a mad scramble as a plan hatched during weeks of secret meetings with top Maduro loyalists abruptly collapsed.
 
U.S. officials weigh options, as Trump describes ‘positive’ call with Putin
Russian president “is not looking at all to get involved there,” Trump says.
 
African Americans say presidential candidates are missing basic connections
As the 20-plus Democratic hopefuls traipse across South Carolina, black voters are absorbing more than policy positions and applause lines. They’re also taking note of social miscues and ignored niceties.
 
From lab to table: Will cell-cultured meat win over Americans?
Cell-based meat companies are targeting all those carnivores and omnivores who want to eat meat, only with no animal slaughter and a smaller environmental footprint.
 
 
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Opinions
Trump’s ‘scandalous harangues’ are an impeachable offense
Facebook banned Alex Jones — again. But it’s different this time.
Richard Holbrooke was a jerk — and a talented diplomat. Which matters more?
D.C.’s feed-the-homeless contract controversy is really about food, not fraud
Stop trying to make Caster Semenya fit a narrow idea of womanhood
Want to build a far-right movement? Spain’s Vox party shows how.
 
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North Korea fires several short-range projectiles, South Korean military says
The action is likely to raise tensions with Washington but not break Pyongyang’s self-declared moratorium on ballistic missile tests.
 
‘Miracle’: Plane crashes into Florida river, but no deaths
A charter plane traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said.
 
Trump warns he’ll ‘monitor the censorship’ on social media after some far-right leaders banned
Delivered in a series of tweets, the subtle threat marked his latest broadside against Silicon Valley, which he has repeatedly accused of targeting conservative users and their views. Facebook, Google and Twitter strongly deny the allegations of political bias.
 
Trump says he and Putin discussed outcome of Mueller probe in call
The president and Russian leader touched “very, very briefly” on the special counsel’s findings, the White House said, during an hour-long call that also covered nuclear agreements, North Korea, trade and Venezuela.
 
The Mueller report cited her notes more than 65 times: How a staffer chronicled White House turmoil
Daily notes taken by the chief of staff to the White House counsel provided a trove of evidence for the special counsel.
 
Amid bigger and more frequent floods, Iowa city debates how to ‘make peace’ with the Mississippi
For years, Davenport was the only major city on the upper Mississippi to resist permanent flood protection, opting instead for “embracing” the natural flow of the river with parks, wetlands and flood-friendly buildings. That strategy had been strikingly successful until this week.
 
About US
When co-workers mix up people of color, it feels like more than a mistake
While there are cognitive explanations for the “work twin” problem, these kinds of common, subtle slights cause undue stress over time.
 
A military historian rips apart the plan to defend Winterfell. Spoiler alert: The humans were idiots.
A Boston College professor has several nits to pick with the “Game of Thrones” episode, which made for good television but displayed terrible military tactics.
 
Post Reports | Listen Now
Why the president’s probable nominee for the Fed backed out
Heather Long on why President Trump’s presumed nominee Stephen Moore pulled himself out of the running for a spot on the Federal Reserve Board. DeNeen L. Brown on the first enslaved African woman documented in Jamestown. Plus, Rachel Hatzipanagos on people of color who are confused for each other at work.
 

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