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Trump wants the border wall painted black with spikes. He has other ideas, too.
Pointed tops. Fewer gates. Resistance to climbing. The president’s frequently changing design requests have frustrated Homeland Security officials and military engineers.
Trump has 2020 in mind with proposal to prioritize immigrants’ skills over family ties
The plan, which does not address the fate of young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, stands little chance of advancing in Congress.
 
Judge tells prosecutors to release transcript of Michael Flynn’s call to Russian envoy
The transcripts of the call and a separate voice mail would reveal conversations at the center of two major avenues of the Mueller probe.
 
Trump judicial nominees decline to endorse Brown v. Board under Senate questioning
Conservatives see the line of questioning as a setup, but civil rights activists are appalled by nominees’ silence.
 
With 1,100 dead, Congo’s Ebola outbreak is only getting worse. Now doctors are forced to go undercover.
The World Health Organization logged 119 attacks this year against health workers, who are changing tactics as a result.
 
I.M. Pei | 1917–2019
Architectural giant in the modernist aesthetic dies at 102
Pei designed notable projects such as the Louvre’s glass pyramid, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Gallery of Art’s East Building.
 
 
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Opinions
Can corporations save us from the attack on reproductive rights?
San Antonio doesn’t have time to wait for Washington to pass an immigration plan
What’s Trump’s plan for Iran? Nobody knows.
Trump’s immigration plan is an improvement. It’s also political positioning.
Would a female candidate survive putting her haircut on social media?
Trump isn’t aiming for war with Iran — but that doesn’t mean we should relax
 
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Top Trump administration officials to brief Congress on Iran as lawmakers’ frustration grows
Democrats and many Republicans want clarity on the intelligence that has informed what some see as dramatic escalations by the administration.
 
Schiff tells Barr that he’ll enforce subpoena for Mueller report
The House Intelligence Committee chairman said his committee will meet next week to discuss holding the attorney general in contempt for ignoring the subpoena of the unredacted special counsel report.
 
Campaign 2020
Trump says he’s ‘absolutely fine’ with Buttigieg’s gay marriage
“I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good,” the president told Fox News.
 
Companies in the Cosmos
‘Everything is new again’: Florida’s space coast sees a comeback
The birthplace of America’s Space Age slumped when the shuttle was retired. Now private industry has fueled a revival.
 
Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia
In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s legislature passed a comprehensive law that gives couples many of the tax, insurance and child custody benefits available to male-female married couples.
 
Are the U.S. and China heading for a trade deal — or a split?
President Trump’s decision to blacklist telecom giant Huawei suggests that talks aimed at a sweeping trade agreement with Beijing may instead set the terms of an economic divorce.
 
A mysterious virus was spreading on campus. Why did it take 18 days to tell students?
Last year, the University of Maryland saw an outbreak of adenovirus, certain strains of which can be dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, such as Olivia Paregol. But the school held off notifying students, even as more fell ill.
 
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A medical mystery on a college campus
Michael Scherer on the challenges of Democrats’ crowded 2020 field. Amy Brittain and Jenn Abelson on how a university left students in the dark about a viral outbreak. Plus, Reis Thebault on trash in one of the most remote places on Earth.
 

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