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    Russia's Retaliation Against a Doping Whistleblower

    A lawyer for Grigory Rodchenkov says Russia wants him to face justice at home.

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  • Mike Segar / Reuters

    Is Trump Becoming Self-Aware?

    The president’s reported criticism of Cabinet members Wilbur Ross and Ryan Zinke strikes directly at some of his own shortcomings.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Trump and Russia Both Seek to Exacerbate the Same Political Divisions

    A country is in a precarious place when its foreign adversaries and its president are both trying to increase its political polarization along the same lines.

  • Mark Makela / Reuters

    Has the Tide Turned Against Partisan Gerrymandering?

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday struck down the state’s maps as too heavily biased toward Republicans, the latest ruling in a new and contentious battle over legislative districts.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Off the Wall

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rescinded his offer to increase funding for Trump’s proposed border wall as part of a broader DACA deal.

  • Politics Daily
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cashing in Their CHIP

    Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a continuing resolution funding the government and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, while postponing debate on immigration legislation.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    How Federal Workers Spent Their Unexpected Day Off

    One budget analyst planned to do some vacuuming and watch Law & Order.

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    Why Can't People Hear What Jordan Peterson Is Saying?

    A British broadcaster doggedly tried to put words into the academic’s mouth.

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    ‘We’re Back at Square One’

    Encouraged by Senate Democrats’ push to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, immigration activists now feel defeated after an agreement to reopen the government without legislation addressing the issue.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Republicans Claim Victory in the Shutdown Fight

    “Win for White House; Loss for Schumer,” one White House official crowed. “He didn’t really get much.”

  • Congress
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    The Democrats Relent

    The federal government will reopen on Tuesday after Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end their filibuster of a stopgap spending bill. Congress passed the bill early Monday evening.

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    The Disappearing Dealmaker

    The Senate struck a deal to reopen the government on Monday morning—but without any help from President Trump.

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    This Is Not the Israel Trip Mike Pence Had Planned

    The U.S. vice president promised peace in the country’s newly recognized capital, but his itinerary showed that a deal is far beyond reach.

  • Criminal Justice
    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    'An Assault on the Body of the Church’

    Catholic parishes have been hit hard by President Trump’s decision to suspend Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans.

  • Congress
    J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    The Shutdown Will Go On

    The federal government won’t reopen on Monday, with Democrats rejecting an offer from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday night. But an agreement might not be far off.

  • Global
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    Trust Is Collapsing in America

    When truth itself feels uncertain, how can a democracy be sustained?

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    Women’s Marchers Look to the Midterms

    Thousands gathered in New York City to protest Donald Trump and show support for the growing movement against sexual abuse.  

  • Congress
    Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    The Real Reasons Why the Government Shut Down

    Immigration isn’t the only sticking point.

  • Science
    Hyungwon Kang / Reuters

    What Happens to Astronauts During a Government Shutdown?

    How NASA scales down to a skeleton crew when Congress misses a big budget deadline

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    The Ghost of Chae Chan Ping

    A Chinese-exclusion case from the 1880s set a precedent that haunts the legal fight over Trump’s travel ban.

  • Health
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    'He’s Chosen This Movement as His Own'

    At the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., pro-life activists said the president has a lot to be proud of.