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    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.

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    Tyrone Siu / Reuters

    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
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    The Real Reasons Why the Government Shut Down

    Immigration isn’t the only sticking point.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Threat Level Midnight

    Hours before the government is set to shut down, senators scrambled to reach a deal to keep the government funded.

  • Science
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    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.

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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.

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  • Congress
    Evan Vucci / AP

    The Government Is Officially Closed for Business

    Congress missed a midnight deadline to avert a shutdown, with the Senate failing to approve a House-passed bill that would have given lawmakers more time to come to a deal on immigration.

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    Is Money-Laundering the Real Trump Kompromat?

    In November testimony, Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson outlined a potential scheme to the House Intelligence Committee, but it hasn’t pursued the line of investigation.

  • Health
    David Goldman / AP

    The American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality

    Even with the Affordable Care Act, the premium and payment structure of insurance increases the relative income gap between rich and poor.

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    'It’s Our Responsibility to Put More Guardrails Around the President'

    Senator Jeff Flake explains his speech on the Senate floor in defense of the press—and talks about what he’s planning next.

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    Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost

    Advocates are tracking new developments in neonatal research and technology—and transforming one of America's most contentious debates.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    The House Voted to Avert a Shutdown—but It Might Not Be Enough

    Republicans cobbled together the votes for a funding bill ahead of a Friday-night deadline, but it may be doomed in the Senate.

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    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: It's the Final Countdown

    The House is expected to vote on a short-term spending bill Thursday night.

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    Carolyn Kaster / AP

    How Trump Will Try to Minimize a Government Shutdown

    The administration plans to keep national parks and public lands partially open even without congressional funding, drawing criticism from Sally Jewell, the former secretary of the interior.

  • Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Trump's Quietly Growing List of Victories

    The last four months have been by far the most productive of his presidency. Will they also prove to be a high-water mark?

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    Trump Backs Health-Care Workers Who Object to Providing Abortions

    The Department of Health and Human Services announced a new office devoted to conscience objections and religious freedom on Thursday—an answer to long-standing objections from the right.

  • Scott Morgan / Reuters

    An Exit From Trumpocracy

    The stability of American society depends on conservatives finding a way forward from the Trump dead end.

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    Donald Trump’s Very 1990s Tabloid Scandal

    The storyline is the same, but the technology changes.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    'The Purpose of This From the Beginning Has Been to Cut Legal Immigration'

    Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue claim their bill would increase the number of high-skilled immigrants in the United States. But it would do the opposite.