It is impossible to spend a day in this town without hearing or reading special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s name. He will go down in history as one of the pivotal figures of the Trump era. All this for a man who seldom speaks and is rarely seen. He is omnipresent and absent, inescapable but elusive.
The Debrief
Senate Republicans struggled to account for President Trump’s behavior and not-so-consistent statements after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison.
More than 300,000 federal workers could be sent home without pay as President Trump and Democratic lawmakers face off over funding for a border wall. Several budget experts believe a partial shutdown, which would start on Dec. 22 absent a deal, could drag on for days, if not weeks.
They predicted that higher courts wil reject the Texas judge’s reasoning as a tortured effort to rewrite not just the health care law but congressional history.
Authorities are seeking to force wealthy individuals to demonstrate that they bought property with lawfully earned funds.
Ryan Zinke has faced multiple probes of his real estate dealings and his conduct in office. He was told last month he had until the end of the year to exit or be fired, administration officials said.
Reporter Mimi Mefo Takambou was arrested after citing social media reports that claimed the military had shot Charles Wesco, an American missionary from Indiana.
Critic’s Notebook
The Italian company’s use of images that evoked 19th-century blackface characters is another example of how fashion houses have few safeguards to assure that they have a sophisticated understanding of their markets.
Cleveland held on to win Saturday night in Denver to keep its faint playoff hopes alive in a game featuring questionable late-game coaching tactics on both sides.
Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and most of the show's cast make appearances in the cold open.
Weekend Picks
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In Houston, Ray Hill was a colossal character. He even adopted “citizen provocateur” as a formal title.
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The biggest Pinocchios of 2018
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