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Why Trump's embrace of 3 percent annual economic growth makes historical sense

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Something broke in 2009.

Take a look at one of the country's most blatant gerrymanders

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

A case study in what happens when lawmakers get to draw their own districts.

With Congress away, this bipartisan group of governors is trying to fix Obamacare

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The plan makes small changes to the ACA, a departure from Congress’s repeal efforts.

Perry has 'great confidence' Congress will pass aid package after Harvey

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Texas with Vice President Mike Pence on Aug. 31, and said that the president "went to the right place, at the right time," on his earlier visit. He said he's confident Congress will pass an aid package to help the storm's survivors.

Here’s why it’s not sexist to criticize Melania Trump for running to a disaster zone in heels

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

When you contrast the images of Texans wet, bedraggled, and struggling to save a few of their most precious possessions with images of the first lady's shoes, it's not a good look.

How the success of Obama’s program for illegal immigrants could lead to its demise under Trump

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

President Trump is facing a Sept. 5 deadline to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or face a lawsuit from Texas and other states

The 'Cajun Navy's' secret weapon for saving lives: The human voice

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

For so much of our moment-to-moment communication, texting fits the bill. Quick and convenient, tapping out a few words with your thumbs cuts through the pleasantries that can bog down voice communication. But there are times when a single word — especially one uttered with emotion — can deliver far more information than a text. […]

Inside Kushner’s sister’s pitch to Chinese investors

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Here’s what you need to know about a business pitch that Nicole Kushner Meyer, the sister of Jared Kushner, made to Chinese investors in May and how it relates to her brother.

Days after sister’s visa pitch, Kushner divested asset related to Jersey City project

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Jared Kushner moved the “contingent right” into his mother’s trust after his sister pitched the real estate project to Chinese investors.

Trump treasury secretary won't commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

"It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment.”

Why even conservative evangelicals are unhappy with the anti-LGBT Nashville Statement

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Trump's presidency is scrambling internal evangelical power dynamics

Pence arrives in Texas to survey storm damage

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence landed in Corpus Christi, Tex., on Aug. 31, to survey Tropical Storm Harvey's damage and meet survivors.

Trump administration orders three Russian diplomatic facilities in U.S. closed

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The move is retaliation for Russia’s expulsion of American diplomats last month.

The push for pay transparency is only growing stronger - despite Trump's rollback of equal pay rule

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

"The genie is out of the bottle, and it’s not going anywhere," said an executive at one pay data site.

Pentagon's latest, fiery show of force against North Korea includes F-35s and B-1B bombers

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The new, stark show of force included numerous aircraft dropping bombs on a training range east of Seoul.

The Trump administration may be about to commit to $17.2 billion in additional spending

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

That's the cost of deporting the 1.59 million people covered under the DACA immigration policy.

Harvey, Trump tax plan to put new strain on budget deficit

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The budget deficit for the year ending Sept. 30 is expected to be $693 billion.

Freedom Caucus leader warns: Don’t attach Harvey aid to debt-ceiling increase

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Rep. Mark Meadows, the leader of a group of House conservatives, said adding tens of billions of dollars of spending to a debt-limit measure would be a ‘terrible idea.’

Flooding trapped these Mexican bakers for two days. They spent it baking for Harvey victims.

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Praise has poured in around the world for the workers at El Bolillo Bakery in Houston.

FEMA warns Texans of flood insurance fraud

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The director of FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program Roy Wright said a series of fraudulent robo calls tried to extort people with flood insurance in Texas.