The Washington Post
A timely reminder as New Year's Eve - a holiday known for drinking - looms.
WASHINGTON - Congress is moving to pass a farm bill that allocates billions in subsidies to American farmers, legalizes hemp, bolsters farmers markets and rejects stricter limits on food stamps pushed by House Republicans. The nearly $900 billion package has been backed by top lawmakers in both parties and both chambers of Congress, and aides express confidence it will pass and be signed into law in the lame-duck session. President Donald Trump's Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue, expressed support for the legislation in a statement Monday night.
WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers are considering a taxpayer-funded bailout for retirees who are members of certain failing pension plans, scrambling to solve a retirement crisis that threatens more than 1 million Americans. A draft of the plan, obtained by The Washington Post, would direct the Treasury Department to spend up to $3 billion annually to subsidize payments for retirees from certain underfunded pensions.
Like an electrocardiogram or a stock ticker, filings in a California federal court case known as Ms. L. vs. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement provide a real-time and precise gauge - in this case, of the residual but ongoing cruelty visited upon children by the Trump administration's family separation policy.
Talks between the United States and Canada continued over the past week, with the fate of North American trade at stake. President Donald Trump and Mexico have cut a deal in which Mexico essentially conceded more market share in the automotive industry to the United States, so now it is up to negotiators for Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to come to an agreement that brings Canada into the bargain, so as to assure that the whole thing makes the most economic sense and Congress approves it.
WASHINGTON - She was sitting in a wheelchair as they carried her son's casket into the Capitol Rotunda Friday. Roberta McCain, 106, held granddaughter Meghan McCain's hand and lifted a handkerchief to dab her eyes. Wearing lipstick, pink blush and a polka dot white blouse, she sat silently as congressional leaders and Vice President Mike Pence lauded Sen. John McCain, who died last week at age 81. When the tributes were over, Roberta was the last member of the family to touch his flag-draped casket. She crossed herself afterward.
MORTON, Ill. - Two hours after dawn breaks, Brett Fugate waits to catch the early-morning wind as it moves across the soybean fields that border his one-story welding shop. He is outside, atop a makeshift tower, one arm balancing his body on a railing, the other holding a large steel chime. The wind is coming, and once it does, he'll get a better sense of how the chime will toll, not just across the rural flatlands of central Illinois, but next month in a Pennsylvania field when it, along with 39 others, will ring in perpetuity for the 40 people who died there Sept.