Jeanne Calment died in 1997 in the southern French town in which she was born, and her death drew a flurry of attention. At 122, an age that had been certified by the Guinness World Records as well as public health researchers, she was the oldest documented person to ever have lived.
You'd be forgiven if you thought "conservatism" consisted of 30-somethings' snark or racism masquerading as a fetish for border security or pro-Russian foreign policy or determined expansion of income inequality. If conservatism used to be distinguished for erudite writing and intellectual energy (e.g. the Weekly Standard, the American Enterprise Institute), it's now dominated by bootlicking from state TV, climate change denial, "blood and soil" nationalism and economic illiteracy.
WASHINGTON - While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year. The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay.
In 2015, the year President Donald Trump launched his White House bid with a promise to build a wall on the Mexico border, illegal migration to the United States plunged 31 percent, falling near its lowest level in 50 years. Security experts saw success, but Trump looked at the border and saw something ominous: "rapists," "criminals" and other predators lurking on the other side. In 2017, Trump's first year in office, he continued to insist on the urgent need for a border wall, even as illegal crossings dropped further.
MOSCOW - Russia downplayed the possibility of swapping a detained American held on espionage charges for a Russian national behind bars in the United States, its foreign ministry said Saturday.
WASHINGTON - Maybe Congress shouldn't have tried to ease the pain of a government shutdown. One reason for the extended closure of nine Cabinet departments and other agencies is the legislative version of no good deed going unpunished: congressional leaders took steps that mitigated much of the fallout from this partial shutdown.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday offered his most robust public case for the border wall since the partial government shutdown began two weeks ago, expounding for an hour at the White House about the need for a barrier to keep out terrorists and dissuade migrants while asserting he has the legal authority to build it without congressional consent.
House Democrats spent two years trying to tamp down discussions of impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib's remark gave the president an opening.
ST. LOUIS - Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had his tongue out and his right leg in the air as he unfurled a wrist shot that fluttered its way into the net, carving out another slice of history for himself with that 30th goal of the season. Way above Ovechkin in the Enterprise Center, Hall-of-Fame winger Brett Hull was standing in the press box minutes later, marveling at the player who's already joined him as one of the greatest the NHL has ever seen.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump told congressional leaders Friday that he would keep the federal government closed for "months or even years" amid a dispute over border wall funding, as the White House scrambled to unify the GOP behind Trump while some Republicans are showing impatience with the now two-week old shutdown. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that during a contentious and nearly two-hour meeting inside the White House situation room, Democrats told Trump: "We needed the government open."