National Archives says full set of Kavanaugh documents not ready until October

The National Archives said Thursday that it will not be able to completely review more than 900,000 pages of documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House until the end of October. The documents, requested by Republicans, cover Kavanaugh’s time in the White House counsel office and his nomination to be a judge. Democrats have sought a broader cache of files from Kavanaugh’s time as Bush’s staff secretary. Republicans have hoped to

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Reunited, an Immigrant Family Tries to Put Their Life Back Together

Last Friday morning, I had breakfast with a Honduran woman named Wendy Santos and her two daughters, Valeria and Aleisha, in the kitchen of their new home in suburban Maryland. Aleisha, who is three, was playing a game she recently invented for herself. “Copy, copy,” she said, looking at us, expectantly. She slid off her chair and walked up to each person, waiting for an answer. “Copy, copy,” Santos, Valeria, and I replied in turn. Aleisha chuckled and moved on,

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Trumka blasted by teachers union boss for keeping door open on Trump 2020 endorsement

Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers president, was not pleased with Richard Trumka’s comments on President Trump.  (Getty/AP) AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is getting an earful – on Twitter – from teachers union boss Randi Weingarten for reportedly keeping the door open to a possible Trump endorsement in 2020. Newsmax reported Wednesday that Trumka would not rule out a union endorsement for the president. “He will be looked at,” Trumka was quoted as telling the publication. “Every one [of the

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Greeting Cards for These Trying Times

It’s hard to shop for a greeting card when it feels like the world is ending. You’ll be looking for a card that says, “Life is fine, minus this nagging sense of incipient doom,” but all you see at the store are cheery platitudes. When this happens, go down to the basement of your local pharmacy, where—on a rusty metal rack, under a flickering fluorescent bulb—you’ll find these more realistic greeting cards for sale: Get Well-ish Soon-ish Wishing you an

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Trump tweets thanks to Kim Jong Un for returning remains of US war dead

In a pair of overnight tweets, President Trump sent his thanks early Thursday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for returning 55 boxes presumed to contain the remains of Americans who served in the Korean War.  “Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen!” Trump wrote in one tweet. “I am not at all surprised that you took this kind

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Not A Moment Too Soon: Iris Origo’s War Diary

It’s almost impossible to imagine a better time to read “A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary, 1939–1940,” by Iris Origo, which is being published this week by New York Review Books. And, if there ever is a better time, it won’t be one we want to live in. Trenchant, intelligent, and written with a cool head, the book records the months before Italy’s descent into the Second World War, when Mussolini’s relationship with Hitler was being presented

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Feinstein was ‘mortified’ by FBI allegation that staffer was spy for China: report

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein fired a staffer a few years back who was allegedly part of an effort to spy and pass on political intelligence to the Chinese government. The staffer, based in the Democrat’s San Francisco office, was suspected of delivering political intelligence, though nothing top secret, to officials based at the local Chinese Consulate, Politico reported. The FBI informed Feinstein, the then-chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about five years ago about the staffer and allegations that the

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Donald Trump vs. Charles Koch Is a Custody Battle Over Congress

Most of the media coverage of the “ugly public feud,” as the New York Times called it, between President Trump and the Koch brothers has taken the Kochs at their word that they may have to give up on the Republican Party of Trump and start backing Democrats, so disgusted are they with the President’s protectionist trade policies. But history suggests that the Kochs’ threat is about as believable as that of a parent threatening to “just plain leave” if

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Pence hails ‘tangible progress’ with North Korea as remains of presumed Korean War dead arrive in Hawaii

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the return of the remains of 55 Americans presumed dead from the Korean War was a sign of “tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Pence spoke at a ceremony at Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force Base to mark the arrival of the remains on U.S. soil and the beginning of long process to identify them. “Today, they are known but to God,” said Pence, whose father fought in Korea.

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