Month: December 2018

Patrick Shanahan, acting defense secretary, succeeds James Mattis just 18 months after arrival

The U.S. military is waking up to a new boss with the new year, one who is definitely not the same as the old boss. Outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, handed over the reins at the Pentagon on Monday night…

Entrepreneur, Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang campaigns on universal basic income

If candidates are going to be rewarded for outside-the-box thinking in 2020, then don’t write off Andrew Yang’s underdog bid for president. The 43-year-old entrepreneur and political newcomer has become a familiar face in Iowa, where he has centered hi…

Washington Post Fact Checker: No ‘wall’ around Obamas’ home, just ‘security fencing’

Former President Barack Obama’s mansion in a wealthy area of Northwest Washington has security fencing, a guard booth and patrols at the end of the street. But the Washington Post Fact Checker noted that it doesn’t have a “ten foot wall.” President Tru…

Trump, lawmakers brace for prolonged shutdown

Washington is bracing for a prolonged shutdown that is already in its second week.The partial shutdown has left a quarter of the government closed, and 800,000 federal workers furloughed or…

Democrat introduces five-week funding bill to reopen government

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman-designate Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) on Monday introduced a continuing resolution to fund Homeland Security through Feb. 8 along with a legislative package to fund the remaining agencies…