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As the Shutdown Loomed, Trump Reached Out to Schumer

But as happened in September — when a tentative deal fell apart after the president’s hard-line advisers and conservative supporters revolted — Friday’s meeting went nowhere. Whatever the decades-long relationship there was between the two men, fueled by a common upbringing in the boroughs of New York, political divisions once …

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These Factions in Congress, Split Over ‘Dreamers,’ Could Lead to Government Shutdown

Lawmakers have until Friday at midnight to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. The House passed the bill Thursday night, but it appears less likely to pass in the Senate, where Democrats are demanding that the legislation include protections for young undocumented immigrants. Here are the …

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Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections

Critics said the administration was giving health care providers a license to discriminate, and they raised the possibility that some doctors might deny fertility treatments to lesbian couples and that some pharmacists might refuse to fill prescriptions for certain types of contraceptives. In such situations, patients could suffer, and health …

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Democrats Question Justice Dept. Power to Charge Sanctuary City Leaders

“In free democracies, you can’t jail people for opposing the president’s policies, policies that courts have found to be lawful,” said Vanita Gupta, the chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the former head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department. Presidents who …

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Bannon Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller Inquiry

Photo Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, will be interviewed by the special counsel’s investigators in the Russia inquiry. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, will be interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel in the Russia …

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