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Pence Says U.S. Still Waiting on North Korea for ‘Concrete Steps’ to Denuclearize

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence told American ambassadors on Wednesday that North Korea has failed to take any substantive steps to give up its nuclear weapons, even as President Trump is moving toward a second meeting with [...]

For Theresa May, Still at Odds With Parliament, the Brexit Walls Are Closing In

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May often puts off critical decisions over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, or Brexit, hoping to wear down opponents through doggedness and determination. But her room to maneuver is [...]

U.S. Spent $8 Billion on Afghanistan’s Air Force. It’s Still Struggling.

MOGHKHAIL, Afghanistan — The A-29 attack plane was a white speck in the bright skies over eastern Afghanistan as it launched a dummy bomb that exploded just yards from the target, a wrecked truck. “Spot on!” said an American adviser [...]

9 days in, White House still seeking a shutdown message

Talks to reopen the government are virtually nonexistent as the partial shutdown enters its second full week. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Government Shutdown President Donald Trump continues trying to blame Democrats, as lawmakers [...]

Indonesia Knows Tsunami Threat. But It Was Still Blindsided by Killer Waves.

SUMBER JAYA, Indonesia — A 30-year-old fisherman was home watching television on Saturday evening when he heard a deep, booming noise offshore. Living on the western coast of Java, the fisherman, Damin, was accustomed to the explosive [...]

It Doesn’t Matter if Ecuador Can Afford This Dam. China Still Gets Paid.

Engineers had tried to generate the project’s full 1500 megawatts, but neither the facility nor Ecuador’s electrical grid could handle it. The equipment shuddered dangerously, and blackouts spread across the country, officials said. Ecuadoreans [...]

Why Trump still needs Obamacare

President Donald Trump wants lower drug prices, drastic action on the opioid crisis and protection for people with pre-existing conditions. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ ]]> A Texas judge’s [...]

Audit reveals $1.6 billion in Medicaid payments still uncollected

Medicaid paid out a stunning $ 2.6 billion over five years in payments it agrees were bogus and should be clawed back from the states — but $ 1.6 billion of it remains uncollected, according to an internal audit. The Health and Human Services [...]

Can You Still Find Stocks That are ‘Always Up’ (Even Now)?

“This market is crazy!” That’s how one highly respected colleague described the volatility in markets over the past week or so, and I must say that I wholeheartedly agree. In fact, the price action in markets since early October has been [...]

GOP leaders still lack funding plan as shutdown looms

One option Speaker Paul Ryan and his deputies are considering is a short-term bill that fully funds Trump’s $ 5 billion wall request, but freezes the rest of federal spending through early 2019. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Congress House [...]