Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that his close friend, Sen. John McCain, is recovering well from brain cancer.
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Vice President Mike Pence still plans to depart for a trip to the Middle East on Friday evening, his office said Thursday, as a government shutdown appeared increasingly likely.
Pence has been the White House’s primary link to critical House conservatives in tricky legislative negotiations in the past, particularly with the House Freedom Caucus. On Wednesday, he met with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy about government funding, which expires Friday unless Congress extends it.
House conservatives will likely prove critical to passing any continuing resolution to keep the government running, especially if Democrats vote against it, as House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is urging.
Many Democrats want protections for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers included in any funding bill. But lawmakers and the White House have yet to reach a deal on immigration, and it is not addressed in the short-term funding package crafted by GOP leaders.
President Donald Trump’s early morning tweet about the Children’s Health Insurance Program left already fragile negotiations in greater confusion. The GOP bill would extend CHIP for six years in an effort to pick up more votes, even though it only extends government funding until Feb. 16.
Trump was also scheduled to leave town next week: …read more
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HuffPost announced Thursday it is ending its longstanding network of unpaid contributors and introducing two new sections, opinion and personal, as the outlet continues to refine its editorial scope under editor in chief Lydia Polgreen.
Under the newly-unveiled verticals HuffPost will take a more traditional approach to the publication of opinion pieces and personal essays, commissioning a spate of regular columnists and soliciting work from one-time contributors under the purview of full-time editors.
The move signals the end for one of the most popular and well-known features of the website, its contributor platform, which allowed readers to publish and share their own content on the outlet formerly known as The Huffington Post.
Polgreen, the 15-year New York Times veteran who took over the reins at the site from founder Arianna Huffington in 2016, said the outlet hoped the move would allow it to take more “ownership” of what is published under the HuffPost banner.
“This wasn’t an easy decision, because blog contributors have been part of the heart and soul of HuffPost from its beginning. So many great stories were told,” Polgreen tweeted after announcing the news. “But in our current climate, we as a newsroom need …read more
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