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Forces Align Against a New Military Branch to ‘Win Wars’ in Space

Forces Align Against a New Military Branch to ‘Win Wars’ in Space

The Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. If a military spending bill is approved, the Air Force will be required to establish a separate Space Corps by 2019.
House Approves Spending Package, Border Wall and All

House Approves Spending Package, Border Wall and All

A view of the metal fence between the United States and Mexico taken in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua state, in February. New Mexico is on the other side of the fence.
With Few Wins in Congress, Republicans Agree on Need to Agree

With Few Wins in Congress, Republicans Agree on Need to Agree

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, at the Capitol on Wednesday. He expressed a hope for more bipartisan legislation after the fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Margarette Purvis on Charity Limitations

Food Bank For New York City C.E.O. Margarette Purvis explained at The New York Times’s Cities for Tomorrow conference why not-for-profits can’t take the place of well-funded federal programs to help
Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

President Trump at the White House on Monday.
Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

President Trump at the White House on Monday.
Trump Widens Rift With Congress as Critical Showdowns Loom

Trump Widens Rift With Congress as Critical Showdowns Loom

President Trump is threatening a government shutdown over funds for a border wall, attacking key Republicans ahead of a critical legislative stretch.
Fair Game: Shut Down the Government, and This Time, Investors Will Care

Fair Game: Shut Down the Government, and This Time, Investors Will Care

If a government shutdown keeps Congress from meeting deadlines on the budget and the debt ceiling, investors may pay the price.
For Congress, Storm Adds Another Urgent Issue to a Full Plate

For Congress, Storm Adds Another Urgent Issue to a Full Plate

Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, on Monday at a temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
On Washington: Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington

On Washington: Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington

Cleaning out a damaged home on Wednesday in Houston. Recovery aid will be a key project for Washington.
White House to Ask for $14.5 Billion Down Payment for Harvey Relief
As a Weary Texas Seeks Solace, Governor Says Property Damage May Exceed Katrina

As a Weary Texas Seeks Solace, Governor Says Property Damage May Exceed Katrina

Teresa Briceno is overcome with emotion during prayers for communities affected by the storm at Templo Aposento Alto / Life City Church Houston.
Shaken by Harvey, Congress May Try Something New: Bipartisanship

Shaken by Harvey, Congress May Try Something New: Bipartisanship

Congress will return to Washington on Tuesday after a monthlong summer recess.
Paul Ryan to Speak With The Times on Congress’s Packed Agenda

Paul Ryan to Speak With The Times on Congress’s Packed Agenda

Speaker Paul D. Ryan in March. He will speak Thursday at the inaugural TimesTalks D.C.
Trump Bypasses Republicans to Strike Deal on Debt Limit and Harvey Aid

Trump Bypasses Republicans to Strike Deal on Debt Limit and Harvey Aid

President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, spoke during a meeting with the congressional leadership in the Oval Office on Wednesday.
Ryan Says Trump Cut Deal With Democrats to Avoid Partisan Fight Over Hurricane Aid

Ryan Says Trump Cut Deal With Democrats to Avoid Partisan Fight Over Hurricane Aid

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he understood President Trump’s motivation for making a spending a deal with Democrats, but remained skeptical of the plan.
The Debt Ceiling: Why We Have It, and What Would Happen if It Died

The Debt Ceiling: Why We Have It, and What Would Happen if It Died

The debt limit was instituted in the early 20th century so the Treasury did not need to ask for permission each time it needed to issue bonds to pay bills.
Ted Cruz 2.0? Senator Adjusts With Trump in Office and Houston Under Water

Ted Cruz 2.0? Senator Adjusts With Trump in Office and Houston Under Water

Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, visited Hurricane Harvey relief volunteers on Sunday at a church distributing supplies in Port Arthur, Tex.
Congress Rejects Trump Proposals to Cut Health Research Funds

Congress Rejects Trump Proposals to Cut Health Research Funds

In identical language, the House and Senate bills explicitly prohibit the Trump administration from changing the formula used for decades to calculate and pay indirect costs of research financed by
Congress Rejects Trump Proposals to Cut Health Research Funds

Congress Rejects Trump Proposals to Cut Health Research Funds

In identical language, the House and Senate bills explicitly prohibit the Trump administration from changing the formula used for decades to calculate and pay indirect costs of research financed by