It was Round One: Nancy Pelosi vs. President Trump. The likely new speaker arrived at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, ready to take on the president. The subject was a potential government shutdown, and funding Mr. Trump's beloved wall, and what followed was a remarkable exchange between a veteran congressional leader and a president who is rarely challenged to his face in public, especially by a woman. "Mr. President, please don't characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as a leader of the House Democrats who just won a big victory," Ms. Pelosi said, about halfway through the meeting, after Mr. Trump accused her of "being in a situation where it's not easy for her to talk right now." read more
On display now at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is a special exhibit centered on a rare Bible from the 1800s that was used by British missionaries to convert and educate slaves. What's notable about this Bible is not just its rarity, but its content, or rather the lack of content. It excludes any portion of text that might inspire rebellion or liberation.
Representative Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican, is positing that news results about the GOP health-care bills and tax cuts were broadly negative through the first page. For what it's worth, the polling suggested the health-care bill was particularly unpopular, with the tax cuts more of a split (although decreasing in popularity). Pichai talks about negative news results even on himself. Chabot says he couldn't find articles supportive of Republican tax and health-care bills. He doesn't believe it's just the algorithm, "I understand the frustration with negative news," Pichai says. He says he sees it about himself and Google too. "We do it without regards to political ideology." read more
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, pundits offered a variety of reasons for its failure: economic, political, military. Few thought to add a fourth, more elusive cause: the regime's total loss of credibility. read more
Donald Trump is, infamously, not the sort of man used to getting no for an answer. And while the frequent demurrals from candidates for administration jobs must have started to accustom the president to rejection, Nick Ayers's decision not to take the White House chief-of-staff position must still come as a bitter shock. read more