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Saturday Headlines: “A slow strangling.”

During the 2016 presidential campaign and transition, Donald J. Trump and at least 17 campaign officials and advisers had contacts with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries.

Trump ends his hostage negotiations, signing a stopgap spending bill that will reopen the government for the next three weeks, allowing 800,000 government workers to be paid.

The president warns, however, that if no deal on the wall is reached in three weeks, he'll either declare a national emergency to fund his wall—or shut down the government again.

See also: The language of the Trump administration is the language of domestic violence.

Republican lawmakers don't really want a wall, either; otherwise they would have pushed for it when they held the House.

This week, at least 14,000 IRS employees ignored orders from the White House, and refused to continue coming to work without pay.

The vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association confirms yesterday's flight delays at major US airports were due to staff shortages caused by the government shutdown.

"A slow strangling." The effect of Trump's shutdown on American science.

The 800,000 employees who haven’t been paid in more than a month probably will have to wait well into next week to receive their pay.

If passed, the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act would ensure government contractors, including custodial services, security guards, and others, would receive back pay from hours lost during the shutdown.

By asking Cambridge Analytica to turn over his data, a New School professor helped open the floodgates.

How the only layer of your digital identity under your control affects what information can be gleaned about you.

Something that keeps coming up is how excruciatingly on-the-nose everything is at the moment, how grotesquely and obviously emblematic of the times. It’s all first-year politics course, first draft of an eco-dystopian novel called like “We the Remaining Handful” stuff.

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The verdict is in at Davos, where the world's super-rich have overtly pardoned Saudi Arabia for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

In Flint, Mich., a 2013 audit found just 14 detectives were each juggling an average of 927 cases, including homicides and other violent crimes—a number, auditors wrote, that was “almost beyond comprehension.” America’s violent crimes are down overall, but unsolved shootings in cities are up, leaving residents with a new uneasiness.

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Now is the time for drug-war reparations, to expunge marijuana convictions as others freely profit from legalization.

After performing just last month, composer and pianist Michel Legrand, most famous for scoring The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and the song “The Windmills of Your Mind,” has died at 86.

The Golden State Warriors head to DC as NBA champions, skipping the White House once more, instead meeting with President Obama.

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