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A bipartisan deal on infrastructure seems doable—but with the devil in the details, it is much harder than it looks.

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T1he State of the Union speech showed a dangerous fixation on using maximum pressure alone to denuclearize North Korea.  

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Revisit some 2017 topics:

Gorsuch hearings: Should agencies – or courts – decide the law?


Judge Neil Gorsuch is one of the most prominent critics of a legal doctrine that gives the power to federal agencies to interpret regulations. Scaling it back could also have significant repercussions for President Donald Trump. By Henry Gass,

Staff writer | @henrygass  MARCH 22, 2017  WASHINGTON—There are several elephants in the room where senators are grilling Judge Neil Gorsuch this week. One of those proverbial pachyderms was present courtesy of the aspiring Supreme Court justice.

Health-care bill failure spotlights Republican leadership challenges

We were a 10-year opposition party where being against things was easy to do,’ House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. ‘And now … we have to actually get … people to agree with each other in how we do things.’

By Andrew Taylor,Associated Press MARCH 25, 2017  WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, canceling a vote and admitting “we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

Schiff: ‘Profound Concerns’ About Integrity of Russia Investigation

The ranking member of the House intelligence committee says a move by the panel’s GOP chairman to cancel a hearing next week stemmed from the Trump team’s displeasure.

By Gabrielle Levy, Political Reporter | March 24, 2017

Empty Labs: What Medical Research Without Immigrants Looks LikeA chance to seek cures for complex diseases attracts ambitious scientists to the U.S. By Lisa Esposito,

Staff Writer March 24, 2017, at 3:15 p.m.

In medical research centers around the country working to fight cancer, birth defects and infectious disease like HIV/AIDS, dismay is in the air around executive orders on travel bans. International medical, research and patient organizations are pushing back with concerns about the chilling effects of losing the talents of foreign-born scientists in U.S. labs. And within these labs, budding scientists who come here to learn and contribute must take time out to worry about visa documents and airport interviews.

Lining Trump’s Pockets

By Ron Fein and Brianne Gorod March 21, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.

All kinds of accusations have been leveled against President Donald Trump, but few people have questioned his ability to find creative ways to pay himself with other people’s money. It’s how he managed to extract millions of dollars from his casino in Atlantic City even as it slid into bankruptcy, leaving investors and creditors on the hook. It’s how he leveraged the Trump Foundation to use other people’s money to make charitable contributions for expenses that went to pay his businesses. And he’s brought this approach to the White House.

The Syria Puzzle

By Dennis Ross | ContributorMarch 23, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

Forging a coherent policy on Syria would tax any administration. One critical priority is defeating the Islamic State group in a way that neither leaves a vacuum nor fosters deeper sectarian differences after liberating Raqqa.

Automation, Job Loss, and the Welfare State

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 09:08 AM PDT

Experts explore the potential for mass job loss created by technological advances and, in turn, the possible need for a large welfare state to care for an increasingly underemployed population.

Presidential Elections in France: Results and Consequences

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 09:07 AM PDT

Experts discuss the current candidates in the upcoming French presidential election, their foreign policy agendas, and the possible repercussions new policies may have on France’s relationships with the European Union and the United States.

A Conversation With Nikki Haley

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 09:05 AM PDT

Nikki Haley discusses the United States’ goals for its term as president of the UN Security Council in April. Ambassador Haley outlines her plans to highlight human rights and to assess current UN peacekeeping missions.

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Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles beat New England Patriots to win title

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time by beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in an extraordinary encounter in Minneapolis.

On a night when records tumbled and the expected norms of an NFL game went out the window, the Eagles – led majestically by quarterback Nick Foles – produced a brilliant offensive display to deny the Patriots a record-equalling sixth Super Bowl crown.

Zach Ertz’s touchdown with less than three minutes remaining put the Eagles into a five-point lead, but it took Brandon Graham’s sack on Tom Brady just moments later to seemingly put the game beyond the reigning champions.

Eagles enter the field listening to Meek Mills Dreams and Nightmares

There couldn’t be a more perfect ending to the NFL’s season of political controversy

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Bill Belichick, Donald Trump, and Robert KraftBill Belichick, Donald Trump, and Robert Kraft.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • In an NFL season rife with politics, the Super Bowl features a matchup of two of the more political teams.
  • The New England Patriots have extensive organizational ties to President Donald Trump.
  • Then there are the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that has multiple players who have led the national anthem protest efforts.

An NFL season rife with politics from the start is set to be capped by a Super Bowl in which the participants occupy clear spots on either side of the political spectrum.

On one side are the New England Patriots, the sports franchise most closely tied to President Donald Trump. On the other are the Philadelphia Eagles, with multiple players who represented the other side of Trump’s months-long crusade against the NFL.

As the league entered the third week of its four-month regular season schedule, Trump waded into what was a growing controversy – players kneeling during the national anthem prior to the start of games.

Wouldn’t it be nice if owners said, “Get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out,” Trump said of players who kneel during a September rally in Alabama.

Trump doubled and tripled down in the coming days and weeks, turned the NFL into a hot-button political issue. Players, owners, league officials, and fans were in many cases pitted against each other.

Meanwhile, the original intent of the anthem protests became overshadowed by Trump. Beginning in 2016, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the anthem to highlight police brutality and the mistreatment of black Americans by the criminal justice system. Kaepernick became a divisive figure as a result, but the story of the anthem protests exploded tenfold once the sittingpresident decided to take aim.

Trump’s team

The perennial champion Patriots feature star quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft, who have all flattered Trump since he began his bid for the White House in 2015. At the pinnacle, during a New Hampshire rally just days prior to the presidential election, Trump read a letter written to him by Belichick, praising the then-Republican presidential nominee.

“Congratulations on a tremendous campaign,” Belichick wrote. “You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully – beautifully. You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing.”

Tom Brady Donald TrumpTom Brady.AP

At the same time, Kraft was attesting to Trump’s character. More recently, he called Trump to thank him for passing the Republican tax plan.

And Brady for years has been close with Trump, famously sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker at one point during the presidential campaign.

But Brady did not join the team for its trip to the White House to celebrate last season’s Super Bowl victory, and both he and Belichick have been more quiet about Trump since his comments about the anthem protests.

The three all subtly criticized at Trump after those remarks. Kraft, who was one of seven NFL owners to donate at least $1 million to Trump, said he was “deeply disappointed” in the comments, while Brady called them “divisive.” After more than a dozen Patriots took a knee during the anthem after Trump’s comments and were subsequently booed by Patriots fans, Belichick released a statementexpressing his “immense respect and admiration for our players.”

‘Are you kidding me?’

The upstart Eagles have been at the forefront of the anthem debate. Safety Malcolm Jenkins is the leading figure of the NFL Players Coalition, which lobbied Capitol Hill on criminal justice reform and won concessions from the league related to the protests. Linebacker Chris Long, who was a member of the Patriots last season and skipped the White House visit, donated his entire base salary to charity and won praise from former President Barack Obama.

Long said earlier this week that he would skip the White House visit again if the Eagles win.

“Are you kidding me?” he said when asked if he’d go.

The Eagles offered swift responses after Trump’s September statement.

Malcolm Butler and Chris LongMalcolm Jenkins and Chris Long.Mitchell Leff/Getty

Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith said following a September game that “nothing he ever says surprises you.”

“You can’t do that. He’s very divisive. I don’t know who runs his Twitter handle, but it’s really all be through social media, a lot of the stupid things he says. It’s sad for our country,” he said.

As the head of the Players Coalition, Jenkins was on the front lines of the anthem debate. He raised his fist during the anthem in October and November, becoming an iconic image of the 2017 NFL season. He and the coalition have met with all sorts of leaders in the criminal justice arena – including police, lawyers, and lawmakers – while visiting prisons and courts.

He ended his protests after the league agreed to invest $89 million in causes the coalition backed.

“The goal is not to make everyone comfortable and happy,” Jenkins told The New York Times. As players, we had “to understand the noise is just part of the deal, and if you’re going to get involved, you have to be tough enough to ignore that, and eventually our words and actions will answer all the questions people have.”

Right now, everyone loves the Eagles

A Marist College poll showed both Democrats and Republicans – and even Trump supporters – favor the Eagles over the Patriots. That’s likely a factor of the Patriots playing in their ninth Super Bowl since the start of the millennium, while the Eagles have never won the big game.

Marist found that 45% of Democrats are cheering for the Eagles, while 27% are rooting for the Patriots. Among Republicans, that number dips to 36% for the Eagles and 30% for the Patriots. Trump supporters support the Eagles at a 35-to-30 clip.

While Trump made his presence well known as a looming figure over the NFL season, he will be the first president in more than a decade to not participate in a pregame interview.

And asked Friday to pick a Super Bowl winner, Trump punted.

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