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Trump Weighs Bringing Back William Barr as Attorney General

William P. Barr, a supporter of executive power who served as attorney general in 1991-93, is a front-runner to lead the Justice Department again.

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Knicks Owner James Dolan Fined for Violating F.T.C. Rules

He failed to tell government agencies of his acquisition of additional voting securities in the Madison Square Garden Company, the government says.

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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Why Run for President? Because Even Losing Has Its Perks

In the On Politics newsletter, the incentives to a presidential bid; plus, an update on the voter fraud story in North Carolina.

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Satan Is in the Illinois Capitol. Because It’s the Holidays!

The Statehouse’s holiday display includes a Christmas tree, a menorah and a tribute to Satan, which are all protected by the First Amendment.

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11th-Hour Effort to Press McConnell to Allow a Criminal Justice Vote

Senators and outside groups have all but accused Republican leaders of underrepresenting a bill’s support to justify not scheduling a vote before Congress adjourns.

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America’s Tariff Men: Connecting McKinley to Trump

President Trump says he wants to see us return to the high tariff days of William McKinley. History, so far, seems to be repeating itself in some telling ways.

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Political Memo: Bush and McCain Were Linked by a Fading Concept: Duty and Honor

These two pragmatic Republicans, both Navy veterans, came of age when leaders acknowledged that there were far greater threats in the world than the opposing party.

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Dr. Lisa Schwartz, 55, Is Dead; Warned of Unnecessary Treatments

She and her husband, also a doctor, waged a campaign against “the medicalization of everyday life” and an “epidemic of diagnoses.”

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Growth of Health Care Spending Slowed Last Year

The 3.9 percent growth was the lowest since before big increases linked to the expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Amanda Swimmer, Potter and Keeper of Cherokee Traditions, Dies at 97

The recipient of numerous honors, Mrs. Swimmer was deeply respected by members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee: “Everyone called her grandmother.”

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David Valadao Concedes House Race in Another Setback for California Republicans

The Democratic candidate, T.J. Cox, was declared the winner. With this result, Democrats have now captured 40 House seats from Republicans.

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Drug Maker Pays $360 Million to Settle Investigation Into Charity Kickbacks

Prosecutors accused Actelion Pharmaceuticals, which Johnson & Johnson acquired in 2017, of violating Medicare laws by funneling money through a patient-assistance charity.

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North Carolina Republican Leader Says He’s Open to New Election in Disputed District

Citing fraud allegations, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party said Thursday that a new election may be appropriate in the state’s Ninth Congressional District.

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Arrest of Chinese Executive Intensifies Trade War Fears

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive at the Chinese company Huawei, could imperil trade talks. But it is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to contain China and Iran.

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Supreme Court’s Double Jeopardy Case May Have Implications for Trump Associates

But the justices seemed reluctant to overrule precedents that sometimes allow defendants to be prosecuted twice for the same crimes.

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Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers

At the president’s New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013. She said she never imagined she “would see such important people close up.”

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Walmart Shoppers Get Holiday Surprise From Saints’ Owner: Debts Forgiven

Gayle Benson, the billionaire owner of the New Orleans Saints, donated $93,502 to pay off customer layaway accounts at a store in New Orleans.

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Artist Says He Settled With N.R.A. Over Sculpture Used in Video

Anish Kapoor had filed a lawsuit against the gun rights group over its video using his work “Cloud Gate.” He announced a settlement on Thursday.

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Father of Hania Aguilar, Killed at 13, Is Denied Funeral Visa

Hania Aguilar was kidnapped outside her house on Nov. 5 and her body was found about three weeks later. Her father, Noé Aguilar, wanted to attend her funeral.

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Why Is Obamacare Enrollment Down?

Sign-ups for health plans are 11 percent lower than last year, with two weeks left in open enrollment. Here are some possible reasons.

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