Barack Obama was six months into his post–White House life when Donald Trump found a new way to grab his attention. It was a Tuesday morning deep in the mid-Atlantic summer, and, feeling a world away from the Pennsylvania Avenue grind, the former president was reading the New York Times on his iPad. The previous evening, Trump had visited West Virginia, where he spoke at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. Addressing a crowd of roughly 40,000, who were expecting the usual talk about citizenship and service, the president uncorked a political diatribe packed with jabs at Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Washington, D.C., “cesspool”; reminders about the importance of saying “Merry Christmas”; and reminiscences of Election Night 2016 and the pundits he embarrassed. “You remember that incredible night with the maps, and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue, and that map was so red it was unbelievable. And they didn’t know what to … [Read more...] about Barack Obama, Where Are You?
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On a rainy spring day in 2002, Alex Garcia jumped off the slow-moving freight train, hungry for a meal. He’d been traveling for two weeks, alternately riding on the outdoor platform at the rear of a railcar and walking alongside the tracks. He hadn’t eaten in three days. Garcia’s journey originated in Honduras, and he first hopped a train after crossing the border in Laredo, Texas. He wandered down a road, carrying a plastic bag with an extra set of clothes. “I thought I was in Houston,” he told me. He’d planned to meet a friend there. In fact, he was in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Bruce Peterson, a contractor who owns several rental properties, vividly remembers the sight of a drenched, noticeably gaunt man coming up the road. He looked Hispanic, unusual in Poplar Bluff, and he looked lost. Peterson beckoned him over, out of the rain, under a metal car canopy he and a friend were dismantling. Though Garcia spoke no English, he was able to convey that … [Read more...] about The Trump-Loving Town and Its Favorite Undocumented Immigrant
Attendees listen to speaker Joseph Farah at the National Tea Party Convention in 2010 in Nashville. Attendees listen to speaker Joseph Farah at the National Tea Party Convention in 2010 in Nashville. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Attendees listen to speaker Joseph Farah at the National Tea Party Convention in 2010 in Nashville. Attendees listen to speaker Joseph Farah at the National Tea Party Convention in 2010 in Nashville. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In the feverish heyday of the … [Read more...] about Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites
WASHINGTON – The pain experienced by hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have gone without paychecks for more than a month was part of the pressure that led to Friday's deal to reopen the federal government for three weeks. Federal employees will get back pay but not it's not clear how long that will take. Plus, Bureau of Prison psychologist Dr. Genevieve Grady said there's a big misconception that federal employees' problems go away when the shutdown ends. "That's wildly untrue," she told the Salem Statesman Journal, noting that financial losses and credit scars will remain long after paychecks resume. And federal contractors, who have also been affected, will not be compensated. While both President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders expressed support for federal workers, it remains to be seen whether they can keep the government from shutting down again after Friday's temporary deal to extend funding through … [Read more...] about Faces of the shutdown: Deal to end standoff comes as federal workers’ hardships grow
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host. The country music and comedy show's last episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter. "'Hee Haw' won't go away. It brings a smile to too many faces," he said in 2004, when the show was distributed on VHS and DVD for the first time. Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. His skills brought him gigs as guest performer with many top orchestras, including the Boston Pops. In 1976 he headlined a tour of the Soviet Union, breaking boundaries that were usually closed to … [Read more...] about Roy Clark, ‘Hee Haw’ host, country guitar virtuoso, dies at 85