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April 27, 2017 12:57 AM Obama Balances Civic-Minded Side With the Lure of a $400,000 Speech

Throughout his years in the White House, Mr. Obama championed the problems of the poor even as he showed an affinity for Hollywood superstars, elite artists and technology billionaires. As he left the White House, Mr. Obama made it clear that he wanted to continue working for those who struggle to climb what he often called the “ladders of opportunity 76

April 27, 2017 12:22 AM Team Trump’s Plan to Squeeze North Korea

After weeks of gritted teeth and tweeted threats, the White House admitted that “there are no good military options” against Pyongyang—and tried to turn up the geopolitical heat instead. It’s not a sonic boom or bunker buster Pyongyang should most fear from the Trump administration. It’s the sound of cash registers falling silent, and doors to the outside 48

April 26, 2017 9:02 PM Republicans tell Trump to hold up on NAFTA withdrawal

The Trump administration alarmed Republicans on Wednesday with its consideration of an executive order that could lead to the United States' withdrawal from NAFTA — with some lawmakers warning that such a move would be a "disaster." A draft order has been submitted for final stages of review and could be unveiled late this week or early next, two White 39

April 26, 2017 2:56 PM CAF Champions League Group Stage draw

African champions Mamelodi Sundowns will fight to retain their CAF Champions League title following the group stage draw held in Cairo on Wednesday. The first round of group fixtures will start on the weekend of May 12. The Brazilians will face old foe AS Vita in Group C, as well as Saint George S.C. of Ethiopia and Espérance Sportive de Tunis of Tunisia 49

April 26, 2017 9:03 AM Trump’s 15% Corporate Tax Seen as ‘Gambit’ as He Unveils Plan

President Donald Trump’s expected call to slash the corporate tax rate to 15 percent -- a number that many economists say would boost the deficit so much that the cut would be short-lived -- may be less about policy and more about deal-making. “Is this an opening, somewhat unrealistic gambit to a negotiation?” asked James Sweeney, who leads the U.S. economics 53

April 26, 2017 7:55 AM All in the Family: Trump’s potent mix of blood, business

WASHINGTON — Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump’s 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in. As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation 59

April 26, 2017 6:09 AM Clippers' breakdowns in this series could lead to a breakup

The end of another cursed playoff series. The end of another frazzled season. The end of a maddening six-year run that surely must end. The Clippers, who face some serious remodeling this summer, began moving out of the house Tuesday night in losing Game 5 of their first-round series with the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. They packed up with all of 15 points 66

April 26, 2017 4:05 AM Carver Among Maryland's Top 10 High Schools: U.S. News Rankings

Three high schools in Towson were ranked among the best in Maryland in U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list of best schools. TOWSON, MD — Maryland's high schools are the best in America, according to U.S. News and World Report, which listed Carver among the state's top performers. There were 61 high schools in Maryland that made the 2017 list of top high schools 50

April 26, 2017 1:28 AM Zinke to review large national monuments created since 1996 ‘to make sure the people have a voice’

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday evening that President Trump has authorized him to review any national monument created since Jan. 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres “to make sure the people have a voice” in which lands receive the highest level of federal protection. Trump will sign an executive order authorizing the review Wednesday 53

April 26, 2017 1:03 AM Trump’s Tax Plan: Low Rate for Corporations, and for Companies Like His

Republicans are likely to embrace the plan’s centerpiece, substantial tax reductions for businesses large and small, even as they push back against the jettisoning of their border adjustment tax. The 15 percent rate would apply both to corporations, which now pay 35 percent, and to a broad range of firms known as pass-through entities — including hedge 82 4