President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis at the White House in October. Mattis will be replaced by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday.
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Capitol Hill is quiet on New Year's Eve as a partial government shutdown continues. The stalemate is unlikely to be resolved before a new Congress convenes on Thursday.
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Two senior officials at the U.S. Government Publishing Office, based in Washington, D.C., betrayed "public trust" and eroded employee morale by hiring unqualified workers, including an official's son, the agency's Office of Inspector General said in an internal report.
A menorah is installed outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the first night of Hanukkah.The synagogue was the site of a mass shooting in October. It was one of a number of tragedies and revelations that made 2018 a difficult year for the city of Pittsburgh.
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Allen Druffel, 34, of Colton, Wash., stands in front of the co-op silos that hold his unsold chickpeas. Last year he was getting 50 cents a pound for his pulse crop. Now, the going price is 18 cents a pound — well below his cost of production.
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