Latest News Justice Dept. Official Defends Mueller as Republicans Try to Discredit Him 2017-12-13T22:08:51.000000000+00:00 Republicans, including party mainstays, as well as the president’s lawyers are undermining the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as his probe gathers speed. Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Donald Trump Did It 2017-12-13T21:58:13.000000000+00:00 We need investigations. But we already know the truth about what our president thinks about women. Naples Journal: It’s Official: Naples Pizza Is One of Civilization’s Glories 2017-12-13T21:54:06.000000000+00:00 Unesco put the century-old art of Neapolitan pizza making on its annual list of “the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Republicans’ Tax Bill Nears the Finish Line 2017-12-13T21:53:27.000000000+00:00 A public hearing of the conference committee on Wednesday will be largely a show given that Republican lawmakers have a deal on a consensus $1.5 trillion tax bill. Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Black Voters to Democrats: You’re Welcome 2017-12-13T21:38:50.000000000+00:00 If they want to win more elections, they need to integrate black voters into the heart and soul of the party. Fed Raises Interest Rates as Focus Turns to 2018 2017-12-13T21:07:43.000000000+00:00 The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate by a quarter-point and issued a new economic forecast. The Fed did not deviate from its 2018 interest rate or inflation outlook. Asia and Australia Edition: Alabama, Google, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing 2017-12-13T21:05:51.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know to start your day. White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea 2017-12-13T20:00:34.000000000+00:00 It was only the latest example of a public rift between the president and his chief diplomat over North Korea. Omarosa Manigault Newman to Leave White House Job Next Month 2017-12-13T19:44:01.000000000+00:00 Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned “to pursue other opportunities,” the White House press secretary said. Facebook Sees Little Evidence of Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote 2017-12-13T19:43:44.000000000+00:00 The social media giant’s statement came in response to questions from the British Parliament, but a British lawmaker questioned the findings.