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Hillary Clinton popularity hits all-time low, poll shows

Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings have hit an all-time low, reflecting the sustained scrutiny the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee continues to face even after her election loss.  According to a new Gallup Poll measuring Clinton’s favorability from Dec. 4 through Dec. 11, Clinton’s rating is down 5 points since June — to just 36 percent. Her unfavorable rat...

Trump voices optimism for 2018 while also calling out ‘haters’ and ‘Fake News Media’

President Donald Trump and his family said goodbye to 2017 with a lavish New Year’s Eve party at his private club in Florida. “It will be a fantastic 2018,” Trump said, as he entered the gilded ballroom at Mar-a-Lago, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron. Asked for his reaction to North Korea leader Kim Jon Un’s remarks about having a nuclear button on his...

Supreme Court to hear case of Ohio taking inactive voters off rolls

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Front row: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer. Back row: Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Sonya Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch.  (Reuters) COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Joseph Helle was expecting a different sort of reception when he returned home from Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and showed up to vote i...

Sexual assaults reported in Berlin despite ‘safety area’ for women

Hundreds of thousands of revelers watched the fireworks display above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.  (AP) At least 10 cases of sexual assault were reported in Germany’s capital on New Year’s Eve — despite the city’s creation of a “safety area” for women to celebrate the arrival of 2018 near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Police made ...

Iran protests: Two more dead as further unrest grips Iran

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVideo from the town of Dorud shows a crowd carrying what appears to be a wounded man Two more people have been killed in anti-government protests in Iran that have entered a fifth day despite a call for calm from President Rouhani. A local MP said the pair were shot dead overnight in the town of Izeh, raising the toll from the protests to s...

‘I don’t live in fear’: Tight security in U.S. cities for New Year’s Eve

The NYPD has been preparing for Times Square New Year’s Eve for weeks. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. As millions in the U.S. get ready to ring in the new year, there have already been massive celebrations around the world. In Sydney, Australia, a huge fireworks display lit up the harbor. In Hong Kong, a spectacular array of pyrotechnics wowed spectators. And in Dubai, an amazing light s...

UN chief issues ‘red alert’ for the world

© Lukas Schulze/Getty Images Europe UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, seen during the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November, called upon the world community to come together in 2018. As the world began to ring in 2018, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for global unity to overcome growing challenges. In his New Year message on Sunday, Guterres said the world a...

Thousands ring in the new year at Grand Park in downtown L.A.

© Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017: Maria De Leon, from left, and Debra Randall, celebrate New Years Eve at Grand Park in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 31, 2017. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times) Thousands of teenagers, families and tourists from as far away as Finland danced, sampled food truck fare and brought in the new year at the Grand Park ev...

Israeli minister wishes Iranian protesters ‘success’

A senior Israeli minister has wished Iranian protesters “success” but insists his country is not involved in the mass demonstrations that erupted in recent days. In a radio interview on Monday, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Israel is “not getting involved, but I certainly wish the Iranian people success in the struggle for freedom and democracy.” Israel has long v...

Here’s proof that not everything was terrible on the Internet in 2017

2017 was a tough time to be deeply online, a year when it felt like the worst parts of the Internet muscled their way into our lives. But the Internet was also scattered with moments of joy this year, as hard as it might be to believe it. Below, a handful of Washington Post staffers have selected examples of those things, presented in no particular order. The BBC dad This guest managed to keep his...

Patriots secure AFC’s top seed, Ravens knocked out on final day of NFL’s regular season

The Patriots appear to be in the driver’s seat as the playoffs begin. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) The New England Patriots took a significant step toward yet another Super Bowl appearance on a busy final Sunday of the NFL’s regular season on which the AFC and NFC playoff fields were set.The postseason drama peaked at day’s end, as the Cincinnati Bengals won in improbable fashion in Baltimore to kn...

On New Year’s, a look at our calendar’s crazy history, and the switch that changed Washington’s birthday

Pope Gregory XIII recalculated Caesar’s Julian calendar in 1582, giving us the year-keeping system we still follow. (Library of Congress) We’re all Gregorians now. But it took a while. On New Year’s Day, just about every corner of the world will flip a calendar in accordance with the system commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII in the 1580s. Contracts, leases and birthday candle production all depend ...