President Trump has again this week gained conservative and free market stripes by choosing Larry Kudlow as the new head of his ‎National Economic Council. This effectively makes Mr. Kudlow the nation's chief economist.  

Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.