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High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote
State News
High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s first legal recreational sales began around 10 a.m. Sunday, 13 months after voters approved a ballot measure allowing it. Consumers from across Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania lined up outside provisioning centers to kick off... Read More

Online Sales Break Black Friday Record as Clicks Beat Queues
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Online Sales Break Black Friday Record as Clicks Beat Queues

NEW YORK — Black Friday hit a record $7.4 billion in U.S. online sales as many shoppers spent the day clicking instead of lining up to buy. It was the second-biggest U.S. online sales day ever, behind 2018 Cyber Monday’s... Read More

From Pimples to Politics: A Hong Kong Boy Band Takes on China
Geopolitics
From Pimples to Politics: A Hong Kong Boy Band Takes on China

HONG KONG — It was Eddie Ho’s worst nightmare: calling one of the boys’ parents to say that they’d been arrested. Ho, 31, had managed Boyz Reborn, a teenage boy band in Hong Kong, since the boys were elementary school... Read More

Here’s Why Donald Trump Is Talking About Another Tax Cut
Taxes
Here’s Why Donald Trump Is Talking About Another Tax Cut

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has said it’s time to consider another tax cut, as evidence mounts that wealthier taxpayers benefited a lot more than others from his first one. “We are going to be doing a major middle income... Read More

Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills
Texas
Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ bipartisan effort to shield patients from surprise medical bills could be weaker than lawmakers intended when it takes effect Jan. 1. Earlier this year, lawmakers from both parties came together on legislation to protect people in... Read More

In His Hometown, Jimmy Carter Unites Trump Supporters and Democrats. To a Point
Political News
In His Hometown, Jimmy Carter Unites Trump Supporters and Democrats. To a Point

PLAINS, Ga. — As mayor of the tiny Georgia town of Plains, L.E. “Boze” Godwin III is a Republican who presides over a living shrine to one of the South’s most famed Democrats. Just behind City Hall, the old train... Read More

The Tumultuous Life of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner
Elections
The Tumultuous Life of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner

TUCSON, Ariz. — A warm breeze blew past Colleen Coyle Mathis and her husband, Christopher, as they lounged on the back porch of their Spanish Colonial Revival-style house one evening earlier this month, drinking bottles of Pacifico. Marigold, their 2-year-old... Read More

Impeachment is Latest Boon for Washington Lawyers
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Impeachment is Latest Boon for Washington Lawyers

WASHINGTON — Michael Volkov ran his client, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, through a “murder board” in preparation for his recent testimony under the glare of TV lights in the House impeachment hearings. Over more than a dozen intense days, Volkov... Read More

Trump Dispenses Billions in Aid to Farmers, Hoping to Shore Up Rural Base
Agriculture
Trump Dispenses Billions in Aid to Farmers, Hoping to Shore Up Rural Base

WASHINGTON — Moving to offset the impact his trade war has had on rural America, President Donald Trump has bypassed Congress to send some $20 billion in aid to farmers, mostly going to a bundle of states that are essential... Read More

Don McGahn Subpoena Case Set for Jan. 3 Appeals Court Hearing
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Don McGahn Subpoena Case Set for Jan. 3 Appeals Court Hearing

The U.S. Justice Department’s appeal of a judge’s order compelling former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for his testimony is set to be heard in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3. The federal... Read More

DHS Knew it Couldn’t Track Migrant Kids Separated at Border, Inspector General Says
Immigration
DHS Knew it Couldn’t Track Migrant Kids Separated at Border, Inspector General Says

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security knew it lacked the technology to track more than 26,000 children it expected to separate from their parents at the U.S. southern border in 2018 as part of its controversial “zero tolerance” policy.... Read More

California Looks at Billionaire Michael Bloomberg With Skepticism and Indifference
2020 Elections
California Looks at Billionaire Michael Bloomberg With Skepticism and Indifference

SAN FRANCISCO — Richard Springwater was out gathering provisions for a Thanksgiving feast — 20 people, he’ll bake, his wife will cook — when he paused near the city’s waterfront to consider Michael R. Bloomberg and his money-gushing run for... Read More

Doubt Cast on Gordon Sondland’s Testimony About Call with Trump
Political News
Doubt Cast on Gordon Sondland’s Testimony About Call with Trump

Gordon Sondland has testified twice under oath that President Donald Trump emphatically told him there was “no quid pro quo” tying aid for Ukraine to investigations of Democrats. Trump and Republicans say the Sept. 9 phone call proves that Trump... Read More

As Beijing Seethes, Protesters Celebrate Trump’s Signing of Hong Kong Act
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As Beijing Seethes, Protesters Celebrate Trump’s Signing of Hong Kong Act

HONG KONG — Dozens of American flags fluttered in the wind on Thanksgiving night in Hong Kong as thousands gathered at a rally in appreciation of the U.S. passage of two bills supporting human rights in Hong Kong that were... Read More

President Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
Military
President Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan to meet with both the country’s president and U.S. troops — saying that peace talks with the Taliban have resumed amid a push for a cease-fire... Read More

House Oversight Panel Sues Barr, Ross to Obtain Census Documents
Litigation
House Oversight Panel Sues Barr, Ross to Obtain Census Documents

WASHINGTON — A House committee on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to get documents on the administration’s unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. President Donald Trump... Read More

Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy
Research
Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy

It’s official: Americans are dying much sooner in life. Preliminary signals of declining health were neither a false alarm nor a statistical fluke. A reversal of American life expectancy, a downward trend that has now been sustained for three years... Read More

Impeachment Hearings Haven’t Changed Many Minds, Polls Show
Opinion Polls
Impeachment Hearings Haven’t Changed Many Minds, Polls Show

WASHINGTON — Two weeks of public hearings have done little to change Americans’ minds about whether Congress should impeach President Donald Trump over his dealings with Ukraine — the nation remains sharply divided, much as it has been since Trump’s... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Announces Its First Trump Impeachment Hearing
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House Judiciary Committee Announces Its First Trump Impeachment Hearing

WASHINGTON — The House impeachment inquiry will enter a new phase next week when the Judiciary Committee holds its first public hearing to begin deciding whether President Donald Trump will become only the third president in history to face impeachment.... Read More

New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
State News
New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

Lawmakers in New Jersey voted overwhelmingly Monday to provide more than $9 million to organizations like Planned Parenthood, which said they had to turn down federal money after President Donald Trump instituted a so-called “gag rule” forbidding them from making... Read More

Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama
State News
Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Secretary of State’s office was the subject of a thwarted foreign cyberattack on Election Day. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that the so-called “SQL injection” attack was detected by the state’s internal... Read More

Jill Stein Wants a Federal Court to Block Philadelphia’s Voting Machines
Elections
Jill Stein Wants a Federal Court to Block Philadelphia’s Voting Machines

PHILADELPHIA — Jill Stein asked a federal court Tuesday to bar Philadelphia’s new voting machines from being used, saying Pennsylvania should never have approved the machines and is breaking the terms of a settlement she reached late last year with... Read More

GOP Has a Generational Split Over Climate Change
Climate
GOP Has a Generational Split Over Climate Change

PHILADELPHA — There’s a generational divide between older and younger Republicans when it comes to climate change, but overall, most Americans agree that the science — and the problem — are real, according to a national Pew survey released Monday.... Read More

Citizenship, Other Legal Immigration Benefits Are Getting Pricier Under New Trump Policy
Immigration
Citizenship, Other Legal Immigration Benefits Are Getting Pricier Under New Trump Policy

DALLAS — Before falling in love and getting married, Marco Malagon’s chances of obtaining legal status were slim. While his brother is a U.S. citizen and could have petitioned for him, Malagon learned that process would’ve taken years. So in... Read More

NY Mayor Bans Sale of Foie Gras, Limits Central Park Horse Carriage Operation
Animal Rights
NY Mayor Bans Sale of Foie Gras, Limits Central Park Horse Carriage Operation

NEW YORK — Mayor de Blasio limited when horse carriages can operate in hot weather — six years after pledging to rid the city of the industry entirely. Hizzoner signed a package of legislation addressing animal welfare issues on Monday,... Read More

Trump, Now a Florida Man, Makes Home State Center of Campaign
2020 Elections
Trump, Now a Florida Man, Makes Home State Center of Campaign

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is preparing to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into Florida for his 2020 campaign after changes in demographics and voting laws put the linchpin swing state up for grabs. Democrats have made potentially major... Read More

Trump Riffs on Impeachment, Adam Schiff Before Turkey Pardon
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Trump Riffs on Impeachment, Adam Schiff Before Turkey Pardon
2019-11-26 22:41:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump seized on the traditional pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey Tuesday to offer an extended, off-the-cuff riff on impeachment and the Democrat leading the inquiry, California's Adam Schiff. Officially, the president and first lady Melania Trump... Read More

National Governors Association Working With 5 States on Improving Business Regulations
State News
National Governors Association Working With 5 States on Improving Business Regulations
2019-11-26 22:41:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association announced Tuesday it is working with five states – Colorado, Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island and Tennessee – to help them improve their business regulatory processes to promote economic development. This work is being completed... Read More

Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
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Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
2019-11-26 22:32:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eighty-eight mayors representing cities across the country are urging the Trump administration to rescind an executive order that revamped the nation's system for resettling refugees and could entirely curtail the resettlement of refugees in their communities. In a... Read More

Inside the Bloody Cartel War for Mexico’s Multibillion-Dollar Avocado Industry
Mexico
Inside the Bloody Cartel War for Mexico’s Multibillion-Dollar Avocado Industry

URUAPAN, Mexico — The cartel members showed up in this verdant stretch of western Mexico armed with automatic weapons and chainsaws. Soon they were cutting timber day and night, the crash of falling trees echoing throughout the virgin forest. When... Read More

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