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Trump Rallies to Kavanaugh’s Defense After New Sexual Misconduct Allegation Surfaces
Supreme Court
Trump Rallies to Kavanaugh’s Defense After New Sexual Misconduct Allegation Surfaces

WASHINGTON — President Trump vigorously defended Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday following a new allegation of sexual misconduct during the Supreme Court justice’s college years, as some leading Democratic presidential contenders raised fresh suspicions that Kavanaugh was untruthful during last year’s... Read More

After Mass Shootings, Gun Advocates in Texas Worry About a Political Shift
Texas
After Mass Shootings, Gun Advocates in Texas Worry About a Political Shift

HOUSTON — Four years ago, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged his constituents to arm up. “I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind CALIFORNIA,” he tweeted. “Let’s pick up the pace Texans.” Last week, as Texas was... Read More

US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price
Syria
US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price

AMMAN, Jordan — Hamdi Tabaa, 83, a Jordanian business leader who once served as the nation’s trade minister, walked into a meeting called by U.S. Embassy officials in Amman. It was early March, and Tabaa and his colleagues at the... Read More

Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem
Mental Health
Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem

ATLANTA — One afternoon in August, six days after Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell, Christi Phillips received a troubling message. Her husband, Mike, who is serving time at a state prison in Valdosta, Ga., overheard... Read More

Voter Access Matters in 2020, and These Lawmakers Know It
2020 Elections
Voter Access Matters in 2020, and These Lawmakers Know It

WASHINGTON — As 2020 approaches, it’s becoming clearer that the race for the presidency is going to come down to a few key states. In some of those states, Republican-led legislatures restricted voting access in ways that experts say would... Read More

Bolton’s Ousting As National Security Adviser May Open Door to Diplomacy
Foreign Affairs
Bolton’s Ousting As National Security Adviser May Open Door to Diplomacy
2019-09-13 19:43:11
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of National Security adviser John Bolton earlier this week could have big implications on the administration’s handling of its most challenging foreign policy issues. Bolton, described as a conservative hawk due to his... Read More

Google Earth Uncovers Car In Pond — and Skeleton of Driver Missing for 22 Years
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Google Earth Uncovers Car In Pond — and Skeleton of Driver Missing for 22 Years

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Barry Fay couldn’t believe what a neighbor was telling him: Google Earth showed a car rotting at the bottom of a pond behind his home. “Why? Where?” he said. “There’s no car behind my house.” Fay... Read More

Nearly Two Decades Later, America Vows to Never Forget 9/11
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Nearly Two Decades Later, America Vows to Never Forget 9/11
2019-09-11 14:55:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Across the nation and here in the nation's Capitol, Americans gathered for solemn ceremonies and remembrances Wednesday to honor those lost in the deadliest terror attacks on American soil. In New York, a crowd of victims' relatives assembled... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
Health
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
2019-09-10 21:10:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed a pair of bills intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act while expanding health care coverage and driving down insurance costs for more Americans. Both bills were put forward by the... Read More

Cannon House Office Building Renovations Could Be $100 Million Over Budget
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Cannon House Office Building Renovations Could Be $100 Million Over Budget
2019-09-10 18:03:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The cost of renovating of the Cannon House Office Building could rise to $100 million more than originally planned due to the discovery of hazardous materials in the historic building and plan changes over time, the inspector general... Read More

Florida’s Seniors Left Vulnerable to Hurricanes Because of Extensions to Generator Rules and Lack of Enforcement
Florida
Florida’s Seniors Left Vulnerable to Hurricanes Because of Extensions to Generator Rules and Lack of Enforcement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As powerful Hurricane Dorian threatened Florida, thousands of elderly at nursing homes and adult living facilities were at risk in facilities without generators or back-up power. It was a situation that Florida regulators had tried to... Read More

She Fled North Korea for a Better Life. How Her Lonely, Impoverished Death Became Political
North Korea
She Fled North Korea for a Better Life. How Her Lonely, Impoverished Death Became Political

SEOUL, South Korea — When they heard the news about Han Sung-ok, they gathered from all corners of the capital and other South Korean cities near and far. Most had never met the 42-year-old single mother, who long ago had... Read More

How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan
Pakistan
How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan

BANNU, Pakistan — An anti-vaccination movement rooted in suspicions of modern medicine. Unsubstantiated rumors fueled by social media. Children infected with a disease that had been all but wiped out. Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it... Read More

Trump Says He Didn’t Know Air Force Crew Stayed at His Resort
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Trump Says He Didn’t Know Air Force Crew Stayed at His Resort

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he didn’t know about the overnight stay of a U.S. Air Force crew at his Scotland golf resort amid new scrutiny of government spending at properties owned by the president. “I know nothing about... Read More

White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal
Climate
White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sent California a stern warning Friday that its agreement with four major automakers to reduce car pollution appears to violate federal law. The letter from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation is... Read More

Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides

WASHINGTON — Did the Taliban ever intend to come to Camp David this weekend, as President Trump claimed? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo insisted Sunday that the president had called off secretly planned talks at the presidential retreat in... Read More

Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl
Mexico
Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Melissa and Daryl McKinsey first heard about “Mexican Oxy” last year when their 19-year-old son Parker called in tears. “I need to go to rehab,” he said. Several months earlier, a friend had given Parker a baby-blue... Read More

Trump Promises ‘Phenomenal’ Health Plan. What Might That Mean?
Health
Trump Promises ‘Phenomenal’ Health Plan. What Might That Mean?

While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” U.S. President... Read More

In Detroit, African Americans Opposed to Trump in 2020 Don’t Want ‘Same Ole, Same Ole’ From Democrats
2020 Elections
In Detroit, African Americans Opposed to Trump in 2020 Don’t Want ‘Same Ole, Same Ole’ From Democrats

DETROIT — Oriana Powell’s decision not to vote in the 2016 presidential election haunts her. In the 2 1/2 years since Donald Trump won her traditionally Democratic home state of Michigan by fewer than 12,000 votes, she says she’s been... Read More

Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments to Desperate Patients
Health
Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments to Desperate Patients

Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. “He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to... Read More

How a Los Angeles-Based Conservative Became One of the Internet’s Biggest Sensations
In The News
How a Los Angeles-Based Conservative Became One of the Internet’s Biggest Sensations

WASHINGTON — Earlier this summer, as President Donald Trump assembled online activists at the White House to thank them for their role in getting him to the Oval Office and — Trump predicted — keeping him there, one guest didn’t... Read More

‘Free College’ Won’t Fix Barriers to Higher Education, Prosperity
Education
‘Free College’ Won’t Fix Barriers to Higher Education, Prosperity
2019-09-05 20:55:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - On the one hand, it's easy to see why some in the party would embrace so-called "free" or "debt-free" college and the forgiveness of student loans. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,  electrified younger voters with his ambitious proposals in... Read More

Majority of  Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
Immigration
Majority of Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
2019-09-05 20:49:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When it comes to opposition talking points, the myth that Democrats advocate for "open borders" is both the most preposterous -- and persistent -- assertion of the still-young 2020 campaign season. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-described... Read More

Defying Prime Minister, UK Lawmakers Pass Bill to Block No-Deal Brexit
Foreign Affairs
Defying Prime Minister, UK Lawmakers Pass Bill to Block No-Deal Brexit

Britain’s messy, drawn-out exit from the European Union — Brexit — has already toppled two prime ministers. Now the tenure of a third leader, Boris Johnson, is hanging by a thread, and there’s new uncertainty over when and how the... Read More

Walmart to Stop Selling Handgun Ammunition: Small Risk, Big Statement
Business
Walmart to Stop Selling Handgun Ammunition: Small Risk, Big Statement

Walmart Inc. will phase out sales of ammunition for handguns and short-barrel rifles, eliminating a small chunk of its sales to make a big political statement. The decision, announced Tuesday, also shows the growing power of shoppers who want companies’... Read More

Ted Cruz Takes ‘Deep State’ Gospel to Establishment Washington
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Ted Cruz Takes ‘Deep State’ Gospel to Establishment Washington

WASHINGTON — During a quick swing through Washington, Sen. Ted Cruz took time Tuesday to tout his belief that the so-called deep state within the Treasury and State departments is working to confound the Trump administration’s efforts to end the... Read More

Soil Health Can Combat Climate Change From the Ground Up
Environment
Soil Health Can Combat Climate Change From the Ground Up

WASHINGTON — Five months after devastating spring flooding across the Midwest, farms along the Missouri River remain under water. This summer, severe drought has hit patches of Texas and Oklahoma. Areas of the West and Southeast are abnormally dry. As... Read More

An 11-Year-Old on the Run for Fatally Shooting a Teenage Girl Was Killed by His Own Gang, in a Story That Shocked the Nation 25 Years Ago
In The News
An 11-Year-Old on the Run for Fatally Shooting a Teenage Girl Was Killed by His Own Gang, in a Story That Shocked the Nation 25 Years Ago

CHICAGO — There was a moment when it appeared 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer might escape with his life. Standing just 4-foot-6 and weighing only 68 pounds, he was an unlikely triggerman for the Black Disciples street gang and was on... Read More

Trump Administration Appears to Violate Law in Forcing Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico, Officials Warn
Immigration
Trump Administration Appears to Violate Law in Forcing Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico, Officials Warn

MEXICALI, Mexico — From the roadside, Oswaldo Ortiz-Luna offered a box of candy to the cars idling in the golden dust of northern Mexico. His wife hawked another box of sweets farther up the line of traffic, perching their 18-month-old... Read More

Ginsburg Slams Partisan Gerrymandering Before Record Book Fest Audience
Supreme Court
Ginsburg Slams Partisan Gerrymandering Before Record Book Fest Audience
2019-09-03 15:48:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday told a record crowd that had turned out to see her at the National Book Festival that "something needs to be done about partisan gerrymandering." Ginsburg was responding to... Read More

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