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Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether White House Can End DACA
Immigration
Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether White House Can End DACA
2019-06-28 20:41:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A day after ending their current term with a pair of controversial opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will decide next year whether the Trump administration can shut down Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
Civil Rights
Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
2019-06-28 20:35:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive Alabama's ban on second-trimester abortions, the justices announcing Friday they are content to have lower court orders blocking the law to remain in place. Though Alabama's Attorney General Steve Marshall regularly... Read More

Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
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Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
2019-06-28 20:27:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering appears likely only to intensify efforts in the states to end the practice that allows both political parties to put... Read More

Hoyer: 'Senate Has a Responsibility to Act,' After House Democrats Pass 10 Spending Bills
Federal Budget
Hoyer: 'Senate Has a Responsibility to Act,' After House Democrats Pass 10 Spending Bills
2019-06-28 19:26:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As they head back to their districts for the week-long July 4 district work period, House Democrats have reason to feel proud and maybe, just a little bit tired. For the first time in 13 years, the House... Read More

On Apollo 11, How Did Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Become First Men on Moon? It Was Deke Slayton’s Call
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On Apollo 11, How Did Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Become First Men on Moon? It Was Deke Slayton’s Call

ORLANDO, Fla. — Outside of space enthusiasts, Deke Slayton isn’t the name that comes to mind when Americans think about the first men to walk on the moon. The names of the Apollo 11 crew — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin... Read More

Russian Daredevil’s Life Cut Short by Bullet
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Russian Daredevil’s Life Cut Short by Bullet

LOS ANGELES — Dmitry Kolstov spent most of his life with two feet planted on a board. His ability to pull off precise tricks and flips while vaulting through the air on a snowboard earned him a place on the... Read More

Inspired by Nipsey Hussle, Crips and Bloods Begin the Most Extensive Peace Talks Since Riots
Featured
Inspired by Nipsey Hussle, Crips and Bloods Begin the Most Extensive Peace Talks Since Riots

LOS ANGELES — The men arrived in twos and threes, Crips and Bloods, young and middle-aged, gathering around a picnic table in a Compton park to confront their sworn enemies. After two hours of negotiations on a chilly, overcast Saturday... Read More

2 Buddies Survived Fighting Islamic State, But For One Civilian Life Was Too Much
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2 Buddies Survived Fighting Islamic State, But For One Civilian Life Was Too Much

TUCSON, Ariz. — He was dashing up the mountain into darkness, chasing a friend armed with a shotgun. Taylor Hudson yelled for his friend to wait, to stop. They had rushed together toward danger so many times before on the... Read More

Trump Administration Can't Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census, For Now
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Trump Administration Can't Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census, For Now
2019-06-27 21:46:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a blow to the Trump administration, the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, holding that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to adequately explain his reason for wanting it.... Read More

Partisan Gerrymandering Beyond the Reach of Federal Courts
Supreme Court
Partisan Gerrymandering Beyond the Reach of Federal Courts
2019-06-27 16:58:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, means that federal courts now will have no role in... Read More

EPA to Allow Political Appointees to Block FOIA Document Disclosures
FOIA
EPA to Allow Political Appointees to Block FOIA Document Disclosures
2019-06-27 13:59:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new EPA rule published Wednesday in the Federal Register would allow political appointees to review and withhold documents requested by the public under the Freedom of Information Act. The rule was signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler... Read More

Democratic Debate: Candidates Tackle Immigration, Taxes, Climate Change and Guns
2020 Elections
Democratic Debate: Candidates Tackle Immigration, Taxes, Climate Change and Guns

MIAMI — Ten Democratic White House hopefuls found broad consensus Wednesday night on a range of issues — guns, immigration, climate change — reserving the full measure of their contempt and their harshest put-downs for President Donald Trump. There were... Read More

Unorthodox Senate Deal Clears Path for Vote on Iran Amendment
Iran
Unorthodox Senate Deal Clears Path for Vote on Iran Amendment

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders struck an unusual deal Wednesday afternoon to hold a vote on language that would block President Donald Trump from launching a war against Iran without congressional approval, paving the way for a final vote on the... Read More

Negotiations Are Underway for a Third Trump-Kim Summit, Seoul Says
North Korea
Negotiations Are Underway for a Third Trump-Kim Summit, Seoul Says

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and North Korea are holding “behind-the-scenes” discussions to set up a third summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un and revive nuclear disarmament talks that stalled early this year, South Korea’s... Read More

House-Senate Standoff Puts Border Crisis Money in Jeopardy
Congress
House-Senate Standoff Puts Border Crisis Money in Jeopardy

WASHINGTON — House Democrats and Senate Republicans have dug themselves into a standoff over funding to respond to the crisis at the southern border, raising the possibility that new money will not be approved before lawmakers leave for next week’s... Read More

Eight Takeaways From Night 1 of the Democratic Debate
2020 Elections
Eight Takeaways From Night 1 of the Democratic Debate

MIAMI — The first Democratic debate wasn’t an easy place for a breakout moment, with 10 candidates on the stage. But the contenders tried nonetheless, as they argued — mostly politely but sometimes cantankerously — about how far left to... Read More

Courts Must Continue to Defer to Agency's Interpretation of Regulations
Supreme Court
Courts Must Continue to Defer to Agency's Interpretation of Regulations
2019-06-26 21:15:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a series of legal precedents instructing courts to defer to an agency's interpretation of its own regulations. The ruling, written by Justice Elena Kagan, is a significant development in... Read More

Tennessee Liquor Law That Barred Outsiders From Market Struck Down
Supreme Court
Tennessee Liquor Law That Barred Outsiders From Market Struck Down
2019-06-26 19:51:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Tennessee law Wednesday that requires an individual to live in the state for at least two years to be eligible for a license to sell liquor. At issue in the case... Read More

Census Case Sent Back to Lower Court Ahead of Supreme Court Decision
Census
Census Case Sent Back to Lower Court Ahead of Supreme Court Decision
2019-06-26 19:35:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A lawsuit alleging that adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census violates the rights of minorities has been sent back to a federal court in Maryland just hours ahead of a highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision... Read More

Robert Mueller to Testify Publicly Before Congress on July 17
Congress
Robert Mueller to Testify Publicly Before Congress on July 17

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who spent nearly two years leading the Russia investigation, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17, setting the stage for what will probably be the most anticipated day... Read More

House Democrats Pass Emergency Funding to Address Border Crisis
Immigration
House Democrats Pass Emergency Funding to Address Border Crisis
2019-06-25 21:23:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats passed a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill Tuesday night to address the humanitarian crisis involving the thousands of families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Democratic leaders worked tirelessly Monday night into Tuesday to secure support... Read More

Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
Economy
Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
2019-06-25 21:04:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise to 144 percent of the nation's gross domestic product by 2049 if current laws are maintained, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
Litigation
Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
2019-06-25 20:49:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal employees will get their day in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that their lawsuit over an Office of Personnel Management data breach can be reinstated. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit... Read More

Can Congress Defund Obamacare?  SCOTUS Will Decide
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Can Congress Defund Obamacare? SCOTUS Will Decide
2019-06-25 20:45:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It just might be the liveliest few minutes of the day in the Supreme Court press room. Quietly getting up from their desks, the 20 or so reporters who call the high court beat home on a daily... Read More

College Admissions Scandal Mastermind Found Fertile Hunting Grounds in Wealth Management World
Education
College Admissions Scandal Mastermind Found Fertile Hunting Grounds in Wealth Management World

LOS ANGELES — The wealthy couple willing to pay him millions lived in Beijing, but William “Rick” Singer needed only to go to Pasadena to find them. Michael Wu, a financial adviser for banking behemoth Morgan Stanley, worked on the... Read More

The 2020 Census Is Coming. Will Native Americans Be Counted?
Census
The 2020 Census Is Coming. Will Native Americans Be Counted?

CROWNPOINT, N.M. — Leonard Jones doesn’t remember a survey packet on the porch or a knock on his front door during the last census count. But that doesn’t surprise him — not out here. Only family and close friends make... Read More

Trump States and Rural Areas Grab Bigger Chunk of Transportation Grant Funds
Transportation
Trump States and Rural Areas Grab Bigger Chunk of Transportation Grant Funds

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five of the 30 states President Donald Trump won in 2016 have received bigger shares of funding from a federal transportation program that has shifted to favoring rural projects over urban, according to a McClatchy analysis of Department... Read More

Democrats’ Presidential Hopefuls Jockey to Outdo One Another With Pre-Debate Promises
2020 Elections
Democrats’ Presidential Hopefuls Jockey to Outdo One Another With Pre-Debate Promises

WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders burnished his socialist bona fides — and sought to one-up progressive rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — with a $1.6 trillion plan to pay off all the country’s college debt, an idea that... Read More

Democrat Sara Gideon Is Challenging Maine’s Susan Collins
2020 Elections
Democrat Sara Gideon Is Challenging Maine’s Susan Collins

WASHINGTON — Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon is running against Sen. Susan Collins, one of Senate Republicans’ most vulnerable incumbents in 2020. The Democrat, who had long been expected to run but was waiting until the end of the... Read More

Trump-Xi Meeting This Week Could Head Off a Global Recession or Worsen Outlook
China
Trump-Xi Meeting This Week Could Head Off a Global Recession or Worsen Outlook

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan later this week to discuss their nations’ worsening conflict over trade and commercial relations, the course of the global economy may depend on which Donald Trump... Read More

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