In The News

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Make Election Interference a Federal Crime
Voting
Bipartisan Bill Aims to Make Election Interference a Federal Crime
2019-06-18 20:34:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives Jim Himes, D-Conn., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, have introduced legislation to make election interference a federal crime. The Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act would make it a federal crime to hack any voting systems used... Read More

Pelosi Faces a Tough Summer Trying to Keep Democrats Away From Impeachment Talk
Congress
Pelosi Faces a Tough Summer Trying to Keep Democrats Away From Impeachment Talk

LOS ANGELES — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried again this week to shift focus away from a divisive debate over impeachment and move it to a signature issue that Democrats credit with helping them win back a majority in... Read More

12 Million Pills and 700 Deaths: How a Few Pill Mills Helped Fan the US Opioid Inferno
Opioids
12 Million Pills and 700 Deaths: How a Few Pill Mills Helped Fan the US Opioid Inferno

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Soon after he took over as medical director of the Urgent Care & Surgery Center in eastern Tennessee in 2012, Dr. Marc Valley realized he was supervising illegal drug dealers in lab coats. Platoons of patients socialized... Read More

16,000 People in LA Now Live in Cars, Vans and RVs. But Safe Parking Remains Limited
Housing
16,000 People in LA Now Live in Cars, Vans and RVs. But Safe Parking Remains Limited

LOS ANGELES — Two years ago, Los Angeles began testing an alternative to homeless shelters called safe parking, giving people living in their cars a secure spot to sleep at night. The first site was quickly deemed a success, so... Read More

Trump Targets Florida Electoral Haul With Orlando Campaign Kickoff
2020 Elections
Trump Targets Florida Electoral Haul With Orlando Campaign Kickoff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will pull out all the stops Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, when he announces his re-election bid in a state he narrowly won in 2016 and needs again as he tries to reconfigure the electoral map... Read More

At Costco Food Sample Line, Gunfire, Death and Unanswered Questions
In The News
At Costco Food Sample Line, Gunfire, Death and Unanswered Questions

LOS ANGELES — It was a typical Friday night at Costco. The cavernous Corona store was packed, and customers waited in line for food samples — the quintessential Costco experience. An off-duty Los Angeles police officer, his wife and their... Read More

Road Ahead: Border Supplemental Talks Could Overshadow Regular Appropriations
Congress
Road Ahead: Border Supplemental Talks Could Overshadow Regular Appropriations

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are hoping this week will produce a breakthrough in negotiations over emergency funding for the migrant crisis at the southern border so they can pass it before the Independence Day recess. President Donald Trump has requested... Read More

House Democrats Aim to Repeal Church Tax Increase in Trump Law
Congress
House Democrats Aim to Repeal Church Tax Increase in Trump Law

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are likely to propose a repeal of a controversial provision in the 2017 tax overhaul that imposes a tax on some coveted benefits for employees at nonprofit organizations such as houses of worship, according to one... Read More

Pentagon Shares New Photos, Timeline of Gulf of Oman Tanker Attacks
Pentagon
Pentagon Shares New Photos, Timeline of Gulf of Oman Tanker Attacks

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday released new photos and a timeline that it said bolstered U.S. accusations that Iran was behind a pair of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. The report provides more... Read More

Iran Warns Europe It Will Breach Nuclear Stockpile Cap in 10 Days
Iran
Iran Warns Europe It Will Breach Nuclear Stockpile Cap in 10 Days

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran warned European nations Monday that it would breach in 10 days the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement unless they take action to alleviate the pressure of tightening U.S. sanctions in the coming weeks. The spokesman for Iran’s... Read More

Gloria Vanderbilt, Heiress, Socialite and Fashion Entrepreneur, Dies at 95
Obituary
Gloria Vanderbilt, Heiress, Socialite and Fashion Entrepreneur, Dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt experienced both loss and triumph on a grand scale. Her multimillionaire father died when she was 2, leading her socialite mother to abandon her for the high life on two continents. She was wrenched from a beloved nurse... Read More

Virginia Ban on Uranium Mining Upheld
State News
Virginia Ban on Uranium Mining Upheld
2019-06-17 19:52:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Virginia's decades-old ban on mining radioactive uranium, holding "Congress conspicuously chose to leave untouched the States' historic authority over the regulation of mining activities on private lands within their borders." The... Read More

Justices Send Same-Sex Wedding Case Back to Oregon Court of Appeals
Civil Rights
Justices Send Same-Sex Wedding Case Back to Oregon Court of Appeals
2019-06-17 19:48:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court tossed an Oregon appeals court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The justices' one-sentence order directs appellate judges in Oregon to reconsider the case in light... Read More

Trials for Same Crime in Both State and Federal Court Allowed
Law
Trials for Same Crime in Both State and Federal Court Allowed
2019-06-17 19:42:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a longstanding rule allowing both state and federal prosecutors to pursue charges against the same individual for the same crime. The 7-2 decision handed down by the justices preserves an exception to... Read More

Virginia Election to Proceed With Redrawn District
Supreme Court
Virginia Election to Proceed With Redrawn District
2019-06-17 19:38:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Voters in Virginia will elect members of the state's House of Delegates in districts drawn on a map considered to be favorable to Democrats, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-4 ruling comes in a case... Read More

So Far, Real Estate Dominates a Tax Break Meant for Businesses
In The News
So Far, Real Estate Dominates a Tax Break Meant for Businesses

Members of Congress who pushed for the “opportunity zone” provision in the 2017 federal tax law said it would help businesses and entrepreneurs in low-income communities. The tax break rewards investors for spending capital gains on businesses or real estate... Read More

Madeleine Albright Derides Nationalism During Keynote Speech at UC San Diego Commencement
In The News
Madeleine Albright Derides Nationalism During Keynote Speech at UC San Diego Commencement

SAN DIEGO — UC San Diego’s commencement ceremony took on a political tone Saturday as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright derided the forces of nationalism in a keynote address that clearly referred to policies of the Trump administration.... Read More

Trump Has Gone Too Far on Immigration, Voters Say in Fox Poll
Opinion Polls
Trump Has Gone Too Far on Immigration, Voters Say in Fox Poll

NEW YORK — Half of American voters say the Trump administration has gone too far on immigration enforcement, and optimism about the U.S. economy, while still high, has slipped over the past quarter as trade tensions ramp up, a Fox... Read More

Hong Kong’s Leader Apologizes as Crowds Demand Her Resignation
Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Leader Apologizes as Crowds Demand Her Resignation

SINGAPORE — Hong Kong was once again the scene of enormous peaceful demonstrations Sunday, a day after the territory’s chief executive bowed to public pressure by suspending a contentious extradition bill viewed as a challenge to the city’s autonomy. Organizers... Read More

Pentagon Accuses Iran of Shooting Missiles at US Drones
Iran
Pentagon Accuses Iran of Shooting Missiles at US Drones

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Sunday accused Iran of attempting to shoot down a U.S. Reaper drone on Thursday as the unmanned surveillance aircraft was flying over one of two crippled tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. military officials... Read More

Trump Says He's Not Firing Kellyanne Conway in Wake of Hatch Act Report
White House
Trump Says He's Not Firing Kellyanne Conway in Wake of Hatch Act Report
2019-06-14 23:32:56
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has no plans to fire Kellyanne Conway after an independent federal agency recommended that she be removed from her job after she repeatedly used her official position for political purposes.... Read More

US-Saudi Alliance Faces Increased Scrutiny Over MBS Behavior
Foreign Affairs
US-Saudi Alliance Faces Increased Scrutiny Over MBS Behavior
2019-06-14 18:56:43
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The strategic alliance between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dates back to World War II, though the primary focus in the early years of the relationship at that time was oil. The alliance between... Read More

DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
Civil Rights
DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
2019-06-14 18:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration's policy of blocking abortions sought by undocumented pregnant teenagers in federal custody cannot "be squared with Supreme Court precedent." In 2017, the Trump administration adopted a... Read More

‘I will try not to kill u.’ Then, a CHP Officer and His Estranged Wife Were Dead
In The News
‘I will try not to kill u.’ Then, a CHP Officer and His Estranged Wife Were Dead

SUTTER CREEK, Calif. — On Sept. 3, a 58-year-old woman was walking her dog behind a strip mall in Sutter Creek when she noticed a scrap of paper that had been folded several times and left in a planter box... Read More

Republicans Devise Plan to Prop Up 10 Vulnerable House Districts With Extra Cash
2020 Elections
Republicans Devise Plan to Prop Up 10 Vulnerable House Districts With Extra Cash

WASHINGTON — Republicans plan to pour extra money and resources into 10 congressional districts where Republican incumbents are vulnerable amid demographic changes that could swing the elections toward Democrats. The special Republican effort, called the “Patriot Program,” asks party donors... Read More

Trump Administration Rule Would Undo Health Care Protections for LGBTQ Patients
Health
Trump Administration Rule Would Undo Health Care Protections for LGBTQ Patients

A new Trump administration proposal would change the civil rights rules dictating whether providers must care for patients who are transgender or have had an abortion. Supporters of the approach say it protects the freedom of conscience, but opponents say... Read More

Does This Vaccine Bill Go Too Far? Concerned Families Say They’ll Leave California If It Passes
California
Does This Vaccine Bill Go Too Far? Concerned Families Say They’ll Leave California If It Passes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Orange County mom Michelle Sabino says her daughter experienced 16 seizures in two months after she was vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough when she was a baby. She’d never considered that vaccines could be dangerous.... Read More

Trump’s Big, Early Lead in Facebook Ads Deeply Worries Democratic Strategists
2020 Elections
Trump’s Big, Early Lead in Facebook Ads Deeply Worries Democratic Strategists

WASHINGTON — Almost every time voters who lean toward President Donald Trump visit Facebook, they get deluged with invitations to his rallies or pleas to support his immigration policies: That’s no surprise — the platform was central to his victorious... Read More

Democratic National Committee Unveils Lineup for First Campaign 2020 Debate
Political News
Democratic National Committee Unveils Lineup for First Campaign 2020 Debate
2019-06-14 14:54:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee Thursday evening announced the 20 presidential candidates who will take part in the party's first debate later this month. The debate will take place over two days -- June 26 and June 27 --... Read More

News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
Political News
News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
2019-06-14 14:49:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House panel began its inquiry into the largely unchecked power of the nation's largest technology and social media firms Tuesday by focusing on the role the companies have played in reducing the news media to a mere... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top