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UN Expert Calls for Probe of Saudi Crown Prince’s Role in Khashoggi Killing
Saudi Arabia
UN Expert Calls for Probe of Saudi Crown Prince’s Role in Khashoggi Killing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A United Nations expert assigned to investigate the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi government agents has recommended probing the possible role of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a conclusion that could complicate... Read More

Federal Reserve Holds Key Interest Rate Steady Despite Pressure From Trump
Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve Holds Key Interest Rate Steady Despite Pressure From Trump

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve, facing heavy pressure from President Trump to lower borrowing costs, left interest rates unchanged Wednesday but made clear that it was leaning toward cutting rates because of rising risks from trade tensions and a softer... Read More

EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution
Environment
EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution
2019-06-19 21:31:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday replaced Obama-era rules intended to tamp down on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants with new regulations that allow states to decide whether such steps are needed. The new rule will go... Read More

New York Lawmakers Strike Deal on Ambitious Climate Plan
State News
New York Lawmakers Strike Deal on Ambitious Climate Plan
2019-06-19 21:09:33
by Dan McCue

Lawmakers in New York State reached a deal Tuesday on a sweeping climate bill that would require 70% of electricity used in the state to come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro by 2030. The bill is... Read More

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to Visit DC to Lobby for USMCA
Trade
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to Visit DC to Lobby for USMCA
2019-06-19 21:06:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the nation's capital Wednesday evening to begin a busy 24 hours lobbying for U.S. passage of the USMCA trade deal. The prime minister will attend a reception hosted by David MacNaughton,... Read More

Shanahan Withdraws From Consideration for Defense Secretary
In The News
Shanahan Withdraws From Consideration for Defense Secretary
2019-06-18 20:54:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination to lead the Pentagon Tuesday, his abrupt about face being announced via President Trump's Twitter account. "Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided... Read More

US Ports Warn Trump Tariffs Diminishing Competitiveness
Trade
US Ports Warn Trump Tariffs Diminishing Competitiveness
2019-06-18 20:49:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives of America's seaports are telling the U.S. Trade Representative this week that the Trump administration's current tariffs on Chinese goods, and threat to impose more, are weakening the nation's competitiveness and stymieing much needed infrastructure projects. The... Read More

Third Way Encourages Centrist Allies to Embrace Opportunity 2020
2020 Elections
Third Way Encourages Centrist Allies to Embrace Opportunity 2020
2019-06-18 20:47:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Third Way, the centrist Democratic think-tank based in Washington, D.C., took its message to Charleston, South Carolina Monday and Tuesday, rallying its supporters and bolstering its efforts to keep the party from veering too far left ahead of... Read More

Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
Climate
Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
2019-06-18 20:45:00
by Elin Johnson

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program. The bill passed the state House with a 36-24 vote on Monday after six hours of debate, and has been... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Welcomes Two New Members
Political News
New Democrat Coalition Welcomes Two New Members
2019-06-18 20:41:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has welcomed two new members to its ranks in the 116th Congress: Representatives Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif. Shalala, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill... Read More

House Passes New Democrat-Led Amendment to Improve Workforce Data Collection
Labor
House Passes New Democrat-Led Amendment to Improve Workforce Data Collection
2019-06-18 20:37:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment championed by the New Democrat Coalition aimed at modernizing how the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor trends and surveys people in non-traditional work arrangements. The amendment, sponsored by... Read More

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

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