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Judge in Roger Stone Case Wants to Know Why She Wasn’t Told About Book
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Judge in Roger Stone Case Wants to Know Why She Wasn’t Told About Book

WASHINGTON — Roger Stone has more explaining to do. In a brief court order Friday, the judge overseeing Stone’s criminal case asked lawyers for the longtime adviser to President Donald Trump why she wasn’t told about the “imminent general release”... Read More

US Marine Veteran Built Cocaine Pipeline as Mexican Drug Kingpin, Prosecutors Say
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US Marine Veteran Built Cocaine Pipeline as Mexican Drug Kingpin, Prosecutors Say

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Marine veteran who rose to power as a reputed Mexican drug kingpin has been named in a massive cocaine-trafficking indictment in San Diego. The investigation into Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr.’s organization revealed “an unprecedented level... Read More

Elusive Hoodwinker Sunfish Washes Ashore Near Santa Barbara in First US Sighting
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Elusive Hoodwinker Sunfish Washes Ashore Near Santa Barbara in First US Sighting

LOS ANGELES — A sunfish that lives south of the equator recently washed up on a Santa Barbara County beach, and scientists are at a loss as to how the giant creature got so off-course. The massive 7-foot-long and 7-foot-wide... Read More

Alan Dershowitz Suggests Curbing Press Access to Hearing on Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse
Media
Alan Dershowitz Suggests Curbing Press Access to Hearing on Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse

MIAMI — A court hearing on whether to unseal sensitive documents involving the alleged sex trafficking of underage girls by Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein — and the possible involvement of his influential friends — will play out in a... Read More

Trump-Kim Talks or Not, North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Apparently Continues to Grow
North Korea
Trump-Kim Talks or Not, North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Apparently Continues to Grow

SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump traveled more than 8,000 miles to Vietnam and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trekked more than 2,000, arguably for little more than a photo and a handshake. In announcing the anticlimactic no-deal... Read More

Farmers Hope for Hemp Riches Despite Risks
Agriculture
Farmers Hope for Hemp Riches Despite Risks

LONDON, Ky. — Michael Calebs begins feeling nostalgic standing in the airy barn on his rolling, 400-acre farm. He recalls the hard labor of his youth: climbing up to horizontal beams to hang floppy tobacco leaves to air cure so... Read More

Senate Confirms Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator
Environment
Senate Confirms Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, handing the reins of the agency responsible for ensuring clean air and safe drinking water to a former coal industry lobbyist. The 52-to-47 vote removed... Read More

Florida VA Hospital Shooter Was Veteran Receiving Mental Health Treatment, FBI Says
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Florida VA Hospital Shooter Was Veteran Receiving Mental Health Treatment, FBI Says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two doctors who treat military veterans were working at emergency room desks when a colleague screamed Wednesday night that someone had a gun. The physicians, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach, heard about... Read More

Trump Reportedly ‘Ordered’ Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Be Granted Security Clearance
White House
Trump Reportedly ‘Ordered’ Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Be Granted Security Clearance

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly once reportedly claimed that he had been “ordered” by President Donald Trump to give Jared Kushner top-secret security clearance. Trump officially commanded his chief of staff to make it happen in May,... Read More

PG&E Admits Its Equipment Likely Caused California’s Worst Wildfire
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PG&E Admits Its Equipment Likely Caused California’s Worst Wildfire

LOS ANGELES — Nearly four months after California’s most devastating wildfire swept through Paradise and surrounding towns, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has acknowledged that its equipment probably sparked the blaze that destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and killed 85 people,... Read More

Bulldozers Sit Idle at Border Amid Legal Confusion Over Trump’s Emergency
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Bulldozers Sit Idle at Border Amid Legal Confusion Over Trump’s Emergency

MISSION, Texas — President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency along the border with Mexico, but here in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, there’s little sign of a government springing into action. Earlier this week, two contractors surveyed a 150-foot-wide,... Read More

Pelosi on Green New Deal: ‘I Can’t Say We’re Going to Take That and Pass It’
Congress
Pelosi on Green New Deal: ‘I Can’t Say We’re Going to Take That and Pass It’

WASHINGTON — The ambitious Green New Deal proposal for combating climate change was dealt another blow Wednesday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to commit to holding a vote on the nonbinding resolution. “I can’t say we’re going to take that... Read More

Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung
Kentucky
Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A coal company manager took part in cheating on tests designed to protect miners from contracting deadly black lung disease, a federal grand jury has charged. The grand jury issued a new indictment adding Glendal “Buddy” Hardison... Read More

Michael Cohen Describes a Culture of Criminality Around Trump
Congress
Michael Cohen Describes a Culture of Criminality Around Trump

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen, once among President Donald Trump’s most ardent defenders, fiercely turned on him Wednesday, describing a culture of rampant criminality and nonstop lying around Trump involving payoffs to his alleged mistresses, inflated personal wealth and secret efforts... Read More

Political Operative at Center of N.C. Election Fraud Investigation Is Indicted, Arrested
Elections
Political Operative at Center of N.C. Election Fraud Investigation Is Indicted, Arrested

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — McCrae Dowless, the North Carolina political operative at the center of the 9th Congressional District election fraud case, was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on charges related to collecting absentee ballots in the 2018 primary and 2016... Read More

Mark Harris Will Not Run in North Carolina’s 9th District Special Election
North Carolina
Mark Harris Will Not Run in North Carolina’s 9th District Special Election

WASHINGTON — Less than a week after his surprise call for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th District, Republican Mark Harris announced he will not be a candidate in that contest. Harris, the 2018 GOP nominee for... Read More

Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced
Health
Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced

WASHINGTON — The increasingly powerful Democratic left sees a huge opening this year to promote Medicare for all in Congress. But they need to convince Rep. John Yarmuth, and that’s going to be tough. Read More

Vietnam Greets Trump and Kim Jong Un With Flowers, Giant Portraits and Press at Arm’s Length
North Korea
Vietnam Greets Trump and Kim Jong Un With Flowers, Giant Portraits and Press at Arm’s Length

HANOI, Vietnam — President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un arrived in Vietnam’s capital on Tuesday for a second summit that could determine whether the high-profile diplomatic outreach will do anything to roll back... Read More

In Echoes of Watergate, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Is Expected to Tell All to House Committee
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In Echoes of Watergate, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Is Expected to Tell All to House Committee

WASHINGTON — After more than a decade as the keeper of Donald Trump’s secrets, Michael Cohen has been spilling the beans about the president’s private business deals, foreign interests and alleged mistresses to... Read More

House Passes Resolution Overturning Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration
Congress
House Passes Resolution Overturning Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — The House’s approval Tuesday of a resolution to override President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border sets up a difficult vote for Senate Republicans. Three Republican... Read More

Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela
Venezuela
Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela
2019-02-27 01:59:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S. military intervention is possible soon. A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee called the hearing to determine how the U.S. government should... Read More

Howard Schultz Is Against a Lot of Things. Here’s a Look at What He’s For
2020 Elections
Howard Schultz Is Against a Lot of Things. Here’s a Look at What He’s For

SEATTLE — Sen. Kamala Harris, who is running for president, wants Medicare for all. Howard Schultz does not. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president, wants public colleges to be free. Howard Schultz does not. Read More

Trump Accused of Kissing Ex-Campaign Staffer Without Consent in 2016
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Trump Accused of Kissing Ex-Campaign Staffer Without Consent in 2016

PALM BEACH, Fla. — A staffer on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Trump of kissing her without her consent before a 2016 Florida rally — a claim denied as “absurd” by the White House on Monday. Read More

SpaceX Gets Approval from NASA to Test Astronaut Capsule in Saturday Launch
Innovation
SpaceX Gets Approval from NASA to Test Astronaut Capsule in Saturday Launch

ORLANDO, Fla. — The next step in NASA’s plan to return astronauts to space from the U.S. has the green light to proceed. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut capsule has been given the OK to perform its test flight ... Read More

White House Maps Budget Battle with a Gambit Once Scorned by GOP
Federal Budget
White House Maps Budget Battle with a Gambit Once Scorned by GOP

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday unveiled its opening position in high-stakes budget negotiations set to begin in Congress just weeks after a stalemate over spending led to a 35-day government shutdown. Read More

Brett Kavanaugh Could Decide How Redistricting is Done
Voting
Brett Kavanaugh Could Decide How Redistricting is Done

WASHINGTON — Voters keep voicing their frustration with the politically fraught way that state lawmakers redraw congressional districts every 10 years, and have approved ways to outsource the work with hopes of... Read More

To Make St. Louis Safer, Hundreds of Streets Were Closed. What if That Was a Mistake?
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To Make St. Louis Safer, Hundreds of Streets Were Closed. What if That Was a Mistake?

ST. LOUIS — Once intended to reduce crime, the traffic barricades that block hundreds of city streets may be having the opposite effect. Using census and crime data coupled with sophisticated mapping programs... Read More

Trump Again Delays Tariff Increase on Chinese Goods, Claiming Progress in Trade Talks
Trade
Trump Again Delays Tariff Increase on Chinese Goods, Claiming Progress in Trade Talks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday again put off a self-imposed deadline for raising tariffs on Chinese imported goods, saying negotiators for the United States and China made “substantial progress”... Read More

Schiff Says He’ll ‘Obviously’ Subpoena Mueller Report if Trump Administration Won't Release It
Congress
Schiff Says He’ll ‘Obviously’ Subpoena Mueller Report if Trump Administration Won't Release It

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats will “obviously” take whatever steps are necessary to make public the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, including subpoenaing his final report, calling him to... Read More

Man Who Spent 38 Years in Prison Gets $21-Million Settlement
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Man Who Spent 38 Years in Prison Gets $21-Million Settlement

LOS ANGELES—Simi Valley reached a $21-million settlement with a man who spent more than 38 years wrongfully incarcerated in the brutal 1978 murders of a woman and her 4-year-old son, officials said. Read More

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