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Third County Is Caught Up in NC Elections Board’s Ballot Investigation
Voting
Third County Is Caught Up in NC Elections Board’s Ballot Investigation

North Carolina’s state elections board has extended its investigation into allegations of illegal absentee-ballot gathering to Columbus County, with a focus on a sheriff’s race that has yet to be certified. Read More

South Carolina Republicans Could Forgo 2020 Primary to Protect Trump
2020 Elections
South Carolina Republicans Could Forgo 2020 Primary to Protect Trump

The South Carolina Republican Party could decide next summer to pass on holding the party’s 2020 primary election — a move that is not unprecedented — to help President Donald Trump’s re-election bid. Canceling... Read More

Mueller Asks House Committee for Roger Stone Transcript, Official Says
Congress
Mueller Asks House Committee for Roger Stone Transcript, Official Says

Special counsel Robert Mueller asked the House Intelligence Committee to turn over a transcript of its closed-door 2017 interview of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, according to an official familiar with the request. Read More

BuzzFeed Beats Russian's Defamation Case Over Trump Dossier
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BuzzFeed Beats Russian's Defamation Case Over Trump Dossier

BuzzFeed Inc. defeated a defamation lawsuit by a Russian entrepreneur and his tech company who were mentioned in a report by a former British spy about links between Russia and Donald Trump. A federal judge in Florida... Read More

Ex-Missouri Governor’s Secretive Nonprofit Raised $6 Million, Spent Big on His Allies
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Ex-Missouri Governor’s Secretive Nonprofit Raised $6 Million, Spent Big on His Allies

The nonprofit allied with former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens raised almost $6.1 million from secret donors in 2017, the year the political outsider took office and rattled the capital city’s establishment, new tax filings show. Read More

Ultralight Plane Flying With No Lights Drops 129 Pounds of Meth Near Calexico, Agents Say
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Ultralight Plane Flying With No Lights Drops 129 Pounds of Meth Near Calexico, Agents Say

Border patrol agents seized 129 pounds of narcotics worth $1.4 million and arrested two people after agents spotted a suspicious aircraft landing just north of Calexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Read More

Senate Approves Bipartisan Criminal Justice Overhaul
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Senate Approves Bipartisan Criminal Justice Overhaul

The Senate late Tuesday approved a bipartisan overhaul of criminal sentencing and the federal prison system, an initiative pushed by President Donald Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The bill, approved in the... Read More

AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces?
Health
AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces?

Josh Hawley is in a bind as he enters the U.S. Senate and has to deal with fixing the nation’s health care system. The Missouri Republican was one of the state attorneys general to sign on to a ... Read More

Las Vegas, a City of Illusion, Is Having an Identity Debate
Nevada
Las Vegas, a City of Illusion, Is Having an Identity Debate

Blake Sartini never had any doubts when he bought the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino a little more than a year ago. It was on the Las Vegas Strip. He said it is on Las Vegas Boulevard. True. He said it ... Read More

New GOP Rules Limit Participation for Indicted House Members
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New GOP Rules Limit Participation for Indicted House Members

New Republican Party rules adopted last month for the incoming Congress are expected to block indicted members from committee work, sharply limiting the ability of Rep. Duncan Hunter to deliver specific benefits to... Read More

Trump Vets Candidates for Interior Secretary Who Have Backed Transferring Federal Lands
Public Lands
Trump Vets Candidates for Interior Secretary Who Have Backed Transferring Federal Lands

President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to keep federal lands in federal hands, is now considering candidates for interior secretary who have advocated transferring vast swaths of federal property to states... Read More

Judge Postpones Sentence for Michael Flynn After Blasting His Conduct
Dep. of Justice
Judge Postpones Sentence for Michael Flynn After Blasting His Conduct

Saying he could not hide “my disgust, my disdain,” a federal judge on Tuesday excoriated Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, before postponing his sentencing for lying to the FBI. Read More

NC GOP Slams State Elections Board, Calls On It to Certify Disputed Election
Voting
NC GOP Slams State Elections Board, Calls On It to Certify Disputed Election

North Carolina’s Republican Party rallied behind Mark Harris on Monday with a resolution asking state elections officials to certify his election to Congress unless an investigation finds that alleged fraud would have changed... Read More

‘Purple’ Kansas? Former Federal Prosecutor Mulls Senate Run Against Pat Roberts
2020 Elections
‘Purple’ Kansas? Former Federal Prosecutor Mulls Senate Run Against Pat Roberts

Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas looks vulnerable to Democrats — and some Republicans, and that’s a big reason the 2020 race has quickly drawn a prominent potential challenger, former U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom. Read More

With Criminal Justice Bill Expected to Become Law, Kushner Gets Credit for His Role
Congress
With Criminal Justice Bill Expected to Become Law, Kushner Gets Credit for His Role

Jared Kushner may finally get a win. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has been a drag on the administration for his friendship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the Oct. 2 killing of a U.S.-based dissident... Read More

Travel Ban Could Keep Yemeni Woman From Saying Goodbye to Sick 2-Year-Old Son in US
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Travel Ban Could Keep Yemeni Woman From Saying Goodbye to Sick 2-Year-Old Son in US

The mother of a 2-year-old boy on life support in an Oakland, Calif., hospital may not receive a travel ban waiver in time to say goodbye to her son, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday. At a news conference... Read More

Giuliani Says ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Trump Meet With Special Counsel
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Giuliani Says ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Trump Meet With Special Counsel

Donald Trump won’t sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to answer more questions in his investigation into election interference, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, said Sunday. “Over my dead body,” Giuliani... Read More

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone
Health
Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance... Read More

Democrats Will Push to Restore State and Local Tax Deductions
Economy
Democrats Will Push to Restore State and Local Tax Deductions

One of the most contentious fights of the Republicans’ tax law is about to go another round. Democrats from high-tax states — including California — are preparing a new push to restore the state and local tax deduction... Read More

White House Rejects Compromise in Shutdown, Border Wall Dispute With Congress
White House
White House Rejects Compromise in Shutdown, Border Wall Dispute With Congress

The Trump administration signaled Sunday that it would not compromise to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of this week. Senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller said “we’re going to do... Read More

Are the Suburbs Getting More Supportive of Gun Control? Moms Demand Action Bets Yes
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Are the Suburbs Getting More Supportive of Gun Control? Moms Demand Action Bets Yes

In the debate among Democrats over whether progressive ideas can sway voters in suburbia, candidates affiliated with an advocacy group that campaigns against gun violence sought — and won — elected office even in historically conservative suburban districts. Read More

Biden Leads Sanders, O’Rourke in Iowa Democratic Caucus Poll
2020 Elections
Biden Leads Sanders, O’Rourke in Iowa Democratic Caucus Poll

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the pack among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a CNN/Des Moines Register poll released Saturday. Read More

Texas Judge’s Ruling That Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional Could Leave the Law Fatally Wounded — or Even Stronger
Health
Texas Judge’s Ruling That Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional Could Leave the Law Fatally Wounded — or Even Stronger

More than 130 million Americans woke up Saturday morning to the news that their health care coverage has been thrown into doubt. That’s because, late Friday night, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act — including its ... Read More

After Court Ruling, Crusade Against Obamacare Becomes Unshakable Liability for GOP
Health
After Court Ruling, Crusade Against Obamacare Becomes Unshakable Liability for GOP

Dismantling Obamacare has been a top GOP priority for eight years, but a fresh court victory that resurrects the prospect of wiping the law off the books is fast becoming a political albatross for Republicans. Read More

In Honduras, Crime Is Down but Life Is Hard and Jobs Are Few
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In Honduras, Crime Is Down but Life Is Hard and Jobs Are Few

Less than a decade ago, when Honduras was the homicide capital of the world and this industrial city was the homicide capital of Honduras, the neighborhood of Rivera Hernandez was usually deserted after dark. Read More

Trump, After Public Frustration, Picks Budget Chief Mick Mulvaney as His Acting Chief of Staff
White House
Trump, After Public Frustration, Picks Budget Chief Mick Mulvaney as His Acting Chief of Staff

President Donald Trump on Friday named Mick Mulvaney, now his budget director, as his acting chief of staff, only temporarily solving a management and public relations problem that has consumed the White House in the... Read More

Sandy Hook School Dismissed Friday After Receiving Threat on Shooting Anniversary
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Sandy Hook School Dismissed Friday After Receiving Threat on Shooting Anniversary

Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School were sent home Friday after police say the school received a threat. Students had been dismissed by late morning, officials said, but police were confident they were not in danger... Read More

House Primaries on the Horizon for Democrats in 2020
2020 Elections
House Primaries on the Horizon for Democrats in 2020

We already know the Democratic presidential primary is going to be crowded and crazy as a few dozen candidates battle for the right to take on President Donald Trump. But at least a handful of 2020 House primaries are... Read More

Senate Has ‘Too Many Embarrassing Uncles,’ McCaskill Says in Farewell Speech
U.S. Senate
Senate Has ‘Too Many Embarrassing Uncles,’ McCaskill Says in Farewell Speech

In her final floor speech, Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday that her surviving colleagues should stop calling the Senate “the world’s greatest deliberative body” because so much power has been concentrated in the leadership. Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge to Maine’s Ranked-Choice Voting System
Maine
Federal Judge Rejects Challenge to Maine’s Ranked-Choice Voting System

A federal judge in Maine validated the state’s ranked-choice voting law Thursday, which was used for the first time in a federal election in the state’s 2nd District this year. U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker rejected... Read More

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