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Money being raised to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery, this time in Philadelphia

More than 100 gravestones were desecrated at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, less than a week after a similar vandalism in Missouri.

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Bernie Sanders calls for 'total transformation' of Democratic Party

A day after Democrats chose Tom Perez as their chairman, the former Democratic presidential candidate called for a major overhaul of the party.

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Trump and the rise of the extreme right

Leaders of extreme right and hate groups say they feel empowered by President Trump, who gives them confidence to speak openly.

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How a Delaware state Senate campaign attracted more than 1,000 volunteers

Stephanie Hansen's special election victory on Saturday ensured that Democrats will maintain control of the Delaware state Senate. But she didn't do it alone. 

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Driver who hit 28 in Mardi Gras parade was drunk, police say

The man plowed into a New Orleans street parade famous for its floats and family-friendly atmosphere.

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Crime, development cast shadow over LA mayor's reelection bid

Mayor Eric Garcetti's rivals are less well-known and pose little threat to his re-election; instead, he is battling against expectations. A poor showing could imperil his future career after the mayorship.

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GOP lawmaker tries to strip Clinton name from Little Rock airport

The Republican state senator says that flying into an airport named after the former president is an embarrassment. 

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How vital is Facebook for free expression?

The US Supreme Court will hear a case involving a law that bars registered sex offenders from using some social media platforms.

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Trump says he'll skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner: Is that a bad thing?

President Trump's announcement Saturday that he wouldn't attend the annual dinner was met with widespread criticism. But some say his skipping out on the event could ultimately be a good thing. 

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Will Tom Perez unite the Democratic party?

The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to select former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the party's new leadership. He will be tasked with bringing a party facing a minority in every branch of government back to the forefront. 

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Tom Perez, new DNC chair: Why this post matters

With a new chair, some see voter demographic changes favoring the Democratic Party's future. But others aren't so sure.

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White House blocks reporters from a briefing, shrugging off another unwritten custom

Several major news outlets were blocked from an off-camera press 'gaggle' on Friday, igniting furious criticism from media organizations.

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No evidence of terrorist threat from travel ban countries, says DHS draft report

A Department of Homeland Security draft report obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the US. 

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Where busing works

Hartford, Conn., has revamped its schools to attract a rich mix of students in a voluntary desegregation program being watched across the country. 

 

 

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Trump wants a 'top of the pack' nuclear program: does that actually signal a shift?

Paths to beef up the US nuclear arsenal might wind up going through Obama's modernization project, and an arms-control treaty with Russia.

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Trump team tries to calm US-Mexico relations. Why that's not easy.

As two cabinet secretaries visit Mexico City, Mexicans wonder whether recent progress in US relations matters to President Trump.

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Sessions memo: Reversal on private prisons could portend shift on justice, observers say

The federal government will not phase out its contracts with private prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated in a memo on Thursday, highlighting the Trump administration's contrasting approach on criminal justice after Obama-era reforms.

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Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Ian Grillot dismissed the term hero, saying 'I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being.'

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Could Betsy DeVos be an ally for transgender students? It's complicated.

The new education secretary has a history of quietly supporting LGBT rights, and reportedly objected to the Trump administration's decision to revoke the previous administration's guidance for schools on what bathrooms transgender students should be allowed to use.

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Ivanka Trump pushes $500 billion child care subsidy plan: Who would benefit?

The plan, which is similar to one President Trump proposed during his campaign, would make child-care expenses tax deductible for individuals earning less than $250,000. But critics argue that low-income families would not be able to take advantage of the benefit.

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Once suspect, Trump now a hero at conservative 'Woodstock'

Conservatives have moved toward President Trump – and to a certain extent, vice versa – since he met with silence and scattered boos at CPAC a few years ago.

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Trump administration sets sights on state recreational marijuana laws

The Obama administration had declined to enforce the federal laws prohibiting marijuana in states that have legalized recreational use of the drug. Comments from the White House press secretary suggest that stance could be about to change.

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Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared of protesters

Most protesters left peacefully Wednesday, when authorities closed the camp, but some stayed overnight in defiance of the government order.

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Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said all deportations will comply with human rights requirements and the U.S. legal system

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Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

As House speaker, John Boehner promised numerous times to repeal and replace Obamacare in full.

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Privatize PBS? Not to pay for a Mexico wall, says 7-year-old (+video)

Toby Smith delivered the sharp warning to Sen. Tom Cotton at a town hall in Arkansas. But the 7-year-old is likely too young to remember how often this debate about privatizing public broadcasting comes up. 

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CPAC dismisses Richard Spencer: How conservatives are severing alt-right ties (+video)

Richard Spencer, who claims to have coined the term 'alt-right,' was asked to leave a conservative conference Thursday, one of several times this week that conservatives have stood up to right-wing ideas and personalities judged to be offensive.

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What do those red Xs on Facebook mean?

Some social media users are sharing photos of red Xs to show support for the END IT Movement's 'Shine a Light on Slavery' Day. 

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At raucous town halls, a return to the messy roots of democracy?

Town hall meetings have been a part of American politics since the colonial era, but they are often overlooked in the age of television, radio, and the internet. Now, protests against GOP representatives at many of these forums have been making headlines once again.

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The logistical case for Trump's deportation plan – and the legal case against it (+video)

The administration's decision to expand the use of 'expedited removal' is within the bounds of the law. But legal experts say it opens the door to violations of due process, a right courts have ascribed even to undocumented immigrants.

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Why Trump inauguration singer wants a private meeting with the president (+video)

Jackie Evancho says she wants to 'enlighten' the president on what her transgender sister endures at high school.

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Those divided by transgender debate can share aim to prevent bullying: interview

Tina Owen-Moore started a public school in Milwaukee whose mission is to reduce bullying and welcome all students. She successfully reached out to people who initially protested outside her school. 

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Survey says the majority of Americans trust the media over Trump

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 52 percent of respondents chose the media over President Trump when asked who they trusted to 'tell you the truth about important issues.'

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Flood waters force thousands from homes in Northern California

Hit by a once-in-100 years flood, more than 14,000 residents near the swollen Coyote Creek that runs through San Jose were ordered to evacuate. 

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Hundreds protest in Anaheim after off-duty cop fires shot in altercation with teens (+video)

Video footage of an off-duty cop struggling with a teen in Anaheim, Calif., and eventually firing a gun has sparked outrage both locally and across the nation, spurring protesters to take to the streets Wednesday night. 

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Md. appeals court upholds 'assault weapon' ban: a new challenge to scope of Second Amendment?

A federal appeals court in Maryland has upheld a law banning military-style weapons. If the case goes before the Supreme Court, justices will have to confront whether the weapons deserve protection under the Second Amendment.

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Most oil pipeline opponents leave North Dakota protest camp

Demonstrators have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at the camp for nearly a year, with the population numbering in the thousands at the height of the protests. Some new camps are popping up on private land nearby.

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Trump's been quieter lately. Is that a trend?

The combative style of President Trump was part of his appeal as a candidate. But as president, a less-testy few days seem to have helped his approval ratings.

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In age of Trump, apocalyptic rhetoric becomes mainstream

Under Obama, some conservatives warned of an existential threat to the nation. Now, liberals are using similar language. The concerns are not baseless, some experts say. But intensifying partisanship is a key driver.

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Larry Nassar, former USA gymnastic coach, is charged with sexual assault

Dr. Nassar, who specialized in treating female gymnasts at Michigan State University and through the USA Gymnastics organization, faces charges in two Michigan counties. 

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Faster play: how pro baseball commissioner hopes to speed up America's pastime

Despite reluctance on the part of the players' union, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he is considering rule changes beginning in 2018.

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Judge stalls Texas efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

The judge’s injunction will keep Medicaid funding flowing to Planned Parenthood until an upcoming court case can rule on the merits of Texas’ case for defunding the organization.

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Conservatives are 'hopeful but wary' going into annual gathering near D.C.

Thousands of conservatives are converging outside of Washington this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Second Amendment does not cover 'weapons of war,' US appeals court finds

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld on Tuesday Maryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons, but the National Rifle Association is open to appealing the decision. 

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For kids struggling with drug abuse, can 'sober' schools make a difference?

Providing early treatment is seen as critical for teens trying to break free of addiction. The US has 33 public high schools that provide help with the complex realities that kids can face.

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American Muslims raise money to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

Muslim community leaders launched a fundraising campaign to help repair a historic Jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend. Donors surpassed the initial goal of $20,000 within just three hours.

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Why the Trump administration wants to roll back transgender bathroom guidelines

The Trump administrations says transgender laws are better left to the states.

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Expanded immigration enforcement will not lead to 'mass deportations,' says DHS

In two new memos, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly called for existing immigration laws to be used 'to the greatest extent practicable.' That doesn't mean mass deportations, officials say.

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Texas becomes fifth state to preserve Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding

An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed making a decision in January and essentially bought Planned Parenthood an extra month in the state's Medicaid program.

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Republican and Democratic politicians channel grief into opioid reform

In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.

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