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Steve Bannon out as Trump's chief strategist

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Exactly one year ago, Donald Trump tapped conservative media insurgent Stephen K. Bannon as chief executive of his campaign, affirming that while Trump was the nominee, his was a hostile takeover of the Republican Party: with Bannon, he would take it in a new direction — nationalist, nativist and...


More groups ditch plans for fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT

The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and two others became the latest charitable organizations Friday to abandon plans for events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

They’re among several philanthropic groups canceling plans at the resort as pressure mounts from business leaders...


All 17 on White House arts and humanities panel quit, following business CEOs out the door

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:40:00 PDT

All 17 members of the White House advisory commission on the arts and humanities, including several from Hollywood, resigned en masse Friday to protest President Trump's divisive comments on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The move follows the disbanding of two CEO councils created...


'Water on deck!' 'Get out!' Navy investigation details mid-ocean collision that killed seven sailors

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

It was before dawn, and most of the ship’s crew lay asleep in their berths aboard the Fitzgerald, a U.S. destroyer, when suddenly the ocean flooded in on the starboard side and disaster loomed.

“Water on deck!” the sailors yelled. “Get out!”

Seawater poured in so fast that it was already waist-deep...


For Jewish Americans, echoes of the Holocaust and anger over Trump's response to Charlottesville

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Dina Chernick had just arrived for breakfast Thursday at a Jewish deli in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, but she already had a bad case of indigestion. She could thank President Trump for that.

“Here’s this guy and he’s talking about uniting the country and then he makes these terribly divisive...


The return of a native New Yorker: whales

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

On a gray summer afternoon a double-decker ferry cruised around New York’s Rockaway Peninsula as rain drove down in sheets. Undaunted, the passengers, including 8-year-olds from Brooklyn celebrating a birthday, looked out the windows, hoping to glimpse their quarry.

A voice came over a weak microphone....


This Confederate history activist condemns white supremacists but says Trump was right

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A conversation with a Confederate history activist in Virginia about white supremacists, preserving history and what might come amid an uncomfortable debate.(image)

Robert E. Lee was not the George Washington of his time. But a lot ties them together

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

If we tear down statues of Robert E. Lee, does that mean we should tear down statues of George Washington? We ask an expert.(image)

Tensions grow inside ACLU over defending free-speech rights for the far right

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:55:00 PDT

It was 1934 and fascism was on the march not only in Europe but in America. People who admired Adolf Hitler, who had taken power in Germany, formed Nazi organizations in the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union, represented by lawyers who were Jewish, faced an existential question:...


Trump shuns healing gestures, redoubling support for Confederate memorials and slamming fellow Republicans

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:45:00 PDT

President Trump, increasingly isolated, appears caught in a cycle of anger and provocation as he pushes wider the nation’s longstanding racial and cultural divide to solidify his dwindling base of populist political support.

The latest examples came Thursday: Trump further inflamed the incendiary...


With Trump and Congress increasingly at odds, hopes for Republican legislative agenda fade

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Republicans in Congress have tried to stick with President Trump in hopes that despite politically damaging outbursts from the White House, his pen would ultimately be able to sign their legislative agenda into law.

But in the aftermath of Trump’s controversial response to the neo-Nazi rally in...


In Washington state, it's illegal to prepare for a nuclear attack. That's a bit awkward these days

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In jarring contrast to the forested vacationland of Hood Canal — a shellfish and boating paradise about 20 miles west of Seattle — 560-foot-long black submarines silently come and go amid the water skiers and sailboats.

Thanks to the eight ballistic-missile submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor...


Thousands march in Charlottesville against racism and violence

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:05:00 PDT

Declaring their resolve to “take back the Lawn,” students and faculty descended by the thousands on the University of Virginia as night fell Wednesday. Holding candles, laughing and singing softly, they retraced the steps taken less than a week ago by demonstrators clutching tiki torches and chanting...


President Obama often spoke about race relations in the U.S. Here are some of his words

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:35:00 PDT

After the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump’s statements about white nationalists, neo-Nazis and their opponents drew criticism from some observers who said he failed to adequately address and acknowledge racial discord in the United States.

When Trump was asked Tuesday...


President Trump says the 'alt-left' was partly to blame for the violence at Charlottesville. Wait: What's the alt-left?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:25:00 PDT

American politics used to divide itself into two generally opposing streams: Liberals leaned left. Conservatives leaned right.

Then came the era of Donald Trump, and the political landscape shifted from a two-lane highway to a train wreck. “Right” was no longer adequate to include the fringe coalition...


Corporate America voices its strongest repudiation yet of Trump as councils disband

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:20:00 PDT

America’s top business executives may have bristled over President Trump's ban on refugees, his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his decision to bar transgender Americans from the military.

But it wasn’t until the embattled president all but defended white supremacists in the aftermath...


Trump's defense of a neo-Nazi rally crossed a line for many Republicans. What will they do about it?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:35:00 PDT

It took President Trump’s defense of a neo-Nazi rally for many Republicans in Congress to publicly distance themselves from the White House, after months of brushing off his impolitic behavior and tweets.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said white supremacist bigotry is “counter to all this country...


Trump administration agrees to continue healthcare subsidy for now

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:25:00 PDT

The Trump administration, faced with increasing pressure from Republican members of Congress, backed away from causing an immediate crisis in healthcare marketplaces and agreed Wednesday to continue making payments to insurance companies that are widely viewed as critical to keeping the industry...


Atty. Gen. Sessions again attacks Chicago and other 'sanctuary' cities

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ripped Chicago for its defiant “sanctuary city” stance against turning over local prisoners for deportation, once again blaming the city’s surge in crime on policies designed to protect immigrants.

Speaking in Miami, where county authorities hold prisoners...


Joint Chiefs denounce racism in stark terms as Trump's isolation grows

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:50:00 PDT

The nation’s top military officers issued public statements condemning racial bigotry and extremism, a rare foray into domestic politics that indicated deep unease Wednesday in the Pentagon with President Trump's views on race and underscored his growing isolation.

The social media posts from the...


Photos: Charlottesville honors Heather Heyer at memorial service

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:10:00 PDT

Photos: Memorial service in Charlottesville, Va., honors Heather Heyer, who was killed when car hit counter-protesters after a white supremacist rally.(image)

Idaho Falls braces for the world as eclipse mania sweeps the small town

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:45:00 PDT

The soft orange light of the Sunday early morning sun filtered through the old church’s stained glass windows while the Rev. Ruth Marsh stepped down from the altar and asked her congregants if they had any special prayer requests.

“For sanity. For safety,” a voice called out. “It’s kind of scary...


In some states, it's illegal to take down monuments or change street names honoring the Confederacy

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Cities across the U.S. are rushing to take down Confederate monuments. But doing so is illegal in some states.(image)

With help from Trump, Alabama senator heads to runoff in a race that has divided the GOP

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:35:00 PDT

With a strong push from President Trump, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange secured a runoff spot late Tuesday in the Republican primary for his seat.

The senator now faces top vote-getter Roy Moore, the outspoken former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore’s horseback ride to the polls Tuesday...


Trump provokes new furor by giving foes of white supremacists equal blame for Charlottesville violence

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:40:00 PDT

President Trump on Tuesday forcefully blamed counter-protesters as well as white supremacist groups for the weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., abandoning his scripted condemnation just a day earlier of the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups widely seen as responsible.