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After backlash, Trump says he will postpone plan to allow elephant trophy imports to allow more review

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:25:00 PST

In a surprise move, the Trump administration will suspend its recent decision to allow hunters to bring elephant trophies back to the U.S. from parts of southern Africa, President Trump announced Friday night on Twitter.

The move comes as celebrities, politicians and even some Trump supporters...


Al Franken photo is 'really bad,' says Trump, but president remains silent about Roy Moore allegations

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:40:00 PST

President Trump has steadfastly refused to answer questions about Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama accused of molesting a teenage girl and making advances on others decades ago. Yet mere hours after a radio broadcaster accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat, of groping...


Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:00 PST

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he largely ignored the country’s widespread human rights abuses.

Security forces have conducted or allowed what critics call systematic rape and murder against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, leading to a refugee...


For Republicans in upscale Alabama suburbs, Roy Moore presents a conundrum

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:15:00 PST

Roy Moore, the 70-year-old former chief justice of Alabama, was not Ellen Tipton’s ideal candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Yet the longtime Republican and Trump supporter had reconciled herself to voting for the firebrand conservative — until women began accusing him of sexual assault and unwanted...


Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 trip to Paris for lunch with Moscow-linked couple remains a puzzle

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:10:00 PST

Shortly before last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump Jr. flew to France for lunch at the Hotel Ritz Paris with a Syrian peace activist, who says she meets regularly with Russian officials, and her French husband, who nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize last...


DACA negotiations slow as Trump demands more than Democrats will give

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:15:00 PST

Bipartisan negotiations over protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation have stalled over demands from President Trump and Republican lawmakers that any new law also include tougher measures on legal and illegal immigration.

The legislative impasse persists more than two months after Trump...


House passes its tax reform plan as Senate version comes under new attack

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:20:00 PST

House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package Thursday, setting up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach.

Senate GOP leaders, after making some revisions this week, are facing mounting dissent and criticism...


In rare mass exoneration, 15 drug cases tied to corrupt Chicago ex-cop are thrown out

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:20:00 PST

In the wake of the mass exoneration Thursday of 15 men, attorneys vowed to continue to review potentially hundreds of convictions tied to a corrupt former Chicago police sergeant and his crew.

The lead attorney for the 15 men whose drug cases were thrown out said as many as 500 additional convictions...


Judge declares mistrial in New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:10:00 PST

In the first prosecution of a sitting U.S. senator in nearly a decade, a federal judge in Newark, N.J., declared a mistrial Thursday in the case against Robert Menendez, who was accused of trading political favors for trips and other gifts.

The declaration came after jurors sent a note to the judge...


Case against Libyan accused in 2012 Benghazi attacks goes to jury

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:45:00 PST

The terrorism case against a Libyan militia leader accused of plotting the deadly Benghazi attacks concluded in a federal courtroom Thursday, with prosecutors depicting him as a “stone-cold terrorist” driven by a rage against Americans.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah was captured by a military team in 2014,...


Does trophy hunting 'enhance survival of the species'? Trump administration policy allowing elephant trophies stirs debate

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:15:00 PST

Partially reversing an Obama-era ban, the Trump administration will now allow U.S. hunters to bring home the remains of elephants they’ve killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia in southern Africa.

The move, announced earlier this week, was greeted with cheers by hunters and firearms groups and but was derided...


Sen. Al Franken, accused of sexual harassment from 2006, apologizes and agrees to an ethics investigation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:55:00 PST

Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio show anchor said that he had forcibly kissed her and later groped her on a 2006 USO tour, and amid a blizzard of criticism said that he would “gladly cooperate” with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his actions.

“I respect...


Defiant Roy Moore gets reprieve — both Trump and Alabama GOP say voters should decide

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:25:00 PST

Roy Moore won a reprieve in his struggle to survive as a U.S. Senate candidate Thursday when the Alabama Republican Party affirmed it would continue backing him despite allegations that he sexually assaulted teenagers.

“Judge Moore has vehemently denied the allegations made against him,” state...


Obamacare 101: Will the GOP tax bill force big Medicare cuts?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:45:00 PST

As congressional Republicans move forward with their tax legislation, there are growing concerns that the costs, which are projected to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, will force a host of big cuts in government programs, including Medicare.

The Medicare cuts alone are...


Trump's environmental rollbacks hit California hard, despite Sacramento's resistance

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

When 50,000 acre-feet of water went gushing out of the Sacramento River last month, it fast became a test of California’s ability to protect its environmental policies from an increasingly hostile Trump administration.

The episode proved humbling.

Heeding the calls of big agriculture interests...


Roy Moore challenges woman's claim of sexual assault as a new groping charge surfaces

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:30:00 PST

Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama sought Wednesday to discredit a woman’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her when she was 16, suggesting that what looks like his signature on her high school yearbook is a forgery.

Moore also disputed a statement by Beverly Young Nelson that she’d had...


So what's behind the recent fraternity hazing incidents on college campuses nationwide?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:55:00 PST

In recent weeks, a rash of fraternity hazing deaths have taken place from Pennsylvania to Texas. Why does this continue to happen on college campuses?(image)

Trump proclaims success of his Asia trip but cites no major breakthroughs

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:05:00 PST

President Trump on Wednesday proclaimed “the tremendous success” of his five-nation tour of Asia, but his message was undermined by the lack of significant accomplishments he could point to from the trip.

The president, who had returned to the White House the evening before looking fatigued, boasted...


The Roy Moore controversy is a thorny issue for Alabama Baptists

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:15:00 PST

When Kenneth Frost, a Baptist deacon, first heard that a woman had accused Roy Moore of sexual abuse, he was skeptical. Not only did the allegation stem from nearly 40 years ago, but Moore — a figure he admires and believes to be a man of God — denied the woman’s claims.

The 79-year-old Republican...


Senate tax bill ditches stock option change after outcry from tech start-ups

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:10:00 PST

A revised Senate tax bill has ditched a change in the treatment of stock options after an outcry from technology start-ups.

The original bill released last week proposed to tax stock options on the date they vest instead of when they are cashed in. Technology start-ups such as Hyperloop One, Airbnb,...


Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:25:00 PST

A gambit by Senate Republicans to make a large corporate tax cut permanent by having benefits for individuals expire at the end of 2025 created new problems for the legislation Wednesday as lawmakers were still grappling with the controversial decision to add the repeal of a key Obamacare provision.


Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:10:00 PST

The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog will step down this month, sparking concern from advocacy groups — and relief from financial firms — that the federal agency he has led since 2012 will soon be much friendlier to the industry it polices.

Richard Cordray announced his impending resignation...


Republicans consider expelling Roy Moore if he does win a Senate seat — a rare and severe punishment

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

Expulsion from the U.S. Senate is rare, but Roy Moore’s refusal to drop his run for an Alabama seat amid sexual assault allegations has led fellow Republicans to suggest kicking him out of Congress before the election even takes place.

If he wins the Dec. 12 election to fill the seat vacated by...


Prosecutor describes tense, armed standoff at Cliven Bundy ranch: ‘We were outgunned’

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:30:00 PST

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons repeatedly violated court orders to remove their cattle from public land while inciting and escalating an armed standoff with government agents near their Bunkerville ranch more than three years ago, federal prosecutors told a Las Vegas jury Tuesday.



Trump is flattered across Asia, and flatters back, but returns with little in hand

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:40:00 PST

In the photo, President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the yellow-tiled palace where emperors ruled the Middle Kingdom, as China called itself for centuries.

It was the first time a U.S. president had stood for a portrait with the head of China’s Communist...