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Kelly might not be like Trump, but he seems like many Trump voters

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:30:00 PDT

In the roughly three months since President Trump chose John F. Kelly as his second chief of staff, observers have puzzled over the retired Marine general’s occasional scowls and downcast gazes, wondering whether he and Trump, with such different styles and backgrounds, perhaps weren’t working...


The fate of room No. 32135 at Mandalay Bay hotel and other properties involved in mass shootings

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:50:00 PDT

MGM Resorts has announced that it does not plan to rent out the room where gunman Stephen Paddock stayed. Here's what happened to other places where mass shootings have taken place.(image)

Appeals court delays abortion for immigrant held in federal detention

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:15:00 PDT

A divided federal appeals court delayed final resolution of the case of a 17-year-old pregnant migrant in federal detention who is seeking an abortion, giving the Trump administration until the end of this month to find a private sponsor who can house her and will allow her to obtain the procedure.


Officer killed in Las Vegas shooting left funeral instructions: 'Remember me for who I was'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Charleston Hartfield was a military man. A policeman. A family man.

And a prepared man.

So it didn’t surprise those who knew him that he had instructions — a computer file called “Charleston Hartfield’s Memorial Service” — that offered careful plans for what to do in the event of his death. Nobody...


Ryan says tax overhaul will include a bracket aimed at the wealthy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:20:00 PDT

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Friday that the Republican tax overhaul will include a fourth bracket for the wealthiest Americans to ensure that high earners don’t benefit more than the middle class.

The bracket would be “designed to make sure we don’t have a big drop in income tax rates for high-income...


White nationalist shot at protesters after Richard Spencer speech in Florida, police say

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:50:00 PDT

Three supporters of the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer have been charged with attempted murder after police said one of the men, egged on by his friends, shot at protesters “with the intent to kill” following Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.

It was the most...


As Trump looms over the race, Virginia tests whether an establishment Republican can succeed

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:55:00 PDT

A decade before Donald Trump upended national politics, Ed Gillespie was among the establishment Republicans counseling his party’s candidates to tread gently on the issue of immigration or risk ruination by alienating Latinos.

Now he is Virginia’s Republican nominee for governor, sounding remarkably...


Obama stumps for Democrats and takes a few swipes at that guy who succeeded him

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:35:00 PDT

Barack Obama returned to the campaign stage on Thursday to denounce the politics practiced by his successor, President Trump, as unbefitting a nation yearning for unity rather than division.

Speaking in New Jersey and Virginia on behalf of Democratic candidates for governor in next month’s off-year...


Senate Republicans approve budget with $1.5-trillion deficit to pay for Trump's tax cuts

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:35:00 PDT

Senate Republicans overcame internal divisions late Thursday to approve a 2018 budget that will increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years to allow for President Trump’s proposed tax cuts.

Passage of the GOP’s budget blueprint is a largely symbolic exercise, but it sets the stage for smoother...


Young, pregnant migrant's case becomes a test of Trump policies on abortion and immigration

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:55:00 PDT

When the Trump administration chose E. Scott Lloyd, a prominent antiabortion activist and attorney, to head the federal agency that oversees refugee affairs, he quickly set about enforcing strict policies.

For months, even as he personally intervened in cases and tried to talk young women out of...


John Kelly, who lost a son in combat, gives an emotional defense of Trump's calls to military families

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:20:00 PDT

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, a retired Marine general who lost his son in combat, gave an emotional defense Thursday of President Trump's calls to the families of soldiers killed this month in Niger, and assailed a Democratic congresswoman who was among the president's chief critics.


Senate Democrats fail in first attempt to save state and local tax deduction

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:35:00 PDT

Senate Democrats on Thursday failed in their first attempt to save the state and local tax deduction, which helps many residents of California and other high-cost states reduce their federal income tax bills.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 52 to 47 to reject an amendment that would have...


In stunning attack, George W. Bush rebukes Trump, suggesting he promotes falsehoods and prejudice

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:45:00 PDT

In an extraordinary — albeit veiled — attack, former President George W. Bush delivered a scathing assessment Thursday of President Trump and his policies, suggesting he has promoted bigotry and falsehoods to the detriment of the country and its values.

Speaking at a policy seminar in New York,...


White nationalist Richard Spencer to noisy Florida protesters: You didn’t shut me down

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:55:00 PDT

Students and other audience members heavily booed white nationalist Richard Spencer on Thursday as he gave a speech at the University of Florida, where the atmosphere was tense but mostly peaceful as police in riot gear kept watch.

“We represent a new white America,” said one speaker who came onstage...


Trump meets with Janet Yellen as decision on next Fed chair nears

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:50:00 PDT

President Trump met at the White House on Thursday with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen as he neared a decision on who will lead the central bank after her first four-year term ends in February.

Yellen, 71, a Democrat nominated to the job by former President Obama, is one of five candidates...


Pentagon investigating troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:45:00 PDT

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.

The growing...


What Republicans still need to do before voting on a tax plan

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Once the Senate passes a budget resolution, Congress still faces some hurdles before it can tackle tax reform. Here are the next steps:(image)

As Trump moves to slash refugee admissions, U.N. refugee agency honors his wife? Um, not exactly

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:05:00 PDT

At first blush, the gala suggested a particularly awkward celebration.

According to the official White House schedule for Thursday, President Trump would be attending a gala dinner honoring his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and the foremost international refugee office, the United Nations High...


Congresswoman demands investigation into law that stymied DEA on opioid enforcement

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:55:00 PDT

In September 2016, local Rep. Judy Chu met with then-head of the Drug Enforcement Agency Chuck Rosenberg.

She was reassured by Rosenberg that recently passed legislation related to the oversight of how opioids are distributed, which she cosponsored, “did not interfere with the DEA’s ability to...


How did Trump's response to four soldiers' deaths go so wrong?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:45:00 PDT

President Trump kept silent on the deaths of four American soldiers for nearly two weeks, while finding time to tweet about “fake news” and Republicans’ fundraising, attack Puerto Ricans and a Republican senator, among others, and keep up his complaints against protesting professional football...


Trump punts his top priorities to Congress, setting the stage for a year-end showdown

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:05:00 PDT

In kicking his top priorities to Congress, President Trump is setting the stage — intentionally or not — for weeks of messy horse-trading that may culminate in a year-end standoff to avoid another government shutdown.

Trump is betting he can pressure Congress into breaking its gridlock and squeeze...


Sessions again refuses to answer questions about his talks with Trump before Comey firing

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, facing barbed questions Wednesday from some former Senate colleagues, once again heatedly denied any improper dealings with Russian officials while working with the Trump campaign.

In sharp exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he served for...


A deadly ambush in Niger, and quiet in Washington — until now

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Highlights of the nearly two weeks since four soldiers were ambushed and killed by suspected ISIS sympathizers in Niger: President Trump was silent until Monday. When he finally spoke, in answer to a question, he ignited a controversy that once again had him at odds with a Gold Star family.(image)

Republicans see new chance for oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:50:00 PDT

The last time congressional Republicans mounted a serious push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, they painted America as a desperate petroleum mess. The need, they said, was clear. The country consumed and imported more oil than ever before, produced less than at any...


Mnuchin warns of 'significant' stock market drop if tax reform fails

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:25:00 PDT

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Tuesday that failure to pass the Republican tax overhaul would trigger a "significant" drop in the stock market, which has rallied to record highs in recent months.(image)