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After Hurricane Maria, 'Puerto Rico isn’t going to be the same'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:05:00 PDT

Officials in Puerto Rico are calling Maria the "storm of the century."(image)

U.N. General Assembly live updates: Iranian president denounces Trump for 'ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:28:00 PDT

President Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and denounced "loser terrorists" in the normally formal occasion of his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly."Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," Trump said in the provocative...(image)

Manafort offered ‘private briefings’ with Russian billionaire during Trump’s presidential campaign

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:15:00 PDT

In the middle of Donald Trump's presidential run, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide "private briefings" about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Manafort's offer was memorialized in an...


Republicans' new repeal bill would likely leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:30:00 PDT

The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest.

Healthcare safety nets...


Yellen defends Federal Reserve's bond buying as the central bank starts reducing its stockpile

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:10:00 PDT

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it would start slowly reducing the trillions of dollars in bonds it bought to stimulate the economy, another milestone in the central bank’s efforts to return to a normal monetary policy after the Great Recession.

The long-awaited reduction in the Fed’s...


Iran pushes back on Trump's U.N. attack

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Iran fired back sharply at President Trump at the United Nations on Wednesday, dismissing what it called “ignorant, hateful and absurd rhetoric” and challenging his threats to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

A day after Trump denounced Iran as a “rogue state” to the U.N. General Assembly,...


Mueller seeks documents related to Trump’s actions while in White House

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has sought a variety of documents related to President Trump’s tenure in the White House, the president’s attorney, John Dowd, has confirmed.

The inquiry from Mueller, the former FBI director who is heading the investigation of Russian election meddling and...


Trump seeks to reassure loyalists even as he courts deals with Democrats

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:50:00 PDT

As mainstream media outlets raised questions Tuesday about the wisdom of President Trump labeling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” from the lectern at the United Nations, the president’s message-making sped into gear.

“Trump supporters around the country should take pride in President...


Hurricane Maria rips through the eastern Caribbean on its way to Puerto Rico

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:45:00 PDT

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were bracing for possible catastrophe as they remained locked in the crosshairs of Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that has already devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica and was continuing to gain strength Tuesday.

“Now is not the time to wait,”...


Continuing a fierce assault on 'sanctuary' policies, Sessions attacks California bill

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:00:00 PDT

In another shot in the ongoing battle over so-called sanctuary city policies, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday attacked California’s new bill that affords some protections to undocumented immigrants across the state, calling it “unconscionable” and a threat to public safety.

Sessions, speaking...


White House, Republican leaders join new push for Obamacare repeal as bipartisan effort falters

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:35:00 PDT

President Trump and Republican leaders have joined a revived push to roll back the Affordable Care Act as lawmakers faced a critical deadline next week and efforts to reach a bipartisan compromise appeared to collapse.

But it was still unclear Tuesday evening whether Trump and his Senate allies...


In U.N. speech, Trump defines his foreign policy doctrine as sovereignty for major powers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 PDT

President Trump used variations of the word “sovereign” 21 times during Tuesday’s 42-minute speech to the United Nations General Assembly, driving home his belief that countries, not international institutions like the U.N., will and should determine the fate of the world by pursuing their own...


In first U.N. speech, Trump derides Kim Jong Un as 'Rocket Man' and threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:35:00 PDT

President Trump delivered a forceful inaugural speech to a packed United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, a sprawling 42-minute address — warlike at times, flowery at others — that challenged some tenets of U.S. foreign policy.

With the cavernous hall packed so full that scores of people jammed...


White House names former NFL player to lead initiative for historically black colleges

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Amid criticism that it hasn’t lived up to its commitment to historically black colleges, the Trump administration has named Johnathan M. Holifield, a former NFL player, author and entrepreneur, to lead a White House initiative on the issue.

Advocates applauded the appointment and said they look...


Obamacare 101: What would the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill do?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Senate Republicans are rushing to vote by the end of next week on a new bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

The latest bill — written by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — has been put together so quickly that the independent Congressional Budget Office said it will...


Read President Trump's full remarks at the U.N. General Assembly, annotated

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:30:00 PDT

In a forceful but highly unusual speech before the U.N., Trump mocked North Korea's Kim Jong Un, denounced "loser terrorists" and renewed hints he would with withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.(image)

Trump calls North Korean leader 'Rocket Man' in formal speech to U.N., threatens to end Iran deal

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 PDT

President Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and denounced "loser terrorists" in the normally formal occasion of his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly.

"Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," Trump said in the provocative...


Leaders from round the world gather for the U.N. General Assembly: A quick look at what's on the table

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A look at the difficult issues facing world leaders as they gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York(image)

Hurricane Maria grows into a Category 5 storm and makes landfall in the storm-battered Caribbean

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:00:00 PDT

Hurricane Maria, a dangerous Category 5 storm, reached the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean on Monday night with sustained winds of 160 mph, forecasters said.

It was expected to deliver destructive waves, a storm surge of up to 9 feet, flooding and mudslides along a path that the National...


Trump condemns 'bureaucracy and mismanagement' at the U.N.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:00:00 PDT

Acting more the statesman than the flamethrower, President Trump made a smooth debut at the United Nations on Monday, chairing a meeting on reforming U.N. operations and agencies, and urging the global body to “focus more on people and less on bureaucracy.”

He called for the 193 member nations...


Trump is riding a 'dead horse' on climate issue, Gov. Brown says at New York conference

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:00 PDT

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called “climate deniers” are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions.

“I like all the optimism around here, but I don’t want to minimize...


Trump's chance to reshape the Federal Reserve could be his biggest economic legacy

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:05:00 PDT

President Trump is betting he can turbocharge the U.S. economy with tax cuts and trade deals, but his greatest leverage to influence growth may rest with an unparalleled opportunity to reshape the world’s most powerful central bank.

Because of a wave of vacancies, Trump will have the ability in...


With a deadline approaching, Republicans' last push to roll back Obamacare gains strength

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:00:00 PDT

A last-ditch Republican push to roll back the Affordable Care Act appeared to pick up momentum Monday even as opposition from leading patient advocates and healthcare organizations mounted, setting the stage for another potentially dramatic Senate vote on the future of the 2010 law, often called...


Trump may strip protections from 10 national monuments

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:15:00 PDT

The Trump administration’s plan for shrinking and diminishing protections at America’s national monuments appears far more expansive than previously reported, targeting 10 of the nation’s most ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves.

The plan, which the White House has been keeping...