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Trump administration stops disclosing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Even as the U.S. military takes on a greater role in the warfare in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration has stopped disclosing significant information about the size and nature of the U.S. commitment, including the number of U.S. troops deployed in either country.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon...


Pence casts tie-breaking vote to let states withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Senate Republicans needed Vice President Mike Pence to dash to the Capitol twice on Thursday to cast tie-breaking votes to pass legislation that will make it easier for states to restrict federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other providers of family planning services.

Calling in the vice president,...


North Carolina governor signs repeal of controversial 'bathroom bill'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:55:00 PDT

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill Thursday repealing the state’s contentious law that limited transgender bathroom access, shortly after both houses of the General Assembly voted to approve it.

The repeal bill was the result of a compromise between Cooper and Republican legislative leaders...


Tillerson and Turks fail to agree on next moves in fight against Islamic State in Syria

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:25:00 PDT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a day of longer-than-planned meetings with Turkish leaders in Ankara on Thursday, but the most senior Trump administration official to visit the crucial NATO ally seemed to make little headway in salvaging an increasingly troubled relationship.

Washington and...


Senate committee narrowly approves Acosta's nomination to be Labor secretary

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:05:00 PDT

A Senate committee on Thursday narrowly approved R. Alexander Acosta to be Labor secretary, moving to fill one of President Trump’s few remaining vacant Cabinet posts.

The nomination of Acosta, a law school dean and former Justice Department official, was approved by a 12-11 vote by the Senate...


Senate heads for 'nuclear option' if Democrats filibuster Gorsuch nomination

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

One of Senate’s most serious jobs – confirming the president’s choice for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court – has devolved into a game of political chicken.

Senators are heading toward an institution-defining showdown next week as Democrats promise to try to block President Trump’s nominee,...


'Dreamer' threatened with deportation in Seattle is released after weeks of detention

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:25:00 PDT

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, thought to be the first “Dreamer” swept up in the Trump administration crackdown on immigration violators, was released Wednesday after spending six weeks in federal detention.

“Today the judge affirmed that Daniel does not pose any risk to public safety,” Luis Cortes,...


Seattle sues over Trump's 'sanctuary cities' threat, calling his executive order unconstitutional

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:20:00 PDT

Seattle filed suit against the Trump administration Wednesday over its threat to cut off funds to so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in their attempts to deport those who are in the country illegally.

Mayor Ed Murray said Seattle officials believe the sanctuary...


U.S. airstrike was responsible for civilian deaths in Mosul, Iraqi officials say

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:10:00 PDT

A top Iraqi military officer said Wednesday it was clear that the devastating explosion on the west Mosul neighborhood of Jadidah this month was a U.S. airstrike, but he insisted the troops that requested it didn’t realize civilians were present.

With as many as 200 people killed — the largest...


U.S. diplomat arrested, accused of conspiracy with Chinese intelligence agents

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDT

A longtime State Department employee was arrested Wednesday and charged with repeatedly lying about her contacts with Chinese businessmen who had plied her with thousands of dollars in cash and gifts to glean inside information about U.S. economic policy, U.S. officials said.

Candace Claiborne,...


Russia investigation, climate change and business ideas: What's happened this week under Trump

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:45:00 PDT

Healthcare is so last week. At least, that’s what it seems like when we take a look at this week. The main headlines so far have centered on the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Let’s get to it:

Last weekend A U.S.-led coalition conducted an airstrike believed...(image)

Senators pledge to 'go where the intelligence leads' in Russia investigation

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:55:00 PDT

The Senate Intelligence Committee's inquiry into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be “one of the biggest investigations” in years and has already involved an “unprecedented” level of cooperation between Congress and U.S. spy agencies, the panel's chairman said Wednesday.


Arrest warrant issued for Florida woman who allegedly threatened parent of Sandy Hook victim

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:50:00 PDT

If the woman accused of sending death threats to a Palm Beach County man whose 6-year-old son died in the Sandy Hook school shooting had shown up in court on Wednesday, she probably would have been sentenced to house arrest and probation.

Lucy Richards, 57, of Brandon, Fla., was due in federal...


Supreme Court rules merchants may pursue free-speech challenge to disclose credit card fees

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:30:00 PDT

Merchants may soon have the right to tell customers they will pay a surcharge if they use a credit card rather than pay with cash.

The Supreme Court cast doubt Wednesday on laws in California, New York, Florida and seven other states that make it illegal for sellers to "impose a surcharge" on credit...


Tillerson will push NATO allies to 'do more, faster'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week holds his first meetings with the full roster of NATO partners, and aides say he will make a concerted effort to press member states to increase their defense spending.

Tillerson was en route to the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday, where he will...


Trump is delving into the nation's opioid addiction crisis. Here's a look at its origins

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:25:00 PDT

President Trump today is hosting a listening session at the White House on opioid and other drug abuse.

During his campaign, Trump promised to end the opioid addiction epidemic. This week, he appointed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead a White House commission to combat drug addiction. Christie...


This is how states will fight Trump's energy order

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Donald Trump’s plan to bring an abrupt halt to America’s crusade against climate change will test California and other states like never before as they seek to wrest control of the nation’s energy future from a hostile White House.

The energy plan Trump unveiled on Tuesday left no doubt that the...


Decades-old war over Yucca Mountain nuclear dump resumes under Trump budget plan

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

An abandoned tunnel in the desolate Nevada desert, barricaded only by a chain-link fence, is all that remains of the nation’s tortured effort to create a permanent repository for nuclear waste 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

After spending $11 billion, the Energy Department met with unrelenting...


Hoax. Con job. Chinese plot. Trump tweets have bashed climate science for years

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:40:00 PDT

As President Trump moved to halt federal efforts against global warming on Tuesday, he avoided an important phrase: climate change.

It was the same story during his campaign for president. Trump rarely mentioned it.

When he pledged last May to withdraw the United States from the Paris treaty, a...


Michigan will spend $87 million to replace Flint's water lines

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDT

Michigan will spend $87 million to replace thousands of aging water pipes in Flint to settle a federal lawsuit over lead-contaminated drinking water, promising to bring an end to a water crisis that made the city a national symbol of crumbling infrastructure.

A federal judge on Tuesday approved...


Father of teen accused in rape of Maryland high school girl detained on immigration charges

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:15:00 PDT

The father of a teenager accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at a Maryland high school has been arrested by federal authorities for being in the U.S. illegally, officials said.

Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, a 43-year-old citizen of Guatemala, is being held at a Maryland detention center...


In Trump's defense against a defamation lawsuit, he cites a case Bill Clinton lost

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:35:00 PDT

President Trump is citing Bill Clinton’s famous sexual harassment battle in his effort to block a California woman’s lawsuit claiming he lied about groping her in the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.

Problem is, Clinton lost that bid for legal immunity when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 1997...


House sends Trump bill to kill landmark broadband privacy regulations

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:20:00 PDT

The House voted Tuesday to kill landmark privacy restrictions for Internet service providers and sent the bill to the White House, which indicated President Trump would sign it and invalidate the rules before they go into effect.

The measure, approved largely along party lines, repeals tough new...


Trump's poll numbers are low. But the people who put him in office say it's not time to judge him — yet

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:00 PDT

It’s been five months since the euphoria of a Donald Trump rally at the local arena brought optimism to this former Democratic stronghold. The snow from a long winter has begun melting into the rocky soil, and the digital sign in a torn-up parking lot blinks hopefully: “Warm days are coming.”



Supreme Court blocks death sentence for Texas inmate, citing mental disability

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:20:00 PDT

The Supreme Court set aside a death sentence on Tuesday for a Texas inmate who as a teenager struggled to tell time and name the days of the week, concluding he should not be executed in light of his mental disability.

The 5-3 decision is the latest in which the justices restricted the use of the...