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Step by step, Trump is assembling an administration far more conservative than his campaign

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:55:00 PST

Donald Trump expressed fondness during the presidential campaign for some of the big federal programs that serve the country’s most vulnerable, but whatever warmth he may feel does not seem to be shared by the people he is choosing to run them.

Monday’s selection of Ben Carson, the former pediatric...

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Online conspiracy theory turns into real danger after armed man shows up at a Washington pizza parlor

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:50:00 PST

By Monday, a stretch of busy Connecticut Avenue in northwest Washington seemed back to normal, a day after a gunman entered a pizzeria intent on rescuing children trapped in an imaginary sexual abuse ring that Internet conspiracists insist was run by Hillary Clinton and a chief aide.

But it was...

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You can prevent mass shootings if you look out for the warning signs, anti-gun violence group says

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Mass shootings are preventable, an anti-gun violence group says in a video PSA — and it has released a guide on how to spot the warning signs. 

The video, produced by a nonprofit formed by families of victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, starts out by focusing on a red-haired...

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GOP congressional leaders struggle to balance Republican principles in Trump era

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:00:00 PST

GOP leaders are coming to grips with what’s likely to be a complex, at times tortured, relationship with the Trump White House as they balance long-held Republican principles with a desire to avoid direct confrontation with the new president.

Republicans know Donald Trump is no traditional Republican....

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Judge declares mistrial in case of former South Carolina police officer who killed Walter Scott

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:35:00 PST

The murder trial of a white former North Charleston, S.C., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as he fled a traffic stop ended in a mistrial Monday after a deadlocked jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

“We as a jury regret to inform the court that despite...

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Supreme Court appears in favor of ruling against racial gerrymandering in GOP-controlled states

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:25:00 PST

A Supreme Court majority on Monday appeared to lean in favor of Democrats in Virginia and North Carolina seeking to rein in what they call racial gerrymandering by Republican-controlled legislatures in those states.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is likely to hold the deciding vote, said he was...

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North Carolina Gov. McCrory concedes he lost reelection bid

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:10:00 PST

The bitter feud over the nation’s most fiercely contested gubernatorial race ended Monday when Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded Monday—nearly a month after election day—to Democrat Roy Cooper.

"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process,...

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Trump brings Koch network's green-energy foes from the fringe to the center of power

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California’s signature green-energy projects this summer — warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills — officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe.

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Army halts Dakota Access pipeline: 'Today, the voices of indigenous people were heard'

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:05:00 PST

The Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday denied permission for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a section of the Missouri River, handing at least a temporary victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters.

The decision came after months of protests by thousands of self-proclaimed...

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At defense forum, Trump's promises on spending draw praise, but other questions linger

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:50:00 PST

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to increase military spending.

It’s a pledge that had widespread support among the hundreds of defense officials — including members of Congress, military leaders and industry executives — who met Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi...

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Hawaii's highest peaks get 2 feet of snow - and more is on the way

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:20:00 PST

Ski season is underway in Hawaii.

The island’s two highest peaks — Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa —  are getting hit with a cold, wet storm that has dumped about 2 feet of snow, and an additional foot of snow is possible when another storm hits the islands later this weekend.

National Weather Service...

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Thousands of veterans converge on North Dakota to aid pipeline protest

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:05:00 PST

An estimated 2,100 U.S. military veterans were bound for the frigid Northern Plains on Saturday in a mass show of support for Native Americans and their allies battling the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The vets, organized under the banner “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,” include 219 vets from...

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Trump's call with the Taiwanese president was his latest break from diplomatic norms

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:00:00 PST

He praises enemies, he ignores allies, he upends decades of policy.

And Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn in as president.

In a series of telephone calls with foreign leaders apparently eager to congratulate the president-elect, Trump has broken many of the rules that govern delicate matters...

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For 11 years, he'd never felt like he'd been targeted for the way he looked. Donald Trump's victory changed that

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

Janeth Calderon flipped on the kitchen light and the windows burned bright in the pre-dawn blackness. Next she slayed the quiet, turning on a radio that filled the room with traditional Mexican music. A few pots and pans clattered as she began making breakfast for her four children.

Mario was up...

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Pressure building to take down Utah's 'Zion Curtain' liquor law

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

The phone rang in the empty restaurant on a cool November evening, and Todd Gibson just wished he didn’t have to say the words upon answering. Still, he knew he must.

“We need to let you know we’re not selling alcohol,” Gibson said. “Is that OK?”

There was a pause. Each call since October had become...

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Trump speaks with Taiwanese president, possibly provoking China

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:05:00 PST

President-elect Donald Trump had a potentially provocative phone conversation Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, which could upset delicate relations between the U.S. and the Chinese government.

It is believed to be the first call between a president or president-elect with a Taiwanese...

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Trump and supporters ask courts to halt or block 3 state recounts

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:45:00 PST

President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters went to court Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results. 

The legal actions...

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Jury reports it's deadlocked in the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:30:00 PST

The jury in the murder trial of Michael Slager, a white former North Charleston police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, informed a judge Friday it was unable to reach a unanimous decision.

One juror is refusing to consider a conviction, according to the jury foreman.

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Scott Brown wants to run the VA for Trump. He has a high-profile liberal supporter in Elizabeth Warren

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:35:00 PST

Former Sen. Scott Brown won a surprising ally this week in his quest to become President-elect Donald Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, a leader of the Democratic left and one of Trump’s sharpest-tongued critics, has been a longtime nemesis of Brown....

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Trump's pick of James Mattis to head the Pentagon sets up a spat in Congress

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

Donald Trump's pick of retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis as secretary of Defense has started a debate in Congress over civilian control of the military that will shadow his confirmation. Mattis retired from the Marines in 2013 and federal law specifically bars anyone who served in uniform in...(image)



Health spending went up last year because more people were getting care, report says

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:00:00 PST

Health spending in the U.S. picked up again in 2015, but the growth was driven largely by millions of Americans getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act, rather than price increases for care, according to a new government report that tracks the nation’s overall healthcare tab.

The 5.8%...

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House passes $611 billion policy defense bill by wide margin

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:20:00 PST

The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama's key proposals for managing the nation's vast military enterprise.

Lawmakers passed the legislative package, 375-34. The bill now goes to the Senate, where...

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Donald Trump extends campaign season to the transition phase with a thank-you rally in Ohio

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:25:00 PST

The election had been over for more than three weeks when President-elect Donald Trump took the stage Thursday night in Cincinnati, but inside the arena it was like the campaign had never ended.

Supporters chanted familiar slogans about Hillary Clinton — “Lock her up” — and illegal immigration:...

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Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Defense secretary

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:35:00 PST

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen James N. Mattis, a highly respected retired Marine four-star general, to head the Defense Department, filling in a critical national security position in the emerging Cabinet.

Mattis served 44 years in the Marine Corps before he retired in 2013. He headed...

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Trump to preside over the richest Cabinet in U.S. history

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:50:00 PST

Dwight Eisenhower surrounded himself in the White House with such wealthy individuals that his Cabinet was mockingly referred to as "nine millionaires and a plumber." 

President-elect Donald Trump is about to do him one better. 

Trump won the election by appealing to America's disaffected working...

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