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Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions wants to get tough on crime. These people think he's got it all wrong

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest sentences possible on criminals. He faces challenges amid a tide of criminal justice reform efforts.(image)

Rival Senate factions push competing agendas as healthcare measure hangs in balance

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Heading into a week of intense jockeying and arm-twisting over the Senate’s polarizing healthcare plan, the rift appeared to widen Sunday between moderates who consider the measure too punitive and conservatives who want to see the sweeping bill toughened up before agreeing to back it.



GOP's Obamacare repeal bills threaten huge disruptions across the healthcare system

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Congressional Republicans, who for years blasted the Affordable Care Act for disrupting Americans’ healthcare, are now pushing changes that threaten to not only strip health coverage from millions, but also upend insurance markets, cripple state budgets and drive medical clinics and hospitals to...


There's only one Trump — that's a key challenge for Democrats targeting GOP seats in 2018

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Democrats have hoped that President Trump’s deep unpopularity would propel them to gains in next year’s midterm election as they fight to take control of the House and improve their position in the Senate.

But last year’s contests and this year’s special elections suggest a complication: Trump...


They're voracious, nonnative and getting closer to the Great Lakes. Latest Asian carp discovery is a cause for worry

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A commercial fisherman pulled a live Asian carp out of a northern Illinois river last week about 9 miles from Lake Michigan, prompting a furious dragnet to determine whether more of the voracious fish have evaded electric barriers designed to keep them out of the Great Lakes.

The alarming discovery...


Denver finds a simple and innovative way to help the homeless — wash their clothes

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The big green and white truck hummed gently as a dozen washers and dryers on board sloshed and spun through their cycles. Every few minutes someone dropped off a bag of dirty clothes.

“We are now averaging about 300 pounds of laundry per outing,” said Marcus Harris. “Sometimes clients bring in...


Conservationists and tribes denounce U.S. plan to remove Yellowstone grizzly bears from endangered species list

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:45:00 PDT

The grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park has been protected by the federal government for more than four decades.

That will begin to change next week.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week said the agency intends to remove grizzlies living in the Yellowstone area from Endangered Species...


Jury deadlocks in Ohio police officer's murder case retrial

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:55:00 PDT

An Ohio judge declared a mistrial Friday in the hearing of former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing, who in 2015 shot and killed Samuel DuBose, an incident that was captured on body camera video and ignited increased debate over police interactions with African Americans.



Robert Mueller's team has prosecuted high-stakes cases —   including obstruction of justice

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:45:00 PDT

When one of the country’s largest accounting firms destroyed thousands of files and emails after the Enron energy giant collapsed in a massive fraud in 2001, federal prosecutors were sure the shredding was a clear case of obstruction of justice.

“This case was really about a simple principle,”...


Republicans aimed for Obamacare, hit Medicaid, and now face tumultuous debate

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:55:00 PDT

For President Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell and tens of millions of Americans who receive health coverage through Medicaid or by buying policies as individuals, it’s all coming down to one, big gamble on the Senate floor.

Within days — most likely Thursday or Friday of next week — the Senate will...


Death on the border: Arizona used rancher's killing to justify harsh immigration laws, but the truth of the case is unclear

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

When Sue Krentz was growing up in southern Arizona, about 30 miles from the Mexican border, migrants would wander into the front yard of her parents’ modest ranch house and ask to sweep the steps or mow the lawn.

Nobody asked about their immigration status. It was the 1960s, long before the area...


'I don’t want you to get shooted': Philando Castile video shows reaction of girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:50:00 PDT

A newly released video taken moments after the police shooting of Philando Castile last July in Minnesota shows his distraught girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, handcuffed in the back of a police car with her 4-year-old daughter.

“They got me handcuffed,” Reynolds says before wailing in distress.



Trump ends his tapes tease, with another tweet, but the damage is done — to him

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:55:00 PDT

For decades in his frequently public private life, Donald Trump’s flair for the dramatic was an asset.

But as president of the United States, Trump’s penchant for showmanship, verbal combat and short-term distractions has invited long-term difficulties.

That weakness was on vivid display Thursday...


Republican senators seek changes in Obamacare repeal bill they can all agree on. It won't be easy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:20:00 PDT

Get ready for drama-filled days of mock hand-wringing, political jockeying and backroom brinkmanship as the Senate GOP healthcare plan heads toward a hoped-for vote next week.

No sooner did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveil the long-awaited Obamacare overhaul Thursday than Republican...


Senate Obamacare repeal bill would slash federal healthcare funding for Medicaid

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Senate Republicans unveiled a draft bill on Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including a drastic reduction in federal healthcare spending that threatens to leave millions more Americans uninsured, drive up costs for poor consumers and further destabilize the nation’s health insurance...


As jurors from Bill Cosby trial step forward, his spokesman says Cosby will hold seminars on avoiding sex crime allegations

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Jurors from the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have begun to step forward, with one explaining a rationale to acquit.

"My personal feeling is whatever the man did, he's already paid his price. Paid and suffered," the juror told the NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh. The juror was not identified...


Does driving while high create more crashes? Report hints that it's possible

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:45:00 PDT

In states looking to legalize pot, police and politicians often grapple with the same hard question: How will that affect road safety?

The topic has dominated discussions in legislative committee rooms from California to Massachusetts as well as on front porches across the country as activists...


Wide gulf in attitudes, experiences separates people who own guns from those who don't

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Americans who own guns and those who don’t have starkly differing views about weapons, their role in society and their relationship to crime — disagreements that help explain why the national debate over gun control seldom moves.

About 30% of Americans own a gun, and most of those more than one....


First known death from Tropical Storm Cindy is a 10-year-old boy

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:10:00 PDT

Tropical Storm Cindy has taken the life of a 10-year-old boy on the Alabama coast. It was the storm’s first known death.

The boy, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was standing on the beach in Fort Morgan, Ala., when he was struck by a log that was washed in by storm surge Wednesday morning,...


Former head of Homeland Security testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:30:00 PDT

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson defended the Obama administration’s delay in revealing Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, saying Wednesday that officials were worried that they’d be blamed for a partisan attempt to influence the results.

The FBI found evidence...


Trump takes personal interest in Americans held overseas, not human rights more broadly

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:05:00 PDT

Intelligence officials have found it hard to keep President Trump’s attention when they are describing complex geopolitical conflicts during his daily briefings. Yet Trump has regularly zeroed in on the status of individual Americans imprisoned overseas.

Such was the case with Otto Warmbier.



Trump administration looking to get China to step up pressure on North Korea

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Top Trump administration officials held high-level meetings Wednesday with their Chinese counterparts as the White House struggles to find new ways to put pressure on North Korea to throttle back its nuclear arms program.

“We hope China will do their part,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told...


After bitter Georgia loss, Democrats struggle to chart a course

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:50:00 PDT

As battered Democrats assess their loss in Tuesday’s Georgia House race, they are finding that the path back to power, which they hoped had been opened up by voter discontent with President Trump, is full of tricky obstacles.

The loss in Georgia was bitter, after Democrats, in the most expensive...


In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Pat Cunnane spent six years in the White House helping to promote Barack Obama’s message. From the outside, he still does: On Tuesday, Cunnane became the latest Obama alumnus to land a contract for a book on his experiences.

While much of the world obsesses about the more impetuous musings of President...


Decision time: Some of the Supreme Court's notable rulings this year

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Here are some of the notable decisions from the Supreme Court’s 2016-17 term:

Trademarks and free speech

The Supreme Court struck down on free-speech grounds part of a federal law that prohibited the government from registering trademarks that may “disparage” people or groups. The unanimous ruling...