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Trump order could open California coast, Arctic to new oil and gas drilling

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:20:00 PDT

President Trump on Friday is expected to sign an executive order that could open large parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling, a prospect that elicited a fierce backlash in California and elsewhere even before details of the order were clear.

The move, which...


Trump stumbled on healthcare and immigration, but on the environment he's been 'a wrecking ball'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In a Trump administration beset by lost opportunities, muddled strategies and frequent missteps in its first 100 days, one area stands out for its disciplined approach and early successes: the multi-front assault on environmental regulations.

Unlike the Obamacare repeal debacle or immigration actions...


Why 100 days? Trump, who now hates that yardstick, should blame FDR

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

On Saturday, President Trump will observe a milestone: his 100th day in office.

It’s also a millstone.

For nearly half a century, the marker has been used by pollsters, pundits and others who presume great wisdom to size up a fledgling White House and its still-green occupant.

Presidents of both...


At senators' town halls, voters take an uneven measure of Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Any single event can mislead when it comes to deciphering the political environment. Many of the more than 18,000 people clamoring for Hillary Clinton on the Ohio State University campus in mid-October — her biggest audience to that point in the presidential campaign — probably did not foresee...


Still short of support, House won't vote on revised GOP healthcare bill this week

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:40:00 PDT

The House won't vote on Republican legislation that would scuttle much of President Obama's healthcare law until at least next week, a GOP leader said late Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday, President...


What could possibly happen before Trump's 100th day? We're keeping track

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:20:00 PDT

Wow. It seems like a lifetime since Donald Trump took office. But we're just approaching his 100th day. With just a few days to go until that milestone, we can only imagine what could happen in such little time. Let’s catch up on week 14:

Last weekend The headliner. Tens of thousands across the...(image)

Trump's former national security advisor under Pentagon investigation for Russia payments

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:40:00 PDT

Former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s legal troubles worsened Thursday when a House committee disclosed that the Pentagon inspector general is investigating whether the retired Army three-star general violated military rules by accepting foreign payments.

Flynn was warned in 2014, when...


N.Y.'s Jackie Robinson Museum, which has a high-minded mission, marks groundbreaking

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Since 2008, when an empty gallery in lower Manhattan lined its windows with striking sky-blue posters advertising the Jackie Robinson Museum, pedestrians have been trying to get in and callers have been pestering the switchboard for information about when the museum would open.

After a decade-long...


Babies and children listed in Homeland Security's immigrant database of alleged criminals

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:30:00 PDT

The Trump administration’s online database of immigrants in detention was supposed to help the public search for potential criminals. But when it launched Wednesday, an immigration attorney noticed something unusual: babies.

Turns out, the system mistakenly included children in immigration custody,...


The death penalty has long divided Americans. Here's why those who oppose it are winning

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:05:00 PDT

The death penalty is in the spotlight after a series of April executions in Arkansas. But public and political support for it has steeply declined.(image)

GOP shuts out doctors, experts, Democrats — pretty much everybody — as they work on Obamacare repeal

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:20:00 PDT

President Trump and House Republicans, in their rush to resuscitate a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act, are increasingly isolating themselves from outside input and rejecting entreaties to work collaboratively, according to multiple healthcare officials who have tried to engage GOP leaders.


Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says he has a plan to fix fake news

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:45:00 PDT

The latest effort in the battle against fake news comes from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, who announced plans this week for an online news publication he says will be written by professional journalists, edited by volunteer fact-checkers and supported by readers who care enough to donate money.


How some of the Supreme Court's conservative opinions may lead to a liberal victory on 'sanctuary' cities

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Liberal sanctuary cities in California and elsewhere may well win their legal battle against President Trump thanks to Supreme Court rulings once heralded by conservatives, including a 2012 opinion that shielded red states from President Obama’s plans to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income...


Here are the national monuments being reviewed under Trump's order

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:35:00 PDT

A look at the national monuments now being reconsidered under President Trump's executive order.(image)

Trump says U.S. won't leave NAFTA — for now

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:45:00 PDT

President Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."

Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to remain...


Republicans are rethinking their disdain for the Paris accord – creating a political headache for Trump

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Supporters of Donald Trump worried he has lost his appetite for poking the establishment would probably be reassured if he were to make good on his promise to swiftly kick to the curb the Paris agreement on climate change.

But the promise to snub Paris is fast becoming a political albatross for...


Voters in this Democratic part of Colorado backed Trump. After 100 days, they have no regrets

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

To read the polls and hear the pundits, President Trump’s first 100 days have been an utter disaster, ranking among the worst in history. But that’s not how Karen Malady sees it.

The 59-year-old accountant was drawn to Trump’s unconventional candidacy from the start, unlike other Republicans who...


The fight against climate change in California gains an unlikely ally: Republicans

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:05:00 PDT

Stepping further into its role as the nation’s pioneer on climate issues, California might soon clear a hurdle that has long frustrated environmental advocates: Republicans say they’re joining the fight against global warming.

Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) and some of his...


Trump says U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:05:00 PDT

President Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

The White House made the surprise announcement in a...


Economic reality and contradictions beset Trump's tax plan

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:35:00 PDT

In proposing to slash business taxes and enact a tax reform of historic proportions, Trump administration officials say they will rely largely on economic growth to make up for the trillions of dollars of lost tax revenue.

But hardly any economist or tax policy analyst outside the administration...


White House announces sweeping proposal to cut taxes, a plan likely to raise deficit

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:35:00 PDT

Racing to convey a sense of momentum to President Trump’s sluggish legislative agenda, the White House unveiled a plan for what it called “one of the biggest tax cuts in American history” Wednesday, just ahead of the administration’s symbolic first 100 days in office.

The one-page outline, touted...


White House will continue Obamacare payments, defusing a potential obstacle in talks to avert shutdown

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:35:00 PDT

One potential obstacle in the negotiations to prevent a government shutdown was averted Wednesday when the White House announced it would continue — at least for now — to provide critical funding for the Affordable Care Act.

President Trump had once threatened to withhold money that helps many...


A new federal office will seek to assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:25:00 PDT

In the latest Trump administration effort to spotlight crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally, the head of Homeland Security on Tuesday launched a new office to help what he said are forgotten victims.

The office, part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was given a toll-free...


Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is running for Senate to 'make America good again'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was ousted from his position last year after leading a judicial revolt against same-sex marriage, announced plans Wednesday to run for U.S. Senate.

“My position has always been God first, family, then country,” Moore said in a short news conference...


FCC chief unveils plan to dismantle net neutrality rules

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:55:00 PDT

The nation’s top telecommunications regulator unveiled a plan Wednesday to dismantle the tough net neutrality rules for online traffic that Democrats pushed through in 2015 over the objections of major Internet service providers.

Net neutrality regulations are designed to ensure the unfettered...