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When high-profile police shootings happen, these lawyers step up - and can win big

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

After Walter Scott was fatally shot last year by a South Carolina police officer, Justin Bamberg stood with Scott’s family to demand justice. He did as much after an officer in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Sterling this summer. 

And last month in Charlotte, N.C., Bamberg was alongside the family...


No, there is no evidence that thousands of noncitizens are illegally voting and swinging elections

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:05:00 PDT

As Donald Trump maintains his incendiary attacks on the legitimacy of the election, one of his favorite themes has been the claim that the results will be tainted by the votes of millions of people in the U.S. illegally.

“They are letting people pour into the country so they can go ahead and vote,”...


Defense secretary orders Pentagon to stop collecting California National Guard bonus repayments

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:50:00 PDT

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend efforts to claw back enlistment bonuses improperly given to thousands of California National Guard members during the height of the Iraq war.

Carter’s order follows a Los Angeles Times report Saturday that said the...


Meet the man responsible for making sure Hillary Clinton's election strategy works

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:15:00 PDT

A surprise was in store for Marlon Marshall, a top Hillary Clinton aide, as he arrived to brief President Obama at a campaign stop in Philadelphia recently. Marshall would lay out the day’s schedule in the Beast, the president’s heavily armored limousine that serves as a rolling Oval Office.



Here's what we know so far about voter fraud and the 2016 elections

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

With two weeks until the election, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has amped up charges that the election is “rigged” against him. His running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has warned at rallies about voter fraud “around the country.”

While voter fraud is rare — one study found just ...


Congress and State Department at odds over $55 million in aid for Honduras

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:45:00 PDT

The State Department appears headed for a showdown with Congress over the department’s decision to approve more than $50 million in aid for Honduras despite the Central American nation’s poor human rights record.

The money is part of a $750-million aid package for Central America’s so-called Northern...


Obama tells Pentagon to speed up review of California Guard enlistment bonuses

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:05:00 PDT

President Obama has told the Defense Department to expedite its review of nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers who have been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses improperly given a decade ago, but he is not backing growing calls for Congress to waive the debts, the White House said Tuesday.


Top U.S. military commander moves to ease souring relations with Saudis

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:00:00 PDT

After a series of high-profile disputes between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, the nation’s top military official in the Middle East moved Monday to ease tensions in one of America’s most enduring, yet perplexing alliances.

Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. military's Central Command, began a series...


Even Nevada's Clown Motel is creeped out by scary clown craze

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Another dusk had arrived amid the Great American Clown Scare of 2016 and Bob Perchetti was none too pleased.

“We don’t need this … ,” he said. “We just don’t need it.”

Perchetti is the owner of the Clown Motel in Tonopah, a tiny desert town plopped somewhere between Las Vegas, Reno and a “Twilight...


Tom Hayden allies pay tribute to his dogged pursuit of liberal causes

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:25:00 PDT

The day before his death, Tom Hayden was talking with his ex-wife Jane Fonda in his Santa Monica hospital room when conversation turned to a 1961 “Freedom Ride” in the Deep South, his initiation into the civil rights movement.

“He met activists who were willing to die for what they believed was...


Clashes, arrests and fears - North Dakota pipeline protest at a boiling point

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:50:00 PDT

Robby Romero and his fellow Native American activists have drawn a clear line on the cold North Dakota ground. 

“This is our stronghold,” Romero said. “They will not cross this line.” 

The line is North Dakota Highway 1806, which runs through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, near where the...


A Republican senator's strategy to save his seat in one of the country's tightest races: Avoid Trump

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:25:00 PDT

Donald Trump was down in Gettysburg, in southern Pennsylvania, eclipsing his own speech about his first 100 days as president with a blustery vow to sue women who have lodged complaints against him of sexual assaults. 

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey was as far away as a top-of-the-ticket mate could be,...


Congress knew for at least two years about Pentagon efforts to take back bonuses from veterans

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:45:00 PDT

The California National Guard told the state’s members of Congress two years ago that the Pentagon was trying to claw back reenlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, and even offered a proposal to mitigate the problem, but Congress took no action, according to a senior National Guard official.


Obama's campaign mission: Protect his legacy, pummel Republicans - oh, and elect Hillary Clinton

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:00:00 PDT

Something is missing from President Obama’s list.

“Progress is on the ballot,” he said at a campaign rally here last week. “Tolerance is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot!”

It's not as if Obama forgot that Hillary Clinton, the nominee...


'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed asks for release from prison

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:45:00 PDT

Adnan Syed, the "Serial" podcast subject whose murder conviction was overturned this summer, is asking for a judge to grant his release as he awaits a new trial.

The petition filed Monday by his defense team said Syed would be no danger to the community and that they have a social worker lined...


Jay Z to headline voter mobilization concert in Ohio in support of Hillary Clinton

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:05:00 PDT

Jay Z is gearing up for a get-out-the-vote concert in Ohio ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, a Clinton campaign aide has confirmed. 

The rapper would be targeting his message to black voters in the state with the idea of mobilizing Democratic voters on election day. 

No date has been set,...


A look at the sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump and Bill Clinton

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:10:00 PDT

When Donald Trump apologized for saying in 2005 that he could grope women because of his celebrity, he immediately pointed to Bill Clinton as having done worse. Trump appeared before a debate alongside Clinton's accusers and again mentioned the former president's past while onstage with Hillary...(image)

Two years ago Chicago police shot a black teenager 16 times. Here's what has changed since

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Two years ago, a white Chicago police officer fired 16 bullets at a black teenager in a fatal shooting captured on dashcam video that sparked outrage and reforms in a city that remains far from healed.

On the anniversary of the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting, amid surging gun violence, Chicago still faces...


Lawmakers condemn Pentagon push to make California veterans pay back enlistment bonuses

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:55:00 PDT

Lawmakers on Sunday condemned a Pentagon effort to recoup enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of California National Guard soldiers a decade ago, saying the overpayments were not the soldiers’ fault and calling on the Pentagon or Congress to waive their debts.

House Majority Leader...


Boosting black voter turnout is key to Clinton campaign's North Carolina strategy

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:50:00 PDT

Hillary Clinton inserted a sly remark near the end of her speech from a Baptist church pulpit here on Sunday, telling the crowd, “I’m not going to tell you who to vote for.”

She didn’t need to, of course. The black congregants who packed the pews laughed and applauded, and when Clinton finished...


How much would you pay for a naked Donald Trump statue? A winning bidder shells out $22,000

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:35:00 PDT

A naked likeness of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is the latest addition to a private citizen’s personal collection following a Saturday night auction. The statue, which appeared on Hollywood Boulevard in August, was sold for $22,000 by street art auction house Julien’s Auctions. 


Republicans fear Trump's woes will flip Senate control to the Democrats and erode the House GOP majority

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Republicans in Congress withstood for months the political turmoil of Donald Trump at the top of their ticket, confident of holding their majorities in the House and Senate despite his unconventional candidacy.

And for a while it appeared that, with smart campaigns and strong fundraising, their...


'All of these liars will be sued when the election is over': Donald Trump denounces accusers

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:20:00 PDT

Donald Trump launched another late attempt to fix his sagging campaign Saturday, delivering a speech billed as a closing argument in a hotel ballroom near the battlefield that turned the direction of the Civil War.

Yet, even as the GOP nominee for president praised Abraham Lincoln for uniting the...


Donald Trump's brand takes a hit from sexual assault allegations and lewd video

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

In the tradition of P.T. Barnum, an earlier showman-turned-politician who is credited with saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Donald Trump may have thought he had nothing to lose in running for president.

Even a defeat might serve to raise his visibility and burnish a name brand that...


Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war.

Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours,...