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Trump's war with his Justice Department: Just his latest with major institutions and alliances

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:35:00 PDT

It would be hard to find someone more loyal to President Trump than Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.

He was the first senator to grab a cherry-red “Make America Great Again” cap and endorse Trump for president, when few in Washington took Trump seriously. Now Sessions is perhaps the most zealous member...


O.J. Simpson is granted parole after serving 9 years for Vegas robbery

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:25:00 PDT

He once drew the spotlight because he sought it. He bathed in it because he loved it. He chased the spotlight until it finally chased him back.

O.J. Simpson, the polarizing former football star, seemed to suggest he was ready to recede from the spotlight after succeeding in his quest for freedom...


McCain's absence leaves GOP with thin Senate majority, complicating Obamacare repeal and wider agenda

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:40:00 PDT

To Senate Republicans, John McCain is a real-life hero, a leader and a trusted voice who speaks his mind in the often muddled milieu of Washington politics.

He is also a crucial vote in their slim 52-seat majority.

McCain’s sudden absence from the Senate as he battles brain cancer complicates the...


Trump said he left his seat at G-20 dinner because the Japanese first lady spoke no English. She's pretty fluent

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:35:00 PDT

It’s yet another element of mystery concerning President Trump and Vladimir Putin — this one centering on the quality of dinner-party chitchat.

Trump says he went over to speak with the Russian president during a dinner in Germany earlier this month because he was unable to speak to his seat mate,...


He may bark and bite, but John McCain has a rare bipartisan appeal

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:55:00 PDT

John McCain, with his short fuse and lashing tongue, is not always an easy man to like, or to get along with.

The Arizona senator acknowledged as much in a wry tweet he dispatched Thursday morning — candor and self-deprecation always being two of his strongest, most appealing suits.

“I greatly...


Revised GOP healthcare bill would still leave millions without insurance, new report concludes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may have as much as $99 billion more to spend to woo GOP senators wary of the party’s legislation rolling back the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

But it remains unclear if that will...


'I'm done': Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Emails poured in from across California.

“My boys’ minds have been taken over by the liberal teachings of the schools here,” wrote a woman from Westlake Village who works in the courts. “I would like to try to save my younger son before it’s too late.”

“I for one wish to not be a part of this control...


Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor after recent surgery

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:50:00 PDT

Arizona Sen. John McCain, whose absence from Washington forced Republicans to abruptly cancel a vote on healthcare legislation, announced Wednesday night that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

After a procedure Friday in Phoenix to remove a blood clot above his left eye, a pathology report...


O.J. Simpson's journey from sports legend to murder suspect to prisoner

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Take a look back at the fascinating and curious life of O.J. Simpson.(image)

Supreme Court lets Trump administration reinstate travel ban restrictions on refugees but not on grandparents

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:45:00 PDT

Supreme Court justices said Wednesday that the Trump administration could temporarily reinstate restrictions on refugee resettlement, but that it could not limit the kinds of “close” family members exempt from a ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries.

Legal experts said the mixed directive...


Trump, reversing course, wants Senate Republicans to finish Obamacare replacement, but chances remain dim

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:20:00 PDT

President Trump resurrected his party’s effort to replace the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, a day after the Senate legislation collapsed, by abruptly reversing course to push Republican senators to work through their August recess until they pass something.

Trump’s attempt to inject fresh momentum...


Is parole the next chapter in the never-ending, and ever-fascinating, saga of O.J. Simpson?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:55:00 PDT

It was justice. It was a legal abomination. It was reality television before reality television was even really a thing. It was before social media and yet was probably the most viral story of the last half-century.

And it’s all front and center again this week.

O.J. Simpson will go before the...


What you need to know about President Trump's voter fraud commission

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:05:00 PDT

As Trump's voter fraud commission holds its first meeting this month, here's a look at what's been happening.(image)

Trump and Pence defend voter fraud panel at first meeting

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:55:00 PDT

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence opened the first meeting of the White House’s voter-fraud task force with a vigorous defense of the commission’s mission, even as critics questioned its transparency, impartiality and data-collection efforts.

Pence, who chairs the commission, said it...


Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions revives controversial practice of police seizing suspects' assets

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has expanded the authority of law enforcement to seize criminal suspects’ money and property, bucking a movement in Congress and many states to rein in a practice that critics said led to flagrant abuses and was unconstitutional.

The Justice Department announced Wednesday...


Democratic senator questions independence of FCC nominee who worked for the agency's chairman

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:40:00 PDT

A leading Senate Democrat on Wednesday questioned the independence of a Federal Communications Commission nominee who worked as a top aide to the current chairman.

If confirmed, Brendan Carr, a Republican nominated last month by President Trump, would be the commission’s swing vote on Chairman...


Gov. Jerry Brown shows President Trump the upside of experience

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

As his party’s healthcare plan imploded Monday night, President Trump could look across the country to the state he seems to disdain the most and see success forged by the very thing he ran against: old-fashioned politics.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats worked with Republicans...


California businessman born in former Soviet Union also attended controversial meeting with Donald Trump Jr.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:45:00 PDT

A California businessman born in a former Soviet republic attended Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer at the height of the presidential campaign last year, adding a new level of intrigue to the political scandal roiling the White House.

Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze, 52, is...


The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country — but not with better health outcomes

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:25:00 PDT

The U.S. spends more on healthcare than other countries with similar economic status, yet its health outcomes are worse in many ways. These graphics show how.(image)

Most Americans — and many GOP senators — want a bipartisan approach to fix Obamacare. Will Republicans reach across the aisle?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Congressional Republicans, their campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in shambles, face mounting pressure to work with Democrats to make fixes to the 2010 healthcare law rather than roll it back.

But it remains unclear whether the White House and GOP leaders are prepared to reach...


After Trump reluctantly certifies Iran is obeying nuclear deal, he slaps it with new sanctions

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

A day after certifying that Iran is obeying international restrictions on its nuclear program, the Trump administration went in the opposite direction Tuesday and slapped new sanctions on Tehran for unrelated alleged transgressions.

The Treasury Department blacklisted 18 people and entities for...


Trump set out to uproot Obama's legacy. So far, that's failed

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:25:00 PDT

Rarely has a president taken office so focused on undoing his predecessor’s works as Donald Trump. Six months in, he has little to show.

Monday brought twin blows. Not only did the Affordable Care Act survive another Republican repeal effort, maintaining President Obama’s signature domestic achievement,...


Trump appointee wants to delay rule that lets consumers bring class-action suits against banks

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:40:00 PDT

A new federal rule allowing Americans to file class-action suits against banks instead of being forced into private arbitration has become entangled in a dispute over consumer protection between appointees by Presidents Trump and Obama.

The disagreement poses another potential obstacle to the rule,...


'Nobody kill anybody': Exhausted by homicides, neighborhood leaders call for a murder-free weekend in Baltimore

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:15:00 PDT

A 44-year-old mother might seem an unusual visitor on the drug corners of Baltimore, but Erricka Bridgeford has shown up for weeks to make her pitch for peace.

Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence.


House Republicans unveil budget blueprint that boosts military spending and favors Medicare cuts

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint that would dramatically increase military spending while putting the GOP on record favoring Medicare cuts opposed by President Trump.

The GOP plan, authored by Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.), would also pave the...