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Dec 10, 2017

Black voters are key to Democratic hopes in Alabama's Senate race. Will they turn out?
Two minutes into Sunday''s invocation, after blessing the sunshine and recent snowfall and its swift melting, the pastor turned to the political contest that has riveted the nation''s attention on the Deep South.

He asked the Lord to lift up the country, from the White House to City Hall, and asked...



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Dec 10, 2017

The flow is receding, but Puerto Rican evacuees are still pouring into Florida
Ashley Mendez arrived in Orlando before sunrise Thursday, her eyes red from crying, a single duffel bag holding all her worldly possessions. The 20-year-old already ached for her mother, left behind in Puerto Rico.

She made her way through a special welcome center at Orlando International Airport...



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Dec 10, 2017

Mysterious disease wastes South Florida's corals, and scientists are racing to find a cure
A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida''s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a vast range of marine life.

Called white plague, white blotch and other names,...



LA Times National News
Dec 09, 2017

In Alabama Senate race, Republicans fear they may lose even if Roy Moore wins
With more than 48 hours of campaigning still left in Alabama''s scandal-shrouded U.S. Senate campaign — and the outcome far from clear — some Republicans have already conceded defeat.

From their perspective, Tuesday will yield one of two unhappy results.

Either voters will elect a Democratic U.S....



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Dec 09, 2017

'Mr. President, we don't need you in Mississippi.' Protesters gather as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum
President Trump made a brief visit to Mississippi''s capital on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum as his presence sparked a boycott by lawmakers, civil rights icons and protesters who questioned his commitment to racial equality.

'Trump does not care about human rights!...



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Dec 09, 2017

In Alabama, Republicans fear a lose-lose in Roy Moore Senate race
With more than 48 hours of campaigning still left in Alabama''s scandal-shrouded U.S. Senate campaign — and the outcome far from clear — some Republicans have already conceded defeat.

From their perspective, Tuesday will yield one of two unhappy results.

Either Democrats will elect a U.S. senator...



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Dec 09, 2017

'Mr. President, we don't need you in Mississippi.' Protests as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum
Residents greeted the arrival of President Trump in the Mississippi capital Saturday with protests as he came to speak at the opening of a major civil rights museum.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and a companion state history museum will open their doors in the afternoon after a celebration...



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Dec 09, 2017

European allies give Tillerson an earful about Trump's decision on Jerusalem
It was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson''s bad luck that he was in Europe meeting with dozens of U.S. allies when President Trump, on Wednesday, announced formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that angered much of the world.

Tillerson, who wound up a five-day, four-city,...



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Dec 08, 2017

In Florida, Trump attacks credibility of Roy Moore accuser as he rallies support for Alabama Senate hopeful
President Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama on Friday by trying to undercut the credibility of a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

At a campaign rally just over the Alabama state line in Pensacola, Fla., Trump tried to buttress...



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Dec 08, 2017

Snowmen in Alabama? Sledding in Mississippi? From Texas to Georgia, snow blankets the South
Snow blanketed a vast swath of the Deep South on Friday, triggering a flurry of winter weather warnings that closed businesses and schools, canceled hundreds of flights and caused traffic gridlock. It also unleashed a flurry of snowman construction and sledding in places more accustomed to sunshine...



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Dec 08, 2017

Trump doubles down on his demand for a border wall


President Trump still wants his wall.



Minutes after he signed a stopgap measure to give Congress two more weeks to negotiate a spending deal and avoid a government shutdown, the president renewed his call for lawmakers to fund his signature campaign promise — a large physical wall along the 2,000...



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Dec 08, 2017

The unarmed man crouched and cried in fear before the policeman shot him five times. But the officer was acquitted
The man knelt in the hotel hallway and pleaded with the officers: 'Please do not shoot me.'

It was January 2016 and police in Mesa, Ariz., rushed to a La Quinta Inns & Suites in response to reports of a man pointing a firearm out a window. When Philip Brailsford and five other officers arrived,...



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Dec 08, 2017

Former Arizona police officer acquitted in fatal shooting captured on body camera
The man knelt in the hotel hallway and pleaded with the officers: 'Please do not shoot me.'

It was January 2016 and police in Mesa, Ariz., rushed to a La Quinta Inns & Suites in response to reports of a man pointing a firearm out a window. When Philip Brailsford and five other officers arrived,...



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Dec 08, 2017

Trump turns celebration of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum ‘into a slap in the face,' say activists who plan to protest
Four years after it broke ground and nearly two decades after civil rights veterans began pushing for its establishment, the country''s first state-sponsored civil rights museum will open Saturday in Mississippi at a cost of more than $90 million.

But for all the work that went into it and a companion...



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Dec 08, 2017

Roy Moore calls accuser a liar after she admits she added notes to his yearbook inscription


U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama stepped up his attacks Friday on the integrity of a woman who says that he sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress at a restaurant where he often dined when he was a prosecutor in his 30s.



The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, conceded in...



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Dec 08, 2017

Arizona officer acquitted in fatal shooting captured on body camera
The man knelt in the hotel hallway and pleaded with the officers: 'Please do not shoot me.'

It was January 2016 and police in Mesa, Ariz., rushed to a La Quinta Inns & Suites in response to reports of a man pointing a firearm out of a window. When Philip Brailsford and five other officers arrived,...



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Dec 08, 2017

Video shows Florida deputy fatally shooting man who was in a fight with another deputy
A citizen''s video that shows a fatal shooting between a Lauderdale Lakes man and Broward Sheriff''s deputies appeared on social media Friday.

And later that afternoon, the sheriff''s office took the unusual step of releasing additional video and 911 recordings from the open investigation to defend...



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Dec 08, 2017

Roy Moore: America was great 'when families were united - even though we had slavery'


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Dec 08, 2017

Trump denies that Wells Fargo may avoid federal penalties for alleged mortgage lending abuses
President Trump on Friday denied a report that the federal consumer financial watchdog might drop sanctions against Wells Fargo & Co. for alleged mortgage lending abuses and said the bank could face even tougher penalties.

Trump''s response was to a Reuters report that Mick Mulvaney — whom Trump...



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Dec 08, 2017

The whirlwind hits Washington: Franken, Franks, Conyers herald more to come
As charges of sexual misconduct felled men in Hollywood, the media and technology this fall, Washington seemed notably to hesitate, sticking with an older code of impunity, hoping to avoid a painful moment of reckoning.

When the moment hit this week, the toppled men sounded bewildered.

Their puzzled...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes cleared of allegations that he disclosed classified information in Russia investigation
The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared Rep. Devin Nunes of allegations that he disclosed classified information related to the House investigation of Russian meddling in last year''s election.

The committee said in a statement that experts it interviewed determined that the information the...



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Dec 07, 2017

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Al Franken says he'll resign amid allegations of sexual misdeeds
Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign his Senate seat, falling to a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations like those that have enmeshed other politicians, business leaders and media figures across the country in recent months.

Hours later, Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, a Republican...



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Dec 07, 2017

Californians might retain a state and local income tax deduction — but with limits
Californians still might retain their ability to deduct state and local taxes from their federal returns under the Republican overhaul — but with a catch.

The total annual deduction would be capped at $10,000, which is the same level as a limited deduction for property taxes that both the House...



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Dec 07, 2017

Congress approves stopgap funding measure, averting government shutdown threat for now
House Republicans approved legislation Thursday to keep the government running — something they''ve rarely been able to do on their own. The Senate followed suit shortly thereafter, ensuring that a weekend shutdown would be averted.

Most House Democrats refused to support the stopgap measure, which...



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Dec 07, 2017

House Republicans approve stopgap funding measure, averting government shutdown threat for now
House Republicans approved legislation Thursday to keep the government running — something they''ve rarely been able to do on their own — ensuring a weekend shutdown will likely be averted.

The Senate was expected to follow suit later Thursday.

Most House Democrats refused to support the stopgap...



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Dec 07, 2017

Ex-South Carolina police officer who killed Walter Scott sentenced to 20 years in prison
Michael Slager, the white former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as he fled a traffic stop, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.

In a rare case of a law enforcement officer being imprisoned for an on-duty shooting, U.S. District Judge David...



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Dec 07, 2017

Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington
Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this city: Move the bureaucrats out.

It has the ring of a Trumpian fantasy. Dislodge arms of the federal...



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Dec 07, 2017

Al Franken says he will resign from the Senate after multiple allegations of sexual improprieties
Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign his Senate seat, falling to a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations like those that have enmeshed other politicians, business leaders and media figures across the country in recent months.

The Minnesota Democrat, a second-term senator once seen...



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Dec 07, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray defends bureau after Trump calls it 'in tatters'
Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI''s reputation was 'in tatters,' FBI Director Christopher A. Wray staunchly defended the federal law enforcement agency Thursday, telling Congress 'there is no finer institution.'

'We are determined to be the very best at protecting the American...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray defends bureau amid turbulence over Russia investigation
Four days after President Trump tweeting that the FBI''s reputation was 'in tatters,' FBI Director Christopher A. Wray defended the bureau Thursday, telling Congress 'there is no finer institution.'

'We are determined to be the very best at protecting the American people and upholding the rule of...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

Ahead of Trump meeting, Pelosi says Democrats won't support stopgap bill to prevent shutdown
Ahead of a meeting Thursday with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not support a stopgap funding bill, putting pressure on the splintered Republican majority to deliver the votes needed to avoid a federal shutdown.

Funding for the government runs out Friday,...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify amid turbulence over Russia investigation
Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI''s reputation was 'in tatters,' the bureau''s new director, Christopher A. Wray, will testify before Congress for the first time Thursday.

The House Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET.

Wray will face questions from...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

Tax breaks for beer, unborn children and lawmakers are among goodies in Republican bill
As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings.

Here''s a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for being...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

Tax breaks for beer, unborn children are among goodies in Republican bill
As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings.

Here''s a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for being...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Consumer financial watchdog's deputy director asks judge for injunction to replace Mick Mulvaney as acting chief
The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking a federal judge for an injunction to install her as the agency''s acting chief in place of President Trump''s appointee, Mick Mulvaney.

The Wednesday night legal filing by Leandra English is the latest in the legal battle for...



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Dec 06, 2017

9th Circuit judges skeptical of Trump's travel ban
Two days after the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to enforce his travel ban, a federal appeals court appeared skeptical that it complied with the law.

During a hearing in Seattle before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawyer for the Trump administration argued...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

U.S. 9th Circuit judges skeptical of Trump's travel ban
Two days after the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to enforce his travel ban, a federal appeals court appeared skeptical that it complied with the law.

During a hearing in Seattle before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawyer for the Trump administration argued...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparks anger across Muslim world and beyond
Fresh anger poured in from across the Muslim world Wednesday as President Trump said the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel''s capital, a move that Arab and European leaders have warned could spark violence and destroy any hopes of reviving the Mideast peace process.

Israel responded with...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Sen. Franken to announce plans as a cascade of Democrats demands his resignation over groping allegations
Democratic patience with Sen. Al Franken evaporated Wednesday in the wake of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against him, and in an uprising led by women, more than half of the party''s senators demanded he resign — a decision that could arrive as soon as Thursday.

The cascade of opposition...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

After years of trying, Pearl Harbor survivors persuade officials to award a medal to the man who saved their lives
The ship was burning and Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner thought they were going to die.

Bruner already had been wounded aboard the USS Arizona, taking bullets to a leg. He was bleeding badly. Stratton was burned on his back, face and leg. Part of his ear was missing. Japanese Zeros buzzed above...



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Dec 06, 2017

Michael Flynn is said to have promised that Russia sanctions would be 'ripped up'
President Trump''s first national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, texted a former business associate on Inauguration Day that Obama-era sanctions against Russia would be 'ripped up' and that a lucrative proposal to build nuclear reactors with Russian partners in the Middle East was 'good to...



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Dec 06, 2017

Who really wants Trump to recognize Jerusalem? His evangelical supporters at home
President Trump summed up a central reason for declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel — one of the most consequential and globally risky decisions of his presidency — in a single statement.

'While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,' he said from...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Franken to announce plans as cascade of Democrats demands his resignation over groping allegations
Democratic patience with Sen. Al Franken evaporated Wednesday in the wake of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against him, and in an uprising led by women, more than half of the party''s senators demanded he resign — a decision that could arrive as soon as Thursday.

The cascade of opposition...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Trump says U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel, upending U.S. policy and sparking protests
President Trump said Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin a process to transfer the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, reversing decades of U.S. policy and defying sweeping international criticism.

'I have determined it is time to officially...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparks anger across Muslim world
Fresh anger poured in from across the Muslim world Wednesday as President Trump said the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel''s capital, a move that Arab and world leaders have warned could spark violence and destroy any hopes of reviving the Mideast peace process.

Israel responded with...



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Dec 06, 2017

In an election about race, gentrification and party loyalty, Atlanta waits for a recount to determine its next mayor
It was an agonizing choice for Gerald Griggs.

As a black man — a 39-year-old attorney and community activist — he felt the weight of civil rights history here and his loyalty to Democrats pulling him toward the black mayoral candidate, Keisha Lance Bottoms, a city councilwoman and the standard...



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Dec 06, 2017

In Muslim world, fresh anger toward Trump over expected Jerusalem declaration
Palestinians staged small, scattered protests in advance of President Trump''s expected declaration that Jerusalem is Israel''s capital, while fresh criticism poured in from around the Muslim world a day after Trump told Arab leaders he intended to eventually move the U.S. Embassy to the disputed...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2017

Atlanta mayoral race ends in a near deadlock, as one candidate demands a recount
In a runoff election that drew into relief questions of race and political party allegiance, a black Democrat held a 759-vote lead over a white independent after the initial vote count early Wednesday to be the next mayor of Atlanta.

Keisha Lance Bottoms, an attorney and city councilwoman representing...



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Dec 05, 2017

In Alabama, Bannon decries GOP leaders as Roy Moore battles rival amid molestation allegations
Republican Roy Moore''s Democratic rival in Alabama''s U.S. Senate race said Tuesday that he worked as a prosecutor 'to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail' and not to Congress.

Democrat Doug Jones'' attack came as Moore, who denies accusations that he sexually abused teenage girls,...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2017

Trump expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, angering Arab allies
With President Trump poised to do what no other president has been willing to do — move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — leaders and analysts in the region warned Tuesday that it could spur insecurity and instability in a part of the world already beset by both.

Fulfilling an oft-repeataed...



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Dec 05, 2017

Trump lawyer presses argument for presidential immunity in defamation case
An attorney for President Trump asked a New York state judge Tuesday to set aside a suit brought by a woman who claims Trump groped her a decade ago, saying that a trial in state court would improperly interfere with his duties as chief executive.

Judge Jennifer Schecter heard arguments from Trump''s...



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Dec 05, 2017

Supreme Court sounds skeptical of Colorado baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for gay couple
The Supreme Court gave a somewhat skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Colorado baker''s claim that he had a free-speech right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, despite a state civil rights law that bans such discrimination.

Several justices questioned why a baker''s work could be...



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Dec 05, 2017

The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness
The White House press briefing reached an ignominious milestone this week when a spokesman stood before reporters aboard Air Force One, read a series of prepared statements, then refused to take on-the-record questions during one of the newsiest days of the Trump presidency.

The briefing for decades...



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Dec 05, 2017

Immigration enforcement under Trump: Fewer people caught at border, more arrested in U.S. interior
After 10 months of ramped-up immigration enforcement under President Trump and a sharp surge of arrests across the country, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement promised Tuesday that the agency will become even more aggressive next year.

Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, said he...



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Dec 05, 2017

President Trump's eldest son to face congressional questions on his contacts with Russians, WikiLeaks
After his father was elected president, Donald Trump Jr. said he would turn his attention away from politics and back to running the family business empire.

But President Trump''s eldest son has been unable to completely turn the page as investigators scrutinize his contacts with Russian intermediaries...



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Dec 05, 2017

Trump administration proposes 3 new national monuments, more changes at existing ones
Eight months after President Trump ordered a review of national monuments, and a day after the president removed 2 million acres of public land from federal protection in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday announced recommendations for much smaller boundary adjustments to monuments...



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Dec 05, 2017

Senate committee moves toward advancing bipartisan measure rolling back some bank regulations
A Senate committee on Tuesday moved toward approval of bipartisan legislation aimed at easing regulations on smaller banks.

Supporters of the bill from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) — including nine Democrats and one independent — called it a sensible step to reduce burdens,...



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Dec 05, 2017

Trump reportedly says U.S. Embassy will move to Jerusalem; Palestinians warn of 'dangerous consequences'
Palestinian officials said Tuesday that President Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that he planned to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, raising regional tensions over the timing and extent of U.S. moves regarding the fiercely contested city.

Asked later in...



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Dec 05, 2017

Rep. John Conyers, most senior member of House, resigns amid accusations of sexual harassment
Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, resigned Tuesday after his support among fellow Democrats collapsed amid accusations of sexual harassment by several female employees.

Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, in a rambling radio interview...



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Dec 05, 2017

Senate GOP won't follow Trump's lead in backing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore
Senate Republicans are keeping their distance from Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, despite President Trump''s recent endorsement, renewed funding from the Republican National Committee and Tuesday''s rally featuring former White House advisor Stephen K. Bannon.

Moore''s campaign...



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Dec 05, 2017

Mideast uneasy as Trump reportedly decides to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Palestinian officials said Tuesday that President Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that he planned to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, raising regional tensions over the timing and extent of U.S. moves regarding the fiercely contested city.

Trump has repeatedly...



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Dec 05, 2017

Immigration enforcement under Trump: Fewer people caught at border, more arrested inside the U.S.
Ten months after President Trump took office, the effect of his toughened immigration policies is showing up: The number of people caught at the southwest border has declined, while arrests of immigrants inside the country surged by 40%, statistics released Tuesday showed.

The chief of Immigration...



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Dec 05, 2017

Supreme Court appears skeptical of Colorado baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for gay couple
The Supreme Court gave a mostly skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Colorado baker''s claim that he had a free-speech right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

What about a jeweler, a hairstylist, or a makeup artist, asked Justice Elena Kagan. 'How do you the draw the line?'

She and...



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Dec 05, 2017

Palestinians: Trump says he'll move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Palestinian officials said Tuesday that President Trump had informed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that he planned to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Opposition has been building in the Arab world and beyond to any move by Trump to either move the embassy or recognize...



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Dec 05, 2017

Rep. John Conyers, most senior member of House, retires amid accusations of sexual harassment
Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, said he was retiring effective Tuesday after his support among fellow Democrats collapsed amid accusations of sexual harassment by several female employees.

Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III,...



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Dec 05, 2017

Senate panel OKs Trump's pick, Jerome Powell, for the next Federal Reserve chief
A Senate committee has approved Jerome H. Powell's nomination to replace Janet L. Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve.

Tuesday''s 22-1 vote by the Senate Banking Committee clears the way for full Senate approval in the coming weeks before Yellen's term ends Feb. 3. The only 'no' vote came from...



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Dec 05, 2017

Supreme Court weighs gay rights and religious liberty in dispute over a wedding cake
The Supreme Court will weigh a clash between gay rights and religious liberty Tuesday and decide whether a Colorado baker can rely on his Christian beliefs and the 1st Amendment as a reason for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Civil rights law in Colorado and 20 other states,...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2017

From 'See you in court!' to the Supreme Court: Who's up and down in the history of Trump's travel ban
The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can fully enforce the travel ban. But judging from past cases over the ban - which courts have knocked down and revived repeatedly - it's decision could be short lived.

LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2017

Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California
California could be hit with significantly more intense and frequent droughts within 20 to 30 years as weather changes triggered by melting polar ice block rainfall from reaching the state. The finding by federal scientists adds an alarming dimension to the state's challenge to confront warming.

LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2017

Trump seeks Democrats' help on year-end budget and DACA deal
After railing against Democrats for weeks and pushing a sweeping tax plan over their objections, President Trump reached out to the rivals Monday — a subtle acknowledgment that he''ll need their help to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week.

Trump invited congressional leaders to the...



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Dec 04, 2017

Trump seeks Democrats' help on year-end budget, DACA deal
After railing against Democrats for weeks and pushing a sweeping tax plan over their objections, President Trump reached out to the rivals Monday — a subtle acknowledgment that he''ll need their help to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week.

Trump invited congressional leaders to the...



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Dec 04, 2017

Trump dramatically shrinks two national monuments in Utah, assailing rule by 'distant bureaucrats'
President Trump formally reconfigured two big national monuments in southern Utah on Monday, shrinking them by more than 2 million acres — a public lands declaration unlike any ever made by a U.S. chief executive.

'You know how best to take care of your land,' the president said to a large audience...



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Dec 04, 2017

Whatever President Trump has done, it can't be obstruction of justice, his lawyer argues
As the special counsel investigation inches deeper into the White House, President Trump has repeatedly insisted that he has done nothing wrong, denying any collusion with Russia and decrying the allegations as a 'hoax.'

On Monday, one of his lawyers offered a backup argument as Trump faces new...



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Dec 04, 2017

Trump fully endorses Roy Moore after urging from Bannon, amid tight polls in Alabama race
President Trump on Monday fully endorsed Roy Moore, acting to back the Alabama Senate candidate after conversations with his former strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who has advocated Moore''s candidacy.

Trump''s early morning tweets marked his first all-out endorsement of Moore, who has been accused...



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Dec 04, 2017

Mulvaney already is putting his stamp on CFPB — and still sparring over its leadership
Mick Mulvaney is moving quickly to put his stamp on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency he has strongly criticized, even as he continues to spar with the deputy director over who is its lawful acting chief.

Mulvaney, the White House budget director whom President Trump appointed...



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Dec 04, 2017

Supreme Court grants Trump's bid to revive full travel ban for now
The Supreme Court gave President Trump a significant victory Monday, ruling he may put his full travel ban into effect while legal appeals are being weighed in lower courts.

The decision, with only two dissents, strongly suggests the justices believe the current version of Trump''s broad travel...



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Dec 04, 2017

Trump undercuts Obama and Clinton wilderness legacies in Utah. But is it legal?
President Trump''s removal of federal protections from huge portions of two national monuments in southern Utah on Monday threatens to undercut the wilderness-conservation legacies of his Democratic predecessors Presidents Obama and Clinton.

Whether Trump has the legal authority to withdraw 1.1...



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Dec 04, 2017

John B. Anderson, who made quixotic run for president the year Reagan won the White House, dies at 95


John B. Anderson, a former Illinois congressman whose eloquent and quixotic 1980 presidential campaign as an independent became a national sideshow as voters carried Ronald Reagan to the White House, has died at his home in Washington. He was 95.

His death Sunday was confirmed by his daughter,...



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Dec 04, 2017

John B. Anderson, whose quixotic run for president helped hand the election to Reagan, dies at 95
John B. Anderson, a former Illinois congressman whose eloquent and quixotic 1980 presidential campaign as an independent helped propel Ronald Reagan to the White House, has died at his home in Washington. He was 95.

His death Sunday was confirmed by his daughter, Diane Anderson.

A 10-term congressman,...



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Dec 04, 2017

Here are the biggest sticking points between the House and Senate tax bills
House and Senate Republicans go to work this week to reconcile significant differences between their two tax bills. Here are the biggest sticking points they need to resolve.

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Dec 04, 2017

In an unprecedented action, Trump dramatically shrinks two national monuments in Utah
President Trump formally reconfigured two big national monuments in southern Utah on Monday, shrinking them by roughly 2 million acres and establishing five smaller units — a public lands declaration unlike any ever made by a U.S. chief executive.

'You know how best to take care of your land,'...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2017

Supreme Court may be about to legalize sports betting in states that want it
The Supreme Court appeared poised Monday to legalize sports betting by freeing states from a federal anti-gaming law.

The justices gave a friendly hearing to New Jersey''s claim that states are free to control their own laws, including in the area of gambling, unless Congress has adopted a federal...



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Dec 04, 2017

Supreme Court may be about to legalize sports betting nationwide
The Supreme Court appeared poised Monday to legalize sports betting nationwide by freeing states from a federal anti-gaming law.

The justices gave a friendly hearing to New Jersey''s claim that states are free to control their own laws, including in the area of gambling, unless Congress has adopted...



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Dec 04, 2017

Trump fully endorses Roy Moore after urging from Bannon, amid tight polls of Alabama race
President Trump on Monday fully endorsed Roy Moore, acting to back the Alabama Senate candidate after conversations with his former strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has advocated Moore''s candidacy.

Trump''s early morning tweets were his first all-out endorsement of Moore, who has been accused of...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2017

Trump taking unprecedented action to revoke national monument designations in West
President Trump on Monday is expected to make a declaration concerning public lands unlike any ever made by a U.S. chief executive, revoking two big national monuments in southern Utah and replacing them with five much smaller monuments.

The president may also issue changes to the boundaries of...



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