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Feb 21, 2019

Progress has been scant since Trump's last summit with North Korean leader
In the eight months since President Trump and Kim Jong Un held a one-day summit in Singapore, North Korea has taken small, strategic steps aimed at demonstrating a willingness to partially denuclearize, but the progress has barely reach an embryonic stage.

As the two leaders prepare for their second...



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Feb 21, 2019

Allies balk at Trump administration bid to block Chinese firm from cutting-edge telecom markets
Britain and Germany are balking at the Trump administration's call for a ban on equipment from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, threatening a global U.S. campaign to thwart China's involvement in future mobile networks.

Both countries are expected to limit Huawei and other Chinese companies...



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Feb 21, 2019

National Enquirer's biggest investors include California taxpayers and state workers
The National Enquirer has been one of President Trump's most controversial allies, delivering scathing coverage of his opponents to super market check-out lines and funneling $150,000 to one of his alleged mistresses to buy her silence.

So it will probably come as a surprise to California state...



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Feb 21, 2019

Asylum seekers sent back to Mexico under Trump policy face another challenge — finding a lawyer
Many of the asylum seekers who returned to Tijuana to wait for their U.S. immigration court proceedings under a recent Trump administration policy may face those hearings without lawyers.

Weeks after U.S. officials began sending back certain asylum seekers, attorneys are still trying to figure...



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Feb 21, 2019

Judge tightens gag order on Roger Stone after controversial Instagram post
A federal judge issued a tighter gag order on Roger Stone, the former political advisor to President Trump, after he posted an image on social media showing what appeared to be the cross hairs of a gunsight next to her head.

"I want to be clear today. I gave you a second chance. But this is not...



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Feb 21, 2019

Trump plan fails to cut immigration court backlog, as caseload soars more than 26%
The Trump administration's controversial plan to shrink the ballooning backlog of immigration cases by pushing judges to hear more cases has failed, according to the latest data, with the average wait for an immigration hearing now more than two years.



Since October 2017, when the Justice Department...



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Feb 21, 2019

Trump plan fails to cut immigration court backlog, as caseload soars more than 25%
The Trump administration's controversial plan to shrink the ballooning backlog of immigration cases by pushing judges to hear more cases has failed, according to the latest data, with the average wait for an immigration hearing now more than two years.



Since October 2017, when the Justice Department...



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Feb 21, 2019

Trump administration confirms it has ended fuel-economy talks with California
Already-faltering negotiations between the Trump administration and California aimed at resolving a dispute over fuel-economy standards have broken down completely, the White House said Thursday.

"The Trump administration has decided to discontinue discussions" with the California Air Resources...



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Feb 21, 2019

Las Vegas gets hit with second snowstorm in a week. What are the odds?
They started arriving at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign as the first big snowflakes began to fall Wednesday night — landing softly and slowly turning the green artificial turf around it to white.

Debbie Dixon was so excited, she laughed and clapped and tried to take selfies with her friends to capture...



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Feb 21, 2019

Roger Stone's controversial Instagram post lands him back in court
Roger Stone, a former political advisor to President Trump, could face a tighter gag order or even be sent to jail by a federal judge on Thursday over a controversial social media post in which he harshly criticized and may have threatened the jurist.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Stone posted...



LA Times National News
Feb 20, 2019

Putin's warning on missiles in Europe pushes U.S. and Russia closer to new arms race
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the Trump administration Wednesday against basing intermediate-range missiles in Europe, saying that Moscow would respond by deploying new weapons of its own that could directly target Washington.

Although the threat did not mark a change in Russian doctrine,...



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Feb 20, 2019

Talks between Trump administration and California over fuel-economy standards break down
Already-faltering negotiations between the Trump administration and California aimed at resolving a dispute over fuel-economy standards have broken down completely, according to a top Democratic lawmaker.

Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), the senior Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee,...



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Feb 20, 2019

Worried about a slowing economy, Fed officials want to maintain a key stimulus program
Amid growing worries about a slowing economy, Federal Reserve officials indicated at their meeting last month that they plan later this year to stop paring back a key stimulus program put in place in the wake of the Great Recession, according to minutes released Wednesday.

Under the controversial...



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Feb 20, 2019

Supreme Court bolsters the right of owners to fight police seizures of property
The Supreme Court on Wednesday strengthened the rights of Americans to fight police seizures of vehicles and other property, ruling the 8th Amendment's ban on "excessive fines" applies to states and localities, not just the federal government.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her second day back...



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Feb 20, 2019

Supreme Court says constitutional ban on ‘excessive fines' also applies to states
In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said Wednesday that the 8th Amendment's ban on "excessive fines" applies to states and local agencies, not just the federal government.

The decision will limit the power of police and state law enforcement agents to seize cars, boats and other property.

...

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Feb 20, 2019

Rod Rosenstein will leave a contentious and consequential legacy
After President Trump picked Rod Rosenstein two years ago for the second highest job at the Justice Department, his daughter asked if his picture would appear in the newspaper.

"I said, ‘No,'" Rosenstein later recalled. "I told her, ‘The deputy attorney general is a low-profile job. Nobody knows...



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Feb 20, 2019

As Mueller report nears, Rod Rosenstein prepares to exit
After President Trump picked Rod Rosenstein two years ago for the second highest job at the Justice Department, his daughter asked if his picture would appear in the newspaper.

"I said, ‘No,'" Rosenstein later recalled. "I told her, ‘The deputy attorney general is a low-profile job. Nobody knows...



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Feb 20, 2019

Your phone and TV are tracking you, and political campaigns are listening in
It was a crowded primary field and Tony Evers, running for governor, was eager to win the support of officials gathered at a Wisconsin state Democratic party meeting, so the candidate did all the usual things: he read the room, he shook hands, he networked.

Then he put an electronic fence around...



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Feb 20, 2019

Trump prevails as Mexican officials stop caravan at Texas border and ship migrants to other cities
Last week, a caravan of 1,800 Central American migrants arrived in this isolated Mexican border city, where police ushered them into a makeshift government shelter at a shuttered factory surrounded by chain-link fence.

As conditions at the shelter deteriorated, riots erupted last Wednesday. Migrants...



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Feb 20, 2019

‘America first' increasingly looks like America alone


The annual Munich Security Conference is usually a somnolent affair, a ritual renewal of vows between the United States and its European allies. This year was different.



Germany's outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, finally said what she thinks of President Trump.



Without using Trump's name, she...



LA Times National News
Feb 19, 2019

Can Bernie Sanders re-create the magic? Vermont senator joins 2020 Democratic race
The return of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to presidential politics this week will test how much the Democratic Party has truly shifted to the left as well as gauge the resilience of a self-proclaimed democratic socialist candidate whose message has changed little even as the political landscape...



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Feb 19, 2019

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over harsh Instagram post
As a provocative Republican operative and former advisor to President Trump, Roger Stone has always described his political strategy as "attack, attack, attack."

But when Stone went on Instagram to harshly criticize the federal judge overseeing his upcoming trial in the Russia investigation, she...



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Feb 19, 2019

Clarence Thomas agrees with Trump that libel laws should be eased
Justice Clarence Thomas filed a solo opinion Tuesday that should appeal to President Trump. He said the high court should make it easier for public figures to sue for libel.

Thomas said the court made a mistake in 1964 when it set a high barrier for public officials to sue the press for defaming...



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Feb 19, 2019

Bowing to Congress, Trump scales back proposed 'space force'
Bowing to bipartisan concerns in Congress, President Trump retreated Tuesday from his plan to create an independent "space force" in the Pentagon, proposing instead to consolidate the military's space operations and personnel in the Air Force.

The scaled-down plan would still establish a new military...



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Feb 19, 2019

Bowing to Congress, Trump scales back proposed ‘space force'
Bowing to bipartisan concerns in Congress, President Trump retreated Tuesday from his plan to create an independent "space force" in the Pentagon, proposing instead to consolidate the military's space operations and personnel in the Air Force.

The scaled-down plan would still establish a new military...



LA Times National News
Feb 19, 2019

Bowing to Congress, Trump scales back proposed space force
Bowing to bipartisan concerns in Congress, President Trump retreated Tuesday from his plan to create an independent space force in the Pentagon, proposing instead to consolidate the military's space operations and personnel in the Air Force.

The scaled-down plan would still establish a new military...



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Feb 19, 2019

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone, a longtime Donald Trump confidant,...



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Feb 19, 2019

Supreme Court to decide if Clean Water Act limits Hawaii's underground wastewater dumping
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case on the Clean Water Act and decide whether environmentalists can sue to block Hawaii's disposal of wastewater that flows underground into the Pacific Ocean.

At issue is a dispute over the limits of the federal government's anti-pollution...



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Feb 19, 2019

Border fence threatens family burial ground — and a slice of African American history
When Ramiro Ramirez was a boy, his grandmother would bring him to visit the family cemeteries tucked amid vegetable and sugarcane fields here just north of the Rio Grande. He would carry a small bucket of water to help her plant red roses next to the wooden cross marking the grave of his great-great-grandfather,...



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Feb 19, 2019

A year before the primary, New Hampshire is bumper-to-bumper with presidential candidates
So many presidential candidates are already traipsing through this tiny New England state that Neil Levesque has to play traffic cop.

As the boss of a coveted speaking venue at St. Anselm College, he recently had to maneuver to keep rivals from colliding when one candidate was speaking as the advance...



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Feb 19, 2019

Elizabeth Warren rallies in Glendale in a nod to California's early primary
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren brought her message of "big structural change" to California on Monday, including a preview of a sweeping proposal for universal childcare.

The Massachusetts senator pitched government-funded childcare and early learning to a raucous crowd at the...



LA Times National News
Feb 19, 2019

Elizabeth Warren rallies in Glendale, with a nod to California's early primary
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren brought her message of "big structural change" to California on Monday, including a preview of a sweeping proposal for universal childcare.

The Massachusetts senator pitched government-funded childcare and early learning to a raucous crowd at the...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2019

Trump says ‘no going back' in attempts to oust Venezuela's Maduro
President Trump, speaking Monday in vote-rich south Florida, called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's supporters to abandon him or face ruin, and denounced what he termed socialism at home and abroad.

Aides had billed Trump's speech as a show of support for Venezuela's opposition leader...



LA Times National News
Feb 18, 2019

It just snowed in Vegas and likely will again this week. That isn't normal
They weren't exactly deploying the snowplows onto the Las Vegas Strip and they weren't shoveling out the entrances to the casinos, either.

But, still, it snowed in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

For a city that was built in the sand and boasts giant replicas of a pyramid, the Eiffel Tower and virtually...



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Feb 17, 2019

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner released from federal prison
Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is in the custody of its Residential Re-entry Management...



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Feb 17, 2019

Graham vows to investigate 'administrative coup' against Trump
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday that he intends to investigate whether top officials of the FBI and the Justice Department discussed "an administrative coup" to oust President Trump in 2017.

The chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said he would...



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Feb 17, 2019

Graham vows to investigate ‘administrative coup' against Trump
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he intended to investigate whether top officials of the FBI and the Justice Department discussed "an administrative coup" to oust President Trump in 2017.

The chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said he would issue...



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Feb 17, 2019

Ginsburg expected to return to Supreme Court bench Tuesday
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected to sit for a U.S. Supreme Court argument Tuesday for the first time since she underwent surgery in December to remove cancerous masses from one of her lungs.

Ginsburg's presence will be a relief to liberals worried about any prospect that the 85-year-old...



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Feb 17, 2019

White House indicates Trump would veto disapproval of emergency
A top advisor to President Trump indicated Sunday that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border.

White House senior advisor Stephen Miller told "Fox News Sunday" that "the president...



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Feb 17, 2019

Trump's bromance with Kim Jong Un faces a reality check as the nations discuss nuclear disarmament


Persuading North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons will be a long and grueling process that will require President Trump to make significant concessions — and even then, the effort may fail.



That dose of caution from Trump's special envoy to North Korea, delivered as the...



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Feb 17, 2019

Albuquerque's $133-million electric bus system is going nowhere fast
Shortly after being elected in 2017, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller stood on one of the passenger platforms for ART, the city's ambitious new $133-million all-electric bus line that cuts through a 10-mile stretch of the city.

"Drivers waved and cheered, ‘Congrats to the new mayor!' ‘I voted for you!'...



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Feb 17, 2019

Halting HIV by 2030 is a challenge. Here's why it's especially tough in the South
By midmorning, a line snaked out the door of AID Atlanta's Midtown clinic. It was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the waiting room was packed with people — a worker in an orange safety vest, a mother cradling a toddler, a man in a navy suit — waiting to be tested.

Downstairs, Ted Krug,...



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Feb 16, 2019

For Democrats eager to defeat Trump, Kamala Harris promises she knows how to fight
Jenny and Robert Brooks are ready to get the 2020 election season started. Sitting in the audience waiting to see Kamala Harris address her first South Carolina town hall, they spoke of how very ready they are to beat President Trump.

Only problem is they're not sure what kind of candidate it will...



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Feb 16, 2019

Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador bows out of consideration
The State Department said Saturday that Heather Nauert, picked by President Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn.

Nauert, State Department spokeswoman, said that "the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore...



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Feb 16, 2019

The Obama primary: Which Democrat can claim his legacy in 2020?


Sen. Kamala Harris has been called the "female Barack Obama." Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke has been dubbed "Barack Obama, but white." Sen. Cory Booker sings from the Obama hymnal of hope and optimism. Joe Biden, as Obama's vice president, is closer to the former president than anyone running for the...



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Feb 16, 2019

The state and local tax deduction cap probably isn't going away — despite Trump's comments
President Trump again indicated this week he might be open to revisiting the controversial new limit on state and local tax deductions that hits many middle-income residents hard in California and other high-tax, Democratic states.

Even so, don't count on any changes to the Republican tax bill...



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Feb 15, 2019

Nevada governor signs gun background checks into law two years after voters asked for them
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed into law a measure to require background checks on most private gun sales and transfers — the fulfillment of an initiative passed by voters more than two years ago.

"In November 2016, the majority of Nevadans made it clear they wanted us to do more to...



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Feb 15, 2019

Trump dangles peace deal with North Korea, but experts fear he'll give up too much
Negotiators for President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are discussing a possible deal for their upcoming summit that would include a declaration ending the Korean war in return for verifiable steps to halt Pyongyang's nuclear program, according to current and former U.S. officials.

...

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Feb 15, 2019

Trump: Where's my Nobel Prize?
Forty-five minutes into a 49-minute news conference on Friday that was disjointed, defensive and yet unusually subdued, President Trump looked into the sun at the throng of journalists and television cameras and offered a window into his bruised psyche.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had shown...



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Feb 15, 2019

Judge issues gag order for Roger Stone case in Russia investigation
A federal judge has ordered Roger Stone, President Trump's longtime political advisor, to limit his public comments about his upcoming trial on charges stemming from the special counsel's Russia investigation.

The gag order could be a challenge for Stone, an outspoken provocateur who has held news...



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Feb 15, 2019

Trump doesn't let environmental laws stand in the way of border barrier construction
Over the last week, Marianna Treviño Wright has watched work crews drive through her butterfly sanctuary in the Rio Grande Valley to a nearby site where brush is being cleared for a planned six-mile stretch of border wall.

Homeland Security has planned to build an 18-foot-tall steel and concrete...



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Feb 15, 2019

Supreme Court agrees to decide by summer on Trump's new census question
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule by this summer on the Trump administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, dealing a potential political blow to California and other states with large numbers of immigrants.

In a brief order, the justices granted a request from Trump's...



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Feb 15, 2019

Trump declares border emergency, testing the limits of presidential authority
President Trump capped months of speculation and two years of failed negotiations over fortifying the southern border by declaring an emergency on Friday, initiating almost certain legal challenges over the extent of his executive power as well as a new set of political risks.

"We're going to confront...



LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2019

Trump tests limits of presidential authority, declares a border emergency
President Trump capped months of speculation and two years of failed negotiations over fortifying the southern border by declaring an emergency on Friday, initiating almost certain legal challenges over the extent of his executive power as well as a new set of political risks.

"We're going to confront...



LA Times National News
Feb 15, 2019

Trump, testing limits of presidential authority, to declare border emergency
President Trump plans to cap months of speculation and two years of failed negotiations over fortifying the southern border by declaring an emergency on Friday, initiating almost certain legal challenges over the extent of his executive power as well as a new set of political risks.

The declaration...



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Feb 15, 2019

Backing himself against the Wall, Trump seeks out a new fight
With his decision to declare a national emergency on the border and seek to build a border wall by executive fiat, President Trump has guaranteed more high-profile battles and likely more defeats.

What he hasn't gotten is more fence.

That's a consistent pattern — Trump opts for fights over actual...



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Feb 15, 2019

Homeland Security replacing troubled biodefense system with another flawed approach
The Trump administration is quietly moving to replace BioWatch, the nation's problem-plagued system for detecting an airborne attack of anthrax spores or other infectious agents, with technology that also has severe shortcomings, a Times investigation has found.

The first new device was installed...



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Feb 15, 2019

Trump raises a new menace — socialism — and Democrats can't agree how to respond
When Democrats unveiled their "Green New Deal" to fight climate change, the Republican response was swift and strikingly uniform.

"A socialist wish list," said a spokesman for the national party.

"The socialist Democrats are off to a great start!" exclaimed a spokesman for the GOP's congressional...



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Feb 14, 2019

Congress passes bill to avert shutdown as Trump vows to declare national emergency to build wall
The White House said Thursday that President Trump will sign a must-pass government spending bill even though it lacks border wall funding and then declare a national emergency to pull money for wall construction from other parts of the federal budget.

The declaration, which would involve a vast...



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Feb 14, 2019

Senate passes bill to avert shutdown; Trump to declare national emergency to build wall
The White House said Thursday that President Trump will sign a must-pass government spending bill even though it lacks border wall funding and then declare a national emergency to pull money for wall construction from other parts of the federal budget.

The declaration, which would involve a vast...



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Feb 14, 2019

Trump officials promote joint action against Iran and downplay Israeli-Palestinian peace plan
In a choreographed show of rare unity, officials from the United States, Arab states and Israel joined together at a Middle East peace conference Thursday to pledge tough action against Iran, calling that nation a threat to all.

The focus on Iran, however, overshadowed discussion of the still-secret...



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Feb 14, 2019

Pressured by Congress, EPA moves to limit highly toxic chemicals found in drinking water
Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency...



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Feb 14, 2019

Trump to declare national emergency to build border wall; Senate passes bill to avert shutdown
The White House said Thursday that President Trump would sign a government spending bill even though it doesn't fund a border wall, but will also declare a national emergency to pull money for wall construction from other parts of the federal budget.

The declaration, which would involve a vast...



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Feb 14, 2019

Federal Student Aid office lets loan servicers get away with shoddy work, watchdog says
The Education Department's Federal Student Aid office has failed to keep watch over the contractors servicing its $1.4 trillion portfolio of student loans, a lapse that may be costing taxpayers, the federal agency's inspector general said in a scathing audit issued Thursday.

Companies such as Navient,...



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Feb 14, 2019

Trump to declare national emergency to build border wall, will sign bill to avert shutdown
The White House said Thursday that President Trump will sign a government spending bill that doesn't fund his border wall, but then will issue a national emergency declaration at the same time to pull money for wall construction from other parts of the federal budget.

"President Trump will sign...



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Feb 14, 2019

Valentine vows in Vegas: Wedding chapels add renewal ceremonies and more as marriages decline
The Elvis impersonator is ready, donning dark sunglasses and doing a quick pelvic thrust as a warmup to the proceedings in the chapel.

At the end of the altar, Stephan Maybroda and Michael Maybroda smile. The music is cued and "Can't Help Falling in Love" emerges from a small amp. The couple, dressed...



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Feb 14, 2019

Supreme Court weighs a Trump census question that could undercut California's power
The Supreme Court meets behind closed doors Friday to weigh a question that could shape the political power of California for the decade ahead.

At issue is the Trump administration's plan to ask all households for the first time since 1950 whether occupants are U.S. citizens.

State officials and...



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Feb 14, 2019

Congress is about to pass another border funding bill with no money for a wall
Congress on Thursday is expected to approve a bipartisan deal to fund a large chunk of the federal government in hopes of preventing another partial government shutdown.

The Senate will consider the bill first. The House is expected to vote on the bill Thursday evening, clearing it for the president's...



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Feb 14, 2019

Maxine Waters has a powerful new House position — and freshmen who could make it challenging
Rep. Maxine Waters had toiled 28 years in Congress for the moment last month when she presided over the powerful House Financial Services Committee for the first time as its chairwoman — and she wanted to make sure everything was perfect.

So the Los Angeles Democrat cleared her throat, prepared...



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Feb 14, 2019

Maxine Waters has a powerful new position. House freshmen like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could make it challenging
Rep. Maxine Waters had toiled 28 years in Congress for the moment last month when she presided over the powerful House Financial Services Committee for the first time as its chairwoman — and she wanted to make sure everything was perfect.

So the Los Angeles Democrat cleared her throat, prepared...



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Feb 14, 2019

Maxine Waters wields gavel on powerful committee, but freshmen could make it challenging
Rep. Maxine Waters had toiled 28 years in Congress for the moment last month when she presided over the powerful House Financial Services Committee for the first time as its chairwoman — and she wanted to make sure everything was perfect.

So the Los Angeles Democrat cleared her throat, prepared...



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Feb 14, 2019

Avenatti to give up financial control of law firm after he's accused of hiding millions
Michael Avenatti agreed Wednesday to relinquish financial control of his longtime law firm hours after a former partner filed papers accusing him of hiding millions of dollars from the court that oversaw its bankruptcy.

The celebrity lawyer and his firm, Eagan Avenatti, consented to the appointment...



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Feb 13, 2019

Michael Avenatti gives up control of law firm after he's accused of hiding millions from bankruptcy court
Michael Avenatti agreed Wednesday to relinquish control of his longtime law firm hours after a former partner filed papers accusing him of hiding millions of dollars from the court that oversaw its bankruptcy.

The celebrity lawyer and his firm, Eagan Avenatti, consented to the appointment of a...



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Feb 13, 2019

U.S. hosts Middle East peace conference in Poland, but Palestinians are a no-show
The United States on Wednesday opened a highly promoted international conference on peace in the Middle East, but some central players, the Palestinians, were a no-show.

Representatives of about 60 countries, including several Arab states, planned to attend, but a number of European nations sent...



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Feb 13, 2019

Judge agrees that Paul Manafort lied in Russia investigation
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, lied to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's prosecutors despite agreeing to cooperate in the sprawling Russia investigation.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson effectively voids...



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Feb 13, 2019

White House drafts order that would ban Huawei from U.S.
The White House is preparing a sweeping executive order that could bar Chinese companies from selling equipment for use in future U.S. telecommunications networks, claiming Beijing could exploit the technology to carry out cyber intrusions and espionage.

The main target of the draft order, expected...



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Feb 13, 2019

Elliott Abrams, U.S. envoy for Venezuela, faces combative House hearing as policy stalls
In his first appearance in Congress as special U.S. envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams on Wednesday defended the Trump administration's seemingly stalled efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, saying the authoritarian ruler's "time is up."

"There is a storm brewing inside the Maduro regime,"...



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Feb 13, 2019

Michael Avenatti accused of hiding millions of dollars from bankruptcy court
Michael Avenatti hid millions of dollars from the court overseeing his law firm's bankruptcy and used much of the money for personal compensation, a former partner alleges in new court records.

The firm, Eagan Avenatti, was required by law to file monthly reports on its income and spending during...



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Feb 13, 2019

‘El Chapo' likely to join some of nation's most notorious criminals in Colorado's ‘Supermax'
Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman twice escaped from prison in Mexico. With his conviction on drug trafficking and murder charges in U.S. federal court this week, he is likely headed to a much more secure facility: the so-called "Alcatraz of the Rockies."

The federal prison, known as "Supermax,"...



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Feb 13, 2019

Can Democrats prevent Trump from using his executive power to build a wall?
If President Trump decides to shuffle money in the federal budget to build a wall at the southern border without Congress' consent, there are a few ways for Democrats to try to stop him.

Each comes with difficulties and long odds.

Trump and his administration have signaled for weeks that the president...



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Feb 13, 2019

‘El Chapo,' two-time escapee, is likely headed to the ‘prison of all prisons'
In the world of corrections, there are inmates who pose security risks, and then there's "El Chapo."

Drug lord Joaquin Guzman has an unparalleled record of jailbreaks, having escaped two high-security Mexican prisons before his ultimate capture and extradition to the United States.

So with Guzman...



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Feb 13, 2019

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's accuser speaks about issue of sexual assault
A college professor avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she was not shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse.

"One thing that I notice about sexual violence is...



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Feb 13, 2019

Trump's sanctions are hurting Iran's economy, but that doesn't mean they're working
President Trump claims his economic sanctions on Iran are the "toughest ever" and that his policy of maximum pressure is already a success.



But his own intelligence chiefs don't agree. In their view, Iran's behavior may be getting worse, not better.



There's a paradox at the heart of Trump's policy....



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Feb 13, 2019

A year after the Parkland massacre, two fathers are divided on guns but united by pain
Andrew Pollack had just settled into a folding chair in a palm-shaded campground when gunfire rang out from a nearby target range. He did not flinch.

It had been nearly a year since his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was shot to death with 16 other people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...



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Feb 12, 2019

‘El Chapo' found guilty. The Mexican drug lord faces 'a sentence from which there is no escape'
Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo," was found guilty Tuesday in an international narcotics smuggling trial that marked a triumph for the U.S. Justice Department and a steep fall for a brutal narco legend who ruled with a diamond-encrusted pistol on his hip.

The eight-woman,...



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Feb 12, 2019

‘Finish the wall'? Facing failure, Trump tries rebranding
For President Trump, chants and signs saying "Build the wall" are so 2016 — "Finish the wall" is his new rallying cry. Yet two years into his term, not one new mile of a barrier has been erected along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

At a rally in El Paso on Monday night, Trump went so...



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Feb 12, 2019

'Finish the wall'? Facing failure, Trump tries rebranding
For President Trump, chants and signs saying "Build the wall" are so 2016 — "Finish the wall" is his new rallying cry. Yet two years into his term, not one new mile of a barrier has been erected along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

At a rally in El Paso on Monday night, Trump went so...



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Feb 12, 2019

Alex Padilla talks California election security in Washington
When Alex Padilla was elected California's secretary of state in 2014, his goal was to boost the state's sagging voter turnout.

But Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign changed the job, making cybersecurity a high priority for Padilla and his counterparts in other states.

He visited...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was convicted of 10 counts. Here's how they break down
From the moment Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was extradited to Brooklyn, N.Y., more than two years ago, his conviction seemed all but assured. But Tuesday's long-awaited verdict belies the complexity of the 10-count indictment he fought.

For jurors, it was less a binary of guilt...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

‘El Chapo' found guilty. The Mexican drug lord faces ‘a sentence he can't escape'
Jurors in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday found the notorious Mexican drug lord guilty on all 10 counts in his international narcotics smuggling trial in a capstone triumph for the U.S. Justice Department.

The jury's decision comes after an 11-week-long prosecution that featured...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

Confessed serial killer draws portraits of his victims, and the FBI asks for help naming them
The victim wears a mournful expression. Her head is slightly cocked, her bright red lips dipped in a frown, her eyes staring into the middle distance.

Samuel Little drew the portrait from memory nearly two decades after he says he killed the woman in 1996 in Los Angeles. It is one of 16 haunting...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

‘El Chapo' found guilty. The Mexican drug lord and escape artist faces life in a U.S. prison
Jurors in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday found the notorious Mexican drug lord guilty on all 10 counts in his international narcotics smuggling trial in a capstone triumph for the U.S. Justice Department.

The jury's decision comes after an 11-week-long prosecution that featured...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

Trump isn't ‘thrilled' with border deal, but says he doesn't expect another shutdown
President Trump on Tuesday said he was "unhappy" with the border security funding agreement crafted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, throwing the fate of the spending plan into doubt just four days before the government would shut down again.

"I have to study it. I'm not happy about it. It's...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

‘El Chapo' found guilty in U.S. trial. The Mexican drug lord ran a vast global network
Jurors in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday found the notorious Mexican drug lord guilty on all 10 counts in his international narcotics smuggling trial in a capstone triumph for the U.S. Justice Department.

The jury's decision comes after an 11-week-long prosecution that featured...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo' Guzman found guilty in U.S. trial
Jurors in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman found the notorious Mexican drug lord guilty of international narcotics smuggling Tuesday in a capstone triumph for the U.S. Justice Department.

The jury's decision comes after an 11-week-long prosecution that featured unprecedented details about...



LA Times National News
Feb 12, 2019

As tobacco sales dry up, Kentucky farmers look to the state's ‘original crop' — hemp
Brian Furnish studied the thick, tan stalks dangling from wooden trellises inside his towering, pitched-roof barn. After years of practice, the eighth-generation Kentucky tobacco farmer knew to check for even the earliest signs of mold on his plants.

But this wasn't tobacco. Above Furnish was another...



LA Times National News
Feb 11, 2019

Lawmakers announce a deal to prevent another government shutdown, but prospects remain uncertain
Lawmakers late Monday reached an agreement in principle on border security that would allow them to fund the government beyond Friday, according to congressional officials from both parties.

Major parts of the government would shut down as of this weekend without a deal. The agreement to avert...



LA Times National News
Feb 11, 2019

Questions from 'El Chapo' jury hint at disagreement on the panel
On the fifth day of deliberations, at least one juror in the federal case against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman appears confused about how to handle the complex set of charges against the Mexican drug kingpin.

After spending the morning once again sifting through and likely debating some parts of the...



LA Times National News
Feb 11, 2019

Border funding fight bogs down over detention beds. Here's why
Barely three weeks after parts of the federal government were shut for 35 days in a battle over border security spending, another partial shutdown is possible on Friday.

With negotiations at an impasse, the latest dispute is over beds for detained migrants.

Democrats say limiting the number of...



LA Times National News
Feb 11, 2019

Border showdown: Trump and Beto O'Rourke hold dueling rallies on immigration in El Paso
Undaunted by his past failures, President Trump on Monday again headed south to the border with Mexico to make his case to spend billions of federal dollars for a wall there, hoping to put Democrats in Washington on the defensive as another partial government shutdown looms.

Yet awaiting him in...



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