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LA Times National News
Jun 27, 2019

This is not your father's Democratic Party: Debate shows how leftward it has moved
The Democratic Party opened its 2020 presidential debates with a remarkably policy-focused exchange that illustrated how consistently to the left they have moved. For the night, at least, this was Elizabeth Warren's party.

The Democratic senator from Massachusetts, who entered the debate with momentum...



LA Times National News
Jun 27, 2019

To shine in debates, Democrats will have to (gulp) learn from Trump
All 10 performers had a role to play Wednesday on Night 1 of the first Democratic primary debates of the 2020 campaign. Elizabeth Warren was the one to beat. Julián Castro came in as a side character, but quickly emerged as the breakthrough surprise. And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio made himself...



LA Times National News
Jun 27, 2019

O'Rourke, Booker and Castro dust off their Spanish in Democratic debate
Beto O'Rourke was answering a question about raising taxes on the rich when he suddenly stopped speaking English early in the first Democratic presidential debate.

"Necesitamos incluir cada persona en el éxito de este economia," he said, befuddling rivals and television viewers who don't speak...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Eight takeaways from Night 1 of the Democratic debate
The first Democratic debate wasn't an easy place for a breakout moment, with 10 candidates onstage. But the contenders tried nonetheless, as they argued — mostly politely but sometimes cantankerously — about how far left to bring the party, how to confront economic inequality and how to treat immigrants.

...

LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Democratic debate: Candidates tackle immigration, taxes, climate change and guns
Ten Democratic White House hopefuls found broad consensus Wednesday night on a range of issues — guns, immigration, climate change — reserving the full measure of their contempt and their harshest put-downs for President Trump.

There were a handful of clashes among contestants, who shared a stage...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Democrats debate immigration, taxes, climate change and guns
Ten Democratic White House hopefuls found broad consensus Wednesday night on a range of issues — guns, immigration, relations with Iran — reserving the full measure of their contempt and their harshest put-downs for President Trump.

There were a handful of clashes among contestants, who shared...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Democrats in Miami tackle immigration, taxes, economy and guns
Ten Democratic White House hopefuls found broad consensus Wednesday night on a range of issues — guns, immigration, relations with Iran — reserving the full measure of their contempt and their harshest put-downs for President Trump.

There were a handful of clashes among contestants, who shared...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

2020: Democratic Primaries and key dates on the presidential election calendar
The first Democratic Party primary debates, scheduled for late June, might serve as the official 2020 election kickoff for the more than 20 candidates seeking the party's nomination for president.

But many other events are coming up between then and election day. That includes California joining...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Watch live: Democratic debate candidates face off over immigration and healthcare
The presidential debate season kicked off this evening in Miami. On the first night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has passed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and moved into second place in some polls in recent weeks, is the only top-tier candidate. But she is surrounded by some skilled...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

EPA refuses to give Congress documents on its rejection of NASA flight after Hurricane Harvey
Congressional Democrats are chiding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for thwarting a House committee's investigation into the agency's actions during Hurricane Harvey.

The investigation was spurred by a March 5 Los Angeles Times report revealing that officials from the EPA and Texas Commission...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Watch live: Democratic debate to feature 10 presidential candidates
The presidential debate season kicks off this evening in Miami.

On the first night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has passed Sanders and moved into second place in some polls in recent weeks, is the only top-tier candidate. But she will be surrounded by some skilled campaigners, including...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Here's where each California Democrat stands on opening an impeachment inquiry on Trump
Among House Democrats, a majority do not currently support opening a formal impeachment inquiry, let alone an actual vote to impeach President Trump, according to members of Congress.

About one-quarter of House Democrats publicly support opening an impeachment inquiry against Trump. More say they...



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Jun 26, 2019

As Supreme Court prepares to rule on 2020 census dispute, there's a new legal skirmish
The Supreme Court on Thursday is set to decide a politically charged dispute over whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the full census for the first time since 1950.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced that the final rulings of this term will come Thursday...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Democrats set stage for Mueller extravaganza on Capitol Hill
Ever since special counsel Robert S. Mueller III finished the Russia investigation, Democrats have struggled to package the results of the probe into the kind of live television spectacle that captivated the country a generation ago during the Watergate scandal that doomed Richard Nixon's presidency.

...

LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Congress at loggerheads over funding to alleviate border crisis
House Democrats and Senate Republicans have dug themselves into a standoff over funding to respond to the crisis at the southern border, raising the possibility that new money will not be approved before lawmakers leave for next week's Fourth of July recess.

Senate Republicans on Wednesday plan...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

House-Senate standoff puts border crisis money in jeopardy
House Democrats and Senate Republicans have dug themselves into a standoff over funding to respond to the crisis at the southern border, raising the possibility that new money will not be approved before lawmakers leave for next week's Fourth of July recess.

Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Trump blasts Democrats over Mueller's upcoming testimony
President Trump accused House Democrats of trying to continue a "phony witch hunt" against him by calling former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify about the Russia investigation.

"I have been attacked for two and a half years with a phony, dishonest, crooked group of people," he...



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Jun 26, 2019

Trump to meet Putin, Xi at G-20, but with unclear goals, expectations are low
With the Mueller report behind him and tensions rising with Iran, President Trump is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and several concerned allies at the Group of 20 summit this week in Osaka, Japan.

Despite a busy agenda and an urgent list of world problems, however, expectations for...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Democratic debate: 5 things to watch for on the first night
The Democrats vying to challenge President Trump will no doubt take turns denouncing him when they gather in Miami for their first debate on Wednesday and Thursday.

Will they be as combative toward one another?

Most of the 20 candidates onstage — 10 each night — will be grasping for ways to stand...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Claiming to be Cherokee, contractors with white ancestry got $300 million
Two years ago, when the mayor's office in St. Louis announced a $311,000 contract to tear down an old shoe factory, it made a point of identifying the demolition company as minority owned.

That was welcome news. The Missouri city was still grappling with racial tensions from the 2014 fatal police...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

In Miami, the Democratic debate circus begins well before the candidates take the stage
Standing on a sweltering street corner in Miami's Little Haiti, Jay Inslee practiced distilling his presidential campaign pitch to 60 seconds — the time limit he and fellow Democratic candidates will face for each question in this week's primary debates.

The Washington governor, speaking to a small...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Trump's foreign policy is chaotic and terrifying. What would Democrats do?


Voters who tune in to this week's Democratic primary debates may be treated to an experience that's all too rare: a genuine discussion among presidential candidates of America's role in the world.



For that you can thank President Trump, who has made foreign policy both baffling and terrifying by...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Who are the 2019 Democratic debate candidates?
As of this week, there are about two dozen Democratic presidential candidates running — that is, if we're counting just the prominent ones.

Here are the 20 Democratic candidates who will be participating in the first pair of debates for the 2020 presidential nomination, held over two nights, Wednesday...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Who are the candidates on the Democratic debate stage?
As of this week, there are about two dozen Democratic presidential candidates running — that is, if we're counting just the prominent ones.

Here are the 20 Democratic candidates who will be participating in the first pair of debates for the 2020 presidential nomination, held over two nights, Wednesday...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

Who are the Democratic debate candidates?
As of this week, there are about two dozen Democratic presidential candidates running — that is, if we're counting just the prominent ones.

Here are the 20 Democratic candidates who will be participating in the first pair of debates for the 2020 presidential nomination, held over two nights, Wednesday...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

How a crime bill meant to boost Democrats now divides the party
Twenty-five years ago, after passing the most sweeping anti-crime bill in history, Democrats were ecstatic, convinced they'd not only addressed a top concern of voters but finally shed the party's soft-on-crime label.

That was then.

A quarter century after Joe Biden helped shepherd it into law,...



LA Times National News
Jun 26, 2019

As Democrats debate, Biden's crime bill likely to provoke attacks
Twenty-five years ago, after passing the most sweeping anti-crime bill in history, Democrats were ecstatic, convinced they'd not only addressed a top concern of voters but finally shed the party's soft-on-crime label.

That was then.

A quarter century after Joe Biden helped shepherd it into law,...



LA Times National News
Jun 25, 2019

Robert Mueller to testify publicly before Congress on July 17
Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who spent nearly two years leading the Russia investigation, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17, setting the stage for what will probably be the most anticipated day on Capitol Hill in recent memory.

The announcement was made...



LA Times National News
Jun 25, 2019

Robert Mueller to testify publicly to Congress on July 17
Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who spent nearly two years leading the Russia investigation, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17.

The announcement was made on Tuesday evening by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Adam...



LA Times National News
Jun 25, 2019

House moves to pass border funding bill without the enforcement money Trump wants
House Democratic leaders are scrambling to approve a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border.

But it ignores the White House's request for additional enforcement money, cuing up yet another fight over immigration.

House Democrats, initially...



LA Times National News
Jun 25, 2019

Federal debt on track to reach unsustainable level in 30 years, CBO reports
The nation's federal debt by the end of the year will reach the highest level since shortly after World War II and is on pace to reach historic and unsustainable levels within 30 years, according to a government report released Tuesday.

The federal debt already equals 78% of the nation's gross...



LA Times National News
Jun 25, 2019

So many Democrats are running, how do they all fit on a debate stage?
With virtually the entire adult U.S. population seeking the Democratic presidential nomination — or so it seems — the party faces some knotty questions.

Is anyone left to vote for somebody besides him- or herself? Can all those people squeeze onto a single debate stage? How does that Buttigieg...



LA Times National News
Jun 25, 2019

What time is the Democratic presidential debate? Who gets to be on stage?
With virtually the entire adult U.S. population seeking the Democratic presidential nomination — or so it seems — the party faces some knotty questions.

Is anyone left to vote for somebody besides him- or herself? Can all those people squeeze onto a single debate stage? How does that Buttigieg...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

Migrant woman and 3 children are among those found dead near Rio Grande in Texas
The FBI is investigating the deaths of what appeared to be a migrant woman and three children, whose bodies were found near the Rio Grande in south Texas, amid a surge in migrant families.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents found the bodies late Sunday in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

How will Turkey's authoritarian president react to opposition's big win in Istanbul mayoral race?
First, democracy watchers in Turkey cheered. Now, they're holding their collective breath.

In the country's largest city, Istanbul, there were all-night, car-honking revelry after an opposition candidate won Sunday's closely watched mayoral election in a landslide.

The result, ratified Monday,...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

Trump's new Iran sanctions may have modest effect
President Trump's latest round of sanctions against Iran underscores his preference for using economic pressure rather than military force.

But his specific targeting Monday of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is likely to be more symbolic than punishing, given the leader's lack of...



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Jun 24, 2019

Supreme Court rules L.A. clothing maker can trademark ‘scandalous' brand name
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Los Angeles clothing maker had a free-speech right to win trademark protection for his FUCT brand.

The court by a 6-3 vote struck down part of the Lanham Act of 1946 that covers trademarks and said the government could not reject a brand name because it viewed...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

Migrant woman and 3 children found dead in Rio Grande in Texas
The FBI is investigating the deaths of what appeared to be a migrant woman and three children, whose bodies were found near the Rio Grande in South Texas, amid a surge in migrant families.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents found the bodies late Sunday in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

Trump tightens Iran sanctions over downing of U.S. drone
President Trump on Monday signed an executive order imposing new "hard-hitting" sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, just days after Iran downed a high-flying U.S. Navy drone over the Persian Gulf.

The sanctions, Trump said, are a response to "a series of aggressive actions,"...



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Jun 24, 2019

Supreme Court says law imposing extra prison time for ‘crime of violence' is too vague
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a 1980s-era crime law that adds longer prison terms for offenders who carried a gun during a "crime of violence," with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch speaking for the court and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in dissent.

The court by a 5-4 vote ruled for two...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

Supreme Court rules in favor of L.A. clothing maker, striking down provision against 'scandalous' trademarks
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Los Angeles clothing maker had a free-speech right to win trademark protection for his FUCT brand.

The court said the government could not reject a trademark claim because it viewed the words or messages as "scandalous."

"The most fundamental principle of free...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

Trump-Xi meeting this week could head off a global recession or worsen outlook
When President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan later this week to discuss their nations' worsening conflict over trade and commercial relations, the course of the global economy may depend on which Donald Trump shows up.

Trump has veered for months from threatening to bring...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

As first debate nears, Democratic National Committee is still wrestling with demons of 2016
Struggling presidential hopefuls won't be the only ones looking for redemption as the Democratic debates get underway in Miami this week. Their host — the Democratic National Committee — is anxious for it, too.

The Democratic Party enters this primary season haunted by demons. In the last presidential...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

Oregon has too much cannabis. Two laws may help the state manage its surplus


Matt Miller's family has farmed pot in Oregon since well before it became legal.



But since the market flooded after recreational use was approved by state voters in 2014, prices have plummeted, putting strain on the operation he runs with his wife, Rhea.



Oregon's lush climate and weed-tolerant...



LA Times National News
Jun 24, 2019

You can enter a drawing to buy rare liquor in Utah. Just don't call it a lottery
Utah isn't exactly a heavy-drinking state. Almost two-thirds of the population is Mormon, a faith that bars the consumption of alcohol.

But for thirsty apostates, a limited release of $270-a-bottle Pappy Van Winkle 23-year reserve bourbon is game-on.

"It was just nuts," said Terry Wood, spokesman...



LA Times National News
Jun 23, 2019

Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg
A town hall featuring Mayor Pete Buttigieg broke into near chaos Sunday afternoon as the Democratic presidential candidate tried to respond to community concerns over a white police officer killing a black man in the city.

Buttigieg was solemn, somber and circumspect as he tried to explain the...



LA Times National News
Jun 23, 2019

2020 candidates show unity in South Carolina, wooing black voters and easing up on Biden
Bakari Sellers doesn't mince words when he explains why winning the Democratic primary in South Carolina is crucial for the 22 presidential candidates who flocked here over the weekend.

"Because people who look like my mom and her friends are going to choose the nominee," said the former state...



LA Times National News
Jun 23, 2019

Life on Mars gets a test run in the Utah desert
Researchers here pretend they are 225 million miles from Earth rather than seven miles from Hanksville.

LA Times National News
Jun 23, 2019

The ‘Trump Doctrine': He'd rather talk than fight
No matter how the current crisis between the United States and Iran turns out, it should have one result: an end to the fear that President Trump would be a warmonger in the Oval Office.

Trump has been inconsistent about many things, but he's been strikingly consistent about this: He would rather...



LA Times National News
Jun 22, 2019

Japanese internment camp survivors protest Ft. Sill migrant detention center
With the Trump administration planning to move 1,400 migrant children to this fortified Army post later this summer, a small group of Japanese American World War II internment camp survivors came to the gates Saturday to make their opposition known.

"We are here today to protest the repetition...



LA Times National News
Jun 22, 2019

Nine months after Hurricane Florence, battered North Carolina town struggles to rebuild
Nine months after Hurricane Florence inundated much of eastern North Carolina, the tiny town of Trenton is still struggling to rebuild as a new hurricane season begins.

The Jones County courthouse and jail have yet to reopen. Judges hear cases in county office buildings and inmates are housed in...



LA Times National News
Jun 22, 2019

Democrats converge on South Carolina for fried fish, selfies and very short speeches
The largest gathering of presidential candidates ever spent their Friday night stumping for supporters in 90-degree heat and air thick with humidity and the scent of more than two tons of frying fish.

Rep. James E. Clyburn's World Famous Fish Fry, this year held on the banks of the Congaree River,...



LA Times National News
Jun 22, 2019

Democrats angle for South Carolina voters at Rep. James Clyburn's fish fry
The largest gathering of presidential candidates ever spent their Friday night stumping for supporters in 90-degree heat and air thick with humidity and the scent of more than two tons of frying fish.

Rep. James E. Clyburn's World Famous Fish Fry, this year held on the banks of the Congaree River,...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Texas is sending 1,000 more National Guard troops to the border
Texas is sending 1,000 more National Guard troops to its border with Mexico in response to the continuing influx of migrants, many of them families.

"The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we've witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place,"...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Texas sending 1,000 more National Guard troops to the border
Texas is sending 1,000 more National Guard troops to its border with Mexico in response to the continuing influx of migrants, many of them families."The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we've witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place,"...

LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

A day of shifting signals on Iran strike highlights Trump administration's divide
President Trump's shifting accounts Friday of his abrupt decision not to launch an airstrike against Iran underscored uncertainty within his own administration, and perhaps in his own thinking, over when to use American force and how to confront a foe that he has labeled one of the world's great...



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Jun 21, 2019

Supreme Court bolsters rights for developers and property owners in California and elsewhere
The Supreme Court's conservative majority gave a major boost to property rights Friday, ruling that developers and land owners may go directly to federal court and seek compensation for a "taking" of their property.

The 5-4 decision overturned a 1985 precedent that said property owners may not...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Abortion politics in Michigan could tilt the state's coveted voters in 2020
Abortion policy wars are largely being waged in brick-red states, with the support of elected officials and conservative activists. But a new front is opening in deeply purple Michigan — and it could impact the 2020 election.

A majority of voters here support abortion rights, but a quirk in state...



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Jun 21, 2019

Curtis Flowers murder conviction is overturned. Supreme Court cites bias against black defendant in Mississippi
The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the murder conviction of an African American man from Mississippi who had been tried six times by nearly all-white juries.

The justices, by a 7-2 vote, said the prosecutor had wrongly and repeatedly excluded potential black jurors because of their race.

Justice...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Supreme Court says property owners can go directly to federal court over local restrictions
The Supreme Court's conservative majority gave a major boost to property rights Friday, ruling that owners may go directly to federal court and seek compensation for a "taking" of their land.

The 5-4 decision overturned a 1985 precedent that said property owners may not sue in federal court until...



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Jun 21, 2019

Supreme Court overturns Mississippi murder conviction, citing racial bias
The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the murder conviction of an African American man from Mississippi who had been tried six times by nearly all-white juries.

The justices, by a 7-2 vote, said the prosecutor had wrongly excluded potential black jurors because of their race.

Justice Brett M....



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

The stakes are high as Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to debate
With so many candidates onstage, the Democratic presidential debates risk becoming a stilted, parallel-play affair, with candidates trying to squeeze scripted messages into tiny scraps of airtime.

But the prospects of an unruly political feeding frenzy, particularly on the second night of the two-day...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Trump says U.S. was ‘cocked & loaded' against Iran but he backed away from attack
President Trump said Friday he abruptly canceled a planned U.S. missile strike against three Iranian targets "10 minutes before" it was set to launch because he was told the raid would likely kill 150 Iranians.

"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights," Trump tweeted....



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Trump says U.S. was ‘cocked & loaded' against Iran, but he backed away from attack
President Trump said Friday he abruptly canceled a planned U.S. missile strike against three Iranian targets "10 minutes before" it was set to launch because he was told the raid would likely kill 150 Iranians.

"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights," Trump tweeted....



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Trump says U.S. was ‘cocked and loaded' against Iran but he backed away from attack
President Trump said Friday he canceled a U.S. missile strike against three Iranian targets "10 minutes before" it was set to launch because he was told the raid could have led to 150 deaths in Iran.

"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights," Trump tweeted. "When I...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Democratic candidates vow to ban private prisons and detention centers
Democratic presidential candidates, seizing on anger over the mistreatment of immigrants at privately run detention centers, are pushing to outlaw them — and private prisons altogether, moving the issue to prominence in the 2020 primary race.

The demand for a ban on private lockups is becoming...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Trump's threat to deport millions of immigrants risks backlash in 2020
With his latest threat to round up and deport millions of "illegal aliens," President Trump left little doubt that racially fraught rhetoric on immigration will be a central part of his run for reelection.

He tried that tactic last year. It failed. His ominous warnings about immigrant criminals...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000
Casually dressed techies, blue badges flapping, dart past construction workers during morning rush hour at the global headquarters of Amazon, the juggernaut accelerating the growth of our on-demand culture.

A company food stand dispenses free bananas to commuters streaming between the sleek Amazon...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

U.S. prepared strikes on Iran, but approval was abruptly withdrawn
The United States made preparations for a military strike against Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but the operation was abruptly called off with just hours to go, a U.S. official said.

The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke...



LA Times National News
Jun 21, 2019

U.S. prepared strikes on Iran for downing drone, but approval was withdrawn
A U.S. official said the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched.

The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly...



LA Times National News
Jun 20, 2019

Trump downplays Iranian shootdown of U.S. surveillance drone
An unarmed U.S. surveillance drone was shot down by a missile fired from Iran, the Pentagon said Thursday, but U.S. and Iranian military officials disputed whether the unmanned aircraft was in Iranian airspace and President Trump downplayed the attack, calling it a mistake.

The incident was the...



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Jun 20, 2019

Trump calls Iranian shootdown of Navy drone a ‘fly in the ointment.' Say what?
When Donald Trump ran for the White House in 2016, he blamed previous presidents for sending U.S. troops into endless, grinding wars, and vowed to stay out of foreign conflicts.

This week, he twice showed he meant it. On Monday, he dismissed explosions aboard two oil tankers that the U.S. had blamed...



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Jun 20, 2019

Hope Hicks defends use of Democrats' hacked emails, new transcript shows
Hope Hicks, President Trump's former communications director, defended the Trump campaign's use of hacked emails released by Russians during the 2016 presidential race, according to a transcript of her testimony released on Thursday.

"Would you agree that the campaign benefited from the hacked...



LA Times National News
Jun 20, 2019

Even as its kickoff, Trump's reelection campaign aims to win without a majority
President Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign this week with a rally in Orlando that, as Noah Bierman wrote, often resembled a "time warp" — a reprise of his slogans from 2016 and the grievances that have driven him ever since.

As he has throughout his presidency, Trump pitched...



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Jun 20, 2019

Senate panel approves judge over objections by California lawmakers
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday on party lines to support a controversial nominee to the California-based federal appeals court, overriding the objections of the state's two senators.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris, both Democrats, argued that Daniel A. Bress, whom President...



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Jun 20, 2019

Cory Booker's 2020 plan: Clemency for thousands of nonviolent drug offenders
In an effort to reduce mass incarceration, Cory Booker wants to reform the clemency powers of the White House and shorten federal prison sentences for as many as 20,000 nonviolent drug offenders, according to a proposal unveiled by the Democrat's presidential campaign Thursday morning.

On his first...



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Jun 20, 2019

2020 candidate Marianne Williamson apologizes for calling vaccine mandates ‘Orwellian'
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, an author and self-help guru who will appear on the Democratic debate stage next week, apologized Wednesday night after she attacked mandatory vaccinations as "draconian" and "Orwellian" at a Manchester, N.H., event.

"To me, it's no different than the...



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Jun 20, 2019

Supreme Court says 40-foot Maryland cross can stand as war memorial
The Supreme Court said Thursday the Constitution did not require tearing down historic monuments just because they featured religious symbols, such as crosses or the Ten Commandments.

In a 7-2 decision, the high court upheld the display of a nearly century-old, 40-foot cross at a busy Maryland...



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Jun 20, 2019

Supreme Court upholds 40-foot ‘Peace Cross' as a war memorial
The Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the display of a 40-foot cross at a busy Maryland intersection, ruling the symbol can be seen as a war memorial honoring local soldiers and not an unconstitutional promotion of a favored religion.

The 7-2 decision gives local officials somewhat more freedom...



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Jun 20, 2019

Trump 5G push could hamper forecasting of deadly California storms
As atmospheric rivers dumped record volumes of rain on California this spring, emergency responders used the federal government's satellites to warn people about where the storms were likely to hit hardest.

Many government scientists say such warnings may become a thing of the past if the Trump...



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Jun 20, 2019

Will Trump's 5G push interfere with forecasting deadly storms in California and U.S.?
As atmospheric rivers dumped record volumes of rain on California this spring, emergency responders used the federal government's satellites to warn people about where the storms were likely to hit hardest.

Many government scientists say such warnings may become a thing of the past if the Trump...



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Jun 20, 2019

Cory Booker's 2020 plan: Clemency for up to 20,000 nonviolent drug offenders
In an effort to reduce mass incarceration, Cory Booker wants to reform the clemency powers of the White House and shorten federal prison sentences for as many as 20,000 nonviolent drug offenders, according to a proposal unveiled by the Democrat's presidential campaign Thursday morning.

On his first...



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Jun 20, 2019

2020 candidate Marianne Williamson apologizes after attacking vaccine mandates as 'draconian' and 'Orwellian'
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, an author and self-help guru who will appear on the Democratic debate stage next week, apologized Wednesday night after she attacked mandatory vaccinations as "draconian" and "Orwellian" at a Manchester, N.H., event.

"To me, it's no different than the...



LA Times National News
Jun 20, 2019

2020 hopeful Marianne Williamson apologizes for calling vaccine mandates ‘draconian' and ‘Orwellian'
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, an author and self-help guru who will appear on the Democratic debate stage next week, apologized Wednesday night after she attacked mandatory vaccinations as "draconian" and "Orwellian" at a Manchester, N.H., event.

"To me, it's no different than the...



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Jun 19, 2019

Joe Biden's nostalgic remark about segregationist senators draws criticism
With a tone-deaf bit of nostalgia Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden ignited a fire around his presidential campaign, speaking wistfully of a time in Washington when he could work civilly with conservatives, including arch-segregationist Sens. James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman...



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Jun 19, 2019

Democrats wanted Hope Hicks to spill the beans on Trump. She didn't
House Democrats finally had the chance Wednesday to question a former member of President Trump's inner circle about the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report.

They didn't get much.

Hope Hicks, acting under the direction of the White House, declined to answer questions in the...



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Jun 19, 2019

Federal Reserve, for now, holds key interest rate steady despite pressure from Trump
The Federal Reserve, facing heavy pressure from President Trump to lower borrowing costs, left interest rates unchanged Wednesday but made clear that it was leaning toward cutting rates because of rising risks from trade tensions and a softer global economy.

Wrapping up a two-day meeting, Fed policymakers...



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Jun 19, 2019

Trump moves to gut Obama climate policy and bolster the coal industry
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy, scrapping proposed regulations that would have cracked down on coal-burning power plants.

The administration's plan would gut the so-called Clean Power Plan, President Obama's signature...



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Jun 19, 2019

Federal Reserve holds key interest rate steady despite pressure from Trump
Despite pressure from President Trump to lower borrowing costs, Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday left their key interest rate unchanged and indicated that they were divided on whether there would be rate cuts in the coming months.

Even though about half of the Fed's monetary officials see...



LA Times National News
Jun 19, 2019

Joe Biden's nostalgia is increasingly an issue for his 2020 campaign
With a tone-deaf bit of nostalgia Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden ignited a fire around his presidential campaign, speaking wistfully of a time in Washington when he could work civilly with conservatives, including arch-segregationist Sens. James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman...



LA Times National News
Jun 19, 2019

This poll asked voters to create their perfect candidate. Democrats picked an older white guy
Diversity is taking a back seat to Democrats' desire to dump Trump.

The 2020 presidential candidate field is well stocked with women, people of color and millennials, but a majority of voters who said they expected to cast ballots in a Democratic primary thought that candidates who were white,...



LA Times National News
Jun 19, 2019

Iran's behavior isn't as mysterious as it looks
What's Iran up to? It's not as mysterious as it looks.



The Tehran government has been pummeled by the Trump administration's economic sanctions, with greater impact than almost anyone expected. Oil exports, the country's main source of income, have plummeted by an estimated 80%. The International...



LA Times National News
Jun 19, 2019

German patients get the latest drugs for just $11. Can such a model work in the U.S.?
Patients who come to the Havelhöhe cancer clinic in the leafy outskirts of Germany's capital are often very sick.

Struggling with advanced-stage cancers, many need strong doses of expensive, cutting-edge chemotherapy that can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But like all Germans,...



LA Times National News
Jun 18, 2019

Trump kicks off a new campaign reprising his old themes
President Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday night with a rally that at times resembled a time warp, reprising all the grievances, slogans and villains that brought him to victory the first time around.

He spoke extensively about Hillary Clinton, his old rival, but barely...



LA Times National News
Jun 18, 2019

A ‘tanker war' with Iran would be more complicated than the 1980s version
The president was named Reagan, and Iran and Iraq were locked in a horrific war with each other over control of land and the Persian Gulf.

The United States and other nations entered the fringes of the conflict when the warring neighbors launched attacks on international oil tankers transiting...



LA Times National News
Jun 18, 2019

Patrick Shanahan withdraws his candidacy to be Defense secretary, citing domestic violence incidents
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew his already-troubled candidacy to lead the Pentagon full time on Tuesday after press accounts disclosed domestic violence incidents involving his ex-wife and son nearly a decade ago.

President Trump announced Shanahan's abrupt withdrawal, tweeting...



LA Times National News
Jun 18, 2019

Trump kicks off his reelection bid with immigration threat
Four years and two days after he came down that "beautiful escalator" in Trump Tower in New York to formally announce his first run for the White House, President Trump plans to launch his reelection campaign Tuesday night in a packed arena in Orlando, Fla.

The tourists and passersby paid to applaud...



LA Times National News
Jun 18, 2019

Trump is ready to kick off his reelection bid with immigration threat
Four years and two days after he came down that "beautiful escalator" in Trump Tower in New York to formally announce his first run for the White House, President Trump plans to launch his reelection campaign Tuesday night in a packed arena in Orlando, Fla.

The tourists and passersby paid to applaud...



LA Times National News
Jun 18, 2019

Is the Federal Reserve about to cave to Trump's demand to cut interest rates?
President Trump has been hectoring the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates, and financial markets are screaming for a cut. This even though rates are historically low and the economy is sailing along, albeit with some recent gray clouds.

What's a central bank to do?

Fed policymakers are expected...



LA Times National News
Jun 18, 2019

Trump says Patrick Shanahan is out as acting Defense secretary
President Trump said the acting secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, is stepping down "to devote more time to his family."

The president said he had named Secretary of the Army Mark Esper as acting secretary of Defense. The Pentagon has not had a full-time leader since January.



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