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LA Times National News
Dec 14, 2018

The walls are closing in, but Trump still has formidable defenses
On multiple fronts, the walls closed in this week on President Trump.

In court in New York, prosecutors moved several steps closer to potential charges against him in the Stormy Daniels hush-money case.

On Capitol Hill, Trump's signature pledge of a wall along the border with Mexico neared collapse.

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Dec 14, 2018

Unplugged after mass shooting, Route 91 Harvest festival may return to Vegas Strip next year
The country music festival that became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history could be returning to Las Vegas next fall — though probably far from the site of the 2017 shooting, according to a key promoter of the event.

Julie Matway, chief operating officer for Country...



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Dec 14, 2018

Trump says he wants a government-run media outlet. He's ignored the one he has — so far
For a president who rails against the "fake news media" and dreams aloud of creating a state-run alternative, the Voice of America would seem an irresistible target.

The government-owned news service beams around the world, reaching an estimated 275 million people on radio, internet and television,...



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Dec 14, 2018

The inside story: How police and the FBI found one of the country's worst serial killers
The FBI analysts sat mutely, listening intently to the scratchy audio feed from an interview room across the hall.

The two women were anxious, having spent months collecting and assessing ephemeral crumbs from the nomadic life of Samuel Little, a 77-year-old California prisoner and once-competitive...



LA Times National News
Dec 13, 2018

Trump increasingly isolated as aides leave, friends flip and investigations advance
It was almost noon Thursday when a Marine suddenly appeared outside the West Wing doors, a sign that President Trump had belatedly reported to the Oval Office.

For the second day in a row, the president had been in the White House residence all morning, fuming about federal investigations that...



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Dec 13, 2018

High-level Russian spy or hapless collateral damage? The curious case of Maria Butina
Even after she pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to help the Russian government exert influence over American politicians and operatives, the question remains open whether the case against Maria Butina is the stuff of a James Bond script or just the story of a naive Russian grad student.

Either...



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Dec 13, 2018

Witness says recording is of 'El Chapo' agreeing to a major drug deal with Colombian rebel
After weeks of accusation and innuendo, prosecutors in the trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Thursday unveiled their most damning evidence yet — a cocaine negotiation allegedly between the defendant and a Colombian guerrilla that authorities were able to intercept because...



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Dec 13, 2018

Angry over Khashoggi killing, Senate demands end to U.S. role in Yemen war and condemns crown prince
The Republican-controlled Senate took the rare step on Thursday of defying President Trump, invoking its war powers authority for the first time to demand a halt to U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Seven Republicans joined all Senate Democrats to demand, by a vote of 56 to 41,...



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Dec 13, 2018

An unusual public warning from 44 former senators falls a little flat in Congress
If the sitting senators in Washington read the letter from 44 former colleagues this week urging them to put national interest above political ideology during this "dangerous period," most are showing no indication.

"I just saw there was a letter, I didn't read it," said Majority Whip John Cornyn...



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Dec 13, 2018

Trump urged to consider a young White House insider as he struggles to find a new chief of staff
President Trump is being urged to consider a young White House aide for his chief of staff, according to two people familiar with ongoing conversations, after his top choice and other men turned down the job in recent days.

Several people close to the president are promoting Johnny DeStefano, who...



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Dec 13, 2018

Unveiling new Africa strategy, U.S. blasts 'predatory' practices of China and Russia
The White House on Thursday accused China and Russia of using "predatory" practices to exploit Africa, a part of the world that President Trump has largely ignored and frequently mocked.

John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor, said China lures African governments into expensive infrastructure...



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Dec 13, 2018

Unveiling new Africa strategy, U.S. blasts 'predatory' practices of China, Russia
The White House on Thursday accused China and Russia of using "predatory" practices to exploit Africa, a part of the world that President Trump has largely ignored and frequently mocked.

John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor, said China lures African governments into expensive infrastructure...



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Dec 13, 2018

Congress approves policy to make lawmakers personally liable for sexual harassment claims
Members of Congress will have to pay out of their own pockets to settle sexual and other harassment claims made against them under a compromise approved Thursday by the Senate and House.

Currently taxpayers cover the cost of settling harassment claims made against elected officials. The new policy...



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Dec 13, 2018

It ain't over when it's over: In Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere, losers seek to undermine election results
Democrat Gavin Newsom has yet to become California governor, but already a candidate for state Republican Party chairman is promoting a recall effort.

In Michigan and Wisconsin, GOP lawmakers have rushed through legislation to thwart their incoming Democratic governors and hamper others in the...



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Dec 13, 2018

In Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere, losers seek to undermine election results
Democrat Gavin Newsom has yet to become California governor, but already a candidate for state Republican Party chairman is promoting a recall effort.

In Michigan and Wisconsin, GOP lawmakers have rushed through legislation to thwart their incoming Democratic governors and hamper others in the...



LA Times National News
Dec 12, 2018

Lawmakers will be personally liable for sexual harassment claims under a deal reached in Congress
Members of Congress will have to pay out of their own pockets to settle sexual and other harassment claims made against them under compromise policies that lawmakers announced Wednesday.

Currently taxpayers cover the cost of settling harassment claims made against elected officials. The new policy,...



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Dec 12, 2018

Pelosi agrees to term limits for House leaders, likely securing the votes she needs to regain the speakership
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) struck a deal Wednesday with a group of Democratic dissidents to limit the term of her future House speakership to two or possibly four years in exchange for their support for her to return to the post in January.

The deal all but ensures the San Francisco...



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Dec 12, 2018

Congress passes farm bill, stripped of conservative priorities
Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year farm bill after removing conservative priorities that had stalled negotiations, including stricter work requirements for people receiving food benefits and a provision allowing more tree-cutting in federal forests as President Trump proposed...



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Dec 12, 2018

In rebuke of Trump, Senate advances resolution calling for end of U.S. support for Saudi-led Yemen war
The Senate on Wednesday advanced a resolution calling for an end to American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a reaction to Saudi Arabia's killing of a U.S.-based Saudi journalist.The measure, which advanced by a vote of 60-39, is largely symbolic and still faces a final vote. Even if it...



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Dec 12, 2018

Everything you need to know about who's been charged in the Russia case
Here's a guide to who's been charged, how they're connected to President Trump, what they're accused of doing and who's cooperating with prosecutors.

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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer, sentenced to three years in prison
A federal judge sentenced Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime lawyer and self-described fixer, to three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a series of criminal schemes.

Prosecutors had recommended that U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III sentence Cohen to about four years...



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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Flynn's lawyers say his lie to FBI is ‘uncharacteristic,' and request probation and community service
Lawyers for President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment."

The arguments to the judge echoed those of special counsel...



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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer, faces sentencing in New York
Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime lawyer and self-described fixer, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in New York City for his role in a series of criminal schemes.

Prosecutors have recommended that U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III sentence Cohen to about four...



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Dec 12, 2018

The shadow campaign for Democratic presidential nomination is well underway
Eric Garcetti doesn't carry the star power of political celebrities like Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker when he heads out of state to test the waters of a presidential run, but he does have something else to offer: the financial firepower of Hollywood.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Dreamworks...



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Dec 12, 2018

The shadow campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is well underway
Eric Garcetti doesn't carry the star power of political celebrities like Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker when he heads out of state to test the waters of a presidential run, but he does have something else to offer: the financial firepower of Hollywood.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Dreamworks...



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Dec 12, 2018

California's chief justice says bail overhaul will continue with or without the new law
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Tuesday defended a landmark new state law abolishing money bail, saying it was crafted to ensure courts "do not judge a person based on the size of their wallet or what they have access to in someone else's wallet."

In an annual meeting with reporters...



LA Times National News
Dec 11, 2018

Jurors finally hear from 'El Chapo' ... in Sean Penn's Rolling Stone interview
For the last month, jurors in the trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have had a velvet rope view of one of the most infamous men on the planet. On Tuesday, they finally got to hear him speak.

"Drug trafficking is a culture," Guzman explained in a brief clip from his 2015 Rolling...



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Dec 11, 2018

Top U.S. border official defends use of tear gas against migrants
The head of the federal agency responsible for protecting the U.S. border on Tuesday defended his agents for using tear gas against migrants last month, but lawmakers pressed him about women and children forced to flee clouds of the noxious gas.

The testimony marked the administration's most detailed...



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Dec 11, 2018

After photos emerge of using tear gas on child migrants, top U.S. border official defends use
The head of the federal agency responsible for protecting the U.S. border on Tuesday defended his agents for using tear gas against migrants last month, but lawmakers pressed him about women and children forced to flee clouds of the noxious gas.

The testimony marked the administration's most detailed...



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Dec 11, 2018

California judge orders porn star Stormy Daniels to pay $293,000 in Trump legal fees
Porn star Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Tuesday.

Trump's attorney, Charles Harder, had requested nearly $390,000 in...



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Dec 11, 2018

Pelosi on Trump's push for border wall: 'It's like a manhood thing for him'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi struck where she thought President Trump was most vulnerable - his manhood.

In an extraordinary Oval Office meeting, Trump said Tuesday that he would be "proud" to shut down the government in order to get Congress to fund the border wall he campaigned on.

Pelosi...



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Dec 11, 2018

Trump says he would be 'proud' to shut down the government over border wall funding
President Trump would be "proud" to shut down the government if he can't get taxpayer money to build a wall on the southern border, he told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in an extraordinary Oval Office sparring session held partly in front of reporters.

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Dec 11, 2018

Trump administration unveils major Clean Water Act rollback
The Trump administration unveiled its plan Tuesday for a major rollback of the Clean Water Act, a blueprint drawn up at the behest of farm groups, real estate developers and other business interests that would end federal protections on thousands of miles of streams and wetlands.

The proposal has...



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Dec 11, 2018

With illegal hush money payments, ignorance could be legal bliss for Trump
President Trump has never been shy about his ignorance.

He claimed that "nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." He says he trusts his "gut" over established science on climate change. He routinely mangles basic facts about the U.S. economy, military and foreign alliances.

But ignorance...



LA Times National News
Dec 11, 2018

With illegal hush-money payments, ignorance could be legal bliss for Trump
President Trump has never been shy about his ignorance.

He claimed that "nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." He says he trusts his "gut" over established science on climate change. He routinely mangles basic facts about the U.S. economy, military and foreign alliances.

But ignorance...



LA Times National News
Dec 10, 2018

Immigrant asylum claims increase at U.S. southern border
Pressing its case for restrictions to limit asylum claims, the Trump administration reported Monday that the number of migrants filing such claims at the southern U.S. border has risen sharply this year.

A total of 92,959 migrants filed for asylum during the fiscal year that ended in September,...



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Dec 10, 2018

Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to two-thirds of California streams and millions of acres nationwide
The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act protections on millions of acres of waterways and wetlands, including up to two-thirds of California's inland streams, following through on a promise to agriculture interests and real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule...



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Dec 10, 2018

Kavanaugh and Roberts join liberals to reject Planned Parenthood case
The Supreme Court signaled Monday it is not anxious to revisit the abortion controversy in the year ahead, disappointing conservative activists who were cheered by the appointment of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

After weeks of debate behind closed doors, a divided court turned down appeals backed...



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Dec 10, 2018

Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to 80% of California waters, millions of acres nationwide
The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act protections on millions of acres of streams and wetlands, including up to 80% of California's inland waters, following through on a promise to agriculture interests and real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule limiting pollution.

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LA Times National News
Dec 10, 2018

Troubles past and future hinder Trump's search for a new White House chief of staff
President Trump's troubled search for a new chief of staff — while notable for a leader who promised to hire only the "best people" — might ultimately be irrelevant.

Trump has shown repeatedly that he prefers to operate as his own chief of staff, rebuffing attempts to streamline White House communications...



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Dec 10, 2018

Can Trump cut budget deal with 'Chuck and Nancy' to fund his border wall?
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will meet with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, the likely kickoff of up to 10 days of political posturing and negotiations over whether the president's border wall should be funded as part of a year-end spending bill that...



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Dec 10, 2018

Rohrabacher exit will mark the end of those hard-edged, right-wing politicians of O.C.'s Republican heyday
There was the congressman from Fullerton who read the particulars of "male homosexual sex" into the Congressional Record in an effort to put the brakes on gay rights.

There was the representative from Tustin who warned of a communist plot by the United Nations to take over America using "barefooted...



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Dec 10, 2018

Rohrabacher's exit closes the door on O.C.'s particular brand of hard-right politics
There was the congressman from Fullerton who read the particulars of "male homosexual sex" into the Congressional Record in an effort to put the brakes on gay rights.

There was the representative from Tustin who warned of a communist plot by the United Nations to take over America using "barefooted...



LA Times National News
Dec 09, 2018

Alleged Trump actions would be 'impeachable' if proved, says key House Democrat, but path forward uncertain
While President Trump continues to assert his innocence despite investigations moving closer to him, and to berate his accusers, both foes and allies nonetheless are grappling with a looming question: If what prosecutors say is true, what then?

Allegations in court filings last week, if borne out,...



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Dec 09, 2018

More than 1,000 pages of documents reveal Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's dark descent
The extent of Adam Lanza's abject loneliness, the intensity of his scorn for the world, his interest in pedophilia, his astounding list of daily grievances, the reach of his obsession with mass murder — some of the granular details of the Sandy Hook shooter's last years have been elusive.

Until...



LA Times National News
Dec 08, 2018

Seven arrested and charged with voting fraud in Mississippi town known for election skulduggery
In a town that calls itself the Hollywood of Mississippi, people say for years they've been hearing tales of dirty politics worthy of a movie script, like campaigns buying votes with cash or beer.

But it wasn't until the last few days when the former police chief, a former fire chief and others...



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Dec 08, 2018

Seven arrested for voting fraud in Mississippi town known for election skulduggery
In a town that calls itself the Hollywood of Mississippi, people say for years they've been hearing tales of dirty politics worthy of a movie script, like campaigns buying votes with cash or beer.

But it wasn't until the last few days when the former police chief, a former fire chief and others...



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Dec 08, 2018

Federal officials to shut down Idaho nuclear waste treatment project deemed not to be cost-effective
Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.

The U.S. Department of Energy said in documents made public this week that the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project,...



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Dec 08, 2018

Department of Energy to shut down Idaho nuclear waste treatment project deemed not cost effective
Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.

The U.S. Department of Energy said in documents made public this week that the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project,...



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Dec 08, 2018

Department of Energy to shut down Idaho nuclear waste treatment project, deemed not to be cost-effective
Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.

The U.S. Department of Energy said in documents made public this week that the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project,...



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Dec 08, 2018

John F. Kelly, hired to bring order to White House, to leave as Trump's chief of staff after bumpy tenure
John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general who became President Trump's second chief of staff, will be leaving that post by month's end after struggling for a year and a half to bring order to a White House beset by chaos thanks to the president's impetuous behavior — and occasionally...



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Dec 07, 2018

Comey faces off with GOP over Clinton emails and Justice Department's alleged bias
Former FBI Director James B. Comey spoke to House investigators behind closed doors for almost seven hours Friday, begrudgingly answering questions about the Justice Department's decisions during the 2016 presidential election.

Comey, who appeared under subpoena, announced after the meeting that...



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Dec 07, 2018

Former Trump lawyer Cohen reveals new Russian outreach in 2016 campaign
Donald Trump secretly authorized his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to try to arrange a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York just three months after Trump had announced his White House bid, according to new disclosures from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Friday.

The...



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Dec 07, 2018

After years of election fraud complaints in rural North Carolina, a congressional vote dissolves into scandal
In the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election, North Carolina officials were so concerned about ballot fraud in Bladen County that they sent letters to every voter who requested a mail-in absentee ballot, warning them not to hand it over to someone who might knock on their door.

"Only you or your...



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Dec 07, 2018

Trump picks new attorney general and U.N. ambassador, while airing grievances against Mueller and Tillerson
President Trump on Friday picked an establishment Republican with a polished legal career to lead the Justice Department and a political loyalist and brash media personality to represent the U.S. at the United Nations, underlining the political tensions in a White House scrambling for a reset.

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Dec 07, 2018

Prosecutors recommend 'substantial' prison time for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer to President Trump who turned on his former boss by cooperating with various state and federal investigations, should face a "substantial term of imprisonment," according to the U.S. attorney's office in New York.

The office, which is recommending Cohen serve...



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Dec 07, 2018

Trump picks a new U.S. attorney general and U.N. ambassador on a day on which he airs grievances against Mueller, former secretary of State
President Trump on Friday picked an establishment Republican with a polished legal career to lead the Justice Department and a political loyalist and brash media personality to represent the U.S. at the United Nations, underlining the political tensions in a White House scrambling for a reset.

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Dec 07, 2018

Trump administration presses for peace deal in Afghanistan by April, but prospects appear dim
The Trump administration is pressing to open formal peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan by April, a timetable driven by the president's mounting impatience with the stalemated 17-year-old war.

The short-term goal, current and former officials say, is a cease-fire agreement to at least temporarily...



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Dec 07, 2018

Heather Nauert's nomination to U.N. post reflects Trump's value of loyalty over experience
In her first year as the State Department spokeswoman, where she arrived fresh from Fox News, Heather Nauert was not always privy to the inner circles of diplomatic power. Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not trust her, viewing her as someone loyal first and foremost to the White House,...



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Dec 07, 2018

Trump sends mixed signals with new nominees for U.S. attorney general and U.N. ambassador
President Trump on Friday picked an establishment Republican with a polished legal career to lead the Justice Department and a political loyalist and brash media personality to represent the U.S. at the United Nations, underlining the political tensions in a White House scrambling for a reset.

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Dec 07, 2018

Trump will nominate William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for U.N. ambassador
President Trump said Friday he will nominate William "Bill" Barr to serve as attorney general, replacing Jeff Sessions, who resigned under pressure from Trump last month.

Trump also said he plans to nominate State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as his next ambassador...



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Dec 07, 2018

Trump will nominate William Barr for attorney general, Heather Nauert for U.N. ambassador
President Trump said Friday he will nominate William "Bill" Barr to serve as attorney general, replacing Jeff Sessions, who resigned under pressure from Trump last month.

Trump also said he plans to nominate State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as his next ambassador...



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Dec 07, 2018

Caring about the budget deficit cost George H.W. Bush the presidency; his successors took note
At the funeral for President George H.W. Bush, former Sen. Alan Simpson recalled his friend's reaction when Simpson and other allies urged him to go along with a tax increase to shrink the budget deficit.

"OK, go for it, but it will be a real punch in the gut," Bush said, knowing the political...



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Dec 07, 2018

Trump lashes out at Mueller as special counsel prepares to recommend sentences for two former Trump lieutenants
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is expected to disclose new details from the broad-ranging Russia investigation when he recommends sentences on Friday for convicted felons Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, two of President Trump's former top aides.

Cohen was Trump's personal lawyer and self-described...



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Dec 07, 2018

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is Trump's expected choice for U.N. ambassador
President Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said.

Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans Thursday. A Republican congressional aide said...



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Dec 07, 2018

Special counsel will recommend sentences for former Trump lieutenants Cohen and Manafort
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is expected to disclose new details from the broad-ranging Russia investigation when he recommends sentences on Friday for convicted felons Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, two of President Trump's former top aides.

Cohen was Trump's personal lawyer and self-described...



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Dec 07, 2018

Little time left to overhaul how Congress reacts to sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers
After sexual harassment allegations arose against more than a half-dozen lawmakers in 2017, Congress promised swift reform of an internal review process that many agreed was outdated and biased against accusers.

But a year later, efforts have stalled, largely over whether lawmakers should have...



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Dec 06, 2018

Man who drove into Charlottesville crowd had hate in his mind, prosecutor says; defense says it was fear
A prosecutor told a jury Thursday that James Alex Fields Jr. had hate and violence in his mind when he deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman, injuring dozens and leaving bodies strewn on the ground.

As prosecutors urged jurors...



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Dec 06, 2018

Man who drove into Charlottesville counterprotesters had images of hatred in his mind, prosecutor says
A man who killed a woman and injured dozens of people at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., had images of hatred and violence in his mind when he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, a prosecutor told jurors on Thursday.

James Alex Fields Jr. is being tried on a first-degree...



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Dec 06, 2018

William Barr emerges as Trump's leading attorney general candidate
President Trump is close to nominating William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to permanently succeed Jeff Sessions as head of the Justice Department, according to people close to the process.

Trump has had several conversations with Barr in recent weeks and...



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Dec 06, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush laid to rest at his presidential library in Texas
Former President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University in College Station after nearly a week of services honoring his life.

After a state funeral in Washington, Bush was flown back to his adopted home in Houston on Wednesday. Flags had been...



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Dec 06, 2018

Supreme Court likely to keep rule that allowed separate state and federal trials in Rodney King case
The Supreme Court justices sounded unwilling on Thursday to overturn a long-standing precedent that allows a state and the federal government to prosecute a person for the same crime — despite the Constitution's ban on "double jeopardy."

A lawyer for an Alabama man who was prosecuted in both state...



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Dec 06, 2018

Senate confirms new consumer financial protection chief: Kathy Kraninger, protege of industry-friendly Mick Mulvaney
The Senate, in a party-line vote Thursday, confirmed White House aide Kathy Kraninger to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and experts predicted a continuation of the industry-friendly shift it has taken since President Trump installed an acting director last year.

Kraninger is a protege...



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Dec 06, 2018

Supreme Court likely to keep double jeopardy exception that permits state and federal prosecutions of same crime
The Supreme Court justices sounded unwilling on Thursday to overturn a long-standing precedent that allows a state and the federal government to prosecute a person for the same crime — despite the constitutional ban on "double jeopardy."

A lawyer for an Alabama man who was prosecuted in both state...



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Dec 06, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush to be laid to rest today at his presidential library in Texas
Former President George H.W. Bush was to be laid to rest Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University in College Station after nearly a week of services honoring his life.

After a state funeral in Washington, Bush was flown back to his adopted home in Houston on Wednesday. Flags...



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Dec 06, 2018

Senate confirms protege of industry-friendly Mick Mulvaney to head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Senate narrowly confirmed White House aide Kathy Kraninger to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and experts predicted a continuation of the industry-friendly shift it has taken since President Trump installed an acting director last year.

Kraninger is protege of acting director...



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Dec 05, 2018

In rural North Carolina, a congressional race remains undecided as a ballot investigation widens
When a woman with bleach-blond hair and tattooed arms knocked on Datesha Montgomery's front door, telling her she was collecting mail-in absentee ballots, the stay-at-home mom did not ask too many questions.

Montgomery had not yet filled out her ballot, so she grabbed a pen and started going through...



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Dec 05, 2018

In rural North Carolina, a congressional race remains undecided as voting investigation widens
When a woman with bleach-blond hair and tattooed arms knocked on Datesha Montgomery's front door, telling her she was collecting mail-in absentee ballots, the stay-at-home mom did not ask too many questions.

Montgomery had not yet filled out her ballot, so she grabbed a pen and started going through...



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Dec 05, 2018

George H.W. Bush remembered a 'great soldier-statesman, a 20th century founding father'
In a state funeral that leavened pomp with humor, President George Herbert Walker Bush was celebrated Wednesday as a man who melded character with self-deprecation — a statesman who managed the peaceful end of the Cold War and patriarch of one of America's most successful political dynasties.

"To...



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Dec 05, 2018

George H.W. Bush remembered as 'the brightest of a thousand points of light'
In a state funeral that leavened pomp with humor, President George Herbert Walker Bush was celebrated Wednesday as a man who melded character with self-deprecation — a statesman who managed the peaceful end of the Cold War and patriarch of one of America's most successful political dynasties.

"To...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2018

George H.W. Bush remembered as a 'great soldier-statesman, a 20th century founding father'
In a state funeral that leavened pomp with humor, President George Herbert Walker Bush was celebrated Wednesday as a man who melded character with self-deprecation — a statesman who managed the peaceful end of the Cold War and patriarch of one of America's most successful political dynasties.

"To...



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Dec 05, 2018

George H.W. Bush remembered in state funeral as 'a 20th century founding father'
In a state funeral that leavened pomp with humor, President George Herbert Walker Bush was celebrated Wednesday as a man who melded character with self-deprecation — a statesman who managed the peaceful end of the Cold War and patriarch of one of America's most successful political dynasties.

"To...



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Dec 05, 2018

Now it's Texas' time to bid farewell to George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush was born and raised in New England, but when his body left Washington on Wednesday, it was flown back to his adopted home: Texas.

Bush supporters in Texas have flocked to makeshift memorials at the feet of his statues overlooking Houston's Buffalo Bayou riverfront park and his...



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Dec 05, 2018

Prosecutors will seek death penalty against Border Patrol agent in shooting deaths of four women
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to shooting four women in the head and leaving their bodies on rural Texas roadsides has been indicted on a capital murder charge, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

A grand jury decided to upgrade the charge against Juan David Ortiz , Webb County Dist. Atty....



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Dec 05, 2018

Five decades of presidents honor Bush
Every living president and their spouses attended the funeral of George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. Here are some of the names and faces in the first two rows:

1. President Donald Trump

2. First Lady Melania Trump

3. Former President Barack Obama

4. Former First Lady Michelle Obama

5. Former President...



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Dec 05, 2018

Former President George W. Bush eulogizes his father as 'the brightest of a thousand points of light'
President George W. Bush recalled his father and predecessor as "the brightest of a thousand points of light" and "a great and noble man" who managed a peaceful end to the Cold War and helped define the Republican establishment for the last half century.

"He accepted that failure is a part of living...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2018

President Bush's funeral another milestone in the passing of the ‘Greatest Generation'
An honor guard fired a 21-gun salute and a military band played "Hail to the Chief" for George H.W. Bush, America's 41st president, as his family watched his flag-draped casket descend from the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for the last time to make the journey toward his state funeral.

Services for...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2018

Congress has tried more than 200 times to pass an anti-lynching law. This year, it could fail again
It was nearly a century ago that Rep. Leonidas C. Dyer, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a bill to make lynching a federal crime. With vigilante slayings of African Americans rampant, it promised to force the federal government to prosecute lynch mobs for murder.

The bill wasn't the first...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2018

President Bush's funeral marks the passing of the 'Greatest Generation'
Dignitaries and elected leaders who helped guide world affairs for the last half-century will gather Wednesday to celebrate the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the last president from the so-called Greatest Generation that grew up in the Depression and won World War II.

The state funeral for...



LA Times National News
Dec 05, 2018

President Bush's funeral marks the passing of the ‘Greatest Generation'
Dignitaries and elected leaders who helped guide world affairs for the last half-century will gather Wednesday to celebrate the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the last president from the so-called Greatest Generation that grew up in the Depression and won World War II.

The state funeral for...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

Prosecutors recommend no prison time for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor
Michael Flynn, a retired Army general who played a key role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign and then served briefly as White House national security advisor, has provided "substantial assistance" to investigators in the Russia case and should be spared prison time for lying to FBI agents,...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

It used to be illegal to throw snowballs in this Colorado town. Not anymore
The forecast for the town of Severance for the first time in decades: Cloudy with a chance of snowballs.

That's because 9-year-old Dane Best — in a dress shirt and bow tie — stood before the Severance Town Board on Monday night and persuaded the officials to finally lift a ban on throwing snowballs...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

It used to be illegal to throw snowballs in this Colorado town. Not anymore.
The forecast for the town of Severance for the first time in decades: Cloudy with a chance of snowballs.

That's because 9-year-old Dane Best — in a dress shirt and bow tie — stood before the Severance Town Board on Monday night and persuaded the officials to finally lift a ban on throwing snowballs...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

Pentagon extends U.S. troop deployment at Mexican border through January
The Pentagon on Tuesday approved keeping several thousand active duty troops along the southwest border at least through January, extending a controversial mission to assist the Border Patrol as it grapples with a surge of migrants seeking asylum.

Defense Secretary James. M. Mattis signed the order...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

A witness more brutal than 'El Chapo' testifies in drug lord's trial
From the moment Colombian cartel boss Juan Carlos "Chupeta" Ramirez Abadia sat down to testify against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, no one in the courtroom could tear their eyes from his surgically mutilated face. But it wasn't until his third day on the stand that he was unmasked...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

After CIA briefing about Khashoggi slaying, GOP senators say it's clear Saudi crown prince was complicit
After a closed-door CIA briefing about the slaying of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, key Senate Republicans sharply contradicted President Trump on Tuesday and said there was no question that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated the killing.

Senators said...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman embarks on rehabilitation tour
His reputation shattered by evidence linking him to the gruesome slaying of a journalist, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on a rehabilitation tour, brandishing the money, influence and charm that constitute his powerful arsenal.

After a swing through the capitals of regional...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer, decides not to run for president in 2020
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who was arrested three weeks ago on suspicion of domestic violence, announced Tuesday that he will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

In a statement on Twitter, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels said it was at his family's request...



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Dec 04, 2018

GOP committee reports ‘cyber intrusion' during midterm election campaign
The National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday that it was hit with a "cyber intrusion" during the midterm campaign and has reported the breach to the FBI.

The committee provided few details about the incident, but said the intrusion was conducted by an "unknown entity."

"The cybersecurity...



LA Times National News
Dec 04, 2018

Michael Avenatti decides not to run for president in 2020
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who was arrested three weeks ago on suspicion of domestic violence, announced Tuesday that he will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

In a statement on Twitter, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels said it was at the request of his...



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