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LA Times National News
Apr 23, 2019

Beto O'Rourke opens his California campaign Saturday in Los Angeles
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke of Texas will launch his 2020 California primary campaign Saturday with a four-day driving tour of the state.

The former El Paso congressman will stop at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College downtown for an outdoor rally Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday,...



LA Times National News
Apr 23, 2019

In a shift, Trump targets foreign travelers who overstay their U.S. visas
The White House says it plans to crack down on the hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors who overstay their U.S. visas, a vast challenge that has largely escaped notice as the Trump administration has focused chiefly on blocking migrants on the southern border.

Experts say so-called overstays...



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Apr 23, 2019

‘Not even a little' worried? Trump's anti-media tweet storm says otherwise
Just days after claiming exoneration by the redacted special counsel report into Russian intervention in the 2016 election, President Trump is back to playing the victim.

For a second straight day, the president remained inside the White House — his relatively light schedule allowing ample time...



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Apr 23, 2019

Supreme Court conservatives appear ready to OK Trump's census citizenship question
In a case with deep implications for California, Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared ready to uphold the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The justices were sharply split along ideological lines with the court's conservatives clearly on the...



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Apr 23, 2019

Supreme Court appears likely to uphold Trump's push to add census citizenship question
In a case with deep implications for California, Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared ready to uphold the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The justices were sharply split along ideological lines, with the court's conservatives clearly on the...



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Apr 23, 2019

On a sinking Louisiana island, a historic tribal land, many aren't ready to leave
As the government embarks on the nation's first experiment to move an entire community out of harm's way and build a new settlement, many residents of Isle de Jean Charles are not ready to leave.

LA Times National News
Apr 23, 2019

On a sinking Louisiana island, many aren't ready to leave
As the government begins the nation's first experiment to move an entire community out of harm's way, many on Isle de Jean Charles want to stay.

LA Times National News
Apr 23, 2019

Why Trump's tariffs are one of the last big obstacles in U.S.-China trade talks
The United States and China are in the final stretch of talks to resolve a conflict over American complaints about China's unfair trading and economic practices.

Senior U.S. officials say they have reached agreement on enforcement and other key elements of the dispute, raising the possibility that...



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Apr 23, 2019

Supreme Court weighs Trump's push to add citizenship question to census
President Trump's lawyers will urge the Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn three lower courts and to clear the way for census takers to ask all American households next year whether their residents are U.S. citizens.

Debates over the census are usually reserved for demographers and statisticians,...



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Apr 23, 2019

Kamala Harris calls for impeachment, Bernie Sanders does not
Kamala Harris said on Monday that "Congress should take the steps towards impeachment" of President Trump, marking her strongest stance yet on the repercussions the president should face after the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Mueller's report presented "a lot of good...



LA Times National News
Apr 22, 2019

Kamala Harris supports Trump impeachment during town hall
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, one of President Trump's most vocal critics among the Democratic presidential candidates, said on Monday he worried that pursuing impeachment would undercut Democrats' chances of beating him at the ballot box.

"If for the next year and half all Congress is talking...



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Apr 22, 2019

Trump administration ends waivers for purchases of Iranian oil
The Trump administration said Monday it would not extend exemptions to its ban on imports of Iranian oil, exposing five countries, including several U.S. allies, to potential sanctions as early as next month.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, who announced the move, did not specify which sanctions...



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Apr 22, 2019

As historically black colleges struggle, Bennett College for women fights to stay afloat
HBCUs like the all-women's Bennett College were largely founded after the Civil War to give African Americans the opportunity for higher education. The schools saw booming enrollment for decades. In recent years, they've struggled to survive.

LA Times National News
Apr 22, 2019

Mueller couldn't answer some crucial questions in Russia investigation
Judging by the numbers, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III left no stone unturned in the Russia investigation. His office issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, carried out almost 500 search warrants and spoke with roughly 500 witnesses.

But as his 448-page redacted report makes clear, some answers...



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Apr 22, 2019

Supreme Court to rule on workplace bias against gay and transgender employees
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether the federal law that bans sex discrimination in the workplace also protects gay and transgender employees from being fired or not hired.

The three cases to be heard in the fall figure to be the most important civil rights dispute since the court's...



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Apr 22, 2019

Trump sues to block congressional subpoena seeking years of his tax records
President Trump and his business organization have sued the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records.

Rep. Elijah Cummings issued the subpoena earlier this month to Mazars USA, an accountant for the president...



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Apr 22, 2019

Trump administration tightens U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil purchases
The Trump administration on Monday announced that it was ending all exceptions to its ban on buying Iranian oil, subjecting several countries, including allies, to punishing sanctions.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said the move was to intensify its "maximum pressure" campaign on Tehran,...



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Apr 22, 2019

We asked for your experiences at historically black colleges. These are your stories
They are found as far north as Pennsylvania and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma, but a majority of the more than 100 historically black colleges and universities nationwide are concentrated in the South. We asked to hear about people's experiences at HBCUs. Here are some of those stories:

Ashley...

LA Times National News
Apr 22, 2019

As historically black colleges struggle across U.S., Bennett College fights to stay afloat
HBCUs like the all-women's Bennett College were largely founded after the Civil War to give African Americans the opportunity for higher education. The schools saw booming enrollment for decades. In recent years, they've struggled to survive.

LA Times National News
Apr 22, 2019

Elizabeth Warren proposes canceling student loan debt and offering free public college
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is unveiling a proposal to wipe out student debt for millions of borrowers, making her the only major 2020 presidential candidate to advance such an ambitious plan to relieve the growing burden of higher-education loans on Americans and the economy.

The proposal...



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Apr 22, 2019

Republicans see late-term abortion bills as a potent 2020 political issue
Ahead of the 2020 election, Republicans in Washington and state capitals are honing in on one of the most emotionally charged parts of the abortion debate: those procedures conducted late in a pregnancy.

Opponents of abortion hope that their effort will mobilize conservatives and bolster Republican...



LA Times National News
Apr 21, 2019

Democrats see grounds for impeachment in Mueller report as Trump allies claim exoneration
Several leading Democratic lawmakers said Sunday that impeachment of President Trump must at least be considered on the basis of behavior detailed in the Mueller report released last week, while the president's allies aggressively pressed their contention that Trump was exonerated.

Rudy Giuliani,...



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Apr 21, 2019

Avenatti accused of embezzling nearly $2 million that NBA player paid ex-girlfriend
When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.

Avenatti was Gardner's attorney. An actress and barista, she'd hired him just a few weeks before...



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Apr 20, 2019

Court battle over sedative used for executions in Arkansas is renewed
A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of the drug expired.

Arkansas...



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Apr 20, 2019

Columbine High School shooting anniversary observed with vigils and memorials
A series of commemorative events to mark the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting concluded Saturday with a ceremony paying tribute to the victims and highlighting the ongoing strength of the suburban Denver community.

Hundreds of residents sat in chairs or on the grass during...



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Apr 20, 2019

Ten questions Congress should ask Mueller


Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was supposed to provide clear answers to two questions: Did Donald Trump collude with Russia in his 2016 presidential campaign? And as president did he try to obstruct the investigations that ensued?



On collusion, the special counsel found that the Trump campaign...



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Apr 20, 2019

Ten questions Congress should ask Robert Mueller (and how he might respond)
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was supposed to provide clear answers to two questions: Did Donald Trump collude with Russia in his 2016 presidential campaign? And as president did he try to obstruct the investigations that ensued?

On collusion, the special counsel found that the Trump campaign...



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Apr 20, 2019

Pastors from Columbine funerals reflect on faith and 20 years of mass shootings
They were the men of faith faced with a seemingly impossible task — providing comfort, hope, maybe understanding — after 12 students and a teacher were shot to death at Columbine High School.

Bill Oudemolen presided over the funeral for 16-year-old John Tomlin days after the mass shooting. The...



LA Times National News
Apr 19, 2019

For towns along the U.S.-Mexico border, checkpoint closures raise anxieties
It's Holy Week, and on the U.S.-Mexico border that's an especially busy time for trade, tourism and shopping.

April is also the height of Mexican produce season, and just south of the border in Texas, lines of idling tractor trailers stretched for miles waiting to enter the United States.

This...



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Apr 19, 2019

Mueller report exposes all the president's liars
Addressing reporters from the White House lectern, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a startling claim shortly after President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey two years ago.

"I've heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president's decision,"...



LA Times National News
Apr 19, 2019

Mueller report poses an unexpected problem for Democrats
The release of the special counsel report on Russian interference in the 2016 election marks the end of political shadow-boxing over a secret investigation of President Trump and the beginning of open warfare over whether he should be reelected in 2020.

The long-awaited report from Robert S. Mueller...



LA Times National News
Apr 19, 2019

Trump blasts Mueller report as Democrats demand unredacted version
President Trump blasted special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's final report on Friday as "total bullshit," while the Democratic leader of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for the unredacted report and its underlying materials.

Although he previously claimed that Mueller's report...



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Apr 19, 2019

Why Mueller didn't make a recommendation on whether Trump obstructed justice
The crime of "obstruction of justice" is familiar to many because it drove the impeachment proceedings of two presidents.

President Nixon resigned when he faced impeachment for obstructing justice by covering up the White House role in the break-in at the Watergate offices of the Democratic National...



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Apr 19, 2019

As Boeing falters, Seattle carries on
Almost half a century has passed since the "Boeing Bust," when the company shed 60,000 jobs and a billboard declared, "Will the last person leaving Seattle — turn out the lights."

Boeing neared bankruptcy, dragging the city with it. Unemployment hit 16% in 1971, the highest in any U.S. urban area...



LA Times National News
Apr 19, 2019

737 troubles have Boeing reeling, but Seattle carries on
Almost half a century has passed since the "Boeing Bust," when the company shed 60,000 jobs and a billboard declared, "Will the last person leaving Seattle — turn out the lights."

Boeing neared bankruptcy, dragging the city with it. Unemployment hit 16% in 1971, the highest in any U.S. urban area...



LA Times National News
Apr 19, 2019

After a chat with Trevor Noah, Kamala Harris has fences to mend in New Hampshire
There's a ritual that plays out virtually every time presidential candidates pay their first visit to a given state.

Contestants are asked by a local reporter how important that state is going to be in fulfilling their White House dreams. The correct answer is simple.

Reporter: How important is...



LA Times National News
Apr 18, 2019

Impeachment: Mueller report revives the issue. Some Democrats wish it would go away
Earlier this month, when Atty. Gen. William Barr sent Congress his view of the "principal conclusions" of Robert S. Mueller III's investigation, the case for impeachment of President Trump seemed closed.

Mueller had found "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian agents who tried to...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller finds no conspiracy, but report shows Trump welcomed Russian help
Shortly before he released the special counsel's redacted report on Thursday, Atty. Gen. William Barr announced the document said President Trump's campaign had not "conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

But Barr omitted the first part of...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller decided not to subpoena Trump to avoid a lengthy court fight
In the end, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III never forced President Trump to testify under oath even though he considered Trump's written answers to prosecutors' questions "inadequate."

Instead of following predecessors who compelled evidence from President Nixon during Watergate, and President...



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Apr 18, 2019

What did we learn from reading Robert Mueller's actual report?
The secrecy around the final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has finally been lifted, at least most of it.

Some information was redacted by the Justice Department, but much of the 448-page report became public on Thursday. Here's what we've learned.

Mueller ultimately determined...



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Apr 18, 2019

Live updates: Do those rumored tapes of Trump in a Moscow hotel exist? What the Mueller report says
The full redacted Mueller report has been released by the Department of Justice. The L.A. Times is reading it and posting its findings. The report can be downloaded here.

The special counsel's report deals with one of the most salacious elements of the Russia case in a footnote that mentions that...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report shows how Trump's panic over the Russia probe worsened his situation
For more than two years, President Trump repeatedly ignored his lawyers and scratched an itch that wouldn't go away, responding to developments from the special counsel's investigation by trying desperately to bring it to an end.

He wanted former FBI Director James B. Comey to end the investigation...



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Apr 18, 2019

Do those rumored tapes of Trump in a Moscow hotel exist? What the Mueller report says
The full redacted Mueller report has been released by the Department of Justice. The L.A. Times is reading it and posting its findings. The report can be downloaded here.

The special counsel's report deals with one of the most salacious elements of the Russia case in a footnote that mentions that...



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Apr 18, 2019

Five tantalizing redactions in the Mueller report
More than one third of the 448 pages of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report include redactions of some kind.

On some pages it's just a word or two, on others nearly all the text is redacted, setting up a tantalizing mix of what we know and what we don't. Viewed side by side, the black-boxed...



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Apr 18, 2019

Live updates: Trump provided 33 paragraphs of answers to Mueller. His memory failed him 34 times
The full redacted Mueller report has been released by the Department of Justice. The L.A. Times is reading it and posting its findings. The report can be downloaded here.

Trump answered dozens of questions in writing, but many of his answers were not very informative. He said his memory failed...



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Apr 18, 2019

Here's the evidence for the obstruction case that was never made against President Trump
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III didn't reach a conclusion on whether President Trump committed a crime by trying to interfere with the Russia investigation. But Mueller outlined the evidence in the redacted report released Thursday.

Mueller looked at 10 specific incidents of possible obstruction...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III explicitly did not exonerate President Trump of allegations that he tried to obstruct the Russia investigation, and found that his 2016 campaign "expected it would benefit" from the Russian effort to influence the election.

"If we had confidence after a thorough...



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Apr 18, 2019

Live updates: Mueller considered charging Donald Trump Jr. over the Trump Tower meeting. Here's why he didn't
The full redacted Mueller report has been released by the Department of Justice. The L.A. Times is reading it and posting its findings. The report can be downloaded here.

Robert S. Mueller III's office considered charging Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign officials with violating campaign finance...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller reveals Trump's efforts to conceal details of Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer
The Mueller report reveals more than previously known about President Trump's efforts to conceal details about a controversial June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York.

The meeting involved a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer and three senior Trump campaign officials who believed the lawyer...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report live: This is what sparked the infamous Comey-Trump dinner
The full redacted Mueller report has been released by the Department of Justice. The L.A. Times is reading it and posting its findings. The report can be downloaded here.

The report describes President Trump's initial reaction to learning Robert S. Mueller III had been appointed on May 17, 2017,...



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Apr 18, 2019

Trump campaign ‘expected it would benefit' from Russian hacking, Mueller report says
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III explicitly did not exonerate President Trump of allegations that he tried to obstruct the Russia investigation, and found that his 2016 campaign "expected it would benefit" from the Russian effort to influence the election.

"If we had confidence after a thorough...



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Apr 18, 2019

Democrats investigating Trump see Mueller report as a roadmap
Congressional Democrats on Thursday claimed ownership of the obstruction of justice probe into President Trump, vowing to pick up the inquiry where special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report left off.

"It was probably written with the intent of providing Congress a roadmap," said House Judiciary...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report live: Trump reacted to special counsel appointment with fury. 'This is the end of my Presidency'
The full redacted Mueller report has been released by the Department of Justice. The L.A. Times is reading it and will post findings soon. The report can be downloaded here.

The report describes Trump's initial reaction to learning Mueller had been appointed on May 17, 2017, to investigate the...



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Apr 18, 2019

Read the redacted Mueller report
The report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is the culmination of an investigation that began in mid-2016 as Russia was meddling in the presidential campaign. It's been redacted by lawyers working for the Justice Department and the special counsel's office to protect some sensitive information.

...

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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report does not explicitly exonerate Trump, citing possible obstruction acts
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III did not explicitly exonerate President Trump of allegations that he tried to obstruct the Russia investigation, ensuring the debate will continue into the president's conduct.

"If we had confidence after after a thorough investigation of the facts that the...



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Apr 18, 2019

Democrats demand to see the full, unredacted Mueller report
Atty. Gen. William P. Barr's release of the redacted Mueller report did nothing to tamp down demands from congressional Democrats that the entire document and underlying information be made available to Congress and the public.

Top Democrats on Thursday demanded that special counsel Robert S. Mueller...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report live: William Barr says 10 instances of Trump potential obstruction probed
At a morning press conference, Atty. Gen. William P. Barr confirmed that Russia did seek to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but said "the special counsel found no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russians involved in that effort. His confirmation of the Russian effort to...



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Apr 18, 2019

William Barr emphasizes ‘no collusion' as he prepares to release Mueller's report
Atty. Gen. William P. Barr repeatedly said there was "no collusion" between any Americans and the Russian government during the 2016 campaign, echoing President Trump's own denials of wrongdoing before the election.

Barr confirmed that Russia did seek to interfere with the 2016 presidential election....



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Apr 18, 2019

Read Attorney General William Barr's prepared remarks on Mueller report
Atty. Gen. William Barr delivered remarks ahead of releasing a redacted Mueller report on Thursday. Here is a transcript of his prepared remarks.

Good Morning. Thank you all for being here today.

On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation of matters related to...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report live: Barr reveals that Trump's lawyers were allowed to read redacted report earlier this week
After intense scrutiny and fevered anticipation, the Justice Department is expected to released a redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller's report on the Russia investigation today. Atty. Gen. William Barr has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. EDT press conference.

The report is nearly 400 pages,...



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Apr 18, 2019

Watch live: Attorney General William Barr discusses the Mueller report release
Atty. Gen. William Barr is scheduled to hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. He'll be joined by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and supervised the investigation.

The Justice Department plans to send copies of the redacted report to Capitol Hill between 11 a.m....



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Apr 18, 2019

William Barr plans to reveal extent of contacts with White House today, officials say
Atty. Gen. William Barr plans to publicly reveal today how much advance knowledge the Justice Department has given White House officials about the redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller's confidential report.

At the news conference he is scheduled to hold Thursday morning, Barr plans...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report live: Barr expected to reveal whether Trump asserted executive privilege over parts of report
After intense scrutiny and fevered anticipation, the Justice Department is expected to released a redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller's report on the Russia investigation today. Atty. Gen. William Barr has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. EDT press conference.

The report is nearly 400 pages,...



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Apr 18, 2019

Democrats slam William Barr's plan to roll out Mueller report as release nears
The Justice Department plans to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller's confidential report today, a step that will shed new light on the hotly contested investigation into President Trump and his campaign.

The nearly 400-page document — titled "Report on the Investigation...



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Apr 18, 2019

Mueller report live: Pelosi, Schumer call for Mueller to testify as William Barr prepares for news conference
After intense scrutiny and fevered anticipation, the Justice Department is expected to released a redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller's report on the Russia investigation today. Atty. Gen. William Barr has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. EDT press conference.

The report is nearly 400 pages,...



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Apr 17, 2019

Notre Dame fire inspires giving for black churches burned in Louisiana
They were modest brick buildings, without soaring Gothic spires, elaborate rosette windows or roofs carved of 12th century timber.

But the three houses of worship that burned down over the last month in a rural part of south Louisiana were longtime pillars of their African American congregations....



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Apr 17, 2019

Kamala Harris regrets California truancy law that led to arrest of some parents
Kamala Harris, who has made her prosecutorial record a centerpiece of her presidential bid, said she now has misgivings about a California law she championed that punished parents of habitually truant schoolchildren.

Speaking on the liberal podcast "Pod Save America," Sen. Harris said the arrests...



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Apr 17, 2019

Trump administration targets Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with new sanctions
The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its campaign to oust the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, slapping a fresh set of economic sanctions on the three leftist-ruled countries.

John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor, said several banks, companies and individuals...



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Apr 17, 2019

William Barr to hold Thursday morning news conference on Mueller report release
Atty. Gen. William Barr plans to hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time Thursday as the Justice Department prepares to release a redacted version of the report on the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, according to a spokeswoman.

Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein,...



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Apr 17, 2019

Pete Buttigieg has everything except positions on major issues


Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., could turn out to be the biggest, boldest surprise of the 2020 presidential campaign. But he'd better come up with some policies first.



Buttigieg was virtually unknown outside his home state until two months ago, but he has surged into...



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Apr 16, 2019

White House to allow U.S. citizens to sue over property confiscated in Cuba decades ago
Ending more than 20 years of practice, the Trump administration will allow U.S. citizens to sue over property confiscated from them in Cuba after the 1959 revolution, with potential defendants including the Cuban government and major European and Canadian companies.

President Trump will announce...



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Apr 16, 2019

Behind grass-roots talk, big checks remain lifeblood for 2020 presidential hopefuls
In a presidential race where almost every candidate claims to be supported by small donors and immune from the ills of big money in politics, the first round of campaign finance disclosure statements have made clear that some are much closer to the grass roots than others.

While Vermont Sen. Bernie...



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Apr 16, 2019

Seattle takes a small step against gentrification
This tech hub is booming as never before. Expedia is building a $900-million campus. Google, Facebook and Salesforce are expanding. And Amazon, closing in on Boeing as the area's largest private employer, is currently advertising 10,000 jobs.

In seven years, Seattle saw its population swell from...



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Apr 15, 2019

On tax day, most Americans don't feel new law made them better off
Along with their taxes, Americans have also filed a verdict this spring on the Republican tax law: Meh.

When the law passed, late in 2017, President Trump and other party leaders hoped it would significantly boost their fortunes. But as the first filing season under the new law drew to a close,...



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Apr 15, 2019

Internal memos say Trump officials to resume forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico
The Trump administration moved Monday to restart a controversial policy that forces Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims, an approach dubbed "Remain in Mexico."

The move came after a federal appeals court in California temporarily lifted an injunction...



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Apr 15, 2019

Trump officials prepare to again send asylum seekers to Mexico
The Trump administration moved Monday to restart a controversial policy that forces Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims, an approach dubbed "Remain in Mexico."

The move came after a federal appeals court in California temporarily lifted an injunction...



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Apr 15, 2019

Supreme Court debates whether FUCT clothing line can trademark its name
Los Angeles artist and entrepreneur Erik Brunetti sells his T-shirts and streetwear online, and he wants the protection of a registered trademark. But his brand is a four-letter word: FUCT.

The Supreme Court heard a lively argument Monday on whether the 1st Amendment's protection for the freedom...



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Apr 15, 2019

The Mueller report is coming Thursday with color-coded cuts
The most consequential editing process in the country is almost over.

Lawyers from the Justice Department and the special counsel's office have gone word by word, sentence by sentence through the nearly 400-page confidential report that Robert S. Mueller III completed last month, using color coding...



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Apr 15, 2019

Mueller report to be released by Justice Department on Thursday
The Justice Department plans to release on Thursday its redacted version of the final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, providing Congress and the public with an expanded narrative of a historic investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other crimes.

Mueller...



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Apr 15, 2019

Divided new Congress is getting little accomplished
Congress has passed just 12 new laws since January.

One modifies pay for podiatrists working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Another renames a vets center in North Ogden, Utah. A third revises the charter of the National Future Farmers of America Organization.

Democrats, who control the...



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Apr 15, 2019

One of the world's most dangerous birds kills its owner in Florida
A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his farm in Florida, authorities said Saturday.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville,...



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Apr 15, 2019

Joe Biden's handling of Anita Hill's harassment allegations clouds his presidential prospects
As he moves toward formally entering the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed regret for how he handled one of the most consequential challenges of his career in the Senate — the 1991 hearings into Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee...



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Apr 15, 2019

Democratic candidates struggle with a central message for 2020
In 1992, Bill Clinton won the White House focused on a message so elegantly simple the slogan became campaign legend: It's the economy, stupid.

In this presidential race, it's a lot of things.

Abolishing the electoral college. Ending the Senate filibuster. Refashioning the Supreme Court. Paying...



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Apr 15, 2019

A shift to the left pulls Democratic candidates in different directions for 2020
In 1992, Bill Clinton won the White House focused on a message so elegantly simple the slogan became campaign legend: It's the economy, stupid.

In this presidential race, it's a lot of things.

Abolishing the electoral college. Ending the Senate filibuster. Refashioning the Supreme Court. Paying...



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Apr 15, 2019

It's the electoral college, stupid. And the Supreme Court. And the filibuster ...
In 1992, Bill Clinton won the White House focused on a message so elegantly simple the slogan became campaign legend: It's the economy, stupid.

In this presidential race, it's a lot of things.

Abolishing the electoral college. Ending the Senate filibuster. Refashioning the Supreme Court. Paying...



LA Times National News
Apr 15, 2019

The Mueller report is coming but with color-coded cuts
The most consequential editing process in the country is taking place behind closed doors in drab government offices.Lawyers from the Justice Department and the special counsel's office are going word by word, sentence by sentence through the nearly 400-page confidential report that Robert S....

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Apr 15, 2019

Is that Katie Porter or Katie Hill? New California congresswomen keep getting mixed up
The 2018 election sent a record number of women to Congress — including two named Katie from Southern California.One is a mom and former professor who has made a career of consumer advocacy. The other, more than a decade younger, has a history of fighting homelessness.They look nothing alike,...

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Apr 14, 2019

Trump still ‘likes' idea of sending immigrants here illegally to ‘sanctuary cities'
President Trump still "likes" the idea of transferring immigrants in the U.S. illegally to so-called sanctuary cities like San Francisco, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday.

But she portrayed the notion as a burden-sharing strategy that the Democrats should welcome rather...



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Apr 14, 2019

Kamala Harris is the early favorite among Hollywood donors in the 2020 race
Sen. Kamala Harris of California drew some of the most powerful players in Hollywood to her recent reception at the Pacific Palisades home of filmmaker J.J. Abrams of the "Star Wars" franchise.

Television producer Shonda Rhimes, actress Elizabeth Banks and music giant Quincy Jones were among the...



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Apr 14, 2019

Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris released 15 years of tax returns on Sunday, offering a glimpse into how the California public servant ascended the financial ranks to become a multimillionaire.

The documents span the entirety of Harris' career in elected office, from her $142,000...



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Apr 14, 2019

Homeland Security secretary: The worst job in Washington


POSITION OPEN: Pliable leader sought for large, dysfunctional federal department. Must manage 240,000 unhappy employees in an environment of high-decibel chaos.



Ideal candidates will accept unachievable goals on impossible deadlines: halt illegal immigration, deter asylum seekers from heading north,...



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Apr 14, 2019

House members question the reliability of new bioweapons detection system
A bipartisan group of House members has questioned the Trump administration's new system for detecting anthrax or other airborne biological weapons — warning it could be "even less reliable" than the nation's existing, problem-plagued BioWatch program.

In a letter to Kevin McAleenan, the acting...



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Apr 12, 2019

Las Vegas Catholic Diocese reveals list of 33 ‘credibly accused' of child sexual abuse
The Las Vegas Catholic Diocese on Friday released the names of 32 clergy members and one volunteer it said were credibly accused of child sexual abuse and who had served in Nevada within the last several decades.

Bishop George Leo Thomas, who opened the broad investigation after becoming head of...



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Apr 12, 2019

Trump threatens to dump immigrants into California's ‘sanctuary cities'
President Trump taunted California on Friday with an attention-grabbing threat to dump detained migrants into the state's "sanctuary cities," despite warnings from his advisors that such action would run afoul of the law.

The presidential rhetoric seemed geared toward provocation, and it was unclear...



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Apr 12, 2019

Alabama execution delayed after divided Supreme Court misses deadline to act
A bitterly split Supreme Court issued a 5-4 order early Friday morning to allow Alabama to execute a murderer by lethal injection, but he was spared because the decision came nearly three hours after his execution warrant had expired at midnight Thursday.

Alabama authorities said they would move...



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Apr 12, 2019

Selena's music and warmth draw thousands to Corpus Christi 24 years after her death


The roughly 1,000-mile journey to Corpus Christi, Texas, began a little earlier than anticipated for the Gutierrez sisters.



In an effort to escape a blizzard blanketing Colorado Springs, Colo., where they live, and head south, Angelica and Christine Gutierrez this week packed up a rental van and...



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Apr 12, 2019

Las Vegas Catholic Diocese reveals list of 33 clergy ‘credibly accused' of child sexual abuse
The Las Vegas Catholic Diocese on Friday released the names of 33 clergy "credibly accused" of child sexual abuse who had served in Nevada within the last several decades.

Bishop George Leo Thomas, who opened the investigation after becoming head of the diocese in 2018, said the "church has been...



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Apr 12, 2019

Alabama execution delayed after Supreme Court misses deadline to act
A bitterly split Supreme Court issued a 5-4 order early Friday morning to allow Alabama to execute a murderer by lethal injection, but he was spared because the decision came nearly three hours after his execution warrant had expired at midnight Thursday.

Alabama authorities said they would move...



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Apr 12, 2019

Dizzying array of dollar signs: Cutting through the hype on 2020 presidential fundraising
So much money. It comes in tiny increments online. It comes in big checks written for fancy fundraisers. It comes from Wall Street brokers and from retired schoolteachers on meager pensions. But what does it all mean for the presidential candidates raising it?

By midnight Monday, all the declared...



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Apr 12, 2019

Family separations a year later: The fallout — and the separations — continue
Jesus was relieved that he and his 6-year-old had made it safely from Honduras to the United States. Then officials took his son.

He had turned himself and his child in to the U.S. Border Patrol last May after crossing the river that marks the border between Reynosa, Mexico, and McAllen, Texas.

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