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Sep 25, 2018

Trump attacks second Kavanaugh accuser: ‘She was totally inebriated'
President Trump on Tuesday continued to defend Brett Kavanaugh amid multiple allegations sexual misconduct against his Supreme Court nominee.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 25, 2018

Trump touts his own achievements, and the U.N. laughs
"In less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump said before some audible laughter could be heard.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 25, 2018

Fiona Hill, Trump's top expert on Russia, is quietly shaping a tougher U.S. policy
For nearly two decades, Hill has followed Putin's trajectory. That has earned her a top position in a White House split between those who admire the Kremlin and those who fear it.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 24, 2018

Kavanaugh floats virginity defense amid sexual assault allegations
President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court says he was still a virgin during the time when two women allege he sexually assaulted them.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 24, 2018

A Rosenstein departure could raise new conflict-of-interest issues for Justice Dept.
As conflicting reports emerged Monday about the future of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, three former senior officials familiar with the investigation he oversees into possible Russian collusion with 2016 Trump campaign said his departure would throw the Justice Dept. into turmoil and could raise serious new conflict-of-interest questions about oversight of the probe. If Rosenstein is fired when he meets with President Trump Thursday, or if he resigns under pressure, the outcome is "fraught with peril with respect to the conclusion of the special counsel's investigation — whether the investigation is allowed to continue to completion, and whether its results see the light of day," David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department's counterintelligence and export control section, said in an interview with Yahoo News.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 24, 2018

Capitol Hill protests mark rising wave of Kavanaugh opposition
Just three days after Mitch McConnell vowed to "plow right through" the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh and install him on the Supreme Court, the halls of Congress filled with protesters invigorated by the latest allegations against the nominee.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 24, 2018

Climate Week kicks off with a plea from island nations threatened by global warming
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine and Haiti President Jovenel Moïse called on larger nations to strengthen their commitments to climate action — calling it "one of greatest challenges of our generation."

Yahoo Politics
Sep 24, 2018

McConnell calls allegations against Kavanaugh 'a shameful smear' to 'destroy' his reputation
With new allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh swirling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of a "shameful smear campaign" intended to derail his confirmation to the high court.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 24, 2018

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters gather on Capitol Hill after 2nd allegation of sexual misconduct
Photos from today's protests at Capitol Hill.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 24, 2018

Trump defends Kavanaugh amid new allegations of sexual misconduct
President Trump on Monday said he is standing by Brett Kavanaugh as a new allegation of sexual misconduct is threatening to derail the confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 23, 2018

ABC's Matt Dowd defends accusers: 'Let's presume she's telling the truth'
ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd delivered an impassioned defense of accusers in sexual assault cases on Sunday morning.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 22, 2018

Publicist wonders if he was 'patsy' in Trump Tower meeting
Publicist Rob Goldstone wrote an email to Donald Trump Jr. that interested special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors.

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Sep 21, 2018

Cruz and O'Rourke face off in testy Texas Senate debate
Seeking to regain the edge in a race that has been surprisingly competitive, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz faced off with his Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, for the first time Friday evening, in an hour-long debate that was marked by sharp differences on policies like immigration and law enforcement and some pointed personal attacks. The fireworks began almost immediately on stage at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where the candidates met for the first of three scheduled debates in coming weeks in Texas's closely watched Senate race in which Cruz, the one-term incumbent, has struggled to stay ahead of O'Rourke, a rising star Democrat whose candidacy has attracted large crowds and celebrity support. Cruz, a champion debater going back to his college years at Princeton, seemed more comfortable at the podium, and more confrontational.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Sessions's push to speed immigration cases meets resistance from judges union
Ashley Tabbador, the head of the union that represents federal immigration judges, accused the Department of Justice of prioritizing efficiency over due process Friday, and renewed calls for the creation of an independent immigration court system.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Georgetown Prep president says school has been soul-searching in wake of Kavanaugh allegations
"This is a challenging time for a lot of reasons," Georgetown Prep president Rev. James Van Dyke wrote in a letter to parents, faculty and alumni, in reference to the turmoil surrounding former student and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Whatever happens to Kavanaugh, Trump has already made 2018 the Year of the Woman
Everything you need to know this week about Election 2018

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Sep 21, 2018

Activists protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court
More than 50 protesters opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were arrested on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

In the marquee Texas Senate race, Cruz and O'Rourke take to the debate stage
Rep. Beto O'Rourke, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz. After months of back and forth, including nitpicking over the timing, location and even the type of furniture, Republican Ted Cruz will finally meet his Democratic challenger, Beto O'Rourke, on the debate stage Friday in Texas's surprisingly close Senate race. The one-hour debate, set to begin at 7 p.m. ET at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is the first of three scheduled forums over the next two weeks between Cruz and O'Rourke, a matchup that has garnered national attention pitting one of the country's best known tea party conservatives against a fiercely liberal three-term congressman who has charisma, celebrity supporters and ample funding — but whose fate will probably be decided largely by how unhappy Texas voters are with President Trump.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Defense of Kavanaugh turns to theory of evil look-alike before collapsing under ridicule
Brett Kavanaugh's allies suggested a look-alike had committed the sexual assault of which the nominee has been accused.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Defense of Kavanaugh turns to theory of evil lookalike, before collapsing under ridicule
The defense of Judge Brett Kavanaugh took a soap opera turn this week when allies of the Supreme Court nominee suggested a lookalike had committed the sexual assault of which Kavanaugh has been accused. Ed Whelan, president of the think tank Ethics & Public Policy Center and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, spent much of the week hinting that he could disprove Christine Blasey Ford's accusations that Kavanaugh had drunkenly assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Women's groups outraged by pressure to rush Ford's testimony
The aerial advertisement that trailed a small plane was commissioned by UltraViolet, a national women's advocacy organization that supports sexual assault survivors, referred to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the two were teenagers in Maryland. "Women in the U.S. are feeling really grateful to her and understand what she's doing is an incredible sacrifice and she deserves to be thanked," Ultraviolet founder Shauna Johnson told Yahoo News about Dr. Ford. Ford stepped into the national spotlight Sunday when she revealed herself to be the author of a letter sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in July accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Trump starts attacking credibility of Kavanaugh accuser
President Trump says his Supreme Court nominee is "under assault" by Democrats who want to derail his confirmation.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 21, 2018

Could Democrats pull off another Deep South surprise in Mississippi Senate race?
A three-way Senate race offers Democrats a possible path to win another Deep South Senate seat.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 20, 2018

Do Americans value climate action enough to vote for it?
With several hot-button issues weighing on Americans, how important will climate change be for this year's midterms?

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Sep 20, 2018

Puerto Rico still recovering 1 year after Hurricane Maria
The United States' deadliest hurricanes have killed most of their victims with powerful winds and flooding in the hours and days immediately before and after landfall. The National Hurricane Center says that when Katrina struck Louisiana and other states in 2005 it caused 1,500 direct deaths and 300 indirect ones from causes like heart attacks and failed medical equipment.

Largely due to decades of neglect and years of fiscal crisis, the Puerto Rican electrical grid collapsed into the United States' longest-ever blackout after Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017. That spawned a long and deadly tail for the storm, with hundreds of deaths coming long after the first weeks, as medical equipment failed and sick people weakened in the suffocating heat.

Researchers from George Washington University hired by Puerto Rico's government estimated last month that 2,975 people had died because of Maria in the six months after landfall, a number Puerto Rico accepted as official.

Though President Trump continued to assert this week that his administration's efforts in Puerto Rico were "incredibly successful," both the local and federal governments have been heavily criticized for inadequate planning and post-storm response. The GWU report found that Puerto Rico had no plan for communication with its citizens in a crisis. The Center for Investigative Journalism found in May that the island's health department had no emergency-response plan for hospitals and other medical facilities.

As for the Trump administration, more than half of federal emergency personnel in Puerto Rico were not qualified for their assigned tasks

Yahoo Politics
Sep 20, 2018

What Kavanaugh deserves — and what we deserve from him
Is Kavanaugh lying when he says none of this could possibly have happened? And what does that denial tell us about his fitness to serve?

Yahoo Politics
Sep 20, 2018

Bannon's ‘Trump @ War' is a call to arms to keep Congress safe from Democrats
His film is Bannon's latest effort to keep Trump in the Oval Office — and himself at the volcanic core of national affairs.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Unfiltered: ‘Before you slut-shame a woman, think about your mother.'
Three years ago, Amber Rose opened her first SlutWalk event with a speech that began, "The first time I ever got slut-shamed I was 14 years old.". With more than 2,500 attendance in Los Angeles, Rose spoke about how she's continuously faced shame for her former career as a stripper, her high-profile relationships, and her prominent sexuality. After crying onstage, she said, "I decided to have this SlutWalk for women who have been through s***.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer research
The government is diverting millions from programs including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Jeff Flake blasts Donald Trump Jr. over Kavanaugh accuser post
Jeff Flake, a GOP senator from Arizona and an outspoken Trump critic, takes issue with an Instagram post by the president's eldest son.

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Sep 19, 2018

Trump surveys Florence storm damage in North Carolina
Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that "America grieves for you" as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind in parts of North Carolina.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Race for Paul Ryan's seat descends into family feud
The Democratic candidate's mother denounced an attack ad against her son — featuring his own brother.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Trump wants to hear from Kavanaugh's accuser but doesn't think she can change his mind
President Trump says he's eager to hear Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, but doubts it will change his opinion of Brett Kavanaugh.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Trump wants to hear from Kavanaugh's accuser, but doesn't think she can change his mind
President Trump says he is eager to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, but doubts that it will change his opinion of the Supreme court nominee.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Trumpnado! Tweeting about storms, Trump seizes opportunity to make everything worse
President Trump has been widely condemned for his tweets last week claiming the death toll figures in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria were inflated by Democrats to make him look bad. But give him some credit: At least he didn't blame the storm on the media, James Comey or Jeff Sessions.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Duty calls more veterans back to serve — in Congress
Veterans Campaign and similar organizations are helping veterans launch congressional campaigns.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 19, 2018

Hillary Clinton adviser: We didn't recognize 'full scope' of Russian interference on social media
Clinton's former senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan recounts how the campaign learned Russia was meddling in the election to try to help Donald Trump.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Republican men — and not a single GOP woman — will be Christine Blasey Ford's interrogators on the Senate Judiciary Committee
Next week, Christine Blasey Ford will likely face intense questioning from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee about the truthfulness of her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, who she says attempted to rape her during a party in the 1980s. Her turn on Capitol Hill could decide Kavanaugh's suddenly uncertain fate, as well as the Supreme Court's direction for a generation.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Trump on Kavanaugh: 'I feel so badly for him'
President Trump is standing by Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Trump stands by Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations
President Trump is standing by Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Washington House race is about Trump, whether the candidates like it or not
Democrat Carolyn Long hopes to unseat four-term Republican incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and help flip the House of Representatives.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Kavanaugh's downfall, once impossible, now seems likely
A nomination that appeared to be a sure thing for President Trump and the GOP is now barely hanging on.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Kavanaugh's downfall, once impossible, now seems very possible
A nomination that appeared to be a sure thing for President Trump and the GOP is now barely hanging on.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Lyndon B. Johnson: Moral clarity on civil rights
Journalist and historian Jonathan Darman, author of "Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America," spoke to Yahoo News about Lyndon Johnson's defining moment of presidential leadership: the risky decision to pursue civil-rights legislation over the objections of his fellow Southern Democrats — and his own political advisers.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

George W. Bush: Standing up for tolerance after 9/11
Peter Baker, author of "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House" spoke to Yahoo News about the younger Bush's defining moment of presidential leadership: standing up to anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination after the attacks on Sept. 11. 2001.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Jimmy Carter: Staking his reputation on a dream of Mideast peace
Journalist and historian Jonathan Alter, author of a forthcoming biography of Jimmy Carter, spoke to Yahoo News about Carter's defining moment of presidential leadership: his decision to risk his reputation and personally broker a peace deal between Egypt and Israel.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Calling a ‘bank holiday' for a collapsing economy
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Leadership in Turbulent Times" spoke to Yahoo News about FDR's defining moment of presidential leadership: the "bank holiday" he declared almost immediately upon taking office in 1933, in the hope that doing so would stem the run on the banks and help stabilize the financial system.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama
"CBS This Morning" co-anchor John Dickerson's essay on presidential leadership is based on a series of Yahoo News interviews with historians.

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Sep 18, 2018

John F. Kennedy: Cutting a deal with Khrushchev to save the world
Michael Dobbs, author of "One Minute to Midnight," spoke to Yahoo News about JFK's defining moment of presidential leadership: preventing nuclear war with Russia during the Cuban missile crisis.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Barack Obama: Going for broke in the bin Laden raid
Peter Bergen, author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad" spoke to Yahoo News about Obama's defining moment of presidential leadership: the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower: Facing down the Soviets — and the military-industrial complex
Journalist and historian Evan Thomas, author of  "Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World," spoke to Yahoo News about Eisenhower's defining moment of presidential leadership: the courageous decision to defy public pressure and push back on the military-industrial complex at the height of the Cold War.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Gerald Ford: Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons
Journalist Barry Werth, author of  "31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today," spoke to Yahoo News about Gerald Ford's defining moment of presidential leadership: his pardon of Richard Nixon.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

George H.W. Bush: Breaking a pledge, doing the right thing on taxes
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, author of "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush," spoke to Yahoo News about Bush's defining moment of presidential leadership: the costly decision to defy his Republican base and break his "no new taxes" pledge to bring the federal budget deficit under control.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Ronald Reagan: Setting back the ‘doomsday clock' of nuclear war
Journalist and historian Lou Cannon, author of five books about President Ronald Reagan, spoke to Yahoo News about Reagan's defining moment of presidential leadership: the courageous decision to defy his conservative base and pursue nuclear disarmament with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Harry S. Truman: A courageous stand on integrating the armed forces
Cornelius Bynum, associate professor of history at Purdue University and author of "A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights," spoke to Yahoo News about Truman's defining moment of presidential leadership: desegregating the U.S. military in 1948, an act that went against public opinion and the advice of many of his top military leaders.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 18, 2018

Bill Clinton: Taking on the NRA to pass assault-weapons ban
David Maraniss, author of "First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton" spoke to Yahoo News about Clinton's defining moment of presidential leadership: getting an assault-rifle ban through Congress. The bill passed in 1994, but the provision banning those weapons expired after 10 years and has not been renewed.

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Sep 18, 2018

Richard Nixon: A Nixon-goes-to-China moment
Journalist and historian Evan Thomas, author of "Being Nixon: A Man Divided," spoke to Yahoo News about Richard Nixon's defining moment of presidential leadership: his decision to leverage his anti-communist reputation and personal diplomatic skills in order to initiate a relationship with China.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 17, 2018

Trump seized on Iowa student's murder to push immigration agenda, but will it help GOP this fall?
The arrest of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts seemed tailor-made for Republican campaigning in the midterms. On August 21, more than a month after the 20-year-old disappeared during an evening jog near rural Brooklyn, Iowa, the discovery of her body and the arrest of 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera came at almost the same time as the conviction of President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts of tax-related crimes, and the guilty plea by Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, implicating the president in campaign-finance violations.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 17, 2018

Trump seized on Iowa student's murder to push immigration agenda, but will it help the GOP this fall?
The arrest of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts seemed tailor-made for Republican campaigning in the midterms. But realities on-the-ground show a more complex picture.

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Sep 17, 2018

Trump seized on Iowa student's slaying to push immigration agenda, but will it help the GOP this fall?
The arrest of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts seemed tailor-made for Republican campaigning in the midterms. But realities on-the-ground show a more complex picture.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 17, 2018

New Kavanaugh allegations don't change the fact that it's all about politics
The accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh raise questions about the responsibility of mature adults for events in the distant past. But the answers will be provided by politics, not moral philosophy.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 17, 2018

Trump breaks silence on Kavanaugh allegations
President Trump on Monday responded to allegations by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee.

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Sep 15, 2018

Manafort's capitulation leaves a wide-open field for Mueller's team
This courtroom sketch depicts former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, center, and his defense lawyer Richard Westling, left, before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, seated upper right, at federal court in Washington, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as prosecutors Andrew Weissmann, bottom center, and Greg Andres watch. Manafort has pleaded guilty to two federal charges as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors. The deal requires him to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 14, 2018

How to help Florence victims
Five ways you can contribute to storm relief efforts right now.

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Sep 14, 2018

The week in Trumpland: Hurricane Donald rages on
The president battles hurricanes and public perception.

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Sep 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas
Hurricane Florence, weakened but still dangerous, crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

The center of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.  (Reuters)

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Sep 14, 2018

With GOP concerns about losing the House mounting, Trump drops talk of ‘Red Wave'
After several months of assuring supporters of a solid Republican victory in the midterms elections, President Donald Trump has shifted his message in response to Republican operatives warning him that his rhetoric could hurt the GOP by dampening its voter turnout. Trump warned voters at a rally in Montana last week that if Democrats take the House this fall they could try to impeach him. Shields spent two years as chief of staff at the Republican National Committee in 2013 and 2014, where he oversaw its rebuilding effort to catch up with Democrats in the use of data and technology.

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Sep 14, 2018

Full coverage: Tropical Storm Florence
The deadly storm hit the Carolina coast early Friday, bringing with it heavy winds, drenching rain and massive floodwaters.

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Sep 14, 2018

Live coverage: Hurricane Florence makes landfall in N.C.
The Category 1 storm is bringing heavy winds, drenching rain, and massive flooding across the Carolina coast.

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Sep 14, 2018

Live coverage: Tropical Storm Florence
The deadly storm hit the Carolina coast early Friday, bringing with it heavy winds, drenching rain and massive floodwaters.

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Sep 14, 2018

Ken Starr on Trump: We're in 'abuse of power' territory
Ken Starr, the former Whitewater independent counsel during the Clinton presidency, sees parallels with the current president's attacks on Robert Mueller.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 13, 2018

Kavanaugh contradicts White House account of credit card debt, raising more questions
On Wednesday night, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh offered answers for the first time to long-standing questions about his personal finances that had been prompted by significant credit-card and loan debt noted on his judicial disclosure forms. Kavanaugh's explanation of his finances is not consistent with earlier explanations from the White House. Questions have lingered since shortly after Kavanaugh's nomination was announced in July and reporters digging into his public record found that Kavanaugh's financial disclosure forms showed tens of thousands of dollars of fluctuating credit card balances as well as a loan against his retirement account for the 12 years before 2017.

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Sep 13, 2018

Kavanaugh contradicts White House account of credit-card debt, raising more questions
On Wednesday night, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh offered answers for the first time to long-standing questions about his personal finances that had been prompted by significant credit-card and loan debt noted on his judicial disclosure forms. Kavanaugh's explanation of his finances is not consistent with earlier explanations from the White House. Questions have lingered since shortly after Kavanaugh's nomination was announced in July and reporters digging into his public record found that Kavanaugh's financial disclosure forms showed tens of thousands of dollars of fluctuating credit card balances as well as a loan against his retirement account for the 12 years before 2017.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 13, 2018

A surge of volunteers and political newcomers hopes to make Pennsylvania blue again
Katie Muth knew something was off before the polls even closed. Working for Hillary Clinton's campaign in southeastern Pennsylvania, Muth and her husband were dispatched on election night 2016 to a polling place in Collegeville, Pa., to make sure voters in line stayed to cast their ballots even after the polls closed. They were wearing Clinton gear, and both the weather and reception from those waiting in line were cold. Someone had a cutout of Donald Trump, and to Muth the whole thing felt eerie. ...

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Sep 13, 2018

Trump's conspiracy theory on Puerto Rico death toll makes even Florida Republicans squirm
Republican candidates in Florida distance themselves from the president's latest conspiracy theory.

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Sep 13, 2018

Live coverage: Hurricane Florence
The massive storm is bearing down on the Carolina coast.

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Sep 13, 2018

Live updates: Hurricane Florence
The massive storm is bearing down on the Carolina coast.

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Sep 13, 2018

Trump pushes conspiracy theory denying Puerto Rico hurricane death toll
President Trump advanced a new conspiracy theory on Thursday morning: blaming Democrats, without evidence, for the staggering death toll from Hurricane Maria, which slammed into Puerto Rico one year ago. "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico," Trump tweeted. The president added: "This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

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Sep 13, 2018

The end of black politics, revisited
Ten years ago last month, I wrote a long cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled: "Is Obama the End of Black Politics?" The central point of the essay, which featured dozens of black leaders and provoked no shortage of debate, was that Obama's nomination in 2008 marked a turning point for African-Americans in our public life, from which there would be no going back. Like the Irish and Italians and Jews before them, I posited, a new generation of black leaders were no longer defined by race or confined to representing their community, but rather had taken their place in the mainstream of our politics.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 13, 2018

Special operations boom years may be coming to a close
Congress and the Pentagon want to rein in and reorient America's vaunted special operations forces, perhaps relegating them to the supporting roles they played before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Sep 12, 2018

Unfiltered: ‘The democratic plantation really is worse than the plantation I grew up on.'
Black conservative Jesse Lee Peterson is, to put it simply, not afraid to speak his mind. During the 1950s under Jim Crow laws he grew up on an Alabama plantation where his great-grandparents worked as slaves, but today Peterson is regularly featured on major news networks claiming that racism doesn't exist, the Democratic Party lies to minorities to intimidate and control them, and July should be officially declared as White History Month. Unlike the Democratic Party — their plantation causes you to become dependent on them and not on yourself.

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Sep 12, 2018

Who has more mojo on the 2018 campaign trail — Trump or Obama?
Everything you need to know this week about Election 2018

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Sep 12, 2018

Midterm Mania: Who has more mojo on the 2018 campaign trail — Trump or Obama?
Everything you need to know this week about Election 2018

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Sep 12, 2018

In Arizona Senate race, a battle over political evolution
The contest for Jeff Flake's Senate seat is between two women who've evolved over time: a Republican who has tilted toward Trump and hardened on immigration, and a Democrat who has become more moderate and centrist.

Yahoo Politics
Sep 12, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh wants to do away with legal abortion. He told us so.
Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. WASHINGTON — Watching Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, legal analyst Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza noticed something curious: In his exchanges with Democratic legislators, Kavanaugh seemed incapable of mentioning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 abortion decision, without also mentioning  Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the lesser known but equally important 1992 ruling on how individual states could (and could not) regulate abortion.

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Sep 12, 2018

Why Obama didn't act on Russian election interference benefiting Trump
The former president "shrunk from action" against Vladimir Putin, Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff says.

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Sep 12, 2018

Why Obama didn't act on Russian election interference benefitting Trump
The former president "shrunk from action" against Vladimir Putin, Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff says.

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Sep 11, 2018

Heckuva job Trumpie: President hails 'incredibly successful' response to Puerto Rico hurricane
With Hurricane Florence threatening a devastating blow to the U.S. mainland, President Trump paused at a Tuesday briefing with FEMA officials to reflect on what he sees as the unqualified success of his administration's response in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria.

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Sep 11, 2018

Heckuva job, Trumpie: President hails 'incredibly successful' response to Puerto Rico hurricane
President Trump paused at a Tuesday briefing to reflect on his administration's response in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria.

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Sep 11, 2018

UN Panel calls for immediate release of American scholar held in Iran
In strong and unequivocal terms, a United Nations panel has concluded that Iran's arrest, conviction, and continued imprisonment of an American scholar is arbitrary and without legal basis, and recommends that Xiyue Wang be released immediately. In an advance, unedited version of its report, dated August 29, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Iran has breached its obligations under multiple international agreements on basic human and civil rights. The report found the charges against Wang were based solely on his American citizenship and he was denied basic due process at nearly every juncture.

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Sep 11, 2018

Trump still can't strike the right note about 9/11
Arriving in Shanksville, Pa., the president struck a strangely excited tone.

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Sep 11, 2018

Remembering 9/11 on the 17th anniversary of terrorist attacks
Americans are commemorating the Sept. 11 terror attacks with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims. Thousands of victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected at Tuesday's ceremony at the World Trade Center. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to join an observance at the 9/11 memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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Sep 11, 2018

Trump administration rushes to lease federal lands
The Department of Interior is quietly preparing to offer hundreds of thousands of acres of public land for leasing to energy companies, a move critics have charged is being undertaken with minimal public input and little consideration for ecological and cultural preservation.

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Sep 11, 2018

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Sep 10, 2018

Trump's tweet about the economy was false, top White House economic adviser says
Kevin Hassett says on Trump's claim that the GDP is higher than the unemployment rate "for the first time in over 100 years" is off by about 90 years.

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Sep 10, 2018

Scientists say ‘Neuroweapons' were behind Cuba attacks
Four scientists, including the first doctor to examine the diplomats reporting symptoms at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, took part in a Pentagon-sponsored teleconference on Friday on the use of "neuroweapons."

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Sep 10, 2018

9/11: Then and now — 17 years later
Yahoo News recently returned to the scenes of many memorable images taken in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Sep 10, 2018

Woodward defends book sourcing amid new Trump attacks: 'These people are not anonymous to me'
Bob Woodward is defending the use of anonymous sources in his new book about President Trump.

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Sep 09, 2018

Trump celebrates anniversary of Clinton's 'basket of deplorables' comment
President Trump is continuing to capitalize on Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment while former President Barack Obama urges Democrats not to dismiss "entire chunks of the country as racist or sexist or homophobic."

Yahoo Politics
Sep 07, 2018

What does 14 days prison mean to the Papadopoulos puzzle?
A protester holds a banner as former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos with his wife Simona Mangiante leaves after his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington. WASHINGTON — George Papadopoulos, long considered a key cooperating witness in Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible collusion with Donald Trump and his associates, was sentenced today to just 14 days in prison for lying to federal investigators. "Just the process of having to go to prison will leave a strong impression on him for the rest of his life," Judge Randolph D. Moss said, in imposing the sentence Friday afternoon.

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