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Jan 16, 2019

EPA nominee Wheeler says climate change is neither a hoax nor the ‘greatest crisis'
Andrew Wheeler, President Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate panel Wednesday that he does not believe climate change is the "greatest crisis" and vowed to continue the administration's agenda of rolling back environmental regulations.

Wheeler, a former coal...



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Jan 16, 2019

Read House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's letter to President Trump
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Jan 16, 2019

Here's a secret: We may be winning the war on terrorism
Are we quietly winning the war on terror — but are afraid to admit it?

After President Trump warned on Jan. 4 that terrorists were heading our way from Mexico, a remarkable statistic emerged: The number of terrorist acts committed by people who had sneaked across our southern border was exactly...



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Jan 16, 2019

A dilemma for Democratic hopefuls: Run to — or away from — big donors?
The well-heeled liberals who donate big money to Democrats — creating an outsized role for themselves in choosing which party leaders ascend to stardom — are used to candidates swarming them with requests for cash.

This election they face a different dilemma: Candidates worry they are a liability.

...

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Jan 15, 2019

Former Mexican president took $100-million 'El Chapo' bribe, witness says
Two months before he became the president of Mexico in 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100-million bribe from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a witness in the U.S. trial of the drug kingpin testified Tuesday.

Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian who worked closely with Guzman and is awaiting sentencing...



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Jan 15, 2019

Former Mexican president took $100-million ‘El Chapo' bribe, witness says
Two months before he became the president of Mexico in 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100-million bribe from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a witness in the U.S. trial of the drug kingpin testified Tuesday.

Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian who worked closely with Guzman and is awaiting sentencing...



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Jan 15, 2019

California's McCarthy gets early leadership test with King's racially charged remark
Rep. Kevin McCarthy appears to have passed his first test as House Republicans' minority leader this week — holding the party together to sanction one of its own, Iowa Rep. Steve King, for his latest racially charged comments.

McCarthy, of Bakersfield, decided late Monday to bar King from membership...



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Jan 15, 2019

Democrats remain oddly aligned in border wall fight, confounding Trump and Republicans
Hoping to make a crack in Democratic unity as the partial government shutdown reached Day 25, President Trump invited a handful of moderate Democrats to the White House on Tuesday for lunch and a chat.

None showed up. That despite the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) jokingly...



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Jan 15, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand enters presidential race featuring a record number of women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a central figure in the Democratic Party's debate about the #MeToo movement, is preparing to join a 2020 presidential primary contest that features a record number of women in the wake of the midterm election tidal wave of female candidates.

Gillibrand, 52, announced...



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Jan 15, 2019

William Barr carefully distances himself from Trump on key issues
William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, told a Senate panel Tuesday that he did not believe special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was on a "witch hunt" and said he would not fire Mueller without good cause.

"I would not carry out that instruction" if asked to do so, Barr testified,...



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Jan 15, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand to enter presidential race featuring record number of women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a central figure in the Democratic Party's debate about the #MeToo movement, is preparing to join a 2020 presidential primary contest that features a record number of women in the wake of the midterm election tidal wave of female candidates.

Gillibrand, 52, is...



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Jan 15, 2019

Pentagon will keep troops on U.S.-Mexico border through September
The Pentagon has agreed to keep several thousand U.S. troops deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border until Sept. 30, again expanding a controversial mission that began last fall and already was extended once.

The troops's role will transition from "hardening" border crossings to "mobile surveillance...



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Jan 15, 2019

On path to Senate confirmation, Trump's EPA pick has tried to avoid Scott Pruitt's missteps
Andrew Wheeler, President Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has two things going for him when he appears before senators Wednesday at his confirmation hearing.

First, he's not Scott Pruitt, who was forced to resign last year under a cloud of ethics investigations.

Second,...



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Jan 15, 2019

Trump attorney general pick William Barr says Mueller is not on a ‘witch hunt'
William P. Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, told a Senate panel Tuesday that he did not believe special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was on a "witch hunt" and said he would consult with ethics lawyers on whether he needs to step aside from supervising the probe in light of...



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Jan 15, 2019

Big bank earnings signal caution as revenues miss expectations
Two of the nation's largest banks on Tuesday reported mixed earnings results for the end of last year, a potential caution sign on the state of the economy heading into 2019.

Wells Fargo & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. both missed expectations on revenue for the October-through-December period....



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Jan 15, 2019

Wells Fargo profit falls but still beats expectations; JPMorgan disappoints
Wells Fargo & Co.'s profit fell slightly last quarter compared with a year earlier as the bank continued to deal with a cap on its assets put in place by federal regulators after a series of scandals.

The $6.06 billion in profit from October through December that Wells Fargo reported Tuesday was...



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Jan 15, 2019

Barr is expected to sail through confirmation hearing after promising to protect Mueller
William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, is expected to sail through his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday after promising to let special counsel Robert Mueller III complete his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The 68-year-old lawyer will likely...



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Jan 15, 2019

Even if the shutdown ends today, the IRS may not issue you a timely tax refund
This already was going to be a challenging year to fill out your federal tax returns after major tax-law changes took effect in 2018.

Then the political dispute over the U.S.-Mexico border wall sent most Internal Revenue Service workers home last month.

Now, with the government partially shut down...



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Jan 14, 2019

From mountain hideouts, ‘El Chapo' moved drugs and oversaw a film script, witness says
A who's who of former Sinaloa cartel chiefs have become cooperating witnesses in the sprawling drug-trafficking case against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. But Alex Cifuentes, another leader in the multibillion-dollar drug operation, was able to offer a uniquely intimate view of his notorious ex-boss:

...

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Jan 14, 2019

Barr vows to protect Mueller's Russia inquiry — as Trump denies being Russian agent
William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, promised Monday to permit special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to "complete his investigation" into Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign and vowed to be as transparent as possible in releasing the findings.

Barr's pledge, a day before...



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Jan 14, 2019

Amid trade war that's hurting their bottom line, many farmers are conflicted about Trump
A year ago, President Trump received a hero's welcome at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 99th annual convention in Nashville, cheered for rolling back regulations, revamping an Obama administration water rule and for being the first president to address the group in 25 years.

In New Orleans...



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Jan 14, 2019

Woman suing California Rep. Cardenas over sexual misconduct asks for House ethics inquiry
A woman suing Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) for an alleged sexual assault when she was a teenager publicly identified herself for the first time Monday and is asking the House to open an ethics investigation.

Angela Villela Chavez, 28, made the accusation against Cardenas in May, alleging...



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Jan 14, 2019

Woman suing California Rep. Tony Cardenas over sexual misconduct asks for House ethics inquiry
A woman suing Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) for an alleged sexual assault when she was a teenager publicly identified herself for the first time Monday and is asking the House to open an ethics investigation.

Angela Villela Chavez, 28, made the accusation against Cardenas in May, alleging...



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Jan 14, 2019

Still no clarity on Trump's threat to cut off aid to California fire victims
Members of the California congressional delegation say they still have no idea if President Trump will follow through on his threat to cut off federal disaster funding to the state.

Representatives for the White House and Federal Emergency Management Agency have not responded to daily requests...



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Jan 14, 2019

Barr vows to protect Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling
William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, promised Monday to permit special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to "complete his investigation" into Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign and said he would be as transparent as possible in releasing the findings.

On Tuesday, Democrats...



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Jan 14, 2019

Trump, on shutdown's 24th day, says he's ‘not looking' to call national emergency
President Trump on Monday seemed to back further away from his threat to declare a national emergency to fund his southern border wall and perhaps resolve the 24-day-old partial government shutdown, demanding instead that Democrats give him the $5.7 billion he wants.

"I'm not looking to call a...



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Jan 14, 2019

William Barr to face tough Senate hearing on attorney general nomination
William Barr, President Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, will face a familiar setting on Tuesday — a Senate confirmation hearing.

It is sure to be the most contentious in the long legal career of the 68-year-old Republican lawyer who served as attorney general for two years under President...



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Jan 13, 2019

Kamala Harris draws crowds in L.A. amid buzz of a presidential run
For Nicki Mitchell of Pomona, there was one good reason to come hear U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California talk about her memoir Sunday afternoon at a theater in Los Angeles.

"I'm seeing it as an opportunity to see the next president," said Mitchell, a high school counselor.

Harris hasn't announced...



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Jan 13, 2019

Kamala Harris wraps up book tour in L.A. amid buzz of a presidential run
For Nicki Mitchell of Pomona, there was one good reason to come hear U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California talk about her memoir Sunday afternoon at a theater in Los Angeles.

"I'm seeing it as an opportunity to see the next president," said Mitchell, a high school counselor.

Harris hasn't announced...



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Jan 13, 2019

Kamala Harris wraps up book tour in L.A. amid buzz of a White House run
Felicia Jones drove from Montclair to Los Angeles in the pre-dawn darkness on Sunday to get a good spot in line to meet U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris at a book reading.

It worked.

"I'm waiting for that announcement," Jones told Harris six hours later as the Democratic senator signed a book at a store...



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Jan 13, 2019

Pompeo urges end to Qatar boycott and again plans to confront Saudi Arabia over murder of journalist
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Sunday urged Saudi Arabia and other U.S. Arab allies in the region to repair a long-festering rift with Qatar, expressing frustration that little progress has been made.

The dispute "has dragged on too long," he told reporters in the Qatari capital of Doha...



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Jan 13, 2019

Democrats vow to step up investigations amid explosive new reports of Trump and Russia
Congressional Democrats on Sunday pledged heightened scrutiny of President Trump's dealings with Russia, spurred on by news reports of extraordinary secrecy surrounding his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the opening in 2017 of an FBI counterintelligence probe into whether...



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Jan 13, 2019

After Trump, swarm of Democrats eye 2020 and think why not?
In 2016, when a slew of 17 Republicans sought the White House, the number seemed to push the boundaries of both plausibility and physical capacity.

In 2020, the Democratic field may be even larger.

If, as the saying goes, everyone in America has a shot at growing up to be president, Democrats may...



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Jan 13, 2019

President Trump rounds the halfway mark
Let's hear it for ineptitude.

That's one of the unexpected lessons of President Trump's tenure as he nears the halfway mark of his term.

The president hasn't been tamed; he's every bit as autocratic and disruptive as when he took office in January 2017. But he's been restrained by courts from California...



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Jan 13, 2019

Old, young, liberal, centrist: Democrats will have no end of choices for president in 2020
There are fresh faces and old hands. Thirty-somethings and senior citizens. Billionaires and at least one person still paying off student loans. A skateboarder, a brewery founder and a coffee magnate are all taking a look.

Dozens of Democrats are thinking about running for president in 2020.

The...



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Jan 13, 2019

Trump has proved remarkably inept at governing. That's a good thing for democracy
Let's hear it for ineptitude.

That's one of the unexpected lessons of President Trump's tenure as he nears the halfway mark of his term.

The president hasn't been tamed; he's every bit as autocratic and disruptive as when he took office in January 2017. But he's been restrained by courts from California...



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Jan 13, 2019

The good news: Trump's ineptitude
Let's hear it for ineptitude.

That's one of the unexpected lessons of President Trump's tenure as he nears the halfway mark of his term.

The president hasn't been tamed; he's every bit as autocratic and disruptive as when he took office in January 2017. But he's been restrained by courts from California...



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Jan 13, 2019

With Trump as target, Democrats' 2020 presidential field may be the biggest ever
In 2016, when a slew of 17 Republicans sought the White House, the number seemed to push the boundaries of both plausibility and physical capacity.

In 2020, the Democratic field may be even larger.

If, as the saying goes, everyone in America has a shot at growing up to be president, Democrats may...



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Jan 12, 2019

Grandfather says Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs had no connection to kidnap suspect
The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn't understand why he targeted her, deepening a months-long mystery.

Someone blasted open the...



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Jan 12, 2019

This government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history
Today the partial government shutdown becomes the longest in U.S. history.

And with no vote or negotiations scheduled for this weekend, the battle between President Trump and the new Democratic-led House is likely to keep going.

The lack of a compromise means some 800,000 federal workers missed...



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Jan 12, 2019

Today marks the longest government shutdown in history
Today the partial government shutdown becomes the longest in U.S. history.

And with no vote or negotiations scheduled for this weekend, the battle between President Trump and the new Democratic-led House is likely to keep going.

The lack of a compromise means some 800,000 federal workers missed...



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Jan 12, 2019

Julian Castro launches presidential bid, becoming first Latino in 2020 Democratic race
With a jab at President Trump and vow to rally the country behind a progressive agenda of universal healthcare and environmentalism, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro formally launched his bid Saturday for the Democratic nomination for president.

"When my grandmother got here almost a hundred...



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Jan 11, 2019

Trump tempers talk of emergency at border, but eyes California projects for wall funds
As the federal government's partial shutdown became tied on Friday for the longest one ever, President Trump tempered his talk of declaring a national emergency on the southern border that could free him to spend money on a wall there.

The president insisted on his power to make the declaration,...



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Jan 11, 2019

Last migrant teens are moved from Texas ‘tent city' in the desert
The last child departed what was once the nation's largest shelter for migrant youths on Friday, a "tent city" in the west Texas desert town of Tornillo that had spurred protests, official criticism and proposed legislation.

Workers have been dismantling parts of the massive temporary shelter east...



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Jan 11, 2019

Last migrant youths are moved from Texas ‘tent city' in the desert
The last teen left what was once the nation's largest shelter for migrant youths on Friday, according to the U.S. congressman who represents Tornillo, Texas, the site of the controversial "tent city." The fate of the facility — and others like it — remains uncertain.

Workers have been dismantling...



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Jan 11, 2019

Illinois' incoming governor will use own wealth to double some staff salaries
Billionaire Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, who pumped more than $171 million of his own wealth into his campaign to defeat Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in November, now will use his own money to bolster his top government aides' salaries, his transition team said Friday.

Pritzker's incoming...



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Jan 11, 2019

Border security workers miss paychecks because of shutdown over border security
President Trump saluted a Blackhawk helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande on Thursday, seeking to highlight the need for $5.7 billion for his trademark border wall to stop what he calls an "invasion."

Next to the president stood a Customs and Border Protection officer and a Border Patrol agent....



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Jan 11, 2019

Nearly 70 years later, Florida redresses one of its ugliest episodes of racial injustice
From the time she was a girl, Vivian Shepherd was haunted by the World War II photograph of her uncle Samuel, stern-faced with his Army cap slightly cocked. She asked her father about him, but he never wanted to talk.

One day, when Shepherd was in her late 30s, she saw a picture of her uncle in...



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Jan 11, 2019

Government shutdown: How much longer can Mitch McConnell sit it out?
Congress's most powerful Republican has intentionally taken a back seat in the negotiations over how to end the government shutdown, even as it extends to a record three weeks with no resolution on the horizon.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has gotten Congress out of a lot of political...



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Jan 11, 2019

What don't we know about the Russia investigation?
Sometimes it feels like the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has been one bombshell after another. He's successfully prosecuted some of President Trump's closest aides and provided a detailed blueprint of Moscow's attempts to interfere in U.S. politics.

But there's...



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Jan 11, 2019

Trump's demand that South Korea pay more for U.S. troops leads to impasse
South Korea is balking at a Trump administration demand for sharply higher payments to defray the cost of basing U.S. forces on its territory, raising fears that President Trump might threaten an abrupt troop drawdown at a time of sensitive diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.

U.S. negotiators have...



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Jan 11, 2019

Russia investigation could spark battle to learn Robert Mueller's findings
Only a few blocks from the National Mall, amid a cluster of nondescript buildings, more than a dozen prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III have followed an unusual routine as they toil away on the Russia investigation.

When they leave the office at night, they often wonder...



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Jan 11, 2019

Man flooded the town of Iola; now nature is bringing back its ghost
Whenever Bob Robbins would ride the school bus past Blue Mesa Reservoir, he felt a pang in his gut.

The vast shimmering lake, the largest in Colorado, was a recreational paradise for many and a source of power and water storage for the Gunnison Valley and beyond.

But it was once something else.

...

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Jan 11, 2019

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is cancer-free after surgery, Supreme Court says
The Supreme Court said Friday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery from lung cancer surgery is on track and that post-surgery tests found "no evidence of remaining disease."

The reassuring report on the 85-year-old justice is in line with the statements issued after her surgery on Dec. 21....



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Jan 11, 2019

California water projects could be shelved as Trump seeks money for border wall
As the federal government's partial shutdown on Friday tied for the longest one ever, President Trump was considering declaring a national emergency to get the money he wants for a border wall, perhaps by diverting funds designated for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in California and Puerto...



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Jan 11, 2019

Trump heads toward national emergency declaration to escape a trap he set for himself
A long tradition in the U.S. derides campaign promises as meaningless; in truth, they're anything but that.

Presidents often find themselves boxed in by promises they make in their campaigns. Over the last few weeks, President Trump's pledge to build a wall on the southern border has provided an...



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Jan 11, 2019

California water projects could be tapped to pay for Trump's border wall
Officials have given President Trump a plan to divert funds designated for Army Corps of Engineers projects in California and Puerto Rico to help pay for a wall along the southern border, a leading member of Congress said Thursday.

On his way to the Texas border Thursday, Trump was presented with...



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Jan 11, 2019

Americans who fought alongside the Kurds in Syria feel betrayed by Trump
President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria is viewed as a betrayal by American volunteers who fought alongside Kurdish militias there to oust Islamic State.

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Jan 10, 2019

On the border in Texas, residents have a message for Trump: There is no crisis
The Rio Grande Valley had a message for President Trump and the Republican lawmakers who visited Thursday: Dire warnings about a crisis on the border are bad for business.

"There's this fallacy that the border is not secure," Eddie Trevino, the top official in Cameron County, told Texas' U.S. senators,...



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Jan 10, 2019

'El Chapo' tech guru testifies on spyware, fleeing from law and flipping on drug lord
The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has featured chilling details of brutal cartel warfare and dizzying revelations about the inner workings of the multibillion-dollar Sinaloa network's dealings. But perhaps the most surreal tale to emerge is that of Guzman's I.T. guy, Christian...



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Jan 10, 2019

'El Chapo' tech guru testifies on spyware, fleeing from the law and flipping on drug lord
The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has featured chilling details of brutal cartel warfare and dizzying revelations about the inner workings of the multibillion-dollar Sinaloa network's dealings. But perhaps the most surreal tale to emerge is that of Guzman's I.T. guy, Christian...



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Jan 10, 2019

Trump vows he will 'probably' declare national emergency if Congress doesn't OK wall money
President Trump moved closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress to secure funds for a border wall and resolve a government shutdown now into its 20th day.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump said to reporters before departing the White House...



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Jan 10, 2019

Trump vows he will ‘probably' declare national emergency if Congress doesn't OK wall money
President Trump moved closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress to secure funds for a border wall and resolve a government shutdown now into its 20th day.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump said to reporters before departing the White House...



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Jan 10, 2019

Fed Chair Jerome Powell warns an extended shutdown could damage the economy
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell warned on Thursday that an extended partial government shutdown could damage the U.S. economy and starve the central bank of key data it needs to make monetary policy decisions.

"If we have an extended shutdown, I do think that would show up in the data...



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Jan 10, 2019

Trump vows he'll ‘probably' declare national emergency if Congress doesn't OK wall money
President Trump moved closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an effort to secure funds for a border wall and resolve a government shutdown now into its 20th day.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump said to reporters before departing the White House for...



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Jan 10, 2019

EPA backs down from plan that could have allowed youth farmworkers to handle pesticides
The Environmental Protection Agency has abandoned plans to roll back a set of protections for farmworkers, including a proposal to ease Obama-era regulations requiring anyone working with dangerous pesticides to be at least 18 years old.

Passed in 2015, the rules became a target of the EPA a year...



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Jan 10, 2019

Pompeo gives a speech in Cairo and takes aim at Obama and Iran
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo used a keynote address in the Egyptian capital Thursday to take aim at two favorite targets — Iran and former President Obama — as he sought to reassure Middle East allies of Washington's commitment to the region.

"In just 24 months, the United States under...



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Jan 10, 2019

Pompeo takes aim at two favorite targets — Iran and Obama — in Cairo speech
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo used a keynote address in the Egyptian capital Thursday to take aim at two favorite targets — Iran and former President Obama — as he sought to reassure Middle East allies of Washington's commitment to the region.

"In just 24 months, the United States under...



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Jan 10, 2019

Trump vows he'll ‘definitely' declare national emergency if Congress doesn't OK wall money
President Trump moved closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an effort to secure funds for a border wall and resolve a government shutdown now into its 20th day.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump said to reporters before departing the White House for...



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Jan 09, 2019

Trump's border visit starts in McAllen, Texas. If he looks, here's what he might see
President Trump is bringing his campaign to sell the U.S. on a border wall to McAllen, Texas.

Two days after claiming a humanitarian and security crisis, Trump will land in the heart of Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest stretch of the border in recent years for illegal crossings.

Many in this...



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Jan 09, 2019

Trump's claim of a crisis meets skepticism on Texas border
President Trump is bringing his campaign to sell the U.S. on a border wall to McAllen, Texas.

Two days after claiming a humanitarian and security crisis, Trump will land in the heart of Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest stretch of the border in recent years for illegal crossings.

Many in this...



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Jan 09, 2019

'El Chapo's' text messages to his wife — and purported mistress — revealed in court
The prosecution's recipe for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's downfall was on full display in federal court Wednesday: turncoats, technology — and the notorious drug kingpin's own paranoia.

The FBI was able to tap into scores of text messages that Guzman, 61, sent in 2012 because the infamous Mexican...



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Jan 09, 2019

Billionaire Tom Steyer rules out 2020 presidential run, but pledges to redouble effort to oust Trump
After flirting with a presidential bid, billionaire Tom Steyer announced Wednesday he would not seek the 2020 Democratic nomination but rather focus on leading a grass-roots effort to drive President Trump from office.

"Most people come to Iowa around this time to announce a campaign for president,"...



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Jan 09, 2019

'El Chapo' text messages to his wife — and mistress — revealed in court
The prosecution's recipe for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's downfall was on full display in federal court Wednesday morning: turncoats, technology — and the notorious drug kingpin's own paranoia.

The FBI was able to tap into scores of text messages Guzman, 61, sent in 2012 because the infamous Mexican...



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Jan 09, 2019

Billionaire Tom Steyer rules out 2020 run, pledges redoubled effort to oust Trump
Billionaire Tom Steyer, after flirting with a presidential bid, announced Wednesday he would not seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

"Most people come to Iowa around this time to announce a campaign for president," Steyer said in remarks at a news conference in Des Moines. "But I...



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Jan 09, 2019

Trump walks out of shutdown talks when Democrats reject funds for his border wall
A day after calling for a bipartisan compromise to resolve the partial government shutdown, President Trump stormed out of a White House negotiating session Wednesday when Democratic leaders refused to agree to his demand for taxpayer funds to build a southern border wall.

"Just left a meeting...



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Jan 09, 2019

Trump threatens to cut off disaster funding for California fire victims
President Trump, in a tweet, said early Wednesday that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency not to send more disaster funding to fire-ravaged California "unless they get their act together, which is unlikely."

It was not immediately clear, however, whether Trump's threat was bluster...



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Jan 09, 2019

Some GOP lawmakers eye emergency declaration by Trump as way out of government shutdown
Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly view an emergency national security declaration by President Trump as a way to end the 19-day partial government shutdown, which was triggered by his demand to use taxpayer funds to build a southern border wall.

"There are only four doors here," said Sen....



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Jan 09, 2019

Trump threatens to cut off disaster funding for California fires
President Trump, in a tweet, said early Wednesday that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency not to send more disaster funding to fire-ravaged California "unless they get their act together, which is unlikely."

It was not immediately clear, however, whether Trump's threat was bluster...



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Jan 09, 2019

Supreme Court has limited presidential emergency powers, but it may not stop Trump
More than a half century ago, the Supreme Court in one of its most famous decisions boldly put a check on executive power, one that has been cited repeatedly as proof the president cannot declare a national emergency to bypass Congress.

Many legal experts, however, say they are not confident the...



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Jan 09, 2019

Supreme Court has placed limits on presidential emergency powers, but that may not stop Trump
More than a half century ago, the Supreme Court in one of its most famous decisions boldly put a check on executive power, one that has been cited repeatedly as proof the president cannot declare a national emergency to bypass Congress.

Many legal experts, however, say they are not confident the...



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Jan 09, 2019

Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq, hears pleas for support
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Wednesday made an unannounced trip to Iraq as part of his Middle East reassurance campaign, and heard pleas for more help in fighting Islamic State militants.

Pompeo is attempting to explain to Arab allies President Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S....



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Jan 09, 2019

Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Iraq, hears pleas for support
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Wednesday made an unannounced trip to Iraq as part of his Middle East reassurance campaign, and heard pleas for more help in fighting Islamic State militants.

Pompeo is attempting to explain to Arab allies President Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S....



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Jan 09, 2019

In an unannounced trip to Iraq, Pompeo hears pleas for help against Islamic State
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Wednesday made an unannounced trip to Iraq as part of his Middle East reassurance campaign, and heard pleas for more help in fighting Islamic State militants.

Pompeo is attempting to explain to Arab allies President Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S....



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Jan 09, 2019

If Democrats are looking for fresh, new faces, why are these septuagenarian white guys so popular?
After congressional elections in which Democrats in record numbers chose to elevate women, minority and gay candidates, casting ballots for diversity and youth in district after district, the list of presidential hopefuls most exciting to Democratic voters is a bit curious.

At the top, several...



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Jan 08, 2019

Five takeaways from Trump's prime-time border security speech
President Trump gave his first prime-time Oval Office speech, focusing on what he declared to be a crisis on the country's southern border. The House and Senate Democratic leaders gave their responses. What did it all add up to? Here are five takeaways.

Neither side had new arguments to sway voters...

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Jan 08, 2019

Trump takes wall fight to American public with prime-time TV address
President Trump took his disputed claim of a national security crisis at the nation's southern border directly to the American people on Tuesday night, for the first time speaking from the Oval Office in prime time to try to enlist public support for $5.7 billion for his long-promised wall.

Yet...



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Jan 08, 2019

FBI explains how it cracked 'El Chapo's' sophisticated communications system
The FBI couldn't crack the Sinaloa cartel's encrypted messages, so they went after the man who built the communications system for the powerful narcotics trafficking network

FBI agent Stephen Marston told jurors in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday that Cristian Rodriguez had created...



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Jan 08, 2019

The reality on the border differs widely from Trump's 'crisis' description
On Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, a group of 55 asylum seekers camped at the foot of bridges, waiting to cross into Brownsville, Texas. The group, including a deaf man and a half-dozen children, face an average wait of six weeks. Further west in Nogales, on the border with Arizona,...



LA Times National News
Jan 08, 2019

The reality on the border differs widely from Trump's ‘crisis' description
On Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, a group of 55 asylum seekers camped at the foot of bridges, waiting to cross into Brownsville, Texas. The group, including a deaf man and a half-dozen children, face an average wait of six weeks. Further west in Nogales, on the border with Arizona,...



LA Times National News
Jan 08, 2019

Manafort, Trump's campaign chair, shared polling data with Russian during 2016 campaign, court filing says
Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, apparently shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business partner in Ukraine who allegedly has ties to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing released Tuesday.

It's unclear whether...



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Jan 08, 2019

Supreme Court refuses to shield mystery foreign company from Mueller's investigation
The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to block a subpoena issued to an unnamed corporation, owned by a foreign government, ending a mystery dispute in the courts reportedly involving the investigation into Russian election meddling.

The outcome is believed to be a victory for special counsel Robert...



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Jan 08, 2019

Supreme Court refuses to shield mystery foreign company from Mueller's probe
The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to block a subpoena issued to an unnamed corporation, owned by a foreign government, ending a mystery dispute in the courts reportedly involving the investigation into Russian election meddling.

The outcome is believed to be a victory for special counsel Robert...



LA Times National News
Jan 08, 2019

Trump team launches an eight-nation Middle East trip to explain, convince, reassure
Top Trump administration officials moved through the Middle East Tuesday attempting to explain their boss' inconsistencies on plans to withdraw from Syria and to convince skeptical allies of Washington's commitment to them.

On the first day of an eight-nation diplomatic blitz, Secretary of State...



LA Times National News
Jan 08, 2019

Caught in the shutdown, U.S. workers in California and elsewhere brace for missing paychecks
Leisyka Parrott of Arcata, Calif., is scouring secondhand shops for a pair of size 15 basketball shoes for her 13-year-old son.

The single mother was furloughed from her job with the Bureau of Land Management in late December as part of the partial government shutdown. Her paycheck won't come this...



LA Times National News
Jan 08, 2019

Paul Manafort shared polling data with Russian during presidential campaign, filing asserts
Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, apparently shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business partner in Ukraine who allegedly has ties to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing released Tuesday.

It's unclear whether...



LA Times National News
Jan 08, 2019

Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to get his border wall — but will that work?
He's vowed to keep the government closed as long as it takes to secure funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Now, as the partial government shutdown enters its third week, President Trump is hinting at a different approach: declaring a national emergency.

In recent days, Trump has said...



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Jan 08, 2019

Schiff fears Mueller will ignore Trump's pursuit of Russia business deals
Rep. Adam B. Schiff expressed concern Monday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III might decline to look into President Trump's private business dealings as he investigates Russia's interference in America's 2016 election.

As a result, the Burbank congressman said, it could be up to Democrats...



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Jan 08, 2019

Kamala Harris' new book builds her case for a White House bid
Kamala Harris hasn't launched a bid for the presidency yet, but she has launched the narrative around which her campaign would be built.

Hers is the latest political autobiography to hit the shelves. In a medium as predictable for White House aspirants as an Iowa stump speech, the book hews to...



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Jan 08, 2019

El Chapo's defense team takes aim at a key witness
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's defense team was on the attack.

The target: Vicente Zambada Niebla, once a member of Guzman's inner circle, now one of the most damning witnesses in the sprawling case against the infamous drug kingpin.

In three days of testimony that concluded Monday, Zambada, 43, the...



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