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May 21, 2019

Washington state legalizes ‘human composting'
Washington has become the first state to legalize "human composting," an alternative to conventional burial and cremation that produces topsoil suitable for gardening.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday permitting the practice, described by proponents as an eco-friendly form of final disposition....



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May 21, 2019

Calls for Trump's impeachment grow in the House
Numerous House Democrats on Tuesday demanded immediate impeachment proceedings against President Trump amid White House resistance to their investigations, a marked increase in support for launching an effort to remove the president from office.

The calls came in response to former White House...



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May 21, 2019

‘How are you going to pay for it?' — 2020 candidates wrestle with their costly plans
They keep piling up, sometimes trillions of dollars at a time.

The competition among 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls to be bold in confronting vexing social and economic challenges has created a mountain of policy promises. The rising price tag has implications the contenders prefer to sidestep.

...

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May 21, 2019

Surprise medical bills could prompt rare bipartisan action in Congress
Even through the pain of a burst appendix just weeks before election day, Katie Porter made sure her campaign manager took her to Hoag Hospital in Irvine — and not to a closer hospital — because she knew the emergency room was in her insurance network.

An appendectomy followed, plus five days in...



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May 20, 2019

Trump blocks former White House Counsel Donald McGahn from testifying before Congress
President Trump directed his former White House counsel, Donald McGahn, not to appear at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday despite receiving a subpoena from the panel's Democratic chairman, the latest salvo in a battle between two warring branches of government.

But as the legal and...



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May 20, 2019

McGahn can't be forced to testify about Mueller probe, Justice Department says
The Justice Department says former White House counsel Don McGahn can't be compelled to testify before Congress about the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report on the Russia investigation.

The department's Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion Monday finding that McGahn...



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May 20, 2019

Supreme Court clears the way for lawsuit over Newport Beach police shooting
The Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the city of Newport Beach on Monday, clearing the way for an excessive-force lawsuit against the police for shooting and killing a mentally ill young man who came running at them holding a pair of scissors.

The justices refused to shield the police from...



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May 20, 2019

What's in a name? When you're running for president, a lot
Come, gather round and meet the 2020 Democratic candidates for president: There's Amy, Cory, Beto, Bernie, Pete.

And Biden, Inslee, Warren.

Also Tim Ryan, Eric Swalwell and Kamala Harris For The People.

Set aside the split over Medicare for all, or which of the White House contestants has the most...



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May 20, 2019

Kamala Harris would toughen penalties on employers who underpay women
Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris released a plan Monday to overhaul U.S. discrimination laws to ensure women and men are paid equally for the same work.

Companies would be required to obtain a federal certification showing they are not underpaying women, under Harris' proposal. Those...



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May 19, 2019

Massive Bethlehem Steel headquarters in Pennsylvania demolished in seconds: 'It breaks my heart'
Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steel maker's former world headquarters.

Crowds gathered to watch the demolition of the area's tallest building, a 21-story monolith that opened at the height...



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May 19, 2019

Protesters march to Alabama's Capitol to decry the state's new abortion ban
Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting "My body, my choice!" and "Vote them out!"

The demonstration came three days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation — making performing...



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May 19, 2019

Trump lashes out at Republican lawmaker who says he committed impeachable offenses
President Trump on Sunday blasted the lone congressional Republican who has suggested the president has committed impeachable offenses, as party members -- even sometime critics -- closed ranks around the White House, denying that the evidence in the special counsel's report suggests Trump acted...



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May 19, 2019

He voted for Trump. Now he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border
He voted for Trump because of abortion. Now the president's immigration stance means he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border.

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May 19, 2019

Trump's plaintive but welcome message to Iran: Can we talk?
You know we're in trouble when President Trump looks like the adult in the White House.

Starting on May 5, Trump's hawkish national security advisor, John Bolton, dramatically escalated pressure on Iran — announcing the deployment of an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, ordering up contingency...



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May 18, 2019

Wisconsin Republicans deny accusation of refusing to work with governor's female aide
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' spokeswoman accused Republican legislative leaders Saturday of refusing to work with the governor's chief of staff because she is a woman, leading the GOP lawmakers to call the charge "asinine" and "clueless."

The back-and-forth came after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos...



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May 18, 2019

Wisconsin Republicans rebut accusation of refusing to work with governor's female aide
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' spokeswoman accused Republican legislative leaders Saturday of refusing to work with the governor's chief of staff because she is a woman, leading the GOP lawmakers to call the charge "asinine" and "clueless."

The back-and-forth came after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos...



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May 18, 2019

Former President Carter, recovering from a broken hip, cancels plans to teach Sunday school
Former President Jimmy Carter canceled plans to teach Sunday school just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip.

"Though he is progressing well, he underestimated the amount of time he would need to recover from his recent hip replacement," Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in a statement...



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May 18, 2019

GOP congressman declares that Trump engaged in 'impeachable conduct'
A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Rep....



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May 18, 2019

GOP congressman declares that Trump engaged in ‘impeachable conduct'
A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Rep....



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May 18, 2019

Tornadoes touch down in Texas and beyond
A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains on Saturday, leaving damage and causing injuries, with parts of the region bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 twister Saturday morning with winds up to 130 mph that destroyed...



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May 18, 2019

In key swing-state rally, Joe Biden condemns Trump as a ‘divider'
Joe Biden, holding the first large-scale rally of his 2020 presidential campaign, Saturday issued a broad call for national unity, denounced President Trump as the "divider in chief" and plunged into a challenging new phase of competition with his Democratic rivals.

A career politician who came...



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May 17, 2019

Stormy Daniels settles suit against Michael Cohen in hush-money scandal
Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels has agreed to drop the last of three lawsuits that her former attorney Michael Avenatti filed in the scandal stemming from her alleged one-night stand with Donald Trump.

"She's ready to move on and put these cases behind her," said Daniels' attorney Jason H. Tokoro.

...

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May 17, 2019

Trump agrees to lift steel tariffs on Canada and Mexico, boosting chances for trade accord
President Trump has agreed to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico, relenting to congressional pressure to back off in order to boost the chances of winning approval for his newly negotiated North American trade pact.

"I am pleased to announce that we've just reached an agreement...



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May 17, 2019

Trump to lift steel tariffs on Canada and Mexico, boosting chances for trade accord
President Trump reportedly has agreed to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico, relenting to congressional pressure to back off in order to boost the chances of winning approval for his newly negotiated North American trade pact.

For months, Trump had resisted advice from lawmakers...



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May 17, 2019

Herman Wouk, Pulitizer Prize-winning author of 'The Caine Mutiny' and 'The Winds of War,' dies at 103
Herman Wouk, the prolific and immensely popular writer who explored the moral fallout of World War II in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Caine Mutiny" and other widely read books that gave Americans a raw look at the horrors and consequences of war, has died at his Palm Springs home, where he wrote...



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May 17, 2019

Herman Wouk, revered author of ‘The Caine Mutiny' and ‘The Winds of War,' dies at 103
Herman Wouk, the prolific and immensely popular writer who explored the moral fallout of World War II in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Caine Mutiny" and other widely read books that gave Americans a raw look at the horrors and consequences of war, has died at his Palm Springs home, where he wrote...



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May 17, 2019

Trump and Biden, potential 2020 rivals, both head to Pennsylvania, a key battleground
President Trump and Joe Biden have twin obsessions: with each other and with the state of Pennsylvania.

Like iron filings to a magnet, both will be drawn in the coming days to Pennsylvania, which was key to Trump's victory in 2016 and would be central to almost any scenario for a Democratic victory...



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May 17, 2019

With both Iran and China, Trump skates to the edge of going too far
President Trump revels in risk.

As a businessman, he made deals that put his fortune in peril, most notably in overpaying for Atlantic City casinos that brought him to bankruptcy.

As president, he's adopted a consistent approach to major issues: He manufactures a crisis to shake up the status quo,...



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May 16, 2019

Florida officials worry U.S. may send them hundreds of migrants and no resources
Officials in some of south Florida's Democratic strongholds said Thursday that they had been warned the federal government is considering a plan to send them hundreds of migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border in two weeks without any resources to house or feed them.

"They're just going to be letting...



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May 16, 2019

Boy Scout sex abuse scandal's stunning toll: Over 12,200 reported victims
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has closely guarded a trove of documents that detail sexual abuse allegations against troop leaders and others.

The most complete public accounting so far came in 2012, when the Los Angeles Times published internal Scout records about accusations against some...



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May 16, 2019

College SAT results to include another score: Hardship in students' lives


An "adversity score" will be added to SAT college entrance test results, rating applicants on environmental factors meant to offer admission officers a glimpse into a student's socioeconomic background, the College Board said Thursday.



Only admissions offices at colleges and universities will be...



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May 16, 2019

New far-reaching abortion bans too extreme for some Republican leaders
Republican leaders have begun distancing themselves from new, far-reaching state abortion restrictions that don't allow exceptions in the cases of rape or incest.

"I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, and that's what I've voted on," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy...



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May 16, 2019

Trump's new chokehold on Huawei threatens the telecom firm and U.S.-China trade talks
When the Trump administration blocked U.S. firms last year from providing critical parts to ZTE Corp., it quickly paralyzed the Chinese telecom company and threatened to force it into bankruptcy — until President Trump issued a last-minute reprieve as a favor to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Wednesday,...



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May 16, 2019

Trump's ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt blew $124,000 on travel, audit says
Scott Pruitt, President Trump's scandal-plagued first Environmental Protection Agency administrator, spent nearly $124,000 on "excessive" travel costs during a 10-month period, according to an internal audit released Thursday.

Pruitt took 40 trips, at a cost to taxpayers of $985,037, for himself,...



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May 16, 2019

Trump tries another immigration reset ahead of 2020
President Trump deployed all the trappings of a Rose Garden ceremony to pitch an incomplete and almost certainly doomed immigration plan Thursday, pushing forward even as his efforts to make progress on his other big 2020 campaign issue — trade — faced new obstacles.

A military string band played,...



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May 16, 2019

Tech firms working on more voting by phone, alarming security experts
With their playbook for pushing government boundaries as a guide, some Silicon Valley investors are nudging election officials toward an innovation that prominent coders and cryptographers warn is downright dangerous for democracy.

Voting by phone could be coming soon to an election near you.

As...



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May 16, 2019

The vote-by-phone tech trend is scaring the life out of security experts
With their playbook for pushing government boundaries as a guide, some Silicon Valley investors are nudging election officials toward an innovation that prominent coders and cryptographers warn is downright dangerous for democracy.

Voting by phone could be coming soon to an election near you.

As...



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May 15, 2019

Trump will pitch immigration plan already facing stiff opposition in Congress
President Trump will announce a sweeping immigration plan Thursday to boost border security and foreign workers while reducing family reunification, but the White House proposal has little chance of advancing in Congress.

The unveiling of the long-awaited plan, which was prepared by Jared Kushner,...



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May 15, 2019

Citing threats, U.S. builds case — and military force — for confronting Iran
The State Department ordered several hundred U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq on Wednesday, citing heightened threats from neighboring Iran amid a buildup of U.S. military forces in the volatile region and growing concerns of a potential conflict with Tehran.

The uptick in tensions came...



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May 15, 2019

Senate confirms Trump's pick for 9th Circuit Court over objections of Feinstein and Harris
The Senate confirmed Los Angeles litigator Kenneth Kiyul Lee to a California seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday over the objections of Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.

Harris and Feinstein have accused Lee of failing to initially disclose to the Senate Judiciary...



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May 15, 2019

Trump bans Huawei in U.S. markets, saying Chinese firm poses security threat
President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday giving his administration sweeping powers to block Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. and other foreign communications firms from doing business in the United States — a long-anticipated move he had postponed while Washington and Beijing...



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May 15, 2019

Supreme Court is not eager to overturn Roe vs. Wade — at least not soon
The Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Thursday morning and are expected to debate and discuss — for the 14th time — Indiana's appeal of court rulings that have blocked a law to prohibit certain abortions.

The high court's action — or so far, nonaction — in Indiana's case gives...



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May 15, 2019

U.S. officials say new North Korean missile appears aimed at evading U.S. defenses
A newly tested North Korean short-range ballistic missile appears to be a copy of an advanced Russian design that could greatly improve Pyongyang's ability to evade U.S. missile defense systems, according to U.S. officials.

President Trump, who has sought unsuccessfully for the last year to persuade...



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May 15, 2019

White House stiff-arms House Judiciary Committee on Russia investigation
The White House hardened its opposition to House Democrats' investigations on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that they had no authority to examine how President Trump has wielded his executive authority.

The stance stiffens Trump's already obdurate approach toward Capitol Hill, and it represents...



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May 15, 2019

Stacey Abrams weighs in on abortion bans, boycotts and California
Stacey Abrams, the rising Democratic star who narrowly lost a bitterly contested race last year for Georgia governor, launched a campaign this week to urge opponents of the state's stringent new abortion ban to donate to local groups fighting for reproductive rights.

Since Gov. Brian Kemp signed...



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May 15, 2019

This is what foreign policy looks like when you have no strategy
Donald Trump once thought foreign policy would be easy.



"We would win if we would just sit down and negotiate — but using our best people," he wrote as a private citizen in 2008. "We have all the cards."



So as president he named himself negotiator-in-chief and tried to cajole North Korea's Kim...



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May 15, 2019

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

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



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May 15, 2019

The stunning toll of Boy Scout sex abuse: More than 12,200 reported victims
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has closely guarded a trove of secret documents that detail sexual abuse allegations against troop leaders and others.

The most complete public accounting of the abuse so far came in 2012 when the Los Angeles Times published a searchable database of 5,000...



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May 14, 2019

Alabama abortion bill passes Senate and heads to governor
The conservative push to outlaw abortion reached another milestone Tuesday when Alabama's Senate passed a bill that bans the procedure at all stages of pregnancy and punishes doctors caught performing it with up to 99 years in prison.

The Republican-controlled Senate rejected by a 21-11 vote an...



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May 14, 2019

Alabama lawmakers vote to ban all abortions in the state and to punish doctors
The conservative push to outlaw abortion reached another milestone Tuesday when Alabama's Senate passed a bill that bans the procedure at all stages of pregnancy and punishes doctors caught performing it with up to 99 years in prison.

The Republican-controlled Senate rejected by a 21-11 vote an...



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May 14, 2019

Trump tests the patience of his political allies in his approach to trade and tariffs
With a growing economy at his back and little resistance from Republicans, President Trump has been free to impose tariffs on America's trading partners with few political repercussions.

Yet his protectionist approach — particularly his heavy-handed tactics with China, as well as with traditional...



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May 14, 2019

Anthony Weiner released from New York City halfway house
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner left a New York City halfway house on Tuesday after completing his prison sentence for illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl.

"It's good to be out," the disgraced former congressman said, according to the New York Post. "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity...



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May 14, 2019

Wary of Medicare for all, Democrats seek easier paths to universal coverage
Wary of the political risks and practical difficulties of Medicare-for-all proposals that would move every American into a government health plan, Democrats increasingly are embracing more modest plans to use Medicare to expand insurance coverage.

This strategy — backed by former Vice President...



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May 14, 2019

Democrats demand Atty. Gen. William Barr hand over documents on Obamacare decision
House Democrats are demanding Atty. Gen. William Barr hand over documentation behind the Trump administration's decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in court — and threatening to use their subpoena power if the administration does not comply.

They also want Russell Vought, the Office...



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May 14, 2019

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock enters 2020 Democratic presidential race
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock elbowed his way Tuesday into the crowded Democratic field for president, presenting himself as a political reformer who's achieved results in his Republican-leaning state by showing a rare capacity to work across partisan lines.

"I don't have the luxury of just talking...



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May 13, 2019

Supreme Court rules Apple can face antitrust suits from iPhone owners over App Store sales
The Supreme Court gave a boost to antitrust laws in the digital era as it cleared the way Monday for Apple to be sued for allegedly monopolizing the sale of apps on its iPhones.

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, joined by the court's four liberal justices, rejected Apple's defense that it could not be...



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May 13, 2019

Female film workers in Georgia urge Hollywood not to boycott over abortion ban
They watched in dismay as their Republican governor signed a draconian law outlawing almost all abortions. But when women who work in Georgia's film industry saw Hollywood stars charge in — urging big film corporations to pull out of their state — it felt like just another punch in the gut.

"We're...



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May 13, 2019

California wins in Supreme Court after 28-year fight with inventor
The Supreme Court on Monday ended a 28-year-old tax battle between California and a wealthy inventor who moved to Nevada by broadly shielding states from private lawsuits filed in other states.

The 5-4 ruling is both a win for the California Franchise Tax Board and a victory for the conservative...



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May 13, 2019

Elizabeth Warren is on a roll, but still facing big obstacles in 2020 presidential bid
The polls may be middling, the fundraising so-so, but Elizabeth Warren has one key asset in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — a campaign plan more clearly defined than that of just about any other candidate.

While many of her rivals are recalibrating their strategies and looking...



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May 13, 2019

Jared Kushner wades into the immigration debate, with little to show so far
Jared Kushner's plan to reform the U.S. immigration system by increasing money for border security and giving more visas for certain foreign workers while reducing family reunification has a little something for everyone — to hate.

Even before Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor,...



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May 13, 2019

Florida is key to Trump's campaign strategy — again
Democrats hoped to score major wins in Florida in 2018, with an influx of new voters from Puerto Rico fuming over President Trump's tepid response to a ravaging hurricane and a diverse Latino population alarmed at his polarizing immigration policies.

But while Democrats won widely last November,...



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May 13, 2019

Hungary's strongman, who echoes Trump's rhetoric, will visit the White House
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is widely accused of undermining his country's democratic institutions, is scheduled to meet President Trump on Monday, the latest authoritarian leader to get a White House invitation.

Although Hungary is a European Union member and a NATO ally, Orban...



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May 13, 2019

Washington state braces for eco-friendly ‘human composting'
As Washington prepares to become the first state to legalize "human composting," not everyone is dying to turn their loved ones' bodies into garden-variety soil.

Even the lawmaker who sponsored the bill awaiting action by the governor receives emails from people around the country expressing disgust.

...

LA Times National News
May 12, 2019

Suddenly conservative lawyers are condemning Trump for abuses of power


Washington seems to be barreling toward a constitutional crisis.



Democrats are barraging President Trump with demands for witnesses and documents. Trump has answered by stonewalling, vowing to fight "all the subpoenas."



As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned, Trump seems to be goading the Democratic-controlled...



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May 12, 2019

Suddenly, conservative lawyers are condemning Trump for abuses of power


Washington seems to be barreling toward a constitutional crisis.



Democrats are barraging President Trump with demands for witnesses and documents. Trump has answered by stonewalling, vowing to fight "all the subpoenas."



As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned, Trump seems to be goading the Democratic-controlled...



LA Times National News
May 11, 2019

Stricter abortion bans are conservative-led states' gambit to overturn Roe vs. Wade
When Republican lawmakers in Alabama weighed a stringent new bill that would outlaw almost all abortions, they did not pretend that it complied with federal law or that it would go into effect anytime soon.

"Yes, it's unconstitutional," state House Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said last...



LA Times National News
May 11, 2019

Stricter abortion bans are conservative-led states' tactic to overturn Roe vs. Wade
When Republican lawmakers in Alabama weighed a stringent new bill that would outlaw almost all abortions, they did not pretend that it complied with federal law or that it would go into effect anytime soon.

"Yes, it's unconstitutional," state House Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said last...



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May 11, 2019

Conservative states enact abortion bans in hope of overturning Roe vs. Wade
When Republican lawmakers in Alabama weighed a stringent new bill that would outlaw almost all abortions, they did not pretend that it complied with federal law or that it would go into effect anytime soon.

"Yes, it's unconstitutional," state House Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said last...



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May 11, 2019

Medical marijuana sales kick off in Arkansas
Two and a half years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, qualifying patients began making purchases Saturday.

Doctor's Orders RX in Hot Springs, Ark. was the first dispensary to be officially licensed by the state and currently the only one operating. It sold marijuana to a patient...



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May 11, 2019

Airline pilot faces murder and arson charges in 2015 triple slaying in Kentucky
A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday in the 2015 shooting deaths of three people in Kentucky, the state attorney general announced.

Christian R. Martin was taken into custody at the Louisville airport, a day after a Christian County grand jury indicted him in the November...



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May 11, 2019

Activists bail women out of jail to ensure more happy Mother's Days
Paz Lopez was set to spend Mother's Day behind bars. The 42-year-old mother of six had been locked up in a Phoenix jail for the last month on forgery and other charges. She couldn't post her $2,050 bail.

But on Thursday night she walked out and into a car waiting to give her a ride home, thanks...



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May 11, 2019

States' lawsuit accuses generic-drug makers of fixing prices
Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions.

The lawsuit,...



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May 11, 2019

States' suit accuses generic drugmakers of fixing prices, costing Americans billions
Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions.

The lawsuit,...



LA Times National News
May 11, 2019

States' suit accuses generic-drug makers of fixing prices
Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions.

The lawsuit,...



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May 11, 2019

Acting Defense secretary visits Texas and vows to speed up planning to secure the border
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited a border city in Texas on Saturday and said he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the administration's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help.

He also offered assurances to perhaps two dozen...



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May 11, 2019

Amid criticism, Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine meant to push probes of political rivals
President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has scrapped plans to visit Ukraine after Democrats denounced his effort to push the Eastern European nation to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically.

Giuilani said he he will no longer fly to Kiev in coming days...



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May 11, 2019

Under fire, Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip planned to press for probes of Trump rivals
President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has scrapped plans to visit Ukraine after Democrats denounced his effort to push the Eastern European nation to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically.

Giuilani said he no longer planned to fly to Kiev in coming...



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May 10, 2019

U.S. and China break off talks without deal to end widening trade war
With fresh tariffs in place and President Trump insisting he's in no hurry for a trade deal, top U.S. and Chinese officials ended talks Friday in Washington without reaching an agreement or providing word on when they will continue negotiations.

"Over the course of the past two days, the United...



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May 10, 2019

U.S. and China end talks without deal to end widening trade war
With fresh tariffs in place and President Trump insisting he's in no hurry for a trade deal, top U.S. and Chinese officials ended talks Friday in Washington without reaching an agreement or providing immediate word of future negotiations.

The two sides had reconvened Friday morning after a last-ditch...



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May 10, 2019

Furors around Trump don't change many minds, but one group has shifted
After a week packed with talk of constitutional crises, trade brinksmanship and foreign confrontations, let's pause to ask whether the high-decibel headlines have changed any voters' minds.

The short answer: not many, but an important few.

In this highly partisan era, most Americans have firmly...



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May 10, 2019

Trump loyalist who insulted McCain worries Republicans now that she leads Arizona GOP
In 2016, Donald Trump stormed Washington and swept aside a hostile Republican Party establishment. Now, as he seeks reelection, the president has tightened his grip on the GOP as loyalists — whose main credential is fealty to the White House — seize control of state parties around the country.

...

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May 10, 2019

Trump's tariff hike on Chinese goods takes effect as talks stall
Sharply raising the stakes in the trade battle with China, the Trump administration moved ahead with plans to significantly hike tariffs on imports from that country — even as U.S. and Chinese negotiators continue to talk in Washington in hopes of reaching a deal.

As of Friday, tariffs on $200...



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May 10, 2019

Trump's tariff hike on Chinese goods takes effect as the two sides keep talking
Sharply raising the stakes in the trade battle with China, the Trump administration moved ahead with plans to significantly hike tariffs on imports from that country — even as U.S. and Chinese negotiators continue to talk in Washington in hopes of reaching a deal.

As of Friday, tariffs on $200...



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May 09, 2019

Border Patrol will screen asylum requests in new push to restrict claims, memos show
Homeland Security officials are making it tougher for people seeking asylum to get over the first hurdle in the lengthy process of gaining U.S. protection, giving new power to Border Patrol agents and taking some discretion away from trained asylum officers, according to internal memos obtained...



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May 09, 2019

Democrats preparing to take the long, slow road to confront Trump
House Democratic leaders are settling in for what they say could be a long, hot summer of legal battles to obtain the full unredacted Mueller report and President Trump's tax returns.

And they are hoping that a slow but deliberate approach — which could last until the 2020 election — will appease...



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May 09, 2019

Joe Biden to L.A. donors: ‘It is a marathon and we have a long way to go'
Joe Biden, capping off his two-day visit to Los Angeles, told donors on Thursday that he was not getting too comfortable with his strong polling numbers.

"I know all that polling stuff looks good but it is a marathon and we have a long way to go." Biden told about 70 people at a breakfast fundraiser...



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May 09, 2019

Trump says John Kerry ‘should be prosecuted' for talking with Iran
President Trump said Thursday that former Secretary of State John F. Kerry "should be prosecuted" for speaking privately with Iranian officials and, the president claimed, discouraging them from negotiating with his administration.

"He's talking to Iran and has been, has many meetings and many...



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May 09, 2019

Mueller report sets up legal clash over executive privilege and congressional oversight
The Constitution does not directly say Congress has the power to conduct investigations or oversight of the executive branch. Nor does it say the president may invoke "executive privilege" to shield information from members of Congress.

But both powers — congressional oversight and executive privilege...



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May 08, 2019

Joe Biden woos voters and scoops up campaign cash in Los Angeles
Joe Biden's first visit to Los Angeles as a presidential candidate featured two things this city produces in abundance — campaign cash and tacos.

Biden spent most of his visit on Wednesday mingling with high-dollar donors at two private fundraisers. A third fundraising event is scheduled for Thursday...



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May 08, 2019

Denver votes to decriminalize magic mushrooms, in unofficial results
In a last-minute surprise, it appears this city has lived up to its libertarian leanings and passed an ordinance decriminalizing hallucinogenic magic mushrooms, the first measure of its kind in the nation.

For much of Tuesday and into Wednesday, Initiative 301 appeared headed for defeat. But the...



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May 08, 2019

Panel votes to hold Barr in contempt; Trump claims executive privilege on Mueller report
Tensions between the White House and Congress boiled over Wednesday after President Trump asserted executive privilege to block release to lawmakers of the special counsel's unredacted report, and a House committee voted to hold Atty. Gen. William Barr in contempt.

The high-stakes brawl marked...



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May 08, 2019

From Columbine to Aurora, the Denver area is often plagued by gun violence
Students sprinting out of classrooms with hands clasped behind their heads. SWAT teams gripping rifles in the shadow of yellow school buses. Moviegoers slumped on the sidewalk, with popcorn strewn at their feet.

These images are seared into the collective memory of the Denver metro area — home...



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May 08, 2019

Democrats vote to hold Barr in contempt as Trump asserts executive privilege over full Mueller report
President Trump asserted executive privilege Wednesday to block release to Congress of the special counsel's unredacted report and its underlying evidence in a escalation of a legal and political clash between House Democrats and the White House.

The White House announced the claim hours before...



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May 08, 2019

Talks with China may lead to long-promised deal — or all-out trade war
In more than a year of haggling, China has insisted it would never negotiate a trade deal with a gun to its head. But that is what's about to happen in Washington.

The outcome may determine whether President Trump gets his long-promised better shake from the United States' biggest economic partner...



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May 08, 2019

From Columbine to Aurora, the Denver area continues to see high-profile mass shootings
Students sprinting out of classrooms with hands clasped behind their heads. SWAT teams gripping rifles in the shadow of yellow school buses. Moviegoers slumped on the sidewalk, with popcorn strewn at their feet.

These images are seared into the collective memory of the Denver metro area — home...



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May 08, 2019

Iran turns back to nuclear program a year after Trump pulled out of disarmament accord
Iran's president said Wednesday for the first time that his government will stop complying with parts of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal after the White House sent a Navy carrier task force to the region and moved to put a stranglehold on the country's oil sales, ringing alarms around the globe...



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May 08, 2019

Trump asserts executive privilege over full Mueller report; Democrats set to hold Barr in contempt
President Trump asserted executive privilege Wednesday to block release to Congress of the special counsel's unredacted report and its underlying evidence in a dramatic escalation of a legal and political clash between House Democrats and the White House.

The White House announced the decision...



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May 08, 2019

Students kill classmate, injure 8 at school near Columbine
Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that just weeks ago marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation's worst school shootings.

That Tuesday afternoon's attack at STEM School Highlands Ranch happened just miles...



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May 08, 2019

Students used 2 handguns in Colorado school shooting, sheriff says
Authorities said Wednesday the two students accused of killing a classmate in a shooting at a suburban Denver school used at least two handguns in the attack.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the suspects had a "number of weapons" in Tuesday's shooting but he would not release details....



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May 08, 2019

Cory Booker takes a risk on gun control — and it may pay off in campaign


Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of the 21 Democrats running for president, has pitched an ambitious new proposal for gun control — and he deserves credit for its boldness. Booker says every gun owner should be required to apply for a federal license, a process that would include not only a...



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