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Mar 19, 2019

Supreme Court upholds federal power to detain and deport immigrants for long-past crimes
A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday bolstered the Trump administration's power to arrest and indefinitely jail legal immigrants who committed past crimes that could trigger deportation, including those who completed their sentences years ago or were convicted of minor drug offenses.

The court's...



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Mar 19, 2019

Trump embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro, another brash president enmeshed in scandal
President Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian leader dubbed the Trump of the Tropics, pledged cooperation Tuesday in opposing Venezuela's socialist government, even as both took aim at a pillar of democracy: the media.

Acknowledging that they have "many views that are similar" during a...



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Mar 19, 2019

Search warrants provide an inside look at the investigation into Michael Cohen
The USB drive was black and red, and its white label seemed inscrutable — Tracking #: 180208140208.

But on Feb. 8, 2018, the tiny digital storage device helped change history when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III gave it to the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan.

The drive contained Michael...



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Mar 19, 2019

Rep. Nunes sues Twitter for $250 million over parody account of his disgruntled ‘cow'
A parody Twitter account purporting to be owned by an unhappy cow living on one of Rep. Devin Nunes' Iowa farms attacked the California Republican as a "treasonous cowpoke" and "udder-ly worthless" during the 2018 campaign.

Now Nunes wants $250 million in damages from Twitter for failing to police...



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Mar 19, 2019

Rep. Nunes sues for $250 million over parody Twitter account of his disgruntled 'cow'
A parody Twitter account purporting to be owned by an unhappy cow living on one of Rep. Devin Nunes' Iowa farms attacked the California Republican as a "treasonous cowpoke" and "udder-ly worthless" during the 2018 campaign.

Now Nunes wants $250 million in damages from Twitter for failing to police...



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Mar 19, 2019

Warren supports a study on reparations and elimination of the electoral college
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday embraced a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue.

Warren first voiced support for reparations...



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Mar 19, 2019

Supreme Court upholds government's authority to detain and deport immigrants for past crimes
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration's power to arrest and hold immigrants indefinitely if they have past crimes on their records that could trigger deportation, even if they had served time years ago for minor drug offenses.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, agreed that Congress...



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Mar 19, 2019

Progressive or moderate? New Orange County Democrats in Congress carve different paths
Winning a Republican seat in Orange County is hard enough for a Democrat. Holding it is a whole different matter.

And the four Democratic freshmen who won seats in the historically Republican county in 2018 are already staking out starkly different routes to hold onto their jobs after 2020.

Reps....



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Mar 19, 2019

A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris' identity
The war on drugs had erupted, apartheid was raging, Jesse Jackson would soon make the campus a staging ground for his inaugural presidential bid. Running for student office in 1982 at Howard University — the school that nurtured Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison and Stokely Carmichael — was no joke.

...

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Mar 19, 2019

Meet the blue wave now representing Orange County in Congress
Long a bastion of Republican power, Orange County is now represented entirely by Democrats.

Four of the newest members defeated Republicans in November to secure their seats. They joined Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) who holds a seat that flipped to Democratic control in the mid-'90s, and Rep....



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Mar 18, 2019

Pentagon discloses military projects in California that it could tap for Trump's wall
After weeks of delay, the Pentagon on Monday provided Congress with a list of more than 400 military construction projects around the globe, including dozens in California, that it could raid to help pay for President Trump's long-promised wall at the southwest border.

The 21-page document includes...



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Mar 18, 2019

Southern Poverty Law Center picks former Michelle Obama aide to investigate workplace complaints
The Southern Poverty Law Center has tapped Michelle Obama's former chief of staff to lead a "top-to-bottom" examination of its workplace culture, less than a week after the anti-hate nonprofit fired co-founder Morris Dees for misconduct and its staff complained of discrimination against women and...



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Mar 18, 2019

Relatives of 737 Max crash victims will have strong case for damages, expert says
The fatal crashes of two Boeing Co. 737 Max jets and the fleet's worldwide grounding have triggered a complicated scramble regarding legal liability involving the manufacturer, airlines and the victims' families.

Boeing's risks might be rising after a report in the Seattle Times that the company's...



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Mar 18, 2019

Boeing's legal liability for 737 Max hinges on crash and oversight investigations
The fatal crashes of two Boeing Co. 737 Max jets and the fleet's worldwide grounding have triggered a complicated scramble regarding legal liability involving the manufacturer, airlines and the victims' families.

Boeing's risks might be rising after a report in the Seattle Times that the company's...



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Mar 18, 2019

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo
The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, plastic toys and dolls,...



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Mar 18, 2019

Supreme Court to decide if insanity defense and unanimous jury are required nationwide
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to finally decide whether rights to a unanimous jury verdict and an insanity defense are constitutional requirements that apply nationwide.

Most states, but not all, permit criminal defendants to plead insanity and escape the full punishment of the law on the grounds...



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Mar 18, 2019

The burden of a 40-year career: Some of Joe Biden's record doesn't age well
Joe Biden is carrying a 20th century voting record into a 21st century political dogfight.

During more than 40 years in public life, Biden has taken an array of stances at odds with today's Democratic Party consensus. As he now prepares for his third presidential campaign, that record could hamper...



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Mar 18, 2019

After decades of resistance, Atlanta's booming suburbs face a historic vote on public transit
For nearly half a century, plans to link trains and buses in Atlanta, the bustling hub of the Deep South, to its sprawling northern suburbs went nowhere.

In 1971, and then again in 1990, residents of Gwinnett County, long a majority-white area northeast of Atlanta, voted overwhelmingly against...



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Mar 18, 2019

Iowa is shaking things up, and the ripples may reach all the way to the White House
Iowa, that land of corn and political dreams, is planning big changes to its caucus system, and right about now you may be asking: What is a caucus and why should I care?

The answer is simple. The sentiments expressed by roughly a quarter-million or so Iowa Democrats on the first Monday night in...



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Mar 17, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand formally joins Democratic race for president
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York formally announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, casting herself as the party's strongest champion of reversing President Trump's agenda.

Gillibrand, who launched an exploratory committee in January, has been campaigning...



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Mar 17, 2019

Is Beto O'Rourke just another pretty face?
The most striking thing about the Democrats' newest presidential candidate is that he's so hard to pin down.

Even though Beto O'Rourke spent six years as a congressman from El Paso, he has offered few specific positions on issues. Instead, he mostly deploys sunny attitudes; he's for unity, bipartisanship...



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Mar 15, 2019

Justice Department touts new immigration judges amid struggle to reduce backlog
A girl in a pink bow stood proudly center stage Friday at the Justice Department, dwarfed by two statues and adults in black judicial robes behind her.

"We need more judges," quipped James McHenry, director of the executive office of immigration review, which administers the country's clogged immigration...



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Mar 15, 2019

The New Zealand mosque shooting is just the latest in a trend of violence against houses of worship
As he prepared to give his sermon Friday, Omar Atia went over the parallels between his mosque in southwest Indiana and the two in Christchurch, New Zealand, where dozens of Muslims died in a terrorist attack during communal prayers.

"We're a suburban minority community with kids of immigrants...



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Mar 15, 2019

Pompeo dismisses North Korean threat to end nuclear talks
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo sought to downplay a North Korean warning Friday that Kim Jong Un was considering breaking off nuclear talks with the Trump administration and resuming the country's nuclear and missile tests.

Pompeo said that during last month's nuclear summit in Hanoi, Kim...



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Mar 15, 2019

Florida man held in pipe bomb mailings to Trump critics is expected to plead guilty
A Florida man charged with sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Trump is expected to plead guilty next week.

A notice entered in the case file of Cesar Sayoc in federal court in Manhattan shows a plea hearing has been scheduled for Thursday.

Without a plea deal, Sayoc, 56, faced...



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Mar 15, 2019

U.S. to revoke visas of International Criminal Court members who investigate troops
The Trump administration said Friday it will revoke or deny U.S. visas for judges, lawyers or other members of a major international tribunal if they investigate or prosecute U.S. soldiers for potential war crimes.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said the action was aimed at the International...



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Mar 15, 2019

Trump issues first veto, defying Congress' rebuke of his border emergency order
With his first veto Friday, President Trump defied Congress' bipartisan rejection of his declared national emergency at the southern border and insisted on his power to circumvent the legislative branch and direct billions of dollars for a wall there.

Defiant despite what was a remarkable rebuke...



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Mar 15, 2019

In Iowa, Beto O'Rourke proves he can still wow a crowd. Can he win votes?
He dazzled Twitter when he hopped atop a coffee shop counter to make his case. He delighted fans by driving himself in a Dodge minivan from town to town through eastern Iowa. He distracted President Trump with spirited hand gestures.

Beto O'Rourke brought his particular brand of theater to Iowa...



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Mar 15, 2019

Debunking two myths about politics and the 2020 presidential election
Beto O'Rourke's announcement Thursday that he's joined the Democratic scrum means the party's field of presidential candidates is nearly set.

A few more candidates may yet join the race — Rep. Eric Swalwell keeps traveling to Iowa, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he'll make a decision in the spring....



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Mar 15, 2019

Atty. Gen. William Barr tries to restore confidence in Justice Department
In his first month in office, Atty. Gen. William Barr has sent a reassuring message to the beleaguered Justice Department — he wants a return to basics after years of disruptive firings, tweet storms and scandals.

In briefings, Barr has asked detailed questions about cases, suspects and legal arguments....



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Mar 15, 2019

Trump officials chafe at second-guessing of North Korean missile sites
When workers at North Korea's Sohae rocket facility began rebuilding the dormant site's launch pad and engine test stand this month, U.S. spy satellites orbiting overhead quickly detected the construction.

So did Joe Bermudez, a freelance North Korea military expert who keeps close tabs on unclassified...



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Mar 14, 2019

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees amid employee uproar
The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired its famed co-founder, Morris Dees, over unspecified misconduct, the nonprofit announced Thursday, a stunning development at an organization that became a bedrock of anti-extremism research and activism under nearly half a century of Dees' leadership.

While...



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Mar 14, 2019

Avenatti firm's bankruptcy petition is rejected by judge
A federal judge has dismissed the bankruptcy petition filed last week by Michael Avenatti's longtime firm Eagan Avenatti and raised the prospect of sanctioning the celebrity lawyer.

Judge Catherine Bauer of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana ordered Avenatti to testify May 8 at a hearing on allegations...



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Mar 14, 2019

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees amid employee uprising
The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired its famed co-founder, Morris Dees, over unspecified misconduct, the nonprofit announced Thursday, a stunning development at an organization that became a bedrock of anti-extremism research and activism under nearly half a century of Dees' leadership.

While...



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Mar 14, 2019

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees amid gender, race complaints
The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired its famed co-founder, Morris Dees, for unspecified misconduct, the nonprofit announced Thursday, a stunning development at an organization that became a bedrock of anti-extremism research and activism under nearly half a century of Dees' leadership.

While...



LA Times National News
Mar 14, 2019

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees amid workplace complaints
The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired its famed co-founder, Morris Dees, for unspecified misconduct, the nonprofit announced Thursday, a stunning development at an organization that became a bedrock of anti-extremism research and activism under nearly half a century of Dees' leadership.

While...



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Mar 14, 2019

Democrats confront Commerce Secretary Ross, saying he lied about census question
House Democrats accused Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a contentious face-off Thursday of having lied to Congress about his role in a Trump administration effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Confronted by Democrats for the first time since they won control of the House,...



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Mar 14, 2019

GOP-controlled Senate rebukes Trump with vote to rescind border emergency declaration
A dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday to vote against President Trump's border emergency declaration, a stinging rebuke of the White House's decision to circumvent Congress to deliver on the president's campaign pledge to build a wall.

The 12 Republican defectors sided with all...



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Mar 14, 2019

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees, citing misconduct
The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired its famed co-founder, Morris Dees, for misconduct, the nonprofit announced Thursday, a stunning development at the Montgomery, Ala., organization that became a bedrock of anti-extremism research and activism in the U.S. under decades of Dees' leadership.

...

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Mar 14, 2019

Rep. Maxine Waters calls for firing of Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan after news of his pay raise
Rep. Maxine Waters on Thursday called for the firing of Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Tim Sloan after the bank reported his pay increased last year by nearly $1 million despite continued consumer scandals.

The 4.9% increase in total compensation in 2018, to $18.4 million, included a $2-million...



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Mar 14, 2019

GOP-controlled Senate rebukes Trump with vote to rescind his border emergency declaration
Senate Republicans on Thursday joined Democrats to vote against President Trump's border emergency declaration, a stinging rebuke of the White House's decision to circumvent Congress to deliver on the president's campaign pledge to build a wall.

Twelve Republicans defected to vote with all Democrats...



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Mar 14, 2019

Trump fails again in effort to duck ‘Apprentice' defamation suit
A New York appellate court on Thursday rejected President Trump's attempt to block the defamation suit of an Orange County woman who says he lied during the 2016 campaign about sexually assaulting her at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The court's 3-to-2 ruling enables Summer Zervos, a former contestant...



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Mar 14, 2019

Progressive Democrats hope the Omar clash will reset debate in Congress over Israel
As clumsy and offensive as Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks were when she questioned the patriotism of pro-Israel members of Congress, some Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning Mideast peace advocates say the episode could nevertheless open the door to a more robust debate about U.S. foreign policy and...



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Mar 14, 2019

Roger Stone set to stand trial on Nov. 5 in Russia investigation
As a self-described Republican dirty trickster, Roger Stone spent decades gleefully and gratuitously inspiring ire among his critics and opponents.

Now the former political advisor to President Trump is struggling to stay in the good graces of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson while awaiting...



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Mar 14, 2019

Trump renews veto threat as Senate prepares to rebuke him on national emergency
President Trump issued a fresh veto threat Thursday morning as the Republican-led Senate appeared poised to pass a measure rebuking him over his national emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall...



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Mar 14, 2019

Beto O'Rourke built a movement in Texas — can it carry him to the White House?
Beto O'Rourke entered the presidential race Thursday — among the least credentialed, least experienced candidates in a crowded Democratic pack, but also among those generating the most buzz.

The former three-term Texas congressman is well-positioned at a time Democrats are desperate for a new approach...



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Mar 14, 2019

Beto O'Rourke joins the presidential race: Can excitement carry him to the White House?
Beto O'Rourke entered the presidential race Thursday — among the least credentialed, least experienced candidates in a crowded Democratic pack, but also among those generating the most buzz.

The former three-term Texas congressman is well-positioned at a time Democrats are desperate for a new approach...



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Mar 14, 2019

Roger Stone faces angry judge over gag order
As a self-described Republican dirty trickster, Roger Stone spent decades gleefully and gratuitously inspiring ire among his critics and opponents.

Now the former political advisor to President Trump is struggling to stay out of jail while awaiting trial in the Russia investigation.

Stone is due...



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Mar 13, 2019

FAA orders 737 Max planes grounded; Boeing supports move ‘out of an abundance of caution'
The Trump administration, the last major holdout worldwide to ground the Boeing 737 Max, joined dozens of other nations Wednesday in temporarily parking the planes, citing new data it says revealed similarities between two deadly crashes.

"The safety of the American people and all people is our...



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Mar 13, 2019

‘Too complex to fly'? Trump riff on planes shows aversion to technological change and science
He has demanded "goddamned steam" to power the Navy's aircraft carriers and prefers a wall to drones and other technology to secure the country's southern border.

He has rejected the scientific consensus on climate change and repeatedly, wrongly, pointed to occasional wintry weather as proof that...



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Mar 13, 2019

Annual U.S. human rights report condemns Khashoggi killing but avoids assigning blame
The State Department released its annual human rights report Wednesday with blistering criticism for China, a pass for ally Saudi Arabia and less harsh views on North Korea.

The report says the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi government agents last year constituted a human rights...



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Mar 13, 2019

Paul Manafort takes a double hit — 7 years in federal prison and a new state indictment
In a day of bitter setbacks for President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort was excoriated by a federal judge, sentenced to another 3 ½ years in prison in the Russia investigation and then swiftly indicted for mortgage fraud in New York.

The rapid-fire developments Wednesday boosted...



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Mar 13, 2019

What we know about Mark Riddell, a test-taking whiz linked to a college cheating scam
Shortly after dawn one day last month, a tanned, golden-haired college prep coach from Florida strolled into a West Hollywood test center with instructions to help the daughter of a wealthy California businesswoman score high marks on her college entrance exam.

Mark Riddell, a 36-year-old Harvard...



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Mar 13, 2019

Trump orders Max planes grounded; Boeing supports move ‘out of an abundance of caution'
President Trump grounded Boeing's 737 Max planes Wednesday, following the lead of 51 other countries that have ordered an indefinite freeze on flying the model involved in two calamitous crashes.

"The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern," Trump said during a meeting...



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Mar 13, 2019

Trump grounds Boeing 737 Max models after crashes, following other nations' lead
President Trump grounded Boeing's 737 Max planes Wednesday, following the lead of 51 other countries that have ordered an indefinite freeze in flying the model involved in two calamitous crashes.

"The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern," Trump said during a meeting...



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Mar 13, 2019

Paul Manafort faces 7 years in prison; indictment by Manhattan D.A. poses new risk
Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, had his prison term extended by 43 months Wednesday at his second sentencing in the highest-profile case prosecuted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The new sentence means the former globe-trotting political consultant and Republican...



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Mar 13, 2019

Paul Manafort faces 7 years in prison; indictment filed in Manhattan poses new risks
Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, had his prison term extended by 43 months Wednesday at his second sentencing in the highest-profile case prosecuted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The new sentence means the former globe-trotting political consultant and Republican...



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Mar 13, 2019

Paul Manafort faces up to 10 years in second sentencing
Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, could see his prison term extended by 10 years Wednesday at his second sentencing for crimes prosecuted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the Russia investigation.

Manafort was sentenced last week to nearly four years in prison...



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Mar 13, 2019

Joe Biden bears the heavy burden of history
Joe Biden beamed from ear to ear in a Washington hotel ballroom Tuesday as firefighters chanted "Run, Joe, run!"



"Save it a little longer," the former vice president told the union members. "I might need it in a few weeks."



He may need more than that. Biden's not-yet-announced campaign already...



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Mar 12, 2019

Democrats heed Nancy Pelosi's call to back off impeachment — for now
Months after taking control of the House on a promise to hold President Trump accountable, Democrats are signaling that they're unlikely to pursue impeachment, lowering expectations that the special counsel's report will spur an immediate attempt to unseat the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...



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Mar 12, 2019

Relations with Venezuela worsen as U.S. orders diplomatic staff to exit
Relations between the United States and Venezuela appeared all but collapsed Tuesday after the leftist government in Caracas set a 72-hour deadline for American diplomats to leave the country and the State Department said it was removing all U.S. Embassy staff.

Although the two nations did not...



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Mar 12, 2019

Stormy Daniels and lawyer Michael Avenatti part ways
Pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels has cut ties with Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented her in two unsuccessful lawsuits against President Trump.

Daniels, who is under court order to pay Trump $293,000 in legal fees and sanctions for one of the dismissed lawsuits, said she has...



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Mar 12, 2019

Trump administration moves to close offices for international asylum and refugee cases
The Trump administration took another step Tuesday to cut back services to people seeking to legally enter the U.S. and focus instead on a ballooning backlog of immigration cases, announcing that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency would close all its international offices.

USCIS...



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Mar 12, 2019

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan's message of contrition and improvement draws bipartisan rebuke
Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Tim Sloan traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday with a message of contrition for its many scandals and commitment to treating its employees and customers right.

Lawmakers from both parties weren't buying it.

They unloaded on him with bipartisan anger that showed...



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Mar 12, 2019

Biden strongly hints he's getting into 2020 presidential campaign in union speech
Former Vice President Joe Biden gave his strongest signal yet that he will soon get into the 2020 presidential race, speaking to a friendly union audience that greeted him with chants of "Run, Joe, run!"

"I appreciate the energy you showed when I got up here," Biden said, addressing a conference...



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Mar 11, 2019

Trump's 9th Circuit nominee says he's sorry for past writings about women and AIDS
President Trump's pick for a California seat on the 9th Circuit apologized Wednesday for failing to disclose to the Senate dozens of articles he wrote in college, saying he regretted his youthful positions on sexual harassment, gays and AIDS.

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris...



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Mar 11, 2019

Trump's 9th Circuit nominee says he's sorry for past writings about women, AIDS
President Trump's pick for a California seat on the 9th Circuit apologized Wednesday for failing to disclose to the Senate dozens of articles he wrote in college, saying he regretted his youthful positions on sexual harassment, gays and AIDS.

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris...



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Mar 11, 2019

For a president who doesn't sweat details, a new $4.7-trillion budget gets short shrift
The new budget request that President Trump sent to Congress on Monday confirmed his intention to keep up his multibillion-dollar fight for a southern border wall.

His budget for the fiscal year that begins in October calls for $8.6 billion in new funds for a barrier along the border with Mexico,...



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Mar 11, 2019

Woolsey fire devastation gives 2020 contender Jay Inslee a climate-centered backdrop
Democratic presidential contender Jay Inslee on Monday toured the scorched remnants of homes destroyed in November's Woolsey fire, portraying the devastation as emblematic of the risks posed by climate change.

The Washington governor, who jumped into the 2020 fray this month, is running a single-issue...



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Mar 11, 2019

For a president who doesn't sweat details, a new budget gets short shrift
By his new annual budget, President Trump confirmed on Monday that he intends to keep up his multi-billion-dollar fight for a border wall for the 2020 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1: He proposed $8.6 billion in new spending and several billion more to reimburse other accounts he plans to tap in...



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Mar 11, 2019

For a president who doesn't sweat details, budgets get short shrift
By his new annual budget, President Trump confirmed on Monday that he intends to keep up his multi-billion-dollar fight for a border wall for the 2020 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1: He proposed $8.6 billion in new spending and several billion more to reimburse other accounts he plans to tap in...



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Mar 11, 2019

Wells Fargo CEO heads to Congress amid claims that reforms are slipping
As the chief executive of Wells Fargo & Co. gets set to tell lawmakers that the bank is moving past its history of consumer abuses, a new report contends the embattled San Francisco financial institution is backsliding.

Some current and former employees said new customer-unfriendly sales incentives...



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Mar 11, 2019

Border BioBlitz volunteers spot signs of wildlife — and migrants
More than a dozen naturalists came to this remote canyon last weekend to hunt for animals and plants of all kinds: tree frogs, prickly pear cacti, side-blotched lizards, snapdragon vines and the elusive elegant trogon bird.

Taylor Edwards started the morning hike with a wish only a herpetologist...



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Mar 11, 2019

Campaigns without end: Today's presidential marathons took root in 1968
In 1960, John F. Kennedy launched his presidential campaign about two months before the New Hampshire primary. Now candidates campaign years in advance. What accounts for the now-endless campaigns?

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Mar 11, 2019

Naturalists scour border to draw attention to habitat, not migrant crisis
More than a dozen naturalists came to this remote canyon last weekend to hunt for animals and plants of all kinds: tree frogs, prickly pear cacti, side-blotched lizards, snapdragon vines and the elusive elegant trogon bird.

Taylor Edwards started the morning hike with a wish only a herpetologist...



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Mar 10, 2019

Schiff says it would be a mistake for Mueller not to put Trump under oath
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller was making a "mistake" by not demanding that President Trump testify as part of his investigation, which by many accounts may soon be nearing its end.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Rep. Adam Schiff...



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Mar 10, 2019

NYPD says its new software is helping analysts track crime patterns more quickly
When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn't a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 miles south in Manhattan.

The match, though, wasn't made...



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Mar 10, 2019

New Milwaukee County sheriff says office will no longer share information with ICE
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has undergone rapid changes since it got a new sheriff, including a policy to halt the sharing of information with federal immigration agents that would help them determine whether inmates were eligible for deportation.

Sheriff Earnell Lucas said his decision...



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Mar 10, 2019

Arizona ranchers who supported Trump wall now have doubts about border plans
When Donald Trump was elected president, rancher John Ladd said smuggling traffic on his ranch immediately dipped, and he slept soundly for the first time in years.

Ladd, 63, a fourth-generation cattle rancher, had voted for Trump and his promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it....



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Mar 10, 2019

Doers versus talkers: Governors compete with senators in Democrats' 2020 field
Wading into a crowd of U.S. senators running for president, governors have begun entering the field with a fresh line of argument: As executives, they are doers, not talkers.

"People in Washington, they spend their lives talking about stuff, debating, pointing fingers and blaming the other side,"...



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Mar 09, 2019

More domestic terror suspects arrested than those inspired by foreign militant groups
Most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terrorism suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terrorist groups, according to internal FBI figures reviewed by the Washington...



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Mar 09, 2019

More domestic terror suspects arrested than those inspired by international terror groups
Most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups, according to internal FBI figures reviewed by the Washington Post.

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Mar 08, 2019

How to avoid sounding anti-Semitic: A primer for politicians
The Democratic Party has a problem with anti-Semitism, and passing a resolution against bigotry won't make it go away.



Democrats aren't divided on anti-Semitism; they're all against it. But one of their leftish new House members, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, has made herself sound insensitive...



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Mar 08, 2019

Trump calls Democrats ‘anti-Jewish,' seeking advantage in the party's divisions
President Trump claimed Friday that Democrats oppose Israel and Jews, reacting in a most incendiary way to the party's controversy over recent remarks by a Muslim congresswoman, even as Republicans confronted their own divisions over hate speech.

Trump's remarks came as he blasted a House-passed...



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Mar 08, 2019

Paul Manafort sentence highlights inequality in justice system
By many standards, four years in prison is a tough sentence for a 69-year-old man with no prior criminal convictions.

Not, however, by the standard typically used for criminal defendants in much of the United States, where courts routinely hands out sentences harsher than those imposed in many...



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Mar 08, 2019

Michael Avenatti law firm files for bankruptcy protection again; creditor objects
Eagan Avenatti, the longtime firm of lawyer Michael Avenatti, filed late Thursday for federal bankruptcy protection. It's the second time in two years that it has sought court protection from its creditors.

The move came three weeks after Jason Frank, a former lawyer at the firm, filed court papers...



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Mar 08, 2019

Should activists aid migrants in the desert, or leave their fate to the Border Patrol?
Four young women, volunteers from a local migrant aid group, appeared before a federal judge for sentencing in Tucson last week. Their crime: leaving jugs of water, food and other supplies in a desolate desert refuge 130 miles west to protect the lives of migrants illegally crossing the Mexican...



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Mar 08, 2019

Michael Avenatti law firm files for bankruptcy again as creditor alleges 'shenanigans'
Eagan Avenatti, the longtime firm of lawyer Michael Avenatti, filed late Thursday for federal bankruptcy protection. It's the second time in two years that it has sought court protection from its creditors.

The move came three weeks after Jason Frank, a former lawyer at the firm, filed court papers...



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Mar 08, 2019

Michael Avenatti law firm files for bankruptcy again as creditor alleges ‘shenanigans'
Eagan Avenatti, the longtime firm of lawyer Michael Avenatti, filed late Thursday for federal bankruptcy protection. It's the second time in two years that it has sought court protection from its creditors.

The move came three weeks after Jason Frank, a former lawyer at the firm, filed court papers...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump is dismissed by judge
The lawsuit that porn actress Stormy Daniels filed against President Trump to void her nondisclosure agreement over their alleged affair was dismissed Thursday by a federal judge in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero found that Daniels' lawsuit was moot because she already "received...



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Mar 07, 2019

Illegal border crossings hit a decade-long high in February. They're still historically low. Here's why
Trump administration officials say an increase in Central American families and minors seeking asylum has brought the immigration system to the "breaking point." The 66,450 migrants arrested crossing the southwestern border in February — a rate of more than 2,300 per day — was more than almost...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager, sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison
Paul Manafort, who managed Donald Trump's presidential campaign for part of 2016, was sentenced Thursday to 47 months in prison for financial crimes that were prosecuted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III could have sent the 69-year-old veteran Republican...



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Mar 07, 2019

Immigrants rejected for asylum may appeal removal orders, 9th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court decided Thursday that immigrants who cross the border without authorization may go to court to appeal a decision by U.S. immigration authorities to deny them asylum.

The decision, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, could keep immigrants in the...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

House passes anti-hate resolution after furor over Ilhan Omar comments
The House voted Thursday to condemn anti-Semitism and other forms of "hate" after a protracted dispute fractured the Democratic Party over its handling of racially-charged comments about Israel by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)

Omar, a Somali-American and one of the only Muslim members in Congress,...



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Mar 07, 2019

Maxine Waters and Democrats assail consumer finance watchdog for industry-friendly shift
The nation's new consumer financial watchdog came under fire from House Democrats Thursday for an industry-friendly shift under her predecessor that she has appeared to continue since taking office three months ago.

Kathy Kraninger defended some of those changes, including weakening oversight of...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

Midwestern populist Sen. Sherrod Brown decides against running for president


Sen. Sherrod Brown, the Ohio progressive who offered Democrats high hopes of recapturing voters in the Midwest, announced Thursday he will not be running for president.

"I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism," Brown said in a statement. "I will keep fighting for all workers...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

Democrats set to vote on anti-hate resolution after furor over Ilhan Omar comments
House leaders are pushing to vote Thursday on an anti-bigotry measure after some Democrats opposed an earlier resolution to condemn anti-Semitism amid a controversy over remarks by first-year Democrat Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told House Democrats on Thursday morning...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager, faces likely prison term at sentencing
Paul Manafort, who guided President Trump's campaign through the tumultuous Republican National Convention in 2016, faces a potentially stiff prison sentence Thursday for a raft of financial crimes that were prosecuted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Trump's former campaign chairman was...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

Mike Pompeo tries a little diplomacy on Iowa farmers
It was just a couple of days after he'd left the nuclear summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un after it collapsed in Hanoi, and where was America's top diplomat?

On morning drive-time radio in Iowa.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo had barely touched down at Joint Base...



LA Times National News
Mar 07, 2019

Trump's secretary of State tries a little diplomacy on Iowa farmers
It was just a couple of days after he'd left the nuclear summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un after it collapsed in Hanoi, and where was America's top diplomat?

On morning drive-time radio in Iowa.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo had barely touched down at Andrews Air...



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