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Feb 22, 2019

When Russians targeted the Reagan presidential campaign, here's what the CIA did to stop them
KGB officers "wanted to learn about the American political system, and what people were thinking at the time," notes a longtime former agent. "Just like what [the Russians] are doing now with Trump."

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Feb 21, 2019

Activists worry that Jussie Smollett arrest will discourage hate-crime reporting by real victims
Actor Jussie Smollett was free on bond Thursday afternoon after being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly falsifying a police report of a hate crime — an attack police say he staged himself and blamed on supporters of President Trump.

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Feb 21, 2019

North Carolina board votes to hold new House election over absentee ballot fraud
The North Carolina Board of Elections voted unanimously to hold a new election in the state's 9th District after overwhelming evidence of vote tampering.

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Feb 21, 2019

Judge tightens gag order on Roger Stone over threatening Instagram post
Judge Amy Berman Jackson has harsh words for Stone, who is charged in connection with the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

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Feb 21, 2019

Midwife's arrest shines light on rural America's home-birth 'crisis'
By her own estimate, Elizabeth Catlin has attended more than 500 births — for a community of Mennonite women in upstate New York, who are uncertain how they will deliver their babies without her.

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Feb 21, 2019

Elizabeth Warren plants a flag in California, as state's early primary scrambles the calendar
California is in play in next year's Democratic primary, which has been moved up from June to Super Tuesday, March 3. Kamala Harris has the inside track in her home state, but others, notably Elizabeth Warren, are already preparing to contest it.

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Feb 21, 2019

Former RNC head says Trump will face 2020 primary challenger, and that Biden is the Democrat to beat
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele has a vantage point on national politics that few others have, one that allows him to survey the forces aligning for and against Trump.

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Feb 21, 2019

Former RNC head says Trump will face 2020 primary challenger, while Biden is the Democrat to beat
Has Steele broached the topic with Hogan? Steele wonders. Similar messaging has already made its way into the president's preparations for the 2020 campaign. "He is everyman," Steele says enthusiastically. And that, Steele says, is as it should be.

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Feb 21, 2019

'What about MAGA': Trump rips Jussie Smollett after arrest in alleged hoax attack
President Trump reacted Thursday to the news that Jussie Smollett has been charged with falsifying a police report alleging he was attacked by men who made a reference to the president's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

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Feb 21, 2019

'What about MAGA'?: Trump rips Jussie Smollett after arrest in alleged hoax
President Trump reacted Thursday to the news that Jussie Smollett has been charged with falsifying a police report alleging he was attacked by men who made a reference to the president's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

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Feb 21, 2019

Citizenship question on 2020 census a 'surveillance system,' critics say
The Trump administration plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but experts believe its addition would have dire consequences for communities with large numbers of immigrants.

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Feb 21, 2019

Chicago police on Jussie Smollett arrest: Actor 'took advantage of the pain and anger of racism'
Jussie Smollett was taken into custody by police in Chicago early Thursday, three weeks after the 36-year-old "Empire" actor claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

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Feb 21, 2019

Chicago police on Jussie Smollett arrest: Actor ‘took advantage of the pain and anger of racism'
Jussie Smollett was taken into custody by police in Chicago early Thursday, three weeks after the 36-year-old "Empire" actor claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 20, 2019

Trump apparently not familiar with his administration's push for global decriminalization of homosexuality
The president expresses confusion when asked about one of his administration's own policies.

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Feb 20, 2019

Coast Guard lieutenant accused of murder plot 'on a scale rarely seen in this country'
Firearms and ammunition found at Christopher Hasson's residence, plus a portion of a letter found. A Coast Guard lieutenant arrested earlier this week on drug and gun charges was planning to commit domestic terrorism, according to a court filing from the U.S. District Court in Maryland. In a motion filed Tuesday, U.S. attorneys said Christopher Hasson, a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard who has served at the service's headquarters in Washington since 2016, had a hit list of targets, a cache of guns and a series of communications with white supremacists.

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Feb 20, 2019

Andrew McCabe exacts tell-all revenge on Donald Trump
The former deputy director of the FBI pulls few punches in "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."

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Feb 20, 2019

Some Texas Democrats want Beto O'Rourke to run in 2020, but for Senate, not president
"O'Rourke may run for president. The poll came weeks after O'Rourke met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has encouraged the former congressman to run against Cornyn.

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Feb 20, 2019

NYT publisher: Trump 'retreating from a distinctly American principle'
The publisher of the paper admonished the president over his use of a familiar phrase.

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Feb 20, 2019

'Go get them Nick': Trump cheers on Kentucky student suing the Washington Post for $250 million
Nicholas Sandmann, the student seen in a "MAGA" hat confronting a Native American protester in Washington, D.C., is suing the Washington Post. And the president is cheering him on.

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Feb 20, 2019

Sanders campaign says it raised nearly $6 million on 1st day
The Vermont senator launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination early Tuesday morning and raised nearly $6 million in its first 24 hours.

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Feb 20, 2019

Sanders campaign says it raised over $4 million on 1st day
Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination early Tuesday morning and raised over $4 million in its first 12 hours.

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Feb 20, 2019

Sanders campaign says it raised over $4 million on first day
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on "Raise the Wage Act" legislation on Capitol in Washington, U.S., Jan. 16, 2019. The independent senator from Vermont launched his campaign early Tuesday morning with an email blast, earning donations from just under 150,000 people with an average donation of $27 according to a Sanders campaign release. For comparison's sake, Sen. Kamala Harris of California raised $1.5 million from 38,000 donors in the first 24 hours of her campaign following a January launch, her team said.

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Feb 19, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez fires back at critics of her Amazon opposition
The New York Democrat takes aim at those who questioned her understanding of tax breaks.

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Feb 19, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez fires back at critics of her opposition to Amazon deal
The New York Democrat takes aim at those who questioned her understanding of tax breaks.

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Feb 19, 2019

Lawsuits mount against Trump's 'emergency' measure
No sooner had President Trump announced that he was declaring a national emergency to secure billions in unspent funds to build a border wall than he began outlining the legal battle he expected the measure to face.

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Feb 19, 2019

'Power grab' or expanding democracy? Candidates back Election Day holiday
Ideas like making Election Day a national holiday gain traction with Democratic presidential candidates.

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Feb 19, 2019

As concerns grow about faltering U.S. support for UAE, China steps in to fill the void
China has also invested heavily in advanced technologies in recent years, while also benefiting from economic espionage and copying U.S. designs, according to U.S. officials. Speaking at the U.S.-U.A.E.

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Feb 19, 2019

Conspiracy theorists are claiming Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She isn't.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.

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Feb 19, 2019

The Mysterious RBG returns, alive, to Supreme Court bench, refuting conspiracy theories
The 85-year-old associate justice returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.

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Feb 19, 2019

'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each other
The Vermont independent senator opened his bid for the White House by calling the president a "liar," "racist" and "xenophobe." Trump has repeatedly referred to Sanders as "Crazy Bernie."

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Feb 19, 2019

Alabama editor who called for lynchings by Klan should quit, senator says
Democratic officials in Alabama are calling for a small-town newspaper editor to resign because of an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize Washington, D.C. Goodloe Sutton, the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter in Linden, Ala., wrote the editorial titled "Klan needs to ride again" that ran in the paper last week. "Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again," read the Feb. 14 editorial.

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Feb 19, 2019

Alabama editor who called for lynchings by Klan should quit, senators say
Officials in Alabama are calling for a small-town newspaper editor to resign because of an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize Washington, D.C. Goodloe Sutton, the editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter in Linden, Ala., wrote the editorial titled "Klan needs to ride again" that ran in the paper last week. "Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again," read the Feb. 14 editorial.

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Feb 19, 2019

Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
"Through Her Eyes" is a new weekly half-hour show hosted by human rights activist Zainab Salbi that explores contemporary issues from a female perspective. You can watch "Through Her Eyes" every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku and see full episodes at yahoonews.com. It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls entrusted in his care.

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Feb 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders formally launches his 2020 campaign
"I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," Sanders said in an email to supporters.

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Feb 19, 2019

Trent Lott thinks Joe Biden is the strongest Democratic presidential candidate
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said Joe Biden is the only Democrat he thinks would be competitive in the 2020 election against President Trump. "Joe will be able to perpetuate the image of Uncle Joe, and he is pleasant. "Half this bunch in there right now is not qualified," Lott said of the current Democratic field.

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Feb 18, 2019

Weighing the budget bill: Immigration advocates and opponents win some, lose some
After months of back and forth negotiations, the Congressional compromise that ultimately averted yet another government shutdown last week was immediately overshadowed by President Trump's declaration of a national emergency on Friday to unlock additional funding for the construction of a border wall. Trump wasn't the only one disappointed by the spending deal, which allocated $1.4 billion for the construction of new barriers along the border and provided funds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to increase immigration detention capacity to record levels. In negotiations with Congressional Republicans and the White House, Democrats unsuccessfully sought to impose a limit on the number of detention beds.

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Feb 18, 2019

Congress passed a mixed-bag of immigration policy while Trump was focused on the wall
President Trump wasn't the only one disappointed by the spending deal, which allows $1.4 billion for the construction of new barriers along the border and gives funds to ICE to increase immigration detention capacity.

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Feb 18, 2019

House panel travels to Atlanta to hear from Stacey Abrams on voting rights
Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, speaks during an election night watch party in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. A group of House Democrats will travel to Atlanta Tuesday to hold the second in a series of hearings around the country aimed at making the case for a restoration of the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened in a 2013 Supreme Court decision. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, will chair a field hearing of the House Administration Committee's elections subcommittee, which will feature testimony from Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who narrowly lost the state's governor's race last fall in an election marred by irregularities and widespread questions about tactics used by the winner, Republican Brian Kemp.

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Feb 18, 2019

Habitat for sale: An oil and gas group calls the tune at the Interior Department
Behind the scenes, critics say, the Western Energy Alliance is driving the agenda of the department, helping oil and gas companies gain easier access to federal lands.

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Feb 18, 2019

PHOTOS: Deadly measles outbreak in the Philippines
The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears, according to the Associated Press.

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Feb 18, 2019

PHOTOS: Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declaration
Activists in Washington, Chicago and dozens of other U.S. cities protested on Monday's Presidents Day holiday against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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Feb 18, 2019

Coal loses another battle, despite Trump
The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to close a coal-powered Kentucky power plant despite a personal appeal from President Trump.

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Feb 18, 2019

'We are not monsters': Parents go public about late-term abortions
As some states move to make late-term abortions for medical reasons easier to obtain, anti-abortion forces, aided by President Trump, are calling it "infanticide." Parents who have had the procedure are pushing back and telling their stories.

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Feb 18, 2019

How the world mocks Trump in protest art
Americans aren't the only ones with strong feelings about President Trump. Protest art and other depictions have cropped up in countries like Indonesia, Serbia, France and Japan, mocking and belittling the U.S. leader.

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Feb 16, 2019

Patrick Caddell, pollster who helped Carter channel voter disaffection, dies at 68
Patrick Hayward Caddell, a political pollster who advised several Democratic presidential candidates but became a pundit on conservative media late in his career, and who was a singular voice in favor of channeling the anti-establishment sentiments of voters, died Saturday at age 68 from complications of a stroke, according to his daughter, Heidi Eichelberger. Caddell was a savant, a visionary to some and a mad scientist to others, whose force of personality and brilliance kept him in the middle of presidential politics from 1972 to 1992, and a constant presence even after that. Caddell got his political start, fresh out of college, as a 21-year old pollster on the 1972 presidential campaign of Sen. George McGovern, D-SD.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 15, 2019

Trump doesn't let facts get in the way of declaring a national emergency
A U.S. Border Patrol agent listens from the front row as President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 15, 2019. President Trump's rambling declaration of a national emergency, the intent of which was to fund a barrier along hundreds of miles on the U.S. border with Mexico, was filled with factual inaccuracies, misleading statements and contradictions. In his Rose Garden remarks on Friday, Trump repeated many of the same disproven claims he has made over the last several weeks about drug smuggling, human trafficking and other crime at the border.

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Feb 15, 2019

Lawmaker: Jesus died from the death penalty, so don't abolish it
"The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me," State Sen. Lynn Hutchings, R-Cheyenne told the Casper Star-Tribune. If it wasn't for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope."

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Feb 15, 2019

A national emergency has been declared. Now what?
U.S. President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019. On Friday morning, President Trump declared a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall, triggering what will likely be a long legal battle before anything is built. Trump's statement outlined a scenario that ended at the Supreme Court, where he said he expected to prevail.

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Feb 15, 2019

Trump denies he takes orders from Sean Hannity
The president name-checks Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter at a press conference at which he declared a national emergency.

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Feb 15, 2019

Stacey Abrams calls voter suppression 'the crisis of our day'
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said Friday that "voter suppression … has to be considered the crisis of our day," a clear rebuke to Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Feb 15, 2019

Trump declares national emergency to build a wall
In a rambling, teleprompter-free diatribe, President Trump announced that he was declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall at the southern border.

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Feb 15, 2019

'I didn't need to do this': Trump declares national emergency to build a wall
In a rambling, teleprompter-free diatribe, President Trump announced that he was declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall at the southern border.

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Feb 15, 2019

2020 Vision: Buckle up America! It's gonna be a long, crowded campaign
If this week was a preview, the 2020 presidential cycle will make the last one seem tranquil.

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Feb 15, 2019

2020 Vision: Buckle up, America! It's gonna be a long, crowded campaign
If this week was a preview, the 2020 presidential cycle will make the last one seem tranquil.

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Feb 14, 2019

Trump will sign spending bill but end-run Congress to build wall
President Trump will sign the bipartisan funding bill pending in Congress and then declare a national emergency to build the border wall, the White House announced Thursday afternoon.

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Feb 14, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez takes a victory lap after Amazon scraps plans to build in New York
The Democratic phenom scores a victory over the "richest man in the world."

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Feb 14, 2019

PHOTOS: Remembering Parkland: One year later
Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across Florida and beyond observed a moment of silence Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

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Feb 14, 2019

'Did I say I love you?' One year after Parkland horror, tributes to victims pour in
Tributes poured in for the victims of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Thursday, one year after the massacre there.

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Feb 14, 2019

McCabe: There were 25th Amendment discussions at DOJ to remove Trump from office
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says that after President Trump fired his boss, FBI Director James Comey, there were discussions within the Department of Justice about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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Feb 14, 2019

Pete Buttigieg is running for president. Also, he's gay.
Pete Buttigieg would rather talk about his record as the two-term mayor of South Bend, Ind., than about his identity as the first openly gay man to seek the Democratic nomination.

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Feb 13, 2019

Ilhan Omar confronts Elliott Abrams over human rights
Omar suggested Americans would have reason to doubt Abrams' testimony about the United States role in Venezuela. "If I could respond to that," said Abrams. "I'm not going to respond to that question, I'm sorry," said Abrams. Omar continued.

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Feb 13, 2019

Pentagon releases blueprint for accelerating artificial intelligence
The publication of the Pentagon strategy's core concepts comes eight months after a Silicon Valley revolt against the military's premier AI research program.

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Feb 13, 2019

What Trump got wrong about 'right to try'
At a rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night, President Trump bragged about his "right-to-try" law, as he'd done earlier in his State of the Union address. Only this time he added how much the law, which allows terminally ill patients access to unapproved experimental drugs, is saving lives. "Nobody will understand the lifesaving effects," said Trump.

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Feb 13, 2019

Does opposition research still matter in the age of Trump?
After the 2016 election, many Democrats hoped their presidential candidates were immune to attacks on their character — because they would be running against Donald Trump. But the practice of opposition research is alive and well.

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Feb 12, 2019

As teachers in Denver demand better pay, Republicans in Washington say lack of money isn't what ails public education
WASHINGTON — In Denver, a teachers' strike entered its second day. In Gary, Indiana, a school has not had heating for several weeks. In San Diego, a high school senior found rat feces in his school lunch.  

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Feb 12, 2019

A tiny chapel — and a law beloved by evangelicals — might stand in the way of Trump's wall
The Catholic Church looks to block further construction of a border barrier.

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Feb 12, 2019

Contrasting realities on immigration as Trump, O'Rourke host dueling rallies in El Paso
Standing within earshot distance of one another, President Trump and Beto O'Rourke held opposing rallies in El Paso, Texas, that clashed over immigration. Trump and his contingent of an estimated 6,500 chanted "Build the wall" and "U-S-A" over and over, while O'Rourke and an estimated 10,000 supporters called for a path to citizenship for those wanting to cross the border. While Trump spoke from inside a packed El Paso County Coliseum arena with a large U.S. flag and "Finish the Wall" signs perched on either side, O'Rourke spoke outside on a stage set up inside a baseball field with a mariachi band as his backdrop.

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Feb 12, 2019

Trump flaunts his concern for minorities. Native Americans need not apply.
He did not offer to resign himself over a mocking reference to Native American genocide, or call out his son, Donald Jr., for the same thing.

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Feb 12, 2019

Beto's counter-rally hints at how he might run against Trump
Privately, those close to O'Rourke offer nothing further than that. Among his fans was President Barack Obama, who praised O'Rourke for his authenticity. Those close to O'Rourke say they believe he would prefer to run the same kind of campaign for the White House.

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Feb 12, 2019

RNC uses Hillary Clinton's 'Stronger Together' slogan for Trump
The Republican National Committee posted a pro-Trump graphic that borrowed the motto of Clinton's 2016 campaign — and the former Democratic nominee noticed.

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Feb 12, 2019

Crackdown on opioids has its own victims: People who need them to live
Caylee Cresta, 27, a wife and mother of a young son, is a victim of the opioid epidemic, although not in the way you might think. Sudden stimuli like stubbing a toe or a hug from behind can trigger a spasm that lasts for hours.

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Feb 12, 2019

O'Rourke, Trump duel over wall, immigration in possible 2020 preview
O'Rourke, who narrowly lost his 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat, accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about his hometown El Paso, which Trump said was a dangerous place before it had a border fence. "We stand for America and we stand against a wall," O'Rourke told a crowd of several thousand supporters, many waving "Beto 2020" signs and wearing "Immigrants Make America Great" baseball caps. "Walls do not save lives, they end lives." Two hundred yards away in El Paso County Coliseum, Trump told his supporters that O'Rourke had "little going for himself, although he's got a great first name." "We are all challenged by a young man who lost an election to (Republican Senator) Ted Cruz," said Trump.

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Feb 11, 2019

Trump returns to campaign form with El Paso rally promoting border wall
Donald Trump headed to the border and delivered what sounded like a stump speech for the coming presidential campaign.

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Feb 11, 2019

O'Rourke, Trump trade blows in rival Texas border rallies
O'Rourke, who narrowly lost a 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about his hometown El Paso, which Trump said was a dangerous place before it had a border fence. "Here is one of the safest cities in the United States of America, safe not because of walls but in spite of walls," O'Rourke told a crowd of several thousand supporters, many waving "Beto 2020" signs and wearing "Immigrants Make America Great" baseball caps. Two hundred yards away in El Paso County Coliseum, Trump told his supporters that O'Rourke had "little going for himself." "We are all challenged by a young man who lost an election to (Republican Senator) Ted Cruz," said Trump, surrounded by banners reading "Finish the Wall." Trump was in El Paso to argue for a wall he says can protect Americans from violent criminals, drugs and a "tremendous onslaught" of migrant caravans.

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Feb 11, 2019

O'Rourke, Trump trade blows in rival border rallies
O'Rourke, who narrowly lost a 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about his hometown El Paso, which Trump said was a dangerous place before it had a border fence. Two hundred yards away in El Paso County Coliseum, Trump told his supporters that O'Rourke had "little going for himself." "We are all challenged by a young man who lost an election to Ted Cruz," said Trump, surrounded by banners reading "Finish the Wall." Trump was in El Paso to argue for a wall he says can protect Americans from violent criminals, drugs and a "tremendous onslaught" of migrant caravans. The rallies coincide with talks in Washington to reach a border security deal and avert another government shutdown.

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Feb 11, 2019

'Preliminary agreement' reached to avert shutdown
"We've reopened negotiations so we're not stalled. Yesterday we were stalled," Sen. Richard Shelby told reporters. "We've reopened serious negotiations."

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Feb 11, 2019

'Serious negotiations' resume to avert 2nd shutdown Friday
Congressional negotiators on Monday struggled to resolve a dispute between President Trump and Democrats on immigration enforcement, which has emerged as a key obstacle to funding the government and avoiding another partial government shutdown by Friday. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the most senior Republican on a 17-member committee of House and Senate lawmakers, entered a negotiating session at the Capitol Monday afternoon declaring himself "guarded" about reaching a deal, while Democratic lead negotiator Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he was "optimistic" that a deal could be reached. Yesterday we were stalled," Shelby told reporters.

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Feb 11, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for 'anti-Semitic' tweets
The Minnesota freshman Democrat issued a statement on Monday apologizing for what critics viewed as anti-Semitic comments that she made over the weekend.

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Feb 11, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for anti-Semitic tweets
The Minnesota freshman Democrat issued a statement on Monday apologizing for a pair of anti-Semitic comments she made over the weekend.

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Feb 11, 2019

Amy Klobuchar, latest presidential candidate, faces questions about temperament, treatment of staff
On the day she announced her intention to run for the presidency of the United States at a rally in Minneapolis, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., faced intense headwinds in the form of reports that she has been routinely demeaning to employees in her Washington office. "We are all tired of the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding," Klobuchar said on Sunday, as she announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Quoting the poet Walt Whitman, she portrayed herself as a healer, a capable Midwesterner who will unite where President Donald Trump has divided.

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Feb 11, 2019

'And I did inhale': Kamala Harris admits marijuana use
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said in a new interview that she supports the legalization of marijuana — admitting that she has not only smoked pot, she has inhaled.

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Feb 10, 2019

Trump declares racial 'double standard' in Virginia scandals
President Trump on Sunday waded into the scandals roiling Virginia, tweeting that "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display" in the state. Trump was apparently referring to the optics of pending impeachment talks for the only black statewide elected official, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, who faces two allegations of sexual assault. Meanwhile, two white state officials who have admitted to wearing blackface as young men — stirring painful reminders of Virginia's history of racism — are refusing to step down.

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Feb 08, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flirting with a 2020 bid
Mayor Bill De Blasio presents the Fiscal Year 2020 preliminary budget at New York City Hall on Feb. 7. A potential presidential campaign may be growing in Brooklyn. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made some initial steps toward exploring a presidential bid.

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Feb 08, 2019

2020 Vision: Klobuchar, Warren would like a moment of your time this weekend
After a week in which the news cycle was dominated primarily by Trump's State of the Union, focus figures to shift back to the 2020 race, as Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar are each expected to formally announce their campaigns.

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Feb 08, 2019

Some 'zero tolerance' kids might never get their parents back, U.S. admits
Patricia (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) was among the thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their parents during the height of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy — the period between approximately April 6 and June 20, 2018, when immigrant families were systematically separated at the border, following an order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that all adults caught crossing or attempting to illegally cross the southwest border be referred directly for criminal prosecution. Since minor children cannot be held in jail, this required separating them from their parents. Patricia was transferred from Customs and Border Protection to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human services responsible for the care of unaccompanied immigrant children.

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Feb 08, 2019

Some ‘zero tolerance' kids might never get their parents back, U.S. admits
Patricia (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) was among the thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their parents during the height of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy— the period between approximately April 6 and June 20, 2018 when immigrant families were systematically separated at the border, following an order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that all adults caught crossing or attempting to cross the southwest border illegally be referred directly for criminal prosecution. Since minor children cannot be held in jail, this required separating them from their parents. Patricia was transferred from Customs and Border Protection to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human services responsible for the care of unaccompanied immigrant children.

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Feb 08, 2019

Virginia didn't have a Southern governor for 20 years, and then the past collided with the present
When Ralph Northam was elected Virginia's governor a little over a year ago, it marked the first time in almost two decades that the state had a chief executive who was really from the old commonwealth.

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Feb 08, 2019

The hearings begin: Acting AG Whitaker clashes with House Judiciary Democrats
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Friday, which was in doubt as late as Thursday evening, got off to a tumultuous start.

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Feb 08, 2019

PHOTOS: As poppies bloom, Mexico seeks to halt heroin trade
In the mountains of Mexico's tropical sierra, an ever-growing expanse of pink poppy flowers has pushed prices so low for opium paste, the gummy raw ingredient of heroin, that farmer Santiago Sanchez worries how he will feed and clothe his family.     

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Feb 08, 2019

As Trump administration negotiates peace with Taliban, some retired U.S. generals see defeat
"The Taliban are the victors," said a retired general officer who commanded a brigade early in the war. "We just haven't figured that out yet."

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Feb 07, 2019

Pelosi throws shade on Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' framework
The House speaker has a word of caution for the freshman superstar.

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Feb 07, 2019

Trump credits people of faith for 'abolition of civil rights' at National Prayer Breakfast
Delivering his first speech since the State of the Union address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Trump on Thursday seemed to stumble while crediting America's godfearing citizens for the country's historic achievements.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 07, 2019

Exploring Elizabeth Warren's 'Okie' roots
The controversy over Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry has largely overshadowed the senator's compelling personal story as a child of Depression-era parents who rose from humble Oklahoma beginnings to become a celebrated Harvard academic, senator and now presidential candidate.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 07, 2019

Patrick McHenry has some advice for the new rock stars of Congress
The North Carolina congressman said the new upstarts would do well to avoid the impulse for self-promotion.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 07, 2019

As 5G war with China heats up, could a Cold War-inspired plan be the solution?
While U.S. experts may agree that Beijing's dominance in 5G represents a national security threat, attempts to keep Chinese companies out of the U.S. market may not, on their own, solve the problem.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 07, 2019

Trump's rhetoric hits his wall
Our developer president could have focused his energy on building airports, high-speed rail lines and high-tech schools. But he can only think of one place to sink a shovel, and that's turning out to be the sinkhole of his administration.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 06, 2019

Trump, honoring Holocaust survivors, seems blind to events of today
President Trump honored Holocaust survivors in his State of the Union speech. But many could have been saved if the U.S. had opened its doors to refugees from Europe before World War II.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 06, 2019

Partisan battle erupts over Democrats' bill to make election day a federal holiday and bolster ethics rules
House Democrats unveiled their first bill on Wednesday and it didn't go over well with Republicans.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 06, 2019

Six days of turmoil: Virginia Democrats' nightmare February
Northam was elected in 2017 and Virginia governors are limited to a single four-year term.

Yahoo Politics
Feb 06, 2019

Trump's State of the Union fails to mention the state of the planet: Hot and getting hotter
President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday night clocked in at 82 minutes, the third-longest in U.S. history. Not once did he mention climate change.

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