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Senate heads for 'nuclear option' if Democrats filibuster Gorsuch nomination
One of Senate’s most serious jobs – confirming the president’s choice for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court – has devolved into a game of political chicken. Senators are heading toward an institution-defining showdown next week as Democrats promise to try to block President Trump’s nominee,...
(Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Senators pledge to 'go where the intelligence leads' in Russia investigation
The Senate Intelligence Committee's inquiry into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be “one of the biggest investigations” in years and has already involved an “unprecedented” level of cooperation between Congress and U.S. spy agencies, the panel's chairman said Wednesday....
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:55:00 PDT)

'Dreamer' threatened with deportation in Seattle is released after weeks of detention
Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, thought to be the first “Dreamer” swept up in the Trump administration crackdown on immigration violators, was released Wednesday after spending six weeks in federal detention. “Today the judge affirmed that Daniel does not pose any risk to public safety,” Luis Cortes,...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:25:00 PDT)

Seattle sues over Trump's 'sanctuary cities' threat, calling his executive order unconstitutional
Seattle filed suit against the Trump administration Wednesday over its threat to cut off funds to so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in their attempts to deport those who are in the country illegally. Mayor Ed Murray said Seattle officials believe the sanctuary...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:20:00 PDT)

U.S. airstrike was responsible for civilian deaths in Mosul, Iraqi officials say
A top Iraqi military officer said Wednesday it was clear that the devastating explosion on the west Mosul neighborhood of Jadidah this month was a U.S. airstrike, but he insisted the troops that requested it didn’t realize civilians were present. With as many as 200 people killed — the largest...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:10:00 PDT)

U.S. diplomat arrested, accused of conspiracy with Chinese intelligence agents
A longtime State Department employee was arrested Wednesday and charged with repeatedly lying about her contacts with Chinese businessmen who had plied her with thousands of dollars in cash and gifts to glean inside information about U.S. economic policy, U.S. officials said. Candace Claiborne,...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDT)

Russia investigation, climate change and business ideas: What's happened this week under Trump
Healthcare is so last week. At least, that’s what it seems like when we take a look at this week. The main headlines so far have centered on the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Let’s get to it: Last weekend A U.S.-led coalition conducted an airstrike believed...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:45:00 PDT)

Arrest warrant issued for Florida woman who allegedly threatened parent of Sandy Hook victim
If the woman accused of sending death threats to a Palm Beach County man whose 6-year-old son died in the Sandy Hook school shooting had shown up in court on Wednesday, she probably would have been sentenced to house arrest and probation. Lucy Richards, 57, of Brandon, Fla., was due in federal...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:50:00 PDT)

Supreme Court rules merchants may pursue free-speech challenge to disclose credit card fees
Merchants may soon have the right to tell customers they will pay a surcharge if they use a credit card rather than pay with cash. The Supreme Court cast doubt Wednesday on laws in California, New York, Florida and seven other states that make it illegal for sellers to "impose a surcharge" on credit...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:30:00 PDT)

Tillerson will push NATO allies to 'do more, faster'
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week holds his first meetings with the full roster of NATO partners, and aides say he will make a concerted effort to press member states to increase their defense spending. Tillerson was en route to the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday, where he will...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:25:00 PDT)

Trump is delving into the nation's opioid addiction crisis. Here's a look at its origins
President Trump today is hosting a listening session at the White House on opioid and other drug abuse. During his campaign, Trump promised to end the opioid addiction epidemic. This week, he appointed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead a White House commission to combat drug addiction. Christie...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:25:00 PDT)

This is how states will fight Trump's energy order
Donald Trump’s plan to bring an abrupt halt to America’s crusade against climate change will test California and other states like never before as they seek to wrest control of the nation’s energy future from a hostile White House. The energy plan Trump unveiled on Tuesday left no doubt that the...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Decades-old war over Yucca Mountain nuclear dump resumes under Trump budget plan
An abandoned tunnel in the desolate Nevada desert, barricaded only by a chain-link fence, is all that remains of the nation’s tortured effort to create a permanent repository for nuclear waste 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. After spending $11 billion, the Energy Department met with unrelenting...
(Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Hoax. Con job. Chinese plot. Trump tweets have bashed climate science for years
As President Trump moved to halt federal efforts against global warming on Tuesday, he avoided an important phrase: climate change. It was the same story during his campaign for president. Trump rarely mentioned it. When he pledged last May to withdraw the United States from the Paris treaty, a...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:40:00 PDT)

Michigan will spend $87 million to replace Flint's water lines
Michigan will spend $87 million to replace thousands of aging water pipes in Flint to settle a federal lawsuit over lead-contaminated drinking water, promising to bring an end to a water crisis that made the city a national symbol of crumbling infrastructure. A federal judge on Tuesday approved...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:55:00 PDT)

Father of teen accused in rape of Maryland high school girl detained on immigration charges
The father of a teenager accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at a Maryland high school has been arrested by federal authorities for being in the U.S. illegally, officials said. Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, a 43-year-old citizen of Guatemala, is being held at a Maryland detention center...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:15:00 PDT)

In Trump's defense against a defamation lawsuit, he cites a case Bill Clinton lost
President Trump is citing Bill Clinton’s famous sexual harassment battle in his effort to block a California woman’s lawsuit claiming he lied about groping her in the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007. Problem is, Clinton lost that bid for legal immunity when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 1997...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:35:00 PDT)

House sends Trump bill to kill landmark broadband privacy regulations
The House voted Tuesday to kill landmark privacy restrictions for Internet service providers and sent the bill to the White House, which indicated President Trump would sign it and invalidate the rules before they go into effect. The measure, approved largely along party lines, repeals tough new...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:20:00 PDT)

Trump's poll numbers are low. But the people who put him in office say it's not time to judge him — yet
It’s been five months since the euphoria of a Donald Trump rally at the local arena brought optimism to this former Democratic stronghold. The snow from a long winter has begun melting into the rocky soil, and the digital sign in a torn-up parking lot blinks hopefully: “Warm days are coming.” President...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:00 PDT)

Supreme Court blocks death sentence for Texas inmate, citing mental disability
The Supreme Court set aside a death sentence on Tuesday for a Texas inmate who as a teenager struggled to tell time and name the days of the week, concluding he should not be executed in light of his mental disability. The 5-3 decision is the latest in which the justices restricted the use of the...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:20:00 PDT)

Trump orders government to dismantle Obama’s climate change policies
President Trump today ordered the federal government to retreat from the battle against climate change launched by former President Obama, issuing a directive aimed at dismantling the core policies that have made the U.S. a global leader in curbing emissions. The plan unveiled Tuesday by Trump...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:25:00 PDT)

The Freedom Caucus roars back to relevance to challenge Trump's agenda and strategy
When House Speaker Paul D. Ryan pulled the plug on the GOP’s Obamcacare overhaul, lawmakers spilled out of the Capitol basement, angry, frustrated and stunned. But Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), leader of the conservative and rebellious House Freedom Caucus that led the fight against the bill, was...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

A trade war is brewing inside the White House between rival camps
Soon after President Trump took office, an executive order was quietly drafted to suspend talks with China on an obscure but potentially far-reaching treaty about bilateral investment. After eight years and two dozen rounds of negotiations, the treaty terms were almost in final form. Pulling out...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

How Las Vegas overcame the NFL's fears to win the Raiders
Oscar Goodman is one of this city’s best-known civic boosters, a lawyer who made his career defending homegrown mobsters like Meyer Lansky and Nicky Scarfo, a mayor who for more than a decade was the consummate pitchman for all things Vegas. Goodman traveled the world — sometimes flanked by showgirls...
(Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Trump to dismantle Obama's landmark climate effort
President Trump on Tuesday will order the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle his predecessor’s landmark climate effort, backing away from an aggressive plan to cut emissions at power plants that had been the foundation of America’s leadership on confronting global warming. The work of...
(Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:00:00 PDT)

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