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Trump returns to the U.N. General Assembly, the kind of multilateral group he disdains. But he loves the stage
President Trump made quite a splash at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders last year. From the podium of the cavernous General Assembly, he blasted North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man,” threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, and warned of global peril from “loser...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Trump asked why Kavanaugh's accuser didn't report him. History provides some answers
Christine Blasey Ford, the Stanford University professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape when they were high schoolers, says she never called police and did not speak about the incident to anyone for decades after the alleged attack in 1982. Trying to discredit...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:20:00 PDT)

Republicans set afternoon deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to decide to testify
Senate Republicans say Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, must decide this afternoon whether she will agree to their terms for testifying next week. Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University, has signaled she...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:20:00 PDT)

Trump raises doubts about Kavanaugh's accuser, suggests assault allegations made up by 'radical left'
In a Friday morning tweet storm after days of restraint, President Trump intensified the controversy over his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, by expressing doubt about the woman accusing him of attempting to rape her when they were in high school. Trump portrayed the allegations...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:05:00 PDT)

Indiana to ask Supreme Court to hear abortion case
The state of Indiana is planning to ask the Supreme Court to settle an abortion dispute involving a state law that could reopen the debate over Roe vs. Wade in the upcoming term. The state said recently in court filings that it will ask the justices to consider whether a woman can be prohibited...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:20:00 PDT)

Trump backs down on order to declassify Russia documents
President Trump on Friday backed down from his order to declassify certain documents from the Russia investigation, including text messages exchanged among law enforcement leaders. The decision will likely disappoint conservative House Republicans and media figures who had encouraged the president...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:40:00 PDT)

A high-stakes game of chicken over the Supreme Court
As the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh hung in the balance, senators from both parties engaged in an extensive game of chicken this week on the issue of whether and when the public might hear from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of a sexual assault years ago. Neither...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:35:00 PDT)

The Alaskan Arctic in autumn: Last gasps of color and light before the dark of winter
It's fall in the northwest corner of Alaska's Arctic, and the land is exploding in a riot of activity, color, cold air and sunshine - the natural world's last shout before the arrival of dark and ice.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Forget Trump and demonize Democrats as wild-eyed radicals — that's the Republican midterm strategy
To hear Katie Porter tell it, she’s just your average Orange County mom, clipping coupons, shopping specials at the supermarket and puttering about with three kids in a Toyota minivan that’s pushing 120,000 miles. But turn on the TV and you’re likely to see a more ominous portrait, etched in shades...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, facing a tough reelection fight, ridicules sex assault accusation against Kavanaugh
Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, in a tight race to retain his Orange County seat, ridiculed the decades-old allegation of sexual assault that has thrown the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh into turmoil, according to a recording acquired by Talking Points Memo. “This guy who’s going...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:05:00 PDT)

Kavanaugh accuser's offer to testify about alleged sexual assault puts key Republicans in a bind
After days of silence about whether she would appear, California professor Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that she is willing to testify next week about her allegations of a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The offer, made...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:25:00 PDT)

State Department announces sanctions on 33, including Russians charged with meddling in 2016 U.S. election
The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on 33 foreign individuals and businesses, including at least 25 Russian nationals previously indicted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on charges of interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The sanctions, announced by the...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:20:00 PDT)

A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles to regain what hasn’t been lost for good — while fearing the next big one
Puerto Rico and its residents have struggled to recover during the past year after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving a mess responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths. The island marks the storm's anniversary Sept. 20.
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Trump visits the Carolinas to view hurricane damage and gets a warm welcome
When Mabrey Smith heard on Wednesday that President Trump might pass by the used-car dealership he runs with his girlfriend here, he dug through his belongings and emerged with two lawn signs from the 2016 campaign — “Trump-Pence.” Then Smith placed them along the road and waited for Trump’s motorcade...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:25:00 PDT)

GOP pushes Kavanaugh accuser to testify about sexual assault allegation, but risks a #MeToo backlash
Republicans hardened their position and closed ranks Wednesday in the handling of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, ramping up their rhetoric and unifying around the idea that his accuser should testify — publicly or privately — by Monday. It’s a big political...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:50:00 PDT)

The GOP wants to know why Feinstein didn't come forward sooner with Kavanaugh allegation
Sen. Dianne Feinstein was one of four female senators who rode into Washington in 1992 amid a political backlash over the all-male panel that quizzed Anita Hill on her sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas a year earlier. Now as the top Democrat handling the...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:30:00 PDT)

Trump administration faces criticism for seeking sharp cut in refugees settled in the U.S.
Facing backlash over the decision to drastically limit the number of refugees who will be permitted to settle in the United States, State Department officials are attempting to defend the move and soften its impact. But ultimately, the proposed new quota — down a third from last year’s number and...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:50:00 PDT)

Trump doesn't talk as much about trade deficits anymore. Maybe because they're getting worse
President Trump built his trade policy on an obsession with cutting fat U.S. deficits with China, Mexico, Europe and others. But for weeks, Trump has barely mentioned that once-singular economic focus. No tweets about trade deficits since July. And the subject was conspicuously missing from his...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:40:00 PDT)

GOP rejects calls to delay hearing until FBI reviews sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh
Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they both were in high school, signaled late Tuesday that she would not testify about the allegation until after the FBI investigated the matter. But GOP senators...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:30:00 PDT)

Christine Blasey Ford's colleagues describe her as honest and rigorous
Christine Blasey Ford, the Northern California psychology professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both teenagers, is described by colleagues as a rigorous statistician who doesn’t fudge the data or stray from the facts. One psychiatrist who...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Rising waters still frustrate rescue efforts and residents, FEMA chief says after tour of North Carolina
Rivers continued to rise out of their banks across the Carolinas on Tuesday, frustrating rescue efforts and residents hoping to return home. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, acknowledged the difficulties after a tour of flooded...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:45:00 PDT)

Analysis: Most of Florence's victims have died in vehicles, on the road during the storm
Hurricanes can bring all sorts of trouble — winds, rains, floods. And early fatality data from Florence’s assault on the Carolinas suggest that being in your car, on the road, after the storm hits land has been especially deadly. An analysis by the Los Angeles Times of 35 deaths officials have...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:55:00 PDT)

Environmentalists worry that Florence will leave behind a toxic mess in North Carolina
Rick Dove is an environmental paparazzo operating at more than 1,000 feet above the ground. A senior advisor with the Waterkeeper Alliance, he circles the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence in the back seat of a tiny propeller plane, gripping his camera while searching for toxic problems below....
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:45:00 PDT)

Republican holds slight edge in House race to replace Ed Royce, poll finds
Republican Young Kim holds a slight edge over Democrat Gil Cisneros in the fiercely contested race to succeed GOP Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton, according to a poll released Tuesday. But Kim’s lead among potential voters, 46% to 42%, falls within the margin of error in the nonpartisan Monmouth University...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:00:00 PDT)

Battered by Florence, North Carolina braces for more bad news as rivers rise rapidly
For more than three days, Alonzo Harris, 64, was trapped in a flooded house in a flooded neighborhood in the flooded town of Trenton, N.C., sleeping on a kitchen counter, waiting for the remnants of Hurricane Florence to pass. But after the rains moved on, the floodwaters stayed behind. Down to...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:45:00 PDT)

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