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Trump is reluctant to accept U.S. intelligence reportedly linking Saudi crown prince to journalist's killing
President Trump, under increasing pressure from lawmakers to punish Saudi Arabia in the killing of prominent journalist-critic Jamal Khashoggi, sided Sunday with the kingdom’s de facto ruler, distancing himself from reported U.S. intelligence assessments that the crown prince had ordered the assassination....
(Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:40:00 PST)

Going, going ... with midterm wipeout, California Republican Party drifts closer to irrelevance
For a party in free fall the last two decades, California Republicans learned that it's possible to plunge even further. The GOP not only lost every statewide office in the midterm election — again, in blowout fashion — but Democrats reestablished their supermajority in Sacramento, allowing them...
(Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:15:00 PST)

Utah town grieves for its mayor, a National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan
Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton of the Utah National Guard took the folded American flag from the first sergeant and slowly walked between the casket and Jennie Taylor. He knelt and said a variation on the words war widows have heard for decades. Grateful nation. We present this flag. Token of appreciation....
(Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:45:00 PST)

Orange County goes blue, as Democrats complete historic sweep of its seven congressional seats
Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim on Saturday in the last of Orange County’s undecided House races, giving Democrats a clean sweep of the state’s six most fiercely fought congressional contests and marking an epochal shift in a region long synonymous with political conservatism. With Cisneros’...
(Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:45:00 PST)

Black officers and court officials, growing in numbers, hope to rethink U.S. policing
Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called "Dynamite Hill" because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and '60s. Now, after becoming the first black person elected sheriff in Birmingham — on the same day voters elected the community's...
(Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:20:00 PST)

In the new politics of the recount, it pays to fight to the bitter end
Even before Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded Saturday after a long recount in Florida’s gubernatorial race, there was little hope he would prevail, but the campaign was no longer about that. In the new political landscape, recount battles are being waged with unprecedented fervor, as political parties...
(Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:00:00 PST)

First recreational pot shops in Eastern U.S. to open in Massachusetts
Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts have been given the green light to begin selling to recreational customers, making them the first commercial pot shops in the eastern United States. Both stores, one located in Northampton and the other in Leicester, said they would open Tuesday morning after...
(Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:55:00 PST)

The horrific death of a Native American woman spurs action in Congress
A year ago in August, during her last month of pregnancy, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind placed a pizza delivery order to her family’s Fargo, N.D., apartment before heading upstairs to see a neighbor. It was the last time LaFontaine-Greywind’s parents would see her alive. Kayakers found the 22-year-old...
(Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:00:00 PST)

Trump says he’ll speak with CIA about Khashoggi killing
President Trump said Saturday that he would speak with the CIA about its finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post first reported Friday that the CIA had assessed with high confidence that the Saudi leader ordered...
(Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:00:00 PST)

Democrat Gil Cisneros pulls further ahead of Republican Young Kim, putting another GOP House seat in peril
Democrat Gil Cisneros extended his lead over Republican Young Kim on Friday in California’s 39th Congressional District, depressing the GOP’s prospects for retaining its last House seat in Orange County. Updated vote tallies released by election officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties showed...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:55:00 PST)

Stacey Abrams ends bid for Georgia governor and pledges to fight ‘gross mismanagement’ of election
Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her historic quest to become the nation’s first black female governor Friday as Georgia officials prepared to certify the election in favor of Republican Brian Kemp. But she did not go quietly. “Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession,” Abrams said Friday...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:15:00 PST)

Betsy DeVos moves to strengthen the rights of the accused in campus sexual misconduct cases
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled sweeping changes Friday to campus sexual misconduct rules that would bolster the rights of the accused and give colleges more flexibility in how they handle Title IX cases. The long-awaited rules make key changes to former guidelines from the Obama administration,...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:00:00 PST)

Supreme Court will weigh Trump’s plan to add citizenship question to 2020 census
The Supreme Court granted an unusual appeal from lawyers for the Trump administration Friday and said it would weigh the politically charged question of whether the 2020 census will ask residents about their citizenship. The justices in a brief order indicated they were ready to skip over the lower...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:45:00 PST)

Florida hand recount begins, and Democrats’ hopes fade fast
As hordes of volunteers and attorneys plowed through ballots, and protesters and politicians caviled from the sidelines, Florida’s hand recount of its Senate race got underway Friday morning and almost immediately appeared to be a bust for Democrats. The process hasn’t been so great for democracy,...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:35:00 PST)

Trump says he’s answering written questions from special counsel in Russia inquiry
President Trump said Friday that he’s finishing written answers to questions posed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the Russia probe, a potential milestone in the long-running investigation that Trump has repeatedly denounced. Trump’s responses, once submitted to Mueller’s team, would...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:20:00 PST)

GOP wants to deliver border funding for Trump, but will it trigger a government shutdown?
Republicans on Capitol Hill are going to try one last time to deliver President Trump funding for his border wall as part of a key government spending bill that needs to pass within three weeks. Newly emboldened Democrats, who are slated to take over the House in January, are largely opposed to...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:15:00 PST)

Judge affirms order evicting Michael Avenatti’s law practice from office in Newport Beach
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, lost a last-ditch appeal Friday to block the eviction of his law practice from its Newport Beach offices. In a brief hearing at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, Judge Robert J. Moss affirmed his Oct. 22nd order that Avenatti...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:20:00 PST)

How Medicaid broke through in three deep-red states, and could do the same in more
Nebraska state Sen. Adam Morfeld, like healthcare advocates in many conservative states, was beginning to lose hope last year that his poorest constituents would ever get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. “After seven years of losing in the Legislature, it was apparent that passing...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:15:00 PST)

Ability to count votes has gotten better — the political rhetoric, much worse
When Florida last had a high-profile, disputed election, vote counters confronted a near-hopeless task, staring at punch cards without clear rules to decide how to figure out a voter’s intent. Both the rules and technology have improved. Although problems clearly remain, the state no longer has...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 04:15:00 PST)

China ‘has taken the gloves off’ in its thefts of U.S. technology secrets
It was the great microchip heist — a stunning Chinese-backed effort that pilfered as much as $8.75 billion in patented American technology. U.S. officials say the theft took a year to pull off and involved commercial spies, a Chinese-backed company, a Taiwanese chipmaker and employees affiliated...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST)

Republicans sour on the election outcome, poll shows, while Trump claims illegal voting
The day after the Nov. 6 election, President Trump claimed the results represented a “tremendous success,” but most of his supporters aren't buying that, a new postelection survey shows, and the president also has significantly soured on the outcome. While votes are still being counted — or recounted...
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST)

Republicans lose a fifth House seat in California as Democrat Katie Porter ousts Rep. Mimi Walters
In another blow to California Republicans reeling from defeats in the Nov. 6 election, Democrat Katie Porter has ousted GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in an upscale Orange County congressional district that was a longtime conservative bastion. At the same time, the updated vote count Thursday by the Orange...
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:40:00 PST)

Nancy Pelosi fighting for House speakership votes
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is scrambling to shore up the support she needs to become speaker again, just days after she led her party to retake the chamber for the first time since 2010. A small but increasingly vocal faction of Democratic defectors say fresh leadership is needed to ensure...
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:10:00 PST)

Trump to visit California to assess wildfires' impact
President Trump plans to visit California on Saturday “to meet with individuals impacted by the wildfires,” a spokeswoman said on Thursday. The White House has not yet given details on where Trump will go, what he will do and whom he plans to visit. During visits to other natural disaster sites,...
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:20:00 PST)

Republicans Walters and Kim adopt Trump tactic of charging vote fraud with no evidence of wrongdoing
Two Orange County Republicans facing the prospect of defeat in the Nov. 6 congressional election as final ballots are counted have adopted President Trump’s tactic of making baseless allegations of vote fraud. Neither GOP Rep. Mimi Walters nor Republican candidate Young Kim has produced evidence...
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST)

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