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On the Texas-Mexico border: Crisis? What crisis?
As the nation waited to hear President Trump’s latest warnings about a crisis on the border Saturday, a mother in this border town had a more immediate concern: quinceanera photos. Liliana Saenz supervised as 14-year-old daughter Clarissa posed for a photographer in front of an American flag mural...
(Sat, 19 Jan 2019 18:05:00 PST)

Trump offers to temporarily protect ‘Dreamers’ if Democrats fund his wall
President Trump on Saturday suggested a compromise for fully reopening the government that would temporarily protect certain refugees and immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally years ago as children if Democrats back a scaled-down version of his proposed border wall. The proposal, which Senate...
(Sat, 19 Jan 2019 16:40:00 PST)

Chicago cop who shot Laquan McDonald got nearly 7 years. Black teen's family asks: Was justice done?
The explosive video of a white Chicago officer shooting a black teenager 16 times shocked consciences around the world with footage of Laquan McDonald gunned down as he walked away from police. The graphic images of Laquan crumpling to the street while bullets kept striking him stirred expectations...
(Sat, 19 Jan 2019 16:20:00 PST)

Mueller’s office disputes BuzzFeed account of Trump ordering Cohen to lie to Congress
Democrats vowed Friday to investigate allegations that President Trump instructed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about Trump’s pursuit of a proposed hotel and condo complex in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. If confirmed, the allegations would pose a direct threat...
(Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:40:00 PST)

After a casino boom, a Mississippi county deals with a reversal of fortune
Growing up in Tunica at the height of its casino boom, Roosevelt Hall felt his community had been dealt a winning hand. Lavish monuments to gaming — a gleaming high-rise tower, an Irish medieval castle, an art deco movie house — rose up amid the cotton and rice fields, flooding the impoverished...
(Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:10:00 PST)

Trump begins Year 3 in a deep hole
President Trump begins his third year in office in a deep hole. Monday marks the second anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. He began that day with record levels of public disapproval for a new president. Since then, public doubts have deepened and hardened. That doesn’t mean Trump can’t win reelection....
(Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:45:00 PST)

Why can’t Trump make deals? No one trusts him anymore
Sen. Mitch McConnell was jolted with a fresh reminder of President Trump’s capriciousness last month: The majority leader persuaded Republican colleagues to take a politically difficult vote to temporarily fund the government, but not a border wall, only to see Trump withdraw support — initiating...
(Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:00:00 PST)

‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s former mistress tells of drug lord’s naked tunnel escape
The former mistress of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testified about his naked run through a secret tunnel that started under his bathtub, having to trim the pant legs of the famously short drug kingpin, and her work for the Sinaloa cartel. The former Mexican lawmaker also spoke in court of her confused...
(Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:30:00 PST)

After four decades, a wrongful-conviction case with racial overtones still reverberates
Louis Taylor was 16 when police arrested him in 1972 on suspicion of deliberately setting a fire that killed 28 people at a Tucson hotel. Though he adamantly insisted on his innocence, Taylor, who is African American, was sentenced to 28 life terms for what was deemed a mass murder at the Pioneer...
(Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:00:00 PST)

Nancy Pelosi seems to be the only foe Trump won't personally attack
The Trump playbook on dealing with foes is well-documented: If attacked, strike back 10 times harder; zero in on your enemy’s weakest spots; go personal. Now the often-pugnacious president has a new opponent, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House. As the two most powerful elected...
(Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:40:00 PST)

A wall in space? Trump envisions an impenetrable missile shield and vows to boost spending
President Trump called Thursday for dramatically broadening U.S. defenses against missile attacks, outlining a costly and scientifically unproven plan for developing lasers and space sensors to defend all of U.S. territory from ballistic missile threats. “Our strategy is grounded in one overriding...
(Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:25:00 PST)

House Intelligence Committee prepares to reopen Russia inquiry without GOP support
Newly empowered Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to reopen the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, seeking new interviews and financial records even as Republicans appear ready to boycott the inquiry. Republicans who previously led the committee...
(Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:15:00 PST)

Migrant border crossings are down, but in Texas the bodies keep showing up
The college students took turns removing yellowed shards of bone from a trench carved between the headstones in this ranching town’s cemetery. The volunteers were here to help exhume the remains of unidentified migrants buried near what’s been the busiest stretch of border for illicit crossings...
(Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:00:00 PST)

Even the venerable State of the Union address can’t escape shutdown’s bitterness
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday effectively delayed President Trump’s State of the Union address, citing security concerns amid a nearly month-old partial government shutdown, while underscoring the political and policy paralysis behind it. Pelosi’s decision appeared to catch the White...
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:05:00 PST)

EPA nominee Wheeler says climate change is neither a hoax nor the ‘greatest crisis’
Andrew Wheeler, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate panel Wednesday that he does not believe climate change is the “greatest crisis” and vowed to continue the administration’s agenda of rolling back environmental regulations. Wheeler, a former coal...
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:55:00 PST)

Read House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s letter to President Trump
RELATED: Pelosi asks Trump to postpone State of the Union address due to shutdown »
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:35:00 PST)

A dilemma for Democratic hopefuls: Run to — or away from — big donors?
The well-heeled liberals who donate big money to Democrats — creating an outsized role for themselves in choosing which party leaders ascend to stardom — are used to candidates swarming them with requests for cash. This election they face a different dilemma: Candidates worry they are a liability....
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:00:00 PST)

Here’s a secret: We may be winning the war on terrorism
Are we quietly winning the war on terror — but are afraid to admit it? After President Trump warned on Jan. 4 that terrorists were heading our way from Mexico, a remarkable statistic emerged: The number of terrorist acts committed by people who had sneaked across our southern border was exactly...
(Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:00:00 PST)

Former Mexican president took $100-million ‘El Chapo’ bribe, witness says
Two months before he became the president of Mexico in 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100-million bribe from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a witness in the U.S. trial of the drug kingpin testified Tuesday. Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian who worked closely with Guzman and is awaiting sentencing...
(Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:10:00 PST)

California’s McCarthy gets early leadership test with King’s racially charged remark
Rep. Kevin McCarthy appears to have passed his first test as House Republicans’ minority leader this week — holding the party together to sanction one of its own, Iowa Rep. Steve King, for his latest racially charged comments. McCarthy, of Bakersfield, decided late Monday to bar King from membership...
(Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:00:00 PST)

Democrats remain oddly aligned in border wall fight, confounding Trump and Republicans
Hoping to make a crack in Democratic unity as the partial government shutdown reached Day 25, President Trump invited a handful of moderate Democrats to the White House on Tuesday for lunch and a chat. None showed up. That despite the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) jokingly...
(Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:55:00 PST)

Kirsten Gillibrand enters presidential race featuring a record number of women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a central figure in the Democratic Party’s debate about the #MeToo movement, is preparing to join a 2020 presidential primary contest that features a record number of women in the wake of the midterm election tidal wave of female candidates. Gillibrand, 52, announced...
(Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:10:00 PST)

William Barr carefully distances himself from Trump on key issues
William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, told a Senate panel Tuesday that he did not believe special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was on a “witch hunt” and said he would not fire Mueller without good cause. “I would not carry out that instruction” if asked to do so, Barr testified,...
(Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:55:00 PST)

Even if the shutdown ends today, the IRS may not issue you a timely tax refund
This already was going to be a challenging year to fill out your federal tax returns after major tax-law changes took effect in 2018. Then the political dispute over the U.S.-Mexico border wall sent most Internal Revenue Service workers home last month. Now, with the government partially shut down...
(Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:50:00 PST)

Big bank earnings signal caution as revenues miss expectations
Two of the nation’s largest banks on Tuesday reported mixed earnings results for the end of last year, a potential caution sign on the state of the economy heading into 2019. Wells Fargo & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. both missed expectations on revenue for the October-through-December period....
(Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:05:00 PST)

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