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  • As monuments to the Confederacy are removed from public squares, new ones are quietly being erected

    As monuments to the Confederacy are removed from public squares, new ones are quietly being erected

    Annette Pernell, a council member in this Texas town, was aghast when she heard about plans to construct a Confederate memorial that would be visible from the interstate and loom over Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. But there was nothing she or anybody else could do about it. The land was private....

  • Five former presidents gather to raise money for hurricane relief

    Five former presidents gather to raise money for hurricane relief

    The five living former presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George...

  • Trump tweets he'll authorize release of JFK assassination files

    President Trump tweeted Saturday that, pending more information, he plans to allow the release of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. Several media outlets had reported in recent days that White House officials expected the president to block the release...

  • Foraging for food, water and hope: Puerto Ricans cope with lingering devastation of Hurricane Maria

    Foraging for food, water and hope: Puerto Ricans cope with lingering devastation of Hurricane Maria

    Joel Cotto and Jesús González picked up their fishing nets after a full day at a lake in Cidra, Puerto Rico, feeling good about their bucket full of shrimp and fish known as chopas. The friends said they had become fishermen after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Sept. 20 because food had...

  • New poll shows Las Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns

    New poll shows Las Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns

    The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favors tighter laws as it has for several years, according to a new...

  • Bush and McCain articulate the case against Trumpism

    Bush and McCain articulate the case against Trumpism

    Two of the the country’s most prominent Republicans gave serious, eloquent speeches this week. The man who never shuts up, President Trump, was not one of them. Instead, he was the thinly veiled target of both. On Monday, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, delivered a...

  • Obama stumps for Democrats and takes a few swipes at that guy who succeeded him

    Obama stumps for Democrats and takes a few swipes at that guy who succeeded him

    Barack Obama returned to the campaign stage on Thursday to denounce the politics practiced by his successor, President Trump, as unbefitting a nation yearning for unity rather than division. Speaking in New Jersey and Virginia on behalf of Democratic candidates for governor in next month’s off-year...

  • Sessions again refuses to answer questions about his talks with Trump before Comey firing

    Sessions again refuses to answer questions about his talks with Trump before Comey firing

    Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, facing barbed questions Wednesday from some former Senate colleagues, once again heatedly denied any improper dealings with Russian officials while working with the Trump campaign. In sharp exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he served for...

  • Republicans see new chance for oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Republicans see new chance for oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    The last time congressional Republicans mounted a serious push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, they painted America as a desperate petroleum mess. The need, they said, was clear. The country consumed and imported more oil than ever before, produced less than at any...

  • Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's new travel ban

    Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's new travel ban

    A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday joined another federal judge in Hawaii, halting President Trump’s latest travel ban. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang’s order came just hours after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu issued an decision Tuesday blocking Trump’s ban for what...

  • Harvey Weinstein goes down in flames as anger of Hollywood women ignites

    Harvey Weinstein goes down in flames as anger of Hollywood women ignites

    It is hard to imagine anything less alluring than the sight of portly, hirsute Harvey Weinstein naked in the shower, but the Miramax movie mogul offered actress Ashley Judd that dubious erotic opportunity when he lured her up to his hotel room back in 1997. At least that is what Judd claims and,...

  • How Washington's formula for fighting wildfires makes them worse

    How Washington's formula for fighting wildfires makes them worse

    The monstrous flames ripping through Northern California in recent days have burned communities to the ground, killed dozens of people caught in their path and wreaked havoc on a regional economy. By almost any metric, that would be defined as a natural disaster — except the one used by Congress...

  • Senators announce bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare markets

    Senators announce bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare markets

    The Senate moved closer Tuesday to a rare bipartisan deal to fix parts of the Affordable Care Act as a pair of leading senators announced an agreement designed to stabilize health insurance markets. The deal — which was blessed by President Trump — still faces significant hurdles in Congress, particularly...

  • Opioid law draws scrutiny after Trump's pick for drug czar steps aside

    Opioid law draws scrutiny after Trump's pick for drug czar steps aside

    President Trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), withdrew from consideration Tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in pushing legislation that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's power to investigate bulk shipments of prescription opiods....

  • After Trump brings chief of staff into controversy over condolence calls, he phones families of killed soldiers

    After Trump brings chief of staff into controversy over condolence calls, he phones families of killed soldiers

    President Trump, facing blowback for his delay in calling the families of four soldiers who died in combat, on Tuesday invoked the fallen son of his chief of staff, retired Gen. John F. Kelly. "As far as other presidents, I don't know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? I don't...

  • Costly hurricanes raise questions about the future of federal flood insurance

    Costly hurricanes raise questions about the future of federal flood insurance

    An unprecedented wave of destructive hurricanes has brought the long-struggling federal flood insurance program to the brink. Now Congress faces tough questions about whether to again bail out the nearly 50-year-old program and how to implement reforms to make it more sustainable, secure and cost-effective....

  • Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished

    Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished

    The story seemed straightforward: The unarmed security guard approached Stephen Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, distracting the gunman and potentially saving lives. With a gunshot wound to his leg, he helped point officers to the gunman’s location and stayed...

  • Trump calls for short-term Obamacare fix and reaches out to Republican leaders

    Trump calls for short-term Obamacare fix and reaches out to Republican leaders

    President Trump threw his weight Monday behind a measure to fix parts of Obamacare, the first time he has voiced approval of a specific legislative approach to do so and an abrupt turnaround on a bipartisan effort to preserve key elements of the healthcare system that he has sought to repeal. Trump’s...

  • In key test for prosecutors, a judge keeps alive the bribery case against Sen. Menendez

    In key test for prosecutors, a judge keeps alive the bribery case against Sen. Menendez

    The bribery charges against Sen. Robert Menendez have survived a legal challenge for now, a relief for government prosecutors negotiating a tricky new landscape for corruption cases that the Supreme Court created with a decision a year ago. Menendez (D-N.J.), once the powerful chair of the Senate...

  • Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, misbehavior

    Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, misbehavior

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban captive for five years after abandoning his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges that could put him in prison for life. “I understand that leaving was against the law,” said Bergdahl, whose decision to...

  • New Jersey man convicted in Manhattan bombing that injured 30

    A New Jersey man was convicted Monday of planting two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets, including one that injured 30 people with a rain of shrapnel when it detonated in a bustling neighborhood on a weekend night last summer. The verdict in Manhattan came after a two-week trial of...

  • Supreme Court to decide if U.S. agents can obtain emails stored overseas by Microsoft

    Supreme Court to decide if U.S. agents can obtain emails stored overseas by Microsoft

    The Supreme Court said Monday it has agreed to hear an urgent Justice Department appeal and decide whether emails that are stored overseas can be obtained by government investigators armed with a search warrant. Microsoft Corp. has defied federal authorities since 2013 by refusing to comply with...

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