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  • Why Mueller didn’t make a recommendation on whether Trump obstructed justice

    Why Mueller didn’t make a recommendation on whether Trump obstructed justice

    The crime of “obstruction of justice” is familiar to many because it drove the impeachment proceedings of two presidents. President Nixon resigned when he faced impeachment for obstructing justice by covering up the White House role in the break-in at the Watergate offices of the Democratic National...

  • Mueller report exposes all the president’s liars

    Mueller report exposes all the president’s liars

    Addressing reporters from the White House lectern, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a startling claim shortly after President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey two years ago. “I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president’s decision,”...

  • Mueller report poses an unexpected problem for Democrats

    Mueller report poses an unexpected problem for Democrats

    The release of the special counsel report on Russian interference in the 2016 election marks the end of political shadow-boxing over a secret investigation of President Trump and the beginning of open warfare over whether he should be reelected in 2020. The long-awaited report from Robert S. Mueller...

  • Trump blasts Mueller report as Democrats demand unredacted version

    Trump blasts Mueller report as Democrats demand unredacted version

    President Trump blasted special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report on Friday as “total bullshit,” while the Democratic leader of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for the unredacted report and its underlying materials. Although he previously claimed that Mueller’s report...

  • After a chat with Trevor Noah, Kamala Harris has fences to mend in New Hampshire

    After a chat with Trevor Noah, Kamala Harris has fences to mend in New Hampshire

    There’s a ritual that plays out virtually every time presidential candidates pay their first visit to a given state. Contestants are asked by a local reporter how important that state is going to be in fulfilling their White House dreams. The correct answer is simple. Reporter: How important is...

  • Impeachment: Mueller report revives the issue. Some Democrats wish it would go away

    Impeachment: Mueller report revives the issue. Some Democrats wish it would go away

    Earlier this month, when Atty. Gen. William Barr sent Congress his view of the “principal conclusions” of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, the case for impeachment of President Trump seemed closed. Mueller had found “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russian agents who tried to...

  • Mueller finds no conspiracy, but report shows Trump welcomed Russian help

    Mueller finds no conspiracy, but report shows Trump welcomed Russian help

    Shortly before he released the special counsel’s redacted report on Thursday, Atty. Gen. William Barr announced the document said President Trump’s campaign had not “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” But Barr omitted the first part of...

  • Democrats investigating Trump see Mueller report as a roadmap

    Democrats investigating Trump see Mueller report as a roadmap

    Congressional Democrats on Thursday claimed ownership of the obstruction of justice investigation into President Trump, vowing to pick up the inquiry where special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report left off. “It was probably written with the intent of providing Congress a roadmap,” said House...

  • Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice

    Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice

    Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, in his highly anticipated report, portrayed President Trump as a mercurial leader who repeatedly and frantically sought to undermine the federal investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign. The only thing that seemed to thwart the president’s...

  • What did we learn from reading Robert Mueller’s actual report?

    What did we learn from reading Robert Mueller’s actual report?

    The secrecy around the final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has finally been lifted, at least most of it. Some information was redacted by the Justice Department, but much of the 448-page report became public on Thursday. Here’s what we’ve learned. Mueller ultimately determined...

  • On tax day, most Americans don’t feel new law made them better off

    Along with their taxes, Americans have also filed a verdict this spring on the Republican tax law: Meh. When the law passed, late in 2017, President Trump and other party leaders hoped it would significantly boost their fortunes. But as the first filing season under the new law drew to a close,...

  • Internal memos say Trump officials to resume forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

    The Trump administration moved Monday to restart a controversial policy that forces Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims, an approach dubbed “Remain in Mexico.” The move came after a federal appeals court in California temporarily lifted an injunction...

  • The Mueller report is coming Thursday with color-coded cuts

    The most consequential editing process in the country is almost over. Lawyers from the Justice Department and the special counsel’s office have gone word by word, sentence by sentence through the nearly 400-page confidential report that Robert S. Mueller III completed last month, using color coding...

  • Mueller report to be released by Justice Department on Thursday

    The Justice Department plans to release on Thursday its redacted version of the final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, providing Congress and the public with an expanded narrative of a historic investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other crimes. Mueller...

  • Divided new Congress is getting little accomplished

    Congress has passed just 12 new laws since January. One modifies pay for podiatrists working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Another renames a vets center in North Ogden, Utah. A third revises the charter of the National Future Farmers of America Organization. Democrats, who control the...

  • The fight over releasing politicians' tax returns began in — where else?  — California

    The roughneck politics over release of tax returns has century-old roots in two California oil fields. It grew from the corrupt administration of President Harding and its Teapot Dome scandal, which partly involved the Elk Hills and Buena Vista oil fields in Kern County. A half-century later, President...

  • Trump still ‘likes’ idea of sending immigrants here illegally to ‘sanctuary cities’

    President Trump still “likes” the idea of transferring immigrants in the U.S. illegally to so-called sanctuary cities like San Francisco, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday. But she portrayed the notion as a burden-sharing strategy that the Democrats should welcome rather...

  • Kamala Harris is the early favorite among Hollywood donors in the 2020 race

    Sen. Kamala Harris of California drew some of the most powerful players in Hollywood to her recent reception at the Pacific Palisades home of filmmaker J.J. Abrams of the “Star Wars” franchise. Television producer Shonda Rhimes, actress Elizabeth Banks and music giant Quincy Jones were among the...

  • Democrats have a lot riding on California’s tax day revenues

    It’s long been said that two things are key to successfully governing California: ample Sierra Nevada snow to keep the water flowing and plenty of income tax payments to keep state services running. Problems with either can trip up even the most charismatic politician. The wet and snowy winter...

  • Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns

    Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris released 15 years of tax returns on Sunday, offering a glimpse into how the California public servant ascended the financial ranks to become a multimillionaire. The documents span the entirety of Harris’ career in elected office, from her $142,000...

  • Homeland Security secretary: The worst job in Washington

    POSITION OPEN: Pliable leader sought for large, dysfunctional federal department. Must manage 240,000 unhappy employees in an environment of high-decibel chaos. Ideal candidates will accept unachievable goals on impossible deadlines: halt illegal immigration, deter asylum seekers from heading north,...

  • House members question the reliability of new bioweapons detection system

    A bipartisan group of House members has questioned the Trump administration’s new system for detecting anthrax or other airborne biological weapons — warning it could be “even less reliable” than the nation’s existing, problem-plagued BioWatch program. In a letter to Kevin McAleenan, the acting...

  • Democrats defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump retweets 9/11 video condemning her

    Top Democrats on Saturday rushed to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being dismissive of the significance of the worst terrorist assault on U.S. soil. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Trump for using the “painful images of 9/11 for...

  • Trump tweets video edited to suggest Rep. Omar was dismissive of 9/11

    President Trump weighed in Friday on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. The video pulls a snippet of Omar’s speech last month to the Council...

  • Trump threatens to dump immigrants into California’s ‘sanctuary cities’

    President Trump taunted California on Friday with an attention-grabbing threat to dump detained migrants into the state’s “sanctuary cities,” despite warnings from his advisors that such action would run afoul of the law. The presidential rhetoric seemed geared toward provocation, and it was unclear...

  • Trump is staking his reelection on immigration — it’s a risky bet

    In the 2018 midterm election, President Trump bet the House on immigration and lost; for 2020, he has bet the White House. That’s the clear lesson of this week’s events at the Department of Homeland Security: the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary; the purge of high-level officials associated...

  • Ohio governor signs ban on abortion after first heartbeat

    A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in Ohio on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents that drew an immediate constitutional challenge. In signing the heartbeat bill, Republican...

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom pushes for low-income housing on state property

    In an effort to kick-start low-income housing construction, Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to solicit bids from developers by the end of this year to build homes on at least three state-owned properties. The proposal, announced Thursday, follows a January executive order to survey state lands to determine...

  • McConnell says he’s open to an immigration proposal. Other Senate Republicans aren’t

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he was open to considering immigration legislation, calling it one of two areas of potential compromise in the divided government that rules Washington. Other Senate Republicans, however, expressed much more skepticism about the idea, arguing...

  • Boycotting Israel is anti-Semitic, a newly appointed Trump envoy says

    President Trump’s new special envoy for combating anti-Semitism has issued a broad definition for the prejudice that targets Jews. On Thursday, his first day on the job, Elan Carr suggested that any organized boycott of Israel was anti-Semitic. He also tossed out decades of U.S. and international...

  • Trump won’t publicly release his tax returns. Politicians shouldn’t have to

    President Trump is right about one thing: He shouldn’t have to publicly release his tax returns. Even a president has some right of privacy. And politics-playing Democrats are trying to invade it — in Congress and the California Legislature. But it’s a delicate line. It doesn’t mean that congressional...

  • Atty. Gen. William Barr is reviewing ‘spying’ on the Trump campaign in 2016

    Atty. Gen. William Barr told a Senate committee Wednesday that he is reviewing whether the Justice Department and the FBI acted inappropriately in their investigation of Russian election interference in 2016, saying he thought “spying did occur” on President Trump’s campaign. In echoing the provocative...

  • California bill to block home delivery of cannabis sidelined for year

    A state bill that would have allowed cities to prohibit home deliveries of marijuana has been sidelined for the year amid concerns that doing so would further hamper California’s lagging market for cannabis. The action comes just days after 24 cities including Beverly Hills, Riverside and Covina...

  • California’s proposed ban on ‘Big Gulp’-style sodas is shelved

    California lawmakers have shelved a measure to outlaw “Big Gulp”-style sodas to avoid dragging down the rest of a package of bills that sponsors say is aimed at reducing obesity, including a soda tax and health warning labels on sugary drinks. Among half a dozen measures proposed in February to...

  • The Mueller report is still secret. What are we waiting to learn?

    The secrecy around special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has extended to his final report. Despite anonymous grumbling from some members of Mueller’s team who disliked how U.S. Atty. Gen. William P. Barr characterized their findings...

  • Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security chief, resigns after rocky tenure

    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who defended the separation of thousands of migrant children from their families on the southern border, carried out the most sweeping changes to U.S. asylum policy in decades, and saw two Guatemalan children die in her agency’s custody, resigned...

  • Read Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation letter

    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen left her position Sunday. Here’s the text of her resignation letter: Mr. President, I hereby resign from the position of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), effective April 7th 2019. It has been my great honor to lead the...

  • Democrats will ‘never’ see Trump tax returns, his chief of staff insists

    President Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney declared Sunday that congressional Democrats would “never” see the president’s tax returns, a seeming rejection of House oversight authority that paralleled the growing confrontation over the contents of the Mueller report and other fights over investigations...

  • To block California soda taxes, companies paid for ‘Black Panther’ tickets, fancy dinners

    Dinners at an expensive restaurant in Maui — with ocean views. Tickets to professional sports games. A free screening of “Black Panther” at a Sacramento IMAX theater. And a $250,000 donation to a group that funds the governor’s travel. That’s just a sampling of the $11.8 million that soft drink...

  • California's powerful political players would like campaign investigations kept quiet

    It’s the week before election day and a candidate has evidence of campaign wrongdoing by her opponent. She takes her case to California’s Fair Political Practices Commission — but the agency is barred from even confirming the complaint exists. Voters are told nothing before casting their ballots....

  • Trump backs off threat to close border, capping a week of retreats

    President Trump backed away from his threat to shut down the country’s southern border, but vowed to impose additional tariffs on automobiles in a year — if Mexico doesn’t do more to stop the flow of drugs and immigrants. “We’re going to give them a one-year warning, and if the drugs don’t stop...

  • Trump backs off threat to close border, a day before visit to California

    President Trump backed off his threat to close the border with Mexico, one day before he travels to California to highlight what he is calling an immigration crisis. “We’re going to give them a one-year warning,” Trump said Thursday, referring to Mexico. Trump said that if the flow of drugs and...

  • Trump needs Nancy Pelosi, his biggest adversary, to help pass revamped NAFTA

    President Trump is showing surprising deference to his top political adversary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as he feels pressure to fulfill a signature election promise — approval of a revised trade deal with Mexico and Canada. In many ways, Trump has no choice, as the president and his allies...

  • For Democrats, all paths to the White House run through the House of Sharpton

    A glimpse at the guest list for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s confab here this week would surely astonish any New Yorker arriving in a time machine from the 1980s. Every major Democrat who has launched a White House bid has cleared their schedule to get in front of the Reverend. Few things once seemed...

  • Renewal of Violence Against Women Act threatened by gun-rights dispute

    House Democrats on Thursday passed a new, stronger version of the Violence Against Women Act, which expired in mid-February and needs to be reauthorized to ensure vital funding for shelters and police departments. But the bill’s prospects in the Senate remain unclear as some Republicans complain...

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