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  • Trump: Where’s my Nobel Prize?

    Trump: Where’s my Nobel Prize?

    Forty-five minutes into a 49-minute news conference on Friday that was disjointed, defensive and yet unusually subdued, President Trump looked into the sun at the throng of journalists and television cameras and offered a window into his bruised psyche. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had shown...

  • Judge issues gag order for Roger Stone case in Russia investigation

    Judge issues gag order for Roger Stone case in Russia investigation

    A federal judge has ordered Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime political advisor, to limit his public comments about his upcoming trial on charges stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The gag order could be a challenge for Stone, an outspoken provocateur who has held news...

  • Trump doesn’t let environmental laws stand in the way of border barrier construction

    Trump doesn’t let environmental laws stand in the way of border barrier construction

    Over the last week, Marianna Treviño Wright has watched work crews drive through her butterfly sanctuary in the Rio Grande Valley to a nearby site where brush is being cleared for a planned six-mile stretch of border wall. Homeland Security has planned to build an 18-foot-tall steel and concrete...

  • Backing himself against the Wall, Trump seeks out a new fight

    Backing himself against the Wall, Trump seeks out a new fight

    With his decision to declare a national emergency on the border and seek to build a border wall by executive fiat, President Trump has guaranteed more high-profile battles and likely more defeats. What he hasn’t gotten is more fence. That’s a consistent pattern — Trump opts for fights over actual...

  • Homeland Security replacing troubled biodefense system with another flawed approach

    Homeland Security replacing troubled biodefense system with another flawed approach

    The Trump administration is quietly moving to replace BioWatch, the nation’s problem-plagued system for detecting an airborne attack of anthrax spores or other infectious agents, with technology that also has severe shortcomings, a Times investigation has found. The first new device was installed...

  • U.S. hosts Middle East peace conference in Poland, but Palestinians are a no-show

    U.S. hosts Middle East peace conference in Poland, but Palestinians are a no-show

    The United States on Wednesday opened a highly promoted international conference on peace in the Middle East, but some central players, the Palestinians, were a no-show. Representatives of about 60 countries, including several Arab states, planned to attend, but a number of European nations sent...

  • Judge agrees that Paul Manafort lied in Russia investigation

    Judge agrees that Paul Manafort lied in Russia investigation

    A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, lied to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s prosecutors despite agreeing to cooperate in the sprawling Russia investigation. The decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson effectively voids...

  • California officials approve $131 million for emergency and disaster relief

    California officials approve $131 million for emergency and disaster relief

    Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills into law Wednesday to immediately provide $131.3 million in funding to expand access to clean drinking water, improve emergency preparedness and support wildfire-ravaged communities. The bills were introduced in the Legislature in early December and approved...

  • White House drafts order that would ban Huawei from U.S.

    White House drafts order that would ban Huawei from U.S.

    The White House is preparing a sweeping executive order that could bar Chinese companies from selling equipment for use in future U.S. telecommunications networks, claiming Beijing could exploit the technology to carry out cyber intrusions and espionage. The main target of the draft order, expected...

  • Elliott Abrams, U.S. envoy for Venezuela, faces combative House hearing as policy stalls

    Elliott Abrams, U.S. envoy for Venezuela, faces combative House hearing as policy stalls

    In his first appearance in Congress as special U.S. envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams on Wednesday defended the Trump administration’s seemingly stalled efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, saying the authoritarian ruler’s “time is up.” “There is a storm brewing inside the Maduro regime,”...

  • Congress is already considering impeachment — but won't admit it

    Last week, no fewer than six committees of the House of Representatives were investigating potential grounds for impeaching Donald Trump as president of the United States. They don’t use the word “impeachment.” Their instructions from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) are to describe...

  • The one-day, $1-billion California budget gimmick that has lasted for almost a decade

    Ten years ago this week, California lawmakers stared into the deepest fiscal abyss the state had ever faced and lived to tell the tale — in part by pretending part of the hole didn’t really exist. Now, the current crop of state leaders must decide whether they’ll finally stop telling themselves...

  • Elizabeth Warren officially kicks off bid for White House

    Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone." Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidential...

  • Trump’s health rated ‘very good’ after a 4-hour checkup

    It's reckoning time: President Donald Trump had his annual medical exam Friday, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories. Trump spent more than four hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a checkup supervised by Dr. Sean P. Conley, his physician,...

  • Polluters are paying much lower fines under Trump, EPA says

    Numbers released by the Trump administration Friday show an 80% drop in some penalties levied against polluters, the latest sign that the Environmental Protection Agency has become a less aggressive watchdog. Injunctive relief — the amount of money polluters commit to pay to correct problems and...

  • Is Washington headed for another government shutdown? One week to the deadline

    Some 800,000 federal workers have only just been made whole for the paychecks they missed in the last government shutdown, and already the deadline looms for the next one. Congress and President Trump must agree by midnight next Friday on a measure to fund government agencies, or else the lights...

  • Whitaker agrees to testify before Congress, ending standoff

    The House Judiciary Committee chairman said late Thursday that a standoff with the acting attorney general had ended in an agreement for Matthew Whitaker to testify publicly Friday, setting up a potentially dramatic confrontation over President Trump and the special counsel investigation into the...

  • In key primary states, activists nervously eye Warren's troubles over ancestry

    With Sen. Elizabeth Warren once again confronting controversy over her tenuous claims to Native American heritage, activists in early-voting states and national allies are nervously eyeing whether she can succeed in getting past an issue that has shadowed her campaign. Many Democrats continue to...

  • How the Green New Deal is shaping the race for president

    Even as climate change has rapidly evolved from an abstract threat to a tangible crisis, political candidates have struggled to make it a central focus of campaigns dominated by more immediate voter concerns. Now, the political conversation is catching up. Climate change issues, and more specifically...

  • Can't live with Trump, can't live without him: California Republicans' challenging future

    Still smarting from historic losses in the November “blue wave,” Orange County Republicans gathered last month to consider a new leader and direction for the state party. Though President Trump wasn’t the topic of discussion in the Costa Mesa hotel ballroom where they met, he was probably not far...

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