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  • Who are the Democratic debate candidates?

    Who are the Democratic debate candidates?

    As of this week, there are about two dozen Democratic presidential candidates running — that is, if we’re counting just the prominent ones. Here are the 20 Democratic candidates who will be participating in the first pair of debates for the 2020 presidential nomination, held over two nights, Wednesday...

  • As Supreme Court prepares to rule on 2020 census dispute, there’s a new legal skirmish

    As Supreme Court prepares to rule on 2020 census dispute, there’s a new legal skirmish

    The Supreme Court on Thursday is set to decide a politically charged dispute over whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the full census for the first time since 1950. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced that the final rulings of this term will come Thursday...

  • House-Senate standoff puts border crisis money in jeopardy

    House-Senate standoff puts border crisis money in jeopardy

    House Democrats and Senate Republicans have dug themselves into a standoff over funding to respond to the crisis at the southern border, raising the possibility that new money will not be approved before lawmakers leave for next week’s Fourth of July recess. Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted...

  • Democrats set stage for Mueller extravaganza on Capitol Hill

    Democrats set stage for Mueller extravaganza on Capitol Hill

    Ever since special counsel Robert S. Mueller III finished the Russia investigation, Democrats have struggled to package the results of the probe into the kind of live television spectacle that captivated the country a generation ago during the Watergate scandal that doomed Richard Nixon’s presidency....

  • ‘I still have nightmares’: Four women accuse O.C. assemblyman of misconduct

    ‘I still have nightmares’: Four women accuse O.C. assemblyman of misconduct

    Four women, including an Orange County supervisor, have accused Assemblyman William Brough (R-Dana Point) of unwanted touching and other misconduct. The allegations came to light last week, when Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett spoke out against an endorsement for Brough at an Orange County...

  • House moves to pass border funding bill without the enforcement money Trump wants

    House moves to pass border funding bill without the enforcement money Trump wants

    House Democratic leaders are scrambling to approve a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. But it ignores the White House’s request for additional enforcement money, cuing up yet another fight over immigration. House Democrats, initially...

  • Federal debt on track to reach unsustainable level in 30 years, CBO reports

    Federal debt on track to reach unsustainable level in 30 years, CBO reports

    The nation’s federal debt by the end of the year will reach the highest level since shortly after World War II and is on pace to reach historic and unsustainable levels within 30 years, according to a government report released Tuesday. The federal debt already equals 78% of the nation’s gross...

  • What time is the Democratic presidential debate? Who gets to be on stage?

    What time is the Democratic presidential debate? Who gets to be on stage?

    With virtually the entire adult U.S. population seeking the Democratic presidential nomination — or so it seems — the party faces some knotty questions. Is anyone left to vote for somebody besides him- or herself? Can all those people squeeze onto a single debate stage? How does that Buttigieg...

  • Democrats’ presidential hopefuls jockey to outdo one another with pre-debate promises

    Democrats’ presidential hopefuls jockey to outdo one another with pre-debate promises

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders burnished his socialist bona fides – and sought to one-up progressive rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — with a $1.6-trillion plan to pay off all the country’s college debt, an idea that could be more of a boon to the rich than the poor. Joe Biden, the former...

  • Trump’s new Iran sanctions may have modest effect

    Trump’s new Iran sanctions may have modest effect

    President Trump’s latest round of sanctions against Iran underscores his preference for using economic pressure rather than military force. But his specific targeting Monday of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is likely to be more symbolic than punishing, given the leader’s lack of...

  • Trump downplays Iranian shootdown of U.S. surveillance drone

    An unarmed U.S. surveillance drone was shot down by a missile fired from Iran, the Pentagon said Thursday, but U.S. and Iranian military officials disputed whether the unmanned aircraft was in Iranian airspace and President Trump downplayed the attack, calling it a mistake. The incident was the...

  • Trump calls Iranian shootdown of Navy drone a ‘fly in the ointment.’ Say what?

    When Donald Trump ran for the White House in 2016, he blamed previous presidents for sending U.S. troops into endless, grinding wars and vowed to stay out of foreign conflicts. This week, he twice showed he meant it. On Monday, he dismissed explosions aboard two oil tankers that the U.S. had blamed...

  • Hope Hicks defends use of Democrats' hacked emails, new transcript shows

    Hope Hicks, President Trump’s former communications director, defended the Trump campaign’s use of hacked emails released by Russians during the 2016 presidential race, according to a transcript of her testimony released on Thursday. “Would you agree that the campaign benefited from the hacked...

  • Supreme Court says 40-foot Maryland cross can stand as war memorial

    The Supreme Court said Thursday the Constitution did not require tearing down historic monuments just because they featured religious symbols, such as crosses or the Ten Commandments. In a 7-2 decision, the high court upheld the display of a nearly century-old, 40-foot cross that sits on public...

  • Even as its kickoff, Trump's reelection campaign aims to win without a majority

    President Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign this week with a rally in Orlando that, as Noah Bierman wrote, often resembled a “time warp” — a reprise of his slogans from 2016 and the grievances that have driven him ever since. As he has throughout his presidency, Trump pitched...

  • Iran’s behavior isn’t as mysterious as it looks

    What’s Iran up to? It’s not as mysterious as it looks. The Tehran government has been pummeled by the Trump administration’s economic sanctions, with greater impact than almost anyone expected. Oil exports, the country’s main source of income, have plummeted by an estimated 80%. The International...

  • Trump kicks off a new campaign reprising his old themes

    President Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday night with a rally that at times resembled a time warp, reprising the grievances, slogans and villains that brought him to victory the first time around, but offering no new proposals for a second term. He extensively derided...

  • Newsom apologizes for California’s history of violence against Native Americans

    Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Tuesday apologizing on behalf of the citizens of California for a history of “violence, maltreatment and neglect” against Native Americans in a rare move that some tribal leaders said could begin a healing process for their communities. “California must...

  • Bill to create ‘safe injection sites’ won’t happen this year

    Legislation that would allow San Francisco drug users to inject themselves at supervised facilities without legal consequences will not move forward this year, the bill’s authors announced Tuesday. Assembly Bill 362, by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco),...

  • Trump vows to deport ‘millions’ of migrants, but it’s unclear how

    President Trump’s bold but vague pledge to deport “millions” of migrants facing removal orders, starting next week, came on the eve of his reelection kickoff Tuesday night in Florida — and it vastly overstates the number of likely deportees and the ability of federal agents to round them up. Like...

  • Rep. Katie Porter is latest Democrat to support impeachment inquiry

    Rep. Katie Porter, the Irvine Democrat, on Monday called for an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, the first freshman House member from California to do so. “After weeks of study, deliberation, and conversations with Orange County families, I’ve decided to support an impeachment investigation...

  • Julian Castro calls for surge in federal spending to end homelessness

    Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro called for a sharp rise in federal spending on housing for millions of Americans who are living on the street or struggling to pay rent. Castro, who was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, on Monday proposed a federal...

  • Sometimes, you can be tried twice for the same crime, Supreme Court rules

    The Constitution is commonly said to protect Americans from double jeopardy — that is, being tried twice for the same crime. But the Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its view that this promise comes with a major exception. The court ruled that, because a state and the federal government are separate...

  • Supreme Court passes, for now, on a new wedding cake dispute

    The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not decide, for now, whether a Christian couple from Oregon had a constitutional right to defy that state’s civil rights law and refuse to make a wedding cake for the marriage of two women. Instead, the justices told an Oregon court to take a second look...

  • California needs a big pot of money for wildfires. But how big? And who pays?

    California leaders are calling for a giant pot of money to help electricity providers cover wildfire liabilities, a critical move to head off another utility bankruptcy and also to prevent Wall Street from hammering utility stock prices again. But it could prove difficult to achieve in Sacramento...

  • Poll finds Californians support the death penalty — and Newsom’s moratorium on executions

    Californians narrowly support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on death row executions but they oppose abolishing the death penalty outright, a new poll shows. The findings offer some political affirmation for the Democratic governor who, after calling the death penalty immoral and unjust, stirred...

  • Jay Inslee’s 2020 plan: Become president, save the planet

    The heap of ashes behind Jay Inslee used to be an acute-care center in Paradise, Calif. Now it was a backdrop for the message the Democrat was about to bring to the 2020 presidential campaign trail — the message he has embraced for more than two decades. “We can’t allow climate deniers in the White...

  • Californians' split decision on the death penalty

    When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in March a moratorium on executions, critics said he was doing something that was contrary to the wishes of most Californians. But maybe not, according to new poll results. The poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental...

  • Republicans need to change their product. Californians aren’t buying it

    Politics is like private enterprise. You either sell your product or perish. California voters have not been buying Republican merchandise. So Democrats have monopolized the market. It’s not the fault of consumers for not liking what the GOP has been peddling. Nor should the Democratic retailers...

  • Pentagon accuses Iran of shooting missiles at U.S. drones

    The Pentagon on Sunday accused Iran of attempting to shoot down a U.S. Reaper drone on June 13 as the unmanned surveillance aircraft was flying over one of two crippled tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. military officials for the first time also linked Iran to a separate missile attack in Yemen...

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