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Decision 2020 Dec 12

Warren Kicks Off Campaign in Philly

The announcement comes several months after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner, both Democrats, endorsed Warren for president.

  • Pennsylvania Dec 7

    Gov. Wolf Puts House on Timetable to Pass Minimum Wage Bill

    Gov. Tom Wolf is putting the state House of Representatives on a timeline to pass legislation he has long sought to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, saying Friday that the Republican-controlled chamber has until the end of the month. If the House doesn’t pass the bill, Wolf’s office said the Democrat will let a rulemaking board proceed with a vote

  • Iran Dec 7

    Iran Frees Chinese-American Scholar for US-Held Scientist

    A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. The trade on the tarmac of a Swiss airport saw Iranian officials hand over Chinese-American graduate student…

  • Dec 6

    Rep. Hunter Announces Resignation Days After Guilty Plea

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he will resign “shortly after the holidays” in a statement made three days after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds. Hunter’s office released the following statement Friday afternoon: “Shortly after the Holidays I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and

  • Dec 6

    New Jersey Lawmakers Move Closer to Banning Single Use Plastic, Paper Bags

    New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday to ban single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as plastic foam containers

  • Dec 5

    ‘Strain on Our System’: Thousands of Pennsylvanians to Lose SNAP Benefits Under Trump Administration Policy Change

    “Any cuts to SNAP are going to put a strain on our … emergency food system,” Kate Scully, director of government affairs at Philabundance, said.

  • Dec 5

    NJ Attorney General Issues New Policing Directives, Including Video from Police-Involved Incidents

    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a handful of new directives Wednesday to law enforcement

  • Dec 4

    Gun Background Checks Are on Pace to Break Record in 2019

    Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year.

  • Dec 4

    Trump-Friendly Rep. Doug Collins Passed Over for Georgia’s Senate Seat

    Georgia’s governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Republican Johnny Isaakson. Gov. Brian Kemp’s choice of Kelly Loeffler pushes aside President Donald Trump’s preferred candidate in a play for the moderate suburban voters who have fled the Republican party. An Associated Press source says Trump made it clear he preferred

  • Dec 4

    Neshaminy School Board Unanimously Votes to Appeal Ruling on Use of ‘Redskins’ Logos

    A Pennsylvania school district will appeal a state commission’s ruling that it can continue to call its sports teams “Redskins” but must remove logos that “negatively stereotype Native Americans.”

  • Dec 4

    West Philadelphia State Lawmaker to Plead Guilty to Stealing $500,000 From Nonprofit

    A publicly elected Philadelphia official will face criminal charges, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday.

  • Dec 3

    US Rep. Duncan Hunter Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and could face up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in March.

  • Dec 3

    Future of Delaware Town’s Hummer’s Parade That Parodied Border Crisis Still Undecided

    The future of a parade that caused controversy in a Delaware town is uncertain as the mayor says proposed guidelines would be unconstitutional.

  • Dec 2

    Trump Administration Quietly Releases Lebanon Military Aid

    The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday and

  • Dec 2

    US Rep. Hunter to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charge, Leave Seat

    California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he plans to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and is prepared to go to jail. It’s a stunning turn of events for the six-term Republican who had steadfastly denied wrongdoing and claimed he was the victim of a political witch hunt by federal prosecutors. Hunter had pleaded not guilty, but in an interview that

  • Dec 2

    Trump to Tariff Steel and Aluminum From Argentina and Brazil

    President Donald Trump on Monday accused Argentina and Brazil of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports to retaliate. Trump also called on America’s central bank to take action to prevent other countries from devaluing their currencies. Both South American nations were among a group of U.S. allies that Trump

  • Dec 2

    Delaware Town to Discuss Rules for Hummer’s Parade That Parodied Border Crisis

    A Delaware town council is preparing to set some rules for an annual parade after last year’s event was criticized for portraying children in cages at the U.S. border.

  • Dec 2

    Democrat Steve Bullock Ends Struggling Presidential Campaign

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday that he’s ending his Democratic presidential campaign, saying it’s become clear that he won’t have a shot at being his party’s nominee. The two-term governor and former state attorney general tried to make the case that he was the best bet to beat President Donald Trump because he was the only Democratic candidate to

  • Dec 2

    China to Suspend US Navy Visits to Hong Kong Over New Law

    China said Monday it will suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats that the U.S. would bear the costs of the decision.

  • Dec 2

    Buttigieg Turns to Black Pastor to Discuss Racism, Poverty

    As he labors to win over black voters whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid, Pete Buttigieg found a receptive host on Sunday in a civil rights activist who has sought to continue the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s push for a racially diverse national campaign against poverty. After attending services at the Rev. William Barber’s Greenleaf Christian

  • Dec 1

    Joe Sestak Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Campaign

    Joe Sestak ended his long-shot campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Sunday, telling supporters that he couldn’t raise money because he was unable to break through in the media. Sestak, a former U.S. representative from Pennsylvania who turns 68 next week, qualified for none of the Democratic debates and failed to register even 1 percent in most opinion polls, NBC

  • Dec 1

    London Extremist Attack Takes Center Stage in UK Campaign

    Britain’s political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for victims, Friday’s attack is dominating the political scene as the Dec. 12 election nears, shifting the focus, at least for

  • Dec 1

    ‘I Know Joe’s Heart’: Why Black Voters Are Backing Joe Biden

    After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden’s past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, playing defense on race. But Bebe Coker had a message for the man she’s known for decades: don’t back down. The 81-year-old education

  • Dec 1

    The New ‘Three Amigos’ Riding Into Trump Impeachment Inquiry

    The “three amigos” used to stand for one thing in Washington — the pack of globe-trotting senators led by John McCain who brought American idealism to the world’s trouble spots. Now it refers to another trio, the Trump envoys who pushed Ukraine to pursue investigations of Democrats and former Vice President Joe Biden. The shift represents more than the appropriation

  • Dec 1

    White House Says It Won’t Participate in Impeachment Hearing

    The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump’s removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial. A draft report will be available for members of the House Intelligence Committee to view in a

  • Dec 1

    Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Rally Cut Short by Police Tear Gas

    Thousands of people took to Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in a new wave of pro-democracy protests, but police fired tear gas after some demonstrators hurled bricks and smoke bombs, breaking a rare pause in violence that has persisted during the six-month-long movement. In the largest of three rallies, a key thoroughfare along the waterfront on the Kowloon side of Victoria

  • Dec 1

    Freed Taliban Prisoner Recounts SEAL Rescue Attempts

    An Australian teacher held captive with an American colleague by the Taliban for more than three years believes U.S. special forces tried and failed six times to free them. Timothy Weeks was released last month in a prisoner swap along with Kevin King, ending an ordeal that began with their abduction in 2016 outside the American University in Kabul, where

  • Dec 1

    House Intelligence Committee to Vote on Impeachment Report

    The House Intelligence Committee will vote Tuesday on Chairman Adam Schiff’s impeachment report, which will make a case for the congressional removal of President Donald Trump, NBC News reports. The vote, likely to break along party lines, is a formality allowing the Democrat-controlled body to pass the impeachment inquiry on to the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to begin its

  • Dec 1

    Biden Launches Iowa Trip With Focus on Trump, Rural America

    Joe Biden launched an eight-day bus tour of Iowa on Saturday projecting confidence, ignoring his many Democratic presidential competitors and pledging that he will unseat President Donald Trump in 2020. The former vice president pledged first to win the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, despite recent polls suggesting his standing there has slipped in recent months. “I promise you, I promise

  • Dec 1

    Fact Check: Trump’s Ukraine Defense Collides With Facts

    President Donald Trump’s defense of his actions with Ukraine collides with the known facts and the testimony of witnesses on multiple fronts as the impeachment inquiry moves into a new phase this coming week. In recent days, Trump has cried foul in ways angry and profane as Democrats set the stage for House Judiciary Committee hearings likely to produce articles

  • Dec 1

    Impeachment’s Influence Hazy as Issue in Congressional Races

    Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats’ majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts loaded with moderate voters. It could work, especially in Democratic-held districts Trump carried in 2016 with throngs of independent voters who polls shows are closely divided over his removal. Or it could flop, in an era

  • Nov 30

    Pennsylvania’s Sexual Abuse Laws Leave Survivors Conflicted

    Some Pennsylvania sexual-abuse survivors and victim advocates felt conflicted by the state’s compromise package of sex abuse laws: Missing was a cornerstone of the recommendations by last year’s landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse inside six of Pennsylvania’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses.

  • Nov 30

    Science Warnings, US Exit Add Urgency to UN Climate Talks

    Mass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming. Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord, ironing out a few wrinkles left over from last year’s conference in Katowice, Poland,

  • Nov 30

    Belated Bill to Help Solve Indigenous Cold Cases Gains Steam

    A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women that has floundered in Congress for two years may have the missing ingredients to become law — money and muscle. The money comes from an appropriations subcommittee chaired by Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who told The Associated Press that for the first

  • Nov 30

    Party Like a Spy: Spookstock Is Intel World’s Hush-Hush Bash

    Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage.

  • Nov 28

    AF1 Replica, Mar-a-Lago Escape: How the White House Carried Out Trump’s Secret Afghan Trip

    President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the U.S. and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he believes the Taliban want a cease-fire. On his first trip to the site of America’s longest war, Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and spent 3?

  • Nov 28

    DOJ Inspector General Draft Report Says FBI Didn’t Spy on Trump Campaign

    A draft copy of a report compiled by the Department of Justice inspector general concludes that the FBI didn’t spy on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, a person familiar with the document confirmed to NBC News. The information from the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is expected to be included in the final report that’s due on Dec. 9, according to

  • Nov 28

    Fired Navy Leader Highly Critical of Trump in SEAL Case

    Richard Spencer, who was fired at Navy secretary for his handling of a SEAL war crimes case championed by President Donald Trump, wrote Wednesday that the commander in chief “has very little understanding” of how the American military works. The extraordinary accusation came in an opinion piece published on The Washington Post’s website Wednesday evening, three days after he was

  • Nov 27

    China Furious, Hong Kong Celebrates After US Move on Bills

    China reacted furiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s signing two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong, summoning the U.S. ambassador to protest and warning the move would undermine cooperation with Washington. Hong Kong, a former British colony that was granted semi-autonomy when China took control in 1997, has been rocked by six months of sometimes violent pro-democracy

  • Nov 27

    Navy Cancels Review for SEALs After Firing of Navy Secretary

    The Navy on Wednesday canceled a peer-review process that would have determined if three Navy SEAL officers who supervised an enlisted SEAL convicted of posing with a dead teenage captive in Iraq should remain on the elite force. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the case was becoming a distraction for the commando force, known for its quiet professionalism.

  • Nov 27

    Trump Admin Projected Separation of 26,000 Migrant Kids at Border, DHS Watchdog Says

    The internal watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security found that the Trump administration anticipated it would separate 26,000 children if the “zero tolerance” policy of 2018 had been allowed to continue, and that the agency knew it lacked the technology to track and reunite children with their parents, NBC News reported. Officials at Customs and Border Protection, the DHS

  • Nov 27

    Ruckelshaus, Who Defied Nixon in Watergate Firing, Dies

    William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which confirmed his death in a statement Wednesday.

  • Nov 27

    Judge Puts Brief Hold on McGahn Testimony Order

    The federal judge who ruled that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a House subpoena for his testimony put her ruling on a brief hold Wednesday. Such holds, known as administrative stays, are often issued to give lawyers a change to file their appeals, NBC News reported. U.S. District Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson said her order “should

  • Nov 27

    How Did Mina Chang Get a State Department Job in the First Place?

    Mina Chang figured out how to work the levers in Dallas and in the nation’s capital, making connections with key figures and cultivating an online image, until her overblown credentials and claims crumbled under scrutiny. Chang resigned last week from a senior State Department post after an NBC News investigation revealed she made misleading claims about her charity work and

  • Nov 27

    Trump Says He Will Designate Mexican Drug Cartels as Terrorist Groups

    President Donald Trump put the Mexican government on the defensive when he said he “absolutely” will move ahead with plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Trump said in a radio interview this week that tens of thousands of Americans are killed every year because of drug trafficking and other activity by the cartels. But Mexico is pushing

  • Nov 27

    You Soon Will Need to Be 21 to Buy Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products in Pennsylvania

    The legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in Pennsylvania is increasing to 21, although there’s an exception for veterans and service members who are at least 18.

  • Nov 27

    Trump Knew of Whistleblower Before Releasing Ukraine Aid

    President Donald Trump was briefed on the whistleblower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine before the White House released nearly $400 million in military aid to Kyiv, officials say, shedding new light on events that triggered the impeachment inquiry. Trump was told about the complaint in late August in a briefing by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and John Eisenberg,

  • Nov 27

    Pennsylvania Hunters Will Be Allowed to Hunt on Sunday But Will Have Wait to Take Aim

    Pennsylvania’s governor has signed a law permitting hunting on three Sundays per year, but it won’t take effect until early 2020.

  • Nov 27

    Jimmy Carter Out of Hospital After Treatment for Brain Bleed

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall. Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said Wednesday that the Carters “look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving at home in Plains, where he will continue to recover.”

  • Nov 27

    Impeachment Fight Leaves Voters Cold in Contested Wisconsin

    There’s not a lot that Republicans and Democrats in this political battlefield agree on, but the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump may have surfaced one: The public hearings aren’t moving the needle. “Everything they say, it’s so repetitive. To me, it’s like they’re beating their heads against the wall,” said Harry Rose, a 78-year-old retired factory worker and Trump

  • Nov 27

    On the Thanksgiving Menu: Turkey, With a Side of Impeachment

    Some people heading to Thanksgiving gatherings predict it’s not just the turkey that will get roasted. Already polarized over Republican Donald Trump’s presidency, Americans are deeply split on a looming historic impeachment. Many families reflect the nation’s divisions, setting up heated holiday debates in households with a taste for politics. Bryan Wright, of Cincinnati, said “impeachment will definitely come up”

  • Nov 27

    White House Budget Office Formally Held Ukraine Aid on Same Day as Trump-Zelenskiy Call

    The White House Office of Management and Budget made its first official move to withhold military aid to Ukraine on July 25, the same day President Donald Trump spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy by phone, according to a summary of OMB documents produced by the House Budget Committee. The OMB documents also show that while that first letter to

  • Nov 26

    2 OMB Staffers Quit After Expressing Frustration About Frozen Ukraine Aid, Top Official Says

    Mark Sandy, a career staffer in the White House Office of Management and Budget, told impeachment investigators that two budget staffers left the agency after expressing frustrations about the unexplained hold on Ukrainian aid, according to new closed-door transcripts released Tuesday. Sandy said that one staffer, who worked in OMB’s legal office and whose name was undisclosed, told him they

  • Nov 26

    Melania Trump Booed at ‘Be Best’ Event in Baltimore

    First lady Melania Trump was greeted with a loud chorus of boos Tuesday while giving a speech to a crowd of young students in Baltimore as part of her “Be Best” campaign, NBC News reported. Trump spoke for about five minutes before hundreds of middle and high school children at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore and warned them about

  • Nov 26

    House Judiciary Committee Sets Dec. 4 Impeachment Hearing

    The House Judiciary Committee is set to take over the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, Democrats announced Tuesday, scheduling a hearing for next week as they push closer to a possible vote on actual charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Judiciary panel scheduled the hearing as the separate Intelligence Committee released two last transcripts from its depositions, including

  • Nov 26

    Lawyer: Impeachment-Related Ruling on McGahn Doesn’t Extend to Bolton, Deputy

    John Bolton’s attorney suggested Tuesday that a court order directing former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before Congress has no bearing on whether his client and another ex-national security official he represents will testify. The statement from attorney Charles Cooper aimed to blunt public speculation that the judge’s order in the McGahn case could influence the actions of

  • Nov 26

    Pennsylvania Ends Time Limits for Future Child Sexual Abuse Charges

    Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws Tuesday, more than a year after a grand jury report showed the cover-up of hundreds of cases of abuse in most of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses over the last seven decades.

  • Nov 26

    Committee’s Report on Impeachment Could Land Next Week

    The witnesses have spoken, the politics are largely settled. Now impeachment investigators will make the case for public opinion. On Monday, hundreds of pages from Democratic Chairman Adam Schiff’s intelligence committee were being compiled into an exhaustive report that will begin to outline whether President Donald Trump engaged in “treason, bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors” by withholding $400 million

  • Nov 26

    NJ Bill Would Allow Convicts Paroled, on Probation to Have Voting Rights Restored

    New Jersey convicts on parole or probation would have their right to vote restored under a bill working through the Legislature

  • Nov 25

    Supreme Court Shields Trump’s Financial Records for Now

    The Supreme Court is shielding President Donald Trump’s financial records from House Democrats for now.

  • Nov 25

    Trumps Signs Bill to Crack Down on Animal Cruelty

    President Donald Trump has signed a bill that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony, saying it’s important for the nation to combat “heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty.” The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act prohibits extreme acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate commerce or on federal property. The legislation expands on a 2010 law

  • Nov 25

    McGahn Must Comply With House Subpoena: Judge

    A federal judge has ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress in a setback to President Donald Trump’s effort to keep his top aides from testifying. The outcome could lead to renewed efforts by House Democrats to compel testimony from other high-ranking officials, including former national security adviser John Bolton.

  • Nov 25

    Esper Says Trump Ordered Him to Stop SEAL Review Board

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared Monday that President Donald Trump ordered him to stop a disciplinary review of a Navy SEAL accused of battlefield misconduct, an intervention that raised questions about America’s commitment to international standards for battlefield ethics. Esper’s comments are the latest twist in the case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, which led to a conflict between

  • Nov 25

    Catholics Protest Ban of Nativity Scene on Rehoboth Beach Property

    More than 150 people are praying that a Delaware city reverses course on a ban that prohibits the display of a Nativity scene on city property.

  • Nov 25

    What’s Ahead in Impeachment: Judiciary Committee Up Next?

    After two weeks of public hearings, Democrats could soon turn the impeachment process over to the House Judiciary Committee. They’re moving “expeditiously” ahead as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has instructed. At some point in the coming weeks, the House intelligence panel will submit a report to the Judiciary panel, and then Democrats will consider drafting articles of impeachment on President

  • Nov 25

    Pro-Democracy Camp Wins Landslide in Hong Kong Vote

    Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition won a stunning landslide victory in weekend local elections in a clear rebuke to city leader Carrie Lam over her handling of violent protests that have divided the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Wu Chi-wai, leader of the city’s biggest pro-democracy party, said Monday that the bloc swept nearly 90% of 452 district council seats, which will help

  • Nov 24

    An Emerging Priority for Powell Fed: The Plight of the Poor

    Testifying to Congress this month, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sent a message seldom heard from his predecessors: That the Fed should consider the struggles of the lowest-income Americans in setting its interest-rate policies. “We want to remind ourselves,” Powell said, “that prosperity isn’t experienced in all communities. Low- and moderate-income communities in many cases are just starting to feel

  • Nov 24

    UK’s Boris Johnson Has One Thing on His Mind: Brexit Now

    The formal launch of the Conservative Party’s election pledges Sunday centered around the key plank of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign: making Brexit happen. Speaking to a friendly crowd, Johnson trashed his opponents — most notably the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, his prime rival — and claimed that his Conservatives are the sole party in next month’s election that

  • Nov 24

    Pentagon Chief Fires Navy Secretary Over SEAL Controversy

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq. Esper said he had lost confidence in Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and alleged that Spencer proposed a deal with the White House behind his back

  • Nov 24

    Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Officially Enters 2020 Presidential Race

    Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest men, has formally launched a Democratic bid for president.

  • Nov 24

    Pope in Hiroshima: Use and Possession of Atom Bomb ‘Immoral’

    Pope Francis traveled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday to demand that world powers renounce their nuclear arsenals, declaring the use and possession of atomic bombs an “immoral” crime and a dangerous waste. Standing before survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings, Francis denounced the steady erosion of arms control agreements and rejected the Cold War-era doctrine of deterrence that

  • Nov 24

    She Can’t Vote, But 2020 Democrats Want Her Support Anyway

    One of the most sought-after presidential endorsements in a key early voting state is from a woman who cannot vote. As Democrats jockey for support in Nevada, a meeting with Astrid Silva, a 31-year-old immigrant rights activist who has become a public face of the “Dreamers,” is a can’t-miss early stop. Silva has had dinner with Kamala Harris, policy roundtables

  • Nov 23

    Pro-Democracy Candidates Advance in Key Hong Kong Elections

    Pro-democracy candidates won nearly half of the seats in Hong Kong’s local elections, according to partial returns Monday, as voters sent a clear signal of support for the anti-government protests that rocked the Chinese territory for more than five months. A record 71% of the city’s 4.1 million registered voters cast ballots Sunday, well exceeding the 47% turnout in the

  • Nov 23

    After Chills and Fever, Ginsburg Released From Hospital

    The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from a Baltimore hospital where she had been treated for a possible infection. The 86-year-old Ginsburg has returned to her home in Washington, D.C., and is “doing well,” court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Sunday. Ginsburg spent two nights at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She was taken there Friday

  • Nov 23

    Top Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Spending as Deadline Nears

    Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures. Top lawmakers of the House and Senate Appropriations committees on Saturday confirmed agreement on allocations for each of the 12 spending bills, a step that allows negotiations on the $1.4 trillion

  • Nov 23

    Fact Check: Trump and His So-They-Say Accusations

    President Donald Trump has a sophisticated machine at his disposal for gathering and analyzing information: the U.S. government. But many of his inflammatory statements come from another place, an ethereal world where his sources are never identified: “They say. … Well, that’s what the word is. … That’s the way it was explained.” Over the past week of impeachment hearings,

  • Nov 23

    Tougher US Asylum Policy Follows in Europe’s Footsteps

    Nkeze wasn’t home when Cameroonian militants came knocking, probably to deliver their signature ultimatum to join their separatist movement or have his writing arm cut off. The 24-year-old economics student escaped to Douala, the country’s largest city, only to learn that the government wanted to arrest him for participating in a university protest. He then flew to Ecuador and traveled

  • Nov 23

    Navy Secretary Considers Resigning Over Trump’s Meddling in SEAL Case

    Military leaders hoping to keep the Secretary of the Navy from quitting lobbied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One to stop intervening in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of murder, five current and one former military and defense officials told NBC News. On Thursday Trump waded once again into the case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher,

  • Nov 23

    Bloomberg Vows to Refuse Donations, Presidential Salary

    Michael Bloomberg will not accept political donations if he runs for president and he will not take a salary if he wins, according to senior aides who offered new details on Saturday about the New York billionaire’s plans to navigate his wealth as he marches toward a formal 2020 announcement. “He has never taken a political contribution in his life.

  • Nov 23

    ‘A Serious-Minded Kid:’ Pete Buttigieg Aimed High Early

    Would Peter Buttigieg — the smartest kid in class, language whiz and devotee of John F. Kennedy — use his unusual last name in his eventual run for president of the United States? Or would he have a better shot of winning the voters of the future if he went by Montgomery, his middle name?

  • Nov 23

    5 States Resisting Creation of Panels to Promote the Census

    With billions in federal aid and seats in Congress at stake, some states are dragging their feet in carrying out one of the Census Bureau’s chief recommendations for making sure everyone is counted during the 2020 census. Five states — Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas — have not set up “complete count committees” that would create public awareness

  • Nov 23

    Pence Makes Surprise Iraq Trip to Greet Troops, Reassure Kurds

    Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure the United States’ Kurdish allies in an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday, the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago. Flying in a C-17 military cargo jet to preserve the secrecy of the visit, Pence landed in Irbil to meet with

  • Nov 23

    Giuliani Associate Willing to Testify Nunes Met Ex-Ukrainian Official

    The attorney for an indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer says his client is willing to tell Congress that Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, met with Ukraine’s former top prosecutor about investigating the activities of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, NBC News reports. An impeachment inquiry is being conducted over allegations Trump held up aid to Ukraine

  • Nov 23

    US Military Loses Drone Over Libyan Capital

    The U.S. military said Friday it lost an unmanned drone aircraft over the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where rival armed groups have been fighting for control of the city for months. The U.S. Africa Command said the drone was lost Thursday while assessing the security situation and monitoring extremist activity. AFRICOM did not give a reason for the drone’s loss, but

  • Nov 23

    Netanyahu Allies Quiet as Elections Loom

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked to project business as usual Sunday as he returned to work following his indictment on corruption charges, but a wall of silence from his usually loyal Cabinet ministers could mean tough times ahead for the embattled Israeli leader. Netanyahu is determined to fight the charges from the prime minister’s office in what promises to be

  • Nov 23

    US Judge Awards $180M to Post Reporter Held by Iran

    A U.S. federal judge has awarded a Washington Post journalist and his family nearly $180 million in their lawsuit against Iran over his 544 days in captivity and torture while being held on internationally criticized espionage charges. The order in the case filed by Jason Rezaian came as Iranian officials appeared to begin restoring the internet after a weeklong shutdown

  • Nov 23

    New Documents Show Contacts Between Giuliani and Pompeo

    Newly released documents show Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in contact with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the months before the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was abruptly recalled. The State Department released the documents Friday to the group American Oversight in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. They show that Pompeo talked with Giuliani on

  • Nov 23

    Impeachment Inquiry Crossroads: Keep Going or Time to Vote?

    They’ve heard enough. With stunning testimony largely complete, the House, the Senate and the president are swiftly moving on to next steps in the historic impeachment inquiry of Donald J. Trump. “Frankly, I want a trial,” Trump declared Friday, and it looks like he’s going to get it. Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s staff and others are compiling

  • Nov 22

    Trump Hosts Heated White House Vaping Debate

    President Donald Trump hosted a heated White House debate Friday on how best to address the growing health risks of vaping, with industry representatives openly sparring with public health advocates. Trump told the group he was concerned that a ban on flavored vaping products could lead children to seek out unsafe alternatives that would pose an even greater risk to

  • Nov 22

    China’s Xi Says Beijing Wants Trade Deal With U.S., Can ‘Fight Back’

    President Xi Jinping said Friday that Beijing wants to work for a trade deal with the United States but is not afraid to “fight back” to protect its own interests. Echoing the upbeat tone adopted by other Chinese officials in recent days, Xi told a visiting U.S. business delegation that China holds a “positive attitude” about the trade talks. “As

  • Nov 22

    Israel Braces for Bitter Fight After Netanyahu Indictment

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel’s already deadlocked political system and could test the loyalty of his right-wing allies, Israeli commentators said Friday. The serious corruption charges announced Thursday appear to have dashed already slim hopes for a unity government following September’s elections, paving the way for an unprecedented repeat vote in

  • Nov 22

    DOJ Report: FBI Lawyer Suspected of Altering Russia Probe Document

    President Donald Trump on Friday touted news reports that a former FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser in 2016. The Associated Press has confirmed reports by CNN and The Washington Post that the finding is part of a Justice Department inspector general investigation into the FBI’s probe of ties

  • Nov 22

    Trump Denigrates US Diplomats, Pushes Conspiracy Theories

    Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as “total nonsense” on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine pressure campaign. In one breath, Trump said House Democrats looked like “fools” during the hearings on Capitol Hill. In another, he

  • Nov 22

    Trump Impeachment Hearings Highlight Immigrants’ Stories

    One came from northeast England. Another came from the former Soviet Union. A third was born in Canada to parents who’d fled the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds, sharing their families’ stories in highly personal opening statements. They drew a connection to how

  • Nov 22

    Quid Pro Quo, Domestic Errands: Takeaways From Impeachment Hearings

    President Donald Trump asked a foreign country to investigate a political rival as he enters his reelection campaign. That has been established almost beyond doubt. But Republicans and Democrats agree on little else as they engage in on only the fourth impeachment inquiry in the nation’s history. Here are key takeaways from two weeks of hearings.

  • Nov 22

    Iran Internet Slowly Revives; US Sanctions Telecom Minister

    The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the outage. A week after the gasoline hike, the loosening of the internet shutdown suggests Iran’s government believes it put down the demonstrations

  • Nov 22

    House Urges Court to Lift Hold on Subpoena for Trump Records

    House Democrats and Manhattan’s top prosecutor told the Supreme Court Thursday that President Donald Trump’s arguments to shield his tax returns and financial records are weak, and not deserving of the justices’ intervention. The Democrats said they should be allowed to enforce their demands for Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm immediately. The House’s plea to allow enforcement of

  • Nov 21

    Impeachment Hearing Takeaways: A ‘Fictional Narrative’

    The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a pivotal conversation between President Donald Trump and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland.

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