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Kavanaugh’s accuser commits to Thursday testimony

Kavanaugh’s accuser commits to Thursday testimony

By Todd Ruger | CQ-Roll Call

September 24, 2018


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Christine Blasey Ford is now scheduled to testify Thursday morning at the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The committee announced the rescheduling of Kavanaugh's continued confirmation hearing Sunday. The hearing had been...

Disneyland Resort hotel workers approve a new contract with a $15-an-hour minimum wage

Disneyland Resort hotel workers approve a new contract with a $15-an-hour minimum wage

By Hugo Martin | Los Angeles Times

September 24, 2018


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After months of demonstrations and protests, hotel workers at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim overwhelmingly approved a contract that boosts hourly salaries by at least 40 percent over two years and clears the way for staff to get bonuses that were promised last year. The five-year contract establishes...

GOP congressman jokes Ruth Bader Ginsburg was groped by Abraham Lincoln

GOP congressman jokes Ruth Bader Ginsburg was groped by Abraham Lincoln

By By Lindsey McPherson | CQ-Roll Call

September 21, 2018


Filed under National News, Uncategorized

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman opened an election debate Thursday by cracking a joke that attempted to play off the controversy over the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It did not go over well, according to a report from The Post and Courier. Norman,...

Duke Energy confirms new coal ash spill in North Carolina

Duke Energy confirms new coal ash spill in North Carolina

By Will Doran | The News & Observer

September 20, 2018


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Duke Energy reported over the weekend that enough coal ash had spilled near one of its Wilmington power plants to nearly fill up an Olympic-sized swimming pool — and that a second coal ash site near Goldsboro was experiencing flooding but hadn't spilled yet. But Wednesday night, environmental activists...

Analysis: Primary challengers aren’t always more partisan in Congress

Analysis: Primary challengers aren’t always more partisan in Congress

By Shawn Zeller | CQ-Roll Call

September 19, 2018


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It's often said that conservative challenges to Republican incumbents in primary elections — the prime example being Dave Brat's victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014 — have led to more polarization in Congress, with the challengers less willing to compromise than their predecessors. Now...

Rising waters continue to frustrate rescue efforts and residents, FEMA chief says after NC tour

Rising waters continue to frustrate rescue efforts and residents, FEMA chief says after NC tour

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske | Los Angeles Times

September 18, 2018


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Rivers continued to rise out of their banks across the Carolinas on Tuesday, frustrating rescue efforts and residents hoping to return home. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, acknowledged the difficulties following a tour of flooded...

Obscure Pentagon fund nets $2 billion, sets pork senses tingling

Obscure Pentagon fund nets $2 billion, sets pork senses tingling

By John M. Donnelly | CQ-Roll Call

September 18, 2018


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The Pentagon will soon have received about $2.3 billion in the last nine years — money the military never requested — for a special fund intended to help replace earmarks after Congress banned them, our analysis shows. Buried deep inside the $674.4 billion Defense spending measure for fiscal 2019...

Why even moderate Democrats are moving left and changing what it means to be centrist

Why even moderate Democrats are moving left and changing what it means to be centrist

By Alex Roarty | McClatchy Washington Bureau

September 17, 2018


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Betsy Rader's political agenda includes a check-list of liberal priorities: She unequivocally supports abortion rights, believes in universal health care, talks forcefully about the importance of gay rights, and — per an aide — is "incredibly dismayed" by President Donald Trump's immigration policy. So...

Brett Kavanaugh and accuser say they will testify about assault allegations

Brett Kavanaugh and accuser say they will testify about assault allegations

By Jennifer Haberkorn | Los Angelas Times

September 17, 2018


Filed under National News, Uncategorized

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's carefully planned confirmation — once seen as a sure bet — slipped into limbo Monday after he and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault offered to testify about the allegations. The Senate now appears increasingly unlikely to move ahead...

Violence Against Women Act extension included in stopgap spending deal

Violence Against Women Act extension included in stopgap spending deal

By Katherine Tully-McManus | CQ-Roll Call

September 14, 2018


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The Violence Against Women Act, which was set to expire Sept. 30, will be extended through Dec. 7 under a stopgap spending bill released Thursday. "Any program, authority or provision, including any pilot program, authorized under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 shall continue...

Household incomes hit new high, but rate of health coverage flattens

Household incomes hit new high, but rate of health coverage flattens

September 12, 2018


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With unemployment steadily declining and more people working full time in year-round jobs, household incomes in the United States rose moderately last year, and the nation's poverty rate fell to the lowest point in more than a decade, according to new federal government data. But in another important...

FDA cracks down on e-cigarette makers amid ‘epidemic of nicotine addiction’ among youth

FDA cracks down on e-cigarette makers amid ‘epidemic of nicotine addiction’ among youth

By Melissa Healy | Los Angeles Times

September 12, 2018


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Responding to an "epidemic of nicotine addiction" among young Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a comprehensive crackdown on e-cigarette manufacturers, directing the industry's giants to draw up detailed plans for halting sales to minors and threatening to pull a...

Document details Dallas officer’s account of shooting; victim’s attorney tells different story

Document details Dallas officer’s account of shooting; victim’s attorney tells different story

By Nichole Manna | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

September 11, 2018


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An arrest affidavit released Monday afternoon gives additional details of what happened the night a Dallas police officer shot and killed a 26-year-old man inside his apartment. Amber Guyger, 30, is charged with manslaughter in the death of Botham Shem Jean on Thursday night. She claimed she mistook...

LA’s only LGBTQ-focused coffee shop fights to survive

LA’s only LGBTQ-focused coffee shop fights to survive

By Laura Newberry | Los Angeles Times

September 11, 2018


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Before she leaves her house in a dress or skirt, or anything else perceived as feminine, Willow Fields braces for a hard day. At best, she expects to be gawked at and misgendered by cashiers and ride-hailing drivers. At worst, she fears becoming the target of violence in a country where at least 28...

Wind and solar farms can make their own weather, including rain over the Sahara

Wind and solar farms can make their own weather, including rain over the Sahara

By Karen Kaplan | Los Angeles Times

September 6, 2018


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You already know that using solar and wind power can influence the climate by reducing our dependence on heat-trapping fossil fuels. Now scientists say these renewable forms of energy can change the climate more directly — and do it in ways that might surprise you. If wind turbines and solar panels...

Republicans aren’t asking Kavanaugh about abortion; Graham’s going there

Republicans aren’t asking Kavanaugh about abortion; Graham’s going there

By Emma Dumain | McClatchy Washington Bureau

September 6, 2018


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Most Senate Republicans are avoiding mere mention of Roe v. Wade during this week's hearings on whether Brett Kavanaugh should become a Supreme Court justice. Sen. Lindsey Graham isn't one of them. The South Carolina Republican is readily, even eagerly, wading into the abortion debate. A senior member...

Kavanaugh sticks to his position on guns, dodges questions about abortion, presidential power

Kavanaugh sticks to his position on guns, dodges questions about abortion, presidential power

By David G. Savage, Jennifer Haberkorn, and Sarah D. Wire

September 5, 2018


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WASHINGTON — Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday defended his broad view of gun rights and restrictions on abortion for young immigrant women, but refused to say whether a president can be ordered to answer questions in a criminal investigation. Facing senators during a second day of his confirmation h...

Nike took a calculated risk with Colin Kaepernick ad, experts say

Nike took a calculated risk with Colin Kaepernick ad, experts say

By Samantha Masunaga | Los Angeles Times

September 5, 2018


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Nike Inc.'s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick in its latest "Just Do It" advertising campaign predictably blew up the internet. In one video, Nike shoes were set on fire. John Rich, half of the country music duo Big & Rich, showed that his soundman had cut Nike's iconic swoosh off his socks....

Attorney general announces review of social media platforms after hearing

Attorney general announces review of social media platforms after hearing

By David Pierson | Los Angeles Times

September 5, 2018


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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill questioned top executives at Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday about their companies' ability to thwart foreign interference, and hinted that industry regulations may be coming. The "size and reach of your platforms demand that we, as policymakers, do our job, to ensure proper...

Why sexual assault survivors are fuming over DeVos proposal

Why sexual assault survivors are fuming over DeVos proposal

By David Jesse | Detroit Free Press

August 30, 2018


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Proposed changes to how the nation's colleges and universities handle sexual assault investigations left sexual assault survivors and victim rights organizations sputtering mad, claiming the moves would tip the playing field toward those accused of sexual assault. "Is ruining lives your version of a...

California legislators advance bill to set strongest net neutrality protections in U.S.

California legislators advance bill to set strongest net neutrality protections in U.S.

By Jazmine Ulloa | Los Angeles Times

August 30, 2018


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California lawmakers advanced an ambitious proposal Thursday to prevent broadband providers from hindering or manipulating access to the internet, bringing the state closer to enacting the strongest net neutrality protections in the country. The legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would...

Huge monitor lizard terrorizes Florida family with repeat visits

Huge monitor lizard terrorizes Florida family with repeat visits

By Wayne K. Roustan

August 29, 2018


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A terrified Florida family has enlisted the help of trappers, hunting dogs and state wildlife officers to try to catch a monitor lizard that has made repeated visits to their home in Davie. It's an estimated 7 feet long, weighs approximately 150 pounds and has shown up in their backyard at least three...

3 big reasons behind Andrew Gillum’s upset victory in Fla. gubernatorial primary

3 big reasons behind Andrew Gillum’s upset victory in Fla. gubernatorial primary

By Anthony Man and Skyler Swisher

August 29, 2018


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Andrew Gillum's supporters and campaign team spent the final weeks of the primary campaign telling anyone who would listen that their candidate was surging, and would end up as the Democratic nominee for Florida governor. Few people listened. Then, on Tuesday night, he upset the presumed frontrunner,...

CFPB student loan ombudsman resigns, blasts Mulvaney

CFPB student loan ombudsman resigns, blasts Mulvaney

By Kellie Mejdrich | CQ-Roll Call

August 27, 2018


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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman resigned Monday, citing political differences at the agency under Acting Director Mick Mulvaney.

Several slain in mass shooting at Florida video game tournament

Several slain in mass shooting at Florida video game tournament

By Monique O. Madan and Glenn Garvin | Miami Herald

August 27, 2018


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Among the dead was 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore, a defeated contestant in the tournament. Police say he killed himself after opening fire on other competitors.

Former Vatican envoy accuses Pope of hiding sexual abuse allegations

Former Vatican envoy accuses Pope of hiding sexual abuse allegations

By Tracy Wilkinson and Simon Roughneen | Los Angeles Times

August 26, 2018


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The former envoy's 11-page broadside rocked the Roman Catholic world as Pope Francis finished a two-day visit to Ireland.

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

By Eliza Fawcett, Los Angeles Times

July 12, 2018


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The House passed a bill last fall and similar legislation is pending in the Senate. Both aim to boost the driverless car industry by streamlining rules and preventing states from imposing their own safety and performance standards.

Parkland students who survived shooting file federal lawsuit

Parkland students who survived shooting file federal lawsuit

By Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel

July 12, 2018


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The lawsuit specifically names Broward County, retired school resource officer Scot Peterson, Broward Sheriff's Office Capt. Jan Jordan and campus monitor Andrew Medina as defendants.

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

By Tracy Wilkinson | Tribune Washington Bureau

June 19, 2018


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WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is withdrawing from the U.N. body that oversees human rights around the globe, saying the 47-nation council has shown an "unconscionable" bias against Israel and a blind willingness to ignore abuse elsewhere. The decision to leave the U.N....

Diplomats hustle to prepare for still-uncertain Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

Diplomats hustle to prepare for still-uncertain Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

By Eli Stokols and Tracy Wilkinson |Tribune Washington Bureau

May 30, 2018


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The Trump administration moved on multiple fronts Tuesday to prepare for a possible nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, as U.S. diplomats scrambled to revive the meeting that Trump had publicly scrapped last week. Most importantly, the White House said Secretary...

Study: Hurricane Maria’s death toll 70 times higher than Puerto Rican officials have reported

Study: Hurricane Maria’s death toll 70 times higher than Puerto Rican officials have reported

By Karen Kaplan and Amina Khan | L.A. Times

May 29, 2018


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Officials in Puerto Rico say that 64 people lost their lives after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in September. A new report says that estimate is off _ by about 4,600. If the analysis is correct, it means that for every hurricane-related death that's currently on the books, another 70 fatalities...

Blue State AGs fight for their jobs while fending off Trump

Blue State AGs fight for their jobs while fending off Trump

By By Kartikay Mehrotra | Bloomberg News (TNS)

May 17, 2018


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SAN FRANCISCO — Democratic attorneys general spent the past 16 months suing the current administration at a record pace, often thwarting President Donald Trump’s most ambitious policy maneuvers with lawsuits questioning their constitutionality. While the most prominent of Trump’s critics, New ...

Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti accused of stiffing law partner on $2 million debt

Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti accused of stiffing law partner on $2 million debt

By Michael Finnegan| Los Angelos Times (TNS)

May 17, 2018


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Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, broke his promise to make a $2 million payment that was due Tuesday under the settlement of his firm’s bankruptcy, a new lawsuit alleges. To resolve the bankruptcy, Avenatti promised in December to pay $4.85 million to Jason Frank, a fo...

Women reaching new levels in political donations

Women reaching new levels in political donations

By Kate Ackley | CQ-Roll Call

May 16, 2018


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WASHINGTON—An unprecedented rise in female donors to political campaigns, fueled largely by opposition to President Donald Trump, continues to grow in the run-up to the 2018 elections. The number of women donating to federal candidates has surged by 182 percent when compared with this time in the 2016 ...

Supreme Court’s embrace of states’ rights could aid California in its battle with the Trump administration

Supreme Court’s embrace of states’ rights could aid California in its battle with the Trump administration

By David G. Savage | Tribune Washington Bureau

May 16, 2018


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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decision upholding states’ rights to offer sports betting was backed mostly by conservative justices, but it may also give a boost to California and other liberal states that are defying the Trump administration’s drive for stricter immigration enforcement. At i...

Shkreli pledges to be ‘honest’ if he gets a break on prison time

By Patricia Hurtado | Bloomberg News

March 1, 2018


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A remorseful Martin Shkreli promised the judge who's going to sentence him next week that he'll be "more careful, open and honest" if she doesn't impose a long prison term, acknowledging "I was a fool. I should have known better." "I assure you that any mercy shown at sentencing will be met with a...

FBI and White House in open conflict over classified GOP memo

By Joseph Tanfani and Chris Megerian | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

February 1, 2018


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In an extraordinary public break with the White House, the FBI warned Wednesday that it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a disputed Republican memo on secret surveillance during the 2016 campaign that President Donald Trump has promised to release. The FBI said it only had a "limited opportunity"...

Supreme Court signals it might block Pennsylvania ruling against partisan gerrymandering

By David G. Savage | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 30, 2018


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The Supreme Court signaled Monday it may be open to blocking a state ruling on partisan gerrymandering at the behest of Pennsylvania's Republican leaders. Last week Pennsylvania's high court struck down the state's election districts on the grounds they were drawn to give the GOP a 13-5 majority of...

Women’s Marches nationwide set sights on ballot box while praising #MeToo

By By Laura King, Andrea Castillo and Nina Agrawal | Tribune Washington Bureau

January 22, 2018


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WASHINGTON _ In a boisterous coast-to-coast outpouring, hundreds of thousands of marchers in dozens of cities staged a reprise of last year's massive Women's March, seeking to not only deliver a powerful rebuke to the policies of President Donald Trump, but also mount a crucial mobilization for this...

Eagles blow out Vikings to earn franchise’s third trip to Super Bowl

By Sam Farmer | Los Angeles Times

January 22, 2018


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The Philadelphia Eagles secured a Super Bowl rematch Sunday, and denied the Minnesota Vikings in their bid to make history. Led by quarterback Nick Foles and a smothering defense, the Eagles posted a 38-7 victory over Minnesota before a towel-swirling crowd so raucous at Lincoln Financial Field that...

Turkey, ignoring US warnings, attacks Kurds in Syria

By Selcan Hacaoglu | Bloomberg News (TNS)

January 21, 2018


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Turkey pushed ahead with a ground offensive against Kurdish forces in northwest Syria — in defiance of the United States — to create what it called a security buffer along the border. Turkish soldiers moved into the town of Afrin Sunday morning, penetrating 3 miles from the Turkish border, NT...

As Trump announces ‘Fake News Awards,’ GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as anti-democratic

By Noah Bierman | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 18, 2018


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On a day President Donald Trump promised to deliver "Fake News Awards," two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who...

Kansas lawmaker apologizes for racist comments on African-Americans, marijuana

By Jonathan Shorman and Hunter Woodall | Kansas City Star (TNS)

January 8, 2018


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A Kansas state lawmaker made racist comments about blacks and marijuana, saying that because of their "character makeup, their genetics" African-Americans had the worst response to the drug. He apologized Monday after mounting criticism. Republican state Rep. Steve Alford of Ulysses made the statements...

Behind Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis

By Shashank Bengali | Los Angeles Times

January 8, 2018


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MANDALAY, Myanmar —  Myawady Sayadaw, a crimson-robed monk whose eyes dance behind round spectacles, casts himself as a genial warrior in Myanmar's long struggle against military rule. Inside his monastery stands a tall stone monument to students killed in pro-democracy protests. In 2007, he an...

Alabama, Georgia brace for bruising national-title battle

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

January 8, 2018


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This is the type of football game that Alabama wants. "Grimy, hard," linebacker Rashaan Evans says. "Physical, violent." This is the type of football game the Crimson Tide defense feels it was built for. "We always try to out-physical our opponents," defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said. "Get...

No. 15 Miami hold off No. 24 Florida State in basketball

By Michelle Kaufman | Miami Herald

January 8, 2018


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While most of the nation braced for record-breaking cold weather and ice storms on Sunday, South Florida warmed up significantly, as did the 15th-ranked University of Miami men's basketball team. Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd and 17 NBA scouts, the Hurricanes made 13 of their first 14...

North Korea accepts proposal for talks next week on Olympics

By Kanga Kong | Bloomberg News

January 8, 2018


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SEOUL, South Korea _ North Korea accepted a proposal to hold talks with South Korea on Tuesday aimed at reducing tensions ahead of the Winter Olympics next month. The agenda would include North Korea's offer to send a delegation to the Games as well as overall inter-Korean relations, South Korea's...

Bannon apologizes over damning portrait in book as White House presses defense of Trump

By Laura King | Tribune Washington Bureau

January 8, 2018


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With President Donald Trump cheering from the sidelines, the White House Sunday pressed its defense of the president's fitness to govern, as fired former aide Steve Bannon reversed course and apologized for his role in a new book's explosive portrait of Trump. The president's critics, meanwhile, said...

Bannon apologizes over damning portrait in book as White House presses defense of Trump

By Laura King | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 8, 2018


Filed under National News

With President Donald Trump cheering from the sidelines, the White House Sunday pressed its defense of the president's fitness to govern, as fired former aide Steve Bannon reversed course and apologized for his role in a new book's explosive portrait of Trump. The president's critics, meanwhile, said...

Grand jury report: Penn State failed to properly monitor fraternities, hazing

By Susan Snyder | The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

December 15, 2017


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Pennsylvania State University failed to properly monitor and discipline its fraternities for years, leading to life-threatening conditions and widespread violations of policies involving alcohol, according to a grand jury report released Friday. The long-awaited report on Greek life at Penn State...

Assault rifle, open-carry appeals rejected by Supreme Court

By Greg Stohr | Bloomberg News (TNS)

November 28, 2017


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The U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of the intensifying gun debate after the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas, turning away two appeals from firearms advocates, including one that sought a constitutional right to own a semi-automatic assault rifle. The justices, without comment Monday, left intact...

Rep. John Conyers quits House committee post amid sexual harassment probe

By Tracy Wilkinson | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

November 27, 2017


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Sexual abuse allegations continued to roil U.S. politics Sunday, with Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. stepping down from a powerful House post and President Donald Trump again voicing support for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Conyers announced he was stepping down as ranking member...

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe remains president, at least temporarily, after ruling party fires him

By Robyn Dixon | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 20, 2017


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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was widely expected to resign Sunday after the ruling party sacked him and threatened to impeach him if he did not leave office, conceded a need for change but remained in the leadership post. Mugabe, stripped of executive power when the military took control...

House passes its tax reform plan as Senate version comes under new attack

By Lisa Mascaro and Jim Puzzanghera | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

November 17, 2017


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House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package Thursday, setting up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach. Senate GOP leaders, after making some revisions this week, are facing mounting dissent and criticism...

Sparked by #MeToo campaign, sexual assault survivors rally and march in Hollywood

By Brittny Mejia | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 13, 2017


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Some wore T-shirts with the words "Me Too" emblazoned across the front, while others held up signs that said "No more sexual abuse" and "Rape is not a joke." On Sunday, several hundred survivors of sexual harassment and assault and their supporters gathered in front of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood...

GOP’s Roy Moore pushed to quit Senate race after accusation he molested 14-year-old girl

By Michael Finnegan | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 10, 2017


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Republicans' lock on an Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate was thrown into doubt Thursday when the party's religious-right candidate was accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. The explosive allegation, in a Washington Post report, led Senate GOP leader Mitch...

Carter Page tells Russia probe he’s ‘biggest embarrassment’ to Trump

By Billy House | Bloomberg News (TNS)

November 7, 2017


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Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, refused last week to give a congressional committee documents related to the Russia investigation because he said they might not all "match up" with information from earlier wiretaps that caught his conversations. The...

26 dead in Texas church shooting, with children among the victims

By Matt Pearce and John Savage | Los Angeles Times

November 5, 2017


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At least 26 people were shot and killed Sunday when a 26-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire at a Baptist church in a small town near San Antonio. An additional 20 people were injured in the attack, which happened as a church service was underway at First Baptist Church in the town of Sutherland...

Indictment expected from Mueller’s probe into Trump campaign aides

By David Willman | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

October 30, 2017


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One of two former top strategists for the Trump campaign is "likely" to face indictment as early as Monday, a senior Democrat said Sunday, previewing what would be the first criminal charges in the intensifying probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into current and former members of President...

Trump divide trickles down to colleges

By Teresa Watanabe and Rosanna Xia | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 23, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — University of California, Irvine senior Ariana Rowlands is buddies with Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur who has sparked campus uproars over free speech. She writes for Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News. And she is unapologetically combative in campus culture wars. Leesa Danze...

38 women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment

By Glenn Whipp | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 22, 2017


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He prowled the streets of Manhattan looking for attractive young women, usually in their early 20s, sometimes college students, on occasion a high schooler. He approached them in Central Park, standing in line at a bank or drug store or at a copy center while they worked on their resumes. His opening...

Florida Republican who once claimed alien abduction announces House bid

By Griffin Connolly | Roll Call (TNS)

October 16, 2017


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Either Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has been watching too much Syfy Channel or she's really just that special. We'll probably never know for sure. No matter, the 59-year-old Republican, who once recalled in an interview a visit from three blond-haired aliens who took her aboard their spacecraft, is...

276 killed in Somalia’s worst-ever bomb attack

By Robyn Dixon | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 15, 2017


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Hundreds of Somalis marched in the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday to protest a deadly blast that killed 276 people in a busy shopping district in the country's deadliest single bomb attack. About 300 others were reported injured in the attack, Information Minister Abdirahman O. Osman said. It occurred...

10 at LSU charged in alleged hazing that killed freshman

By Alexis Stevens | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

October 12, 2017


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ATLANTA — The arrests of 10 people associated with a college fraternity for an alleged hazing incident that killed a freshman are intended to send a tough message: Louisiana State University will not tolerate the alcohol-fueled behavior. But the arrests alone may do little to end a campus tradition t...

No evidence of shooting at USC after lockdown, search, LAPD says

By Richard Winton, Tracy Boucher and Joseph Serna | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 5, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police said they found no evidence of a shooting on the University of Southern California campus Monday after reports of gunfire prompted a lockdown and a huge LAPD response. “No danger to community,” the LAPD said on Twitter after completing a search of campus build...

Rep. Tim Murphy announces he will not seek re-election

By Tracie Mauriello and Chris Potter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS)

October 4, 2017


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Congressman Tim Murphy, R-Pa., announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election. "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term," Murphy said in a statement. "I plan to spend my remaining months...

Anthony Scaramucci’s back. This time, he’s running his own news site

By Katie Glueck | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

October 3, 2017


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The last time much of America heard from Anthony Scaramucci, he was spewing graphic insults at White House colleagues in an infamous New Yorker interview and was promptly fired. That was about 60 days ago. Scaramucci is counting. But as he kicked back with a cauliflower steak in the softly lit...

From China to Las Vegas, the NHL has a lot going on

By Helene Elliott | Los Angeles Times

October 2, 2017


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The NHL will begin its second century with a franchise in Las Vegas, its marketing sights set on China, and its players unhappy that they can't compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. None of those concepts would have made sense to the men who gathered at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal on Nov. 26, 1917...

Spanish leader unrepentant for crackdown on Catalan referendum

By Esteban Duarte and Maria Tadeo | Bloomberg (TNS)

October 1, 2017


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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday that his government's efforts to disrupt a referendum on independence in Catalonia had succeeded, despite hundreds of injuries as police tried to stop the voting. While pledging to bring parties together with talks starting Monday, Rajoy made no apology...

Health Secretary Tom Price says he will reimburse government for charter flights

By Noam Levey | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

September 28, 2017


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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who faces mounting criticism over his use of charter flights for routine travel around the country, said Thursday he would personally reimburse the federal government for the travel. "I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer...

USC assistant coach Tony Bland among 10 charged in college basketball corruption probe

By Nathan Fenno | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 27, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors have charged USC assistant men's basketball coach Tony Bland with conspiracy to commit bribery, soliciting a bribe and wire fraud as part of a wide-ranging series of indictments related to fraud and corruption in college basketball. Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson,...

Trump administration says it won’t budge on deadline for ‘Dreamers’

By Patricia Hurtado | Bloomberg News (TNS)

September 27, 2017


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The Trump administration says it won't budge on an Oct. 5 deadline for young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children by undocumented immigrants to renew their permits to work legally in the U.S., prompting a judge to label the government's stance "unacceptable." U.S. District Judge Nicholas...

California suspends medical license of former USC dean tied to drug use

By Paul Pringle and Adam Elmahrek | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 26, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — The Medical Board of California has suspended the license of former University of Southern California medical school dean Carmen Puliafito pending a final decision on his fitness to practice medicine. The medical board opened an inquiry into Puliafito after a Los Angeles Times inves...

Doubtful any NFL owner would push to fire player over anthem protest

By Geoff Baker | The Seattle Times

September 26, 2017


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Firing a National Football League player for kneeling during the national anthem isn't as easy as President Donald Trump made it sound. A team owner would need to be mighty determined and willing to endure some long-term public relations damage and legal bills. But those who know sports contract law...

Protesters disrupt Comey’s speech at Howard University

By Colleen Shalby | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 25, 2017


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More than 50 students at Howard University in Washington protested former FBI Director James Comey’s convocation address to students Friday. After a delay, Comey delivered his speech and received a standing ovation. It was one of his few public appearances since he was fired by President Donald Tr...

‘No Progress’ in NAFTA talks, Canadian labor leader says

By Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News (TNS)

September 24, 2017


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The head of Canada's largest private-sector union said there's been "no progress" in North American Free Trade Agreement talks and that he expects the U.S., Mexico and Canada to eventually abandon them. The U.S. hasn't presented detailed written proposals at the third round of talks being held in...

Judge sets steep bonds for 3 suspects in violent riot at Georgia Tech

By Alexis Stevens | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

September 22, 2017


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ATLANTA — The three people arrested during a protest on the Georgia Tech campus were all granted bond Wednesday. But getting out of the Fulton County jail will come with a price: The bonds range from $20,000 to $107,500. Vincent Castillenti, 31, of Decatur; Jacob Wilson, 22, of Atlanta; and Andrew ...

Mexico rescues continue; death toll reaches at least 274

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Andrea Castillo and Laura King | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 22, 2017


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Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico's deadly earthquake, which killed at least 274 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped. But a parallel drama transpired as the government announced that there were no missing children...

Family, and friendly, ties bind Rams coach Sean McVay to a lineage of NFL greatness

By Gary Klein | Los Angeles Times

September 22, 2017


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Framed photographs, plaques and magazine covers adorn nearly every inch of wall space, memorabilia from a life in football that spans more than seven decades. A few are keepsakes from Massillon High in Ohio. Others are from college days at Miami (Ohio), coaching stops in the World Football League...

Georgia Tech student called 911 before shooting, authorities say

By Christian Boone | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

September 18, 2017


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Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz called 911 before being shot by campus police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Schultz called 911 alerting them "of a suspicious person on campus." In the call, Schultz describes the person as a "white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and...

Creativity, timing and perseverance: How LA got the 2028 Olympics

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

September 18, 2017


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The afternoon had turned uncomfortably hot in Qatar as the two men stepped outside, away from the crowds at an international sports assembly. They needed to speak in private. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his companion on that November day in 2016 _ Thomas Bach, president of the International...

Iran’s supreme leader warns US against making ‘wrong move’ on nuclear deal

By Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 17, 2017


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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Sunday that Iran would respond strongly to "any wrong move" by the United States on the multilateral nuclear deal struck in 2015. President Donald Trump has threatened to declare Iran in violation of the landmark agreement next month, which could pave the...

University of Florida sees little chance of stopping speech by white nationalist

By Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel

September 17, 2017


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As the University of Florida prepares to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on its campus, experts said the school is making the legally correct decision, even as other colleges hold firm in rejecting him. UF is one of several universities recently forced to deal with a planned visit by Sp...

Former USC assistant gives up NFL career to pursue path in ministry

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2017


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A metallic growl _ low-pitched and frantic _ came from somewhere above him. Rocky Seto was taking his morning run, jogging around a quiet lagoon, when he looked up to see a small plane tumble out of the sky and smash into the water not 50 yards away. "Three people killed instantly," he recalls....

Los Angeles officially awarded 2028 Olympic Games

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2017


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Los Angeles' roller coaster campaign to host the Olympics for a third time _ an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations _ reached a conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Games. International Olympic Committee members voted their approval with a...

Unraveling Russia’s Facebook strategy calls for deep dive by investigators

By Peter Stone and Greg Gordon | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

September 13, 2017


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 Some cyber industry experts and former government investigators suspect that Russians’ newly revealed purchase of $150,000 in election-related Facebook ads was merely a trial run for a much bigger, more secretive operation aimed at helping Donald Trump win the White House. To discover the truth, th...

Berkeley braces for right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro’s visit

By Anna M. Phillips | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 12, 2017


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Girding itself for a visit from another polarizing political figure and the possibility of more violent protests, the University of California, Berkeley is tightening campus security. In a message sent earlier this week, Provost Paul Alivisatos said the university was taking precautions in advance of the ...

Hard-hit Virgin Islands residents feel like ‘bastard step-children’ of US after Irma

By Jim Weiss | Miami Herald (TNS)

September 12, 2017


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As Hurricane Irma bore down on the Caribbean last week, Laurel Brannick, a park ranger on far-flung St. John Island, flipped through news channels to see how she might be affected. It appeared the U.S. Virgin Islands didn’t exist. “The weather channels didn’t even include us,” she said. “All t...

Penn State trainer: ‘I wasn’t in charge of discipline’ at frat house where pledge died

By Susan Snyder / The Philadelphia Inquirer

September 1, 2017


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The 56-year-old Pennsylvania State University football trainer who was living in a campus fraternity house when a sophomore pledge died in February said he had no role in the house party that night and didn't know the teen was left to die on a couch after an alleged night of booze-soaked hazing. "I...

University of Maryland marching band will stop playing state song with Confederate ties

By Talia Richman (TNS) | The Baltimore Sun

August 29, 2017


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The University of Maryland's marching band will no longer play the state's song, which was used as a pro-Confederate battle hymn and bashes "the Northern scum." The state's flagship university has suspended the playing of the controversial tune to "evaluate if it is consistent with the values of our...

At least 9 people dead as Harvey continues its rampage across Texas

By Matt Pearce, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Jenny Jarvie (TNS) | Los Angeles Times

August 28, 2017


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Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pummel southeast Texas on Monday, leaving at least nine people dead and vast swaths of the nation's fourth-largest city unrecognizable as murky brown water submerged highways, houses, shopping plazas and entire neighborhoods. Federal officials said more than 30,000...

US credit rating at risk if debt limit is not raised in a ‘timely manner,’ Fitch warns

By Jim Puzzanghera (TNS) | Tribune Washington Bureau

August 23, 2017


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The nation's credit rating is at risk if the $19.9 trillion debt limit is not raised "in a timely manner" before the Treasury runs out of cash in October, Fitch Ratings warned on Wednesday. "Brinkmanship over the debt limit could ultimately have rating consequences, as failure to raise it would jeopardize...

Putin announces cut of 755 US diplomatic staff in Russia, stepping up confrontation over sanctions

By Laura King and Sabra Ayres | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 31, 2017


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Touching off the Kremlin's most serious diplomatic confrontation with Washington since President Donald Trump took office six months ago, President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff by 755, by far the biggest such forced reduction...

Pentagon caught off guard by Trump’s ban on transgender troops

By Vera Bergengruen | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 26, 2017


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The Pentagon was blindsided by President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday that his administration would block transgender people from the U.S. military, and the Defense Department has no idea yet how it will affect troops already serving. The president's declaration on Twitter, saying transgender...

Two more Republican senators announce opposition to health care bill, dooming latest GOP plan

By Lisa Mascaro | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 18, 2017


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Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed in the Senate on Monday evening as two more GOP senators announced they would oppose the latest plan backed by their party's leadership. The announcements by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas brought to four the number...

Donald Trump Jr. emails reveal knowledge of Russian government offer to aid father’s campaign

By David S. Cloud | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 11, 2017


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Donald Trump Jr. was offered "high level and sensitive information" in June 2016 as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," according to emails he released Tuesday. The emails said a person described as a Russian government attorney had "official documents and information" that...

Auschwitz memorial tells US congressman: ‘It’s not a stage’

By Eric Garcia | Roll Call (TNS)

July 5, 2017


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Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins was criticized for posting a video of himself at the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz for political commentary. The five-minute video, posted to Lee Johnson Media, shows Higgins at one point in a gas chamber before making a commentary about the United States...

Senate Obamacare repeal bill would leave 22 million more without health insurance

By Tony Pugh | McClatchy Washington Bureau

June 26, 2017


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WASHINGTON — The road to passage for the Senate Republican health care bill got a little steeper on Monday after the Congressional Budget Office determined the embattled draft legislation would cause 22 million people to lose health coverage by 2026. The legislation would cause 15 million more people to los...

Sessions said to suggest resigning as tensions grow with Trump

By Chris Strohm | Bloomberg News (TNS)

June 7, 2017


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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had suggested in the past several weeks he might resign amid a widening rift with President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. Sessions has come under fire from the president over his recusal from an investigation of Russian meddling in...

House committee chairman says he’ll talk to fired FBI Director Comey Monday

May 23, 2017


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The conversation between Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Comey would be the first between the two since Trump dismissed Comey May 9, he said. Chaffetz, a Utah congressman since 2009, said last week that he’ll leave office June 30. The New York Times reported Friday that Trump called Comey “a nut j...

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