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Trump has pardoned 10 men; who are they?

Trump has pardoned 10 men; who are they?

By Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times

May 23, 2019

The ability to grant pardons is among a president’s most unchecked powers. Pardons have corrected injustices, and they’ve caused outrage. But historians consider some of President Donald Trump’s pardons among the most controversial ever granted. Experts say many of his pardons follow a pattern...

This Memorial Day, veterans take on another threat: rising cancer deaths in the ranks

This Memorial Day, veterans take on another threat: rising cancer deaths in the ranks

By Tara Copp, McClatchy Washington Bureau

May 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Memorial Day 2013, Coleen Bowman was a new widow. Her husband had died four months earlier and she wanted support to face that first military holiday of remembrance. So she registered for TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and spent the weekend with hundreds of other ...

Bernhardt’s schedules show undisclosed contacts with industry

Bernhardt’s schedules show undisclosed contacts with industry

By Jacob Holzman, CQ-Roll Call

April 8, 2019

Recently posted versions of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s daily schedules contain at least 260 differences from his original schedules, with the newest records showing meetings previously described as “external” or “internal” were actually with representatives of fossil fuel, ti...

Week ahead: Barr testifying on DOJ budget, likely to get grilled about Mueller report

Week ahead: Barr testifying on DOJ budget, likely to get grilled about Mueller report

By Lindsey McPherson, CQ-Roll Call

April 8, 2019

All eyes will be on the House and Senate Appropriations committees this week, but not necessarily because of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2020 budget blueprint. Attorney General William P. Barr is scheduled to testify Tuesday in the House and Wednesday in the Senate about the Justice Department's...

US labels Iran’s Guard Corps as terrorists, boosting pressure

US labels Iran’s Guard Corps as terrorists, boosting pressure

By Nick Wadhams and Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News

April 8, 2019

The Trump administration designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a "foreign terrorist organization" on Monday, a move aimed at further isolating Tehran that could end up complicating U.S. alliances with Iraq and Lebanon. "We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the...

Trump’s lawyers ask US appeals court to end emoluments lawsuit

Trump’s lawyers ask US appeals court to end emoluments lawsuit

By Andrew Harris, Bloomberg News

March 19, 2019

Donald Trump, as president and a private citizen, asked a federal appeals court to put an end to lawsuits challenging his ability to make money from his Washington hotel even if some of the revenue comes from other governments. Democratic attorneys general from the District of Columbia and Maryland say...

Supreme Court upholds government’s authority to detain and deport immigrants for past crimes

Supreme Court upholds government’s authority to detain and deport immigrants for past crimes

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration’s power to arrest and hold legal immigrants indefinitely if they had past crimes on their records that could trigger deportation, even if they served their time years ago or were convicted of minor drug offenses. The justices, by a 5-4 vo...

Michael Cohen files suit against Trump Organization over legal fees

Michael Cohen files suit against Trump Organization over legal fees

By Larry McShane, New York Daily News

March 7, 2019

Longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen is ready to bite the hand that wouldn't cover his legal costs. Cohen, in a Manhattan Supreme Court filing, charged Thursday that the Trump Organization reneged on a July 2017 agreement to cover his attorneys' fees and costs in connection with the lawyer's legal representation...

White House prepares for Robert Mueller’s report — whatever it says

White House prepares for Robert Mueller’s report — whatever it says

By Noah Bierman and Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times

March 7, 2019

The White House made a quiet but notable personnel change a few weeks ago, moving a veteran staff attorney to a press office that is preparing a response to the much-anticipated final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, whatever it says, whenever it comes. The transfer of Steven Groves...

Midwestern populist Sen. Sherrod Brown decides against running for president

Midwestern populist Sen. Sherrod Brown decides against running for president

By Janet Hook and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times

March 7, 2019

Sen. Sherrod Brown, the Ohio progressive who offered Democrats high hopes of recapturing voters in the Midwest, announced Thursday he would not be running for president. "I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism," Brown said in a statement. "I will keep fighting for all workers...

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