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One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark’s family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental…


How Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prompted a mass resignation from his National Park Service Advisory Board

Few groups have been closer and more involved in Interior Department policy and management than the National Park System Advisory Board, an appointed and nonpartisan group established 83 years ago to consult on department operations and…

As Trump announces 'Fake News Awards,' GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as antidemocratic

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On a day President Trump promised to deliver “Fake News Awards,” two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned on Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and…



Trump wants to kill two immigration programs, but doesn't seem to know how they work

As television cameras were allowed to roll during a lengthy immigration meeting at the White House last week, President Trump groused to lawmakers about how 50,000 people each year get coveted green cards through a visa program he wants to…

A Democrat won a reliably GOP seat in Wisconsin, causing angst among some Republicans. Not so fast, say others

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The Wisconsin state Senate district was reliably red, a place where winning came easy to Republican candidates up and down the ticket.

Trump’s border wall promise was ‘uninformed’ and Mexico won't pay for it, John Kelly says

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly complicated immigration negotiations Wednesday ahead of a possible government shutdown, telling lawmakers that President Trump’s border wall was an “uninformed” campaign promise and not likely to be…


Tillerson says U.S. military should stay in Syria and vows diplomatic push to end civil war

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday it was “crucial” for the United States to maintain an open-ended military and diplomatic presence in Syria to prevent Islamic State militants from regrouping, to thwart Iranian influence and…

Wednesday, Jan 17


Mick Mulvaney takes first step toward overhauling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney once called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a "joke ... in a sad, sick kind of way.”


Mathilde Krim, who galvanized worldwide support in the fight against AIDS, dies at 91

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Mathilde Krim’s rise to prominence as an AIDS researcher and global crusader in the early fight against the deadly disease began with a simple phone call from a friend.


Senate panel endorses Trump's pick for Health secretary

The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday backed President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, clearing the way for Alex Azar to be confirmed by the full Senate.


After calling for surveillance reform, Democrats help kill it

After years of tangling with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), civil liberties activists seemed to have her onboard with their fight to curtail the vast warrantless surveillance program exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


Powell gets second Senate committee approval for Federal Reserve chair after nomination expired

A Senate committee on Wednesday for the second time overwhelmingly confirmed Jerome H. Powell to be the next head of the Federal Reserve, a vote that was necessary after his nomination expired at the end of last year.


Trump campaigned to remove the GOP's 'shackles.' Instead, he's often wearing them

In the heat of his unlikely presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared himself free of the “shackles” of the Republican Party, promising to “fight for America the way I want to” and insisting he would never wish “to be in a foxhole with…


Pope Francis begins visit to Chile and Peru with apology for sexual abuse by priests

Pope Francis opened the first full day of his visit to Chile with a somber apology for clerical sexual abuse, confronting a scandal that has roiled the Roman Catholic Church here and elsewhere.

White House and House Intelligence Committee clash over testimony by former Trump aide Stephen Bannon

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The White House clashed with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday over testimony from President Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, a dispute that could alter the course of congressional investigations into Russian…

Hollywood opening its wallet for Obama's presidential center in Chicago

Hollywood is opening its wallet for the Obama Foundation, which Tuesday reported 31 new donors who have contributed $1 million or more to the former president’s future center in Chicago.


Indictment in Las Vegas mass shooting is possible, authorities say

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Stephen Paddock was the only gunman spraying bullets on an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas last fall, but on Tuesday police said criminal charges could still be filed in the mass shooting that left 58 people dead.


Trump to ask Supreme Court for ruling on 'Dreamers' as Congress works for a deal

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would ask the Supreme Court to decide the fate of so-called Dreamers, but leave the immigration program in place until then — a move that should provide more time for Congress and the White House to…

Deep South grapples with yet another winter storm

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People across the Deep South hunkered down Tuesday as yet another frigid winter storm blanketed the region in snow, sleet and ice, shutting down interstates, canceling flights and prompting officials to close schools and government offices.

Tuesday, Jan 16


White House doctor says Trump scored perfect marks on cognitive test, needs to lose weight

President Trump registered a perfect score on a cognitive screening test as part of his physical examination taken last week, the White House physician said Tuesday, adding that Trump requested the test to rebut accusations that his mental…

Suit by 22 state attorneys general seeks to block FCC's net neutrality repeal

A group of 22 Democratic state attorneys general, including those from California and New York, filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of tough net neutrality rules for online traffic.



Number of Americans without health insurance grows in Trump's first year, new figures show

The number of Americans without health coverage, which declined for years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, shot up in President Trump’s first year in office, according to data from a new national survey.

Monday, Jan 15


Martin Luther King III calls out Trump on immigration slur: ‘We got to find a way to work on this man’s heart’

Leaders of the Cherokee Nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by welcoming the descendants of slaves into their tribe after years of exclusion, while King's children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where King preached passionately…


Patterson Park statue honoring national anthem is defaced, found sprayed with red paint

A statue paid for with pennies contributed by Baltimore school children more than a century ago was found sprayed with red paint Monday morning.


For two days after his two years in jail, Cliven Bundy's supporters got to listen, talk and learn from their hero

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Inside the dimly lighted law office, there weren't enough seats. A receptionist went to a back room and found a few more chairs. On a small, sunken couch by the window, three people scrunched together. Of the nearly 30 people there, many…


'They say we are cult, but the globe is the biggest cult of all': Inside a meeting of the flat Earth movement

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Moving with missionary zeal, Nathan Thompson swept into a brewpub here bearing a battered globe under his arm with the words “this is a scam” scrawled on the side.


At two of the nation’s most historic black churches, sermons reflect on Martin Luther King and take sharp aim at Trump

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock had not planned to mention the words “Donald Trump.”


'No, I'm not a racist,' Trump says as administration is forced to renew DACA permits

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The Trump administration, under court order, said it would resume taking applications to renew temporary protections from deportation for hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” who came to the country illegally as children, as the standoff…