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Thursday, May 24


Trump pulls out of planned nuclear summit, says he will be 'waiting' if North Korea changes its approach


In a dramatic diplomatic setback, President Trump on Thursday reversed course and pulled out of his scheduled nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, releasing a letter to Kim that blamed the withdrawal on Pyongyang’s recent…

'Dear Kim Jong Un, sorry, it’s just not working out.' Trump's breakup letter leaves experts puzzled


Dear Kim Jong Un: It’s just not working out between us. Sorry. Hope we don’t have to nuke you. Please call.

'Disappointed' and 'deeply concerned': World leaders confused after Trump cancels North Korea summit

Los Angeles Times

President Trump’s cancellation of a June 12 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has left many international leaders confused as they attempt to understand what comes next in discussions about nuclear disarmament.

In canceling the North Korea summit, Trump found an exit from an increasingly risky meeting, analysts say

Los Angeles Times

As recently as Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that “all across the administration” preparations were steaming along for a historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Five takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un


President Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.


Moderate Republicans pushing for immigration vote give leaders until June 7 to reach a deal


Moderate Republicans are giving their colleagues until June 7 to find a legislative fix for the legal status of people brought to the country illegally as children, or they will try to use a special process to force a vote over the GOP…

Trump signs bipartisan bill rolling back some Dodd-Frank bank regulations

President Trump on Thursday signed bipartisan legislation rolling back some of the Dodd-Frank financial rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, touting another victory for his deregulatory agenda.


Justice Department holds meetings on Russia probe as Republicans push for classified records

Los Angeles Times

The Department of Justice hosted two unusual meetings for congressional leaders Thursday as Republicans demand classified records involving the use of a confidential FBI informant during the early days of the Russia investigation.


Crackdown on immigrants takes a toll on federal judge: 'I have presided over a process that destroys families'


Day in, day out, immigrants shuffle into Judge Robert Brack’s courtroom, shackled at the wrist and ankle, to be sentenced for the crime of crossing the border.


Stacey Abrams made history. But is deeply conservative Georgia ready to elect a black woman governor?


Stacey Abrams made history Tuesday night, becoming the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination of a major political party.

Border Patrol agent fatally shoots female migrant, official says


A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a female migrant while patrolling the border town of Rio Bravo, Texas, late Wednesday afternoon, officials said.


Strike by Vegas casino workers could be 'crippling' with summer and Stanley Cup Final ahead

A labor union representing thousands of culinary workers in Las Vegas has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike next month if casinos don’t agree to a proposed five-year contract.

Jared Kushner is finally granted a White House security clearance after downgrade


Jared Kushner has received his full security clearance after more than a year of delay and controversy, removing a hurdle to his continued service as a key White House advisor to President Trump, his father-in-law.

Trump, with supporters, again assails 'animals' at Long Island forum on immigrant gang violence

Los Angeles Times

President Trump on Wednesday reaffirmed his condemnation of immigrant gang members as “animals” as he pressed his call for tougher border security at a Long Island forum with public officials and victims' parents.

Wednesday, May 23


IRS takes aim at California and other states trying to help residents avoid new tax-deduction limit

The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to block attempts by California and other states to help their residents avoid a new limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes included in the Republican tax overhaul.


Pentagon bars China from joining naval exercise in the Pacific


The Pentagon on Wednesday withdrew an invitation to China to participate in a major Pacific naval exercise, citing Beijing’s “continued militarization” of the South China Sea, adding another irritant to relations between the two nations as…


Running for fifth term, Feinstein now says capital punishment is unfair and ineffective

Los Angeles Times

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she now opposes the death penalty, a surprising reversal from her long-standing support for capital punishment — a stance that helped catapult her to the U.S. Senate 25 years ago.

How the Supreme Court is invoking a 1925 law to restrict workers' rights today


In 1925, at the behest of New York merchants, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to uphold as “valid, irrevocable and enforceable” the contracts they had negotiated for shipping and delivering goods. They agreed to settle disputes…


Internal memo suggested that White House 'ignore' federal scientists' climate research


White House officials last year weighed whether to simply "ignore" climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop "a coherent, fact-based message about climate science," according to a memo obtained by the…

Why centrist Dianne Feinstein is moving so far left that she now opposes the death penalty

Los Angeles Times

Dianne Feinstein built one of California’s most successful political brands by standing up to her party’s liberal wing.

Florida airport shooter says he wasn't 'really thinking about it' when he killed 5


Esteban Santiago gave his first public statement Wednesday about why he killed five people and injured six others in the January 2017 mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale’s main airport.

Democrats seek legislation to force more transparency from Trump administration


In an effort to prevent or expose conflicts of interest in the executive branch, House and Senate Democrats are pushing legislation that would force senior members of the Trump administration to reveal more about their business interests.


Senate leaders reach bipartisan deal for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill


After months of delay, senators said Wednesday they have reached a deal on legislation to reform how sexual harassment claims against lawmakers and staff are handled on Capitol Hill.


Bill easing bank regulations heads to Trump, but falls short of overhaul GOP wanted

Bipartisan legislation focused on easing regulations for small and midsize banks passed the House on Tuesday and headed to President Trump for his expected signature.


Six influential things Dianne Feinstein has done in the U.S. Senate

Los Angeles Times

Over the past quarter of a century, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has cast thousands of votes in Congress on behalf of California.


Los Angeles man confessed to making deadly Kansas hoax call, detective testifies

Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles man confessed to placing a hoax phone call that led to a fatal police-involved shooting in Kansas late last year, a detective testified Tuesday.

Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney hit with $10-million judgment

Los Angeles Times

A law firm of Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10-million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.

Tuesday, May 22


Trump casts doubt on U.S.-North Korea summit as he meets with South Korea's Moon to salvage it

Los Angeles Times

President Trump threw plans for next month's historic summit with North Korea into greater uncertainty Tuesday even as he met at the White House with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to try to keep the diplomatic breakthrough on track.


As lava pours into the ocean from Hawaii's Kilauea, a new risk surfaces: laze

Since the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea began erupting this month, residents on the Big Island have endured a lot — toxic gas, earthquakes and plumes of ash. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated, and lava flows have gobbled up dozens of…

Mick Mulvaney must leave as CFPB chief soon, unless Trump nominates somebody — anybody — else for the job

Los Angeles Times

Time is running out on Mick Mulvaney’s tenure as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but there’s an easy way for the White House to extend his tenure: nominate somebody — anybody — else to permanently fill the job.