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Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.



Removal of Confederate icons stirs nuanced, varied reactions

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

The statue of the Confederacy's president had been hoisted from its stone pedestal in the pre-dawn hours and the blue glint of police lights was still visible two blocks away outside the corner laundromat where Carol Patterson sat as diverted rush-hour traffic rolled by.



Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program.



Is free speech fading at colleges? Some defenders think so

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

In campus clashes from California to Vermont, many defenders of the First Amendment say they see signs that free speech, once a bedrock value in academia, is losing ground as a priority at U.S. colleges.



More price hikes likely for government insurance markets

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

Early moves by insurers suggest that another round of price hikes and limited choices will greet insurance shoppers around the country when they start searching for next year's coverage on the public markets established by the Affordable Care Act.



New TV ad shows Marines looking for a few good women

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, before plunging under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe.



US Treasury chief to brief key allies on Trump policies

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

Top finance officials from seven advanced economies have gathered to hear more about U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies on taxation and trade as well as to look for ways to promote growth, combat terrorist financing and stop tax avoidance by major corporations.



Road to passage for Texas 'bathroom bill' getting far harder

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

The path for Texas to enact its version of a North Carolina-style bathroom bill is poised to get far tougher after the Republican-controlled state House ran out the clock Thursday on a key midnight bill deadline.



Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials say, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.



What US-Russia crisis? Trump seeks closer ties in WH meeting

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

All but ignoring the unfurling drama over Russia and the U.S. election, President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to advance prospects for cooperation between the former Cold War foes in Syria and elsewhere in a rare Oval Office meeting with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat.



DeVos booed speaking at historically black university

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Drawing shouts of "Liar!" and "Just go," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned their backs to her in protest.



Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Donald Trump.



VA aims to end veteran homelessness, says it'll take years

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former President Barack Obama's administration of ending homelessness among veterans, but says it'll take longer than his predecessor predicted.



Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review.



Ryan says tax overhaul long overdue

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Noting he had just gotten his driver's license the last time Congress overhauled the nation's tax system, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday insisted lawmakers will act soon even as he deals with deep divisions in his own Republican Party.



Collapsed interstate bridge in Georgia to open next week

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Atlanta drivers can resume their commutes on a heavily used interstate by early next week at the latest, Georgia's governor and state transportation officials announced Wednesday, about six weeks since a bridge on the highway collapsed because of a large fire.



Trump firing Comey shrouds Russia probe in doubt, turmoil

Posted 5/10/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset.



Harsher sentences could result from guidance weighed by DOJ

Posted 5/10/2017 in National

Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level drug offenders.



Judge rejects immediate block of Confederate-era monument removal

Posted 5/9/2017 in National

Supporters of Confederate-era monuments slated for removal in New Orleans launched a new court fight Monday to save one of them.



White House: Republicans to be rewarded for health care vote

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

The Republican Party will be rewarded for doing "what's right" by voting to overhaul a "failing and collapsing" health care system, a top aide to President Donald Trump asserted as Democrats and at least one outside group began laying the groundwork to challenge the GOP for control of the House in the 2018 midterm election.



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