• California sues Trump administration over high-speed rail money
    by Kathleen Ronayne on May 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project, escalating the state's feud with the federal government. The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week it would not give California the money awarded by Congress nearly a decade ... […]

  • The Latest: Lawmaker asked to resign if abuse charge true
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on a Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching his wife (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Mississippi's House speaker says a state lawmaker should resign if he punched his wife in the face. Republican Speaker Philip Gunn says he has tried to contact Republican Rep. Doug ... […]

  • Inside the Beltway: Gallup: GOP, conservatives reject socialism
    by Jennifer Harper on May 21, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    A new Gallup poll got considerable news coverage and some screaming headlines this week by revealing: "Four-out-of 10 Americans embrace some form of socialism." It is understandable that such a finding would prove intensely interesting in a political climate which finds Democratic socialism both in style and intriguing among many ... […]

  • U.S. Officials Say Military Moves to Deter Iran Are Working
    by JULIAN E. BARNES and EMILY COCHRANE on May 21, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Lawmakers are divided ahead of intelligence briefings on Capitol Hill focused on rising tensions with Iran and America’s deployments to the Middle East. […]

  • Activists rally against abortion ban bill in Alaska
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Abortion rights activists rallied across from the Alaska Capitol Tuesday to oppose a bill that seeks to outlaw abortion in the state. The bill, from Republican Rep. David Eastman of Wasilla, remains in play for the next regular session, which starts in January. Democratic Rep. Ivy ... […]

  • Oreo mocks Ben Carson over hearing blunder
    by Victor Morton on May 21, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Instead of dunking its cookies in milk, Oreo spent part of Tuesday dunking on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and his senior moment earlier in the day. The social-media joshing began with a House Financial Services Committee hearing earlier Tuesday, at which Mr. Carson seemed confused by a ... […]

  • Michigan House Republican remove lawmaker from caucus
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republicans in the Michigan House have removed a lawmaker from their caucus following his indictment on charges of seeking a bribe from a union. Rep. Larry Inman was kicked out Tuesday. It means the Traverse City-area Republican will be unable to attend private meetings during which ... […]

  • Sierra County, New Mexico rejects migrant relocation, asks Donald Trump to close border
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    A New Mexico county has approved a resolution opposing the relocation of migrants within its boundaries as federal authorities grapple with the influx of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The Sierra County Commission approved the resolution during a meeting Tuesday, saying there's a crisis in southern New Mexico and that ... […]

  • Albany Closes a Loophole for Trump Pardons. Next Up: His Taxes.
    by JESSE McKINLEY on May 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    The Legislature is poised to pass a bill that would allow three congressional committees to seek the release of President Trump’s state tax returns. […]

  • California sues over rule on denial of abortions, other care
    on May 21, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California has joined nearly two dozen states and municipalities in suing the federal government to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a ... […]

  • Democratic Calls for Impeachment Inquiry Grow as Leaders Instead Vow to Toughen Tactics
    by NICHOLAS FANDOS on May 21, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Some Progressive Democrats have joined calls for an impeachment inquiry, arguing that it will strengthen the party’s efforts to stop President Trump’s stonewalling. […]

  • Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Donation to Trump Super PAC by Canadian Billionaire’s Company
    by ERIC LIPTON on May 21, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    The Campaign Legal Center said that Barry Zekelman violated the ban on foreign donations when one of his United States companies gave $1.75 million to a Trump super PAC. […]

  • Joe Biden clinches 2020 Democratic nomination before race begins
    by Joseph Curl on May 21, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    New Hampshire's 2020 presidential primary is still more than eight months away. The two dozen candidates now in the race haven't even faced off yet in debates. But the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is already over. The winner: Joe Biden. While the media will play up the expansive ... […]

  • New York moves to undercut Donald Trump pardon power
    on May 21, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    ALBANY, N.Y. — A presidential pardon won't be enough to clear a person of similar state charges under legislation approved by New York state lawmakers. The Democrat-led state Assembly passed the measure Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill adds ... […]

  • Fox News divides 2020 Democrats
    by Will Weissert on May 21, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders appeared on a Fox News town hall and attracted nearly 2.6 million viewers. Elizabeth Warren turned down a similar chance while branding the network a "hate-for-profit racket." Pete Buttigieg used Fox News' own air to criticize two of its most popular personalities. Whether to appear on ... […]

  • Phil Scott, Vermont governor, to allow H. 57 no-limits abortion bill to become law
    by Valerie Richardson on May 21, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    A spokeswoman for Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he will allow a sweeping no-limits abortion bill to become law, although it may do so without his signature. The pro-choice Republican governor has ruled out a veto of H. 57, meaning that he will either sign it or allow it to ... […]

  • Abortion rights protesters rally at Arizona capitol
    on May 21, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    PHOENIX (AP) - Scores of pro-abortion rights activists rallied at the state Capitol in Phoenix to protest a new wave of anti-abortion laws being adopted by other states. Tuesday's rally drew an estimated 200 people, mainly women, plus a handful of anti-abortion protesters. Many protesting the new laws held signs ... […]

  • Carlton Reeves, federal judge: Mississippi abortion ban 'smacks of defiance to this court'
    by Emily Wagster Pettus on May 21, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year said during a court hearing Tuesday that the state's legislators defied his ruling by passing a new law that sets the ban even earlier. The new law - which is not yet in effect - ... […]

  • Joe Biden hits back at Trump's accusation that he abandoned Pennsylvania
    by Dave Boyer on May 21, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. hit back Tuesday at President Trump's accusation that he abandoned Pennsylvania, saying he always remembers his roots in the Scranton area. "I've never forgotten where I came from," Mr. Biden tweeted. "My family did have to leave Pennsylvania when I was 10 — ... […]

  • Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico governor, wants federal reimbursement amid border surge
    by Morgan Lee on May 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Financial and logistical support for border communities coping with an influx of asylum-seeking migrants are on the agenda as the governor of New Mexico travels Tuesday to Washington to meet with federal officials. The two-day visit announced by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham includes a meeting ... […]

  • The Latest: Epidemiologist killed in Alaska plane crash
    on May 21, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    The Latest on a second fatal Alaska floatplane crash in a week (all times local): 12:20 p.m. An Alaska tribal health organization says the passenger killed in the state's latest … Click to Continue » […]

  • Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash
    on May 21, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed … Click to Continue » […]

  • Senate defeats bill to expand farmers’ ability to kill bears
    on May 21, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    The Connecticut Senate has defeated a bill that would have expanded when farmers can kill nuisance wildlife, including bears, which destroy crops. Tuesday's bill was a scaled-back version of legislation … Click to Continue » […]

  • Avenatti expects imminent indictment in Nike extortion case
    on May 21, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Attorney Michael Avenatti said Tuesday he expects to be indicted in the coming days in New York, following his March arrest on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars … Click to Continue » […]

  • 2020 budget proposal includes $2M for anti-abortion centers
    on May 21, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a budget that for the first time includes millions of dollars in funding for anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, as other states grapple with tightening abortion … Click to Continue » […]

  • State budgets get signature, warning from governor
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets, officially designating funds — and tax increases — to pay for state programs for the next two … Click to Continue » […]

  • Judge lowers $1.8 million award to former probation employee
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    A federal judge has reduced a $1.8 million award given to a former Idaho Department of Correction employee who sued over a hostile work environment because it exceeds the maximum … Click to Continue » […]

  • UN lowers global economic growth forecasts for 2019-2020
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    The U.N. says it is lowering its forecasts for global economic growth in 2019 and 2020 as a result of high trade tensions, uncertainty over economic policies and softening business … Click to Continue » […]

  • $9 minimum wage for Louisiana workers shelved, lacking votes
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    A New Orleans senator has scrapped his bid to raise Louisiana's minimum wage, saying he doesn't have the votes for passage. It's the fourth year of defeat for an effort … Click to Continue » […]

  • Trump nominates aerospace executive for Air Force secretary
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    President Donald Trump nominated an aerospace executive and former ambassador to Finland to be the next secretary of the Air Force on Tuesday. Trump said in a tweet that he … Click to Continue » […]

  • Nike cancels Puerto Rico-homage sneaker with Panama design
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Nike won't release a version of its Air Force 1 shoe meant to celebrate Puerto Rico, after an indigenous group in Panama noted one of its traditional designs was used. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Jury awards $27M in damages against truckers in fatal crash
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    A federal jury in Oregon has awarded nearly $27 million in damages against two trucking companies and their drivers who were involved in a road rage episode that killed a … Click to Continue » […]

  • Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical … Click to Continue » […]

  • The Latest: Investigators: Human error caused Amtrak crash
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    The Latest on a National Transportation Safety Board meeting about a fatal Amtrak derailment south of Seattle (all times local): 3:33 p.m. Federal safety investigators say a deadly Amtrak train … Click to Continue » […]

  • The Latest: Lawmakers: No moratorium in Colorado oil-gas law
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    The Latest on Colorado's new oil and gas regulations (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Democratic lawmakers say a new law that refocuses Colorado oil and gas rules on safety was … Click to Continue » […]

  • Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It … Click to Continue » […]

  • New lawsuit claims Boeing Max suffered from faulty design
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    A new lawsuit says Boeing's design of the 737 Max was faulty and the company was able to rush the plane into production because it faced little oversight from regulators. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Pension reform plan advances, kicker rebate not targeted
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    A plan to rein in the growing costs of Oregon's public pension system was sent to the Senate floor Tuesday after passing two key committees. But Democratic leaders face a … Click to Continue » […]

  • California sues over $1B in canceled high-speed rail money
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project, escalating the state's feud with the federal government. The Federal Railroad … Click to Continue » […]

  • Police to return property seized from San Francisco reporter
    on May 21, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Police agreed Tuesday to return property seized from a San Francisco journalist in a raid, but the decision did little to ease tensions in the case, which has alarmed journalism … Click to Continue » […]

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