by on June 22, 2018
Even in an era of deep political division, Democrats and Republicans agree presidents should not pardon themselves. And if the nation’s chief executive ever does so, majorities of Americans in both parties believe Congress should impeach that president. Those are the findings of a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which comes as federal authorities continue their months-long criminal investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election an...
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by on June 22, 2018
A study for the U.N. Human Rights Council has concluded 40 million people in the United States live in poverty -- and more than half of those live in "extreme" or "absolute" poverty. The 20-page report by Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says U.S. policies benefit the rich and exacerbate poverty. A woman is seen in a makeshift shelter beneath the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. A United Nations report delivered Friday said more than 40 milli...
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by on June 21, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday expanded presidential control over pivotal jobs in federal agencies, ruling that the way the Securities and Exchange Commission selected its in-house judges to enforce investor-protection laws was improper. The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. In a 7-2 ruling, the justices overturned a lower court ruling that had endorsed the SEC’s in-house judge hiring practice that operated autonomously from the president. The ruling...
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by on June 19, 2018
Amid President Trump’s headaches confirming cabinet secretaries, from neophyte Rex Tillerson to conflict-prone Scott Pruitt to unprepared Betsy DeVos, all of whom squeezed through, Wilbur Ross was a tonic. With his blue power suit and decades of dealmaking, he had the look and the résumé of a commerce secretary. And unlike his boss, Ross promised to divest from almost all his holdings upon entering government, drawing bipartisan praise en route to an easy confirmation. “You have really made ...
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by on June 18, 2018
People participate in a protest against recent U.S. immigration policy that separates children from their families when entering the United States as undocumented immigrants in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on June 17, 2018. The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in...
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by on June 18, 2018
At an open house on Thursday that was briefly disrupted by protest, the Department of City Planning revealed results from a community survey conducted as part of the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood study for a possible rezoning. Part of City Planning's community survey is an interactive map where respondents can pinpoint what they like or want to change in the neighbordhood. The survey stems from DCP’s current Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study, one of several neighborhood rezoning ...
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by on June 16, 2018
The judge in Stormy Daniels‘ case against Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump responded Friday to Cohen’s application for a restraining order prohibiting Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti from talking about the case publicly. Cohen didn’t get his wish–at least not yet–but he did get a strong message from the court. Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti. This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his appli...
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by on June 16, 2018
Police have launched an investigation after a video emerged appearing to show a Border Patrol vehicle hitting a Native American man at a reservation on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.    Members of the US Border Patrol listen as US President Donald Trump speaks after inspecting border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. The agency said it is cooperating with an investigation into an incident in Arizona. The video shared on Facebook and Twitter appeared to ...
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by on June 16, 2018
A former attorney to the chief counsel of the IRS who specialized in nonprofit organizations is urging the agency to open an investigation into the Trump Foundation, President Trump's personal charitable foundation. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Philip Hackney argued that Trump could be prosecuted for evading taxes on some of his "self-dealing" payments, as well as for making false statements on tax filings. Trump is "criminally liable for his actions," Hackney wrote. The op-e...
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by on June 15, 2018
Federal prosecutors in New York have introduced a new element in the case surrounding the FBI’s April raids on the properties of President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen — encrypted messages. Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen likely to cooperate: Sources In a court filing Friday afternoon, authorities revealed that the FBI has recently accessed a trove of encrypted data stored on Cohen’s phones. “The Government was advised that the FBI’s original electronic ext...
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by on June 15, 2018
A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, The Associated Press has learned. FILE - In this May 31, 2018, Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election, boards a bus after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018, to motorcade back to th...
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by on June 13, 2018
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is presiding over a sea change in US policy. The US Federal Reserve has voted to raise the target for its benchmark interest rate by 0.25%, citing solid economic expansion and job gains. The widely-anticipated decision will lift the target for the central bank's benchmark rate to 1.75%-2%, the highest level since 2008. A majority of Fed officials also forecast two more rate rises this year, one more than previously predicted. The rise is part o...
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