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Senate Republicans unsure what their healthcare bill would do, even as they push ahead on it

Senate Republicans are poised to take an unprecedented leap into the dark as they prepare to vote on legislation that would affect health protections for tens of millions Americans yet has been subject to virtually no analysis or public scrutiny.

The proposal goes far beyond previous bills to repeal...

09/25/2017 10:00 AM
Trump team's travel perks are costing taxpayers mightily. Here's why there's little outrage

The Treasury secretary requested a military plane for his European honeymoon. The head of Health and Human Services ran up a six-figure tab flying around the country on private jets. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency dinged taxpayers for repeated excursions back home to Oklahoma.

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Civil servants complain Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change, environment

Interior Department manager Joel Clement figured his new bosses in the Trump administration might disapprove of his climate-change-focused work protecting Alaskan villages from rising seas.

But the reassignment slip Clement received in June stunned him. He was not only removed from his post as...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Back into the Trump vortex America goes, where the president fuels a divisive debate

America once again finds itself where it has been so often since the day Donald Trump descended an escalator to a podium at the tower named for him to announce his presidential candidacy: pulled into the vortex of partisanship as a master publicist plays notes of division and dispute.


09/26/2017 10:00 AM
In San Juan, 'the aftermath is almost more horrific than the actual passing of the hurricane itself'

Here at the massive Luis Llorens Torres public housing complex on the east side of this wrecked capital, black floodwater stood stagnant as heaps of garbage grew higher.

“We have a car, but we can’t go anywhere because of the water,” said one resident, 63-year-old Juan Lopez, a retired security...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Opponents face uphill battle as they vow to fight Trump's new travel ban

As soon as the White House announced President Trump’s new travel ban, advocates for immigrants roundly condemned it, vowing to fight what they described as an unconstitutional abuse of presidential authority.

But after months of swift court victories blocking prior bans — often criticized as bans...

09/26/2017 01:25 AM
Latest GOP Obamacare repeal effort on verge of collapse as third Republican comes out against bill

Republicans’ latest bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act appeared to collapse Monday as a third GOP senator came out against the measure and the Congressional Budget Office predicted major coverage losses should it become law.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who voted against the last Republican...

09/26/2017 12:05 AM
Why Republicans are racing to pass healthcare by Sept. 30 and what's next for Obamacare repeal

Senate Republicans are struggling to pass their latest healthcare overhaul — a bill written by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — by a Sept. 30 deadline.

But it’s not clear they will have the votes, meaning GOP leaders and President Trump may fail again to repeal the Affordable...

09/25/2017 10:15 PM
Supreme Court puts off a final decision on Trump's new travel ban

The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to postpone arguments over the legality of President Trump’s travel ban is likely to send the controversy back to lower courts to consider his revised order, released Sunday.

The court canceled arguments that had been scheduled for Oct. 10 to consider whether...

09/25/2017 09:45 PM
Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico struggle to connect with their families on U.S. mainland

Dozens of people on a highway in Puerto Rico resorted to parking their cars and walking around, cellphones in hand, trying to get a connection, nearly a week after Hurricane Maria left much of the island incommunicado.

“I’m trying to do web cam but it doesn’t work, so I’m trying to text,” said...

09/25/2017 08:10 PM
Weiner tells New York judge, ‘I have no excuses,’ sentenced to 21 months in prison in sexting case

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.

Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hand and wept...

09/25/2017 06:30 PM
Postcards from an island of ruin: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Photos show the devastation and the desperation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
09/25/2017 10:00 AM
Travel ban 3.0: Trump administration announces new travel restrictions

The Trump administration announced a new ban Sunday on most travel to the U.S. by nationals of seven countries — North Korea and six in the Mideast and North Africa.

The order replaces the much-disputed travel ban that President Trump issued in March, parts of which were blocked in court. That...

09/25/2017 01:55 AM
Gunman captured after a deadly shooting at a church in Tennessee

A masked gunman opened fire at a church in Antioch, Tenn., on Sunday, killing one person and wounding six others, according to police. He also used a gun to badly beat an usher who confronted him and managed to stop the shooting, they said.

The shooting took place about 11:15 a.m. as morning services...

09/25/2017 12:45 AM
California would take biggest hit under Senate Republicans' latest Obamacare repeal plan

California, which has used the Affordable Care Act to extend health protections to millions of its residents and cut in half the number of people without health insurance, stands to lose more than any other state under the latest Republican plan to roll back the 2010 law.

The GOP plan, which Senate...

09/24/2017 12:00 PM
In one Puerto Rico mountain town, a wall of mud came crashing down

Days after Hurricane Maria ravaged this mountain town, leaving whole neighborhoods without power, water and communications, the rain was still falling. A team of volunteers carried 89-year-old Delia Piñeda and her oxygen tank across first a cracked highway, then a river and a sea of mud to safety.

09/24/2017 11:00 AM
'The stuff the movie-makers dream of.' In Lake Michigan, a graveyard of long-lost ships captivates historians

After a year of scouring the depths of Lake Michigan with a sonar-equipped fishing boat, Steve Radovan finally got a hit on the gray-scale monitor in the captain's cabin in May 2016.

The 71-year-old shipwreck enthusiast powered down the Discovery's engines and dropped a waterproof camera attached...

09/24/2017 10:00 AM
'Here I am, 26, with no friends, no job, no girlfriend': Shooter's manifesto offers clues to 2015 Oregon college rampage

Laurel Harper remembered her 26-year-old son as perpetually mad at the world.

“I mean, he was born angry, pretty much,” said the mother. “I mean, even the doctor said this is one angry baby.”

At age 5, he tried to jump out of her moving car, she said. In his later years, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s...

09/24/2017 02:30 AM
Failing dam deepens the post-hurricane crisis in powerless Puerto Rico

The evacuation of tens of thousands of residents who live near a failing dam in northwest Puerto Rico continued Saturday, as fears of more deaths gripped the U.S. territory, days after Hurricane Maria tore across the island.

Officials warned that the Guajataca Dam, about 70 miles west of San Juan,...

09/24/2017 01:35 AM
Trump's latest target is the sports world, and it's fighting back

Sports and politics, two worlds that usually like to stay clear of each other, found themselves on a collision course when President Trump decided to take on both the National Football League and the National Basketball Assn.

The response from players and the NFL was akin to a benches-clearing...

09/24/2017 12:05 AM
At Trump's bully pulpit, it's 'us' vs. 'them,' with race often used as a device to polarize

For much of his time as president, Donald Trump has been the bully at the bully pulpit, castigating targets foreign and domestic. Much of Trump’s bluster attempts to divide people into us-against-them, and it often has a single polarizing agent: race.

On Friday night, as he has many times before,...

09/23/2017 11:50 PM
Trump picks fights with the NFL and the NBA — and top athletes fight back

President Trump has picked fights with two of the nation’s most popular professional sports leagues, setting off a Twitter war with top athletes who were quick to fight back in an extraordinary display of political trash-talking with thinly veiled racial undertones.

Even National Football League...

09/23/2017 08:50 PM
Raids in New Jersey town target ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of welfare fraud. 'What is going on here?'

It was a spectacle nobody in this sleepy New Jersey town would forget.

Early one Monday morning, police and FBI agents in bulletproof vests bounded up the steps of suburban townhouses and split levels, threatening to break down the doors, hauling out in handcuffs husbands and wives in the distinctive...

09/23/2017 10:00 AM
Trump says NFL should fire players who kneel during national anthem

President Trump says National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest.

In an extended riff during a freewheeling speech in Alabama on Friday night, Trump also bemoaned that football games have become...

09/23/2017 04:05 AM
In Alabama to boost Sen. Luther Strange, Trump detours to insult Kim Jong Un and defend himself

President Trump traveled to Alabama on Friday night to help out a Republican senator threatened by an insurgent GOP challenger. He departed having detailed a litany of woes of a president under siege.

The president continued his brash public feud with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, escalating...

09/23/2017 03:50 AM