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One year in, is Donald Trump's presidency a fluke or a political turning point?

By most political measures, Donald Trump shouldn’t be in the White House. That’s not an assessment of his policies or fitness for the job. Rather, it’s judging by the rules that once seemed to govern presidential campaigning.

Trump never held office, never served in government or spent a day in...

01/21/2018 06:00 PM
At Women's Marches nationwide, setting sights on the ballot box and hailing #MeToo

In a boisterous coast-to-coast outpouring, hundreds of thousands of marchers in dozens of cities staged a reprise of last year’s massive Women’s March, seeking to not only deliver a powerful rebuke to the policies of President Trump, but also mount a crucial mobilization for this year’s midterm...

01/21/2018 12:40 AM
Dead dogs, filth and ropes tied to beds: Inside the Turpins' home in Texas before they moved to Perris

To neighbor Ricky Vinyard, the Turpin family seemed odd from the moment they arrived at the end of his remote dirt road in this small town 50 miles south of Fort Worth, where they had lived earlier.

“When they moved in, they were really mysterious people. They didn’t talk to us or socialize,” recalled...

01/21/2018 05:05 PM
Hardship and chaos as federal shutdown moves into second day with no deal on funding, Dreamers

As a government shutdown entered its second day Sunday, Congress and President Trump were poised to face deepening criticism unless they made a deal to reopen the government before the workweek begins.

A rare weekend schedule continued on Capitol Hill, with voting possible, but negotiations over...

01/21/2018 03:10 PM
Coast to coast, voices are raised in anger and dismay
Mothers said they marched for their daughters, and daughters marched to honor their mothers as protests against the Trump administration unfolded across the country.
01/21/2018 04:10 AM
Shutdown's first day is long on blame, short on solutions to reopen government

The first day of a federal shutdown ended much as it began Saturday, with Democrats and Republicans hardened in a stalemate of angry finger-pointing as Congress and President Trump failed to broker a deal to reopen the government.

Lawmakers in both parties spent the day blaming each other and pushing...

01/21/2018 01:10 AM
Government shutdown brings confusion, dismay to national parks and monuments

If you’re thinking about enjoying some time at a national park, you might want to check to see if the place you’re headed to is even open.

On Saturday, hours after the start of the partial government shutdown, dozens of national parks nationwide closed their gates and turned visitors away. Others...

01/21/2018 12:05 AM
On first day of partial government shutdown, Democrats' strategy poses some risks

Democrats have grown used to winning political face-offs over government shutdowns, smiling from the sidelines as Republicans struggled to contain the unruly factions in their party. On Saturday, Democrats got a taste of that stomach-churning game.

On the first day of the first partial government...

01/20/2018 11:55 PM
Vice President Mike Pence gets an earful in Cairo on his first official Middle East tour

Vice President Pence met with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Saturday in a 2 1/2-hour session that focused, in part, on Egypt’s anger over President Trump’s abrupt decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“We heard Al Sisi out,” Pence, who is making his first...

01/20/2018 10:20 PM
Signposts from the Women's March — angry, ironic and sometimes really funny

Tweets are fine, but you can’t hold up a tweet for your fellow marchers to see. Same goes for videos, blog posts and selfies.

That explains why thousands of people marching Saturday grabbed cardboard, colored paper and markers to make their feelings known.

Here are signs across the country. Let’s...

01/20/2018 08:40 PM
Government begins shutting down as Congress races to agree on short-term spending bill

The federal government began shutting down early Saturday after a flurry of dramatic, last-minute negotiations failed to end the congressional deadlock over a spending bill before a midnight deadline.

Intensive talks on the Senate floor, even after the deadline passed, broke down without agreement.

01/20/2018 05:25 AM
Government shutdown: Here's what you need to know
Lawmakers have until Friday at midnight to pass legislation to avert a government shutdown. Here's what that means.
01/20/2018 05:05 AM
The most comprehensive look yet at how the Las Vegas concert massacre unfolded

In an 81-page investigative report released Friday, Las Vegas police gave their most comprehensive timeline to date on how the Oct. 1 massacre unfolded at a country music concert on the Strip.

The report did not give any greater insight into why gunman Stephen Paddock, an amateur gambler, opened...

01/20/2018 03:05 AM
Federal official suggests Florida is not exempt from Trump offshore oil drilling plan after all

Florida is still under consideration for offshore oil drilling, a top Interior Department official said Friday, contradicting an announcement last week from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that energy exploration off the coast of Florida was “off the table.”

The comments from Walter Cruickshank,...

01/20/2018 01:35 AM
White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration for millions, lawmakers vowed never again.

And yet, here we are again.

The Trump administration...

01/20/2018 12:55 AM
Las Vegas shooter began to act 'strangely' leading up to carnage, girlfriend says, as motive remains a mystery

Stephen Paddock gambled large sums of money, kept child pornography on his computer and purchased more than 55 weapons in the year leading up to the largest mass shooting in modern American history.

On Friday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released an 81-page report that revealed...

01/20/2018 12:00 AM
Executive privilege, a flashpoint since George Washington, now roils Russia investigation

There’s no mention of executive privilege in the Constitution. Nor was it discussed at the Constitutional Convention, when delegates gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the country’s bedrock governing principles.

But executive privilege — the president’s right to keep some communications...

01/19/2018 11:35 PM
Women's March redux: What you need to know

The crowds are not expected to be as large as last January, when more than 1 million people marched across the globe to protest the presidency of Donald Trump, who was inaugurated a day earlier. Still, if all goes according to plans hatched by a variety of activist groups, protests will unfold...

01/19/2018 11:25 PM
Vice President Pence heads to the Middle East with prospects for peace deal all but dashed

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in the Middle East on Saturday, launching a high-stakes tour that was delayed after President Trump’s decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparked protests across the region.

He will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel over four days but won’t meet with...

01/19/2018 11:15 PM
U.S. criticizes Turkey over military offensive in Kurdish-held northern Syria

The Trump administration on Friday branded as “destabilizing” a Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish-held region in neighboring Syria, threatening to further inflame tensions between the U.S. and a NATO ally.

But U.S. officials also scrambled to backtrack from a U.S. military plan to recruit...

01/19/2018 09:45 PM
Some in Chile feel betrayed as pope scolds critics of bishop's response to alleged sexual abuse

Pope Francis stunned some Chileans by suggesting that people who have accused a cleric of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest were guilty of slander.

The comments, coming as the pope was winding up his visit to Chile on Thursday and heading to Peru, were especially...

01/19/2018 09:30 PM
For some immigrants, a wrenching dilemma: Stay or leave?

When the Trump administration decided to end protected status for people from El Salvador, Hector Soriano faced a wrenching decision and a big gamble.

In the 17 years since he gained protection from deportation — giving him the right to work legally in the U.S. — Soriano established a successful...

01/19/2018 08:00 PM
Supreme Court will decide on Trump's travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether President Trump has the legal power to bar tens of thousands of visitors and immigrants from several mostly Muslim nations from entering this country.

The court’s ruling could be one of its most significant pronouncements on the chief executive’s...

01/19/2018 07:30 PM
Secret House Republican memo causes new rifts over Russia investigation

Conservative Republicans are pushing to release a memo containing classified information about the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, sparking new controversy in a case that has already caused deep partisan rifts.

The contents of the four-page memo, which was written...

01/19/2018 06:35 PM
Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner, citing rise in crime

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Police Commissioner Kevin Davis on Friday, citing the need to get a handle on the city’s record levels of violence.

Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. DeSousa, the top commander in the police department’s patrol bureau, will take Davis’ place, effectively immediately.

01/19/2018 06:10 PM