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US government shuts down amid standoff over immigration

A last-ditch Republican funding bill fell well short of the 60 Senate votes needed Friday night to prevent the country's first shutdown since 2013.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Russia investigation: An eventful week, and what happens next

New details emerged this week in the broadening investigation into alleged efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

The Department of Justice's crackdown comes as 64 percent of Americans, including for the first time more than half of Republicans, support legalization, Gallup found this month. So far, 29 states have legalized the medical use of the drug, while eight have legalized recreational use.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
A year after the March, women are sprinting forward

The Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017 sparked new levels of activism and engagement for many, with record numbers of women running for office, donating to campaigns, and finding new ways to get involved.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
California keeps girls in school by providing feminine products

Low-income students often stay home when menstruating due to the cost of pads and tampons. California's new law requiring products be available to young women in all Title I public schools joins similar legislation around the US addressing the issue.  

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Minnesota sisters used to sharing the ice will play hockey for separate Olympic teams

Hannah and Marissa Brandt, who grew up playing on the same ice hockey teams, will now play for different countries in the upcoming Olympic Games. Marissa will represent South Korea, from which she was adopted as a child, and Hannah will play for the United States.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
What makes immigration deals so hard

Increased partisanship and decreased trust among lawmakers have made reforming immigration harder than ever – even as pressure to fix the problems in the system has grown.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
In shutdown showdown, a crucial question: Who will get the blame?

With Friday’s deadline looming to avert a government shutdown, some observers see a twist to what is typically a party-line battle. Some Republicans and Democrats say they are tired of short-term funding of government – with its patches, unpredictability, and the toll that takes.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
#MeTooK12: New campaign raises awareness about rights at school

Launched this month, #MeTooK12 aims to broaden the discussion about sexual harassment and violence to include elementary, middle, and high schools. Enforcement of Title IX at that level needs a major boost, students and advocates say.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Missile attack false alarm in Hawaii raises question: Who is in charge?

State legislators are asking the House Armed Services Committee to rethink how emergency alerts are sent, and who has the authority to send them.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Haitians in limbo as renewal of protection status uncertain

Tens of thousands of Haitians are facing unemployment as the result of a delay in renewal guidelines. Although Haitians with temporary protected status are allowed to stay in the US until July 2019, their ability to work is hindered by a paperwork logjam.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Spy suspect's arrest: What motivates turncoats?

The FBI has charged Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA officer, with illegally retaining documents. That may have helped Beijing brutally dismantle US espionage operations in China. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
'Mama warrior' helps children of immigrants

Immigration activist Nora Sandigo has accepted responsibility for 1,250 children of immigrants living in the United States illegally. Hundreds of parents have signed power of attorney documents giving her the ability to care for their children if they are detained or deported. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Democrats watch Pennsylvania special election race for anti-Trump sentiment

A moderate Democrat and a Trump supporter face off in conservative Pennsylvania in a special congressional election race as Democrats hope for a political renaissance on the heels of sweeping wins in Virginia and a surprise upset in Alabama. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
On policy, Trump favors one side of red-blue divide

From tax reform to offshore drilling, the Trump administration has made major policy moves that appear to favor red states and penalize blue ones, reflecting the GOP's control of government – and the degree to which the president is focused on his base.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
US and Canada hold summit on North Korean nuclear threat

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with US allies to discuss cooperation in heightening pressure on North Korea to discontinue weapons development. Russia and China, though closest diplomatically with North Korea, were not invited to the talks.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
False missile alert raises questions about preparedness

A false missile alert sent Hawaii into a panic on Saturday with many people unsure of how to respond. The incident fueled skepticism of the government's ability to alert residents during a real emergency.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Why presidential language matters

When presidents sort groups of voters – and groups of nations – into categories they like and dislike, the results aren’t always pretty. It’s a tactic that can be wrong, and ineffective, say historians.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Florida races to accommodate influx of Puerto Rican migrants

Hundreds of thousands of migrants from Puerto Rico continue to arrive in Florida in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. The state is working to resettle these new arrivals, many of whom plan on staying permanently. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Californian rescue workers 'searching for a miracle'

Rescue workers continue to search for victims after mudslides crashed into homes early Tuesday morning, as the likelihood of finding victims drops.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Q&A: In St. Louis, the Rev. Darryl Gray is 'praying with my feet'

'If we can be successful in St. Louis as Dr. King and the civil rights leaders were in Selma, it could change this country, as Selma did.' – The Rev. Darryl Gray, civil rights activist

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Congress raises concerns over Florida drilling exemption

Secretary Zinke's decision to remove Florida from a list of states being considered for offshore drilling has led some lawmakers to question whether the administration has violated federal law. Florida has not opposed the drilling measure, unlike several other states.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Speaking of America: 'I'm not where I want to be'

After a tumultuous year, a reporter took a cross-country journey to sample Americans' views of their country. Today, a Trump voter in Kentucky finds reason for more hope, but still wants her children to move away. Part 5 of 5.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Cliven Bundy case: How big a problem is prosecutorial misconduct?

Beyond high-profile examples, such as the dismissal 'with prejudice' this week of the Bundy case, the question of how often prosecutorial misconduct occurs now is open to debate – with a former state attorney calling it a “rare event” and a former federal judge calling it an “epidemic.”

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
California mudslides highlight evacuation complexities

Officials faced the difficult task of determining evacuation zones during this week's California mudslides. The mudslides, many in places with voluntary evacuations or no alert at all, killed at least 17 people and destroyed dozens of homes in Santa Barbara County.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Trump opens path for states to require employment for Medicaid recipients

The Trump administration announced a policy shift that would allow states to enforce work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Ten states have already applied for waivers to require work or community involvement.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
State legislators rework sexual misconduct policies

Sexual harassment policies for state legislatures across the country are currently being reviewed and changed following a rash of complaints against lawmakers in around two dozen states.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Speaking of America: 'Here, you have the freedom'

After a tumultuous year, a reporter took a cross-country journey to sample Americans' views of their country. Today, how a man escaped war on a boat, and then found a new life as a Louisiana fisherman. Part 4 of 5.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Why earmarks, deplored by many Republicans, find a new fan in Trump

Allowing members of Congress to insert pet provisions has been a fount of wasteful spending in the past. It can also facilitate dealmaking – now an urgent priority for President Trump.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
On DACA, old political fault lines – but new room for optimism

Some lawmakers say Tuesday's televised negotiations helped them inch toward a deal to aid an estimated 700,000 young people brought illegally to the US as children. Also Tuesday, a federal judge issued an injunction temporarily blocking White House plans to end the DACA program in March.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
In wake of sexual misconduct scandals, mothers of boys focus on developing respect for girls

The recent saga of sexual misconduct scandals that has rocked American society has brought to light a subgroup of women: mothers of boys. These women seek to raise their sons to shun sexist mindsets with the hope that as men they won't condone sexual assault.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Russian interference in Europe brought to surface by congressional report

A new report by congressional Democrats highlights Russia's increasing interference in Europe and the US who feel the meddling has failed to be addressed by President Trump, despite aggressive countermeasures by other Western democracies.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Judges strike down North Carolina GOP-drawn voting map

Federal judges determined that North Carolina's congressional district map gave the Republican Party an advantage for most seats and ordered the map to be redrawn immediately. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
A search for survivors continues after mudslides hit southern California

The communities of Montecito and Carpinteria, which were subject to massive wildfires in the past month, have been hit hardest by recent mudslides in California. Rescue efforts are expected to continue as storms pass and search conditions improve.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Speaking of America: 'Now, I feel like home'

After a tumultuous year, a reporter took a cross-country journey to sample Americans' views of their country. Today, a survivor of hurricane Harvey reflects on what she has to be grateful for, even after a tough year. Part 3 of 5.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Oprah 2020? Why the political appeal of celebrities endures.

Oprah Winfrey’s impassioned speech about the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globe Awards lit Democratic hopes and dreams. Part of that may be because voters want to connect with their leaders on an emotional as well as a political level. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Gun rights: Bid to federalize concealed carry puts GOP in unfamiliar territory

That a black single mom has become the poster-woman for a national concealed-carry reciprocity bill has put Republicans in an unusual position. The party usually arguing in favor of states' rights finds itself defending federal supremacy.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Trump reaffirms promise of border wall before immigrations talks with Congress

Though Republicans and Democrats seem far from an agreement on immigration reform, President Trump heads into discussions with congressmen from across the aisle regarding 'Dreamers' and his campaign promise of a border wall.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Speaking of America: 'An optimist who wears body armor'

After a tumultuous year, a reporter took a cross-country journey to sample Americans' views of their country. Today, a policeman who traded chasing crooks for thieving bears. Part 2 of 5 in the Monitor's 'Speaking of America' series.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Under Trump, US debates a leader’s mental fitness as never before

Two books, one quoting White House insiders and the other by psychiatrists, have spurred discussion of a long-taboo subject regarding sitting presidents. It's about Trump, but also about whether the "Goldwater rule" against armchair diagnosis should still apply.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Supreme Court ends legal challenge to Mississippi's anti-LGBT law

Mississippi's Republican-backed anti-LGBT law has been allowed to stand, proving to be a major setback for gay rights, activists say. The law enables business and government employees to refuse service to members of the LGBT community based on religious beliefs.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
200,000 Salvadorans to lose protected status in the US

The Trump administration announced on Monday that approximately 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the US since 2001 after a pair of earthquakes in El Salvador must return home in 2019.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Author and publisher of book about Trump stand by work

Michael Wolff, author of 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,' and his publisher have pushed back against criticism from the Trump administration and Steve Bannon, a key source for the book. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Speaking of America: 'I'm a person of hope'

After a tumultuous year, a reporter took a cross-country journey to sample Americans' views of their country. A young woman comes to Los Angeles to follow her dream – to help the homeless. Part 1 of 5.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Women take centerstage at the Golden Globes to say 'Time's Up'

After a year rocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and a tide of sexual misconduct allegations that followed, women in the film industry highlighted gender inequality and the fight against sexual harassment at the Golden Globes.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Why the leaders of the Republican establishment are smiling

The political banishment of Steve Bannon means the GOP can focus on candidates who appeal to the mainstream. But the rift with the anti-establishment still remains, and Trump will have to help mend it for the midterms, analysts say.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
After 'bomb cyclone,' East Coast faces another deep freeze

Coastal flooding at historic levels across New England left streets full of icy slush as weekend forecasts predict plummeting temperatures will settle over the region.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
North Korea: Why 'battle of the nuclear buttons' is likely overblown

Critics fear that taunting between Trump and Kim injects anger and emotionalism into the nuclear balance. But the objective and well-known high cost of conflict is still a deterrent that is more important than words.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
Disrupter in chief: How Donald Trump is changing the presidency

A year into the presidency, Trump’s freewheeling, norm-busting approach to the office is the new normal.

01/21/2018 08:37 PM
US Attorney General rescinds policy that let legal pot blossom

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinds the 2013 policy that allowed states across the nation to legalize marijuana. He will let federal prosecutors decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law in states where pot is legal. 

01/21/2018 08:37 PM