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As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on?

Opposition to President Trump has clearly energized Democrats – but the party is still facing a leadership vacuum and struggling to unite its disparate wings, as its former nominee remains controversially in the headlines.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
With rents soaring after fires, can Santa Rosa make room for middle class?

The Tubbs fire destroyed 3,000 homes, sending rents as high as $13,000 a month. The disaster has pushed officials and advocates to consider rebuilding in a way that accounts for the challenges that faced the region before the fires.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
A billionaire wages war on poverty in Oklahoma

In Tulsa, Okla., philanthropist George Kaiser is mounting one of the most ambitious efforts in the US to help the poor.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
'Bad moms' or women in need of help? Oklahoma rethinks view of female inmates.

Oklahoma's rate of incarcerating women is the highest in the US and more than double the average. Pushback is coming from reformers who decry the destabilizing effect on families, as well as fiscal conservatives alarmed by the rocketing prison bill.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Without needed votes White House may cut health care provision from tax code bill

After Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine, whose vote is crucial, said that health care reform should be dealt with separately from the tax code, the White House may scrap its attempt repeal a component of the Affordable Care Act by attaching it to tax reform. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Former Bush staffers begin to reappear in Trump administration

As President Trump fills out the remaining gaps in his administration, a theme is emerging: experienced members of former President George W. Bush's team. Critics say this runs counter to his promise to shake things up in Washington. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Congress has an 'et tu?' moment as it grapples with sexual harrassment

Legislators, spurred by cultural demands, take steps to deal with the 'pervasive' problem of sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, including how to handle recently accused Senator Al Franken.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
US needs corporate tax reform. Does the GOP deliver it?

Both parties have called for a rethink of business taxes to boost global competitiveness. New House and Senate plans deliver part of the equation – lower tax rates – but stir controversy in the process.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
New refrain in Washington: Is this the Saudi Arabia we wanted?

US policymakers had long sought a more assertive Saudi Arabia. But there's a growing concern outside the White House about the ambitious and untested Saudi crown prince, who is increasingly confronting Iran.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Rural schools unite to make college the rule, rather than the exception

Cooperation among sparsely populated districts in Ohio fuels a successful – and necessary – push for college in a place where manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Part 1 of 3. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
In 2017, transgender community sees record political gains – and violent hostility

Behind the historic eight victories on Nov. 7, America’s transgender community sees a paradox: Both political support and hate crimes are at record levels.  So far this year, 25 transgender people have been killed, breaking last year's record.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
'Thoughts and prayers': For devout, what does it mean to pray after tragedy?

After the Sutherland Springs shooting, the online debate shifted to whether praying is 'doing anything.' Here's what religious Americans and scholars say they mean when they talk about prayer.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' sells for $450 million

Christie's auction house sold the famous painting of Christ for a record-breaking amount. The only privately owned da Vinci, the painting has been roughly handled in the past, including an extensive restoration process, which some critics feel hurts its authenticity.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Behind religious defense of Roy Moore, an aggressive view of masculinity

The accusations against the former judge, and the biblical justifications coming from some quarters, have led to condemnations from many Evangelicals. Yet adult-teen relationships may not be as unusual among a certain subsection of fundamentalists as people think.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
A tax cut, but for whom? Republican plans favor business.

Senate and House leaders say their tax cuts will boost economic growth and household incomes. But Senate plan would undercut Obamacare and allow middle-class tax cuts to expire, while making cuts for corporations permanent.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Republican governors regroup and prepare for next election cycle

The Republican Governors Association is ready to talk strategy in Austin, Texas this week, preparing for the 2018 election cycle when 36 governorships will be up for election.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Elementary school thwarts entry by California gunman

A gunman in a California who shot 14 people, killing four, went to multiple locations. But he failed to enter an elementary school that had responded quickly to gunshots by putting the school in lockdown.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Republican tax bill to include Obamacare repeal

Senate Republicans under pressure from President Trump launch another attack on the Affordable Care Act by including a repeal of the individual mandate in the upcoming Senate tax bill. Eliminating the mandate would save an estimated $338 billion over a decade.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
The deeper meaning of the Roy Moore saga

From divisions in the Republican Party to growing demands for how to address sexual misconduct – the Moore story touches on bigger questions than one Senate seat or even the balance of power in Congress.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
What’s the real story behind Hillary Clinton, Russia, and uranium?

In 2010, a Russian nuclear agency purchased a controlling interest in Uranium One, a Canada-based mining firm. US officials, including the State Department under Hillary Clinton, reviewed the deal.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Barbie now wears a hijab, inspired by US Olympic fencer

Mattel announced its first hijab-wearing doll after US Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad won gold in the 2016 Rio Games. Many see Barbie's new accessory as another sign of increasing acceptance of the traditional Islamic garment in Western culture. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Senate committee to discuss who should have the power to launch nuclear weapons

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony this week regarding the nuclear weapons chain of command and how much authority the president should have in a system built for fast decisonmaking, not debate.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Accusations from women continue to mount against Moore

Following the second allegation of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore, more GOP members have withdrawn their support of his campaign, some even moving to block his election or initiate a vote to remove him from the Senate if he wins.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Trump's approach to human rights? It's personal, critics say.

Many presidents have been inconsistent on highlighting human rights abuses, excusing strategic allies and lambasting foes. But critics say Trump appears to be guided more by his personal feelings for the nation's leader.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Russia investigation: What we know and where it may head next

Over the weekend, President Trump called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election a ‘pure hit job.’ But the investigation is continuing apace, and speculation is mounting about likely next targets.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
McConnell asks Moore to step aside from Senate race

Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky says he believes the allegations that Roy Moore pursued romantic relationships with teenage girls as an adult.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
First church service after Texas mass shooting brings outpouring of love and support

A week after the deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, hundreds traveled to attend Sunday's church service that commemorated the victims.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
In Trump era, a sudden flood of women candidates

Virginia's House of Delegates nearly doubled its number of female lawmakers on Tuesday, while across the country, Democratic women won key mayoral and other races. Many say dismay over President Trump's election motivated them to run for office themselves.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
On gun violence, blaming mental illness may only deepen stigma

The documented mental issues of Devin Kelley, who perpetrated Sunday's church shooting in Texas, are the exception rather than the rule. Only 14.8 percent of mass shooters in the US have been diagnosed as psychotic, according to one study.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Concerned about hackers, states turn to cyber insurance

More than a dozen US states now have cyber insurance policies.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Top Republicans respond to Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations

President Trump says Alabama's former chief judge should drop out of the race if the allegations are true. Some other Republicans called for him to step aside immediately

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
From Puerto Rico's ruins, an opportunity to build back better

A bold, innovative vision is emerging for how to rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island's shattered infrastructure. But some worry the staggering challenges could overshadow it.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Commerce and travel to Cuba under new restrictions

The Trump administration announced new restrictions for US citizens who wish to travel to Cuba and blacklisted a number of Cuban companies with ties to the military. Short of cutting off relations, the new restrictions hope to end the flow of US money to the Cuban military. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
NATO looks to increase troop numbers for Afghan training missions

US commanders say NATO troop numbers fall short of what is needed to promote security and train police forces in Afghanistan.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
As more House Republicans head for the exits, Democrats see glimmers of a wave

The party occupying the White House typically loses seats in the first midterms after a presidential election. But for Democrats to win back the House, they will have to expand their reach into districts that voted for President Trump.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Support for teachers: One-on-one online mentoring fills a niche

In the face of teacher shortages, the search for ways to keep those already in the profession on track and supporting students has become more urgent. One solution gaining more traction: teachers helping each other online.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
High-schoolers graduate in record numbers, but are they ready for what’s next?

Indiana offers an example of how to better prepare students for college and careers, and it’s narrowing some racial and economic gaps along the way.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Race and the beauty counter: What a greater selection of hues says about culture

Black women are increasingly able to influence the cosmetics market through their purchases. And it’s sending a deeper cultural message than just creating a fresh face.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
In China, Trump focuses on trade and North Korea

During his visit to China, Trump is expected to focus on the nature of trade relations between the two countries and to promote unity when dealing with the threat from North Korea. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
In Wisconsin, will Walker's reelection bid serve as conservatism's next test?

Wisconsin has undergone a wholesale reinvention during Scott Walker's two previous terms. This next election will determine if Democrats can mount a comeback in the Rust Belt.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Why both sides of debate say Devin Kelley should not have owned a gun

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday ordered the Pentagon’s inspector general to launch an investigation into why the Air Force did not report Kelley to the NICS.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Democrats score major victories in state races

In a first sign of electoral pushback against President Trump's fiery nationalism, Democrats in Virginia and several other states poll decisive victories, headlined by Democrat Ralph Northam's victory over Trump-backed gubernatorial Republican candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Air Force failed to disclose Texas gunman's domestic violence history to FBI

The US Air Force admits it did not report Texas gunman's history of domestic violence to the FBI and is now launching a review of the case. The domestic violence incident would have precluded gunman from legally buying a gun.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Securing the vote: How 'paper' can protect US elections from foreign invaders

In 2016, more than 20 percent of American voters cast their ballots on voting machines that did not produce a verifiable paper trail. For experts, that's a gaping vulnerability, but one that can be addressed. Part 3 of 3.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
President Trump softens tone toward North Korea

While in Seoul, Mr. Trump calls North Korea to "make a deal," but says will not rule out the military option. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
US Army teaches cultural competence for Assistance Brigade

As the US military shifts its focus to supporting local security forces and their efforts to stabilize conflict zones, the Army has started weighing cultural readiness and empathy as valuable traits for the new Security Force Assistance Brigades.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
In Texas, a small town reels – and rallies – after church shooting

After the deadliest mass shooting at a place of worship in US history, residents of Sutherland Springs vowed to move forward and reclaim their beloved way of life.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
In race for Virginia governor, selectively playing the 'Trump card'

GOP candidate Ed Gillespie is blending establishment credentials with Trump-style ads on immigration and crime, while Democrat Ralph Northam is also trying to unify disparate wings of his party. The race is being closely watched as a key test of messaging and enthusiasm heading into the 2018 midterm elections. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Securing the vote: How efforts to prevent fraud, and voting rights, collide

Conservative watchdog groups in several states have filed suit to seek more aggressive action to remove ineligible voters from election rolls, while liberal advocacy and voting rights groups have filed lawsuits of their own. A case in Ohio is going to the Supreme Court. Part 2 of 3.

11/21/2017 12:47 AM
Sale of US arms to Japan reinforces Trump's North Korea policy

During his visit to Japan, President Trump announced that the US will help arm Japan with state of the art missile defense systems. The move further cemented the friendship between the two leaders and presented a unified front against North Korea. 

11/21/2017 12:47 AM