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Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets about support for Israel

Posted 2/12/2019 in National

Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.



Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Posted 2/12/2019 in National

The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other counts Monday, but his new lawyer -- a prominent death penalty litigator who represented one of the Boston Marathon bombers -- signaled he might be open to a plea deal.



Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

Posted 2/12/2019 in National

Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have concluded that the brother of the Amazon CEO's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the National Enquirer, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.



Negotiations hit snag as shutdown deadline approaches

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

As the White House refused to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again, negotiators clashed over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle for a border security compromise Congress can accept.



Parents question whether shooting drills traumatize kids

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills -- exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn't real.



Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state's leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office.



Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country.



Tabloid CEO's lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Bezos

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday.



Dems' 2020 field now includes Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday joined the growing group of Democrats jostling to be president and positioned herself as the most prominent Midwestern candidate in the field, as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.



Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

Posted 2/9/2019 in National

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone."



High court takes abortion vote, but key tests still to come

Posted 2/9/2019 in National

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are reacting cautiously to a 5-4 Supreme Court vote blocking Louisiana from enforcing new abortion regulations.



AP sources: Prosecutors probing Enquirer after Bezos report

Posted 2/9/2019 in National

The National Enquirer's alleged attempt to blackmail Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with intimate photos could get the tabloid's parent company and top editors in deep legal trouble and reopen them to prosecution for paying hush money to a Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump.



Likely deal would give Trump fraction of desired wall money

Posted 2/9/2019 in National

Congressional bargainers are working toward a border security deal amid indications that the White House is preparing to accept a bipartisan agreement that would give President Donald Trump a fraction of the money he's demanded for his proposed southern border wall.



Virginia's governor pledges to work toward racial healing

Posted 2/9/2019 in National

Virginia's governor pledged to work at healing the state's racial divide Saturday, even as calls mounted for the lieutenant governor to resign -- capping an astonishing week that saw all three of the state's top elected officials embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals.



Democrats and GOP square off over Trump's tax returns

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

With Democrats now controlling the House and holding the legal key to seeking President Donald Trump's tax returns, Republican lawmakers are invoking privacy in defending Trump's flank.



Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday he was the target of "extortion and blackmail" by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.



Trump-GOP meeting boosts optimism about reaching border deal

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

President Donald Trump appears to be taking a more positive view of Capitol Hill talks on border security, according to negotiators who struck a distinctly optimistic tone after a White House meeting with a top Republican on the broad parameters of a potential bipartisan agreement.



Alabama executes Muslim inmate who wanted imam present

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn't let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation's highest court cleared the way.



Bankruptcy judge gives Sears another chance, OKs $5.2B plan

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

A bankruptcy judge on Thursday blessed a $5.2 billion plan by Sears chairman and biggest shareholder to keep the iconic business going.



Virginia Dems brace for 2020 political fallout from scandal

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

The political crisis in Virginia threatens to turn a state that has trended Democratic back into a battleground, a development that could complicate the party's effort to defeat President Donald Trump next year.



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