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Obama shortens terms for 214 prisoners; 67 had life sentence

Posted 8/4/2016 in National

President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century.



FBI: Transit officer 1st lawman charged under US terror law

Posted 8/4/2016 in National

Prosecutors brought the first-ever federal terrorism charges against a law enforcement officer in the U.S., alleging Wednesday that a patrol officer with the D.C. region's transit police bought about $250 worth of gift cards for someone he thought was working with the Islamic State group.



Trump taunts GOP, refusing to back Ryan, McCain

Posted 8/3/2016 in National

Donald Trump is openly taunting the leaders of his own party by refusing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. John McCain of Arizona in their GOP primaries.



Trump suggests general election could be 'rigged'

Posted 8/3/2016 in National

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested Monday that he fears the general election "is going to be rigged" -- an unprecedented assertion by a modern presidential candidate.



Obama: Trump is 'unfit,' challenging GOP to end support

Posted 8/3/2016 in National

In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama castigated Donald Trump as "unfit" and "woefully unprepared" to serve in the White House.



Paid family leave benefits rising in some areas

Posted 8/3/2016 in National

The call for paid family leave on the Democratic party platform is the most ambitious attempt by a major party in years to reverse the United States' status as the only industrialized nation without any standard for paid time off for new parents.



Judge grills lawyers over need for N.C. bathroom law

Posted 8/2/2016 in National

A federal judge lobbed tough questions at GOP lawyers Monday as he considered whether to block a North Carolina legal measure governing transgender bathroom access, asking pointedly how the law was making people safer.



Military families to Trump: Apologize for comments to Khans

Posted 8/2/2016 in National

Their sons were killed in Iraq about a week apart. So when Karen Meredith heard the grieving parents of a decorated Muslim Army officer being belittled by Donald Trump, she cried.



Billionaire Warren Buffett ready to take on Donald Trump

Posted 8/2/2016 in National

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he'll do whatever it takes to defeat Donald Trump -- including escorting people to the polls himself.



Pence defends military mom's right to criticize Trump

Posted 8/2/2016 in National

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence defended a military mom's right to criticize Donald Trump's comments about the Muslim parents of a slain U.S. Army veteran during a campaign stop in Nevada, and then lashed out at the media's coverage of the controversy at the next.



Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

Posted 8/2/2016 in National

It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there's little proof that flossing works.



Fight with Muslim family tests Trump's 'say anything' strategy

Posted 8/1/2016 in National

Donald Trump's presidential bid has thrived on controversy of his own making.



Debate commission: Democrats didn't rig debate schedule

Posted 8/1/2016 in National

The Commission on Presidential Debates rejected Republican Donald Trump's claim that Democrats rigged the debate schedule so that two of the three debates would occur during football games.



Trump backers claim shift in his immigration rhetoric

Posted 8/1/2016 in National

As he turns his attention to the general election, Donald Trump is signaling that he is ready to tone down his fiery rhetoric on illegal immigration -- at least behind closed doors.



Russian television shows what the Kremlin thinks of Clinton

Posted 8/1/2016 in National

To understand what the Kremlin thinks about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming the U.S. president, it was enough to watch Russian state television coverage of her accepting the Democratic nomination.



Turning back on Trump, Koch network focuses on Senate

Posted 8/1/2016 in National

The Koch political network has embraced a simple mantra when asked about Donald Trump: "We're focused on the Senate."



Obama pointing to strides in veterans' health care

Posted 8/1/2016 in National

President Barack Obama is touting strides in reducing homelessness among military veterans as his administration reaches the halfway point in building a massive database on veterans' health.



NTSB: Balloon hit power lines before crashing

Posted 8/1/2016 in National

A hot air balloon hit high-tension power lines before crashing into a pasture in Central Texas, killing all 16 on board, according to federal authorities investigating the worst such disaster in U.S. history.



Trump attacks Muslim father's convention speech

Posted 7/30/2016 in National



Trump, Clinton spar for national security upper hand

Posted 7/30/2016 in National

In their struggle for the upper hand on national security, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are emphasizing strikingly different themes -- he as the bold and cunningly unpredictable strongman who will eliminate terrorism; she as the calm, conventional commander in chief who will manage all manner of crises.



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