National Politics

Attack on Saudi oil sites raises risks amid US-Iran tension

The attacks claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels resulted in "the temporary suspension of production operations" at a Saudi processing facility oil field.

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director

Justice Dept. opposes House request for Mueller materials

Appeals court revives suit against Trump over business ties

GOP lawmaker criticized over AR-15 gun tweet about Beto O’Rourke

  China says US soybeans, pork to be exempt from tariff hikes

12-year-old Bahamian girl who fled Hurricane Dorian spent days in US gov’t custody

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Lawmakers asking 4 big tech companies for documents in antitrust probe

  Minnesotans join trade rally in Washington

  AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

  Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate

  Farmers from across the country swarm the National Mall looking for USMCA passage

HUD watchdog clears Carson in $31,000 dining set order

  Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

The Trump administration put the policy into effect the day after the Supreme Court cleared it to do so while legal challenges move forward.

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

Environmental groups criticized the administration's action, the latest in a series of moves to roll back environmental protections put into place under President Barack Obama.

  House committee approves guidelines for Trump impeachment hearings

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says there’s no confusion about what his committee is doing: It’s an impeachment investigation, no matter how you want to phrase it.

  Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans

Public health experts say all flavors should be banned and that menthol can still hook kids on vaping.

Abortion, border wall put major spending bills into disarray

  Trump administration to propose banning e-cigarette flavors

Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase

  Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

  Publix asks customers not to openly carry guns in stores

  Trump denies ordering NOAA to rebuke forecasters over Dorian

  Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

The surprise White House announcement could remake the multibillion-dollar vaping industry, which has been driven by sales of flavored nicotine formulas such as "grape slushie" and "strawberry cotton candy."

  18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11

"Eighteen years. We will not forget. We cannot forget," Bud Salter, who lost his sister, Catherine, said at ground zero.

Tent courts set to open on border for US asylum seekers

The court, or "soft-sided" facility as U.S. officials call it, is scheduled to begin operations Monday in Laredo, Texas. Another is expected to open soon in Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

  New, revised order to counter terrorism expands ability to go after financiers and supporters

President Donald Trump issued an executive order to expand the administration's ability to go after terrorists and their financiers and supporters.

EPA to reduce use of animal testing in predicting hazards

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to sharply cut its use of animals for toxicity testing.

Trump dismisses John Bolton, says they ‘disagreed strongly’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.

Judge sets new sentencing date for Michael Flynn

A federal judge has set a Dec. 18 sentencing date for Michael Flynn as a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser accused federal prosecutors of “egregious government misconduct.”

Officials spar with senators over plan for mortgage giants

The two finance companies nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $190 billion.

Share of Americans without health insurance rises for 1st time in a decade

An estimated 27.5 million people, 8.5% of the population, went without health insurance in 2018. That was an increase of 1.9 million uninsured people, or 0.5 percentage point.

Report: Commerce secretary threatened firings at NOAA if they didn’t refute NWS Birmingham’s Dorian tweet

According to three people cited in the Times report on Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called the acting NOAA administrator and told him to fix the National Weather Service’s contradiction of Trump’s claim.

Sarah Palin’s husband appears to be seeking a divorce

The papers, which provide only initials, were filed Friday by T.M.P. against S.L.P.

NOAA scientist: Agency likely broke science integrity rules for chastising office that contradicted Trump

The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

  States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

The probes into Google and Facebook widen the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators.

  Dorian: Bahamas evacuees wrongly removed from ship amid visa confusion

An announcement was made over the boat's speaker system. About 130 people got off the boat Sunday. The ferry then headed for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Trump presents medal to Ohio, Texas mass shootings heroes

Trump also recognized five civilians who put themselves at risk after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in August.

Juul warned over claims its e-cigarette is safer than smoking

FDA officials said Juul also made the pitch at school presentations.

Trump says peace talks with Taliban are now “dead”

The Afghan government remains mostly on the sidelines of the U.S. effort to end America's longest war. And as Trump's reelection campaign heats up, his quest to withdraw the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan remains unfulfilled — so far.

Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in primary

"I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in," Sanford said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Politico first reported that the military transport that took off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage in March spent the night at the Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow.

A Purdue bankruptcy would make opioids cases even messier

The attorneys general directly involved in the negotiations with the maker of OxyContin and the Sackler family said they anticipated Purdue filing soon for bankruptcy protection.

  Plan for Taliban meeting latest bold Trump gamble to unravel

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that a secret meeting slated for the following day at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan leaders was canceled because of a Taliban attack in Kabul on Thursday.

NOAA assailed for defending Trump’s Hurricane Dorian claim

Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump's statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

NOAA assailed for defending Trump’s Hurricane Dorian claim

Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump's statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium "much more beyond" current levels to weapons-grade material.

Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votes

Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

  In New Hampshire, 2020 Dems urge voters to not play it safe

Saturday's convention kicked off a critical stretch of the campaign in New Hampshire, which in February will hold the nation's first primary.

Fed Chairman Powell says he doesn’t expect recession

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave an upbeat view of the U.S. economy during an appearance with Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan in Switzerland.

House Judiciary preparing vote on impeachment hearing rules

The details are still being negotiated, but a procedural vote next week could set rules for the hearings, according to a person familiar with the plan.

Trump challenges California power to control auto pollution

The Trump administration on Friday launched an all-out assault on California's authority to set its own automotive emissions standards in a battle over mileage rules.

Mugabe dies; liberated Zimbabwe then held it for 37 years

Robert Mugabe, the former leader of Zimbabwe forced to resign in 2017 after a 37-year rule whose early promise was eroded by economic turmoil, disputed elections and human rights violations, has died.

Ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz rules out independent 2020 bid

Schultz announced in June he was taking a “detour” from a possible independent 2020 bid, citing health concerns. The billionaire businessman said at the time he’d revisit his presidential ambitions after Labor Day.

Treasury unveils plan to privatize Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a total cost to taxpayers of $187 billion.

Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage

The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California's authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Thursday.

San Francisco declares NRA ‘domestic terrorist organization’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution this week that says it “intends to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization.”

Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls

Climate change moved squarely to the center of the Democratic presidential race Wednesday in a marathon series of televised town halls that gave candidates a chance to carve out some distance from one another on an issue of heightened importance to their party's liberal base.

Michigan moves to be 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

The governer says in a written statement that her No. 1 priority is keeping kids safe, and she wants to stop companies that are using candy flavors to "hook children on nicotine."

Prominent DC lawyer acquitted in foreign lobbying case

The jury in the case of Greg Craig, a former White House counsel in the Obama administration, deliberated for about four hours before reaching its verdict.

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids’ privacy law

The FTC has been investigating YouTube for the way it handles the data of kids under 13. Young children are protected by a federal law that requires parental consent before companies can collect and share their personal information.

  Trump appears to show doctored Dorian trajectory map that includes Alabama

Trump displayed a map Wednesday that showed Dorian hitting Alabama, but it appears to have been altered with a black marker.

  Johnson’s Brexit plans in crisis after 3rd defeat in 2 days

Johnson says Britain must leave the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal, and plans to seek a national election if the opposition bill becomes law in hope of getting a less obstructive crop of legislators.

Democrats propose spending trillions fighting climate change

The flurry of plans comes ahead of a CNN town hall event on global warming, which 10 Democrats seeking the White House plan to attend.

Kroger asks customers not to open carry guns in their stores

No word on how the grocery store chain plans to enforce the request.

US watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered trauma

The children, many already distressed in their home countries or by their journey, showed more fear, feelings of abandonment and post-traumatic stress symptoms than children who were not separated, according to a report.

Pentagon approves military construction cash to build border wall

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border.

McConnell says he’s waiting on Trump to chart path on guns

Congressional Republicans are waiting for the White House to chart a path forward on gun violence legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

UK’s Johnson says he will call a new general election

On a day of high drama and acerbic debate in the House of Commons, lawmakers returned from their summer recess to confront Johnson over his insistence that the U.K. leave the European Union on Oct. 31, even without a withdrawal agreement to cushion the economic blow. Many shouted, "Resign!"

Palestinian Harvard student finally arrives on campus; US had blocked entry previously

Ismail Ajjawi, a scholarship student, was denied entry Aug. 23 after spending eight hours in Boston Logan International Airport, reportedly over his friends' political posts on social media.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s comments on hurricanes, guns, economy

Trump's claims on the hurricane and a mass shooting capped a week of distortion on various fronts, from the economy to Iran and North Korea.

  In escalating trade war, US consumers may see higher prices

The 15% U.S. taxes apply to about $112 billion of Chinese imports. All told, more than two-thirds of the consumer goods the United States imports from China now face higher taxes.

Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question

Science says age is only a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in American history, age’s importance will be tested as never before.

  Justice Ginsburg reports she’s ‘very well’ following cancer treatment

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Saturday she's "alive" and on her way to being "very well" following radiation treatment for cancer.

  DNC Chair dismisses Iowa’s 2020 virtual caucus due to security concerns

According to the Associated Press, the Democratic National Committee will recommend scrapping the virtual caucus in Iowa and Nevada because of hacking concerns.

Latest Trump tariffs could hit consumers with higher prices

President Donald Trump's latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports is likely to deliver a direct hit on many consumers, who were largely spared from higher prices in his previous rounds of import taxes.

RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan stable after prison stabbing

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassin is hospitalized in stable condition after being stabbed by a fellow inmate at a Southern California prison.

DNC chairman effectively kills plans for virtual caucuses

Democrats' plans for virtual presidential caucuses in Iowa and Nevada are effectively dead as the national party chairman said Friday the results would be vulnerable to hacking and abuse.

  Appeals court reinstates lawsuit over faulty background check in Charleston church shooting case

The FBI has acknowledged that Dylann Roof's drug possession arrest weeks before the shooting should have prevented him from buying a gun.

TVs to shoes: This time consumers face pain of Trump tariffs

Beginning Sunday, the U.S. government will begin collecting 15% tariffs on $112 billion in Chinese imports — items ranging from smartwatches and TVs to shoes, diapers, sporting goods and meat and dairy products.

Trump eyes mental institutions as answer to gun violence

When shots rang out last year at a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead, President Donald Trump quickly turned his thoughts to creating more mental institutions.