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Norway, if you’re listening: Feel free to hack our presidential race
Just about every cybersecurity expert agrees that Russia is likely to meddle again in next year’s presidential election — and other governments may try too. And why shouldn’t they? The cost is laughably low, and they face few if any penalties if they’re caught. After all, President Trump says he’d...
(Sun, 16 Jun 2019 04:00:00 PDT)

Lesson from a pre-Roe vs. Wade experience: Men cannot be silent on abortion rights
I was behind the wheel, Charlene beside me, in her powder-blue MG convertible, making our way from the Philadelphia suburbs, through Pottsville and up Route 61 to Ashland, a small, quiet village in the heart of Pennsylvania’s fading anthracite region. The beautiful two-hour drive turned somber...
(Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:00:00 PDT)

Buried alive in beans: ‘Grain entrapment’ calls for specialized rescue training
The sea of shifting soybean kernels had risen to Jay Butterfield's knees inside a tall grain bin on his Ohio farm. "I knew I was in trouble then," the 70-year-old said. "Because it's just like being in quicksand or cement." Sometimes a job becomes so routine and familiar that carelessness creeps...
(Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:55:00 PDT)

Women’s clinic under construction in Alabama could lead to new fight over abortions
Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women's clinic that's under construction despite the state's passage of a near-total ban on abortions. Located beside an interstate highway in downtown Birmingham, the 10,000-square-foot structure...
(Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:40:00 PDT)

Rights activists say emails boost their case on 2020 census discrimination
Voting rights activists argue that newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolsters arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey. The plaintiffs, who successfully...
(Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:20:00 PDT)

Most American men are fathers, who tend to be better educated, census report finds
Fathers in the U.S. tend to be better educated than men without children, and relatively few men have children over age 40. These are some of the conclusions in a newly released report by the U.S. Census Bureau, just in time for Father's Day. The data in the report come from 2014 when the bureau...
(Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:00:00 PDT)

Trump said it’s OK to take campaign dirt from foreign powers. Is it legal?
After three years of scandal over Russia’s interference in America’s 2016 election, President Trump drew a storm of criticism for saying he would not tell the FBI if a foreign country offered him dirt on an opponent. Even after Trump backed off Friday and said he would indeed notify law enforcement,...
(Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:10:00 PDT)

Trump team weighs options against Iran after tanker explosions but downplays war threat
President Trump and Iranian leaders traded accusations Friday over who was responsible for fiery explosions that crippled two oil tankers off Iran’s coast, but both sides appeared cautious not to go beyond a war of words, at least for now, to avoid a direct military confrontation. After blaming...
(Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:25:00 PDT)

Trump again claims he would consider foreign help for his campaign
Seeking to stem a bipartisan furor, President Trump said Friday that he would “of course” contact the FBI if a foreign government gave him dirt on his political opponents — but not until after he looked at it first. “If you don't hear what it is, you're not going to know what it is,” Trump told...
(Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:45:00 PDT)

Democrats set their 2020 debate lineups — Biden faces Sanders, while Warren spars with Booker
Not every 2020 Democratic hopeful will get to go head to head with front-runner Joe Biden when the candidates meet for their first debate in Miami later this month, but the former vice president will be on the stage with some formidable rivals, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and...
(Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:35:00 PDT)

How Elizabeth Warren has risen in a crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field
Only a few weeks ago, many political analysts were writing off Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Her campaign was too much a collection of position papers, and not enough about a person, some said. She had spent too much money on staff in early states, and her decision to eschew big donors had crippled her...
(Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:00:00 PDT)

Impeach Trump? Many California Democrats aren’t convinced
Much like their elected representatives, California Democrats are divided sharply over whether Congress should move to impeach President Trump, a new poll shows. Trump remains deeply unpopular in the nation’s largest state, with its heavily Democratic electorate, according to the new Berkeley Institute...
(Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:00:00 PDT)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio takes his low popularity to the national stage
Some days it seems nobody wants New York’s mayor to run for president — other than New York’s mayor. Bill de Blasio’s constituents appear to waver from being amused to appalled by his White House bid. Some of his past confidants have signaled they might sooner enlist with the LaRouche movement...
(Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:00:00 PDT)

12 million pills and 700 deaths: How a few pill mills helped fan the U.S. opioid inferno
Soon after he took over as medical director of the Urgent Care & Surgery Center in eastern Tennessee in 2012, Dr. Marc Valley realized he was supervising illegal drug dealers in lab coats. Platoons of patients socialized in the parking lot, none seemingly afflicted by injuries. The packed waiting...
(Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:00:00 PDT)

Trump hit with bipartisan criticism for welcoming foreign help in 2020 election
President Trump, after two years of hammering home a simple, powerful defense — “no collusion!” — came under bipartisan fire Thursday after he said he would gladly “listen” if a foreign government offered him dirt on a political opponent, and asserted there would be nothing wrong with doing so....
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:10:00 PDT)

Democrats reveal 20 candidates who qualify for first presidential debate
Democrats on Thursday named the 20 candidates who qualified to participate in the first debate for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, and all of the best-known White House hopefuls made the cut. The debate, to be televised live by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, will take place in Miami on June...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:25:00 PDT)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s White House press secretary, is stepping down
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, one of the most visible faces of the Trump administration, plans to leave her job at the end of the month, President Trump announced Thursday in a Twitter message in which he also urged her to run for governor of Arkansas. Sanders, 36, has been...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:35:00 PDT)

Rather than hold Trump officials in contempt, Democrats may go to court instead. Will it work?
After initially threatening to hold Atty. Gen. William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with House subpoenas, Democrats shifted tactics Thursday and instead authorized committee chairs to go to court to seek help enforcing their demands...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:55:00 PDT)

After Trump says he’d take foreign intelligence, some Democratic candidates talk impeachment
President Trump’s stated willingness to accept information on an election rival from foreign governments drew a strong reaction from Democratic presidential candidates, with some saying he was threatening national security and others calling for his impeachment. “After seeking and receiving the...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:55:00 PDT)

Here’s where each California Democrat stands on opening an impeachment inquiry on Trump
Among House Democrats, a majority do not currently support opening a formal impeachment inquiry, let alone an actual vote to impeach President Trump, according to members of Congress. About one-quarter of House Democrats publicly support opening an impeachment inquiry against Trump. More say they...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:30:00 PDT)

California Democratic 2020 presidential primary is a wide-open race, poll finds
With the Democratic presidential field now largely set, the race in the nation’s largest state is wide open, with at least five candidates in serious contention and no clear favorite. The findings from a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, done for The Times, provide bad news for...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:40:00 PDT)

House Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn and Richard Gates
The House Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas to former national security advisor Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign deputy chairman Richard Gates for documents and testimony Thursday, the latest salvo in Democrats’ efforts to follow up on the report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 05:50:00 PDT)

How the Berkeley IGS poll is done
The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll that The Times is publishing Thursday uses a method that differs from traditional phone-based surveys. Here’s how it works. Like many surveys, the Berkeley IGS poll, directed by veteran pollster Mark DiCamillo, starts with the information the...
(Thu, 13 Jun 2019 05:00:00 PDT)

U.S. will send more troops to Poland in a move likely to anger Russia
President Trump said Wednesday that he is shifting 1,000 U.S. troops from bases in Western Europe to Poland, but he stopped short of approving Warsaw’s request for a permanent U.S. military installation near Russia’s border. Trump described the added troops, who will join about 4,000 U.S. soldiers...
(Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:55:00 PDT)

House committee challenges weapon sales to Saudi Arabia
The Trump administration faced stiff bipartisan resistance in the House on Wednesday to its plan to sell $8.1 billion worth of precision-guided munitions and other lethal weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval. Testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, R. Clarke Cooper,...
(Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:55:00 PDT)

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