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Georgia death row inmate's lawyers plea for firing squad rather than lethal injection

The firing squad is the only appropriate method of execution for a condemned Georgia prisoner — even though it's not permitted under state law — because the state's lethal injection drug could cause him to suffer more than the Constitution allows, his lawyers say.<p>J.W. Ledford Jr. is scheduled to …

Trump Tax Plan Will Not Bolster Growth, Economists Say

WASHINGTON — President Trump says the perfect medicine for the economy’s sluggish growth is a big tax cut.<p>Mr. Trump and his advisers say that leaving more money in the hands of businesses and consumers will lead to more spending and investment, lifting economic growth, which has been stuck in a …

Economics

Trump to Liberty U grads: Relish being an 'outsider'

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul-turned-president, offered simple words of advice to university graduates Saturday as he …

Donald Trump

The 5 winners of AHCA

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Obama Administration

Can President Trump actually break up the 9th Circuit Court?

In February, it was the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Since then, district court judges under the 9th Circuit umbrella have blocked both Trump’s second attempt at the immigration ban, and his …

Donald Trump

Lewandowski quits lobbying firm

The activities of Trump’s former campaign manager and his associates had drawn scrutiny.<p>Donald Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Thursday resigned from his lobbying firm amid scrutiny of its efforts to capitalize on his relationship with the president, said Barry Bennett, the …

Donald Trump

Robert Reich: Donald Trump’s guiding philosophy is authoritarianism

Trump’s first 100 days follows the authoritarian checklist<p>After more than 100 days into his presidency, it seems fair to ask: What is Donald Trump’s governing philosophy?<p>He isn’t really a Republican (he didn’t join the GOP until 2012). He’s hardly a free-market conservative (he’s eager to block …

Donald Trump

Democratic groups raised millions for 2018 after House Republicans passed their healthcare overhaul

In a joint statement released Friday, Democratic fundraising groups Daily Kos, Swing Left, and ActBlue reported that they raised a combined $2 million Thursday following the passage of the bill that would roll back President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.<p>"Americans are horrified that …

Students sue over suspensions for 'likes' on racist posts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of …

Education

The GOP's big lie: Healthcare bill 'protects people with preexisting conditions'

Last-minute wrangling over the Republican healthcare bill, approved by the House on Thursday, centered largely on what’s known as the MacArthur Amendment. House Speaker<p>Paul Ryansaid it “strengthens” the legislation and “protects people with preexisting conditions.”<p>It strengthens the bill only from …

Health Care

Texas' new ban on 'sanctuary cities' could put police in jail if they fail to enforce immigration holds

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was poised Thursday to sign the nation's most stringent law yet to target "sanctuary cities," a measure that could impose heavy fines or even jail time on local law enforcement officials who refuse to honor immigration detention requests.<p>After weeks of heated debate, sit-ins …

Immigration

California lawmakers vote for earlier primary elections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may hold its presidential primary elections three months earlier after lawmakers passed bills Thursday to …

Primary Elections

Anthem asks Supreme Court to review blocked Cigna deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health insurer Anthem is not ready to give up its $48-billlion bid for rival Cigna and now hopes to find a favorable audience in …

Health Care

Stephen Colbert drags Republicans for prematurely celebrating the health care bill

White male Republicans were jubilant after the House narrowly passed a new version of a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care act.<p>But …

Montana congressional race draws cash from outside state

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Democrats have increased their investment in this month's Montana special congressional election, but whether it will …

Rob Quist

Amplification of Cretaceous Warmth by Biological Cloud Feedbacks

That’s the title of an article in <i>Science</i> today (available here with subs.) I’m giving a talk this morning so don’t have a lot of time to comment on …

Climate Change

Dakota Access pipeline developer involved in tree dispute

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators who want to fine the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over the reporting of Native American …

Environment

Who gets hurt and who gets helped if Obamacare is repealed

House Republicans have finally fulfilled their years-long pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>The legislation, titled the American Health Care Act, now moves to the Senate, where it will likely change a lotwhen or if it lands on President Trump's desk. But it's already possible to identify who …

Health Care

Here's why Congress exempted itself from the new healthcare bill

This provision was bad "optics," as they say in Washington.<p>But instead of taking it out — like you would usually do with a provision you aren't wedded to and can't defend politically — the House passed the American Health Care Act with the exemption intact after first passing a separate bill that …

Health Care

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses whole story on hospital policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pitching religious free expression, President Donald Trump accused the former Obama administration Thursday of banning patients at …

Donald Trump

Health care bill 'shameful,' 'harmful,' medical groups say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republicans may be jubilant that revamped health care legislation finally passed the House on Thursday, but many of the professional associations that represent America's health care workers are clearly unhappy.<p>The groups said they were "disappointed," "deeply disappointed" and "extremely …

Health Care

Here's a list of the Republicans who voted 'no' on the health care bill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Republicans claimed victory Thursday after successfully garnering 217 "yes" votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>But there were 20 Republicans who were not on board for the GOP health care plan, called the American Health Care Act.<p>Here's a list of the GOP members who …

New Jersey

House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on their promise to reshape American health care without mandated insurance …

Health Care

Gov. Scott appoints Judge Alan Lawson to Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE – In a move that business groups and social conservatives praised as a blow to judicial activism, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed …

Innocent people in California are getting arrested because of a software glitch

Names get confused, files lost. When these errors occur, the police can mistakenly arrest or detain people with no legal cause. But what happens when software is responsible for a wrongful arrest or detention?<p>On Aug. 1, 2016, Alameda County, California, replaced its '70s-era case management system …

California tries again to thwart prison cellphone smuggling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is installing nearly 1,000 sophisticated metal detectors, scanners and secret security cameras at its prisons in …

Class Action

One solution to failing K-12 schools? Let universities help

When Horace Mann Middle School principal Orlando Johnson thinks about the eighth-graders he sent off to high school last year, he worries about how they will fare.<p>Only about 1% of Horace Mann students in that grade and the ones below it tested at grade level in math. At the end of the year, the …

Education