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Could the U.K. Vote Again on Brexit? The Prospects Are Rising

SALFORD, England — Like the majority of voters in this gritty part of northern England, Alan Wood voted for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union largely, he says, because of immigration.<p>But lately, as he watches his government’s stumbling efforts to negotiate departure, Mr. Wood has begun …

The tax cuts are working (for banks)!

For a while, the Republican Party was pretty confident that it had figured out its message for the 2018 midterms. It passed massive tax cuts in December, you see, and that would fill America’s wallets to the point that voters could barely resist pulling the lever for the party come November.<p>It …

Taxes

Pruitt has "walked away 100 percent" from EPA job, says Michael Bloomberg

In an interview to air Sunday on "Face the Nation," former New York City Mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg excoriated Scott …

Clean Technology

North Korea to halt nuclear and missile tests and close testing site, state media says

The surprise announcement came less than a week before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a summit that is a precursor to a meeting between Kim and President Trump.<p>Nuclear and missile tests will be suspended starting Saturday, according to the …

North Korea

E. coli outbreak warning expands to all types of romaine lettuce

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce from southwest Arizona because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an …

E.coli

Exclusive: Trump pressed Sessions to fire 2 FBI officials who sent anti-Trump text messages

Trump also asked Attorney General Sessions and FBI Director Wray to find derogatory information on the officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.<p>President Donald Trump sharply questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray during a White House meeting on January 22 about …

Donald Trump

North and South Korea set up hotline ahead of summit

<b>North and South Korea have set up a telephone hotline between their two leaders - the first time such a direct line of communication has been set up.</b><p>Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in are due to meet later this month for the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade.<p>Officials from both sides conducted a …

North Korea

Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks alleging 2016 campaign conspiracy

The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.<p>The complaint, filed in federal …

Donald Trump

Chuck Schumer to Unveil Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana at the Federal Level

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to introduce a bill on Friday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, he said in a …

Cannabis

Wells Fargo loses teachers union AFT over ties to NRA, guns

Wells Fargo's financial relationship with gunmakers and the National Rifle Association has cost the bank its mortgage business with a major U.S. union.<p>The American Federation of Teachers notified the San Francisco-based financial giant Thursday that it is dropping the bank as a recommended mortgage …

Finance

EPA inspector general opens new probe into Pruitt's travels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general will investigate agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of his official security detail on recent personal trips, the latest in a string of congressional, White House and internal probes into his spending on security …

The White House

Trump escalates feud with California governor, refuses to pay for National Guard deployment

President Trump has threatened to upend a tentative agreement between the state of California and federal officials to mobilize National Guard personnel and send them to the Mexican border, declaring via tweet Thursday that his administration will not pay for the deployment.<p>Gov. Jerry Brown (D) …

Immigration

Prosecutors suspected Manafort was a 'back channel' between Trump campaign and Russia

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, came under scrutiny by the special counsel because prosecutors suspected he might be a back channel between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election, a Justice Department lawyer said Thursday.<p>The disclosure …

Corruption

Trump hires Giuliani, two other attorneys amid mounting legal turmoil over Russia

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors joined President Trump’s legal team Thursday following weeks of turbulence and struggles to find attorneys who would agree to represent the president in the ongoing federal probe into Russian election …

Inspector general referred findings on McCabe to U.S. attorney for consideration of criminal charges

The Justice Department inspector general referred his finding that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators to Washington’s top federal prosecutor, who will determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker calls Democrat seeking to replace him a ‘very good governor’

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) praised the leading Democratic candidate to replace him Wednesday and said he would not campaign against him — highlighting questions about Republican unity in a marquee midterm battleground.<p>Corker has been outspoken about his friendship with Phil Bredesen, a …

Republicans

Treaty to Formally End Korean War Is Being Discussed, South Confirms

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea confirmed on Wednesday that it had been in talks with American and North Korean officials about negotiating a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War after more than 60 years, as the United States and its ally try to establish a basis for persuading the North to …

North Korea

Puerto Rico Is Once Again Hit by an Islandwide Blackout

SAN JUAN, P.R. — After seven months and close to $2.5 billion, almost everybody in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico had their lights back on — until a freak accident on Wednesday plunged the entire island once again into darkness.<p>The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority had boasted Wednesday morning …

Caribbean

U.S. appeals court says Ohio cannot block Planned Parenthood funds

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law that would cut federal taxpayer funding to 28 Planned Parenthood clinics, holding that conditions it imposed that denied funds to abortion providers were unconstitutional.<p>The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld …

Planned Parenthood

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

A new study warns it has become a “highly altered, degraded system.”<p>Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from …

Global Warming

Why the French Are Growing Angry With Emmanuel Macron

PARIS — The veteran journalists did not wear ties and they did not address him as “Mr. President”: two outrageous insults in a television interview this week that served to underscore a new chapter in Emmanuel Macron’s mercurial presidency, one defined by popular anger.<p>The total lack of deference …

North Africa

The remarkable irresponsibility of Donald Trump's Stormy Daniels tweet

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump sent a tweet raising questions about the sketch of a man who allegedly harassed a porn star to keep her from talking about a sexual encounter with the current President of the United States aka Donald Trump.<p>Whew.<p>Go back and read that sentence again. Maybe …

Donald Trump

Trump, in Another Apparent Reversal, Says Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Has ‘Too Many Contingencies’

WASHINGTON — After publicly flirting last week with having the United States rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Trump appeared to rebuff the idea once and for all late Tuesday.<p>In a Twitter post at 10:49 p.m., Mr. Trump said that although Japan and South Korea would like the United …

Economy

Castro rule in Cuba ends as Miguel Diaz-Canel confirmed in leadership change

HAVANA — Cuba’s National Assembly on Thursday officially confirmed 57-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel as Cuba’s new head of state, ending Castro rule after nearly 60 years and shifting power toward a younger generation born after Cuba’s revolution.<p>Walking next to Raúl Castro — the 86-year old who took …

Cuba

Mike Pompeo, C.I.A. Director, Met With Kim Jong-un in North Korea

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump dispatched the C.I.A. director Mike Pompeo to North Korea to meet with its leader, Kim Jong-un, in recent weeks to lay the groundwork for a summit meeting between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump, two people briefed on the secret trip said on Tuesday.<p>Mr. Trump alluded …

North Korea

Justice Gorsuch Joins Supreme Court’s Liberals to Strike Down Deportation Law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a law that allowed the government to deport some immigrants who commit serious crimes, saying it was unconstitutionally vague. The decision will limit the Trump administration’s efforts to deport people convicted of some kinds of crimes.<p>The vote …

Antonin Scalia

No One’s Talking About the New Tax Law

President Trump went to West Virginia this month to talk about tax cuts, but he got a bit distracted. He talked about China, the North American Free Trade Agreement, border security, “sanctuary cities” and states he won in 2016. Eventually he turned to his prepared comments on taxes.<p>“This was going …

West Palm Beach

McConnell: I won't put legislation to protect Mueller on Senate floor

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News on Tuesday he doesn't believe President Donald Trump will fire Robert Mueller, adding he doesn't want legislation on the issue.<p>"I don't think he should fire Mueller and I don't think he's going to," he said in the interview. …

Donald Trump

Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, who was the wife of one president and the mother of another and whose embrace of her image as America’s warmhearted grandmother belied her influence and mettle, died April 17. She was 92.<p>The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, issued a statement Tuesday evening …

Government

NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and …

Vietnam War