Nora Jaara

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Marijuana Is Kosher — But Is It Halal?

According to Genesis 1:29, God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree …

Cannabis

US retail sales rose for 2nd month led by cars, clothes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, as bullish consumers bought more cars, furniture and clothes.Retail sales …

5 Signs Tech Stocks Are About to Bring Down the Market Again

Things are looking eerily like the dotcom bubble.<p>Conventional wisdom says this stock market is tame in comparison to the dotcom boom of the late …

Auto Industry Declares War on Trump Over NAFTA

Every morning, as the sun rises over the Great Lakes, dozens of 18-wheelers queue up on both sides of the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Over the course of the day, hundreds more will pay their tolls, cross the 90-year-old span and clear Customs, the majority of them …

Automotive Industry

Federal Judge Says Texas Voter ID Law Intentionally Discriminates

HOUSTON — A federal judge ruled on Monday that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, raising the possibility that the state’s election procedures could be put back under federal oversight.<p>In a …

Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Scandal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday, his power and popularity diminished by a sex scandal that staggered the state, brought him to the brink of impeachment and prompted a series of criminal investigations.<p>Ellen Brooks, a special prosecutor, said Mr. Bentley quit in connection …

Corruption

Alabama Supreme Court Orders Impeachment Hearings for Gov. Robert Bentley

In Alabama, a Slow-Burning Scandal Engulfs the Governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” with his chief adviser, then used intimidation tactics and deployed state law enforcement officials in an effort to cover it up, according to a bruising report released Friday in support of the effort to impeach …

‘Godspeed, John Glenn’

America stood still that day — Feb. 20, 1962 — as John Glenn, a Marine pilot, climbed into the Mercury capsule, named the Friendship 7, sitting on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral in Florida.<p>In a flight that took about five hours, Mr. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. In that short …

Devin Nunes to Step Aside From House Investigation on Russia

WASHINGTON — The continuing fallout from President Trump’s unsubstantiated wiretapping allegation cost him another ally on Thursday, as the embattled Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced he would step aside from his panel’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to disrupt …

Trump Removes Stephen Bannon From National Security Council Post

WASHINGTON — For the first 10 weeks of President Trump’s administration, no adviser loomed larger in the public imagination than Stephen K. Bannon, the raw and rumpled former chairman of Breitbart News who considers himself a “virulently anti-establishment” revolutionary out to destroy the …

Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Court Rules

In a significant victory for gay rights, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay workers from job discrimination, expanding workplace protections in the landmark law to include sexual orientation.<p>The decision by the United States Court of Appeals …

Susan Rice, Ex-Obama Adviser, Is Back in Political Cross Hairs Over Surveillance

WASHINGTON — She has been here before. After the 2012 attack on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, Susan E. Rice was at the center of conflict, her statements scrutinized and criticized. Now she finds herself back in the cross hairs as her handling of intelligence involving …

Washington Pizzeria Gunman Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges

WASHINGTON — A 28-year-old North Carolina man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to firing a military-style assault rifle inside a Washington pizza restaurant as he investigated spurious claims in online articles that the pizzeria was at the center of a child sex-slave ring.<p>The man, Edgar …

Donald Trump Jr. Criticizes London Mayor After Deadly Attack

It has become something of an online custom in the social media age to react to tragic news stories — like Wednesday’s attack in London — with well-meaning if sometimes rote messages like “thoughts and prayers.” But that does not appear to be Donald Trump Jr.’s style.<p>“You have to be kidding me?!” …

Donald Trump

Spicer Says Maryland Rape Case Shows Need for Illegal Immigration Crackdown

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, elevated a rape case at a Maryland high school in which an undocumented immigrant has been charged to national attention on Tuesday, saying in response to a reporter’s question that it was an example of why the Trump administration was committed to a …

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Says He Was Fired After Refusing to Quit

The call to Preet Bharara’s office from President Trump’s assistant came on Thursday. Would Mr. Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, please call back?<p>The following day, Mr. Bharara was one of 46 United States attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama asked to resign — and to …

Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign

WASHINGTON — The candidate he was advising last fall was running on a platform of America First. The client he was working for last fall was paying him more than $500,000 to put Turkey first.<p>Michael T. Flynn, who went from the campaign trail to the White House as President Trump’s first national …

Hawaii Sues to Block Trump Travel Ban; First Challenge to Order

President Trump’s immigration policies faced a pair of new challenges in court on Wednesday, as the attorney general of Hawaii alleged that Mr. Trump had violated the Constitution with his redrawn executive order banning travel from six predominantly Muslim countries.<p>And in California, the city …

Senate Confirms Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Rick Perry on Thursday as the head of the Energy Department, an agency he had once pledged as a presidential candidate to eliminate.<p>The vote was 62 to 37. Mr. Perry, a former Texas governor, will lead an agency that, despite its name, is largely focused on …

Ben Carson Is Confirmed as HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON — Ben Carson, an acclaimed neurosurgeon-turned-politician, can now add a new title to his résumé: secretary of housing and urban development.<p>The Senate voted 58-41 Thursday morning to confirm Mr. Carson after a rare show of bipartisanship. Unlike many other cabinet members chosen by …

Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing a storm of criticism over newly disclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, recused himself on Thursday from any investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.<p>His announcement, delivered …

Donald Trump

Trump Plans to Begin E.P.A. Rollback With Order on Clean Water

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday aimed at rolling back one of former President Barack Obama’s major environmental regulations to protect American waterways, but it will have almost no immediate legal effect, according to two people familiar with the …

Obama Administration

Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman

ATLANTA — Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota to take the helm of a still-divided party stunned by President Trump’s victory but hopeful that it can ride the …

Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many …

Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.<p>Mr. Trump made the announcement …

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as E.P.A. Head

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt on Friday to run the Environmental Protection Agency, putting a seasoned legal opponent of the agency at the helm of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle major regulations on climate change and clean water — and to cut the size and authority of the …

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Pick for Budget Director, Is Confirmed

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate confirmed Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to be President Trump’s budget director on Thursday, installing in his cabinet a fiscal hawk who will play a central role in the administration’s plans to reshape the federal government.<p>Mr. Mulvaney was confirmed …