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

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Government

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Capitol Hill: ‘It was my mistake, and I’m sorry.’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed contrition for allowing third-party apps to grab the data of its users without their permission and for being “too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference” during the U.S. election, according to his prepared remarks published by the House Energy and …

Internet

Meet the lawmakers who could give Zuckerberg hell

Lawmakers will get the chance to grill Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week about the company’s data practices, its role in elections, and whatever …

Social Media

What About “The Breakfast Club”?

Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.<p>Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than …

Sexual Harassment

At March for Our Lives, survivors lead hundreds of thousands in call for change

WASHINGTON — Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Emma Gonzalez stood silent, with tears streaming down her face, on a stage in front of thousands at Saturday's March for Our Lives.<p>After listing the names of the 17 people killed when a gunman rampaged through her school on Valentine's Day, Gonzalez …

Guns

Most transgender troops to be banned under new Pentagon policy

WASHINGTON — The White House and Pentagon on Friday unveiled a new policy on transgender troops that will severely restrict their place in the military.<p>Pentagon officials had a deadline of Friday to put in place the new policy after months of consideration and court challenges. President Trump …

U.S. Department of Justice

Tennessee woman's lawsuit claims trooper groped her, pulled her over twice in hours

A Tennessee woman alleged in a lawsuit that a state highway patrol officer in August searched her without cause, groped her and waited three hours near her home to stop her again, KnoxNews.com reported.<p>The Tennessee Highway Patrol issued a statement that supports the trooper, but a state prosecutor …

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an …

Global Warming

Supreme Court snubs Trump, keeps DACA immigration program in place for now

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Monday to review a federal judge's order that the Trump administration continue a program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.<p>The denial leaves in place the popular DACA program, which has protected some 690,000 …

Immigration

A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR

“There’s no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to end up hurt eventually.”<p>When Josiah Zayner watched a biotech CEO drop his pants at a biohacking conference and inject himself with an untested herpes treatment, he realized things had gone off the rails.<p>Zayner is no stranger to stunts in …

‘We have to harden our schools’: Trump makes arming teachers his top safety goal

President Trump aligned ­himself with gun rights advocates on Thursday, signaling that his top priority would be arming hundreds of thousands of teachers across the nation in response to last week’s deadly school shooting in South Florida.<p>On Twitter and at a White House event, Trump argued that …

Guns

Trump: Deputy Who Stayed Outside During Florida Shooting a ‘Coward’

President wants ‘offensive power’ inside schools to take down gunmen<p>President Donald Trump dubbed an armed Florida sheriff’s deputy who remained …

Trump Condemns Florida Officer Who Didn’t Act; Sticks by Plan to Arm Teachers

President Trump condemned on Friday a Parkland, Fla., sheriff’s deputy who stayed outside the school he was patrolling while a shooting rampage unfolded inside last week, even as he insisted that his proposal to arm well-trained teachers would have prevented the massacre.<p>“When it came time to get …

Gillibrand urges Senate to take up sexual harassment bill

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nearly one month after the House of Representatives passed sexual harassment legislation to reform the way lawmakers' offices on Capitol Hill handle those cases, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling out Senate leadership.<p>"The changes that need to be made are simple and urgent," Gillibrand …

The Latest: Trump calls Syria 'humanitarian disgrace'

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):<p>2:55 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump is blaming Russia, Iran and the Syrian …

Donald Trump

Gov. Rick Snyder: 'I don't think having more guns is a good thing'

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday called for possibly restricting assault rifles or enacting “red flag” legislation to prevent school shootings, saying he’s had personal experience watching young people die in a shooting and hopes to work with lawmakers to enact new laws.<p>“I don’t think having …

University of Michigan

Florida lawmakers advance a bill that requires 'In God We Trust' displayed on school grounds

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that requires public schools to display the motto "In God We Trust," saying that while gun violence is a problem, "issues of the heart" need addressing as well.<p>"It is not a secret that we have some gun issues that need to be addressed," said Rep. …

Education

Donald Trump stokes a totally false idea on the 2nd Amendment in CPAC speech

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump spent the last two days insisting that he was ready to find compromise on gun control measures in the wake of the murders of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week.<p>He expressed support for expanded background checks and for …

Gun Rights

Why the NRA is so powerful on Capitol Hill, by the numbers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> When the National Rifle Association talks, large swaths of Capitol Hill listen.<p>And when the NRA has aimed to block any new gun legislation in the wake of mass shootings, it's so far succeeded in thwarting such efforts.<p>So why does the group hold such sway?<p>Partly because more than …

Guns

Trump proposes bonuses for teachers who get gun training

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.<p>"These people are cowards. They're not going to walk into a school if 20% …

Donald Trump

This Man's Drawings Of Life With His Wife And Kids Are So Sweet, You Might Tear Up

These are getting all up in my feels.

Drawing

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.<p>The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag …

Social Media

Albertsons, Rite Aid deal creates U.S. supermarket and health care giant

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misidentified the $3.7 billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.</i><p>Supermarket giant Albertsons is buying part of Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest pharmacy chain, as the companies try to navigate …

Rite Aid

School shooting survivors want to talk about gun control with Florida lawmakers

<i>CNN will hold a town hall with the classmates and parents of victims in the Florida school shooting as well as members of the community. "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action" will air live at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> Under the rallying cry of #NeverAgain, dozens of students …

Mental Health

Students seize control of gun debate, plan walkouts and march

Students are taking hold of the gun debate in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by organizing a series of school walkouts across the country and a march in Washington to protest gun violence.<p>The Women's March youth branch, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the …

Guns

Hillary Clinton Let Him Stay. Women Say His Harassment Continued.

A woman who worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign complained about touching, inappropriate comments, and an untenable work environment created by her boss, a faith and values adviser. He was punished, but not fired, by Clinton. Six years later, he landed the top job at a pro-Clinton super PAC, where …

Government

Campaign complaint filed over reported Trump porn star payment

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The group Common Cause has lodged complaints alleging that a reported hush payment for a porn star to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006, before he was elected President, constitutes a campaign finance violation.<p>Common Cause said in its complaints that …

Donald Trump

Government Shutdown Ends After 3 Days of Recriminations

WASHINGTON — Congress brought an end to a three-day government shutdown on Monday as Senate Democrats buckled under pressure to adopt a short-term spending bill to fund government operations without first addressing the fate of young undocumented immigrants.<p>The House quickly approved the measure — …

Immigration

White House doctor: Trump healthy, passed cognitive assessment, but needs to lose weight and exercise

WASHINGTON – A White House doctor pronounced President Trump medically fit to serve as commander-in-chief on Tuesday – and added that he easily passed a voluntary cognitive assessment designed to test his mental reflexes.<p>"The president's overall health is excellent," Dr. Ronny Jackson told …

Donald Trump

Jiuzhaigou National Park Sichuan province, China. By orbojunglist