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Alaska congressional candidate has never visited the state: AP

A congressional candidate on Alaska's Democratic primary ballot has reportedly never visited the state.<p>The Associated Press reported on Wednesday …

South Dakota

In rebuke of Dianne Feinstein, Kevin de León wins endorsement of California Democrats in Senate race

California Democratic Party leaders took a step to the left Saturday night, endorsing liberal state lawmaker Kevin de León for Senate in a stinging rebuke of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.<p>De León’s victory reflected the increasing strength of the state party’s liberal activist core, which was …

Mexico

In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states

In response to Post opinion writer Paul Waldman’s essay about the current power of the minority in American politics, the American Enterprise Institute’s Norman Ornstein offered a stunning bit of data on Twitter.<p>In broad strokes, Ornstein is correct.<p>The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service of …

Pew Research Center

Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News

Russia's information attack against the United States during the 2016 election cycle sought to take advantage of the greater trust that Americans tend to place in local news.<p>The information operatives who worked out of the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg did not stop at posing as …

Internet Research Agency

Democrats' Senate dream slips away

To win the Senate, Democrats need to keep all 10 seats they're defending in states that President Trump won in 2016 — plus pick up two more seats. …

Donald Trump

The path ahead for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday to replace outgoing justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by George W. Bush and served for 12 years on the appeals court. If confirmed, he could be among the Supreme …

Harvard Law School

Brett Kavanaugh is nominated by Trump to succeed Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

President Trump on Monday nominated federal judge Brett M. Kavanaughto the Supreme Court, elevating a conservative stalwart with deep ties to the Republican establishment to succeed retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and triggering a partisan war over the court’s future.<p>Kavanaugh, 53, who lives in …

Donald Trump

Where Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee, Might Fit on the Supreme Court

President Trump’s selection, Brett M. Kavanaugh, is a Washington insider who appears unlikely to drift left as other conservative justices have.

Donald Trump

Here’s Where Trump’s New Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stands On Abortion, Executive Power, And Guns

Kavanaugh has written hundreds of opinions in more than a decade on the DC Circuit.<p>President Donald Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has left behind a paper trail on a slew of hot-button issues in his 12 years on the bench.<p>Abortion, guns, independent counsels — he’s …

kavanaugh

For formerly incarcerated, little room in Airbnb's sharing economy

Policy that bans certain guests and hosts runs risk of turning back the clock on housing discrimination.<p>Airbnb doesn’t care about people like me.<p>I learned this the hard way a few months ago when I tried to find accommodation in Washington, D.C.<p>After chaperoning two busloads of youth from New York …

Armed Robbery

After His Death on the Street, a San Francisco Tent Resident's Story Comes Into Focus

In a previous life, he had been regarded as a football prodigy in his native Michigan. After his death, I heard from several people who, though they …

San Francisco

Protesters Across The Country Rally Against Trump's Immigration Policies

Protesters gathered in major cities and small towns across the United States to denounce President Trump's immigration policies.<p>The "Families Belong Together" marches were planned in response to the administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border.<p>In …

Immigration

Emotional fight over conversion therapy: Should California limit services meant to turn gay people straight?

Choking up as he began to speak to a panel of fellow lawmakers, Assemblyman Evan Low paused to collect himself. The room had just quieted after a …

LGBTQI

The first cannabis lounge in Southern California is coming to Palm Springs, and neighbor isn’t pleased

Palm Springs just issued a permit for what may well be the first legal cannabis lounge in Southern California — a place where people will be allowed …

Cannabis

California Shields Big Soda From Local Taxes

State legislature passes law banning new soda taxes to avoid a ballot initiative making it harder to raise any taxes<p>SAN FRANCISCO—State lawmakers banned all local taxes on groceries for 12 years in California on Thursday, a major victory for the soda industry, which used the state’s …

Jerry Brown

Protesters arrested during #WomenDisobey demonstration at Senate office building

Dozens of protesters on Thursday staged a sit-in at the U.S. Senate Hart Building in Washington to protest the Trump administration’s immigration …

Demonstration

Democrats’ bogus argument about what the GOP said on election-year Supreme Court vacancies

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's retirement decision is only a few hours old, and it has already fueled a barrage of hypocrisy charges. Senate GOP leaders say they will press forward with confirming a new justice this fall, and Democrats are accusing them of going back on what they said in 2016, when …

Government

Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire from Supreme Court

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who provided key votes for same sex-marriage, abortion access and affirmative action, will retire from the Supreme Court.<p>The retirement is effective July 31, Kennedy said in a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday.<p>Kennedy's decision …

Anthony Kennedy

Anthony Kennedy didn't save the liberals

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Going into this term, liberals had hoped that Anthony Kennedy, the 81-year-old conservative justice who has sided with the left on several historic Supreme Court decisions, would help hold off the rightward trend of the court.<p>That didn't happen.<p>Kennedy, always the subject of …

Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court Rules 5-4 in Favor of the Travel Ban | C-SPAN Classroom

Description<p>Ted Hesson, immigration reporter for Politico, talked about the Supreme Court’s decision on June 27, 2018 to uphold President Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Supreme Court Deals Blow To Government Unions

<b>Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET</b><p>In a blow to organized labor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers who choose not to join a union cannot be charged for the cost of collective bargaining.<p>The vote was a predictable 5-4. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion with the …

Unions

A 28-year-old Democratic Socialist just ousted a powerful, 10-term congressman in New York

<b>(CNN) —</b> Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district on Tuesday, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.<p>An activist and member of the Democratic …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Correction: Marijuana Medicine story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 25 about a drug derived from marijuana, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the director of the Mayo Clinic's program for childhood epilepsy. She is Dr. Elaine Wirrell, not Ellaine. A corrected version of the story is below:<p>Medical milestone: US OKs …

Cannabis

The Supreme Court’s Biggest Decisions in 2018

The nation’s highest court faces a far-reaching list of cases that renew its central role in American life.

Judiciary

In Major Privacy Win, Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Track Your Cellphone

<b>Updated at 5:32 p.m. ET</b><p>In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an individual's cellphone location information. The 5-4 decision imposes new limits on law enforcement's ability to get at the increasing amount of data that private …

Privacy

Trump's Executive Order On Family Separation: What It Does And Doesn't Do

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the U.S. illegally.<p>The action came after a firestorm of protest from administration opponents and allies, reacting …

Immigration

How Liberals Got Lost on the Story of Missing Children at the Border

Over the weekend, you may have seen a horrifying story: Almost 1,500 migrant children were missing, and feared to be in the hands of human traffickers. The Trump administration lost track of the children, the story went, after separating them from their parents at the border.<p>The news spread across …

Immigration

What it's like inside the former superstore in Texas where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children

<b>Brownsville, Texas (CNN) —</b> The strangeness of the largest migrant children's center in the United States, near the border with Mexico, shows up in the details.<p>Here, there are 1,469 boys, ages 10 to 17, housed inside the 250,000-square-foot shell of a former Walmart superstore. None of the 313 …

Immigration