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Hillary Clinton Hires Two Former Campaign Aides For "Resistance" PAC

Onward Together, the group Clinton formed earlier this year, has brought on Emmy Ruiz and Adam Parkhomenko, veterans of her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns.<p>Hillary Clinton has hired two political operatives from her 2016 presidential campaign to help manage Onward Together, the project she …

Hillary Clinton

Democrats fear Russia probe blowback

'We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia,' said one strategist.<p>ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Democrats are increasingly conflicted about how forcefully to press the issue of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.<p>Fearful of …

Elections

Lawsuits could force feds to pay Obamacare insurers

The companies claim the federal government owes them billions from a program meant to stabilize Obamacare marketplaces.<p>A pending court decision could force the Trump administration to pump billions of dollars into Obamacare insurers, even as the president threatens to let the health care law …

ObamaCare

1. Part I: An analysis of individuals’ online news habits over the course of one week

The first part of this report examines individuals’ online news tendencies over the course of one week.<p>To do this, as indicated in the illustration …

Supreme Court rules for death row prisoner seeking mental health defense

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday that indigent defendants have a right to mental health experts who can assist in their defense, rather than merely impartial psychiatrists.<p>The 5-4 decision, in which newly installed Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with the conservative minority, was …

Judiciary

A “view” from the courtroom: Justice Gorsuch’s first opinion

There was much speculation that Justice Neil Gorsuch would be assigned at least one opinion from the 13 cases of the court’s April sitting, which …

Neil Gorsuch

Defying Trump, Hawaii Becomes First State to Pass Law Committing to Paris Climate Accord

Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the Paris climate accord, defying President Trump, who announced last week that he would withdraw the United States from the historic agreement.<p>The state’s governor, David Y. Ige, signed two bills at a …

Climate

What Actually Happens at the U.S. Presidential Conventions?

The gatherings of Democrats and Republicans are more than just funny hats and canned speeches.<p><i>The balloons and confetti. Those funny hats. A catchy slogan. A few gauzy biographical videos, and many, many canned, repetitive speeches. One big final embrace. More balloons.</i><p>In a few nightly doses on …

Elections

The Democratic Party Says It's Time To Legalize Marijuana

The Democratic Party's new policy agenda is moving in a more progressive direction that includes working to legalize marijuana nationally.<p>According to <i>The Washington Post,</i> the Democrats have endorsed a"reasoned pathway to future legalization" of marijuana and is looking for the drug to "downgraded" …

Cannabis

Congress will fight over guns, Zika as it sprints for recess

The looming recess is adding pressure on top Republicans to bridge the divide within their party.<p>With just one week left before they leave for a nearly two-month summer break, lawmakers will renew their fights over gun control and Zika money — as Congress sprints to get out of town ahead of the …

Every Major Development in the Stanford Rape Case, in One Place

<i>The Stanford Rapist, Brock Turner. (jocelynbyrd/Flickr)</i><p>On January 17, 2015, Brock Turner, then a student at Stanford University, raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.<p>The sexual assault was witnessed by two grad students passing by on bicycles, who tackled the rapist, who tried to flee, and …

Misogyny

How Party Culture Protected Rape Culture in the Stanford Rape Case

Brock Turner blamed alcohol and party culture for his brutal sexual assault, but that's not an excuse.<p>In a letter to Judge Aaron Persky, former Stanford student Brock Turner blamed party culture for his brutal sexual assault on an unconscious young woman behind a frat party dumpster. "I've been …

Misogyny

After Loss in Supreme Court Abortion Case, TX Governor Wants to Mandate Funerals for Fetal Tissue

Now that Texas has lost a major abortion case at the Supreme Court, and clinics do not have to meet unreasonable and unnecessary standards to provide …