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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Diplomats Fleeing As Trump Wrecks State Department

Colin Powell was right. The former Republican secretary of state late last year warned that Donald Trump’s callous, shortsighted foreign policy agenda, where diplomats were ignored and countries often insulted via Twitter, was gutting the U.S. State Department.  And it has. According to a new McClatchy report, “60 percent of the State Departments’ top-ranking career diplomats have […]

January 17, 2018
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Rogen, Goldberg Keep A Low Profile

By Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times (TNS) As Sony Pictures’ cancellation of The Interview continues to raise a clamor around the world, the two people at the center of this growing storm — the film’s co-directors, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg — have been silent. James Franco, who co-stars in the film, popped up Thursday […]

December 22, 2014

The Boehner-McConnell Relationship: Mutual Respect, Low Drama

Will a mutual respect between leaders be enough to make Congress productive again?

November 7, 2014

Deputy Shot In Courthouse Assault, May Have Stopped Slaughter

By James Salzer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution CUMMING, Ga. — A man identified as a “sovereign citizen” assaulted the Forsyth County courthouse Friday, wounding a deputy before dying in a hail of bullets, officials said. Dennis Marx was part of an anti-government group that has been tied to violent attacks on law enforcement around the country, said […]

June 6, 2014

Georgia Banker Who Faked His Own Death Pleads Guilty To Fraud

By J. Scott Trubey and Arielle Kass, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution STATESBORO, Ga. — The once-fugitive banker stood with his hands clasped behind his back so tightly that his fingers turned red. He swayed slightly as he spoke. The courtroom was filled with reporters, but his family was nowhere to be seen. The 18 months he […]

June 6, 2014

Obama Workout Video Goes Viral; Secret Service Says Gym Was Secure

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau BRUSSELS — President Barack Obama is getting burned for feeling the burn. The president woke up in Belgium Thursday to find images of his morning workout — puffy cheeks, squinty eyes and all — splashed across papers and websites on two continents. Someone, apparently a fellow exerciser, had captured […]

June 5, 2014

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage

By Lynn Thompson, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council Monday unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage, creating a path over the next seven years to provide the city’s lowest-paid workers the nation’s highest minimum wage. Fast-food workers, union organizers and labor activists celebrated on the steps of City Hall after the historic […]

June 2, 2014

Border Agents Are Rarely Punished In Abuse Claims, Documents Show

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In April 2011, a Border Patrol agent was ordered to undergo counseling after an immigrant filed a formal complaint charging that the agent had slammed the man’s head against a rock near Tucson, Arizona. In August of that year, an immigrant who was arrested near El Paso, […]

May 12, 2014

A Lonely Fight To Revive Jobless Benefits

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. — Not far from once-booming Atlantic City, here’s what the end of federal unemployment insurance looks like in a tattered community where the jobless rate is still almost twice the national average. A solitary Republican congressman stands in the afternoon sun, struggling against the odds and the […]

May 4, 2014

Minimum Wage At The Forefront, With Eye On Elections

By Pamela M. Prah, WASHINGTON — A wave of efforts to raise the minimum wage at the state and local level will run through November, when voters in eight states could consider ballot measures to raise hourly rates higher than the current $7.25 federal rate. This is the second year in a row that […]

April 20, 2014

Most Won’t Sweat Income Tax Deadline, Poll Finds

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — One in four Americans waited until the end of tax season to file their returns and a majority think they pay about the right amount in federal taxes, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll released Monday, a day before the tax deadline. The taxman cometh Tuesday, […]

April 14, 2014

Motorola Defends Contracting Practices, Dismisses McClatchy Stories As Containing ‘Innuendo’

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Motorola Solutions Inc. is rejecting as “innuendo” a series of stories in which McClatchy examined the company’s decadeslong dominance of the nation’s emergency communications market. Published on March 30, the stories described multiple ways in which city, county and state officials have favored Motorola with noncompetitive contracts, including […]

April 8, 2014

After Setbacks, Tea Party Members Vow To Reinvent Movement

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — By most measures, it’s been a dire few months for the Tea Party. Its candidates stumbled in two Texas primary races. Supporters in Congress failed to block bipartisan deals to increase government spending and raise the debt ceiling. And a high-stakes bid to defeat Obamacare led […]

March 25, 2014

Two Versions Of Cesar Chavez Come To Light In New Film, Book

By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — At least 25 streets and 46 schools are named in his honor, but many young people know little about Cesar Chavez, who in life was a polarizing figure, most famous for the successful series of marches, fasts and strikes he led on behalf of mostly immigrant […]

March 25, 2014

Prosecution In Oscar Pistorius Trial Wraps Up Its Case

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The prosecution concluded its murder case against South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday after introducing additional evidence on cellphones and messages. Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the door of an enclosed toilet at his home in the early hours of Valentine’s […]

March 25, 2014

Death Toll Rises To 14, Reports Of Missing Reach 176 In Washington Mudslide

by The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Rescuers in Washington on Monday found six more bodies in a milewide swath of mud and debris that plunged from a Snohomish County hillside, as reports of those still missing jumped to 176. So far, 14 people have been confirmed dead after the massive mudslide came down from above […]

March 25, 2014

Malaysia Prime Minister: Flight ‘Ended In The Southern Indian Ocean’

By Barbara Demick and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — A grim-faced Malaysian prime minister had an emergency late-night news conference Monday, saying that the long-missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean” with no hope of survivors. Najib Razak said his conclusion was based on new data from the British […]

March 24, 2014

Marijuana Industry Finds New Allies Among Conservatives

By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Hoping to get marijuana legalized in Nevada, an investment company specializing in the fast-growing marijuana industry invited the ballot initiative’s backers to pitch 150 financiers at a Las Vegas symposium. Within 10 minutes, they raised $150,000. Political contributors are not the only ones taking notice of the […]

March 23, 2014

U.S. Schools Plagued By Inequality Along Racial Lines, Study Finds

By Lalita Clozel, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Two-fifths of the nation’s public school districts offer no preschool programs, and most of those that do offer only part-day programs. Black students account for less than a fifth of those in preschool across the nation but make up almost half of the students who are suspended […]

March 23, 2014

Key NCAA Question: Will Number Four Seeds Storm The Final Four?

By Mark Bradley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution How we know that this NCAA tournament isn’t like any other NCAA tournament: According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, the second and third-favorite teams are Michigan State and Louisville, who aren’t No. 1 seeds. Or No. 2, or even No. 3. They’re No. 4 seeds. In the 35 seeded NCAA […]

March 21, 2014

Indian Ocean Search For Missing Malaysia Airliner Comes Up Empty Again

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Despite better weather conditions Friday and the use of some of the world’s most advanced surveillance aircraft, an Australian-led search operation came up empty on its second day of scouring the south Indian Ocean for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Several military aircraft, […]

March 21, 2014

Veterans Charity Charged With Deceiving The Public

By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Attorney General’s office has charged the Veterans Support Organization, a Florida-based charity that has come under fire in several states, with deceiving Texas donors by falsely telling them their donations would help needy local veterans. In a lawsuit filed this week in Travis County District […]

March 21, 2014

Senators Already In Their Corners In Upcoming Debate Over Ukraine Aid

By William Douglas and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Russia’s annexation of Crimea has produced yet another perfect storm in Washington: a fast-moving international crisis and a slow-moving U.S. Congress. The Senate next week will try once again to take up a $1 billion aid and sanctions bill to help struggling Ukraine after […]

March 21, 2014

Aftershocks Of Utah’s Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Felt In Kentucky

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times This week Kentucky was on the brink of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states as legal. That is, right up until Wednesday, when the same federal judge who thunderously struck down the state’s ban in February decided to put a temporary hold on his own decision. Gay and […]

March 20, 2014

Photo Of The Day — March 17

A pedestrian walks past a mural titled “No Justice, No Peace,” which adorns the exterior of a commercial building in the South Los Angeles neighborhood known as Chesterfield Square. Per capita, the area leads the city in violent crimes, but residents are fighting back by helping police with suspect descriptions and frequent tips. (Luis Sinco/Los […]

March 17, 2014