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OAKLAND, Calif.  | California Democratic Party snubs Feinstein, endorses rival

OAKLAND, Calif.  — The California Democratic Party snubbed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by handing its official endorsement and a badly needed boost to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger. In backing de Leon, a majority of the party’s 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein’s calls to stay neutral in the race. … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif.  | California Democratic Party snubs Feinstein, endorses rival

WASHINGTON | Charges undermine Assange denials about hacked email origins

WASHINGTON — At the beginning of 2017, one of Julian Assange‘s biggest media boosters traveled to the WikiLeaks founder’s refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and asked him where he got the leaks that shook up the U.S. presidential election only months earlier. Fox News host Sean Hannity pointed straight to the purloined emails … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Charges undermine Assange denials about hacked email origins

WASHINGTON | Pols play at Nationals Park, but that’s not Trump’s game

WASHINGTON— During every previous All-Star Game in Washington, the president was part of the story. That might not be the case this year. Ask former Republican congressman Tom Davis about the prospect of President Donald Trump throwing out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Tuesday night, and the pageantry of the office isn’t the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pols play at Nationals Park, but that’s not Trump’s game

WASHINGTON | Trump’s remarks about changing European culture draw ire

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s lament this week that immigration is “changing the culture” of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the white majority uncomfortable. Historians and advocates immediately denounced Trump’s comments, saying such talk … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s remarks about changing European culture draw ire

WASHINGTON | Border measures part of Trump’s bigger immigration crackdown

WASHINGTON — The zero tolerance policy that led to the separations is just one way the Trump administration is working to harden the nation’s immigration system. Officials are carving a path around various court rulings to do so. They’re also expanding detention space, tightening asylum rules and are applying more scrutiny to green card applications. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Border measures part of Trump’s bigger immigration crackdown

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh to address his past work involving Clinton, Bush

WASHINGTON  — Before his Senate confirmation hearing, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court will need to provide information about his past experience investigating President Bill Clinton and working for President George W. Bush. Requests for that information are included in questionnaires sent to Brett Kavanaugh by the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, who will … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh to address his past work involving Clinton, Bush

WASHINGTON | Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s persistence in pursuing friendly ties with Vladimir Putin has highlighted a growing disconnect within his administration over Russia policy. Trump speaks fondly of Putin and a desire for better relations with Moscow, but the rest of his executive branch remains highly critical and deeply suspicious of the Russian president and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect

WASHINGTON | Lobbying firm sought envoys help to salvage Russian company

WASHINGTON  — A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska‘s control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington. Documents made public by the Justice Department show that Mercury LLC drafted messages for at least six … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lobbying firm sought envoys help to salvage Russian company