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Trump Selects Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

November 18, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly chosen Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Sessions, a conservative elected to the Senate in 1996, also serves on the Judiciary Committee. He has opposed immigration reform and the bipartisan move to cut mandatory minimum sentences. Sessions had been nominated by Ronald Reagan for...

A Lawsuit Accuses Black Lives Matter of Inciting a 'War on Police'

November 8, 2016 The father of a slain Dallas police officer filed a lawsuit Monday against leaders of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for inciting what he called a “war on police” that led to the death of his son. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Enrique Zamarripa, the father of...

To Decode Duterte’s Doubletalk, Think ‘Expedience'

October 26, 2016 Just what is Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte thinking? Last week Duterte visited with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and then appeared to trample on his country’s relations with the U.S., telling 200 Chinese business leaders in the Great Hall of People, "In this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce...

The Trials of Sheriff Joe

October 26, 2016 Joe Arpaio has reigned as Sheriff of Arizona’s largest county, Maricopa, since 1993, when Latinos made up less than a fifth of the state’s population. In this time, he has forced prisoners to wear pink underwear, striped black-and-white jumpsuits, work chain gangs, and serve time beneath the desert sun in...

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The Suspension of U.S.-Russian Cooperation in Syria

October 4, 2016 The U.S. State Department said Monday the U.S. was suspending bilateral talks with Russia over the situation in Aleppo, Syria. Here’s more from its statement: This is not a decision that was taken lightly. The United States spared no effort in negotiating and attempting to implement an arrangement with Russia...

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A Mustard Gas Attack on U.S. Troops

September 23, 2016 A top U.S. military official confirmed to a Senate committee late Thursday that the Islamic State used a rocket containing mustard gas against U.S. troops in Iraq. The news came as members of the Senate Armed Services Committee questioned Marine General Joseph Dunford about an attack Tuesday on a military...

The Pieing of a U.S. Mayor

September 22, 2016 Kevin Johnson, former NBA player and current mayor of Sacramento, California, was hit in the face with a pie Wednesday night. A man grabbed Johnson as he spoke at a high-school fundraiser promoting farm-to-fork food, and the mayor responded by tackling his assailant, then punching the man in the face....

Florida's Zika Image Problem

September 22, 2016 Florida’s Governor Rick Scott stood beside local business owners earlier this week and declared triumph in Wynwood. The small neighborhood north of Miami had been the first place in the continental United States where mosquito-borne Zika was spread, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had told people to...

Can 1,000 More Officers Solve Chicago's Homicide Problem?

September 21, 2016 The Chicago Police Department plans to hire nearly 1,000 officers to help reduce crime after the city saw a 50 percent spike in homicides, according to several early reports. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is expected to make the official announcement Wednesday afternoon. Last month, Chicago had 90 homicides, the highest...

Has Anything Changed With Arizona's Immigration Law?

September 19, 2016 Arizona’s attorney general put new limits on a law that made the state a leader in tough-on-immigration legislation, which was criticized by immigrant-rights advocates. Senate Bill 1070, which passed in 2010, has been tangled in a lawsuit brought by several immigrant-advocacy groups who say it created an environment of fear...