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Water tainted by former mine sites

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is ...

The new three amigas

WASHINGTON — By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — you’d think these women were Shakespeare’s Three Witches rather than the three ...

Trump handicaps vast field of 2020 Democratic contenders

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar’s snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren’s opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, ...

Knight Foundation doubling spending to boost local news

NEW YORK (AP) — The Knight Foundation says it will invest $300 million in local journalism over the next five years, seeding several programs designed to kick-start an industry decimated by layoffs and newspaper closures over the last 15 years. The plans, announced today, will double the ...

Trump lashes out at key officials in Russia probe

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at key officials involved in the Russia probe, namely former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the current deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, McCabe ...

Michigan Dem leader won’t wait on presidential nominee

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New state Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes said the party will not repeat mistakes that possibly contributed to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in Michigan, pledging to build an organizing operation that will quickly benefit whomever is nominated to challenge ...

Socialism a classification that no longer classifies

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” — Karl Marx WASHINGTON — Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, ...

Trump’s national emergency sparks new Republican divide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive ...

FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Thursday that he moved quickly after his boss was fired to protect an investigation into President Donald Trump's potential ties to Russia and prevent it from being shut down in case he, too, was ...

When the darkness descends

It exists for millions of people in a shadowless world where sunlight is seldom revealed, where happiness and love are but hollow words only to be read or heard and rarely felt, where hope has once stood only to be swept away by endless despair, where it reveals its darkness not for a day or ...

Can Trump declare an emergency to build his wall?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency and take other executive action to allow construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall, after bipartisan congressional negotiations provided less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion Trump wanted ...

Ginsburg illness casts spotlight on long-term court absences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she’s not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors. The day before the Supreme ...

A different — perhaps better — kind of school

There must be a better way to keep kids interested in school than drugging them. Today, 1 in 5 school-age boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many are given drugs that are supposed to help them pay attention. “I was the rowdy kid, the bad kid,” says Cade ...

McConnell wields Green New Deal against Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political ...

Iowa Democrats propose ‘virtual’ caucuses in 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party on Monday proposed the biggest changes to the state’s famed caucuses in nearly 50 years by recommending Iowans be able to participate virtually. If approved, the measure would allow people to caucus using telephones or smart devices during ...

Trump’s speech: Less analytical, more sure than predecessors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders are speaking far more simply and with more confidence than they did four score and seven years ago. Donald Trump’s speech has accelerated that trend. A new study says Trump talks less analytically, and more confidently, than all past U.S. ...

Bezos v. Pecker: A complexifying situation

WASHINGTON — As stories go, the face-off between Jeff Bezos and David Pecker (paging Charles Dickens) has all the elements of a 21st-century battle royale between good and evil, represented by the richest man in the world, who happens to own The Washington Post, and the pied piper of sleaze, ...

The state of what union?

Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and ...

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Trump will hold his first campaign rally since ...

In or out of the House, Dingell at home on Twitter

DETROIT (AP) — Right up until the end, John Dingell wouldn’t go down without a fight — or a tweet. The longest-serving member of Congress in American history, who died on Thursday at age 92, boasted more than 250,000 followers on the account he started in 2010. After his wife, current ...