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Trump’s call for leak investigations suggests continued fight with media

Trump’s call for leak investigations suggests continued fight with media

By By Christopher Palmeri and Gerry Smith | Bloomberg
January 9, 2017
Filed under National

President-elect Donald Trump's call for a congressional investigation into leaks of a national security briefing suggests he's ready to carry his war with the media into the White House. The Washington Post and NBC News, citing a briefing on the hacking of Democratic Party officials, reported Thursday...

Future campus sex assault investigations uncertain under Trump

Future campus sex assault investigations uncertain under Trump

By Stacy St. Clair and Jodi S. Cohen | Chicago Tribune
December 30, 2016
Filed under National

After a month of struggling on her own, Veronica Portillo Heap went to her academic adviser at the University of Chicago in May 2014 and told her that she had been sexually assaulted on a date. She wasn't looking for the university to punish her date, who wasn't a U. of C. student. She wanted advice...

Obama makes a push for transparency before handing executive power to Trump

Obama makes a push for transparency before handing executive power to Trump

By W.J. Hennigan and Michael A. Memoli | Tribune Washington Bureau
December 7, 2016
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama secretively built a massive counterterrorism apparatus, and now he's confronting the consequences of expanding his war-making powers: handing them over to a man he said was unfit to serve as commander in chief. With President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from...

Son of incoming national security adviser is fired from Trump transition team after promoting fake news

Son of incoming national security adviser is fired from Trump transition team after promoting fake news

By Colleen Shalby | Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2016
Filed under National

Michael Flynn Jr. has been let go from President-elect Donald Trump's transition team after spreading online conspiracy theories on Twitter. He is the son of Trump's pick for national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn. "The younger Michael Flynn was helping his father with some administration...

More than $300K donated to help Oakland warehouse survivors, families of those killed

More than $300K donated to help Oakland warehouse survivors, families of those killed

By Veronica Rocha | Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2016
Filed under National

As searchers continued to sift through the scorched ruins of an Oakland, Calif., warehouse where at least 36 people died Friday night, the city has experienced an outpouring of support for the victims' families and survivors. "We have a lot of goodwill," said Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland...

Trump said to pick Iowa Gov. Branstad as China ambassador

Trump said to pick Iowa Gov. Branstad as China ambassador

By Jennifer Jacobs | Bloomberg News
December 7, 2016
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has offered the post of U.S. ambassador to China to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to three people close to the matter. Branstad, a Republican, has accepted the offer, said the three people, who asked...

Attacker who wounded 11 at Ohio State University was a student

Attacker who wounded 11 at Ohio State University was a student

By Matt Pearce | Los Angeles Times
November 28, 2016
Filed under National

The man who drove a car into a crowd of students at Ohio State University on Monday and then attacked bystanders with a butcher knife, injuring at least 11, has been identified as a student at the university. The suspect, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who authorities said was about 20 years old, was shot...

White supremacists confer in Washington to influence Trump

White supremacists confer in Washington to influence Trump

By Lisa Mascaro | Tribune Washington Bureau
November 20, 2016
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — The buttoned-down millennials, in their dark suits and ties, settled in for the long conference day ahead. They came to Washington to position their interests at the forefront of the political agenda. Their sponsor was the alt-right think tank called the National Policy Institute. The...

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg offers plan to fight fake news sites

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg offers plan to fight fake news sites

By Geoffrey Mohan | Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2016
Filed under National

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a seven-point plan to combat fake news sites that played a role in the recent election. The social media site will attempt to hit the fake news purveyors where it hurts, by interrupting the way these users generate revenue through advertising. Also, the...

What wall? Texas Republicans see border fencing, surveillance where Trump supporters see actual barrier

What wall? Texas Republicans see border fencing, surveillance where Trump supporters see actual barrier

By Jamie Lovegrove | The Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2016
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — So, about that wall. After Donald Trump's upset win last week, Texas Republicans in Congress find themselves grappling with some of the president-elect's campaign proposals. Foremost among them is the oft-touted, Mexican-funded, "big, beautiful" border wall that became a defining feature...

Ted Cruz said to be considered by Donald Trump for attorney general

Ted Cruz said to be considered by Donald Trump for attorney general

By Jennifer Jacobs | Bloomberg News
November 16, 2016
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is considering nominating Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to serve as U.S. attorney general, according to a person familiar with the matter. Cruz, 45, was at Trump Tower to discuss the job on Tuesday, the person said. When approached by reporters on his way out, Cruz...

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