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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...

Rep. Kevin McCarthy will officially stay on as House majority leader

Rep. Kevin McCarthy will officially stay on as House majority leader

By Sarah D. Wire | Tribune Washington Bureau
November 16
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will keep his current job when the new Congress begins in January. McCarthy was chosen by his House Republican colleagues Tuesday to remain as the chamber's second-highest ranking leader in the new year. The California Republican was elected to...

Paul Ryan wins internal GOP election, putting him on track for another term as speaker

Paul Ryan wins internal GOP election, putting him on track for another term as speaker

By Lisa Mascaro | Tribune Washington Bureau
November 16
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul D. Ryan appeared on track for another term as House speaker Tuesday, winning an internal Republican leadership election as the party tries to unify under President-elect Donald Trump. Ryan could still face resistance when the full House votes as the new Congress convenes in...

Sen. Graham wants Congress to investigate Russia’s possible meddling in election

Sen. Graham wants Congress to investigate Russia’s possible meddling in election

By Lisa Mascaro | Tribune Washington Bureau
November 15
Filed under National

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may seek improved relations with Russia, but Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wants Vladimir Putin held responsible if the Russian government was involved in cyberattacks to disrupt the U.S. elections. Graham, who has sparred openly with Trump, his former rival in the presidential...

Business booms at N.Y. Times, WSJ as showdown with Trump looms

Business booms at N.Y. Times, WSJ as showdown with Trump looms

By Gerry Smith | Bloomberg News
November 15
Filed under National

NEW YORK — The nonprofit news organization ProPublica typically receives about 10 donations a day. On Monday, its website was deluged with about three every minute. ProPublica is one of several outlets, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, witnessing a swell in donations or subscriptions...

Putin, Trump discussed ways to normalize US-Russia relations, Kremlin says

Putin, Trump discussed ways to normalize US-Russia relations, Kremlin says

By Tribune News Service
November 14
Filed under National

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him and discuss possibilities for improving relations in the future, according to the Kremlin. "During the conversation, Putin and Trump not only acknowledged current U.S.-Russia relations as highly...

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