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Trump puts decision to allow elephant hunting trophy imports ‘on hold’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Elephants use their trunks to smell for possible danger in Kenya. WASHINGTON — President Trump, overruling a rule change by his Interior Department, said on Friday that he would keep in place for the time being a ban on importing elephant hunting trophies  from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Trump announced the move on Twitter Friday evening after a day of uncertainty and protests over the decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service that the ban, intended to conserve shrinking African elephant populations, would be lifted.
Doubts surface about key witness in Uranium One probe of Clinton
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Federal officials have serious questions about the credibility of a key witness in congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One sale.
Doubts surface on key witness in 'Uranium One' probe of Clinton
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Federal officials have serious questions about the credibility of a key witness in congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton’s role in the ‘Uranium One’ sale.
Democrats edge toward running on universal health care
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrats have a problem: Despite the historic unpopularity of the White House’s current occupant, their own favorability ratings are not much higher. The most recent proposal put forth in Congress is the State Public Option Act, which would allow citizens to buy into Medicaid, the decades-old program that provides health care for Americans with low incomes and disabilities. The plan would give states the option of offering Medicaid to all residents regardless of income.
The women who have accused Roy Moore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama, has seen his campaign derailed in the past week as nine women have accused him of behavior ranging from uncomfortable and unwanted overtures to sexual assault.
All hail Roy Moore at 'pro
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A “pro-family” rally in Birmingham, Ala., featured tributes to embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore by a parade of supporters — including one with a stalking conviction and one who has blamed Hurricane Sandy on gay marriage – but no comments from Moore himself on the latest accusations against him. After two hours of speeches, Moore gave a brief address before the host invited questions on “issues” from the assembled press. The first question was if Moore had ever touched young women without their consent and if he dated teenagers when he was in his 30s.
White House says decision to lift ban on elephant hunting trophies from Africa has not been 'finalized'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A U.S. ban on importing elephant hunting trophies from two countries in Africa is set to expire Friday, but White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the move is not “final.”
Franken backs ethics investigation after woman accuses him of groping her
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Al Franken apologized to radio anchor Leeann Tweeden after she said he groped her in 2006. She posted a photo of the incident.
Roy Moore fights his inner demons. It's not pretty.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When someone like Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for Senate from Alabama, runs for office as the arbiter of private morality, it’s worth asking yourself what he might be running from.
Marco Rubio has the last laugh after Trump stops statement to drink water
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Florida senator takes to Twitter for a measure of sweet revenge on the president.
Moore attorney to accuser: Hand over the yearbook
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
An attorney for Senate hopeful Roy Moore tries to discredit Moore's accuser.
Lawmakers target Asia's 'abhorrent' dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The House Foreign Affairs committee adopted a resolution urging nine Asian countries to outlaw the use of dogs and cats for meat. The measure points out that many animals in the trade are stolen pets and also contends that mainstream culinary practice in Asia doesn’t include such meat.
White House mildly criticizes Russian bill targeting U.S. media
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The White House said it was “concerned” after Russian lawmakers voted to require international news outlets to register as “foreign agents.”
Trump deletes tweet that appeared to reference wrong mass shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hours after a shooting spree in Northern California left five people dead, President Trump tweeted his condolences — about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that occurred nine days earlier.
Lawmakers target Asia’s ‘abhorrent’ dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Animal rights activists gather in front of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles to protest China’s dog meat trade and Yulin Dog Meat Festival on June 9, 2017. According to activists with Last Chance for Animals, thousands of dogs are beaten, boiled and burned alive during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Citing the “abhorrent” mass slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for their meat each year, including stolen pets, a key House of Representatives committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution urging nine Asian countries to outlaw the practice.
Trump touts poll showing majority disapprove of his performance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday a graphic with the results of a daily tracking poll that shows 46 percent of Americans approve of his job performance. But the same poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, shows 53 percent disapprove.
Hate in America: Where it comes from and why it's back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
White nationalism is on the rise in America, along with hate crimes against minorities. What drives people to bigotry, and violence? Psychologists, sociologists and historians offer some answers.
Hate in America: A look under the hood
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hate in America began even before there was an America. Here are some images of the perpetrators — and targets — of bigotry in its past.
Four voices of white nationalism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
From a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard to a 22-year-old ex-“social justice warrior,” each described a combination of factors that — despite their varying ages and diverse upbringings — led all four of them on the path to white nationalism.
Sessions angrily rejects Dems' perjury charges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Attorney General Jeff Sessions angrily rebutted House Democrats’ suggestion that he had perjured himself in congressional testimony and on an application form for security clearance on Tuesday.
Women's anger transformed the 2017 elections. Get ready for 2018.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Voters weren’t just voting against Donald Trump, they were taking action on years’ worth of accumulated grievances that had no outlet in districts where the only candidates running were Republicans. Take the case of Virginia’s 73rd House of Delegates district, outside of Richmond. In 2012, a proposed transvaginal ultrasound law in Virginia became a major issue in the presidential race and part of that year’s War on Women narrative.
Could Roy Moore become the first U.S. senator expelled since the Civil War?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Cory Gardner said the Senate should expel Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore if he's elected. Could Moore be seated if he manages to win despite the growing number of sexual misconduct allegations against him?
New woman accuses Roy Moore of sexual assault when she was a minor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Beverly Nelson is the fifth woman to accuse the Alabama Republican Senate candidate of sexual misconduct. Nelson says Moore groped her when she was 16 and he was 30.
New York, Iraq, Myanmar: The endless calamity of religious war
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Weinberg, writing two years before the 9/11 attacks, based his conclusion on evidence that had been accumulating more or less since the dawn of history, mentioning in particular Frederick Douglass’s observation that his own situation as a slave “became worse when his master underwent a religious conversion that allowed him to justify slavery as the punishment of the children of Ham.” It’s unlikely that anything going on in the world now would give him reason to change his mind, in a year when terrorists have struck New York, London and Paris in the name of Islam, while more than a half-million Muslims have been driven from their homes in Myanmar by Buddhists. Tears roll down the cheeks of a child while drinking water from a kettle, as Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar wait along the border for permission to move farther toward refugee camps near Palong Khali, Bangladesh, Nov. 2, 2017.
White House official: Roy Moore has 'more explaining' to do
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on Sunday that if the allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are true, there’s a “special place in hell” for him — but cautioned against a rush to judgment.
#MeAt14: Women tweet photos of when they were age Roy Moore's accuser was
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Women are reacting to the allegations that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore had attempted sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 by posting to Twitter images of themselves when they were 14.
Ward family ripped apart by the Texas church massacre: 'She lived for those kids'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Lorenzo Flores, left, and Terrie Smith weep in remembrance of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 9, 2017. SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — It was Joann Ward’s sixth wedding anniversary, and she already had the perfect day in mind. A mother of four, Ward had the afternoon off from Theresa’s Kitchen, the tiny restaurant inside the Valero gas station where she worked a few hours a week.
Roy Moore denies knowing woman who says he preyed on her as a teen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, former chief justice of the state's supreme court, rejects the claims made by women who have said that he pursued them sexually when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
From 'step aside' to Biblical citations, how Republicans responded to the Roy Moore scandal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republicans officials have had a range of responses since the Washington Post published a bombshell story Thursday afternoon quoting a woman alleging that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore had attempted sexual relations with her when she was 14 and he was 32.
Roy Moore scandal in Alabama might slow Bannon’s insurgency, GOP leaders hope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When Steve Bannon backed Roy Moore in the Republican Senate primary in Alabama, it looked like a shrewd move, and Bannon said his target was the Senate Majority Leader. Now that Moore’s candidacy is in question, so is Bannon’s influence.
GOP figures call on Moore to leave Alabama race after allegations of sexual misconduct
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a slew of other Republicans called on Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to “step aside” if new allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl — in 1979, when he was 32 — are true.
Tim Kaine, looking ahead to 2018 — and 2020 — sees hope, and a warning, in Northam win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year, is gearing up for reelection in 2018 and a possible presidential run in 2020. Ralph Northam’s victory in Virginia gives him hope, but he also sounds a warning about the perils of being pushed too far to the left.
The loophole that let the church shooter buy a gun — and the bill that aims to close it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The bipartisan Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act is intended to “ensure that any individual convicted of domestic violence — whether it is in criminal or military court – cannot legally purchase a firearm,” the bill's sponsors, Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., said.
Tim Kaine: Virginia vote 'a repudiation' of Trump style
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"The Dems focused on bread-and-butter issues — jobs, education and health care," said Virginia Sen. Kaine, the Democrats' 2016 vice-presidential candidate and a former head of the Democratic National Committee.
Tim Kaine, looking ahead to ’18 – and ‘20 – sees hope, and a warning, in Northam win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year, is gearing up for reelection in 2018, and a possible presidential run in 2020. Ralph Northam’s victory in Virginia gives him hope, but also sounds a warning about the perils of being pushed too far to the left.
Top Trump campaign adviser admits he was 'fooled' by a Russian Twitter bot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Brad Parscale, like Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr., retweeted a purported group of ”Tennessee Republicans” that was actually a Russian troll account.
Republicans explain why they're retiring: 'You've got this administration that's taken the fun out of dysfunction'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The number of departing members is still within historical averages, but one source says more House Republicans are waiting until 2018 to announce their retirements.
Resilient, or just numb? As atrocities mount, Americans become adept at moving on
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Americans are developing a shortened attention span in the wake of tragedies. Like Israelis, they have learned the routines of national grief, and move on quickly. But is that really healthy?
LGBT sweep in historic election for transgender candidates
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
LGBT candidates won groundbreaking elections in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota Washington state. Dems see big gains as repudiation of Trump's first year.
Top Trump campaign adviser admits he was ‘fooled’ by a Russian Twitter bot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Brad Parscale, the digital media director for President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, admitted he was duped by a Russian Twitter bot during an interview with Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff. Parscale, who spoke with Isikoff at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday, was one of several top Trump allies who retweeted messages posted by the Twitter account @TEN_GOP during last year’s campaign. While the account purported to be run by “Tennessee Republicans,” it was recently revealed to have been operated by the Kremlin backed Internet Research Agency. ...
A year in the life of Donald Trump, and the country
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When Donald Trump became the president-elect one year ago, his elated supporters and his crestfallen detractors had two very different ideas of the president he would become.
Ralph Northam rebuffs Trumpism in Virginia gubernatorial win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrats across the country are breathing a sigh of relief after Ralph Northam was elected Virginia’s next governor Tuesday night.
Democrats make huge gains in Virginia House
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As of 9:30, Democrats had picked up 13 seats and had a 47-46 edge in called races, with seven contests still too close to call, putting them on the cusp of a majority in the 100-seat chamber.
Democrats are upping their game in local races this year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Democratic Party has mounted the most intense, coordinated national effort in modern party history to elect its candidates to down-ballot state and local offices.
In China, Trump confronts an emerging superpower flexing its military and economic might
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump has ended America’s longstanding free-trade policy in Asia and abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership. China has ambitious plans to fill the power vacuum.
After the killings, shock and grief in a small Texas town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Police, grief counselors and journalists all descended on Sutherland Springs in the wake of the church massacre, trying to help and looking for answers.
In Virginia campaign, civility yields to racial appeals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After a quiet start and a civil debate, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s campaign turned sharply negative, releasing a highly-charged ad implying his opponent Ralph Northam would be soft on immigrant gang members. The Democrats have struggled to respond.
Air Force admits it failed to report Texas shooter's conviction for abuse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In the developing case of the shooting massacre that killed at least 26 at a small church in Texas Sunday, one thing is now undoubtedly clear: The suspected gunman, Devin Kelley, should not have been allowed to obtain a gun.
Air Force admits it failed to report Texas shooter’s conviction for abuse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A woman and her children take part in a vigil for victims of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017. In the developing case of the shooting massacre that killed at least 26 at a small church in Texas Sunday, one thing is now undoubtedly clear: the suspected gunman, Devin Kelley, should not have been allowed to obtain a gun.
Eyewitness to church shooting: 'It just went on and on'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
From her café across the road, Terrie Smith heard the gunfire at the First Baptist Church and saw the black-clad gunman. A wounded survivor fled the church and took shelter with her and others. “We’re a good community,” she says.