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Fights over voting rights a prelude to November midterm election

The battle for control of Congress in this fall’s midterm elections may be decided in state legislatures this spring when voting rights legislation could be in bloom. So far this … Click to Continue »

Trump budget abandons fiscal conservatism — and so does hypocritical GOP

Remember Republicans’ enduring commitment over most of our lifetimes to eliminate the federal budget deficit and trim the national debt? Well, forget it. In fact, with the GOP controlling the … Click to Continue »

McClatchy Editorial Cartoons for the week of Feb. 12, 2018

Editorial cartoons from McClatchy's award-winning cartoonists … Click to Continue »

Report: Patient advocacy groups pushed opioids after getting industry money

Opioid manufacturers funneled millions of dollars to patient advocacy groups that in turn issued “opioid friendly” guidance and policy recommendations, a congressional report has found. Five major pharmaceutical manufacturers paid … Click to Continue »

Trump officials under fire for tapping “temps” to head key Interior agencies

The Trump administration is violating federal law and circumventing the advice-and-consent role of the Senate by relying on temporary directors to head agencies such as the National Park Service, an … Click to Continue »

Once a Trump skeptic, Fort Worth’s GOP mayor now helps him pitch infrastructure

The Republican mayor of Fort Worth, who avoided Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, is now an important ally as the president tries to make inroads with a coalition dominated … Click to Continue »

Kansas senator says Trump pledged not to cut crop insurance. Trump’s budget cuts it

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts said President Donald Trump made a commitment to him in the Oval Office last year not to cut crop insurance, a key program for farmers. Trump’s … Click to Continue »

A Russian oligarch bought a mansion from Trump. A senator wants details on the deal.

The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee has asked the Treasury Department for any records involving a Russian oligarch and his purchase of a Palm Beach, Fla., home from … Click to Continue »

Cut EPA to 1990-level funding, Trump proposes

The 2019 federal budget proposed by President Donald Trump calls for a 34 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, cutting funding for the agency to $5.4 billion — its … Click to Continue »

Trump rolls out $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

President Donald Trump launched what he calls a "big week" for his infrastructure plan, which envisions $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill a key campaign goal but rely heavily on state and local government budgets to become a reality. Show More Summary

Making Guantánamo Great Again: The prison’s media makeover

Inside a vacant former maximum-security prison, the Pentagon has nearly finished building a new health clinic with nearby surgical and radiological suites. Soon, contractors will add furniture, equipment and put … Click to Continue ...

Modesto’s first Winter Olympics contender ready for tough sledding

Kendall Wesenberg often hears about how she’s the epitome of California cool in a sport that would make most Golden State residents break into a cold sweat if they tried … Click to Continue »

How Rand Paul Exposed a Republican Reversal

It wasn’t long ago that fiscal responsibility was a mainstream Republican rallying cry. This was not lost on Senator Rand Paul who briefly shut the government down Friday morning over spending increases. … Click to Continue »

Jewish Republicans reach uneasy truce with Trump

Donald Trump has equivocated in condemning violent neo-Nazis, he was slow to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and a host of white supremacists say they have been encouraged by his … Click to Continue »

John Kelly: From Order to Disorder?

John F. Kelly was brought in to restore order to a chaotic West Wing. But recently, the White House chief of staff has been finding himself at the center of the controversy. … Click to Continue »

Cruz lays off the corn, turns on the gas

Ted Cruz is holding up the confirmation of a key agriculture nominee to help oil refiners in his home state of Texas – infuriating some of the Iowans who fueled … Click to Continue »

Is Trump’s EPA chief bluffing? Or will he gut California’s tough emissions standards?

California officials and clean air advocates are increasingly concerned the Trump administration may attempt to unravel a key program to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from automobile fleets while also … Click to Continue »

Mulvaney emerges as a leading candidate to replace White House chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman who now serves as President Donald Trump's budget director, is a leading contender to replace White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, according … Click to Continue »

When will it stop? Conservatives who vowed to cut spending keep spending

Tea party Republicans arrived in Washington seven years ago with a clear, loud message from angry voters: Slash spending. But once again, spending is going way up. “Part of our … Click to Continue »

Latest in cybercrime: Your infected computer enslaved to earn digital currency

When unauthorized software found its way onto the network of a small Tennessee hospital, the culprits didn’t ask for ransom. They didn’t steal records. What they did was silently harness … Click to Continue »

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