New abortion provider in Western Maryland will cut patients' journeys from West Virginia, where procedure is banned
Katie Quiñonez stood ankle deep in snow last December in front of a brick building about 5 miles west of the West Virginia state line, staring at a small brass key in her hand.
She had rented a two-door hatchback to drive through the Allegheny Mountains during a blizzard to get there. With tears in her eyes, she texted a photo of the key to ...Read more
GOP lawmakers preview defense if Trump indicted on federal charges
WASHINGTON — As Washington prepares for the possible federal indictment of a former president, congressional allies of Donald Trump have previewed a muscular public defense that paints potential prosecutors as politically biased.
In letters, statements and media comments over the past days and weeks, Republicans in both chambers previewed ...Read more
Here's when South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments on state's 6-week abortion ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s new six-week abortion ban is constitutional.
Arguments in the case are scheduled for June 27.
Lawmakers last month approved a revised six-week abortion ban written specifically to respond to a court decision in January striking down the state’s previous six...Read more
Kansas abortion providers challenge in court 24-hour waiting period, other requirements
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas abortion providers are challenging strict state requirements mandating providers share medically inaccurate or unproven information with patients considering an abortion and that patients undergo a waiting period before their procedure.
The lawsuit filed Monday against several state officials in Johnson County District ...Read more
Kakhovka dam breach: 3 essential reads on what it means for Ukraine's infrastructure, beleaguered nuclear plant and future war plans
A dam that supplies drinking water to thousands of Ukrainians as well as cooling water for reactors at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station was ruptured on June 6, 2023.
Kyiv blamed the destruction on Moscow, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy slamming “Russian terrorists” for destroying the Kakhovka dam and the adjacent ...Read more
Trump special counsel summons Florida witnesses in classified documents probe
WASHINGTON — Special counsel Jack Smith’s office in recent weeks has issued federal grand jury subpoenas out of southern Florida to multiple witnesses linked to the classified documents probe involving former President Donald Trump, according to two people familiar with the investigative steps.
One witness is expected to testify this week ...Read more
UK's Sunak visits Washington to strengthen ties, watch baseball – having already struck out on trade deal
Alongside meetings with President Joe Biden, U.S. business leaders and members of Congress, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will take in a baseball game during a Washington trip that starts June 7, 2023. He may be given the honor of throwing the first pitch; many at home will be hoping he doesn’t drop the ball.
It is a high-stakes ...Read more
Scientists' political donations reflect polarization in academia – with implications for the public's trust in science
People who lean left politically reported an increase in trust in scientists during the COVID-19 pandemic, while those who lean right politically reported much lower levels of trust in scientists. This polarization around scientific issues – from COVID-19 to climate change to evolution – is at its peak since surveys started tracking this ...Read more
Supreme Court is poised to dismantle an integral part of LBJ's Great Society – affirmative action
Of all the civil rights policies enacted by U.S President Lyndon Johnson, affirmative action is arguably one of the most enduring – and most challenged.
Johnson made it clear during a commencement address at Howard University on June 4, 1965, where he stood.
In his speech, “To Fulfill These Rights,” Johnson argued that ...Read more
Political compromises – like the debt-limit deal – have never been substitutes for lasting solutions
The compromise to avoid default on the U.S. debt passed muster, eventually. President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy pulled it off.
The nation can breathe, at least for the next two years. And yet, the far right is unhappy, many Democrats from the progressive wing are similarly annoyed, and the gnawing problem – ...Read more
US, Chinese warships' near miss in Taiwan Strait hints at ongoing troubled diplomatic waters, despite chatter about talks
An encounter in which a Chinese naval ship cut across the path of a U.S. destroyer in the Taiwan Strait on June 3, 2023, has both Beijing and Washington pointing fingers at each other.
It was the second near miss in the space of just a few weeks; in late May a Chinese plane crossed in front of an American surveillance aircraft above ...Read more
Editorial: The Supreme Court just fired a shot at how Illinois handles delinquent property taxes
The conservative wing objected to the dismissal of property rights. The liberals focused on egregious fines. But despite their different reasonings, the members of the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found in favor of a woman who got nothing when the government seized her condo because of $2,300 worth of unpaid property taxes and pocketed all ...Read more
FBI Director to face contempt of Congress hearing in escalating Biden probe
WASHINGTON — A House committee plans to vote on a contempt of Congress resolution against FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, escalating a Republican-led inquiry into President Joe Biden’s actions as vice president.
The dramatic move comes as Comer asserts Wray is refusing to fully comply with a subpoena to turn over an unclassified...Read more
Trump subpoenaed for document cited in taped Bedminster meeting, report says
Former President Donald Trump was reportedly hit with a subpoena for a classified document said to describe a potential U.S. plan to attack Iran — with his lawyers telling the feds they couldn’t find any such document.
The previously unknown subpoena was served in recent months, CNN reported Friday, as special counsel Jack Smith probes an ...Read more
How Colorado Democrats say they'll unseat Lauren Boebert in Colorado's 3rd district
DENVER — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s seat in Colorado’s sprawling 3rd Congressional District is vulnerable, Democratic officials say, and they’re launching a 17-month campaign to replace the far-right congresswoman.
Colorado Democratic Party Chair Shad Murib announced the organization’s 546 Project Monday morning. The project takes its...Read more
FBI Director to Face Contempt of Congress Hearing in Escalating Biden Probe
WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan to hold a contempt of Congress hearing against FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, escalating a probe into President Joe Biden’s actions as vice president.
The dramatic move comes after Wray’s refusal to comply with a subpoena for unclassified FBI-held document or documents that, Republicans say...Read more
Denver woman challenges longstanding Colorado law requiring anti-abortion activists to give patients space at clinics
DENVER — A Denver woman is mounting a new legal challenge to a longstanding Colorado law that prohibits anti-abortion activists from approaching within eight feet of people outside abortion clinics.
The law was crafted in 1993 by Colorado lawmakers to curb so-called “sidewalk counseling” — last-minute, one-on-one appeals by protesters ...Read more
Supreme Court will decide whether T-shirt mocking Trump as 'too small' can be trademarked
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether former President Trump can be mocked as "too small" on a trademarked T-shirt. Usually, the trademark law does not allow for using someone's name over his objection.
But in this instance, a federal appeals court said California lawyer Steve Elster had a free speech right ...Read more
Trump lawyers meet with DOJ officials in records probe
Donald Trump’s legal team met with officials at the U.S. Justice Department to discuss the investigation into classified documents that were found at the former president’s Florida estate, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump attorneys James Trusty, John Rowley, and Lindsey Halligan were seen leaving the building on Monday,...Read more
Supreme Court will decide whether T-shirt mocking Trump as 'too small' can be trademarked
The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether former President Trump can be mocked as "too small" on a trademarked T-shirt. Usually, the trademark law does not allow for using someone's name over his objection.
But in this instance, a federal appeals court said California lawyer Steve Elster had a free speech right to mock Trump as "too ...Read more
- FBI Director to Face Contempt of Congress Hearing in Escalating Biden Probe
- Supreme Court will decide whether T-shirt mocking Trump as 'too small' can be trademarked
- Scientists' political donations reflect polarization in academia – with implications for the public's trust in science
- Kakhovka dam breach: 3 essential reads on what it means for Ukraine's infrastructure, beleaguered nuclear plant and future war plans
- Supreme Court is poised to dismantle an integral part of LBJ's Great Society – affirmative action