National Politics

  New US coronavirus case may be 1st from unknown origin

The government announced the worrisome development shortly after a news conference in which President Donald Trump said the U.S. is “very, very ready” for whatever the new coronavirus threat brings.

  Analysis: Sanders learns what it’s like to be a front-runner

  Democrats band together to knock Sanders during debate clash

  FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

  Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy

  Trump says 2 justices should sit out cases, but they decide

Supreme Court upholds death sentence, rules against slain Mexican teen’s family in pair of 5-4 cases

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  Trump defends Modi, refuses to weigh in on citizenship law

  Worried Democrats rush to slow front-runner Sanders before SC primary

FBI official: Russia wants to see US ‘tear ourselves apart’

  Dow drops more than 1,000 as outbreak threatens the economy

Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

A U.S. appeals court has upheld Trump administration rules imposing more hurdles for women seeking abortions.

  Trump’s India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

President Donald Trump has opened a whirlwind 36-hour visit to India by basking in the adulation of a massive, colorful crowd at a cricket stadium in the western city of Ahmedabad.

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks’ Assange

A lawyer for the Americans said the Australian computer expert was an “ordinary” criminal whose publication of hundreds of thousands of secret military documents put many people at risk of torture and death.

  Reliability of pricey new voting machines questioned as elections loom

Ballot-marking machines were initially developed not as primary vote-casting tools but as “accessible” alternatives for the disabled.

  Sanders’ 2016 movement now has political machine to push it

Clint Eastwood expresses support for Bloomberg, criticism of Trump

Passage to India: Trump ready for warm embrace, adulation

  Security adviser: I’ve seen no intel of Moscow helping Trump

  Student sues Wis. high school over dress code that bars him from wearing shirt with gun image

Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

  Afghan deal will be hard to assess, fraught with pitfalls

In a country that has been wracked by violence for more than 18 years, determining if the agreement has been violated will be a tough task.

  Sanders condemns Russian influence in election

His response was a sharp contrast from that of President Donald Trump, who has pushed back at the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia has interfered in elections on his behalf.

Bloomberg says 3 women can be released from nondisclosure agreements

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg says he’s willing to release at least three women from nondisclosure agreements that prevented them from speaking publicly about sexual harassment or discrimination suits.

US, Taliban agree to terms for peace deal, troop withdrawal

The United States and the Taliban have agreed to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home.

  Democrats try to blunt strong California showing for Sanders

Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are locked in an intense competition of resources.

Trump savoring scrambled Dem race, Bloomberg’s debate debut

President Donald Trump is offering stinging criticism of his rivals after Democratic presidential candidates’ rancorous debate. As Bloomberg campaigns for the presidency, the 78-year-old billionaire is struggling to adjust.

  Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison

Roger Stone, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison on his convictions for witness tampering and lying to Congress.

  Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals at Democrats’ Nevada debate

Sanders is the only Democratic candidate who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he or she doesn’t have a majority. It sets up a clash should the primary season end without a clear winner.

Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation’s top intel official

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence.

Democrats won’t commit to same-day release of Nevada results

Democrats won’t commit to releasing the unofficial results of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses on the day as the vote, as they emphasize accuracy over speed in the aftermath of the chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses.

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

US judge sides with migrants in lawsuit against conditions at some Border Patrol facilities in Arizona.

  Blagojevich praises Trump from Chicago home after release

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is out of prison hours after his sentence for political corruption was commuted by President Donald Trump.

Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

A lawyer for Julian Assange says the WikiLeaks founder plans to claim during his extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered to pardon him if he agreed to say Russia wasn’t involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails.

Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

The Pentagon’s top policy official who had certified last year that the Defense Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally authorized aid has resigned at President Donald Trump’s request.

  Lawmakers consider bill to stop lunch shaming, help indebted families in Conn.

Most of the kids whose accounts fall into the red are working poor families who don’t qualify for a free and reduced meal subsidy because they are right on the edge of income thresholds.

  Bernie Sanders’ campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses

The Sanders campaign believes a recount could make a difference in the outcome, as the results show Sanders and Buttigieg in an effective tie.

AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases.

  Volunteers warn of likely problems during Nevada caucus

It's not just the outcome of Saturday’s Nevada caucus that's in doubt but whether Nevada Democrats can pull it off.

  Bloomberg to go face to face against rivals after ad blitz

Mike Bloomberg is about to face off against top Democrats in Wednesday's debate, but the former New York City mayor hasn’t faced this kind of confrontation in more than a decade.

Later bedtime linked with obesity for children under 6, study finds

A new study has linked a later bedtime with an increased risk of obesity for young children.

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

A federal judge has refused to delay sentencing for Roger Stone on his conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress.

  Trump pardons Edward DeBartolo Jr., former San Francisco 49ers owner

DeBartolo Jr. built the San Francisco 49ers’ 1980s-'90s dynasty. He was involved in one of the biggest owners’ scandals in the sport’s history.

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

President Donald Trump’s administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published Tuesday shows Bloomberg with 19% support nationally.

  Rain postpones Daytona 500, dampening event, Trump’s visit

Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race. He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight.

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

Some observers worry that this year’s census carries the same potential for mayhem as last month’s Iowa caucuses, except on an infinitely larger scale.

  Diversity test: 2020 Democrats seek their fortunes in Nevada

Democratic presidential candidates in the still-crowded 2020 field are facing their first test in the racially diverse state of Nevada with solid union muscle and shaky plans for a presidential caucus.

  US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

The official said Friday the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is “very specific” and covers the entire country including Afghan forces.

Rep. Jim Jordan accused of telling OSU wrestler’s brother to deny abuse claims

Jordan, a former assistant coach of the team for eight years, is accused of knowing about the abuse athletes suffered at the hands of a former team doctor and turning a blind eye.

Michelle Obama will have second California school named after her

The West Contra Costa Unified School District board in northern California has voted to rename one of its elementary schools after the former first lady.

  2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg’s rise

They are accusing their billionaire rival of trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment to racial equality.

Barr: Trump tweets on cases make it ‘impossible’ to do job

Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe at President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning from senators over her unorthodox economic views, including from two Republicans whose doubts about her nomination could imperil it.

Senate acts to restrain Trump’s military powers against Iran

The Senate has approved a bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran.

Trump bringing back trusted aide Hope Hicks to White House

Hope Hicks will be serving as counselor to the president, working with presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

John Kelly rebukes Trump on Ukraine, defends ousted impeachment witness

John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff, publicly criticized Trump on Ukraine, North Korea and immigration policy, among other topics.

With impeachment over, critics see Trump ‘retribution tour’

President Trump is pushing his Justice Department to ease up on friends while exacting payback on real and perceived foes.

Judge allows teen held by ICE to post bond in Ill.

She and her father were taken into custody in October for allegedly missing an immigration court date. She's been detained downstate all alone.

Former Md. officer jailed for ordering K-9 to bite suspect seeks pardon from Trump

Even after serving her time, the former officer says she continues to be punished. She hopes Trump hears her story and rights what she has always viewed as a wrong.

  After Iowa, NH, Democrats seek path through diverse states

The Vermont senator is benefiting from a crowded and fractured primary field, with several moderate candidates dividing up the rest of the vote.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns after caucus chaos

Chairman Troy Price announced his resignation Wednesday, saying Iowa Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night.

  Barr agrees to testify to House amid Roger Stone sentencing dispute

The resignations raise questions over whether President Trump had at least indirectly exerted his will on a Justice Department he often views as an arm of the White House.

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday indicating that President Donald Trump is expected to attend the NASCAR race.

Jury finds Mar-a-Lago intruder not guilty of trespassing

A Florida jury has found a 56-year-old Chinese woman not guilty of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s part-time residence in Palm Beach.

  Deval Patrick, last black candidate in 2020 race, drops out

Patrick was the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity.

  Trump wants Pentagon to review conduct of impeachment witness

President Donald Trump is suggesting that the Pentagon review the conduct of a former White House national security aide who played a central role in the Democrats’ impeachment case.

  Sanders narrowly edges out Buttigieg in New Hampshire, cements Dem front-runners

In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenger from the 38-year-old former Midwestern mayor.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

  Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid

Democrat Andrew Yang is suspending his 2020 bid for president.

  Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence

A Justice Department official tells the Associated Press that the agency is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone.

In 2015 audio, Bloomberg advocates targeting minorities

The businessman and former New York mayor made the comments in defense of his support for the controversial “stop and frisk” policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.

Judge clears major hurdle in T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint bid

After the deal closes, the number of major U.S. wireless companies would shrink from four to three.

  How crucial is New Hampshire win? It depends on whom you ask

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his top backers are downplaying expectations on the eve of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

  Buttigieg, Sanders campaigns request Iowa caucus recanvass

In its Monday filing, the campaign cited “mathematical errors and inconsistencies” in more than two dozen caucus locations that it says would change the results if amended.

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan was released Monday. It promises the government’s deficit will crest above $1 trillion only for the current budget year before steadily decreasing to more manageable levels.

Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

Iranian state television says the country’s space program has failed to launch into orbit a satellite.

Graham: DOJ has process to review Giuliani’s Ukraine info

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has established a way to review information gathered in Ukraine by Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has targeted Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

Driver plows through GOP voter registration tent in Florida; suspect arrested

Detectives say they do not know if the suspect’s motivation was political in nature. However, the Duval County GOP believes its members were "intentionally targeted."