Julian Castro ‘Likely’ to Run for President in 2020

WASHINGTON — Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Obama whose 2012 Democratic National Convention speech transformed him into a national leader overnight, is a hard... Read More

Hate crime surge linked to Brexit and 2017 terrorist attacks

The number of recorded hate crimes has more than doubled in the past five years and is likely to be related in part to the aftermath of the Brexit vote and the spate of terrorist... Read More

“Policing Our Students” Report Points to New Directions for School Discipline

by Dick Price As a follow-on research project to its celebrated Million Dollar Hoods project, a research team led by UCLA Professor Kelly-Lytle Hernandez has released its “Policing-Our-Students” report, which documents the disparate impact Los... Read More

McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed rising federal deficits and debt on a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and said he sees little chance of a major deficit reduction... Read More

Ireland criticises UK over ‘backsliding’ on border backstop terms

Ireland has expressed concern that the British government is “backsliding” on Theresa May’s firm commitment to sign up to a backstop promise for the Irish border that would guarantee the open border remains after Brexit... Read More

GOP lawmaker: Trump comments about Stormy Daniels ‘unpresidential’

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) on Tuesday condemned President Trump‘s attack on Stormy Daniels’ appearance as “unpresidential” and “rude,” and lamented that the president’s behavior on Twitter undermines his accomplishments. “It’s not appropriate for anyone to call someone that under any circumstances,”... Read More

Budget Deficit Jumps Nearly 17% in 2018

WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit swelled to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018, the Treasury Department said on Monday, driven in large part by a sharp decline in corporate tax revenues after the Trump... Read More

Trump Says Sears Was Mismanaged. Mnuchin Was on Its Board for Years

President Donald Trump said that Sears Holdings Corp. had been mismanaged for years before it declared bankruptcy. Among those responsible for its management: his Treasury secretary. Steven Mnuchin was a member of Sears’s board from... Read More

How Hurricane Michael’s devastating wind damage is reminiscent of Andrew in 1992

As the devastating toll from Hurricane Michael becomes ever more clear, it has become apparent that it bears startling resemblance to yet another disastrous cyclone that struck the Sunshine State: Hurricane Andrew. The “benchmark storm”... Read More

Artist ‘astounded’ to see his Trump painting hung in the White House

The artist who painted a kitsch picture of Donald Trump grinning at a table with past Republican presidents including Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes said he is “astounded” that it’s now hanging in... Read More

The Truth About the Trump Economy

by Robert Reich I keep hearing that although Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he’s presiding over a great economy. As White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow recently put it, “The single biggest... Read More

Drugmakers may have to disclose prices of medicine in television ads

The nation’s top health official proposed on Monday that pharmaceutical companies be required to include the list price of medicines in television advertisements to consumers – the boldest element of a series of efforts by... Read More

Bloodhound 1,000mph car hits skids as project enters administration

Plans to build a British jet-powered car to speed at more than 1,000mph through the desert have hit quicksand, after the company behind the Bloodhound project entered administration. The dream of an ultra-fast car to... Read More

‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss

Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than... Read More

In Trump country, Republican candidates this year fall flat

ERIE, Pa. — Midway through another raucous arena rally last week, President Trump offered a revealing aside about Rep. Lou Barletta, the Republican he recruited to jump into Pennsylvania’s Senate race. “I got him into... Read More

Two princes: Kushner now faces a reckoning for Trump’s bet on the heir to the Saudi throne

When President Trump chose Riyadh to make his debut on the world stage last year, he was placing a bet on Saudi Arabia, which serenaded him with military bands, dazzled him with a flyover of... Read More

Marijuana is emerging among California’s vineyards, offering promise and concern

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. — It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and hills that produces some of the country’s best wine. This season, though, workers also are plucking the... Read More

Ford U-turn: no-deal Brexit could force carmaker to reconsider UK plans

The US carmaker Ford has described a no-deal Brexit as a “red line” that would force it to reconsider the scale of its presence in Britain in a dramatic reversal of an earlier commitment to... Read More

Peak Carbon Emissions By 2020, or Else!

by Robert Hunziker World greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020, or it’s lights out! That’s the message from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which has come out from under the shadows of... Read More

Putin is ‘probably’ involved in assassinations and poisonings, but ‘it’s not in our country,’ Trump says

President Trump said he believes that Russian President Vladi­mir Putin “probably” has been involved in assassinations and poisonings, but he appeared to dismiss the gravity of those actions, noting that they have not taken place... Read More

Brexit: EU insistence on Northern Ireland backstop unacceptable, May tells MPs

Theresa May has declared she “cannot agree to anything that threatens the integrity of our United Kingdom” as she told sceptical MPs the EU’s insistence on retaining the Northern Ireland backstop was unacceptable. The prime... Read More

Ryn Zinke’s calendar omissions date to first day in office

Ryan Zinke’s very first meeting as interior secretary was never put on his official calendar. It was a meeting scheduled to last five minutes with Chris Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s... Read More

Trump calls on blacks to ‘honor’ Republicans with votes, then praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee

LEBANON, Ohio — President Trump praised the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee while asking African American voters to “honor us” by voting Republican at an Ohio rally that featured an unexpected and provocative monologue on... Read More

Midterm elections are likely to change the calculus for post-2020 Census redistricting

The redistricting wars, which since 2010 have worked to the advantage of the Republicans, are about to take a potentially significant turn. The midterm elections, along with efforts in states to reduce partisan redistricting, are... Read More

Should we stop calling hurricanes natural disasters?

As Hurricane Michael bears down on North and South Carolina after devastating the Florida coast, experts argue that it is time to change the way we talk about these deadly storms. Earlier this year, the... Read More

Hurricane death toll climbs in Florida as officials get into most devastated areas

After Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle on its way north, officials in the state were left with the macabre task of figuring out the storm’s death toll — a question that could take... Read More

Jamal Khashoggi: Labour slams government’s response as ‘too little, too late’

Labour has launched a blistering attack on the government over its response to the presumed murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as pressure mounts on officials heading to Saudi Arabia for a conference. US President... Read More

Living in a New Gilded Age

by Robert Reich The Trump Justice Department has approved a $69 billion merger between CVS, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and insurance giant Aetna. It’s the largest health insurance deal in history. Executives say the combination will... Read More

Inside Trump’s Pre-Midterm Media Blitzkrieg: He Wants To ‘Flood the Zone’

In the middle of September, Donald Trump wanted to make something very clear to his senior staff: He didn’t feel like he was talking to enough reporters, and he needed to talk to as many... Read More

Racial bias in police stop and search getting worse, report reveals

Black Britons are increasingly likely to be stopped and searched by #police compared with white people, according to shocking new figures that challenge Theresa May’s attempt to reform the controversial power. The most authoritative analysis... Read More