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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 37 people dead and 150 missing, as rescuers search for survivors.
Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union
Punctuating a string of Obama-era moves to shore up labor rights and expand protections for workers, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities have a federally backed right to unionize.
Zika Images Show ‘Worst Brain Infections That Doctors Will Ever See’
Microcephaly is just the tip of iceberg of what Zika does to a fetus’s brain.
Turkish forces launch offensive in northern Syria against Isis
A US official on-board Mr Biden’s flight to Ankara told Reuters that the US-led coalition is backing the Turkish operation. The offensive will overshadow talks between Turkey and Mr Biden.
Gawker’s Gone. Long Live Gawker.
While Peter Thiel may have killed Gawker, its sensibility and influence on the rest of the news business survive. Just about everywhere in media today, for better and worse, Gawkerism is thriving.
Think Hillary Clinton Will Win in a Landslide? Don’t Bet on It
The vote may be more favorable to Mr. Trump than the worst-case-scenario prognosticators suggest for a very simple reason: Landslides do not really happen in presidential elections anymore.
Clinton is dogged by ties to charity’s donors
Even people sympathetic to the Clintons said the new emails raised questions about what sort of access the donors had enjoyed while the candidate was secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton’s run-out-the-clock strategy
Clinton’s team thinks “they can ride out” any negative reaction to a set of new emails that show Clinton Foundation officials trying to set up State Department meetings for donors during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat.
Horrified by Trump, Democrats getting nostalgic about Romney
“He was in it for the right reasons,” Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s 2012 deputy campaign manager, said of Romney. “He truly believed in wanting to make this country better. We just differed significantly on how to do that.”
Donald Trump’s new electoral map: Missouri is now a swing state and Virginia isn’t
It’s only been about a week since Trump shook up his campaign staff in an effort to turn things around, and therefore it’s a little early to start suggesting that the shake-up did or didn’t work. But it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Donald Trump goes after minority voters with urban visits and a softer tone
Trump is planning trips to urban areas – with stops at churches, charter schools and small businesses in black and Latino communities – and is developing an empowerment agenda based on the economy and education, aides said.
Is Donald Trump Reversing His Stance on Immigration?
Donald Trump is stepping back from one of the main themes of his presidential campaign: a promise to crack down on illegal immigration. He is now pledging to pursue an immigration policy that resembles President Obama’s.
How Donald Trump Blew Up the ‘Gaffe’
A gaffe is an inevitable expression of the paradoxes of scrupulously objective political reporting, pressures that have held reporters hostage for decades. Until Trump, of all people, set us free.
Inside the exclusive events helping to fund Clinton and the Democratic Party
Clinton has touted her growing support from small contributors, whose donations of $200 or less made up nearly 40 percent of her campaign’s $62 million haul in July. But the former secretary of state devoted much of this month to seeking big money.
The Senator’s Daughter Who Raised Prices on Anti-Allergy EpiPen
Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV’s 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch, daughter of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Super PAC Says It Spends Big Against McCain, but Is It Following the Law?
A political action committee supporting Republican Sen. John McCain’s primary opponent has spent big this month, its leader said, even though it has not reported that spending to federal election regulators.
Drug-Treatment Advocate Attacks Hassan in GOP-Funded Ad Campaign
In a 30-second TV ad paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a member of HOPE’s board of directors, says Hassan “mishandled” the opioid crisis, adding that the governor’s decision to veto a Republican-crafted budget last year was “all about the politics.”
Behind Marco Rubio, a powerful ally: Private prison operator Geo Group
Geo Group employees and political action committee contributed $30,400 to Rubio’s Senate campaign while the PAC gave $50,000 to the super PAC supporting Rubio, records show.
Marco Rubio takes aim at New York’s Chuck Schumer on campaign trail in North Florida
Forget either of the Democrats challenging U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio or even his Republican primary opponent on the ballot next week. During a pair of campaign stops in North Florida, Rubio made clear who he is really trying to stop: Chuck Schumer.
NC Senate race heats up with challenger Deborah Ross
Sen. Richard Burr, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 2005, is trailing Democrat Deborah Ross by two points among registered voters in an NBC/WSJ/Marist poll released on Aug. 12. Last month, the same poll gave Burr a seven-point lead.
Gun control politics continue in PA senate race
A group called CeaseFire Pennsylvania said Tuesday that it believes Katie McGinty will make gun-violence prevention “a cornerstone” of her work in Washington.
Duckworth calls Mark Kirk ‘Unhinged’ After Obama Comments
The criticism, Duckworth said, was not a reference to Kirk’s capabilities following a debilitating stroke.
Bayh screws up Indiana address during local interview
The former senator’s fumbling of his own Indiana address comes amid attacks against him that he no longer lives in Indiana.
How big a House wave? Watch these races …
Following changes in the “generic ballot” poll question is one way to track the fight for the House, but an alternate way is to look at key races at various levels of competitiveness that should indicate whether a wave is developing.
GOP Lawmaker, Already Punished For Claiming Parents’ Money As His Own, Does It Again
Rep. Frank Guinta is once again claiming the $355,000 he paid back, ostensibly to his parents, is actually his own asset.
Congressional Black Caucus Rebukes Trump’s Outreach to Minorities
CBC Chairman G.K. Butterfield said he was insulted when Trump asked during the speech what minority voters have to lose by voting for him.
Congress to Try to Ease the Tax Burden of Bringing Home the Gold
The House will vote on legislation to exempt Olympians representing the United States from paying taxes on their medals and financial awards.
GOP already attacking Democrat Randy Perkins in key congressional race
The National Republican Congressional Committee is already in general election mode with a digital attack on Democratic establishment favorite Randy Perkins.
Tension mounts between Kentucky governor, judge
Gov. Matt Bevin says he will appeal the latest court ruling blocking one of his executive orders in yet another sign of mounting tensions between an elected Kentucky judge and the state’s Republican governor.
The bill, which would add tampons, sanitary napkins and other menstrual products to a list of necessities like food and prescription medicines that are not taxed, won unanimous support in the state Assembly on Tuesday.
Race for Delaware lieutenant governor unusually fierce
Six people from up and down the state are scrapping to win the Sept. 13 nomination battle. In their quest for Delaware’s second-highest office, their campaigns have collectively spent almost $475,000 this year.
Illinois governor’s office warns of crippling pension payment hike
A Monday memo from a top Rauner aide said the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) board could decide at its meeting this week to lower the assumed investment return rate, a move that would automatically boost Illinois’ annual pension payment
Congress scolds pharmaceutical company’s price hike on EpiPens
Move over, Martin Shkreli. Get in line, Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Congress appears to have found another drug maker to scold over high prices.
Conn. defense industry hurt by Congress’ inaction on spending bill
Connecticut lawmakers are facing a major obstacle in their attempts to boost the number of helicopters, airplane engines and submarines made by the state’s defense contractors: greater than-ever congressional gridlock over the defense budget.
Defense industry bucks tradition with donations to Clinton
The Democratic presidential nominee is leading Republican rival Donald Trump by a ratio of 2-to-1 in campaign donations from employees working for defense giants like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.
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Opinions, Editorials & Perspectives
Election Update: Leave The LA Times Poll Alone!
It’s harmful for the profession as a whole when poll-watchers are constantly trying to browbeat “outlier” polls into submission. That can encourage herding.
Congress must fund Zika fight
Speed is crucial in combating a potential epidemic. With time, the number of people and mosquitoes infected can increase exponentially. Congress has already wasted precious time.
My plan to boost small businesses
We’ll start by cutting the fees and red tape that make starting a business too complicated and too expensive. It shouldn’t be harder to start a business in America than it is in Canada or France.
A Message from the Electronic Payments Coalition:
Retailer data breaches put your personal information, including your credit and debit cards, at risk. So why do retailers continue to oppose security measures to protect you? Learn the truth about consumer security from EPC.
Research Reports & Polls
A Strong Performance By Trump Might Not Save Some GOP US Senators
Since 1972, 12 of the 27 Republican U.S. Senators to lose during presidential election cycles did so while the GOP White House nominee carried their state.