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Tabling Politics, Space Committee Digs Into Search for Life

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

Extraterrestrial life and exoplanets, time travel and even a moment of metaphysical introspection on “the search for life” in other galaxies dominated a hearing Wednesday of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Blacklist of Border-Wall Contractors Advances in Calif.

By NICK CAHILL

A Southern California lawmaker’s effort to punish companies that build President Donald Trump’s $21 billion border wall narrowly cleared its first hurdle Tuesday, amid concerns it could inject politics into the state’s lucrative bidding process.

Trump Backing Off Wall Funding Demand to Avoid Shutdown

By TIM RYAN

With the White House backing off a demand that Congress include funding for a wall across the southern border in an upcoming government funding package, Senate leadership was confident Tuesday a deal will get done before Friday’s deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

FOIA Journalist Sees Uptick In Government Secrecy

By BRITAIN EAKIN

Jason Leopold knows a thing or two about the Freedom of Information Act. Buzzfeed’s senior investigative journalist currently has about 2,000 outstanding FOIA requests with federal agencies — 150 of them submitted this year alone. He says that while he found the penchant for government secrecy to be “really bad” under the Obama administration, things have gotten worse since President Donald Trump took office.

Police Brutality Dashed
Olympic Dreams, Runner Says

By NICK MCCANN

A long-distance runner lost his chance to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio because Huntington Beach police officers slammed him to the ground and injured his knee and ankle, the athlete claims in court.

10th Circuit Rules for United States to Release Wolves

By EMMA GANNON

Ending a long dispute with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the 10th Circuit ruled Tuesday that New Mexico failed to prove that releasing two Mexican gray wolf pups into the wild would irreparably harm its wildlife management.

Speedsters Who Lie About Their Weight Trip Up Feds at High Court

In an uproarious oral argument Wednesday, laughter erupted repeatedly at the Supreme Court as the justices described scenarios where white lies could cost immigrants their citizenship.

US ECONOMY

White House Rolls Out Its Tax Code Overhaul Plan

By TIM RYAN

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced the loose outline of a tax reform package that includes a deep cut to the corporate income tax and a reduction of the number of tax brackets for individuals.

Trump Said Close to Withdrawing From NAFTA

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

The White House is reportedly drawing up an executive order that will formally withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

OPINION

EUtopia

By WILLIAM DOTINGA

A report from Europe’s statistics agency opened my eyes to what I’d thought was a uniquely American issue and couldn’t possibly exist in the utopia that is the EU: income inequity. Then a New York Times feature on agricultural slavery in Italy slapped the rose-colored European glasses off my face entirely.

Nightly Brief

Witness Unveiled at Durst Murder Hearing

By DON DeBENEDICTIS

Years before New York real estate scion Robert Durst allegedly murdered his close friend Susan Berman, she predicted to another friend that he might someday cause her harm, that friend said in court Tuesday.

Fordham Sued Over Palestine Club Rejection

By ADAM KLASFELD

Having rejected an application for a local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, Fordham University sparked claims of viewpoint discrimination Wednesday.

Fight Between Hungary and the EU Ramps Up

By WILLIAM DOTINGA

A burgeoning battle between Hungary and the European Union got uglier Wednesday, as the European Commission initiated legal action over efforts to close a foreign university in Budapest and attempted to “set the record straight” on the Hungarian government’s “Stop Brussels” propaganda campaign.

Chobani Slaps Pundit With Defamation Suit

By DAVID REESE

Idaho-based yogurt giant Chobani claims that the conspiracy-driven Infowars media company defamed it by telling viewers the company imported tuberculosis and rapists to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho.

Texas AG Demands New Judge in Criminal Trial

By CAMERON LANGFORD

 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a district clerk this week to assign a new judge to his criminal case to replace the presiding judge who declined to recuse himself, arguing a replacement is required by law.

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