House GOP Witness Backflips on Burisma and Backs Biden

Former Ambassador Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine, backfired as a witness called by the Republican minority of the intelligence committee during remarks extolling former vice president Joe Biden and reversing his earlier testimony on the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.


Blistering Testimony on Trump-Zelensky Call Draws GOP Fire

Eyeing 11th Circuit Flip, Trump Continues to Reshape Courts

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a Florida Supreme Court justice to a seat on the 11th Circuit and advanced the nomination of one of his colleagues, bringing President Donald Trump within striking distance of flipping the Atlanta-based appeals court.


All Roads Lead to Putin?

Tim Kaine Has Questions About Trump's Call - the One With Putin


Russia Loses Protest Cases in European Rights Court

The European Court of Human Rights found Russia violated its citizens’ right to freedom of assembly and expression in a pair of rulings Tuesday.


Ten Democratic Hopefuls Set to Square Off in Georgia

Ten Democratic presidential candidates are set to clash in the fifth primary debate Wednesday night in Atlanta, putting the focus of the race on a state seen as a potentially crucial battleground in 2020.


French Court OKs Sentence for Picasso Electrician Who Hoarded Art

A French court on Tuesday confirmed the two-year suspended jail terms given to Pablo Picasso’s former electrician and his wife, who hoarded 271 of the great painter’s works in a garage for four decades.

A woman looking at Pablo Picasso's The Dream, 1932, during a preview of the exhibition Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern in London, Tuesday March 6, 2018.  The first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition remains at Tate Modern for the summer. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Judge Orders US to Free Ex-Twitter Worker Snagged in Saudi Spy Case

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a man accused of helping Saudi Arabia spy on its critics be released from jail – but stayed his decision for seven days to give prosecutors time to appeal.


Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange


Accused Middleman in Murder of Maltese Journalist Arrested


House Passes Funding Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown

With time running short for lawmakers to pass a funding bill and avert a government shutdown, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a short-term spending plan that will fund the government through Dec. 20.


World News

EU High Court Punts on Legality of Polish Court Reform

While there are reasons to question the independence of a new judicial panel created by the right-wing Polish government and tasked with meting out discipline to judges, Europe’s highest court ruled Tuesday it’s a matter best decided by Polish courts.


US Walks Out of Defense Meeting With South Korea

U.S. officials on Tuesday walked out of negotiations with South Korea over demands that Seoul increase its contributions to maintaining the U.S. military presence on its soil.


2nd Judge Blocks 'Conscience Rule' for Health Workers

A federal judge blocked a Trump administration “conscience rule” late Tuesday that would have expanded protections for health care workers with religious objections to certain medical procedures, just two days before it was set to take effect.


Biden Leads by Double Digits With Arizona Democrats

A Mississippi district attorney who prosecuted a black man six times for the same crime is facing a class action lawsuit that claims he has carried out a 27-year-old pattern of racial discrimination in the jury selection process.



The Great Game


The new version of the Great Game is being played between a former Soviet intelligence officer and a former TV entertainer. Ukraine is a piece in that game.

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2020 Primary Race

Biden, Warren in Dead Heat Among California Dems

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Many likely California voters in a statewide poll published Monday say their top qualification for a 2020 Democratic candidate choice is simple: can they beat President Donald Trump at the polls?


Warren Swipes at White Nationalist Crime With Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Citing the FBI’s count of more than 7,000 U.S. hate crimes last year, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren released a plan Tuesday to combat white nationalist violence.


Panel Urged to Revive $10M Award in Bolivia Massacre

Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada speaks during a news conference in Mexico City on Sept. 13, 2003. A U.S. jury has found a former president of Bolivia and his defense minister responsible for government killings during 2003 unrest in a lawsuit filed by Bolivians whose family members were among the slain. The jury verdict came on April 3, 2018, after a nearly three-week federal trial in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo Marco Ugarte, File)

The families of those killed in the Bolivian military’s 2003 clash with protesters urged the 11th Circuit on Tuesday to resurrect a $10 million jury verdict against the country’s ex-president and his former defense minister.


Jury Finds for Half of 21 Plaintiffs in Body Donation Suit

The grave of the Rev. Patrick Ryan, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in East Ridge, Tennessee. (CNS photo by Daniel Jackson.)

The owner of a now-closed body donation facility was found civilly liable Tuesday for mishandling remains in about half of 21 cases filed by families of the dead.


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Newsom Freezes New Fracking Permits in Calif.

In this May 10, 2019 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response, oil flows at a Chevron oil field in Kern County, Calif. Nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water has seeped from the ground since May. Chevron and California officials say the spill is not near any waterway and has not significantly affected wildlife. (California Deptartment of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response via AP)

Citing the need for enhanced studies on the environmental impacts caused by two popular oil and gas drilling techniques, California officials announced Tuesday the state is suspending new permits for fracking and high-pressure steam operations.


Is Pot a Good Sub for Opioids? Studies Disagree

FILE - In this April 20, 2018 file photo, a woman exhales while smoking a joint during the 4-20 annual marijuana celebration, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a nationwide, legal marijuana market, although each Canadian province is working up its own rules for pot sales. The federal government and the provinces also still need to publish regulations that will govern the cannabis trade. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Scientists continue to debate on whether cannabis can serve as a meaningful opioid substitute, with two conflicting studies published Tuesday further fanning the flames of contention.

A 2007 gun show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. (Photo credit: M&R Glasgow/Wikipedia)

Texas County Votes to Label Itself a 'Gun Sanctuary'

The leaders of a Texas county glorified the Second Amendment on Tuesday in defiance of mounting nationwide pressure for stricter gun laws, passing a resolution declaring the county a “gun sanctuary.”

A view of the newly expanded Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. Most of the land shown to the right is O&C Land and is disputed by timber companies and an association of Oregon counties. To the left, forests depleted by timber production are visible.

Oregon Jury Mulls $1.4B Logging Trial

The question of whether Oregon has too timidly clearcut its forests to satisfy a 1941 agreement to share logging revenues with rural counties was sent to a jury Tuesday night, after three weeks of testimony dealing with Depression-era forestry laws, industry and the environment.

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Scott Warren, center, speaks outside federal court, in Tucson, Ariz., after a mistrial was declared in the federal case against him. The second trial against Warren, a border activist accused of harboring immigrants in the country illegally, is set to start on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, File)

Aid Worker Charged With Harboring Immigrants Testifies During Second Trial

Humanitarian aid worker Scott Warren testified in his federal trial in Arizona Tuesday that he had a simple goal in mind when he helped two Central American men at an aid station in a remote desert town: keeping people alive in a hostile environment.


First Black Female Judge Nominated to San Francisco Appeals Court

With a nomination by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, Judge Teri Jackson could become the first black female justice in the San Francisco-based First Appellate District.

The James George Bell House in Bell, California. (Mortis24 via Wikipedia)

City Official Convicted in Public Funds Scandal Loses Appeal

An appeals court Tuesday upheld a former assistant city manager’s conviction for conspiracy to misappropriate public funds in a corruption scandal that launched the small Southern California city of Bell into the national spotlight.

The California Capitol building.

Appeals Court Upholds California’s Revamped Felony-Murder Accomplice Law

A California bill that restricted prosecutors from charging individuals with murder if they played no major role in a felony was upheld Tuesday in a pair of appellate court rulings.


In Brief


Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922, one of five children. His father took a job as a Christian minister in Alameda after the family moved to California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression, Walt worked double shifts at a cannery to make money for college. He attended Stanford where he put together a string of letters and wins, running the quarter and half-mile. An invitation to join the U.S. Olympic team was negated by World War II and cancellation of the games. During the war, he disembarked in Normandy, fought in the infantry and marched into Germany .

As a young man, he developed an interest in imagery, first through drawing then through the developing technology of photography. Although he left the church where his mother and father were pastors, he kept a lifelong faith in the power and mystery of the natural environment, seeing in its beauty an overriding and everlasting spiritual force. His subjects focused on people and their settings. Farmers, flower sellers, youth were recurring themes.

He traveled in large part to find new images and capture them, in France at first, then the rest of Europe and later Africa and Mexico. Towards the end of his life, Walt focused on images in nature, including letters and numbers that emerged through abalone shells, beach tableaus and patterns in the sand.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed young people were much better at interpreting the language of imagery, gifted with imaginations more agile and unencumbered.

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