Category: Politics

Information about gunman passed to Canadian officials earlier this month

Canada’s spy agency was provided information by a concerned citizen last week about the optics of convicted gunman Jaspal Atwal attending events with the prime minister in India, Postmedia has learned. The tipster, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, confirmed speaking to an agent from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Feb. 17, hoping to alert…

Report: Russian approval preceded attack on US troops in Syria

By Ellen Nakashima, Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly | Washington Post A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria this month was in close touch with Kremlin and Syrian officials in the days and weeks before and after the assault, according to U.S. intelligence reports. In intercepted communications in late…

Oregon legislature passes new gun control bill

By Andrew Selsky | Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Fueled by anguished voices in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting, Oregon’s Legislature on Thursday banned people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or under restraining orders from buying or owning firearms and ammunition. The passage of the bill by the state Senate on a 16-13 vote appears to…

Feinstein faces competitive vote for party endorsement at Democratic convention this weekend

Democrats are sure to bash the Trump administration and get fired up over the 2018 midterms when they gather in San Diego for the state party convention this weekend. But when it comes to handing out the coveted party endorsement, one of the state’s most legendary politicians could be in for a major snub. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a 25-year-incumbent, is…

Armed deputy stayed outside Fla. school during massacre

By Lori Rozsa | Washington Post FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday. Israel…

Mueller files new charges against Manafort, Gates

By Devlin Barrett and Spencer S. Hsu | Washington Post New charges were filed Thursday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, ratcheting up the legal pressure on them as they prepare for a trial later this year. A new indictment has long been expected in special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution of Manafort and his right-hand…

Walters: Is California Gov. Jerry Brown’s school finance reform paying off?

As he introduced his final state budget in January, Gov. Jerry Brown faced sharp questions from reporters about the effectiveness of his landmark overhaul of public school finance. His Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which went into effect five years ago, provides more money to school districts with large numbers of poor and/or “English learner” students on the assumption that…