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FactCheck: Trump-Schumer-Pelosi Oval Office spat

The Oval Office dustup between President Donald Trump versus Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi requires some factual parsing.... Read more»

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Analysis

Provisional ballots protect voting rights — when they are counted

Provisional ballots are a proven fail-safe for voters across the country, but their role in the political dramas playing out this week illustrates how the little-understood tool can fall prey to political manipulation. ... Read more»

Key tribal victories punctuate gerrymandering fight in Utah

Two Navajo candidates won seats on the San Juan County Board of Supervisors after the tribe fought to overturn district lines that gave white voters a lock in the county that is mostly native American. ... Read more»

FDA limits restrictions on flavored e-cigarette sales to stem surging underage use

The FDA won't ban flavored cigarettes marketed to children, which the agency considered, but imposes stricter sales restrictions on-line and in convenience stores.... Read more»

Analysis

Arizona, Nevada voters split on renewable energy measures

Arizonans rejected a renewable energy proposition but the trend continues at the state level to encourage and increase standards in this emerging technology.... Read more»

How fentanyl changed the opiod equation

As governors in the hardest-hit states call for intensified law enforcement efforts and stiffer penalties for fentanyl dealers, public health officials say this latest drug scourge underscores the urgent need to get more people into treatment, particularly those who use heroin. ... Read more»

Tribes strike back: Native Americans work to overcome voter laws they say diminish their influence

Across the West, Native Americans are fighting to overcome voter ID laws, polling place closures and voter registration purges. They could affect key midterm elections... Read more»

Long-shot Senate bill could boost Native voting protections

U.S. Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week that could provide Native American communities a way to combat what they say are disenfranchising state voting laws and the recent gutting of Voting Rights Act protections.... Read more»

Millennial buyers face tough housing market

Millennials are hitting the market at a difficult time, with rising prices and few houses to buy as the housing industry has shifted to building more downtown rentals. Some people seeking to buy houses have been discouraged and have postponed the step, just as many have had to put off moving out of parents’ houses, forming couples and having children as they tried to build careers delayed by the recession. ... Read more»

How dog lovers sparked laws that could save kids in hot cars

This year, at least five states — Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Texas — enacted laws to protect bystanders from being sued for breaking a car window to rescue a child in an emergency. Over the last four years, amid growing awareness of the dangers of leaving children alone in cars, at least 16 states have enacted such laws.... Read more»

Why states don’t want Trump to make ‘very big changes’ to NAFTA

As the Trump administration sits down to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, governors will be hoping for minor adjustments rather than the “very big changes” Trump has promised. ... Read more»

More employers may be using temps to skirt immigration laws

States that have required private employers to use E-Verify have seen especially dramatic growth in the number of temporary workers. Experts say that’s no accident. ... Read more»

Legal marijuana still faces rocky road, despite budding support

Ask advocates of marijuana legalization how their cause fared during the 2017 state legislative sessions and they'll tell you that though the gains were incremental, they're hopeful that several legislatures will eventually make possession and sale of the federally prohibited drug legal. ... Read more»

Departing from 'sanctuary cities,' some sheriffs embrace immigration enforcement

Despite concerns about the added personnel costs and the possibility of being sued for civil rights violations, a variety of local officials, from conservative sheriffs in Texas to a liberal county executive in New Jersey, have embraced partnerships with federal immigration authorities.... Read more»

Meth gathers alarming momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in law enforcement and public health policies for people with addiction. But another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country. ... Read more»

Deportation arrests up nearly 40 percent under Trump

As some city and state officials move to calm immigrant fears of deportation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a 38 percent increase in immigration arrests under the agency’s new deportation policies. ... Read more»

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