Richard Ojeda backed Donald Trump for president, but the West Virginia state senator is now running as a Democrat for the House as his party seeks to wrest control of Congress from Republicans. Ojeda, a tattoo-adorned former paratrooper, doesn't necessarily fit the mold of most congressional candidates. He's been a vocal supporter of the recent teachers' strikes in his state and has called for medicinal marijuana as a solution to the opioid crisis. He also made clear in an interview with Mother Jones last month that while he wants Trump to succeed, he's frustrated with what he referred to as the "circus" surrounding the White House.
The Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a decision on when partisan gerrymandering goes too far, ruling against the challengers of a Republican-drawn map in Wisconsin and a Democratic redistricting in Maryland. read more
Pope Francis likened abortion to Nazi eugenics practiced "with white gloves," and said the only real families are those based on marriage between a man and a woman, using uncharacteristically blunt language on two controversial moral issues. Addressing an Italian family association on Saturday, the pope equated the contemporary termination of pregnancies in response to fetal maladies or defects discovered through prenatal testing to the policies of Hitler's Germany.
"The GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the second quarter of 2018 is 4.8 percent on June 14, up from 4.6 percent on June 8," the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said in its latest GDPNow report on Thursday.
If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, a long and contentious process would begin for three separate states to take the place of California, with one primarily centered around Los Angeles and the other two divvying up the counties to the north and south. Completion of the radical plan -- far from certain, given its many hurdles at judicial, state and federal levels -- would make history. It would be the first division of an existing U.S. state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.