Editors USA TODAY Published 11:55 AM EST Dec 22, 2018 In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic … [Read more...] about 2018 news year in review: Stories across United States that moved us
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Donald Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns Barack Obama: "Change we need won’t come from one election – but it's a start" See how each state voted and what it means for Donald Trump How the House of Representatives could thwart Trump The charts that show why Trump called midterms a ‘tremendous success’ Tim Stanley: In Trump's America, culture beats economy at the polls Meet the Democrats who could take on Trump in 2020 Donald Trump forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday, just hours after the midterm elections, plunging the Russia investigation into deep uncertainty. In a letter to the US president, Mr Sessions wrote that “at your request, I am submitting my resignation” – making clear his hand was moved by Mr Trump. Matthew Whitaker, Mr Sessions’ chief of staff, will fill the role of acting attorney general while a permanent replacement is … [Read more...] about US midterm elections live: Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns
Eliza Collins USA TODAY Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Republican Rep. Dave Brat is running against a far-left Democrat, an all-out liberal. Trouble is, that caricature bears little resemblance to the candidate actually opposing him. Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer, is campaigning as a centrist willing to work across the aisle. In her campaign office in Henrico County, Spanberger rattled off to USA TODAY the list of Democratic policies she's against: a government-run single-payer health care system, an open border, and shuttering U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And, if Democrats take back the House, Spanberger doesn’t think House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should become speaker again. But to hear Brat tell it, if Spanberger is elected to replace him in Virginia's heavily Republican 7th Congressional District, she’ll vote with the far-left of her party – even if on the … [Read more...] about Republican playbook for 2018: Tie Democrats to Nancy Pelosi, Medicare for All, and abolishing ICE
The young couple set out on a trip in 1987, speeding toward Seattle, Washington, in a gold van, when they crossed paths with a killer. The man raped Tanya Van Cuylenborg and shot her in the head. Jay Cook was beaten and strangled. The killer left a pair of plastic gloves inside their vehicle, a gesture one detective interpreted as a taunt: You'll never catch me. That was true for more than three decades. Investigators spent thousands of hours sifting leads and probing suspects with little to show. But in late April, a former musical theater actor with no background in law enforcement took over the case. CeCe Moore and her team cracked it in three days. Moore put the killer's DNA profile into a public genealogy website to find relatives and then built a family tree that led to a suspect, William Earl Talbott II. The truck driver was charged in Washington state in May. Since the same technique was used to find the suspected Golden State Killer in April, genetic genealogy has led to a … [Read more...] about The unlikely crime-fighter cracking decades-old murders? A genealogist.
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest How generous are teacher benefits and do they make up for lower pay? One argument is that despite pay that is lower than similarly skilled professions, teachers receive much more generous benefits than many other professions. Is that true? Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 16 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA Today Network David Carrig, USA TODAY Published 11:47 p.m. ChT May 16, 2018 | Updated 11:56 p.m. ChT May 16, 2018 CLOSE We take a look at a typical West Virginia teacher's household budget. It’s no wonder why they protested. Here are the numbers, broken down. Just the FAQs CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 16 COMMENT EMAIL … [Read more...] about How generous are teacher benefits and do they make up for lower pay?