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LA County's sexual harassment policies to undergo review

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After a short discussion, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to order a review of the county’s complaint procedures.

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President Trump’s revised travel ban goes forward for now, as legal challenges continue.

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As DACA fight heats up, young LGBT immigrants voice deportation fears

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Some say they fear it could be a "death sentence" for young LGBT immigrants if they are sent back to countries where discrimination is widespread.

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​Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

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This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality.

Prosecutors: Manafort wrote op-ed with colleague in Russia

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While facing several felony charges, Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague "assessed to have ties" to a Russian intelligence service, according to court papers filed by prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Now that the Senate has passed its own version of a tax bill, lawmakers have to iron out differences with the House bill. The final product could then be sent to the president to be signed into law.

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Trump offers full support for embattled Republican Roy Moore

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Trump's endorsement Monday is the strongest show of support for Moore since allegations surfaced that the candidate had sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago.

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First-term Representative Ruben Kihuen of Nevada is accused of making repeated unwanted sexual advances toward a onetime campaign staffer.

Can marriage counseling bridge the political divide?

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As the country's political gaps widen, the organization Better Angels hopes to close them with group counseling techniques.

Senate passes tax bill in a big boost for Trump and the GOP

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Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts.

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI

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President Trump's first national security adviser pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. The move shows he is cooperating with the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Republicans on verge of passing Senate tax bill

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Some key holdouts, including Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Maine Sen. Susan Collins, came on board after changes were made to the bill in a closed-door meeting Friday morning.

Newsom holds slight lead in governor's race poll

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A newly released statewide voter survey shows Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa rank as the top two candidates for governor ahead of the June primary.

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Speaker Ryan on sexual harassment: 'We are having a watershed moment in this country'

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"I think we're all realizing that sexual harassment in America is absolutely pervasive and it's got to go and we need to end it," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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​Pelosi's daughter: California lawmakers enable harassment

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At a hearing Tuesday on the California Legislature's sexual harassment policies, Christine Pelosi produced gasps when she said "everybody here knows we have rapists in this building."