Obama congratulates Villanova for winning NCAA title

Obama congratulates Villanova for winning NCAA titlePresident Barack Obama is congratulating the men's basketball team at Villanova University for winning this year's NCAA tournament with a last-second shot that toppled powerhouse North Carolina.

Poet Elizabeth Alexander elected to Pulitzer Prize Board
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Elizabeth Alexander has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board, which selects the winners of the awards recognizing excellence in journalism, books, drama and music.

Justice Dept. pushes back against Texas judge's sanctions
The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate and that complying with it could cost the government ...

Obama urges public to get ready for hurricane season

President Barack Obama, accompanied Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, listens during his visit to FEMA Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, to receive a hurricane preparedness briefing. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging the public to prepare for the coming hurricane season and warning against what he says is a growing "complacency" when it comes to dangerous weather.

Capitol Hill Buzz: McConnell dishes on Obama, conservatives

FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is condescending. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid veers from friendly in private to nasty before TV cameras. Those portrayals come from a new book by McConnell. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is condescending. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid veers from friendly in private to nasty before TV cameras. And one of Washington's leading conservatives backstabs fellow Republicans.

After San Bernardino, crisis counselor faces her own grief

In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo, a framed photo of Mandy Pifer with boyfriend Shannon Johnson is seen as Pifer pats her cat in her apartment in Los Angeles. Nearly six months ago, Johnson was one of the 14 people killed in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. She was a couples therapist who also volunteered with the mayor's crisis response team but hadn't returned since the shootings. Now she is returning to her work, intent on paying forward the support she’s received. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crisis counselor Mandy Pifer has spent the last six years comforting people in the aftermath of death, including a woman whose sister killed herself with an electric chainsaw and an 8-year-old girl who found her mother shot to death on their couch.

Clinton scores prized endorsement from Gov. Jerry Brown

FILE - This May 18, 2016 file photo California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures during a community event in Sacramento, Calif. Brown is endorsing Hillary Clinton just a week before the state's June 7 primary. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hillary Clinton landed a coveted endorsement from California Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday, patching up a strained relationship between the two Democrats as she seeks to deliver a final blow to Bernie Sanders' campaign.

Texas' Lt. Gov. asks schools to ignore transgender directive
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fight over bathroom rights for transgender students escalated in Texas on Tuesday as the state's lieutenant governor urged schools to defy the Obama administration while parents of transgender children accused Republican leaders of stoking intolerance and making their kids targets for bullying.

Prosecutors seek testimony from Sept. 11 victims' kin in hearing

File photo of the outside of the "Camp Five" detention facility is seen at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo BayBy Lacey Ann Johnson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. government prosecutors asked a military judge on Tuesday to let 10 relatives of Sept. 11, 2001, victims testify in open court during a pre-trial hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Five men face the death penalty in the case, including Pakistan-born Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who took credit for masterminding the hijacked plane attacks in 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people. Civilian prosecutor Edward Ryan said about 400 relatives have asked to testify.

Ex-Gitmo prosecutor settles suit against Library of Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay has settled a lawsuit against the Library of Congress, which fired him after he wrote opinion columns criticizing the Obama administration's decision to try some suspected terrorists before military tribunals.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat SheetGary Johnson, an unassuming, dry-witted New Mexico businessman, will almost certainly go down as the most successful politician in Libertarian Party history. On Sunday, Johnson won the party’s 2016 nomination for president, the second consecutive bid for him. In 2012, Johnson delivered the strongest result in Libertarian Party history, winning 1.3 million votes. At the moment, it looks like he’ll easily best that total this time around.

Pentagon chief heads to Asian summit as nations fret over South China Sea

The guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence transits the Philippine Sea in MarchUS Defense Secretary Ashton Carter departed Tuesday for an Asian security summit in Singapore, where Beijing's military expansion across the South China Sea likely will once again dominate discussions. Regional neighbors are fretting over what they see as China's expansionism as it rushes to exert sovereignty over the waterway, a major global shipping route believed to be home to large oil and gas reserves. China is using dredgers and other tools to convert low-lying ocean features and sandy blips into military bases.

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