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With Help From J.K. Rowling, Jude Law Builds a New Dumbledore

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Jude Law met with J.K. Rowling about portraying the younger version of Albus Dumbledore, the two discussed how to rebuild the fan-favorite character from the “Harry Potter” films. Law spent an afternoon jotting down notes from Rowling who talked to him about ...

McCarthy Hopes to Take House Minority Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The speaker’s gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy’s to lose ...

Florida’s Ongoing Partisan Battle Over Recount Continues

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ongoing recount battle will head back to a courtroom on today as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don’t match the signature on file ...

Wildfire Death Toll Rises As Search for Missing Continues

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California’s deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. “I hope you are okay,” reads one hand written note on the board filled ...

Pelosi Is the Leader Democrats Need in House of Representatives

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: “Victory has 1,000 ...

No ‘Blue Wave,’ But a Beginning

In arguably the most critical midterm congressional elections in our history, the Democrats acquired a down payment on their challenge to halt President Donald Trump’s reign of public division, anger and hate. It fell short of the “blue wave” vote they sought to undo him, but it was a ...

Democrats Now Have Opportunity to Help Bottom 90 Percent

Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to ...

U.S. Analysts Locate N. Korea Missile Sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang. The administration has said it is ...

Actor Douglas Rain Dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who played some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing characters onstage but perhaps is best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” has died at 90. The Stratford Festival ...

Will Moment Seize Dems?

We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, ...

America Just Deserves Better

By KEN BLACKWELL For Town Hall Another critical election. Another electoral failure in Florida. Another vote counting disaster in Broward County. Some Americans suspect fraud; the latest ballot debacle may be a result of carelessness or incompetence, rather than fraud. But election ...

Split Election Result Sends Polarized Politics Toward 2020

The Republican president suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in the Senate. His leverage on domestic issues is reduced, but he retains the initiative on foreign policy and ...

Marvel Comic Book Genius Stan Lee Dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. Lee was declared dead at ...

Favorites To Land Amazon HQ2 Are in Midst of Reinvention

NEW YORK (AP) — The communities said to be favored to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers. But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island ...

Fla. Judge: Tone Down the Rhetoric on Recount

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge on Monday told lawyers representing the warring sides in the Florida recount that they need to “ramp down the rhetoric” after Republicans alleged illegal activity, because the unsubstantiated accusations are eroding confidence in the election for ...

Wildfire Toll Rises to 42, Now Deadliest in Calif. History

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small ...

Congress Returns to New Dynamic, Old Government Shutdown Threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to a changed political landscape Tuesday as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House ...

Democrats Running for Senate Paid Price for Kavanaugh Smears

Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate. And ...

Understand Pre-Existing Condition Rules

For last week’s elections, Democrats spent considerable resources attacking Republicans for trying to tamper with Affordable Care Act rules that require insurers to cover preexisting conditions. Now that voters have handed Democrats control of the House, ObamaCare supporters claim the ...

Racism Not What Motivates Many Foes of Illegal Immigrants

The midterm elections proved one thing definitively: We are a deeply divided country. Though the Democrats’ victory in flipping the House of Representatives was significant, it might have been even bigger had President Donald Trump not been able to use the caravan of Central American migrants ...