Manhattan D.A. wants gag order for Trump, seeks to play ‘Access Hollywood’ tape at trial

Former President Trump leaves Manhattan criminal court on Feb. 15. A New York judge says Trump’s hush-money trial will begin with jury selection on March 25. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press) Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s New York hush-money criminal case asked a judge Monday to impose a gag order on the former president ahead of … Read more

The story of Latino political power in Los Angeles

Councilwoman-elect Gloria Molina, with Mayor Tom Bradley standing behind her, on Feb. 12, 1987. (Penni Gladstone / Los Angeles Times) Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Feb. 27. I’m Gustavo Arellano, a metro columnist for The Times, which means I’m allowed to share my opinions, like this: Covering Latino politics in Los Angeles is a trip. But … Read more

Senate overwhelmingly approves John Kerry for secretary of State

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) was confirmed by an overwhelming majority in the Senate as the next secretary of State. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press) WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of State, filling a crucial national security spot in President Obama’s … Read more

Democrats weigh overturning Senate parliamentarian’s ruling on immigration

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), a longtime proponent of immigration reform, said he would support overruling the parliamentarian if she rules against their latest proposal. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press) Senate Democrats are signaling a new willingness to consider how to get around a potentially adverse ruling by a key Senate official … Read more

Why Democrats think this retired U.S. Marines colonel could unseat longtime San Diego County Rep. Darrell Issa

Democratic congressional candidate Doug Applegate goes door to door in San Clemente to tell voters about his upstart campaign against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista). (Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times) Douglas Applegate knew he might get an earful when he started knocking on doors in this solidly Republican town, once home to Richard Nixon’s Western … Read more

All-White Jury Ruled Non-Racist : Constitution: Supreme Court refuses to expand Sixth Amendment rights on an impartial jury for white convicted rapist.

With members trading sharp words over racism, a divided Supreme Court ruled today that the Sixth Amendment right to a trial by an “impartial jury” is not violated when blacks are excluded from a white man’s jury. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the court in a 5-4 ruling, said the decision was a narrow one … Read more

CAMPAIGN ’88 : Newspapers Announce Choices for President

Numerous newspapers announced presidential endorsements Sunday, but sometimes with little heart for their choices and little stomach for the 1988 election campaign generally. The New York Times gave a qualified endorsement to Democrat Michael S. Dukakis, saying he “tips a closely balanced scale” over Republican George Bush. Newsday, the Des Moines Register, the Philadelphia Inquirer, … Read more

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