It all started with a pie crust. After years of shuttling back and forth to my parents' house for Thanksgiving through college and my first job, I had decided to stick close to home and start spending the holiday with my husband's family. I had not yet become a food writer, but even then a store-bought crust on a Thanksgiving pie struck me as tragic. I felt compelled to make one from scratch to go with the pumpkin pie filling that my father-in-law would make, based on a recipe scribbled in a yellowed notebook.
WASHINGTON - White House officials have reportedly sent a letter to CNN's Jim Acosta indicating they will suspend his press pass again once the temporary restraining order that required them to restore Acosta's credentials expires, CNN reported late Sunday night. The 14-day order was issued Friday, and unless the judge extends it, it would expire at the end of the month.
WASHINGTON - Rep.-elect Donna Shalala, D-Fla., a contemporary of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi but one of the newest additions to her caucus, has a message for fellow incoming freshmen mulling about who should lead them. Pelosi, Shalala says, is the right person for a tough job.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said he would not overrule his acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, if he decides to curtail the special counsel probe being led by Robert Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign. "Look, it's going to be up to him ... I would not get involved," Trump said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
A couple's feel-good story, about a homeless veteran who had helped a woman after she ran out of gas on a highway exit ramp, reverberated widely, drawing high-profile media appearances and more than $400,000 in donations that the couple said would go to help the veteran.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had spoken with CIA Director Gina Haspel on the agency's finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that there will be a "very full report" by Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported Friday, Nov. 16, that the CIA had assessed with high confidence the Saudi leader's role, based on multiple sources of intelligence.
CHICO, Calif. - President Donald Trump toured a scene of surreal devastation Saturday, Nov. 17, picking his way around burned trees and the hulking skeletons of automobiles as he pledged federal resources to help recover from the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history. "This is very sad to see, but we're all going to work together," Trump said after a walking tour of a burned-out RV park and housing tract in Paradise. As he spoke, thick smoky haze hung in the air, and stone and brick chimneys - all that remained of some homes - were visible behind him.
President Donald Trump suggested Saturday he was prepared to shut down the federal government next month if Congress fails to give him the money he wants to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. "If I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security - when you look at the caravan, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in," the president said. ". . . This would be a very good time to do a shutdown."
WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday released her long-awaited rewrite of rules governing campus sexual harassment and assault allegations, narrowing the cases schools must investigate and giving the accused more rights. The proposal came under immediate fire from women's rights groups and Democrats, who said the rules would allow assailants and schools to escape responsibility for harassment and assault and would make college campuses less safe for women.
PARADISE, Calif. - Amid a throat-piercing haze, disabled retiree Michael French walked with effort across a parking lot to submit a DNA sample to California authorities that he hopes will help him locate his missing niece. French, 62, said he and other relatives have searched for Wendy since a fast-moving wildfire - the most destructive in California's history - swept through 11,000 homes and buildings in Paradise and adjoining mountaintop communities on Nov. 8, leaving at least 71 dead.