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Democrats and Republicans who have led the Justice Department's criminal division are writing to Congress to push for a vote on the Trump administration's nominee for the post.

The five former government officials are urging senators to advance the nomination of Brian Benczkowski, whom they praise for his "professional experience, temperament and integrity." The officials said Benczkowski respects the Justice Department and "will work hard to protect the independence and integrity of this important institution."

This is an unusual, beautiful and dark album curated by — and at times performed by — the Danish musician Agnes Obel. It's part of a series of artist-curated albums called Late Night Tales. Nils Frahm, The Flaming Lips, Jon Hopkins and others have put their own records together for the series in the past.

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Harvey Hall, Ex-Mayor Known as ‘Mr. Bakersfield’, Dies at 77 Bakersfield lost an important member of its community over the weekend: former mayor Harvey Hall, who died on Saturday. Reporter: Alex Hall What a $500,000 Home Looks Like Around California The average price of a single-family home in California is now well over half a … Continue reading Harvey Hall, Ex-Mayor Known as ‘Mr. Bakersfield’, Dies at 77 →

If this were a normal Monday morning, students at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, would be heading back to class. Instead, school is closed, its classrooms still a crime scene. The big question for investigators: How did a gunman walk into school Friday morning, killing 10 people and wounding 13?

But Katelyn "Kayte" Alford and her 1,400 classmates struggle with a different question: How do we move on from this?

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The two candidates running for governor in the Georgia Democratic primary on May 22 have plenty of similarities: they're both women named Stacey; they're both former legislators in the Georgia House of Representatives; they're both lawyers; and they're both calling for similar progressive policies, such as expanding Medicaid.

But Stacey Abrams is black. And Stacey Evans is white. The color of their skin is the most obvious, if not superficial, difference between the two women.

And it's led to a racialized campaign full of competing strategies on how you win.

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I guess you could say President Trump is essentially ordering the United States Department of Justice to investigate itself.

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The United States is backing off a threat to impose more tariffs on China. President Trump's treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, spoke with Fox after talks to resolve a trade fight.

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And we're going to turn now to hockey and an incredible Cinderella story.

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