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Washington Post’s Trump coverage among Pulitzer winners

WP gets Pulitzer for Trump coverageThe Investigative Consortium of Journalists, The New York Daily News and The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold were among the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, announced Monday.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica were awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Gold Medal Prize for public service for a joint investigation into the abuse of eviction rules that have locked hundreds of New York residents out of their homes. The International Consortium of Journalists, along with McClatchy and the Miami Herald, won the award for explanatory reporting for its series The Panama Papers, which examined the use of offshore tax havens around the world.


WSJ’s Peggy Noonan Wins Pulitzer Prize For Commentary

Peggy Noonan wins PulitzerPeggy Noonan, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has just won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Much of her winning work focuses on Donald Trump’s rise and the unfolding political realignment within the Republican Party and America. Her honest and brusque criticism of media’s coverage surrounding Trump’s success drew much attention from critics as well as appreciative readers.


Daily News, ProPublica win Pulitzer Prize for investigative series on nuisance abatement law

Sarah Ryley wins PulitzerAn investigation into systemic abuses of an obscure civil enforcement law that led to sweeping changes by the NYPD has won the New York Daily News its 11th Pulitzer Prize.

Daily News investigative reporter Sarah Ryley took home the most prestigious award in journalism for her in-depth look at the NYPD’s use of so-called nuisance abatement laws to seize properties where they say crimes have been committed.


2 adults dead, 2 students wounded in 'murder-suicide' at California elementary school

Shooting at san Bernadino schoolAt least two adults are dead and two other victims wounded after what authorities are calling a murder-suicide at a Southern California elementary school.

Chief Jarrod Burguan of the San Bernardino Police Department tweeted that "two adults are deceased in a classroom." At least two students have been airlifted to a hospital, and the suspect is believed to be down.

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Lawyers race to save seven Arkansas inmates from ‘execution by assembly line’

Lawyers fight execution assembly lineLawyers representing seven death row prisoners in Arkansas who are all scheduled to die within 11 days of each other starting next week are entering the final stretch of an epic legal battle in which they try to stop the most intense bout of judicial killings in modern US history.

Should the attorneys fail in their mission, two prisoners, Don Davis and Bruce Ward, will be put to death by lethal injection on 17 April. Three days later it will be the turn of Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee, followed by Marcel Williams and Jack Jones on 24 April, and Kenneth Williams on 27 April.


Trump’s Environmental Spending Cuts Could Cost Republican Districts Billions

Environmental contracts in danger with Trump cutsPresident Donald Trump's cuts to environmental programs may face resistance from members of his own party due to an Obama administration practice that spread billions of dollars in contracts to Republican as well as Democratic congressional districts.

A Bloomberg analysis of federal contract data shows that spending related to the environment reached 423 congressional districts in fiscal year 2016 and totaled $5.9 billion. Almost half that spending—47 percent—went to districts represented by Republicans.


Sessions orders Justice Dept. to end forensic science commission, suspend review policy

Jeff SessionsAttorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department partnership with independent scientists to raise forensic science standards and has suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisers.

In a statement Monday, Sessions said he would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a roughly 30-member advisory panel of scientists, judges, crime lab leaders, prosecutors and defense lawyers chartered by the Obama administration in 2013.


Trump sued for not releasing White House visitor logs

Trump sued over visitor logsThree organizations are suing the Trump administration for not making public the logs that show who is visiting the White House.

The National Security Archive, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have all filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) calling for the release of the logs.


Kremlin, angry at Syria missile strike, says Putin won't meet Tillerson

Peskov, Putin spokesmanThe Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not meet President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Wednesday, a move that could point to tensions over a U.S. missile attack on a Syrian air base last week.

John Kerry, Tillerson's predecessor, often met Putin as well as the Russian foreign minister when he visited Moscow, and Putin granted several audiences to the Texan when he ran oil major Exxon Mobil before taking his current job.


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