If Not Pelosi, Whom? The Question Hovers Over a Simmering Rebellion

WASHINGTON — What if House Democrats tried to stage a coup and nobody showed up? That is the predicament facing Democrats as a quiet rebellion simmers in their ranks to block Representative Nancy Pelosi of California from being speaker. Inside the Capitol and at nearby watering holes and restaurants, there are hopeful whispers among a…

Ramona Ripston, California Civil Liberties Champion, Dies at 91

When Ramona Ripston was being interviewed in 1972 to be executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Southern California, an all-male board committee asked her questions like, How could she do the job while being the mother of small children? By the time they got around to asking what her priorities in the office would be,…

Brace Yourself in Act II: Trigger Warnings Come to the Stage

DENVER — The warning sign was just outside the theater door. “Please be advised,” it cautioned, in capital letters. “This production contains: Strobe lighting effects. Sudden loud noises. Theatrical fog/haze. Scenes of violence. Adult language. Sexual situations. Adult humor and content.” The subject was a play called “Vietgone,” about a Vietnamese couple who meet in…

Trump Says He’s Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation

When Mr. Wallace pointed out to Mr. Trump that Mr. Whitaker had predetermined that there was no collusion in his public commentary over the past two years, Mr. Trump said: “He’s right. What do you do when a person’s right? There is no collusion. He happened to be right. I mean, he said it. So…

Bill Nelson Concedes Florida Senate Race to Rick Scott

Sunday’s results in the contest for agriculture commissioner contest showed Nikki Fried, a Democrat, ahead of Matt Caldwell, a Republican, by 6,753 votes, or 0.08 percent. In a statement on Sunday, Ms. Fried, who will become the only Democrat elected to statewide office in Florida, thanked Mr. Caldwell, who has yet to concede. “It’s now…

Trump Says California Can Learn From Finland on Fires. Is He Right?

President Trump has repeatedly blamed California’s forest management for the huge wildfires burning there, one of which has left at least 76 dead and become the most destructive in state history. And even though experts called his criticism unjustified, this weekend he continued in that vein, suggesting that California should take lessons from Finland, a…

Four years later, paralyzed bride that walked down aisle is mom of two

MCCLELLAND, Iowa — In the quiet town of McClelland, Iowa, the Springhowers are anything but quiet. “The loudness, yes, it is a blessing,” said Gina Springhower. With a baby and a 2-year-old, Gina and John Springhower’s lives are busy and loud, but they don’t mind. “I never thought that I would be so lucky to…