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Israel's Netanyahu Gives up on Forming New Coalition

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty. In a statement, Netanyahu said he had worked "tirelessly" to establish...

Dems Seize House Control, But GOP Retains Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized....

Path to Power: House Races to Watch on Election Night

WASHINGTON — The path to power in the House runs through a few dozen districts in Tuesday's election, with Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain 23 seats they would need to win control. After the first polls close in the Eastern United States, the tallies will start...

Is a Simple Majority Vote Enough to Pass Parks Tax?

(Update, 8/08/18: an interpretation from City Attorney Douglas Sloan is now included) After months of signature gathering and deadline hustling, the final decision on whether Fresno voters will decide on a parks tax takes place Thursday (Aug. 9). But questions have emerged on just how many votes are needed in...

Trump Gets Another SCOTUS Pick. Justice Kennedy Is Retiring.

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said Wednesday that he is retiring, and that presents President Donald Trump with the opportunity to cement the bench's conservative majority. The 81-year-old Kennedy is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. Hs retirement will take effect at the end of July....

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