Prosecutors Have Prepared Indictment of Julian Assange, a Filing Reveals

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in 2017 at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.CreditCreditPeter Nicholls/Reuters WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has prepared an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, marking a drastic escalation of the government’s yearslong battle with him and his anti-secrecy group. It was not clear if prosecutors have filed charges against […]

Democrats Pick Off Another Republican House Seat in California

Representative Mimi Walters, at an election party last week, had represented Orange County for two terms.CreditCreditAlex Gallardo/Associated Press California Republicans suffered another blow on Thursday night as Representative Mimi Walters, who has represented Orange County for two terms, was defeated in her bid for re-election by Katie Porter, a law professor from the University of […]

They Battled Over the Supreme Court, but Stuck Together on Criminal Justice Reform

Senators Charles E. Grassley, a Republican, left, and Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat, agreed on a bipartisan prison sentencing overhaul.CreditCreditChip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON — After a popular bill to improve prison education and training programs breezed through the House last May, criminal justice reformers in the Senate faced a crucial choice: run with it or […]

Maine’s Bruce Poliquin, Lone Republican in House from New England, Loses Re-election

Representative Bruce Poliquin of Maine during a campaign stop in Old Town last month.CreditCreditRobert F. Bukaty/Associated Press Jared Golden, a Marine Corps veteran and Democratic state lawmaker in Maine, defeated New England’s lone House Republican, Bruce Poliquin, on Thursday, just two days after Mr. Poliquin filed a lawsuit to stop the counting of votes under […]

ICE Nominee Seeks Approval Against Democrats’ Demands to Abolish Agency

If confirmed, Ronald D. Vitiello would be the Trump administration’s first permanent director of ICE.CreditCreditLeah Millis/Reuters WASHINGTON — Ronald D. Vitiello’s overarching concern on Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing may not be whether he becomes the next director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement — but whether the agency remains intact. Mr. Vitiello is expected […]