Dan McCue

Dan McCue is the Content Editor of The Well News. McCue has over two decades of experience in covering government, politics, business, the environment and law. He began his career in media as an editorial staff assistant at the New Yorker magazine. Since then his work has been published in a number of publications including the Stuart News, Renewable Energy Magazine, the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Newsday, the Riverdale Press, Hartford Courant, World Trade Magazine, and Courthouse News Service, among others.

He also hosted his own public affair’s cable television program, “Insight Nassau,” was a regular panelist on News 12 Long Island’s “Reporter’s Roundable” program and made frequent guest appearances on WGBB radio on Long Island, speaking on government, politics and business.

Recent Work

Supreme Court Rejects Foreign Corporation's Appeal of Mueller Subpoena Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rejects Foreign Corporation's Appeal of Mueller Subpoena
March 25, 2019
by Dan McCue

Robert Mueller's investigation may be over, but the cases he set in motion will continue for some time. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a corporation owned by an unidentified foreign government that has refused to turn over documents demanded by the... Read More

Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud In The News
Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud
March 25, 2019
by Dan McCue

Attorney Michael Avenatti, the longtime foe of President Donald Trump best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested in New York on Monday on charges of extortion and bank and wire fraud. Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,... Read More

Trump Says Unspecified Enemies 'Certainly Will Be Looked At' Political News
Trump Says Unspecified Enemies 'Certainly Will Be Looked At'
March 25, 2019
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump suggested Monday he would support the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, but did not indicate whether he would order or ask such a release to occur. In the days since Mueller turned... Read More

Monday A Day of Dealing With Fallout From Mueller Report In The News
Monday A Day of Dealing With Fallout From Mueller Report
March 25, 2019
by Dan McCue

In the end, it had kind of the feel of a long-running series concluding with a less-than-satisfying finale or a a novel that fell flat with a chapter to go. No matter what side one was on as Robert Mueller conducted his probe of Russian interference... Read More

Top Democrats Call For Public Release of Mueller Report Political News
Top Democrats Call For Public Release of Mueller Report
March 22, 2019
by Dan McCue

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday evening that it is imperative that Attorney General William Barr make Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election public. In a joint statement, Pelosi and Schumer said Barr should... Read More

Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages Health
Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages
March 22, 2019
by Dan McCue

Last week, Representative Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., introduced The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (H.R. 1763), which she and her bipartisan cosponsors say will take definitive steps toward reducing nationwide physician shortages, with an emphasis in rural areas. The bill introduced by Torres Small, fellow Democrat... Read More

When It Comes To The Electoral College, Trump Opposed It Until He Was For It Political News
When It Comes To The Electoral College, Trump Opposed It Until He Was For It
March 22, 2019
by Dan McCue

Predictably, despite the evident bipartisan interest in doing away with the Electoral College, one person who wants to keep it is the man who inspired the current efforts to kill it, President Donald Trump. Seven years ago, Trump would no doubt have been on the side... Read More

Replacing The Electoral College Won't Be Easy And Will Require Lots of Soul-Searching Elections
Replacing The Electoral College Won't Be Easy And Will Require Lots of Soul-Searching
March 22, 2019
by Dan McCue

This week Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made the biggest splash of her nascent presidential campaign by suggesting during a CNN town hall in Mississippi that the Electoral College should be retired and replaced by a popular-vote system that would ensure that all voters count. The moment... Read More

United States Posted Largest-Ever Monthly Budget Deficit in February Economy
United States Posted Largest-Ever Monthly Budget Deficit in February
March 22, 2019
by Dan McCue

The federal government posted its biggest monthly budget deficit ever in February as a sharp decline in corporate revenue coincided with increased spending, the Treasury Department announced Friday. The budget gap widened to $234 billion in February, compared with a fiscal gap of $215.2 billion a... Read More

NOAA Says US Should Brace For Historic, Widespread Flooding Environment
NOAA Says US Should Brace For Historic, Widespread Flooding
March 21, 2019
by Dan McCue

Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states face the prospect of unprecedented major flooding over the next several weeks, U.S. weather officials said Thursday. The dire forecast is the focal point of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest spring weather outlook. It says 25 states... Read More

Trump Trade Disputes Curbing Taste For American Whiskey Trade
Trump Trade Disputes Curbing Taste For American Whiskey
March 21, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration's various trade disputes have caused a slump in American whiskey sales abroad, the Distilled Spirits Council said on Thursday. In a new report the industry group said whiskey exports were robust in the first half of 2018, growing 28 percent to a total... Read More

US Mortgage Rates Fall Ahead of Spring Home Buying Season Economy
US Mortgage Rates Fall Ahead of Spring Home Buying Season
March 21, 2019
by Dan McCue

Long-term fixed-rate mortgage rates fell to 4.28 percent this week, potentially giving consumers more incentive to commit to purchasing a home just as the spring home buying season gets under way, Freddie Mac said on Thursday. The average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined from... Read More

Florida Vows to Fight After Judge Affirms Approval of Everglades Oil Project Environment
Florida Vows to Fight After Judge Affirms Approval of Everglades Oil Project
March 21, 2019
by Dan McCue

State officials in Florida vowed to continue to fight the drilling of an exploratory oil well in the Everglades in the wake of a judge's ruling that the plan can go forward. “We’re disappointed in the court’s ruling, which goes against the protection of the Everglades,”... Read More

Baltimore Sues To Force Second Jewel Of Triple Crown To Stay Put Litigation
Baltimore Sues To Force Second Jewel Of Triple Crown To Stay Put
March 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sued the owners of Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday in a bid to block them from moving one of the city's signature sporting events, the Preakness Stakes, to another thoroughbred racing track in Maryland. Pugh, a Democrat, filed the lawsuit in Baltimore... Read More

Federal Reserve Foresees No Additional Interest Rate Hikes This Year Economy
Federal Reserve Foresees No Additional Interest Rate Hikes This Year
March 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Federal Reserve's policymaking Federal Open Market Committee said Wednesday there will be no more interest rate hikes this year, baring a significant, unforeseen change in the economy. The unanimous decision by the committee following its two-day meeting this week was widely expected, but it does... Read More

Trove of Just-Released Documents Show Feds Eyed Cohen Long Before Raid Media
Trove of Just-Released Documents Show Feds Eyed Cohen Long Before Raid
March 19, 2019
by Dan McCue

Federal authorities began investigating President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, just months after the president took office, made available to the media by court order on Tuesday. The release of the trove of redacted documents was a victory for the nine news organizations who filed... Read More

Federal Reserve, Meeting This Week, Expected to Act With A Steady Hand Economy
Federal Reserve, Meeting This Week, Expected to Act With A Steady Hand
March 19, 2019
by Dan McCue

Steady as she goes. That was the widely held expectation as the Federal Open Market Committee, the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, gathered Tuesday morning to kick off its two-day meeting this week. Given statements made by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in several recent interviews,... Read More

Fourth Circuit Scrutinizes Claims Trump Is Illegally Profiting From D.C. Hotel Justice Department
Fourth Circuit Scrutinizes Claims Trump Is Illegally Profiting From D.C. Hotel
March 19, 2019
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court panel repeatedly pushed back Tuesday at claims by two attorneys general who say President Trump is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington. At the center of the hearing before a three-judge panel of... Read More

NAFTA Replacement Leaves Some Longstanding Issues In Place Trade
NAFTA Replacement Leaves Some Longstanding Issues In Place
March 19, 2019
by Dan McCue

A fix for the documentation glitch isn't the only issue National Association of Foreign Trade Zones would like to see addressed in the USMCA implementing legislation. Erik Autor, president of the association,  said his members long felt that rules established under NAFTA directly discriminated against the... Read More

Foreign Trade Zones, Long Engines of U.S. Economic Development, Now Face Trade Policy Challenges Trade
Foreign Trade Zones, Long Engines of U.S. Economic Development, Now Face Trade Policy Challenges
March 19, 2019
by Dan McCue

Most of us don't think much about foreign trade zones. The phrase itself suggests "other" and "offshore" and somehow "separate." The reality, however, is that foreign trade zones, right here on U.S. soil, play a critical role in economic development and in inviting international investment in... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Alleged Racial Gerrymandering In Virginia Case Supreme Court
Supreme Court Weighs Alleged Racial Gerrymandering In Virginia Case
March 19, 2019
by Dan McCue

As oral arguments got underway in the first of two high-profile gerrymandering cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this month, the justices appeared to be treading carefully despite their familiarity with claims they've heard once before. The case, Va. House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, not... Read More

Justices to Consider Whether Census Citizenship Question Is Unconstitutional Supreme Court
Justices to Consider Whether Census Citizenship Question Is Unconstitutional
March 18, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Friday expanded the scope of oral arguments slated for April 23 on whether to reinstate a controversial question about citizenship proposed for the 2020 census to consider if the inquiry would violate the Constitution. Lower courts in New York and California have... Read More

State Department Eliminates 5-Year Tourist Visa for Cubans Foreign Affairs
State Department Eliminates 5-Year Tourist Visa for Cubans
March 18, 2019
by Dan McCue

The U.S. State Department on Friday announced it is eliminating a popular five-year tourist visa for Cubans, needed to achieve "reciprocity" between the visa rules of the U.S. and Cuba. Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, immediately slammed the move, saying via Twitter the decision by the... Read More

Democrats Introduce Bill to Block 'Trump's Multi-Agency Assault' on Science Congress
Democrats Introduce Bill to Block 'Trump's Multi-Agency Assault' on Science
March 18, 2019
by Dan McCue

Last week, Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced legislation to address a "longstanding concern that has taken on newfound urgency," political interference with publicly-funded scientific research. The bill introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., called "Science Integrity Act" strives... Read More

Messy Issue of Gerrymandering About to Dominate High Court Docket Supreme Court
Messy Issue of Gerrymandering About to Dominate High Court Docket
March 15, 2019
by Dan McCue

Over the next two weeks, the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court will be dominated by issues it has recently preferred to punt back to lower courts: racial and partisan gerrymandering. On Monday, the justices will hear oral arguments in a case accusing the Virginia House... Read More

US Imposes Visa Ban For International Criminal Court Staff Foreign Affairs
US Imposes Visa Ban For International Criminal Court Staff
March 15, 2019
by Dan McCue

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court officials who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "We are determined to protect the American and allied military and... Read More

US Industrial Production Rose a Sluggish 0.1 Percent in February Economy
US Industrial Production Rose a Sluggish 0.1 Percent in February
March 15, 2019
by Dan McCue

U.S Industrial production rose just 0.1 percent in February, slowed by the second straight monthly decline in manufacturing activity, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The central bank said manufacturing production dropped 0.4 percent last month, held down by declines in the output of motor vehicles, machinery,... Read More

Senate Votes Down Trump Border Emergency, Likely Forcing His First Veto Congress
Senate Votes Down Trump Border Emergency, Likely Forcing His First Veto
March 14, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Senate on Thursday voted to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the nation's border with Mexico, a bipartisan rebuke the president has already suggested he'll veto. The 59-41 vote on a previously-passed House measure rejecting the president's emergency declaration marked the first... Read More

Appeals Court Rules President Can Be Sued in State Court In The News
Appeals Court Rules President Can Be Sued in State Court
March 14, 2019
by Dan McCue

A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump isn't immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and defamation. The ruling is precedent setting. In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that then-president Bill Clinton... Read More

O’Rourke Makes It Official, He's Joining The 2020 Presidential Contest 2020 Elections
O’Rourke Makes It Official, He's Joining The 2020 Presidential Contest
March 14, 2019
by Dan McCue

Beto O’Rourke entered the 2020 race for the White House on Thursday, telling supporters ahead of a three-day campaign swing in Iowa that he intends to run "a positive campaign" that will seek to "unite a very divided country" and "bring out the very best in... Read More

Manafort Slapped With New Charges Minutes After Sentencing In The News
Manafort Slapped With New Charges Minutes After Sentencing
March 14, 2019
by Dan McCue

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on 16 new charges in New York on Wednesday mere minutes after he was sentenced to an additional three-and-a-half more years in prison on federal conspiracy charges. Manafort's latest legal woes stem from an alleged residential mortgage fraud... Read More

US Grounds Boeing 737 Max Aircraft In Wake Of Deadly Crashes Transportation
US Grounds Boeing 737 Max Aircraft In Wake Of Deadly Crashes
March 14, 2019
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday the United States is grounding the Boeing 737 Max aircraft after days of critics saying the administration failed to swiftly protect the flying public after two of the planes were involved in deadly crashes overseas. “All... Read More

North Carolina City Removes Confederate Statue From Historic Courthouse North Carolina
North Carolina City Removes Confederate Statue From Historic Courthouse
March 13, 2019
by Dan McCue

The city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina removed a Confederate statue from the grounds of an historic courthouse Tuesday morning, bringing an end to a legal battle with the preservationist United Daughters of The Confederacy. The 30-foot high monument had stood on the grounds of the former... Read More

House Majority Leader Hoyer Proposes Restoring Earmarks Spotlight
House Majority Leader Hoyer Proposes Restoring Earmarks
March 13, 2019
by Dan McCue

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told a select committee on Tuesday that he would restore the use of earmarks so that members of Congress have "a greater say in directing spending toward critical public projects in their communities." "Earmarks ... can be great instruments of... Read More

Consumer Prices Rose Slightly In February, But Inflation Remains Tame Economy
Consumer Prices Rose Slightly In February, But Inflation Remains Tame
March 12, 2019
by Dan McCue

Consumer prices rose a slight 0.2 percent in February, the first increase in four months, but inflation remains tame, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The latest consumer price index, which measures what Americans pay for a wide range of products, attributed the rise to higher gasoline... Read More

Trump Budget Sets Stage For Renewed Fight Over Border Wall Funding  Budget
Trump Budget Sets Stage For Renewed Fight Over Border Wall Funding 
March 11, 2019
by Dan McCue

If there was anything about President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year that surprised no one on Capitol Hill Monday, it was his apparent willingness to revive the nasty fight over funding of his border wall that led to a 35-day partial government... Read More

Watchdogs: Trump's Gimmicky $4.7 Trillion Budget Not Grounded In Reality Budget
Watchdogs: Trump's Gimmicky $4.7 Trillion Budget Not Grounded In Reality
March 11, 2019
by Dan McCue

The $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 proposed by President Donald Trump on Monday, misses the mark on achieving meaningful deficit reduction while relying on accounting "sleight-of-hand" to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years, according to a prominent fiscal watchdog group. “Today’s proposal... Read More

Democrats Choose Milwaukee As Host City for 2020 Convention 2020 Elections
Democrats Choose Milwaukee As Host City for 2020 Convention
March 11, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee chose Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday to host its presidential nominating convention in 2020, meaning the party will select its nominee in the heart of the region that sent Donald Trump to the White House two-and-a-half years ago. Though the rust belt location is... Read More

Blue Dogs Played Key Role In Passing Sweeping Election Overhaul Package Elections
Blue Dogs Played Key Role In Passing Sweeping Election Overhaul Package
March 9, 2019
by Dan McCue

The House passed along party lines a sweeping ethics and election overhaul bill Friday morning, setting up a showdown with Senate Republicans that will likely loom large in the 2020 elections. “It’s about money in politics and how that destroys the confidence people have in the... Read More

US Employers Slam Brakes On Hiring, Add Just 20,000 Jobs in February Economy
US Employers Slam Brakes On Hiring, Add Just 20,000 Jobs in February
March 8, 2019
by Dan McCue

US employers added just 20,000 jobs in February, a sharp pullback after a quarter of solid gains averaging 186,000 new jobs a month, the Labor Department reported Friday. The scarcity of new jobs added to the economy is the smallest monthly gain in nearly 18 months,... Read More

Democrats Scrutinize Consumer Watchdog Agency Saying It Has Abandoned Its Mission Congress
Democrats Scrutinize Consumer Watchdog Agency Saying It Has Abandoned Its Mission
March 8, 2019
by Dan McCue

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was assailed by Democrats on the House Financial Service Committee on Thursday who contend an industry-friendly shift by the Trump administration has undermined the agency's mission. When the bureau opened in 2011 it was seen as the... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Promote Energy Efficiency, Tech in Manufacturing Manufacturing
Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Promote Energy Efficiency, Tech in Manufacturing
March 8, 2019
by Dan McCue

Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a bill this week to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers adopt technology to improve their business processes, increase their energy efficiency and curb the wasteful use of resources. The bill, titled the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, stems... Read More

US Household Net Worth Plunged a Record $3.8 Trillion During Fourth-Quarter Stock Tumult Economy
US Household Net Worth Plunged a Record $3.8 Trillion During Fourth-Quarter Stock Tumult
March 7, 2019
by Dan McCue

The net worth of America's households fell by a record $3.8 trillion at the end of 2018, pulled down by sharp declines on Wall Street that briefly pushed the market into bear territory, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The bracing news, part of the Federal Reserve's... Read More

DCCC Announces Major Investment to Solidify Gains, Target Vulnerable Republicans 2020 Elections
DCCC Announces Major Investment to Solidify Gains, Target Vulnerable Republicans
March 7, 2019
by Dan McCue

There's no time like the present to solidify the gains the Democrats made in the House during the 2018 midterm elections and target vulnerable Republican seats in 2020. That's the message of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which on Thursday announced it is rolling out a... Read More

Nevada Asks Ninth Circuit to Block Plutonium Shipments Nevada
Nevada Asks Ninth Circuit to Block Plutonium Shipments
March 6, 2019
by Dan McCue

Nevada is asking the Ninth Circuit to block the Trump administration from making further shipments of weapons-grade plutonium into the state, contending the White House is intent to turn it into "the nation's radioactive dump." In a filing in the San Francisco-based appeals court on Monday,... Read More

US Trade Deficit Surged to 10-Year High In December Trade
US Trade Deficit Surged to 10-Year High In December
March 6, 2019
by Dan McCue

The United States' trade deficit surged to a 10-year high in December, reaching $59.8 billion despite the Trump administration's efforts to end and renegotiate trade deals the president claims place the nation at an economic disadvantage. Figures released by the Commerce Department Wednesday also show that... Read More

DNC Rejects Fox News as Partner in 2020 Primary Debates Media
DNC Rejects Fox News as Partner in 2020 Primary Debates
March 6, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that it will not partner with Fox News for the upcoming presidential primary debates, citing a story in this week's New Yorker on the close ties between the channel and President Donald Trump. The article, by New Yorker correspondent Jane... Read More

Report: Voting Machines Remain Vulnerable Ahead of 2020 Election Voting
Report: Voting Machines Remain Vulnerable Ahead of 2020 Election
March 6, 2019
by Dan McCue

A mere 608 days before what promises to be the most hotly-contested presidential election in a generation, aging voting machines employed in nearly every state of the union fall far short of ensuring a fair and secure Election Day, a new analysis has found. According to... Read More

Federal Deficit Now 77 Percent Higher Than a Year Ago Budget
Federal Deficit Now 77 Percent Higher Than a Year Ago
March 6, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Treasury Department reported Tuesday that the federal deficit for the first four months of the current fiscal year is 77 percent higher than the same period a year ago. Since the fiscal year began on October 1, 2018, the deficit has ballooned to $310.3 billion... Read More

Bloomberg Opts Out of 2020 Presidential Race 2020 Elections
Bloomberg Opts Out of 2020 Presidential Race
March 6, 2019
by Dan McCue

Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will not be entering the already sizable field of Democratic candidates hoping to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Bloomberg, who joined the Democratic party last year in anticipation of making a run for the White House, said... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Into Copyright Issues Involving Tech, New Media Supreme Court
Supreme Court Weighs Into Copyright Issues Involving Tech, New Media
March 4, 2019
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a third-party software maintenance provider in its quest to recoup the nearly $13 million it paid to Oracle Corp. to cover the litigation costs of a copyright dispute. Writing for a unanimous court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh held the winning... Read More

Hickenlooper Opens White House Bid Casting Himself as Bipartisan Uniter 2020 Elections
Hickenlooper Opens White House Bid Casting Himself as Bipartisan Uniter
March 4, 2019
by Dan McCue

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Monday announced he is running for president in 2020, positioning himself as the candidate who has proven he can bridge partisan divides to accomplish progressive goals. "I'm running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need... Read More

Washington Gov. Inslee Places Climate Change Front and Center in Presidential Bid 2020 Elections
Washington Gov. Inslee Places Climate Change Front and Center in Presidential Bid
March 2, 2019
by Dan McCue

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and do so by making climate change his central issue. "I'm running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation's number one priority,"... Read More

US Consumer Spending in December Threatens Continued Slowing of Economy Economy
US Consumer Spending in December Threatens Continued Slowing of Economy
March 2, 2019
by Dan McCue

U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The slide, the biggest decline in nine years, is yet more evidence that the 2018 holiday shopping season was a disappointment for retailers and sellers of bigger ticket items, like automobiles. The sharp... Read More

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