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Deep Local Roots Endure Even In Nationalized Partisan Political Era
Research
Deep Local Roots Endure Even In Nationalized Partisan Political Era
2021-03-05 22:30:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – A new study suggests the deeper a member of Congress’s local roots in their congressional district, the less likely they are to attract a primary challenger, and if they do, the more likely they are to win by... Read More

Swalwell Sues Trump, Others Over Capitol Hill Riot
Litigation
Swalwell Sues Trump, Others Over Capitol Hill Riot
2021-03-05 20:42:14
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a House manager in Donald Trump’s last impeachment trial,, filed a civil lawsuit on Friday against the former president and others whose words and actions, he claims, led directly to January’s riot at the... Read More

Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
In The States
Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
2021-03-05 20:41:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has long been an attractive hotspot for individuals fleeing their states in search of low taxes and affordable housing. But the state’s reputation as an economical place to live might be in danger as cost-of-living expenses... Read More

White House Suspends Tariffs on Scotch Whiskey and EU Wine
Trade
White House Suspends Tariffs on Scotch Whiskey and EU Wine
2021-03-05 20:34:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The White House on Thursday agreed to suspend millions of dollars worth of tariffs on U.K. exports, including Scotch whisky, as part of an effort to resolve a long-running trans-Atlantic trade dispute over aerospace subsidies. In a joint... Read More

New Data Suggests Food Waste an 'Underexploited' Policy Area
United Nations
New Data Suggests Food Waste an 'Underexploited' Policy Area
2021-03-05 20:29:44
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The United Nations Environment Program released the 2021 Food Waste Index Report on Thursday, the most comprehensive data on food waste across 54 countries.   The report suggests that food waste is a significant problem, which data could help policymakers address. ... Read More

For US to Remain Competitive Requires ‘Taking the Quantum Leap’
Education
For US to Remain Competitive Requires ‘Taking the Quantum Leap’
2021-03-05 16:34:42
by Victoria Turner

If the United States wants to remain competitive in the global marketplace for the rest of this century and beyond, it needs to foster education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, said a group of experts on... Read More

Barrett Pens First Opinion; Draws Dissent in Break with Tradition
Supreme Court
Barrett Pens First Opinion; Draws Dissent in Break with Tradition
2021-03-05 16:27:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Justice Amy Coney Barrett released the first majority opinion of her Supreme Court career Thursday, ruling against an environmental group that had sought access to government records. The decision prompted a dissent from two liberal justices Stephen Breyer... Read More

Third Way Proposes New Classification System of Higher Ed Outcomes
Think Tanks
Third Way Proposes New Classification System of Higher Ed Outcomes
2021-03-05 15:36:46
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - A new report from Third Way, released this week, calls on lawmakers and researchers to prioritize and protect college students’ return-on-investment as the higher education sector continues to feel the impact of COVID..   In “Paying More for Less?... Read More

Once COVID is Slain, Sustainable Budgets Must Be Priority
Federal Budget
Once COVID is Slain, Sustainable Budgets Must Be Priority
2021-03-05 15:25:44
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A Congressional Budget Office report estimating that persistent budget deficits will cause the federal debt to double in size over the next 30 years, "provides a troubling snapshot of America’s fiscal outlook, which we know will only get... Read More

Islands Sinking Due to Climate Change Asking for Help
Climate
Islands Sinking Due to Climate Change Asking for Help
2021-03-05 14:44:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Islands that fall under U.S. protection asked Congress for help Thursday from the climate change that is making their shores sink into the ocean and subjecting them to devastating hurricanes. With so little land compared with the U.S.... Read More

Vilsack Puts Focus on Food, Nutrition Insecurity
Agriculture
Vilsack Puts Focus on Food, Nutrition Insecurity
2021-03-05 14:36:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Just over a week after he was confirmed as head of the United States Department of Agriculture for the second time, Tom Vilsack doubled down on his efforts to solve both food and nutrition insecurity around the nation. ... Read More

Senate Nears Relief Bill Votes After Half-Day GOP Delay
U.S. Senate
Senate Nears Relief Bill Votes After Half-Day GOP Delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate steered on Friday toward a voting marathon on Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after enduring an extraordinary half-day holdup forced by a Republican foe of President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. The chamber planned... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Americans Largely Back Biden's Virus Response
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC Poll: Americans Largely Back Biden's Virus Response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated... Read More

Face Masks Are Piling Up In Warehouses, Indy Makers Say
Health
Face Masks Are Piling Up In Warehouses, Indy Makers Say
2021-03-04 20:54:19
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas – It was a dire situation that Lloyd Armbrust can almost laugh about now.  A global pandemic had swept across the United States, a baby was on the way, and Armbrust, hard as he tried, could not find... Read More

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
Congress
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
2021-03-04 20:32:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday by a margin of 220 in favor and 212 opposed.  The bill was named after the Minneapolis man killed during an arrest in May... Read More

House Passes Blue Dog-Backed Redistricting Reform Measure
Congress
House Passes Blue Dog-Backed Redistricting Reform Measure
2021-03-04 17:07:30
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A Blue Dog Coalition-backed redistricting reform measure is among the key provisions of the H.R 1, For the People Act bill passed by the House Wednesday night. The language in the bill closely tracks what Rep. Jim Cooper,... Read More

Warranty Firm Celebrates Century-Plus of Oval Office History
White House
Warranty Firm Celebrates Century-Plus of Oval Office History
2021-03-04 17:01:40
by TWN Staff

American Home Shield, the Memphis, Tenn.-based home warranty company, has created multi-dimentional renderings of the changes made to the Oval Office by each president since 1909. Posted to the company's website, the renderings of the president's work space are part... Read More

Women Take Charge of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office
U.S. Senate
Women Take Charge of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office
2021-03-04 16:54:39
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - For the first time in its history, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office will be led by a team composed entirely of women. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced Wednesday that retired Army Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson will be the... Read More

Emission Reductions Due to COVID Could Encourage Green Energy Investment
Energy
Emission Reductions Due to COVID Could Encourage Green Energy Investment
2021-03-04 16:06:03
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The widespread disruptions of COVID led to an unprecedented drop in global greenhouse emissions. However, many post-coronavirus investments are fossil fuel heavy, including those in the U.S., emphasizing the policy commitments that need to be made to capitalize on these... Read More

Immigration Advocates Weigh the Potential of Piecemeal Policies
Immigration
Immigration Advocates Weigh the Potential of Piecemeal Policies
2021-03-04 14:59:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Immigration, an often controversial political topic, has played an important role in American history and continues to shape the nation today. While the United States actually has one of the most open immigration policies in the world, accepting... Read More

Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures
Law Enforcement
Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it's clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump's... Read More

House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition
Congress
House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches... Read More

Dems Tighten Relief Benefits, Firm Up Support for Virus Bill
U.S. Senate
Dems Tighten Relief Benefits, Firm Up Support for Virus Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate. At the same time, the White... Read More

Push for Minimum Wage Hike Persists
Congress
Push for Minimum Wage Hike Persists
2021-03-03 21:22:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough quashed Democrats’ plans to add a $15 per hour federal minimum wage increase to President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, but some members are not giving up. Democrats are planning to pass the... Read More

Rosen To Lead Women’s Senate Network For 2022 Cycle
Political News
Rosen To Lead Women’s Senate Network For 2022 Cycle
2021-03-03 20:26:16
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen has been selected to chair the Women's Senate Network for the 2022 cycle, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Wednesday. Rosen, a computer programmer until she was elected to represent Nevada's 3rd congressional district... Read More

Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
2021-03-03 16:43:19
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten by four White police officers wielding metal batons, an event that would ultimately seal his place in recent civil rights history.  This... Read More

‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
Telecom
‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
2021-03-03 15:36:50
by Victoria Turner

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will continue its “zero trust” approach, which assumes any hardware or software technology cannot be trusted, when it comes to grappling with issues surrounding artificial intelligence, according to the agency’s top official today.  “AI... Read More

Airlines Say They Will Fail Without More Federal Aid
Travel
Airlines Say They Will Fail Without More Federal Aid
2021-03-03 14:57:17
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Airline industry officials made a plea Tuesday for additional federal assistance to help their deeply wounded businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. They asked a congressional committee for another round of Payroll Support Program funds, not only to... Read More

Biden's Cabinet Half-Empty After Slow Start in Confirmations
White House
Biden's Cabinet Half-Empty After Slow Start in Confirmations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with just over a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure. Among Biden's 23 nominees... Read More

Biden Urges Senate Dems to Rally Behind $1.9T Virus Bill
Congress
Biden Urges Senate Dems to Rally Behind $1.9T Virus Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Senate Democrats to rally behind a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill and stood by his proposed $1,400 payments to individuals, even as some party moderates sought to dial back parts of the package."He... Read More

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