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2022-08-18 18:30:41
by Dan McCue
Inflation Reduction Act Seen As Giving Major Boost to Hydrogen Sector

WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law on Tuesday, business leaders throughout the renewable... Read More

WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law on Tuesday, business leaders throughout the renewable energy sector cheered the finalization of the nation’s largest ever investment in climate and the clean energy solutions of the... Read More

2022-08-18 18:01:56
by Madeline Hughes
Every State Wants ‘Internet for All’

WASHINGTON — Every state, U.S. territory and Washington, D.C., has asked for a portion of the $42.45 billion set aside... Read More

WASHINGTON — Every state, U.S. territory and Washington, D.C., has asked for a portion of the $42.45 billion set aside for broadband buildout from the federal government, according to the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. “The Internet... Read More

2022-08-18 14:34:45
by Dan McCue
House Chief Administrative Officer Issues TikTok Advisory

WASHINGTON — The chief administrative officer of the House of Representatives has issued a cyberadvisory to Capitol Hill staff on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The chief administrative officer of the House of Representatives has issued a cyberadvisory to Capitol Hill staff on TikTok, labeling it a “high risk” due to the Chinese-owned platform’s lack of transparency in how it protects customer data,... Read More

2022-08-18 14:28:52
by Dan McCue
Columbia University Study Reveals New Causes of Common Lymphoma

NEW YORK — Cancer researchers at Columbia University in New York have found a multitude of new genetic mutations that... Read More

NEW YORK — Cancer researchers at Columbia University in New York have found a multitude of new genetic mutations that cause a common type of lymphoma. “Our findings not only show that these mutations can contribute to diffuse large B... Read More

2022-08-18 14:26:47
by Madeline Hughes
Report: US Watchful as EU Progresses With AI Policy

WASHINGTON — As the European Union moves ahead with its Artificial Intelligence Act, it’s time for American lawmakers to pay... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the European Union moves ahead with its Artificial Intelligence Act, it’s time for American lawmakers to pay attention to potential policies, said John Soroushian, a senior associate director at the Bipartisan Policy Center.  “It’s important to pay... Read More

2022-08-18 13:25:43
by Dan McCue
Treasury, IRS Issue Guidance on New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance Tuesday on changes to the tax credit... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance Tuesday on changes to the tax credit for electric vehicles now that President Joe Biden has signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. While the reforms in... Read More

Trump CFO’s Plea Deal Could Make Him a Prosecution Witness

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Trump's company, Allen Weisselberg, is expected to plead guilty to tax violations... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Trump's company, Allen Weisselberg, is expected to plead guilty to tax violations Thursday in a deal that would require him to testify about illicit business practices at the Trump Organization, two people... Read More

2022-08-17 20:01:27
by Tom Ramstack
Appeals Court Says Judicial Workers Can Engage in Political Activities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this week refused to allow a series of restrictions on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this week refused to allow a series of restrictions on the political activity of some judicial workers. The court’s ruling said the two workers who sued to block the restrictions... Read More

2022-08-17 16:51:17
by Dan McCue
CDC Director Calls for Agency Reorganization After External Review

ATLANTA — Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is calling for a dramatic... Read More

ATLANTA — Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is calling for a dramatic reorganization of the agency in the wake of an external review of the agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In... Read More

2022-08-17 15:56:05
by Dan McCue
Schumer Backs Nadler in Take Two of New York Primary

NEW YORK — When New Yorkers head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 23, it will be the second time... Read More

NEW YORK — When New Yorkers head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 23, it will be the second time in two months that they’ll be asked to vote in a crucial primary election. Once again, a drawn-out redistricting process... Read More

2022-08-17 13:31:54
by Dan McCue
As Alaskans Vote in Primary, DOJ Monitors Voting Rights Compliance

WASHINGTON — As Alaskans went to the polls on Tuesday, the Justice Department deployed monitors “in certain jurisdictions” of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — As Alaskans went to the polls on Tuesday, the Justice Department deployed monitors “in certain jurisdictions” of the state to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Specifically, the DOJ said in a brief press release... Read More

Murkowski Advances in Alaska Senate Race, Palin in House

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski advanced from her primary along with Kelly Tshibaka, her GOP... Read More

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski advanced from her primary along with Kelly Tshibaka, her GOP rival endorsed by former President Donald Trump, while another Trump-backed candidate, Republican Sarah Palin, was among the candidates bound for... Read More

Trump Foe Liz Cheney Defeated in Wyoming GOP Primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Donald Trump's fiercest Republican adversary in Congress, was defeated in a GOP... Read More

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Donald Trump's fiercest Republican adversary in Congress, was defeated in a GOP primary Tuesday, falling to a rival backed by the former president in a rout that reinforced his grip on the... Read More

2022-08-16 21:05:11
by Dan McCue
Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act in Modest White House Ceremony

WASHINGTON — Looking fresh and relaxed from a week vacationing in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, President Joe Biden returned to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Looking fresh and relaxed from a week vacationing in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, President Joe Biden returned to the White House this afternoon to sign the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and deliver on what he’s called the “final... Read More

2022-08-16 20:47:12
by Tom Ramstack
Environmental Justice Index Announced to Help Guide Federal Policy

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is launching a new online tool to help communities gauge the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is launching a new online tool to help communities gauge the extent pollution is contributing to health risks for their residents. It is intended primarily to benefit residents of disadvantaged communities.... Read More

2022-08-16 20:07:09
by Dan McCue
AG to Appoint Election Monitor to Oversee Upcoming New Hampshire Primary

CONCORD, N.H. — State Attorney General John Formella announced Tuesday that he will appoint an election monitor to oversee the... Read More

CONCORD, N.H. — State Attorney General John Formella announced Tuesday that he will appoint an election monitor to oversee the state’s Sept. 13 primary elections after an investigation revealed a pattern of apparent mistakes made in past contests. The events... Read More

2022-08-16 17:51:25
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Asks Congress for Universal Service Fund Reform

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is asking Congress to help reform how it collects money to expand and provide... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is asking Congress to help reform how it collects money to expand and provide telecom services to every American. The reason? The Universal Service Fund is stuck in a “death spiral,” according to FCC... Read More

2022-08-16 15:39:26
by Dan McCue
Budget Hawk Fears Prescription Drug Rebate Will Become Fiscal Gimmick

WASHINGTON — A key compromise to ensure the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act could result in substantially less savings... Read More

WASHINGTON — A key compromise to ensure the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act could result in substantially less savings than was promised and may well wind up being nothing more than a “budget gimmick” in the hands of future... Read More

2022-08-16 14:24:28
by Dan McCue
First Lady Tests Positive for COVID-19

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is isolating after a positive test for COVID-19 Tuesday morning, a... Read More

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is isolating after a positive test for COVID-19 Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for her office said Tuesday. “After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the first... Read More

2022-08-16 14:16:55
by Dan McCue
FDA Gives Millions of Americans Access to Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule Tuesday morning that promises to provide millions of Americans... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule Tuesday morning that promises to provide millions of Americans with access to lower cost, over-the-counter hearing aids. The action, which follows an executive order signed by President Joe Biden... Read More

2022-08-16 13:08:46
by Dan McCue
DOJ Asks Judge to Keep Trump Search Affidavit Under Seal

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday asked a federal judge to keep sealed the sworn affidavit that provided the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday asked a federal judge to keep sealed the sworn affidavit that provided the in-depth explanation for why it needed to search former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, home. Republican allies of the... Read More

2022-08-15 22:17:51
by Kate Michael
Analysts Consider Areas of US-Japan Collaboration for Energy, Environmental Risk Reduction

WASHINGTON — The United States and Japan are two countries known for protecting and promoting leading-edge technologies, but given lessons... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States and Japan are two countries known for protecting and promoting leading-edge technologies, but given lessons learned over the past few years, “just having innovation is not sufficient,” according to Tatsuya Terazawa, chairman and CEO of... Read More

2022-08-15 20:37:02
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Warns of Violent Threats After Search of Trump’s Home

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning this week about the increased risk of politically motivated "violent threats" following the Aug.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning this week about the increased risk of politically motivated "violent threats" following the Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump's Florida estate. Many of the threats are directed at law enforcement and government... Read More

2022-08-15 19:43:36
by Dan McCue
$44M Available From DOE for Innovation in Geothermal Sector

WASHINGTON — Up to $44 million is being made available for projects to develop and test technology to foster innovation... Read More

WASHINGTON — Up to $44 million is being made available for projects to develop and test technology to foster innovation in enhanced geothermal energy systems, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday. The funding opportunity is being managed by the... Read More

2022-08-15 19:00:44
by TWN Staff
REPORT: Health Equity Depends on What Happens at the Ballot Box

The Tennessee Justice Center has authored a policy brief that explains the cyclic relationship between voting and health, as well... Read More

The Tennessee Justice Center has authored a policy brief that explains the cyclic relationship between voting and health, as well as the impact of politics on health care.   According to the brief, voting creates a sense of belonging to... Read More

2022-08-15 18:50:30
by Dan McCue
Comment Period Extended on Gulf Wind Energy Proposal

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the deadline to make comments on two potential wind energy... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the deadline to make comments on two potential wind energy areas in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf to Sept. 2. Previously the deadline for responses and comments had... Read More

2022-08-15 18:23:53
by Dan McCue
Massachusetts Governor Signs Climate Bill

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has signed a climate bill that both boosts support for renewable energy... Read More

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has signed a climate bill that both boosts support for renewable energy and sets limits on fossil fuel use. The Massachusetts state Legislature passed the bill at a time when the federal... Read More

2022-08-15 16:30:33
by Dan McCue
Ford Makes ‘Largest Renewable Energy Purchase’ With DTE Energy

DETROIT — The Ford Motor Company has signed an agreement to purchase 650 MW of solar power from Michigan utility... Read More

DETROIT — The Ford Motor Company has signed an agreement to purchase 650 MW of solar power from Michigan utility DTE Energy in a bid to make the car maker’s Michigan operations carbon free by 2025 — a full decade... Read More

2022-08-15 16:19:46
by Dan McCue
Schatz, Case and Tokuda Prevail in Hawaiian Primaries

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Ed Case, incumbent Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz, and Hawaii’s current Democratic Lt. Gov.... Read More

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Ed Case, incumbent Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz, and Hawaii’s current Democratic Lt. Gov. Josh Green won their respective primary contests on Saturday. The state’s top vote getter on Saturday was Schatz, who was... Read More

2022-08-14 14:24:41
by Dan McCue
Gunshots, Suicide Roil East Capitol Street Sunday Morning

WASHINGTON - A Delaware man drove his car into the vehicle barricane at East Capitol Street and Second Street early... Read More

WASHINGTON - A Delaware man drove his car into the vehicle barricane at East Capitol Street and Second Street early Sunday morning, firing several shots into the air before turning his weapon on himself. The man has been identified as... Read More

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