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Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
Voting
Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
2020-03-02 19:28:22
by Dan McCue

In the wake of complaints that Illinois' news automatic voter registration system is riddled with problems, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill, last week convened a congressional listening session to get a handle on the problem many fear is compromising voters' rights.... Read More

Klobuchar to End Presidential Campaign, Will Endorse Biden
Political News
Klobuchar to End Presidential Campaign, Will Endorse Biden
2020-03-02 19:26:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, will end her presidential campaign Monday night and endorse Joe Biden at his campaign rally in Dallas. The decision comes one day after former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., departed the... Read More

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
2020-03-02 19:19:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday granted petitions filed by the House and Democratic state officials to consider a lower court ruling that threatens to wipe out the Affordable Care Act. The underlying case was brought by a Republican... Read More

Restoring Former Farmland: ‘The System Doesn’t Just Bounce Back’
Agriculture
Restoring Former Farmland: ‘The System Doesn’t Just Bounce Back’

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s been more than 91 years since the last crop was pulled from the soil of an old farm field that, hidden away in a science reserve just north of the Twin Cities, has been left to grow... Read More

Trump Defends Ratcliffe as Pick for Intelligence Chief
National Security
Trump Defends Ratcliffe as Pick for Intelligence Chief

President Donald Trump on Saturday touted Rep. John Ratcliffe as the nation’s intelligence chief, calling him “terrific” and predicting quick confirmation despite widespread bipartisan qualms that derailed his nomination to the same post last summer. Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, was... Read More

Justices to Revisit Abortion Law Akin to One Struck Down in 2016
Supreme Court
Justices to Revisit Abortion Law Akin to One Struck Down in 2016

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to hear an abortion case that may sound familiar. That’s because the state restriction in question is almost identical to one the court overturned in 2016. At the heart of the current case,... Read More

As Focus Shifts to Super Tuesday, 2020 Candidates Make Texas a Key Battleground
2020 Elections
As Focus Shifts to Super Tuesday, 2020 Candidates Make Texas a Key Battleground

HOUSTON — All week, as former Vice President Joe Biden labored in South Carolina for his sweeping primary victory, other candidates jumped ahead to mine for delegate gold in a state that will be key to where the 2020 presidential... Read More

California Could be ‘Lifeline’ for Women Candidates Trailing Bernie Sanders
2020 Elections
California Could be ‘Lifeline’ for Women Candidates Trailing Bernie Sanders

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tuesday wasn’t supposed to be a battle for second place. Julie Cecilio and her friends aren’t making campaign calls and knocking on doors this weekend, just days before California’s presidential primary, to help ensure a woman... Read More

First Coronavirus Death in U.S. Heightens Fears
Health
First Coronavirus Death in U.S. Heightens Fears

LOS ANGELES — The death of a man in Washington state from the new coronavirus marks a milestone in the country’s fight against a disease that has already killed thousands around the world and points to the increasing likelihood of... Read More

Census Rules on Counting Troops Abroad Could Tip Congressional Balance
Census
Census Rules on Counting Troops Abroad Could Tip Congressional Balance

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau’s new system for counting troops deployed abroad could make a difference in states such as North Carolina and Texas, which have sizable military populations and are already poised to gain congressional seats. Deciding which state... Read More

Nevermind Leap Days. Professors Propose a New Calendar With the Occasional Leap Week
In The News
Nevermind Leap Days. Professors Propose a New Calendar With the Occasional Leap Week

BALTIMORE — In 1582, Pope Gregory began a campaign to replace Julius Caesar’s widely used calendar with a slightly more accurate one that was named for him. Most of the modern world eventually agreed, and the rest is history. Now... Read More

North Carolina Is a Delegate Prize on Super Tuesday. But It’s a Complicated One
2020 Elections
North Carolina Is a Delegate Prize on Super Tuesday. But It’s a Complicated One

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Only two states have more Democratic delegates at stake than North Carolina on Super Tuesday. But who will get them? Well, it’s complicated. — It depends not just on how many votes a candidate gets but where... Read More

DNA Databases Are a Boon to Police But a Menace to Privacy, Critics Say
Privacy
DNA Databases Are a Boon to Police But a Menace to Privacy, Critics Say

WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer revitalized DNA forensics, some state lawmakers around the country are pushing to stop or restrict police searches of genetic code databases. Other lawmakers, meanwhile, want to... Read More

As Suicide Rates Climb, Crisis Centers Expand
Health
As Suicide Rates Climb, Crisis Centers Expand

PHOENIX — On a recent Wednesday at 9:47 a.m., two police cars pulled up to Recovery Response Center, a one-story stucco building on a main highway in Peoria, 13 miles from downtown Phoenix. A lanky, sandy-haired man compliantly walked with... Read More

Trump Supporters See Bernie As Key to President's Re-election
2020 Elections
Trump Supporters See Bernie As Key to President's Re-election
2020-02-28 21:16:06
by Dan McCue

As thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside the North Charleston Veterans Memorial Coliseum Friday, hours before his scheduled rally there, the consensus in the crowd was nothing would help his re-election bid more than Sen. Bernie Sanders... Read More

Powell Says Federal Reserve Will Take Steps to Protect Economy During Virus Crisis
Economy
Powell Says Federal Reserve Will Take Steps to Protect Economy During Virus Crisis
2020-02-28 21:12:55
by Dan McCue

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell vowed Friday that the central bank will use its entire toolbox to support the economy in the face of worldwide fears over the coronavirus outbreak. "The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong," Powell said. "However,... Read More

Poll Finds Americans Deeply Concerned About Election Security, Integrity
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Americans Deeply Concerned About Election Security, Integrity
2020-02-28 20:25:41
by Dan McCue

A poll released Friday finds most Americans are deeply concerned about the security and integrity of elections, with only about a third having high confidence votes cast in the 2020 presidential election will be counted accurately. The latest Associated Press-NOC... Read More

Coronavirus Crisis Seeds Chaos in Washington and on Wall Street
Health
Coronavirus Crisis Seeds Chaos in Washington and on Wall Street

NEW YORK — In the 24 hours after President Donald Trump assured Americans that the response to the coronavirus was well in hand, signs of disorder began to emerge from Washington to Wall Street. The Trump administration was accused of... Read More

Joe Biden’s South Carolina Firewall is Holding, New Poll Indicates
Opinion Polls
Joe Biden’s South Carolina Firewall is Holding, New Poll Indicates

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign got good news Thursday, as a new poll added to the evidence that he’s on track to win South Carolina’s presidential primary on Saturday — a victory he desperately needs to keep his flagging campaign... Read More

Will America Get a Space National Guard?
Military
Will America Get a Space National Guard?

WASHINGTON — The United States has a new military service, the Space Force, but it has never been clear whether or not the country will also have a Space Guard and Reserve. Many observers on Capitol Hill were hoping the... Read More

Congress Zeroing In on $6 Billion to $8 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package
Health
Congress Zeroing In on $6 Billion to $8 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Amid growing concerns about both the economic and health impacts of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, appropriators are rushing to draft an emergency spending package that could provide upward of $6 billion in aid. House and Senate appropriators are... Read More

Trump Blocked From Building Mexico Wall With Trident Submarine Base Funds
Litigation
Trump Blocked From Building Mexico Wall With Trident Submarine Base Funds

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration was barred by a court from diverting $89 million to build the Mexico border wall from a construction project at a submarine base in Washington state. Thursday’s ruling by a federal judge in Seattle... Read More

Michael Bloomberg Reportedly Reaches Out to Andrew Yang as Possible Running Mate
2020 Elections
Michael Bloomberg Reportedly Reaches Out to Andrew Yang as Possible Running Mate

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg’s campaign has reportedly reached out to Andrew Yang in hopes of winning the failed presidential candidate’s endorsement — and has even “floated the possibility” of naming Yang as his running mate. The billionaire ex-mayor’s aides... Read More

ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
Supreme Court
ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
2020-02-28 16:54:32
by Dan McCue

The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Thursday asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of an Arkansas man challenging the way a lower court assessed whether he received effective counsel during the punishment phase of his death... Read More

Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
Political News
Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
2020-02-28 16:51:51
by Dan McCue

It's the race President Donald Trump hoped would never happen. When Sen. John Isakson announced last summer that he would be vacating his seat at the end of the year due to health reasons, the president was sure he had... Read More

Arizona's Largest Newspaper Quits Candidate Endorsements
Media
Arizona's Largest Newspaper Quits Candidate Endorsements
2020-02-27 21:43:06
by Dan McCue

The Arizona Republic, which drew global attention in 2016 for endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in its 126-year history, announced Wednesday that it will stop endorsing candidates for public office. In a lengthy column, Executive Editor... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
Social Media
Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
2020-02-27 21:40:00
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed H.R. 5209, a bill that would hold social media companies accountable for aiding in the spread of terrorist content on line. The bill, also known as the Raising the Bar... Read More

Obama Asks TV Stations to Take Down Anti-Biden Ads Using His Voice
2020 Elections
Obama Asks TV Stations to Take Down Anti-Biden Ads Using His Voice

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former President Barack Obama asked TV stations Wednesday to stop airing ads featuring his voice over on-screen attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden. The ads, which aim to depress African American votes in Saturday’s South Carolina... Read More

Economists See Growing Recession Risk as Coronavirus Spreads
Economy
Economists See Growing Recession Risk as Coronavirus Spreads

WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus outbreak enters a potentially dangerous new phase, with cases widening in Europe and expected to spread in the United States, economists have begun to raise their estimates for the risk of a global recession and... Read More

Appeals Court Says White House Can Withhold Funds for Immigrant-Friendly Policies
Political News
Appeals Court Says White House Can Withhold Funds for Immigrant-Friendly Policies

NEW YORK — The Trump administration can withhold millions in crime-fighting grants from states to force cooperation with immigration enforcement, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The decision reversed a lower court decision on the money named for... Read More

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