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Warren Ends 2020 Presidential Bid After Super Tuesday Losses
2020 Elections
Warren Ends 2020 Presidential Bid After Super Tuesday Losses
2020-03-05 20:07:44
by Dan McCue

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after a Super Tuesday route that saw her coming in third in her home state. Warren’s announcement came shortly after a conference call with... Read More

Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
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Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
2020-03-05 16:04:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare statement rebuking Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, for remarks the Senate minority leader made regarding Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning. Speaking about... Read More

How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics
Technology
How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics

WASHINGTON — Fake voices generated by artificial intelligence tools may be the next frontier in scams that could trick companies into forking over cash or fool voters into believing a politician said something he or she didn’t. Computer-synthesized voices are... Read More

LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent
State News
LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s new voting system was marked by long lines, snafus and growing anger among voters, with some waiting hours to cast ballots that continued well into the night. “This was a challenging day for a... Read More

What Would Congress Do if The Capitol Got Hit by Coronavirus?
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What Would Congress Do if The Capitol Got Hit by Coronavirus?

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are planning to keep the Capitol Visitor Center and public galleries in the Capitol open despite growing anxiety about the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., but they say that decision is based on the lack... Read More

US Strikes Taliban a Day After Trump Hails Their Afghan Accord
Geopolitics
US Strikes Taliban a Day After Trump Hails Their Afghan Accord

WASHINGTON — U.S. warplanes carried out an airstrike against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, just days after the two sides signed a tentative peace agreement that now seems at risk. The U.S. planes targeted militants in Helmand province... Read More

Democrats Settle in for Potentially Long Biden-Sanders Fight
2020 Elections
Democrats Settle in for Potentially Long Biden-Sanders Fight

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders signaled Wednesday his intention to battle on against Joe Biden, frustrating some Democrats who hoped for a quick resolution to their nominating fight even as the field continued to shrink with the exit of billionaire Michael... Read More

Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020 Elections
Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020-03-04 22:20:09
by Dan McCue

California Assemblywoman Christy Smith advanced Wednesday in her bid to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Katie Hill. Smith entered the race almost immediately after Hill quit following a nude photo scandal which led... Read More

Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
2020 Elections
Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
2020-03-04 21:12:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar, a centrist House Democrat and longtime member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, defeated a well-funded primary challenger backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The contest between Cuellar and Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old... Read More

Bills Planned for Vote in Congress to Expand Use of Nuclear Energy
Energy
Bills Planned for Vote in Congress to Expand Use of Nuclear Energy
2020-03-04 21:10:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House and Senate considered proposals Tuesday that would expand production of nuclear energy at a time global warming is leaving few alternatives. Lawmakers, scheduled to vote as soon as this week on one of the bills,... Read More

Coronavirus , Airline Fees, Top Aviation Subcommittee's Hearing Agenda
Travel
Coronavirus , Airline Fees, Top Aviation Subcommittee's Hearing Agenda
2020-03-04 21:05:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - William McGee, an aviation consultant had a simple, overarching message for the members of the House Aviation subcommittee on Tuesday. “If you’re not in premium class or an Elite Frequent Flier, watch out,” he said. McGee was one... Read More

Congressional Negotiators Strike Deal on $8.3 Billion to Fight the Coronavirus
Congress
Congressional Negotiators Strike Deal on $8.3 Billion to Fight the Coronavirus
2020-03-04 21:02:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to provide $8.3 billion in funding to combat the growing coronavirus outbreak. The full House is scheduled to consider the funding bill, H.R. 6074 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act,... Read More

Bloomberg Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Biden
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Biden
2020-03-04 21:00:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. "I've had the chance to work with Joe on those issues over the... Read More

Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
Supreme Court
Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
2020-03-04 19:51:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — All eyes were on Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday as the Supreme Court appeared to be sharply divided over issues raised during the first major abortion case of the Trump presidency. The case out of Louisiana could test... Read More

Biden’s Super Tuesday Surge Proves Real, Deflating Sanders’ Run
2020 Elections
Biden’s Super Tuesday Surge Proves Real, Deflating Sanders’ Run

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden spent a year limping through the Democratic campaign, shadowed by questions about his ability to win the presidential nomination. In the span of 72 hours, everything changed for the former vice president — who appeared poised... Read More

Medical Groups Slam Trump Medicaid Rule
Medicaid
Medical Groups Slam Trump Medicaid Rule

WASHINGTON — Hospitals, governors and medical professionals have gathered in opposition to a complex Trump administration Medicaid proposal that opponents fear would slash federal health care contributions and add administrative costs. More than 4,200 organizations or individuals have commented on... Read More

Stop Milking It, Dairy Farmers Tell Plant-Based Competitors
Agriculture
Stop Milking It, Dairy Farmers Tell Plant-Based Competitors

WASHINGTON — What’s milk? For Jason Gallion, the only full-time farmer serving in the Maryland state Senate, the question is a no-brainer. “It’s always been assumed the definition of milk is that it’s from a mammal,” said Gallion, 43, whose... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
2020-03-03 21:09:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has rolled out an ambitious policy agenda it says will reinvigorate the government while also establishing the group's goals for the remainder of the 116th Congress. In announcing their "20 for 2020" plan on... Read More

Justices Wrestle With President's Power to Fire Consumer Advocate
Supreme Court
Justices Wrestle With President's Power to Fire Consumer Advocate
2020-03-03 20:50:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with the politically charged dispute over whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, is constitutional. The arguments the justices heard Tuesday stemmed from an appeals... Read More

Voters in South Carolina Primary Broke Turnout Record
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Voters in South Carolina Primary Broke Turnout Record
2020-03-03 16:50:55
by Dan McCue

Saturday's First-in-the-South Democratic presidential primary had the highest turnout ever recorded in the history of the contest. According to the South Carolina Democratic Party, more than 539,000 voters cast a ballot in the primary, about 7,000 more than cast a... Read More

Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020 Elections
Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020-03-03 16:36:48
by Dan McCue

While most of the attention on this Super Tuesday is focused on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, voters in four of the 14 states and one territory will also be casting ballots in congressional primaries. The four states... Read More

Chris Matthews Announces Retirement from MSNBC After Controversial Comments
Media
Chris Matthews Announces Retirement from MSNBC After Controversial Comments

NEW YORK — Chris Matthews, the longtime host of MSNBC’s political show “Hardball,” announced he is retiring from the broadcast effective Monday after coming under fire over controversial remarks he made to a guest. Matthews told viewers of his resignation... Read More

Supreme Court Could Leave Consumer Protection Mess for Congress
Congress
Supreme Court Could Leave Consumer Protection Mess for Congress

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that could leave Congress with a big mess to clean up with the agency that was a key response to the... Read More

In Tit for Tat, Trump Limits Number of Chinese Journalists in US
Geopolitics
In Tit for Tat, Trump Limits Number of Chinese Journalists in US

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday ordered several Chinese media organizations to dismiss 60 U.S.-based Chinese nationals in retaliation for a “long-standing trend” of actions by Beijing against journalists, including the expulsion last month of three Wall Street Journal... Read More

A Supreme Court Retreat From Roe vs. Wade Could Begin This Week
Supreme Court
A Supreme Court Retreat From Roe vs. Wade Could Begin This Week

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear its first abortion case since President Donald Trump’s two appointees took their seats, a dispute that could mark the first step in a gradual retreat from Roe vs. Wade. Justices will... Read More

Super Tuesday: 5 Things to Watch
Political News
Super Tuesday: 5 Things to Watch

WASHINGTON — Super Tuesday is upon us — primaries from Maine to California, 14 states in all, distributing more than a third of all the delegates to this summer’s Democratic nominating convention. In some states, notably California, voters have been... Read More

Democrats Rally Behind Biden to Stop Sanders on Super Tuesday
2020 Elections
Democrats Rally Behind Biden to Stop Sanders on Super Tuesday

Joe Biden fastened his grip on the establishment wing of his party Monday as prominent Democrats rallied behind the former vice president in an accelerating effort to thwart Bernie Sanders on the eve of the presidential campaign’s biggest and most... Read More

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

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