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Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds
Agriculture
Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds

New federal regulations would make it harder for hemp growers to prove their plants are not marijuana, in what could be a major setback to a promising industry legalized just two years ago, farmers and state officials say. The U.S.... Read More

White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference
2020 Elections
White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security advisor, in an exchange that touched on a perennial sore point for the president, said Sunday he had no knowledge of intelligence agency warnings that Russia is trying once again to help Trump by... Read More

Clyburn Warns Sanders Victory May Endanger House Democrats
2020 Elections
Clyburn Warns Sanders Victory May Endanger House Democrats

WASHINGTON — The highest-ranking African-American in Congress warned that if Bernie Sanders is the 2020 Democratic nominee the party could lose many of the moderate seats they won to retake the House in 2018. “It’s going to be tough to... Read More

Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
Employment
Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
2020-02-22 00:12:34
by Dan McCue

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, met with North Texas business, education and labor leaders this week to discuss ways to expand job training opportunities for students, retain talent in the area and ensure higher education is both accessible and affordable for... Read More

Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
Elections
Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
2020-02-22 00:09:25
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday called for the immediate passage of bipartisan legislation safeguarding the nation's elections in the wake of a New York Times report Russia is meddling in the 2020 race to assure President... Read More

The Youngest Children Are Falling Out of Health Insurance
Health
The Youngest Children Are Falling Out of Health Insurance

WASHINGTON — The first years of life play an outsize role in human health. They are foundational to the development of the brain and the cardiovascular, immune and metabolic systems. Early childhood is when medical interventions to correct problems in... Read More

Minnesota Pastor Leads Campaign to Try to Shift Evangelical Vote
Minnesota
Minnesota Pastor Leads Campaign to Try to Shift Evangelical Vote

MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Doug Pagitt jumped on stage at his former Minneapolis church with a message that he and his entourage are repeating across the country: Evangelical voters, you can stay true to your Christian faith but not vote... Read More

Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda
Russia
Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda

KAZAN, Russia — This month, school officials across Tatarstan were ordered to trim by half the number of hours of optional lessons offered in the Tatar language — from four a week down to two. The directive came two years... Read More

Korean Liquor Store. Black Neighborhood. A Quarter of a Century After the LA Riots, Misgivings Still Run Deep
California
Korean Liquor Store. Black Neighborhood. A Quarter of a Century After the LA Riots, Misgivings Still Run Deep

LOS ANGELES — It started with a stick — that much everybody can agree on. A Korean stock boy wielded the stick at a black patron inside a Leimert Park liquor store late on a Sunday afternoon. In some tellings,... Read More

As SC Primary Approaches, Black Vote Poised to Play Decisive Role
2020 Elections
As SC Primary Approaches, Black Vote Poised to Play Decisive Role
2020-02-21 21:11:07
by Dan McCue

The arrival of the bus made all heads turn. Mostly blue, its side was dominated by the name "Biden" in large red and white letters, and a slogan, declaring it was dispatched to wage a "Battle for the Soul of... Read More

ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
Political News
ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
2020-02-21 15:20:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association, in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, threw its support behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, this week, and urged Texans to join in supporting his efforts. In a series of new ads launched Wednesday,... Read More

As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States
Privacy
As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. technology companies are shifting their focus to state capitals to shape emerging data privacy laws as progress on a federal bill has slowed. Trade groups representing consumer-oriented technology companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, as... Read More

Unlikely Voters Say They’ll Vote in 2020. Who Will That Benefit?
Voting
Unlikely Voters Say They’ll Vote in 2020. Who Will That Benefit?

MIAMI — Tens of millions of people who have chosen not to vote in recent U.S. elections could be headed to the polls this November in a massive wave that would change the look and feel of the presidential contest,... Read More

Most People Still Think Census Will Ask About Citizenship, Poll Finds
Census
Most People Still Think Census Will Ask About Citizenship, Poll Finds

WASHINGTON — Most people incorrectly believe the census will include a citizenship question, according to a pair of surveys released Thursday, adding to concerns raised by advocates that fear over the question may depress participation in the decennial count. The... Read More

GOP is Accused of Sending Misleading ‘Census’ Forms Ahead of Actual Count
In The News
GOP is Accused of Sending Misleading ‘Census’ Forms Ahead of Actual Count

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee is sending documents labeled “2020 Congressional District Census” to people in California and across the country just weeks before the start of the official nationwide count of the country’s population. Critics say the misleading... Read More

A New Poll of 2020 Swing States Shows Just How Important Pa. Will Be
Opinion Polls
A New Poll of 2020 Swing States Shows Just How Important Pa. Will Be

President Donald Trump trails his potential Democratic rivals in Pennsylvania and Michigan and leads outright in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll of the three Rust Belt swing states that cemented the president’s 2016 victory. Trump is within... Read More

Will There Be More Presidential Caucus Chaos? ‘Nevada is Just Praying’
2020 Elections
Will There Be More Presidential Caucus Chaos? ‘Nevada is Just Praying’

LAS VEGAS — Dozens of Democratic volunteers scurried around Dona Maria Mexican Restaurant in polite pandemonium last week as they staged a mock caucus to prepare for the real thing on Saturday in Nevada. A dining area filled with cries... Read More

Experiential, Digital, and Sustainable Are the Future of Science Education
Education
Experiential, Digital, and Sustainable Are the Future of Science Education
2020-02-20 18:47:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Environmental activist Greta Thunberg was a recurring topic of conversation at Axios’ first Washington, D.C. event of the year, held this week. The event consisted of a series of conversations dedicated to the future of science education and... Read More

Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
Technology
Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
2020-02-20 18:25:03
by Dan McCue

As Congressional lawmakers close in on finalizing a bipartisan, comprehensive bill governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, the nation's county governments are reminding them not to forget to leave room for local decision-making. In a blog post published... Read More

Trump Names Richard Grenell as Acting Director of National Intelligence
Political News
Trump Names Richard Grenell as Acting Director of National Intelligence

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he would appoint Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany, to be the next acting director of national intelligence. Grenell is a Trump loyalist who was nominated to be ambassador to Germany in... Read More

5 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas
2020 Elections
5 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas

For five of the candidates on Wednesday’s debate stage it was like another night at the office. The new addition, Michael Bloomberg, made this ninth round different and more antagonistic than the rest. The face-to-face encounter, broadcast live from the... Read More

Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’
In The News
Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’

LONDON — Julian Assange’s lawyers told a London court that they will provide evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump was prepared to offer the WikiLeaks founder a pardon if he “played ball” about leaks of Democratic National Committee emails. At... Read More

Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules
State News
Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the limited injunction that allowed 17 ex-felons, including some from Orange County, to register to vote despite not being able to afford the fines and fees imposed as part of their... Read More

Washington State Moves Ahead on Bill to Regulate Governments’ Use of Facial-Recognition Technology
State News
Washington State Moves Ahead on Bill to Regulate Governments’ Use of Facial-Recognition Technology

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state senators Wednesday approved a bill that would begin regulating the use of facial-recognition programs by local and state governments. Sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Joe Nguyen, Senate Bill 6280 is one of a series of... Read More

How Did Air Medical Impact My Life? It Gave Me One
Opinions
How Did Air Medical Impact My Life? It Gave Me One

As a nurse, and someone whose life was saved by emergency air medical transport, I can tell you that having access and continuity of care is critically important to health outcomes. Air ambulances allow you to access specialty care when... Read More

China, US Media Dispute Heats Up As Beijing Expels Three Reporters
Geopolitics
China, US Media Dispute Heats Up As Beijing Expels Three Reporters
2020-02-19 19:24:21
by Dan McCue

China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters Wednesday saying it was revoking their credentials due to a headline that appeared above an opinion column two weeks ago. The expulsions came less than 24 hours after the Trump administration designated five... Read More

Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth
Employment
Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth
2020-02-19 19:21:02
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump's tariff war with China significantly restricted the growth of the nation's solar energy workforce last year, an industry analysis shows. According to a report released Wednesday by The Solar Energy Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to... Read More

Overwhelming Majority of Americans Concerned 'Fake' News Will Impact 2020 Election
In The News
Overwhelming Majority of Americans Concerned 'Fake' News Will Impact 2020 Election
2020-02-19 19:17:06
by Dan McCue

An overwhelming majority of Americans -- 82% -- fear made-up news and other false reports about the candidates will undermine the 2020 presidential election, a new Pew Center study finds. The report, released Wednesday, said nearly half of those survey... Read More

Barr Taps Official to Receive Ukraine Tips From Giuliani, Others
Dep. of Justice
Barr Taps Official to Receive Ukraine Tips From Giuliani, Others

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department designated a U.S. attorney’s office in New York state to coordinate and handle investigations and material related to Ukraine, including receiving information from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The department... Read More

Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays
Education
Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays

A University of Illinois graduate student from China applied in May for a visa renewal, a process that typically concludes within weeks. But the application went into “administrative processing,” and was still in limbo when fall classes started, forcing the... Read More

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