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Feds Reviewing Previously Unreported Cyber Attack on Florida Elections Office
State News
Feds Reviewing Previously Unreported Cyber Attack on Florida Elections Office

MIAMI — Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link. Link, who was... Read More

‘This Isn’t Going to Be Easy’: 2020 Democrats Brace for Super Tuesday Delegate Slog
2020 Elections
‘This Isn’t Going to Be Easy’: 2020 Democrats Brace for Super Tuesday Delegate Slog

WASHINGTON — For the last month, the Democratic presidential candidates have had a straightforward task: Campaign heavily in the small, overwhelmingly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and hope to emerge with momentum. Things are about to get a... Read More

Embrace the Unorthodox to Improve Deliberations on Capitol Hill
Congress
Embrace the Unorthodox to Improve Deliberations on Capitol Hill
2020-02-14 14:42:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A trio of experts has told a Select Committee tasked with improving how Congress functions to forget harkening back to an earlier era and instead embrace methods of deliberation better suited to our times. Meeting in the Cannon... Read More

Cuomo Meets With Trump Over Expedited Traveler Program Ban
State News
Cuomo Meets With Trump Over Expedited Traveler Program Ban
2020-02-13 21:52:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban New Yorkers from enrolling in programs that expedite border crossings. The meeting between the two men,... Read More

Coronavirus Quarantines Prompt Warnings of Possible Civil Rights Violations
In The News
Coronavirus Quarantines Prompt Warnings of Possible Civil Rights Violations
2020-02-13 16:20:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal and state officials are hurrying to figure out a long-term quarantine procedure for passengers arriving at U.S. airports who potentially carry the deadly coronavirus without violating their rights. As the epidemic grows, they are considering quarantine within... Read More

Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
Law
Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
2020-02-13 16:19:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Security guards for Turkey’s president must face civil prosecution in Washington, D.C. after they beat protesters on Embassy Row three years ago, a federal judge ruled last week. Attorneys for the government of Turkey argued the security personnel... Read More

A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
Geopolitics
A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
2020-02-13 16:15:13
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is forging the next chapter of his presidency following the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial which resulted, according to the White House press secretary, in his acquittal and his “full vindication and exoneration.”  But... Read More

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Resigns in Wake of Caucus Fiasco
Political News
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Resigns in Wake of Caucus Fiasco
2020-02-13 16:10:07
by Dan McCue

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price resigned Wednesday night, saying in a lengthy letter that his continued "presence in my current role" would only serve as a distraction as the party seeks to move on from the state's caucus fiasco.... Read More

Judge Orders More Data on Potential Voter Registration Fixes in Texas
State News
Judge Orders More Data on Potential Voter Registration Fixes in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Saying he wants a firm grasp of how long it will take Texas to comply with federal voter registration mandates, a U.S. judge on Monday ordered opposing sides to meet with technology specialists by the end of... Read More

House Action on Equal Rights Amendment Sets Up Legal Fights
Congress
House Action on Equal Rights Amendment Sets Up Legal Fights

WASHINGTON — The House will attempt to revive the Equal Rights Amendment later this week, with a vote to remove the 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopen the process for amending the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex.... Read More

Democratic Caucus Governance Still Shrouded in Secrecy
U.S. House
Democratic Caucus Governance Still Shrouded in Secrecy

WASHINGTON — House Democratic Caucus rules are not publicly available online, leaving the public in the dark on how those lawmakers assume power within the party and the procedures that members follow as part of that collective group. It has... Read More

In Aftermath of New Hampshire Results, a Scramble for Black Votes
2020 Elections
In Aftermath of New Hampshire Results, a Scramble for Black Votes

MANCHESTER, N.H. — What’s one thing Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar all have in common, other than the fact they each had a good showing in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary? They all come from mostly white states and... Read More

Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran
Foreign Affairs
Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran is moving toward approval in the Senate. The resolution, authored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, asserts that Trump must win approval... Read More

2020ers Look to Super Tuesday Even as 2 Other States Loom
2020 Elections
2020ers Look to Super Tuesday Even as 2 Other States Loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada votes next and then South Carolina. But top Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination are already looking ahead to the biggest prize on the primary calendar: Super Tuesday, the slate of contests when more than... Read More

Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
Think Tanks
Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
2020-02-12 21:19:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The start of primary season tends to focus the mind on the race for the White House, but if Democrats want to retake control of the U.S. Senate as well, they need to be looking at a decisive... Read More

Democrats Say Corporate Tax Rate Favors the Rich, Overlooks the Poor
Congress
Democrats Say Corporate Tax Rate Favors the Rich, Overlooks the Poor
2020-02-12 18:10:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats assailed the Trump administration’s 2017 corporate tax cut during a hearing Tuesday. They said the drop from 35 percent to 21 percent is adding to the national deficit while leaving less tax revenue for programs to... Read More

‘It Ain’t Over, Man,’ Biden Says in South Carolina
2020 Elections
‘It Ain’t Over, Man,’ Biden Says in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former Vice President Joe Biden fled an election defeat in New Hampshire on Tuesday, returning to South Carolina hours before polls closed with a message for the experts and cable TV pundits who said his struggling campaign... Read More

Virginia Cities Will Be Allowed to Move Confederate Monuments Under New Law
State News
Virginia Cities Will Be Allowed to Move Confederate Monuments Under New Law

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia state Delegate Jay Jones has to see the statue of a Confederate soldier every day on his way to his law office in Norfolk. “Every time I drive past it … my heart breaks a little... Read More

DC Statehood Gets First Congressional Vote in 27 Years
Congress
DC Statehood Gets First Congressional Vote in 27 Years

WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than a quarter-century, Congress has voted on a measure to make most of the area comprising the District of Columbia the 51st state. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform approved the... Read More

Twitter Follows Facebook Cracking Down on Census Misinformation
Social Media
Twitter Follows Facebook Cracking Down on Census Misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Social media company Twitter Inc. extended policies meant to protect election integrity to the U.S. Census Tuesday, saying it will prohibit posts containing false or misleading information about how to participate in the national survey. Twitter and... Read More

New Hampshire Democratic Turnout Surpasses Record 2008 Numbers
Voting
New Hampshire Democratic Turnout Surpasses Record 2008 Numbers
2020-02-12 17:39:15
by Dan McCue

Turnout in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire surpassed that of the record turnout year of 2008. With 98% reporting as of 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the New Hampshire vote tally stood at 295,129 - blowing by the 288,672... Read More

Moderates Prevail Among Dem Voters in New Hampshire
2020 Elections
Moderates Prevail Among Dem Voters in New Hampshire
2020-02-12 17:36:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont eked out a win in New Hampshire by appealing to young, liberal college students in the state, but his victory was far from an endorsement of the party's far left. In fact, with... Read More

Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
Federal Reserve
Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
2020-02-12 14:18:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel on Tuesday that while the U.S. economy continues to show steady growth, the broadening coronavirus outbreak “could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of... Read More

Sanders Edges Buttigieg in NH, Giving Dems 2 Front-Runners
2020 Elections
Sanders Edges Buttigieg in NH, Giving Dems 2 Front-Runners

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary, edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. In his Tuesday night win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic... Read More

Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
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Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
2020-02-12 11:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the department’s interference in the sentencing of former Trump insider Roger Stone. Schumer sent his written request to Inspector General Michael Horowitz after a key... Read More

Even Before Iowa Fiasco, Caucuses Were on Their Way Out
Elections
Even Before Iowa Fiasco, Caucuses Were on Their Way Out

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take the high-profile disaster that was last week’s Iowa caucus for state political parties to move away from the party-run presidential preference system. Even before the Iowa debacle, caucuses were on their way out across the... Read More

Some Nonprofit Hospitals Aren’t Earning Their Tax Breaks, Critics Say
Taxes
Some Nonprofit Hospitals Aren’t Earning Their Tax Breaks, Critics Say

CHICAGO — On a recent morning at John H. Stroger Hospital, hardly a seat was to be had in any of the first-floor clinic waiting rooms. Not in audiology. Not in heart and vascular. Not in the pharmacy or ophthalmology.... Read More

New Hampshire Anoints Bernie Sanders as Front-Runner, On Good Night for Buttigieg and Klobuchar
2020 Elections
New Hampshire Anoints Bernie Sanders as Front-Runner, On Good Night for Buttigieg and Klobuchar

NASHUA, N.H. — Sen. Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night, anointing the democratic socialist the front-runner as Democrats also conferred decisive stamps of approval on two moderates, Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. For Joe Biden,... Read More

Decline in New Jobs Hints at Weakness in Otherwise Healthy Market
Employment
Decline in New Jobs Hints at Weakness in Otherwise Healthy Market
2020-02-11 21:55:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Businesses across the U.S. cut back in the number of new job openings they advertised in December, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The pullback, following a similar decline in November is seen by some economists as a sign... Read More

Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
Voting
Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
2020-02-11 21:50:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The virtue of absentee ballots has no doubt been argued everywhere from Shelly's Back Room in Washington, D.C., where the give-and-take was accompanied by cigars and whiskey, to the crowded dining room of the Red Arrow 24 Diner... Read More

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