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Actor Patrick Dempsey to Fix Political Gridlock in New CBS Pilot
Television
Actor Patrick Dempsey to Fix Political Gridlock in New CBS Pilot
2020-02-11 21:48:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — News around Capitol Hill last week was that actor Patrick Dempsey would be starring in a new political drama.   The CBS pilot plot, originally named “The Whip” has since had a title change to “Ways & Means,” but... Read More

Klobuchar Prevails In Early Voting in New Hampshire
2020 Elections
Klobuchar Prevails In Early Voting in New Hampshire
2020-02-11 18:56:44
by Dan McCue

Voting is still underway in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, but in two of three locations that voted at midnight, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., emerged as the clear winner. In Hart's Location in Carroll County, N.H., Klobuchar received six votes. Massachusetts... Read More

House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
Cybersecurity
House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
2020-02-11 18:42:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Seven House members have come together in a bipartisan effort to help state and local governments address cybersecurity weaknesses in their networks. The lawmakers engaged in the effort are Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., John Katko, R-N.Y., Derek Kilmer,... Read More

Cuomo: States Need to Take Lead on Infrastructure Improvements
State News
Cuomo: States Need to Take Lead on Infrastructure Improvements
2020-02-11 18:35:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New York Gov. Mario Cuomo struck an almost whimsical note at the opening of his address on infrastructure this past weekend before the National Governors Association. "Imagine if we had a magic wand," said Cuomo, who was unanimously... Read More

Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
2020-02-11 18:33:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion election year budget plan was largely panned on Capitol Hill and elsewhere Monday as just the latest example of a lack of fiscal discipline in the nation's capital. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan does... Read More

Congress Debates Proposal to Remove Approval Deadline for ERA
In The News
Congress Debates Proposal to Remove Approval Deadline for ERA
2020-02-11 18:31:17
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The House split along party lines Monday during a hearing that could help add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution within weeks. Both the House and Senate are considering resolutions that would remove the deadline for states... Read More

Pennsylvania Democrats Who Won Republican Districts on How to Beat Trump in 2020
Political News
Pennsylvania Democrats Who Won Republican Districts on How to Beat Trump in 2020

PHILADELPHIA — What’s the key to beating President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania in 2020? The Democratic presidential candidates mostly aren’t campaigning in Pennsylvania yet. But they are trying to convince voters in early states who are obsessed with “electability” that... Read More

Polling Voters Who Won’t Answer the Phone, and Other Challenges of Election Math
Opinion Polls
Polling Voters Who Won’t Answer the Phone, and Other Challenges of Election Math

PHILADELPHIA — From her cubicle in a quiet New Jersey office park, Maryann Hand called voter after voter in Iowa with this public-service appeal: “Your participation is very important because only 500 people have been randomly selected for this survey,"... Read More

Key Takeaways From Trump’s Budget Proposal
Federal Budget
Key Takeaways From Trump’s Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion spending blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that proposes billions more for defense and a U.S. mission to Mars but would cut deeply into other operations including the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposal,... Read More

Just Hours to Go, New Hampshire Primary Voters Still Can’t Make Up Their Minds
2020 Elections
Just Hours to Go, New Hampshire Primary Voters Still Can’t Make Up Their Minds

LEBANON, N.H. — They’ve been pummeled by millions of dollars in TV ads, had repeated chances to see the major candidates up close, sometimes in neighbors’ living rooms, and they’ve watched debates play out on television. Now, they’re about to... Read More

Changing Electorate Could Affect New Hampshire's Primary
2020 Elections
Changing Electorate Could Affect New Hampshire's Primary

New Hampshire has been holding the first-in-the-nation presidential primary for 100 years, but a significant number of Tuesday's ballots could be cast by newcomers to that storied tradition. New Hampshire has one of the nation's lowest percentages of native-born residents, with only... Read More

Pompeo Warns Governors to Be Wary of China's Economic Overtures
State News
Pompeo Warns Governors to Be Wary of China's Economic Overtures
2020-02-10 21:44:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered a stern warning about China in a speech to governors on Saturday, warning that Beijing is using economic promises as a wedge to exploit U.S. vulnerabilities. "The competition with China is not... Read More

Women Hong Kong Protesters Upend Gender Roles in Democracy Fight
In The News
Women Hong Kong Protesters Upend Gender Roles in Democracy Fight

HONG KONG — During Hong Kong’s Occupy protests in 2014, Aria listened to Lady Gaga, put on makeup and wore cute outfits, embracing the ubiquitous “Goddess of Democracy” moniker at a time when online polls asked whether the city’s few... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Endorses House Candidates
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Endorses House Candidates
2020-02-10 19:27:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Determined to build on the Democratic Party's success in flipping the House in 2018, the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund is endorsing six candidates to challenge Republican incumbents this election cycle. These challengers are part of the Frontier... Read More

Democratic Hopefuls Scramble as New Hampshire Primary Nears
2020 Elections
Democratic Hopefuls Scramble as New Hampshire Primary Nears

CONCORD, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidates, fresh off the most contentious debate of this nominating contest, plunged Saturday into a final weekend of campaigning before the New Hampshire primary, with two front-runners looking to score a clearer victory than their... Read More

Top Ally Defends Trump’s Firing of Two Key Impeachment Witnesses
In The News
Top Ally Defends Trump’s Firing of Two Key Impeachment Witnesses

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump’s ouster of two witnesses from his administration whom he blames for his impeachment, and suggested he would like to see one of the men questioned further. Graham, a South Carolina Republican... Read More

Buttigieg Wins Most Iowa Delegates After Party Reviews Caucus
2020 Elections
Buttigieg Wins Most Iowa Delegates After Party Reviews Caucus

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Pete Buttigieg appears to have sealed his victory in Iowa after the state’s Democratic Party released on Sunday corrected results from its disputed caucuses. Buttigieg now has 14 delegates from Iowa to Bernie Sanders’ 12. Elizabeth Warren... Read More

Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts
Political News
Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts

President Donald Trump will propose a $4.8 trillion budget on Monday, with sharp cuts to safety-net programs and international aid, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a senior administration official. The proposal would cut non-defense spending by 5% to $590... Read More

The Democratic Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Democratic Convention Delegate Process Explained
2020-02-07 20:32:35
by Dan McCue

Although most of us focus on the candidates running for president, in reality, the primaries and caucuses in which we vote are a process of selecting delegates in each state to send to their party's national presidential nominating convention. Once... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
2020-02-07 19:56:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of seven bills aimed at improving health care coverage and reducing costs for millions of Americans. “The American people deserve solutions that move past partisan posturing and make real progress... Read More

Analysis: A Big Issue Voters Might Be Missing
Health
Analysis: A Big Issue Voters Might Be Missing

WASHINGTON — Democrats who say they are determined to keep voters focused on health care this year were hoping that the Supreme Court would hand them a ready-made campaign ad and a potential courtroom win. Instead, the court recently punted... Read More

With Cybercriminals on the Attack, States Help Cities Punch Back
Cybercrime
With Cybercriminals on the Attack, States Help Cities Punch Back

WASHINGTON — When the computers of the city of Lodi, Calif., got hit by a ransomware attack last April, the strike disabled phone lines, forced police officers to write reports by hand and prevented workers from sending out utility bills.... Read More

Confusion Reigned in Iowa Caucus — Even Before the Chaotic Results
Iowa
Confusion Reigned in Iowa Caucus — Even Before the Chaotic Results

DES MOINES, Iowa — Reyma McCoy McDeid designed an Iowa caucus precinct that was tailored to voters with disabilities. But it almost got derailed. While normal Democratic caucuses are standing affairs, every caucusgoer at the Central Iowa Center for Independent... Read More

Does Putin Intend to Rule for Life — or Does He Have Other Plans?
Russia
Does Putin Intend to Rule for Life — or Does He Have Other Plans?

MOSCOW — When Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes last month, prompting the replacement of his entire government, analysts were quick to assume he was charting a course to rule Russia for life. Weeks later, here’s what we... Read More

The Baltimore Spy Who Beat the Nazis
In The News
The Baltimore Spy Who Beat the Nazis

BALTIMORE — The story of Virginia Hall, a spy who eluded capture in France by the Nazis during World War II, is remarkable and compelling. Her biographers say the Gestapo considered her the most dangerous of all Allied spies. Her... Read More

Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
Medicaid
Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
2020-02-07 16:55:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association is warning that a newly proposed regulation by the Trump administration could lead to dramatic cuts in Medicaid and deny health care to millions of low-income Americans. In a bipartisan letter signed by Govs.... Read More

White House Says China Guilty of 'Massive' Intellectual Property Theft, FBI Vows Crackdown
In The News
White House Says China Guilty of 'Massive' Intellectual Property Theft, FBI Vows Crackdown
2020-02-07 16:51:18
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told a gathering of world ambassadors this week that China has engaged in a "massive theft" of Intellectual property from the U.S., complicating diplomatic relations and making events like the recent trade dispute... Read More

Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill
In The News
Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill
2020-02-07 15:26:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Proving that acrimony wasn't the only emotion felt on Capitol Hill this week, Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio delivered a unanimous House vote Wednesday in favor of granting access to treatment derived from working with... Read More

Pelosi, Pompeo to Keynote National Governors Association Winter Meeting
Political News
Pelosi, Pompeo to Keynote National Governors Association Winter Meeting
2020-02-07 15:23:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver the keynote addresses at this weekend's National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington. The meeting is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Saturday... Read More

Coronavirus Quarantine Site in Washington State is Ready — But So Far, the Rooms are Empty
Health
Coronavirus Quarantine Site in Washington State is Ready — But So Far, the Rooms are Empty

SEATTLE — Off Interstate 90 east of North Bend, through a winding, twisting road with blind turns and a gated entrance, sits the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy. The sprawling site features a multilevel building with burn pits, a... Read More

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