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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
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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
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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
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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

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections
State News
Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections

RICHMOND, Va. — Advocates for people who identify as LGBTQ cheered Thursday as Virginia’s General Assembly passed comprehensive legislation protecting them from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces. “This is a historic day and bright moment for the whole... Read More

Interior Moves to Speed Energy Development on Formerly Protected Utah Land
State News
Interior Moves to Speed Energy Development on Formerly Protected Utah Land

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump drew the ire of tribes and environmentalists when he issued proclamations in December 2017 significantly reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments, two sites designated by previous Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton... Read More

A Doctor’s Death Could Break Chinese People’s Trust in Their Government
Health
A Doctor’s Death Could Break Chinese People’s Trust in Their Government

BEIJING — He appeared on social media, a solitary man in a surgical mask, warning of a deadly virus. The Chinese government moved to downplay the emergency, but Dr. Li Wenliang’s insistence that an epidemic was coming turned him into... Read More

The Trump vs. Pelosi Feud Just Got Worse. Can Washington Get Anything Else Done?
Political News
The Trump vs. Pelosi Feud Just Got Worse. Can Washington Get Anything Else Done?

WASHINGTON — Any semblance of a working relationship between Washington’s two most powerful political leaders disintegrated perhaps beyond repair this week, leaving doubts about whether Congress and the White House will be able to accomplish anything in this election year.... Read More

Amid Irregularities, AP Unable to Declare Winner in Iowa
2020 Elections
Amid Irregularities, AP Unable to Declare Winner in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Associated Press said Thursday that it is unable to declare a winner of Iowa's Democratic caucuses. Following the Iowa Democratic Party's release of new results late Thursday night, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete... Read More

Luria Joins Effort to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination
Employment
Luria Joins Effort to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination
2020-02-06 22:15:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Americans are working more and longer than ever, yet age discrimination worries often give older workers a lack of confidence in being able to keep their jobs or find new ones.  That’s why the House threw its bipartisan... Read More

Defense Contractors Promise Innovations to Keep US Ahead of Foreign Adversaries
Military
Defense Contractors Promise Innovations to Keep US Ahead of Foreign Adversaries
2020-02-06 21:59:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Defense contractors urged Congress Wednesday to increase spending on new military technology as the Trump administration prepares to release its proposed defense budget for fiscal 2021 next week. They described current U.S. military efforts at developing innovative technologies... Read More

States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
Litigation
States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
2020-02-06 21:55:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 27 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the... Read More

Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Benefits for Veteran Firefighters
Congress
Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Benefits for Veteran Firefighters
2020-02-06 21:50:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., believes veteran firefighters should receive fair retirement and health care benefits that better accord to their service to their country. Toward that end, she’s introduced H.R. 5637, the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act.... Read More

With No Front-Runner Emerging, Late-Voting States Poised to Play a Bigger Role
2020 Elections
With No Front-Runner Emerging, Late-Voting States Poised to Play a Bigger Role

PHILADELPHIA — A split winner seems to be emerging from Iowa, where results were still slowly trickling in Wednesday, two days after votes were cast. And in a series of upcoming contests, polling suggests different candidates could come out on... Read More

Majority of Election Sites in Battleground States Lack Validation, McAfee Finds
2020 Elections
Majority of Election Sites in Battleground States Lack Validation, McAfee Finds

WASHINGTON — A vast majority of election-related websites operated by local governments in battleground states lack a key feature that would help distinguish them from those run by commercial entities or criminal hackers — a site that ends in .gov... Read More

FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Coronavirus Test
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FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Coronavirus Test

The federal government has issued an emergency order allowing its coronavirus test to be used by state health labs nationwide, speeding up efforts to detect and contain new cases of the mysterious new illness. Since the first cases of the... Read More

New Yorkers No Longer Allowed to Renew, Enroll in Global Entry: DHS
Homeland Security
New Yorkers No Longer Allowed to Renew, Enroll in Global Entry: DHS

l NEW YORK — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reportedly is suspending several Trusted Traveler Programs — including Global Entry — for all New York state residents, lashing out at the passage of the “Green Light Law” that allows... Read More

Florida Senate Passes Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion
State News
Florida Senate Passes Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Senate Thursday pulled off what it couldn’t last year. The upper chamber passed a bill that would reinstate a parental consent law declared unconstitutional 30 years ago, requiring minors seeking abortions to first get consent... Read More

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