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Trump Airs Grievances After Impeachment Acquittal
Political News
Trump Airs Grievances After Impeachment Acquittal

WASHINGTON — A day after his acquittal in the Senate, President Donald Trump celebrated with Republican allies and ripped Democrats — and the lone Republican — who backed his conviction, expressing a litany of lingering grievances in a somewhat subdued... Read More

DNC Chair Calls for Recanvassing of Iowa Caucus Results
2020 Elections
DNC Chair Calls for Recanvassing of Iowa Caucus Results
2020-02-06 18:48:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Thursday called for a recanvass in Iowa following a glitch in a computer app that has delayed the release of complete results from the state’s Democratic caucuses earlier this week. “Enough... Read More

Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
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Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
2020-02-06 18:47:17
by Dan McCue

A Virginia senate panel has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would create a bipartisan commission to draw the Commonwealth's political map following the 2020 census. The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 13-1 to approve the... Read More

Iowa 2020 Is a Drag, Not a Disaster
Opinions
Iowa 2020 Is a Drag, Not a Disaster
2020-02-05 22:37:57
by Sean O'Brien

The Iowa Democratic Party did exactly the right thing. In the midst of an awful scenario of its own making, party officials took a step back to ensure that when the final votes are tallied, the announced result would be... Read More

State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
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State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
2020-02-05 19:20:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It started with President Donald Trump refusing to shake hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ended with the speaker ripping up the president's speech in full view of  everyone in the House chamber, and thanks to television,... Read More

Partisan Passions Overtake Trump’s State of the Union Speech
In The News
Partisan Passions Overtake Trump’s State of the Union Speech

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump highlighted economic gains and his reelection bid in a sweeping State of the Union address Tuesday, but his impeachment overshadowed the text as the traditional address to a joint session of Congress devolved into theatrical... Read More

Candidates Flock to New Hampshire, Where Stakes Have Risen After Iowa Muddle
2020 Elections
Candidates Flock to New Hampshire, Where Stakes Have Risen After Iowa Muddle

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential hopefuls arrived in New Hampshire before dawn Tuesday for a weeklong primary sprint made more urgent by the vote-counting chaos that left the Iowa caucus results a muddle. The lack of verified, complete results from... Read More

Inside the Epic Iowa Meltdown That Paralyzed 2020 Democrats
2020 Elections
Inside the Epic Iowa Meltdown That Paralyzed 2020 Democrats

DES MOINES, Iowa — The first signs of trouble in the Iowa Democratic caucuses emerged early Monday afternoon when a handful of county chairs had problems downloading and logging onto a new app designed to report results. “A lot of... Read More

Sen. Shelby Leaves Door Open for Return of Earmarks
Congress
Sen. Shelby Leaves Door Open for Return of Earmarks

WASHINGTON — Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby appeared to soften a little Tuesday on a potential return of earmarks in spending bills this year, after saying last week his Republican colleagues probably wouldn’t allow it. The Alabama Republican said... Read More

Why The Coronavirus Will Hit The World Economy Harder Than SARS
Political News
Why The Coronavirus Will Hit The World Economy Harder Than SARS

WASHINGTON — During the 2003 SARS epidemic, Starbucks barely had 100 stores in China to worry about. The company responded by postponing staff meetings, and pushing stricter hygiene and store-cleaning procedures for employees. This time around with the new coronavirus... Read More

Key Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union Speech
White House
Key Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union Speech

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, on the eve of his likely acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, delivered his third State of the Union address — and added to the drama with a handful of stage-managed surprises. His 78-minute remarks... Read More

The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
2020-02-04 23:50:35
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

Seeking a More Worker-Friendly Economy, Some States Push Employee Ownership
In The States
Seeking a More Worker-Friendly Economy, Some States Push Employee Ownership

AURORA, Colo. — Cassie Larimer is the assistant director of Happy Ladybug Early Learning, a child care center and preschool tucked into a one-story brick building in this city east of Denver. But her new business cards, emblazoned with a... Read More

Survey Finds Large Employers Expanding Paid Leave Benefits
Employment
Survey Finds Large Employers Expanding Paid Leave Benefits
2020-02-04 21:34:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of U.S.- based large employers are expanding paid leave benefits by increasing the number of days available for leave, broadening eligibility, and considering new types of paid leave, a new Business Group on Health survey found.... Read More

Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
2020-02-04 21:28:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats Monday called for an end to federal budgeting by temporary, continuing resolution, throwing their support behind a measure requiring Congress to pass all appropriations bills on time. H.R. 5226, the Funding... Read More

Nevada Dems Say No to Shadow App Involved in Iowa Chaos
2020 Elections
Nevada Dems Say No to Shadow App Involved in Iowa Chaos
2020-02-04 21:22:54
by Dan McCue

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that it will not use the app involved in the disastrous Iowa caucuses for their own election contest on Feb. 22. “Nevada Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last... Read More

Court Battle Predicted Over Wisconsin Legislative Districts
State News
Court Battle Predicted Over Wisconsin Legislative Districts
2020-02-04 16:53:41
by Dan McCue

The speaker of Wisconsin's state assembly said Sunday that legislative maps soon to be created by a new nonpartisan redistricting board have very little chance of ever being used. Appearing on WISN television in Milwaukee, Speaker Robin Vos said he... Read More

Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
Health
Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
2020-02-04 16:48:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers, led by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in the House, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, in the Senate, are urging the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to quickly distribute rapid diagnostic tests... Read More

Senators Push for Expanded Analysis of Fed Spending on K-12 Education
Education
Senators Push for Expanded Analysis of Fed Spending on K-12 Education
2020-02-04 16:42:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and John Boozeman, R-Ark., are among those joining in a bipartisan push to get the Education Department to expand its planned analysis of K-12 education spending to include dual and concurrent... Read More

Judge Orders More Data on Potential Voter Registration Fixes in Texas
2020 Elections
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

Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales
State News
Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales

CHICAGO — Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and operators say they don’t expect sales to slow down any time soon. Sales to Illinois residents totaled more than $30.6... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Pack Up Desks as Impeachment Trial Nears Its End
In The News
View From the Gallery: Senators Pack Up Desks as Impeachment Trial Nears Its End

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer tightly hugged Rep. Adam B. Schiff just after the closing argument in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then spoke directly into the House lead manager’s ear for about 10 seconds. Before the... Read More

State of The Union: Democrats, Republicans Brace for a Hostile Trump
Political News
State of The Union: Democrats, Republicans Brace for a Hostile Trump

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republican lawmakers are bracing for a whole new level of partisan belligerence from President Donald Trump at the State of the Union on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the Senate is expected to vote to... Read More

Iowa Caucus Results Delayed After Struggle With New Reporting Process
2020 Elections
Iowa Caucus Results Delayed After Struggle With New Reporting Process

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrats crowded into local caucuses Monday night as Iowa embarked on its first-in-the-nation tradition of picking presidential candidates, with clear divisions along the lines of ideology and age affecting their choices. Early entrance polls conducted for... Read More

Buttigieg Grabs Slight Lead in Final Iowa Caucus Poll
Opinion Polls
Buttigieg Grabs Slight Lead in Final Iowa Caucus Poll
2020-02-03 17:55:24
by Dan McCue

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead in a last-minute poll of Iowa Democrats, released by Focus of Rural America. In a poll conducted for the Democratic group last week by David Binder Research, Buttigieg, who... Read More

Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
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Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
2020-02-03 17:00:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Virginia motorists lose 9.5 billion annually on roadways that are rough, congested and lacking in some desirable safety features, according to a new report by TRIP, a nonpartisan research organization focusing on transportation issues. The nonprofit says the... Read More

Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention
2020 Elections
Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention

Dr. George Pink is a professor who studies rural health, not a doctor who tries to provide it. For the sake of his own blood pressure, he’s grateful. “Not a day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God I’m... Read More

Klobuchar Vows to Fight on, Says No Deal With Biden’s Campaign
2020 Elections
Klobuchar Vows to Fight on, Says No Deal With Biden’s Campaign

WASHINGTON — Democrat Amy Klobuchar vowed to battle on for the 2020 Democratic nomination even as her support lags and said she hasn’t made a deal to work in concert with Joe Biden’s campaign in Iowa. The senator from Minnesota... Read More

Coronavirus: These Countries, Airlines Restrict Travel to China
Health
Coronavirus: These Countries, Airlines Restrict Travel to China

The outbreak of the coronavirus has prompted dozens of nations and airlines to restrict travel, increasingly isolating the country of more than 1.3 billion people. Nearly 10,000 flights were canceled between the outbreak of the virus and Jan. 31, according... Read More

What Happens at an Iowa Caucus?
2020 Elections
What Happens at an Iowa Caucus?

The presidential campaigns have been on full boil in Iowa for months, but the outcome won’t be known until after 7 p.m. Monday night. That’s when Iowans gather at county fairgrounds, school lunchrooms and community centers to cast the first... Read More

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