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On Eve of The Iowa Caucuses, Democrats Play to Voter Nostalgia and Fatigue
2020 Elections
On Eve of The Iowa Caucuses, Democrats Play to Voter Nostalgia and Fatigue

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidates hopscotched across the state Sunday in their final day of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses, as jittery anticipation of the start of voting mixed with a bittersweet sense of the long buildup coming... Read More

Green Card Gridlock: When Will Congress Agree on a Solution?
Immigration
Green Card Gridlock: When Will Congress Agree on a Solution?

WASHINGTON — On Dec. 18, immigration reform stalwart Richard J. Durbin’s announcement on the Senate floor about a rare bipartisan breakthrough flew largely under the radar, overshadowed in the chaotic flurry of impeachment. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and Republican Sen.... Read More

‘Magical Leaf’ or ‘Imminent Hazard’? Users Love Kratom, But Feds Might Ban It
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‘Magical Leaf’ or ‘Imminent Hazard’? Users Love Kratom, But Feds Might Ban It

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first time she used kratom, Ashley McCaughan was scared. Someone had suggested she try the controversial herbal supplement to fend off the aches and pains of her job managing a personal watercraft company in Florida.... Read More

As States Prepare for Disasters, They Acknowledge Things Will Get Worse
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As States Prepare for Disasters, They Acknowledge Things Will Get Worse

WASHINGTON — State lawmakers across the country are calling for huge investments to mitigate the effects of wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, droughts and other natural disasters made more devastating and frequent by climate change. Following the hottest decade on record, which... Read More

Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear
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Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump marked the roughly third-year anniversary of his controversial “travel ban” on Friday by adding six African, Central and East Asian countries to the list of those whose nationals face restrictions on travel to the United... Read More

Senate Votes Against Calling Witnesses in Trump Impeachment Trial
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Senate Votes Against Calling Witnesses in Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted narrowly Friday to bring the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to a close without issuing subpoenas for witnesses or evidence, rejecting Democrats’ principal demand and clearing the way for an all-but-certain acquittal to take... Read More

DNC Overhauls Debate Requirements, Opening Door for Bloomberg
2020 Elections
DNC Overhauls Debate Requirements, Opening Door for Bloomberg
2020-01-31 21:29:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee on Friday eliminated a qualifying fundraising requirement for a February debate in Las Vegas, potentially paving  the way for Michael Bloomberg to appear on the debate stage for the first time. The debate is... Read More

States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
State News
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
2020-01-31 17:00:02
by Dan McCue

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party’s nomination. Currently, candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor run... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
Education
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
2020-01-31 16:57:02
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A new report released by D.C.-based think tank,  Bipartisan Policy Center, hopes to create a “bipartisan blueprint” for higher education reform.  Attaining a post-secondary degree is believed to be vital for success in today’s workforce, lauded for long-term... Read More

Delaney Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign
2020 Elections
Delaney Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign
2020-01-31 15:04:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., ended his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Friday morning, saying an internal analysis showed he wouldn't do well enough in Monday's Iowa caucus to remain viable. In addition, his campaign said,... Read More

Pentagon Says US Injury Count From Iran Strike Rises to 64
Military
Pentagon Says US Injury Count From Iran Strike Rises to 64

WASHINGTON — At least 64 U.S. military personnel in Iraq suffered brain trauma in an Iranian missile attack launched in retaliation after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of an Iranian general. The 64 service members — 14 more than... Read More

How a Single Policy Transformed the US Asylum System
Immigration
How a Single Policy Transformed the US Asylum System

SAN DIEGO — Over the last year, the Trump administration has dramatically changed the way the U.S. asylum system processes many of the people coming to the southwest border to seek protection. The administration has heralded those changes as a... Read More

House Panel Asks Whether Legislation Can Keep Cash as King
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House Panel Asks Whether Legislation Can Keep Cash as King

WASHINGTON — At some uncertain point in the future, printing cash may be a waste of money. As Americans increasingly rely on credit cards, online transfers, mobile apps and cryptocurrencies to complete transactions, a House panel debated Thursday the promise... Read More

What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?
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What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?

WASHINGTON — With increasing prospects of a 50-50 tie on the Friday vote to subpoena witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, Democrats are considering how they might be able to nudge Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to weigh in... Read More

Coronavirus Now a Global Health Emergency, World Health Organization Declares
Health
Coronavirus Now a Global Health Emergency, World Health Organization Declares

NEW YORK — The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency Thursday after the newly discovered infection sickened thousands of Chinese people in a week and continued to spread worldwide. The rarely used declaration, which triggers... Read More

Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses
Impeachment
Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses

WASHINGTON — With the announcement from a key Republican that he won’t back a call for witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Republicans are likely to wrap up the trial quickly, perhaps as soon as Friday evening. Democrats’ hopes... Read More

Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
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Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
2020-01-31 13:15:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Drug control experts urged Congress Tuesday to take quick action to prevent drugs created by clandestine chemists that mimic the effects of opioids from entering legal and illegal marketplaces. They suggested that Congress turn a temporary order on... Read More

Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
Technology
Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
2020-01-30 21:09:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Google’s former chief executive officer told Congress Wednesday the United States would lose its lead in artificial intelligence technology to China in less than a decade unless the federal government creates incentives for new research and development. “In... Read More

States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
Litigation
States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
2020-01-30 21:06:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen states have joined a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration from reducing food benefits for about 700,000 people nationwide. The cuts represent a rule change the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized shortly before Christmas for... Read More

Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
State News
Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
2020-01-30 17:56:28
by Dan McCue

Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker called on his colleagues in the state legislature Wednesday to pass House Bill 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that could restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of ex-felons who have completed their sentences.... Read More

New Poll Finds Race for Democratic Nomination in Pennsylvania is Tightening
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Race for Democratic Nomination in Pennsylvania is Tightening
2020-01-30 16:49:21
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to be the top choice for president among Pennsylvania voters, a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds, but the race for the Democratic nomination is tightening. At the same time, the poll released... Read More

Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
Medicaid
Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
2020-01-30 16:46:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - States will now have the ability to convert part of their Medicaid funding into a block grant under a new program announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday. According to Seema Verma, administrator of... Read More

GOP Optimism Grows on Blocking Witnesses in Impeachment Trial
Impeachment
GOP Optimism Grows on Blocking Witnesses in Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — Former national security adviser John Bolton loomed large in Democratic senators’ inquiries during the question-and-answer phase of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday, but Republicans are increasingly confident that by the end of the week they will have... Read More

WHO Considers Emergency Decree Over Coronavirus; Toll Hits 170
Health
WHO Considers Emergency Decree Over Coronavirus; Toll Hits 170

The World Health Organization called a meeting of its Emergency Committee Thursday to consider issuing a global alarm as the death toll from the spreading coronavirus rose to 170 and the number of cases jumped. Governments tightened international travel and... Read More

View From The Gallery: Senators Swap Notes and Jockey for Questions at Trump Trial
Impeachment
View From The Gallery: Senators Swap Notes and Jockey for Questions at Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker approached a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team on the floor Wednesday and loudly asked: “You’re not packing up to leave, are you?” Former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz had gathered a... Read More

Iowa Caucuses Still Up for Grabs, Monmouth Poll Shows
2020 Elections
Iowa Caucuses Still Up for Grabs, Monmouth Poll Shows

WASHINGTON — Iowa remains up for grabs with nearly half of voters saying they could change their mind five days before the Feb. 3 caucuses, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. The poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers found... Read More

New York Lawmakers Weigh Changing How Drunk is Too Drunk to Drive
State News
New York Lawmakers Weigh Changing How Drunk is Too Drunk to Drive

ALBANY, N.Y. — A pair of New York lawmakers want to lower the legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol content. Currently, the legal driving blood alcohol limit .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. But Assemblyman... Read More

Hearing on Ohio Bill to Limit Protest Ends in — What Else? — Protest
State News
Hearing on Ohio Bill to Limit Protest Ends in — What Else? — Protest

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The chairman on an Ohio legislative committee Wednesday told a packed room that he wouldn’t hear spoken testimony on a bill that most in the audience believe is intended to stifle protest. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the matter ended... Read More

HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
Health
HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
2020-01-29 20:43:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States will expand screenings of international travelers in response to the outbreak of the potentially deadly new coronavirus, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. "At this point Americans should not worry for their own... Read More

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