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Impeachment Sidelining Senators While Biden, Buttigieg and Yang Blanket Iowa, Bloomberg Focuses on Texas
2020 Elections
Impeachment Sidelining Senators While Biden, Buttigieg and Yang Blanket Iowa, Bloomberg Focuses on Texas
2020-01-28 19:14:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- In most presidential election years, being a sitting U.S. Senator might be considered an advantage a week ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. Not in 2020, however. Not by a long shot. That's due to the ongoing impeachment trial... Read More

9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
Voting
9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
2020-01-28 18:35:37
by Dan McCue

A divided federal appeals court overturned election rules in Arizona Monday on the grounds they discriminate against black, Latino and Native American voters. In a 7-4 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Arizona requirement that... Read More

Analysis: Trump’s Attorneys Hint They Will Invoke Executive Privilege to Block Bolton Testimony
Impeachment
Analysis: Trump’s Attorneys Hint They Will Invoke Executive Privilege to Block Bolton Testimony

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s lawyers laid the groundwork Monday for invoking executive privilege in an effort to block potentially damaging public testimony from witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton. Though this claim is unlikely to succeed in... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators’ Personal Habits on Full Display as Week 2 Begins
In The News
View From the Gallery: Senators’ Personal Habits on Full Display as Week 2 Begins

WASHINGTON — Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander fought off sleep as President Donald Trump’s legal team discussed a history of subpoena litigation, eyes closed, his cheek resting on his hand, his chin sometimes dropping toward his orange sweater. When deputy White... Read More

House Members Considering Ending Ban on Earmarks
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House Members Considering Ending Ban on Earmarks

WASHINGTON — House appropriators are considering lifting a nearly 10-year ban on congressionally directed spending, known as earmarks. While no decisions have been made, a House Democratic aide said lawmakers are in the “early stages” of considering allowing earmarks in... Read More

Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
Immigration
Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
2020-01-27 22:04:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court split along ideological lines Monday in a decision allowing the White House to proceed with a rule making it harder for immigrants who rely on public assistance to gain legal status. The unsigned order lifts... Read More

Mideast Peace Plan Proposal Brings Netanyahu, Chief Rival to White House
Geopolitics
Mideast Peace Plan Proposal Brings Netanyahu, Chief Rival to White House
2020-01-27 18:05:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival met separately with President Donald Trump Monday ahead of the administration's unveiling of its highly-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and... Read More

Demands Grow for Bolton to Testify at Trump's Impeachment Trial
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Demands Grow for Bolton to Testify at Trump's Impeachment Trial
2020-01-27 15:53:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The battle over witness testimony at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial reached a fevered pitch Monday after a draft of a book from former national security adviser John Bolton was found to include passages that undercut the president's... Read More

Red States Push for Last-Minute Census Advantage
Census
Red States Push for Last-Minute Census Advantage

WASHINGTON — As the political stakes become clearer, more states are trying to motivate residents to participate in the 2020 census this spring. Some red states had held back: Texas and Florida spent nothing on outreach, as conservatives find it... Read More

Andrew Yang Will be Back on Democratic Debate Stage in February
2020 Elections
Andrew Yang Will be Back on Democratic Debate Stage in February

WASHINGTON — Businessman and outsider Democratic candidate for president, Andrew Yang, has earned a spot in the upcoming eighth democratic debate in New Hampshire. To make the stage for the debate on Feb. 7, candidates have to receive at least... Read More

Trump’s Impeachment Counteroffensive Undercut by Bolton Report Bolstering Call for Witnesses
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Trump’s Impeachment Counteroffensive Undercut by Bolton Report Bolstering Call for Witnesses

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers said their opening foray this weekend in the impeachment trial was only a “sneak preview” to Monday’s main event — but that was before revelations that Trump told John Bolton he wouldn’t lift... Read More

With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China
Health
With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that it planned to evacuate personnel stationed in Wuhan, China, to San Francisco because of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials are “making arrangements to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate... Read More

Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Among 9 Dead in Helicopter Crash
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Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Among 9 Dead in Helicopter Crash

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Lakers, was killed Sunday morning when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the hills above... Read More

High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health of Patients and Rural Hospitals
Health
High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health of Patients and Rural Hospitals

Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged she needed to go to the ER. At Lincoln Community Hospital, about 10 miles from her... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Presidential Election Could Be Too Close to Call for Days Because of a New Law
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Presidential Election Could Be Too Close to Call for Days Because of a New Law

PHILADELPHIA — People holding their breath to see how Pennsylvania votes in the 2020 presidential election might not want to wait up too late on election night. While the unofficial and more immediately available results have accounted for the vast... Read More

Two Men Are in Prison for the Same Florida Murder. One May Be Innocent. He Also May Be Executed
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Two Men Are in Prison for the Same Florida Murder. One May Be Innocent. He Also May Be Executed

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. — On a June morning in 1985, a 30-year-old jail inmate named Jack Pearcy sat in an administrative room of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He agreed to be hooked up to a machine designed to... Read More

Iran Nuclear Deal Remains on Life Support
Geopolitics
Iran Nuclear Deal Remains on Life Support
2020-01-24 18:54:44
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has been on life support for nearly two years since President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from it. The remaining signatories of the deal, which is officially called the Joint Comprehensive... Read More

New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’
Transportation
New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’

WASHINGTON — Bill Taylor was driving home from work in New Hampshire last January when a chunk of ice the size of a shoebox broke off the top of a storage container hauled by a truck ahead of him, crashed... Read More

Residents Near the Great Lakes Wonder: How Do You Handle a Generation’s Worth of Water Level Changes in Just a Few Years?
Infrastructure
Residents Near the Great Lakes Wonder: How Do You Handle a Generation’s Worth of Water Level Changes in Just a Few Years?

CEDARVILLE, Mich. — On a frigid morning in late fall, resort owner Mark Engle studied the mangled planks and dock posts scattered along an ice-glazed channel that feeds into Lake Huron. Les Cheneaux Landing Resort, tucked behind an archipelago of... Read More

Buttigieg Tells Conference America Would Be Better Governed With 'A Mayor's Eye View'
2020 Elections
Buttigieg Tells Conference America Would Be Better Governed With 'A Mayor's Eye View'
2020-01-24 16:43:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A year to the day after ushering reporters into a windowless conference room at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting here to announce his seemingly unlikely bid for the White House, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg returned... Read More

Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020 Elections
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020-01-24 16:31:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Secure Voting Systems
Elections
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Secure Voting Systems
2020-01-24 15:58:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed H.R. 4990, the Election Technology Research Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that will give the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation new resources... Read More

Nation's Mayors at Forefront of Climate Change Fight
Climate
Nation's Mayors at Forefront of Climate Change Fight
2020-01-24 15:53:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Though the Trump administration continues to deny the validity of climate science, a new report suggests that both Democratic and Republican mayors across the nation are taking definitive steps to reduce carbon pollution, a leading contributor to climate... Read More

Despite Bipartisan Support, Some Still Resist HFC Phase-Out Bill
Health
Despite Bipartisan Support, Some Still Resist HFC Phase-Out Bill
2020-01-24 15:43:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — A House bill generally supported by congressional Republicans and manufacturers to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) nevertheless raised a few red flags when it came up before a House subcommittee last week. HFCs are a class of chemicals primarily... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Sit, Spin and Fidget During Trump Trial
Political News
View From the Gallery: Senators Sit, Spin and Fidget During Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy charted a course along the back corner of the Senate chamber Thursday during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The Louisiana Republican walked through an area usually reserved for staff seating, hands in pockets, retracing a... Read More

Impeachment Cellphone Ban Gives Senate Pages a Workout
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Impeachment Cellphone Ban Gives Senate Pages a Workout

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial may be requiring senators to stay seated hour after agonizing hour, but there’s one group getting more exercise than they’ve seen in years: Senate pages. The blue-jacket-clad teens have been running all over... Read More

White House Announces New Rules Limiting Visas for Pregnant Foreign Women
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White House Announces New Rules Limiting Visas for Pregnant Foreign Women

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Thursday to impose restrictions on tourist visas for pregnant foreign women to prevent so-called birth tourism aimed at gaining U.S. citizenship for the child. “Birth tourism poses risks to national security,” the State Department... Read More

House Prosecutors Tackle Biden Claims in Effort to Preempt White House Narrative
Political News
House Prosecutors Tackle Biden Claims in Effort to Preempt White House Narrative

WASHINGTON — House prosecutors spent much of the second day of their opening presentation in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump trying to preempt what they expect the White House defense team to argue beginning Saturday. In another... Read More

Trump Says Mideast Peace Plan to Be Unveiled Before Tuesday
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says Mideast Peace Plan to Be Unveiled Before Tuesday

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he plans to release the Middle East peace plan that he’s been promising since his 2016 campaign, pledging to reveal it before Israeli leaders visit the White House on Tuesday. “Sometime prior to that,”... Read More

Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor and Fixture at Presidential Debates, Dies at 85
Foreign Affairs
Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor and Fixture at Presidential Debates, Dies at 85
2020-01-23 19:26:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Jim Lehrer, the longtime anchor of PBS NewsHour and moderator of 12 presidential debates -- more than anyone in broadcast history -- died on Thursday at his home in Washington, D.C. His death was announced by PBS, for... Read More

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