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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
In The News
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
In The News
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

Bloomberg Vows to Get Feds Out of the Way of Local Infrastructure Projects
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Vows to Get Feds Out of the Way of Local Infrastructure Projects
2020-01-23 18:26:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors Wednesday, former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg promised local leaders will always have "a seat at the table" if he is elected president. Particularly when... Read More

Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
Political News
Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
2020-01-23 18:21:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday it intends to spend millions in six battleground states to ensure they are in the win column for the party's eventual presidential nominee come November. The investment in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North... Read More

Trump Shows Anxiety as Democrats Lay Out Case for Impeachment
In The News
Trump Shows Anxiety as Democrats Lay Out Case for Impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday hardened his opposition to allowing former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify in his Senate impeachment trial, as House Democrats began their methodical arguments for removing the president from office for having... Read More

Supreme Court Sounds Ready to Support Public Aid to Religious Schools
Education
Supreme Court Sounds Ready to Support Public Aid to Religious Schools

WASHINGTON — Some Supreme Court justices on Wednesday sounded ready to rule that states offering scholarships or subsidies to private schools must include those operated by churches. The court’s conservatives, including Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., said that excluding... Read More

Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
Geopolitics
Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
2020-01-23 15:56:34
by Dan McCue

The United States and France agreed Thursday to proceed with talks that could result in a global rewrite of cross-border tax rules for the digital era. The agreement to temporarily set aside a brewing tariff war over France’s digital tax... Read More

View From The Gallery: Senators Seek Comfort and Novelty During Trump Trial
Impeachment
View From The Gallery: Senators Seek Comfort and Novelty During Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton was among the first senators spotted ordering milk to the Senate chamber for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday, and he took small sips to wash down what looked like a Hershey’s chocolate bar.... Read More

Gerrymandering Potential Sways State Legislative Targets
State Elections
Gerrymandering Potential Sways State Legislative Targets

National political parties are targeting a handful of competitive state legislative chambers this year, where the majority parties can draw favorable district lines — with the potential for gerrymandering — after the 2020 census. The state legislative campaign arms of... Read More

Congress Saw More Bills Introduced in 2019 Than It Has in 40 Years, But Few Passed
Congress
Congress Saw More Bills Introduced in 2019 Than It Has in 40 Years, But Few Passed

WASHINGTON — It would stand to reason that representatives and senators, dissuaded by the gridlock in Congress, would hesitate to introduce legislation. After all, only 105 laws were enacted during 2019, a poor showing by historical standards. But that’s not... Read More

District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
Litigation
District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
2020-01-23 13:39:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the two companies that control the Trump International Hotel here, accusing them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit the president's family. The city's attorney general, Karl Racine,... Read More

Majority of Americans Support Allowing New Impeachment Evidence, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Majority of Americans Support Allowing New Impeachment Evidence, Poll Finds
2020-01-22 15:53:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans say House managers should be able to introduce new evidence in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a new Monmouth University poll finds. Most also say that Trump and members of his... Read More

United Nations Calls For Investigation Into Alleged Saudi Hacking of Bezos' iPhone
In The News
United Nations Calls For Investigation Into Alleged Saudi Hacking of Bezos' iPhone
2020-01-22 15:50:37
by Dan McCue

The United Nations called for an immediate investigation Wednesday into the alleged involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ iPhone in 2018. “The information we have received suggests the possible... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Struggle to Sit in Silence at Trump Trial
Impeachment
View From the Gallery: Senators Struggle to Sit in Silence at Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham looked restless during the first hour of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, when none of the senators had access to their cellphones and the president’s lawyers and the House managers traded procedural arguments. It was... Read More

California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot
State News
California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court removed legal barriers to sports betting, California voters could be asked in November to join 14 other states in allowing legal wagers on athletic contests, creating a lucrative industry worth... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
State News
Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

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