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High Court to Decide If 'Faithless Electors' Can Defy Popular Vote
Supreme Court
High Court to Decide If 'Faithless Electors' Can Defy Popular Vote
2020-01-17 23:08:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide an issue that could have a profound effect on the outcome of the 2020 election -- whether members of the Electoral College can defy their state's choice for president and... Read More

In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid
Medicaid
In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid

WASHINGTON — More local and state officials are working to ensure that low-income residents stay on Medicaid when they go to jail. Federal law bars Medicaid recipients from accessing their full federal health benefits while incarcerated. But officials from both... Read More

Body Cameras May Not Be the Easy Answer Everyone Was Looking For
In The News
Body Cameras May Not Be the Easy Answer Everyone Was Looking For

WASHINGTON — When a Maine state senator introduced a bill last year to require all police officers to wear body cameras, she expected some discussion. But the response that Democratic state Sen. Susan Deschambault got was stronger than she anticipated.... Read More

Some States Face Political Changes As Newcomers Arrive
In The States
Some States Face Political Changes As Newcomers Arrive

WASHINGTON — Texas, Arizona and parts of the South are seeing the nation’s largest population bumps — and the people moving there from more liberal states may be feeding political change in those red-state conservative bastions. As people from California... Read More

In Texas, Buying Lottery Tickets Just Got More Convenient. Maybe Too Convenient
Texas
In Texas, Buying Lottery Tickets Just Got More Convenient. Maybe Too Convenient

AUSTIN, Texas — Charlie Thomas, a home health care provider who also scrubs floors in the evening, says he buys lottery tickets “every time I get a paycheck.” Thomas, 55, has been playing the Texas Lottery for two decades. His... Read More

Huge Michigan Voter Turnout Could Turn Into National Embarrassment
Michigan
Huge Michigan Voter Turnout Could Turn Into National Embarrassment

DETROIT — Two Michigan elections experts have some record-breaking predictions for 2020 that could end up putting Michigan in a potentially embarrassing national spotlight. Chris Thomas, the former Michigan director of elections at the Secretary of State’s Office, said Michigan... Read More

House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
Education
House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
2020-01-17 17:05:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to overturn regulations introduced by Education Secretary Betsy Devos that critics contend made it more difficult for students to have their loans forgiven in the event a college made misleading or false claims. The... Read More

Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
Trade
Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
2020-01-17 17:02:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate handed President Donald Trump a policy victory on Thursday, backing USMCA, the new North American trade deal, the same day the chamber turned its attention to the president's impeachment trial. Once it's signed by Trump, USMCA... Read More

Hollister Ranch Sues California, Calling New Public Access Law Unconstitutional
State News
Hollister Ranch Sues California, Calling New Public Access Law Unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES — In a new twist to one of the most high-profile — and longest — beach access battles in California, Hollister Ranch sued state officials Thursday over a new law designed to open its exclusive coastline to the... Read More

After Drastic Policy Changes, More Than 20,000 Cubans Asylum Seekers Are Fighting Deportation
Immigration
After Drastic Policy Changes, More Than 20,000 Cubans Asylum Seekers Are Fighting Deportation

MIAMI — Caught between immigration policy changes championed by two very different administrations, a record number of Cubans are now fighting deportation, as they try to gain asylum in the United States. The Trump administration opened deportation proceedings against 25,044... Read More

The Fickle Voters Who Could Decide the 2020 Democratic Nominee
2020 Elections
The Fickle Voters Who Could Decide the 2020 Democratic Nominee

WASHINGTON — Monica Vernon has spent the Democratic presidential race assessing an assortment of candidates from Elizabeth Warren (“sweet and relatable”) to Amy Klobuchar (“down to earth”) to Cory Booker (“impressive”). But with just weeks before she must make a... Read More

Florida Supreme Court Upholds ‘Fines and Fees’ Restriction for Ex-Felon Voting Rights
State News
Florida Supreme Court Upholds ‘Fines and Fees’ Restriction for Ex-Felon Voting Rights

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court confirmed the status quo for ex-felons in Florida, ruling Thursday they must pay all fines, fees and restitution before their right to vote is restored under Amendment 4. In an advisory opinion following... Read More

Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia
In The News
Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to... Read More

White House Violated the Law by Freezing Ukraine Aid, GAO Says
In The News
White House Violated the Law by Freezing Ukraine Aid, GAO Says
2020-01-17 15:10:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, one of the actions that set the stage for President Donald Trump's impending  impeachment trial in the Senate, a nonpartisan federal watchdog said Thursday. In a... Read More

Stephanie Murphy to Lead Bipartisan  Congressional Delegation to Puerto Rico
Congress
Stephanie Murphy to Lead Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to Puerto Rico on Sunday, January 19, to examine the damage and disruption caused by the recent earthquakes. The delegation, which also includes Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, R-Puerto... Read More

Audio Released from Warren-Sanders Confrontation After Debate
Political News
Audio Released from Warren-Sanders Confrontation After Debate

Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar, audio of the senators’ confrontation after the Democratic debate revealed. On Wednesday, CNN released audio of the post-debate moment in Des Moines, Iowa. The news organization reported the conversation wasn’t... Read More

Virginia Votes to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, But There’s Still a Fight Ahead
Civil Rights
Virginia Votes to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, But There’s Still a Fight Ahead

RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly five decades after legislatures began ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, Virginia became the key 38th state to do so Wednesday — giving it the three-fourths support needed to make it part of the U.S. Constitution. But... Read More

Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Executive Order That Lets State Leaders Ban Refugees
Immigration
Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Executive Order That Lets State Leaders Ban Refugees

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Trump administration executive order that gives state and local officials discretion on whether or not refugees would be allowed to resettle in their jurisdictions. Wednesday’s preliminary injunction, issued by U.S. District Judge Peter... Read More

Analysis: New US-China Trade Deal Leaves the Thorniest Problems Unresolved
Trade
Analysis: New US-China Trade Deal Leaves the Thorniest Problems Unresolved

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of a bruising trade war, President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China on Wednesday that provides the president with political bragging rights but allows both sides to put off the most difficult... Read More

House Formally Notifies Senate of Impeachment Articles Against Trump
Impeachment
House Formally Notifies Senate of Impeachment Articles Against Trump

WASHINGTON — With a solemn procession through the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, the House took the final, formal steps to pave the way for the third presidential impeachment trial in the nation’s history. But even before Thursday’s swearing-in ceremonies could... Read More

Chief Justice, Senators Sworn in for Trump Impeachment
Political News
Chief Justice, Senators Sworn in for Trump Impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in Thursday to preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then immediately administered the oath to the full Senate to ensure “impartial justice” as jurors for only the third such proceeding in... Read More

NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
State News
NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
2020-01-16 19:10:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two months ago, Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld told attendees at the NewDEAL Leaders Conference in Washington that he had a plan to remove a significant barrier to housing affordability in his city. This week, he and his... Read More

Homeless Advocates Tell Congress Gentrification is Unfair to the Poor
Congress
Homeless Advocates Tell Congress Gentrification is Unfair to the Poor
2020-01-15 21:39:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Advocates for the homeless described for a congressional committee Tuesday how urban gentrification is pushing up home prices and pushing out residents who are ready, willing and able to work. The worst of the hardship is falling on... Read More

Pompeo Skips House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Iran Policy
Geopolitics
Pompeo Skips House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Iran Policy
2020-01-15 21:36:00
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to attend a hearing on Tuesday to examine the Administration’s policy on Iran, including its recent decision to assassinate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Pompeo had been invited to attend the House Foreign... Read More

New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
2020 Elections
New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
2020-01-15 21:33:32
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden has widened his lead to 26 points among Florida voters in the race to be the Democratic party's nominee for president in 2020, a new Florida Atlantic University poll shows. The statewide survey was conducted... Read More

Gallup Says Six Issues Are Top of Voters' Minds
Opinion Polls
Gallup Says Six Issues Are Top of Voters' Minds
2020-01-15 16:35:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When presented with a list of 16 issues, at least 30% of adults rated five as being "extremely important" to determining how they will vote in 2020, the Gallup organization said Tuesday. The issues were healthcare, national security,... Read More

Virginia Delegate Files Proposal to Establish Nonpartisan Redistricting Proposal
State News
Virginia Delegate Files Proposal to Establish Nonpartisan Redistricting Proposal
2020-01-15 16:31:53
by Dan McCue

Virginia Delegate Marcia Price has introduced legislation to create an independent redistricting commission to draw new legislative lines after the 2020 census. Delegate Price, whose district includes parts of the cities of Hampton and Newport News, said during a press... Read More

USMCA Bill Tough Vote for Democrats Over Lack of Environmental Protections
Trade
USMCA Bill Tough Vote for Democrats Over Lack of Environmental Protections

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Merkley faced a difficult vote Tuesday as he joined colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to advance the bill that would implement President Donald Trump’s new trade deal. The Oregon Democrat said the... Read More

Early Voting is Coming to Pennsylvania in Time for 2020. It Won’t Be the Same for Everyone
State News
Early Voting is Coming to Pennsylvania in Time for 2020. It Won’t Be the Same for Everyone

PHILADELPHIA — Early voting is coming to Pennsylvania in time for the presidential election. Sort of. Under a new law, people will have the option of requesting and submitting an absentee ballot during one in-person visit to county elections offices,... Read More

National Security Agency Discovers Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows
Technology
National Security Agency Discovers Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows

SEATTLE — The National Security Agency announced that it had found a “critical vulnerability” in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating systems that could enable cyber intrusions. The NSA recognized “the severity of the vulnerability” and disclosed it to Microsoft to expedite... Read More

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