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‘No Cameras, No C-Span, No Coverage.’ Rules Will Limit Access During Trump’s Trial
In The News
‘No Cameras, No C-Span, No Coverage.’ Rules Will Limit Access During Trump’s Trial

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said Tuesday that there will be restrictions to public and press access during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, including periods when the Senate chamber is cleared of reporters. The bulk of the trial will... Read More

Democratic Debate Delves Into Sexism in Politics, Testing the Warren-Sanders Alliance
2020 Elections
Democratic Debate Delves Into Sexism in Politics, Testing the Warren-Sanders Alliance

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidates covered familiar ground on health care and foreign policy in their final debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses, but they found themselves on more charged territory as they discussed whether a woman could... Read More

Putin Announces Constitutional Changes, His PM Steps Down
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Putin Announces Constitutional Changes, His PM Steps Down

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signalling Putin's intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends. Prime... Read More

In Pennsylvania, Both Parties Will Likely Walk a Tightrope Through Election Day
2020 Elections
In Pennsylvania, Both Parties Will Likely Walk a Tightrope Through Election Day
2020-01-14 22:53:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If anyone ever doubted the crucial role Pennsylvania will play in selecting the next President of the United States, those doubts should have been decisively put to rest on December 10. That morning, House Democrats filed two articles... Read More

Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
Supreme Court
Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
2020-01-14 22:51:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that the government may have overreached when it prosecuted two ex-New Jersey officials for their involvement in the "Bridgegate" scandal. For those who don't remember, Bridgegate, also known as the George Washington Bridge... Read More

McConnell Says Senate Impeachment Trial Will Start Next Tuesday
Political News
McConnell Says Senate Impeachment Trial Will Start Next Tuesday
2020-01-14 22:46:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that the Senate will begin taking a series of steps this week so that President Trump's impeachment trial can start immediately after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Speaking to... Read More

Why Trump’s Iran Moves Matter for Florida’s Jewish Voters
Florida
Why Trump’s Iran Moves Matter for Florida’s Jewish Voters

WASHINGTON — For Jewish voters in Florida deeply interested in U.S. policy in Israel and the Middle East, Donald Trump’s presidency has posed something of a conflict. His strong stance for Israel and decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in... Read More

Conservatives Give GOP Senators Breathing Room — They’ll Spend Money on the House
2020 Elections
Conservatives Give GOP Senators Breathing Room — They’ll Spend Money on the House

WASHINGTON — Influential conservative groups that have long been a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment are turning their focus to taking back the House in 2020 rather than pursuing primary challenges to GOP senators they view as... Read More

Iowa’s Small Latino Population Looms Large in 2020 Election
Voting
Iowa’s Small Latino Population Looms Large in 2020 Election

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders sounded awkwardly gringo in naming the Latino politician he thanked for introducing him, and he bungled the Spanish title of his own event, dropping the “con” from “Unidos con Bernie.” Yet it only seemed to... Read More

Pelosi Sets Wednesday Votes to Send Impeachment to Senate
Political News
Pelosi Sets Wednesday Votes to Send Impeachment to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is preparing to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate to start the historic trial, several people told The Associated Press. Speaker Nancy Pelosi met privately Tuesday at the... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
Congress
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
2020-01-14 16:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of a Blue Dog Coalition panel on fiscal responsibility and government reform blasted an assertion by a powerful committee chairman Monday that the House might just want to skip passing a divisive budget resolution this year.... Read More

Correa Defends US Interests, More Important Now Than Ever Before
National Security
Correa Defends US Interests, More Important Now Than Ever Before
2020-01-14 16:02:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite assurances from President Donald Trump that "Iran appears to be standing down," after responding to the U.S. killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani with a  casualty-free missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, intelligence and cyber... Read More

House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says
Congress
House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says

WASHINGTON — House Democrats in 2020 plan to pass legislation on top party priorities like health care, infrastructure and climate as well as more under-the-radar subjects like modernizing Congress and redistricting — all while trying to fully fund the government... Read More

Russian Hackers Attacked Burisma in Midst of Impeachment Inquiry, Security Firm Says
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Russian Hackers Attacked Burisma in Midst of Impeachment Inquiry, Security Firm Says

WASHINGTON — In the midst of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, Russian hackers attacked the Ukrainian gas company linked to the inquiry, according to cybersecurity experts. Researchers at Area 1, a security company run by a former National... Read More

Tight Polls, Impeachment, Billionaire Wild Cards: Uncertainty Reigns in 2020 Democratic Race
2020 Elections
Tight Polls, Impeachment, Billionaire Wild Cards: Uncertainty Reigns in 2020 Democratic Race

WASHINGTON — As Democrats’ top presidential candidates prepare to meet for the last debate before voters start weighing in, the primary contest remains one of the most unpredictable in decades — a contest not likely to end anytime soon. In... Read More

Legal Ruling on Withheld Ukraine Aid Could Shake Up Impeachment Trial
Political News
Legal Ruling on Withheld Ukraine Aid Could Shake Up Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — Congress’ investigative arm may be about to add a new wrinkle into the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump sparked by the nearly two-month holdup of Ukraine security assistance last year, which Democrats charge Trump orchestrated to... Read More

Dems Say GOP Broke Ethics Rules Using Video Trackers in House Office Buildings
Ethics
Dems Say GOP Broke Ethics Rules Using Video Trackers in House Office Buildings

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, of violating ethics rules by sending trackers to video record members of Congress in House office buildings. The DCCC filed a complaint with... Read More

Sen. Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Sen. Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race
2020-01-13 17:01:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday that he is dropping out of the presidential race, just three weeks before the Iowa caucus. In a message to supporters, Booker cited fundraising struggles and his failure to make the debate stage,... Read More

New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
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New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
2020-01-13 16:57:20
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week declared the burgeoning space industry is one of her nine economic growth sectors for the state. “New Mexico is truly breaking barriers in the space industry,” the governor said as she opened... Read More

Defense Chief Admits He ‘Didn’t See’ Evidence for Trump Claim That Iran Planned Attacks
Geopolitics
Defense Chief Admits He ‘Didn’t See’ Evidence for Trump Claim That Iran Planned Attacks

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s senior aides struggled Sunday to reconcile conflicting statements over the reasons for killing a top Iranian general, including Trump’s assertion that attacks were being actively planned against a quartet of American embassies. At the same time,... Read More

Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden
2020 Elections
Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is “concerned” about a report that Russia may be attempting to undermine Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, President Donald Trump’s top national security official said Sunday. Trump has warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, not... Read More

Can Amy Klobuchar Pull Off a Surprise in Iowa’s Presidential Caucuses?
2020 Elections
Can Amy Klobuchar Pull Off a Surprise in Iowa’s Presidential Caucuses?

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Amy Klobuchar, campaigning across Iowa in the first days of the new year, told voters about a text a friend sent her after a surge in polls and fundraising. “It had autocorrected by mistake, it said... Read More

Freshman National Security Democrats Seize Political Moment
Political News
Freshman National Security Democrats Seize Political Moment

WASHINGTON — In the hours after the targeted killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and with concern rapidly mounting about the potential for a direct military confrontation with Iran, several high-profile House liberals announced plans to constrain President Donald... Read More

Trump’s Data Operation is Targeting Women Voters Amid Warning Signs
2020 Elections
Trump’s Data Operation is Targeting Women Voters Amid Warning Signs

WASHINGTON — Republican campaign officials are deploying targeted marketing techniques to identify where undecided female voters will have the greatest impact in the 2020 election, amid warning signs that parts of the crucial bloc are abandoning the president. President Donald... Read More

Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020 Elections
Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020-01-10 23:43:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The first thing you have to understand about Florida is, it's a complex state," the political operative said. "Trump won by just 1.2 percentage points," she said, speaking on background as she assessed the 2016 presidential race. "That's... Read More

Kansas Farmers Die by Suicide at an ‘Alarming’ Rate. The State Steps in to Help Them Cope
Kansas
Kansas Farmers Die by Suicide at an ‘Alarming’ Rate. The State Steps in to Help Them Cope

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He fought it as long as he could. Mick Rausch didn’t know what was wrong until he finally hit a wall he could no longer climb on his own. It was 10 years ago. His brother... Read More

Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp
Marijuana
Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp

WASHINGTON — Hemp plants can be made into anything from rope and insulation to granola. But today, most U.S. hemp farmers are growing hemp to produce cannabinoids, such as CBD — which means they’re growing plants that look like marijuana,... Read More

Pete Buttigieg Woos ‘Future Former Republicans’ in New Hampshire
2020 Elections
Pete Buttigieg Woos ‘Future Former Republicans’ in New Hampshire

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Pete Buttigieg likes to invite “future former Republicans” and independent voters into the fold, and the fiercely independent people of New Hampshire seem to be open to that offer. In a state where residents cherish their... Read More

Marianne Williamson Drops Presidential Bid
2020 Elections
Marianne Williamson Drops Presidential Bid
2020-01-10 21:18:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After days of denials, author and activist Marianne Williamson ended her presidential campaign Friday, assuring her supporters that "love will prevail." Williamson, Houston, Texas native who has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers... Read More

Foster Care Adoptions Reach Record High
In The States
Foster Care Adoptions Reach Record High

WASHINGTON — A record number of children in foster care are being adopted, partially a reflection of the continuing toll of the opioid crisis but also of efforts in many states to promote adoptions. In fiscal 2018, the latest year... Read More

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