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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
In The News
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

Electric Vehicle Sales Are Up, But in Some States Charging Stations Are Hard to Find
Transportation
Electric Vehicle Sales Are Up, But in Some States Charging Stations Are Hard to Find

Electric vehicle owners — nearly 1.2 million of them on United States roads today — share the thrills of being energy-efficient and progressive. But they also have one big worry in common: where to plug in. Depending on the state,... Read More

Elections
Voting Machine Manufacturers Discuss Potential Election Interference From Foreign Adversaries
2020-01-10 18:48:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Top executives from companies that make voting machines tried to ease lawmaker’s concerns that hackers could influence the nation’s elections during a congressional hearing Thursday. Their concern was heightened this week by an Iranian missile strike at a... Read More

New York State Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
State News
New York State Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
2020-01-10 18:45:11
by Dan McCue

The New York State Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would automatically register state residents to vote when they file applications at the Departments of Health or Motor Vehicles. The bill, which passed by a 40-20 vote, builds on... Read More

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot
State News
Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Party to list only President Donald Trump on GOP primary ballots. In a case that threatened to disrupt next week’s... Read More

Citizenship Question Hangs Over Census Preparations, House Panel Told
Political News
Citizenship Question Hangs Over Census Preparations, House Panel Told

WASHINGTON — Although the Trump administration dropped a citizenship question from this year’s census, minority groups told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday that the question’s specter has haunted preparations for a national count that could miss millions... Read More

Trump Seeks Exempting Some Pipelines and Highways From Environmental Review
Environment
Trump Seeks Exempting Some Pipelines and Highways From Environmental Review

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled a proposed revision of the federal environmental review process, a move that would fast-track the construction of some infrastructure projects, including pipelines, highways and airports. The change, which would apply to the... Read More

Pelosi Says She Will Submit Articles of Impeachment ‘Soon’ as Pressure Mounts
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Pelosi Says She Will Submit Articles of Impeachment ‘Soon’ as Pressure Mounts

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she would “soon” release articles of impeachment to the Senate amid an increasingly tense standoff and diminishing support among her Democratic allies. “I’m not holding them indefinitely,” the California Democrat said. “I’ll... Read More

House Passes War Powers Resolution to Restrain Trump’s Military Actions in Iran
Geopolitics
House Passes War Powers Resolution to Restrain Trump’s Military Actions in Iran

WASHINGTON — With Thursday’s House vote to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran, Congress took its latest stab at reaffirming its constitutional authority to declare war, part of a long-standing power struggle between the executive and legislative branches... Read More

State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case
Voting
State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case
2020-01-10 18:08:46
by Dan McCue

A state appeals court in Wisconsin said this week it intends to stay out of a closely watched legal dispute over the planned purging of up to 209,000 from voter rolls in the battleground state. The District 4 Appeals Court,... Read More

Hiring Slows in December As Employers Add Just 145,000 Jobs
Voting
Hiring Slows in December As Employers Add Just 145,000 Jobs
2020-01-10 18:06:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Employers slowed their hiring in December, adding just 145,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. Though the unemployment rate held at 3.5%, matching a 50-year low for the second straight month, Friday's report suggests continued weakness in the... Read More

2020 Elections
Today On The Campaign Trail
2020-01-10 14:39:59
by Today On The Campaign Trail

Today on the campaign trail, declared candidates: Deval Patrick, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang in New Hampshire; Joe Biden in California and Nevada; John Delaney, Joe Walsh, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar in Iowa; Pete Buttigieg in California; Michael Bennet... Read More

California Governor Won’t Call Special Election to Fill Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Seat
State News
California Governor Won’t Call Special Election to Fill Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Seat

SAN DIEGO — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Wednesday a special election will not be called to fill the congressional seat that will be vacated when Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns from office Monday. “The Governor’s Office received Rep. Hunter’s resignation... Read More

Reapportionment After Census Could Shake Up Swing Districts
Census
Reapportionment After Census Could Shake Up Swing Districts

WASHINGTON — Candidates and political parties have started multimillion-dollar struggles for control of congressional districts that, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data, may not exist in two years. The latest Census Bureau population estimates suggest that a handful... Read More

Congress Seeks Drug-Pricing Deal in Spite of 2020 Rancor
Prescription Drugs
Congress Seeks Drug-Pricing Deal in Spite of 2020 Rancor

WASHINGTON — In an election year when nobody expects Congress to pass meaningful legislation, lawmakers are feeling strong political pressure to reach a deal on at least one main voter priority: lowering drug prices. The most likely result could be... Read More

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