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Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
Congress
Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
2020-01-07 21:09:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New updates to the official House communications rules and procedures include several improvements endorsed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress last month. The updates, which went into effect on Tuesday, include: Name Change - The... Read More

Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
2020 Elections
Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
2020-01-07 21:05:15
by Dan McCue

Two Democrats and one Republican have failed to qualify for certification to appear on ballots in the 2020 Ohio presidential primary election. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Tuesday that entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney... Read More

Census Estimates: Redistricting Ahead for California, New York and Texas
Census
Census Estimates: Redistricting Ahead for California, New York and Texas

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau gave a peek at a coming battle within states nationwide over the shape of the country’s congressional district map, with its latest population estimates hinting at fights within Texas, New York, California, Alabama and other... Read More

Census Bureau Counts Federal Inmates as Residents; Critics Call It ‘Prison Gerrymandering’
Census
Census Bureau Counts Federal Inmates as Residents; Critics Call It ‘Prison Gerrymandering’

ORLANDO, Fla. — The thousands of inmates at the federal prison complex in Sumter County, Fla. — including serial child molester Larry Nassar and former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, serving time on corruption and fraud charges — may not seem... Read More

Pentagon Chief Says ‘No Decision Whatsoever’ to Leave Iraq After Memo Confusion
Military
Pentagon Chief Says ‘No Decision Whatsoever’ to Leave Iraq After Memo Confusion

WASHINGTON — The United States has made “no decision whatsoever” to pull troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday after a Defense Department memo to an Iraqi military official surfaced discussing moving U.S. forces. The comments came... Read More

Pentagon to Boost US Forces in Middle East
Military
Pentagon to Boost US Forces in Middle East

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon made plans Monday to send an additional 2,500 U.S. Marines to the Middle East, the latest fallout from President Donald Trump’s order to kill a powerful Iranian general last week, but one that could increase the... Read More

John Bolton’s Surprise Offer to Testify in Trump Impeachment Trial Puts Pressure on GOP
In The News
John Bolton’s Surprise Offer to Testify in Trump Impeachment Trial Puts Pressure on GOP

WASHINGTON — Former national security adviser John Bolton said Monday he would testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial if the Senate issues him a subpoena, putting new and potentially intense pressure on Senate Republicans to open the impeachment trial... Read More

Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
2020 Elections
Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
2020-01-07 17:49:46
by Dan McCue

Let's face it, for all the attention paid the early caucus and primary states, no one seriously expects the voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina to have the final say on who is ultimately chosen to be... Read More

Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
Courts
Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
2020-01-06 20:05:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued his year-end report on the judiciary last week, coming closer than ever to publicly commenting on the partisan divide that has gripped the federal government. "Each generation has an obligation to pass on... Read More

Bewlay Tapped As New York State's New Open Government Chief
State News
Bewlay Tapped As New York State's New Open Government Chief
2020-01-06 19:42:20
by Dan McCue

Shoshanah Bewlay, former chief legal officer at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services, has been selected as the new executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government. The committee, housed in the Department of State, oversees... Read More

Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
Crime
Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
2020-01-06 19:39:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of House members is urging national security officials to start an investigation into whether foreign adversaries are engaging in an effort to incite anti-Semitism and civil unrest across the United States. Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice,... Read More

Repercussions Mount Over Lethal US Airstrike in Iraq
Geopolitics
Repercussions Mount Over Lethal US Airstrike in Iraq

BAGHDAD — In a rapidly intensifying regional backlash to the Trump administration’s killing of a senior Iranian general, Iran declared Sunday that it was tossing aside a pledge to limit the production of nuclear fuel, and the Iraqi parliament voted... Read More

Analysis: Will Iran Resume and Accelerate Its Race for Nuclear Weapons?
Geopolitics
Analysis: Will Iran Resume and Accelerate Its Race for Nuclear Weapons?

WASHINGTON — Iran’s announcement Sunday that it will no longer abide by the most important limits in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal could place Tehran back on the headlong pursuit of nuclear weapons, one of the widening consequences of the... Read More

Marking a Foe for Death: Exactly What Rules Apply?
In The News
Marking a Foe for Death: Exactly What Rules Apply?

WASHINGTON — It was 1943. Across a battle theater of tiny, far-flung Pacific island chains and vast reaches of open ocean, U.S. forces were locked in desperate, bloody warfare with Japanese troops. And American military strategists had Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto,... Read More

Three Democrats in Competitive House Districts Endorse Joe Biden
Political News
Three Democrats in Competitive House Districts Endorse Joe Biden

Three House Democrats who flipped Republican-held districts in 2018 announced Sunday that they are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the crowded presidential primary. All three served in the military. Pennsylvania’s Conor Lamb, a Marine veteran, and Chrissy Houlahan,... Read More

Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
Climate
Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
2020-01-04 00:17:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists and a South Carolina mayor warned Congress recently that climate change will take an increasing toll on the lives and finances of Americans if the federal government does not act soon. They discussed how greenhouse gas emissions... Read More

Environmentalists Win Lawsuit Protecting Ocean Monuments
Environment
Environmentalists Win Lawsuit Protecting Ocean Monuments
2020-01-04 00:14:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Environmentalists won an appeals court ruling in Washington, D.C. last week protecting ocean marine national monuments. Marine national monuments refer to offshore underwater areas intended to protect coral reefs or wildlife. There are five of them in U.S.... Read More

Soldiers’ Families Sue Companies That Allegedly Paid Taliban for Protection
Litigation
Soldiers’ Families Sue Companies That Allegedly Paid Taliban for Protection
2020-01-04 00:11:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The families of 143 U.S. soldiers and government contractors sued a group of multinational corporations last week in Washington, D.C. accusing them of indirectly funding the Taliban insurgents who killed and injured their relatives. In the complaint, filed... Read More

On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Brace For What's Next After Killing of Iran's Top General
Geopolitics
On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Brace For What's Next After Killing of Iran's Top General
2020-01-04 00:06:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The killing of Iran's top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq sent shockwaves across the Middle East, and inspired statements of grim anticipation among lawmakers on Capitol Hill as they await a response by Iran and further... Read More

Iowa Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer Endorses Joe Biden
2020 Elections
Iowa Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer Endorses Joe Biden

Iowa Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer announced Thursday that she is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the presidential primary, becoming the first Iowa Democratic House member to back a candidate in the race. “Joe Biden’s character, record, and commitment... Read More

$3.2 Million in Legal Weed Was Sold in Illinois on First Day
State News
$3.2 Million in Legal Weed Was Sold in Illinois on First Day

CHICAGO — Customers spent almost $3.2 million on legal weed in Illinois on the first day of recreational marijuana sales Wednesday, marking one of the strongest showings of any state in the history of pot legalization. “This is particularly impressive... Read More

Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Trial
In The News
Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are locked in a stare-down over the terms of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, which carries political risks for both sides if it continues deeper into January. The... Read More

House Retirements Already Outpace Average for Past Election Cycles
Political News
House Retirements Already Outpace Average for Past Election Cycles

WASHINGTON — The number of House members deciding to retire has already exceeded the average for recent election cycles, and more could be coming as lawmakers return to the nation’s capital after the holidays. Since 1976, an average of 23... Read More

'A More Dangerous World': Iran Killing Triggers Global Alarm
Geopolitics
'A More Dangerous World': Iran Killing Triggers Global Alarm

PARIS (AP) — Global powers warned Friday that the world became a more dangerous place after the U.S. assassinated Iran’s top general, urging restraint on all sides. Britain and Germany also suggested that Iran shared some blame for provoking the targeted killing... Read More

Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions
Supreme Court
Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions

WASHINGTON — More than 200 lawmakers, mostly Republicans, filed an amicus brief Thursday urging the Supreme Court to upend the precedents set by two landmark abortion rights cases, elevating abortion as a campaign issue ahead of this fall’s elections. The... Read More

US Kills Iran's Most Powerful General in Baghdad Airstrike
Geopolitics
US Kills Iran's Most Powerful General in Baghdad Airstrike

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States killed Iran's top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad's international airport early on Friday, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions... Read More

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Plan 92 Events in Iowa in January, Report Says
2020 Elections
Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Plan 92 Events in Iowa in January, Report Says

Brace yourselves, Iowans. The 15 remaining Democratic presidential wannabees have reportedly scheduled 92 events this month in the Midwestern state, which hosts the first contest in the race Feb. 3. Former vice president Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at... Read More

Will America Oust Trump or Give Him Four More Years?
2020 Elections
Will America Oust Trump or Give Him Four More Years?

WASHINGTON — If you thought American politics moved at a frenetic pace in 2019, brace yourself for 2020. Over the course of the next 308 days, Donald Trump is poised to become the first president in history to face a... Read More

Iran-Backed Iraq Militia Withdraws After Attack on US Embassy
Foreign Affairs
Iran-Backed Iraq Militia Withdraws After Attack on US Embassy

An Iran-backed Iraqi militia broke up its encampment outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, a move that could ease tensions between Tehran and Washington that escalated after fighters attacked the compound. The Popular Mobilization Units had called on the fighters... Read More

Castro Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
Political News
Castro Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Obama housing secretary Julián Castro is ending his run for president. His announcement Thursday comes as Castro failed to garner enough support or donations to make the recent Democratic presidential debates . The former San... Read More

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