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Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at 5 US Airports
In The News
Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at 5 US Airports

Multiple travelers passed through five U.S. airports while infected with measles in December and may have exposed countless other passengers to the infectious disease, according to health officials. According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, a person infected with... Read More

Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
Political News
Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
2019-12-24 15:03:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar had no sooner returned to his native Texas, then he was being asked to reflect on one of the busiest and most consequential Decembers in the history of the U.S. Congress. In the three days... Read More

Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem
Medicare
Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem

MIAMI — Sonia Domínguez, 74, and her husband, Miguel Morejón, 81, can’t recall the last time they’ve seen a dentist in Miami, the city they’ve called home for more than two decades. “It may have been around three, four years... Read More

Young Climate Activists Press US Court to Force Trump’s Hand
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Young Climate Activists Press US Court to Force Trump’s Hand

SAN FRANCISCO — Young climate activists who sued the U.S. in 2015 to force changes in government policy said the Trump administration’s actions increase the urgency for the case to go to trial. “Another six months have passed without decision,”... Read More

Trump Impeachment Trial: Squaring Off in the Senate
Political News
Trump Impeachment Trial: Squaring Off in the Senate

WASHINGTON — A senior White House official and leading Senate Republicans predicted Sunday that congressional Democrats would fail in their bid to force the Senate to summon witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial. Democrats countered by asking why, if Trump... Read More

USMCA Seen as Model for Easing Partisan War Over Trade
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USMCA Seen as Model for Easing Partisan War Over Trade

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator and senior Democrats have declared that with House passage of a rewrite of Nafta, they’ve found a formula for Republicans and Democrats to forge trade deals despite Washington’s deep partisan divide. The... Read More

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Step Down Immediately
Aviation
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Step Down Immediately

Boeing's CEO is resigning amid ongoing problems at the company over the troubled Max 737 aircraft. The Chicago manufacturer said Monday that Dennis Muilenburg is stepping down immediately. The board's current chairman David Calhoun will officially take over on January... Read More

New Study Reveals the Most Dangerous Roads to Travel This Holiday Season
Travel
New Study Reveals the Most Dangerous Roads to Travel This Holiday Season
2019-12-20 21:26:41
by Dan McCue

If among your wishes this holiday season is that you arrive safe and sound at your destination, it would probably be a good idea to avoid complex and confusing highway interchanges. At least, that is what is suggested by a... Read More

North Carolina Election Board Adds Trump Challengers to GOP Primary Ballot
Political News
North Carolina Election Board Adds Trump Challengers to GOP Primary Ballot
2019-12-20 20:22:11
by Dan McCue

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Joe Walsh will appear on North Carolina's Republican presidential primary ballot, despite objections from state GOP leaders, the state Board of Elections said Friday. The bipartisan elections panel voted unanimously to add... Read More

Can People With Criminal Records Become Lawyers? These Michigan Attorneys Did It
Law
Can People With Criminal Records Become Lawyers? These Michigan Attorneys Did It

DETROIT — Becoming a lawyer in Michigan after a felony conviction is challenging, but it’s not impossible. Tenisha Yancey did it, before she was elected to the state House, even though law school admissions officials warned that she probably wouldn’t... Read More

When Iran Blocked the Internet, Tech Experts in the US Tried to Hack a Solution. Here’s Why They Couldn’t
Iran
When Iran Blocked the Internet, Tech Experts in the US Tried to Hack a Solution. Here’s Why They Couldn’t

TEHRAN, Iran — When Iranian authorities recently imposed a near-total internet blackout for almost a week to help quell massive street protests, U.S.-based tech entrepreneur Nima Fatemi bolted into action. Fatemi and other security experts have been finding ways around... Read More

With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs
Health
With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Wednesday announced plans that would pave the way for Americans to begin purchasing lower priced prescription drugs imported from Canada. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar described two ways in which the administration proposes... Read More

Speaker Pelosi Invites Trump to Deliver State of the Union Feb. 4
Congress
Speaker Pelosi Invites Trump to Deliver State of the Union Feb. 4
2019-12-20 20:03:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday invited President Donald Trump to deliver his annual State of the Union address on Feb. 4. In a letter that was short and to the point, Pelosi noted the Founding Fathers... Read More

Puerto Rico Faces the End of a Storied and Bloody Tradition: Cockfighting
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Faces the End of a Storied and Bloody Tradition: Cockfighting

MOROVIS, Puerto Rico — Amid the squawking of birds, blood-soaked feathers and roar of the crowd, Laura Green was holding a fire sale at the cockfight. Green has spent the last 12 years making things that only a cockfighter would... Read More

Paris Disagreement: States Split on Climate, So US Will Miss Emissions Target
Environment
Paris Disagreement: States Split on Climate, So US Will Miss Emissions Target

WASHINGTON — When the United States formally withdraws from the 2015 Paris Agreement in less than a year, nearly half of states — or at least their governors — will remain committed to meeting the goals of the global compact... Read More

Senate Grapples with Spiraling Opioid Epidemic
Opioids
Senate Grapples with Spiraling Opioid Epidemic
2019-12-20 19:42:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate committee sought answers again Tuesday on how to stop a nationwide crisis of opioid addictions while acknowledging their previous efforts have largely failed. A record 61,300 people died from drug overdoses in 2017 in the... Read More

Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
Congress
Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
2019-12-20 18:27:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats voted to lift a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions, known as SALT, repealing a deduction limit Republicans had imposed as part of their 2017 tax code overhaul. The bill, H.R.5377 , which was... Read More

Rice Pushes for Investigation of Alleged Widespread Bias in Long Island's Housing Market
Discrimination
Rice Pushes for Investigation of Alleged Widespread Bias in Long Island's Housing Market
2019-12-20 18:24:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is leading a congressional effort to urge the U.S. Justice Department to open an investigation into potential fair housing violations exposed in a recent report in Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. Using undercover testers... Read More

Democratic Debate Brings Long-Simmering Rivalries Into the Open
2020 Elections
Democratic Debate Brings Long-Simmering Rivalries Into the Open

LOS ANGELES — United in their disdain for President Donald Trump, seven Democratic presidential candidates aired their differences on health care, foreign policy and the influence of money in politics in a pugnacious year’s-end primary debate. The battle lines reflected... Read More

Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year
Federal Budget
Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year

WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion Thursday, sending the measures to President Donald Trump ahead of a Friday deadline. Debate over the massive packages was tucked in between floor speeches about the House’s Wednesday vote... Read More

House and Senate Leaders Tussle Over Trump Impeachment Trial
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House and Senate Leaders Tussle Over Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — A day after the Democratic-led House impeached President Donald Trump, House and Senate leaders argued Thursday over how his Senate trial will be conducted, with the two articles of impeachment likely to remain in limbo until at least... Read More

North Carolina’s Mark Meadows Won’t Run for Reelection
Political News
North Carolina’s Mark Meadows Won’t Run for Reelection

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies and most vocal defenders on Capitol Hill, is not running for reelection in 2020. In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call, Meadows said he knows... Read More

By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict
Health
By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict

A tidal wave of fat, and the ailments that come with it, now appears virtually inevitable in the United States. New research finds that by 2030, nearly half of American adults — 49.2% to be exact — will be obese.... Read More

Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
Trade
Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
2019-12-20 14:41:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation just hours after they were at each other's throats over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans threw their support behind a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.... Read More

McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
Congress
McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
2019-12-19 16:11:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Last week was a typical whirlwind week in the life of Rep. Lucy McBath. In the space of five days, the Georgia Democrat, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, voted on impeachment, health care, trade and joined... Read More

Researchers Warn Census Privacy Efforts May Muddy Data
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Researchers Warn Census Privacy Efforts May Muddy Data

WASHINGTON — Steps taken by the Census Bureau to protect individual responses may muddy cancer research, housing policy, transportation planning, legislative map-drawing and health care policy, researchers have warned the agency. The problems come from a new policy — differential... Read More

Democrats Set Up Senate Trial Strategy Ahead of Impeachment Vote
Political News
Democrats Set Up Senate Trial Strategy Ahead of Impeachment Vote

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are nearing one of the most important decisions in their effort to impeach Donald Trump: Who will bear the historic duty of prosecuting the president in next year’s Senate trial. With the House planning to vote... Read More

What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?
Health
What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?

Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. At least it seemed that two of the three appeals court judges were leaning that way during oral arguments in... Read More

Democratic Debate in LA Back On After Tentative Union Deal
2020 Elections
Democratic Debate in LA Back On After Tentative Union Deal

LOS ANGELES — A Democratic presidential debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is back on track after a labor dispute there was ended Tuesday morning. The televised debate, set for Thursday, had been in peril since last week,... Read More

Congress Braces for Trump Impeachment Vote as Partisan Lines Harden
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Congress Braces for Trump Impeachment Vote as Partisan Lines Harden

WASHINGTON — The nation’s fractured leadership continued its somber march into the history books as the House of Representatives prepared to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a dramatic step that has been sapped of almost any drama by relentless... Read More

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