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No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says
Trade
No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says

WASHINGTON — No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off “phase two” trade talks, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that negotiations would start right away.... Read More

Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds
State News
Precinct Closures Harming Voter Turnout in Georgia, Analysis Finds

ATLANTA — Until her old concrete-block precinct shut down, Maggie Coleman lived about a mile from a place to cast her ballot in rural Georgia. Now, she has to drive nearly 10 miles, past cotton fields and fallow farms, to... Read More

Democratic Groups Are Going Door-to-Door While Their 2020 Candidates Are Distracted
Political News
Democratic Groups Are Going Door-to-Door While Their 2020 Candidates Are Distracted

PHILADELPHIA — The looming impeachment of President Donald Trump and a crowded Democratic primary are dominating the news. But when Craig Robbins goes door-to-door asking voters what they care about, almost no one mentions politics. “It’s health care, crime, schools,... Read More

Congress Considers Reviving Tax Breaks Prized by ADM, Tesla, GM
In The News
Congress Considers Reviving Tax Breaks Prized by ADM, Tesla, GM

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers led by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley are negotiating a potential revival of expired tax breaks in last-minute negotiations over a government spending bill. The talks, which were held on Saturday, are focused on reinstating... Read More

Judge Orders Purging of More Than 200,000 from Wisconsin Voter Rolls
Elections
Judge Orders Purging of More Than 200,000 from Wisconsin Voter Rolls
2019-12-16 17:58:15
by Dan McCue

A judge in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee, has ordered the state to remove 234,000 from voter rolls because they may have moved from the area. The ruling by Circuit Judge Paul Malloy came after the state Elections... Read More

Senate Impeachment Trial is Expected. How it Will Work is Very Uncertain
In The News
Senate Impeachment Trial is Expected. How it Will Work is Very Uncertain

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Sunday publicly diverged over how to conduct the expected impeachment trial of President Trump, with some calling for allegations against him to be summarily quashed and others advocating a lengthier process that would include summoning... Read More

Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons
State News
Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons
2019-12-13 20:47:13
by Dan McCue

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday restored the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, making good on an inaugural promise he made after being sworn in recently. The order signed by Beshear applies to Kentuckians... Read More

Amid the Wasteland of the Salton Sea, a Miraculous but Challenging Oasis Is Born
Environment
Amid the Wasteland of the Salton Sea, a Miraculous but Challenging Oasis Is Born

LOS ANGELES — It came as a bittersweet surprise to biologists and government agencies monitoring the steadily shrinking Salton Sea’s slide toward death by choking dust storms and salt. Thousands of acres of exposed lake bed have become, of all... Read More

Thousands of Lawful California Gun Owners Are Being Denied Ammunition Purchases. Here’s Why
Guns
Thousands of Lawful California Gun Owners Are Being Denied Ammunition Purchases. Here’s Why

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Zachary Berg usually buys guns and ammunition with relative ease. After all, he’s a Sutter County sheriff’s deputy and needs them for his job. California’s stringent gun laws usually don’t apply to him. But Berg couldn’t buy... Read More

Flu Season Is Here, and It’s Coming for Your Kids
In The News
Flu Season Is Here, and It’s Coming for Your Kids

NEW YORK — The flu is out in force. And so far this season, it’s been hitting children the hardest. Influenza is a wily virus — it’s almost impossible to predict where and how it will strike as it circumnavigates... Read More

Where the Real Battle for Votes Lies
2020 Elections
Where the Real Battle for Votes Lies

WASHINGTON — Call it President Donald Trump’s Guadalcanal: Like the tiny island U.S. Marines invaded in World War II to break Japan’s Asia-Pacific chokehold, little Juneau County, Wis., is where Trump needs to halt the Democrats’ advance. The struggle for... Read More

Some States Move Toward Financial Aid Based on Need Rather Than Merit
Education
Some States Move Toward Financial Aid Based on Need Rather Than Merit

State-funded merit scholarships are politically popular. But as college tuition rises, policymakers in some states are starting to rethink financial aid that disproportionately benefits white, wealthy students and often duplicates scholarships awarded by public universities. Lawmakers in Georgia added a... Read More

U.S. vs. China: How Regulation Will Define the Crypto Wars
Opinions
U.S. vs. China: How Regulation Will Define the Crypto Wars
2019-12-13 17:34:22
by Wayne T. Brough

More than 25 years ago, the internet revolution that was launched in the United States transformed the world. It changed how we communicate, how we shop, and brought the world closer together. Today, we are on the verge of another... Read More

Democrats Say DeVos Failing to Protect Students From Predatory For-Profit Institutions
Education
Democrats Say DeVos Failing to Protect Students From Predatory For-Profit Institutions
2019-12-13 16:04:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democratic members of Congress accused U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday of neglecting her duty to protect students from for-profit colleges that defrauded them, promising degrees or job placements they were unable to deliver. In response, the... Read More

Judiciary Panel Votes to Send Impeachment Articles to Full House
In The News
Judiciary Panel Votes to Send Impeachment Articles to Full House
2019-12-13 16:01:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sharply divided along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee voted Friday morning to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the full House for its consideration. All 23 Democrats on the judiciary committee voted in... Read More

Appropriators Reach Spending Agreement, Fend Off Possible Government Shutdown
Federal Budget
Appropriators Reach Spending Agreement, Fend Off Possible Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats reached agreement “in principle” Thursday on $1.37 trillion in government funding, staving off the possibility of another shutdown just a week before spending is set to run out, according to Appropriations Committee leaders. The deal... Read More

Johnson’s Conservatives Garner Impressive Win, Paving Way for Speedy Brexit
United Kingdom
Johnson’s Conservatives Garner Impressive Win, Paving Way for Speedy Brexit

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party appeared to win a decisive parliamentary majority in Thursday’s election, putting the country on track for a historic rupture with the European Union early next year. With all 650 seats in... Read More

Pennsylvania Election Fiasco Blamed on Incorrect Settings on New Voting Machines
State News
Pennsylvania Election Fiasco Blamed on Incorrect Settings on New Voting Machines

PHILADELPHIA — When votes were tallied last month using new voting machines in Northampton County, it was quickly obvious that something had gone wrong. The numbers were so clearly inaccurate that a judge ordered the machines impounded, scanners were brought... Read More

North Carolina’s Attorney General Joins in Criticism of UNC’s Silent Sam Deal with Confederates
State News
North Carolina’s Attorney General Joins in Criticism of UNC’s Silent Sam Deal with Confederates

RALEIGH, N.C. — Add North Carolina’s attorney general to the list of those who don’t think the University of North Carolina System should give $2.5 million to the N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans to preserve and display the Silent Sam... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture
Environment
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture
2019-12-13 15:06:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote the House and Senate appropriations panels this week, asking them to withhold funding from a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the west in the... Read More

Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
Employment
Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
2019-12-13 15:04:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act means many things to many people, but to the residents of one region in Upstate New York, the massive spending bill means one thing: good-paying jobs for the foreseeable... Read More

House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill
Military
House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill
2019-12-13 15:00:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday approved a sweeping $738 billion defense policy bill that for the first time will provide paid family leave for all federal workers and fund the creation of a Space Force, a top priority of... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

FBI Investigation of Trump Campaign Justified But Flawed, Agency Watchdog Says
In The News
FBI Investigation of Trump Campaign Justified But Flawed, Agency Watchdog Says
2019-12-13 14:50:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The FBI was justified in investigating the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s alleged ties to the Russian government but the investigation was deeply flawed, the Justice Department’s inspector general told Congress Wednesday. Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified to the... Read More

Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”
Geopolitics
Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”
2019-12-13 14:47:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Civil rights leaders and members of Congress urged that tougher policies be adopted to oppose human rights abuses in China and Hong Kong during a congressional hearing earlier this week. They accused China of mass incarceration of political... Read More

Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
Prescription Drugs
Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
2019-12-12 15:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kendra Horn believes it should come as no surprise to anyone that reining in runaway prescription drug prices has been a top priority of members of the 116th Congress. "After all, they are something that impacts just... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Detroit Has Thousands of Dead Residents on Voting Rolls
Voting
Lawsuit Alleges Detroit Has Thousands of Dead Residents on Voting Rolls

DETROIT — An advocacy group is suing Detroit election officials, claiming they violated the National Voter Registration Act by failing to properly maintain city voting rolls, including listing long-dead residents and keeping multiple registrations for the same people. The “failure”... Read More

Cuban Deportations Have More Than Doubled in The Past Year, New Data Shows
Immigration
Cuban Deportations Have More Than Doubled in The Past Year, New Data Shows

More than twice as many Cubans were deported this year compared to last year, according to new data released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Wednesday, federal officials released its latest deportation statistics, which showed that 1,179 Cubans were... Read More

Poll: Biden Holds 20-Point Lead in Texas Democratic Primary Race
Opinion Polls
Poll: Biden Holds 20-Point Lead in Texas Democratic Primary Race

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Vice President Joe Biden has opened up a commanding 20-point lead in the Texas Democratic primary, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday. Among likely Democratic primary voters, 35% say they support Biden, compared to 15%... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Prepares for Historic Vote on Impeachment Articles Against Trump
Impeachment
House Judiciary Committee Prepares for Historic Vote on Impeachment Articles Against Trump

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday began its long slog of a session to finalize articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a procedurally complex process that will probably continue through much of Thursday or even longer. The... Read More

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