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House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
Political News
House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
2019-12-17 21:46:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, despite a disagreement over $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The two-bill package ballooned to some 2,371 pages after several... Read More

Homeless Populations Are Surging in the West — Even as Federal Spending Rises
Housing
Homeless Populations Are Surging in the West — Even as Federal Spending Rises

WASHINGTON — More and more people are living on the streets, in makeshift encampments or their cars — what the federal government calls “other places not suitable for human habitation.” While Washington, D.C., lawmakers are sympathetic and ready to increase... Read More

Privatizing State Parks Can Save Them — or Wreck Them
In The States
Privatizing State Parks Can Save Them — or Wreck Them

WASHINGTON — When Alabama closed Roland Cooper State Park in 2015 because of budget cuts, entrepreneur Warren Meyer saw an opportunity. Meyer runs Recreation Resource Management, a concession company that maintains campgrounds, builds cabins and provides amenities at state parks... Read More

Utah Tests Ranked-Choice Voting’s Conservative Appeal
Voting
Utah Tests Ranked-Choice Voting’s Conservative Appeal

WASHINGTON — A roll of the dice decided a tied City Council race in Vineyard, Utah, four years ago. So when the city had the opportunity to test a different way of voting in municipal elections last month, local officials... Read More

Federal Judge First Blocks, Then Allows Purge of Georgia Voter Rolls
State News
Federal Judge First Blocks, Then Allows Purge of Georgia Voter Rolls
2019-12-17 16:09:30
by Dan McCue

A federal judge said he will allow Georgia to begin a sweeping purge of its voter rolls Monday, just hours after he initially put the potential removal of more than 300,000 inactive voter registrations on hold. U.S. District Judge Steve... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
Research
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
2019-12-17 16:06:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is throwing its support behind legislation that would update allergen labeling laws, and provide increased funding for research and treatment of food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32... Read More

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Drops Medicaid Work Requirements, Reversing Bevin Policy
Medicaid
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Drops Medicaid Work Requirements, Reversing Bevin Policy

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s controversial plan to impose work requirements and monthly premiums for many Kentucky Medicaid recipients is no more, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday. In one of his first major moves as the... Read More

Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast
Political News
Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast

Republicans aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for Jeff Van Drew. The New Jersey Democratic congressman may have hoped his defection to the GOP would ease his path to reelection in a conservative-leaning district. His political prospects as a... Read More

Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades
Guns
Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators agreed to spend $25 million to study gun violence in America next year, the first time in more than two decades that federal funds will be dedicated to researching the contentious issue. The National Institutes of... Read More

Cuomo Calls for Automatic Recounts in Close Elections Across NY State
State News
Cuomo Calls for Automatic Recounts in Close Elections Across NY State

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a recount. Cuomo pitched legislation Monday as part of his planned 2020 State of the State address that would mandate automatic manual recounts in close elections across the state and lay... Read More

Supreme Court Allows Ruling That Protects Homeless Who Sleep on Sidewalk to Stand
Political News
Supreme Court Allows Ruling That Protects Homeless Who Sleep on Sidewalk to Stand

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a major case on homeless, letting stand a ruling that protects their right to sleep on the sidewalk or in public parks if no other shelter is available. The justices without... Read More

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

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