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Dept. of Veteran Affairs Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute
Veterans
Dept. of Veteran Affairs Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute
2019-12-05 17:09:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a National Artificial  Intelligence Institute in an effort to further advance the health and well-being of veterans. In a statement, the department said the new Institute will incorporate input from veterans... Read More

House Considers National Memorial for Fallen Journalists
Veterans
House Considers National Memorial for Fallen Journalists

Washington, D.C., is home to numerous memorials and monuments honoring Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the country. But the U.S. capital lacks a permanent memorial dedicated to those who were killed while working to advance a free press.... Read More

Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system
Affordable Housing
Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system

Young people facing homelessness as they age out of the foster care system soon could have easier access to federal housing vouchers. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is joining with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, to propose legislation... Read More

Former Mayor Begins ‘Unprecedented Push’ in Florida on Voter Outreach, Campaign Donations
State News
Former Mayor Begins ‘Unprecedented Push’ in Florida on Voter Outreach, Campaign Donations

MIAMI — As part of his effort to help down-ballot Democrats grow their numbers in the Capitol, one-time gubernatorial candidate and former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has decided on 21 candidates to endorse and support financially in 2020. Gillum’s Forward... Read More

Survey: Recession Odds Diminishing for U.S. Economy, But Watch for a Slowdown
Economy
Survey: Recession Odds Diminishing for U.S. Economy, But Watch for a Slowdown

The nation’s top economists say a recession within the next year isn’t probable, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. economy will be worth bragging about. Experts polled for Bankrate’s Fourth-Quarter Economic Indicator survey estimate a 35 percent chance that the... Read More

Speaker Asks Judiciary Committee to Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment
Political News
Speaker Asks Judiciary Committee to Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment
2019-12-05 16:16:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she's asked the House Judiciary Committee to proceed with drafting impeachment articles against President  Donald Trump. The move by the speaker advances the timetable for impeachment, setting the stage for a... Read More

House Democrats to Move on Temporary ‘SALT’ Cap Increase
Congress
House Democrats to Move on Temporary ‘SALT’ Cap Increase

WASHINGTON — The House Ways and Means Committee could take up legislation as early as next week that would increase a limit on state and local tax deductions that has riled Democrats from high-cost regions, according to a senior panel... Read More

Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:50:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Rep. Joe Cunningham's race for Congress quickly became the stuff of local legend. Here was a first-time candidate, a Democrat running in a staunchly Republican district, who defeated a well-financed GOP opponent,... Read More

Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:48:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., knows the stories all too well. Time and again during town halls and community events in his district, he's heard the first-hand stories of hardworking families who've had to choose between paying for a... Read More

Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
Health
Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
2019-12-04 22:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., joined with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Annie Kuster, D-N.H., to re-introduce the Road to Recovery Act, a bill that would improve addiction treatment options under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Specifically,... Read More

Rep. McAdams Backs Legislation to Speed Generic Medications to Market
Prescription Drugs
Rep. McAdams Backs Legislation to Speed Generic Medications to Market
2019-12-04 22:39:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While some continue to merely talk about the need to rein in prescription drug prices, Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, has actually taken action on bipartisan legislation to help lower the cost of often life-changing medications. Along with fellow... Read More

New Jersey Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Require Students to Learn Cursive
State News
New Jersey Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Require Students to Learn Cursive

PHILADELPHIA — New Jersey’s elementary school students would be required to learn, read and write cursive by the end of third grade, under a bill now in the state Assembly. “In some cases, children are entering middle school without knowing... Read More

House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks
Federal Budget
House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are insisting that all 12 overdue spending bills for the current fiscal year must be finalized before any of them can reach the floor, according to sources familiar with strategy talks. The demand for some... Read More

Phone Records Connect Giuliani to Nunes During Ukraine Efforts
Political News
Phone Records Connect Giuliani to Nunes During Ukraine Efforts

WASHINGTON — Call records released Tuesday in the House impeachment probe show President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani had extensive contacts with the White House as well as interactions with Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee. Giuliani... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Retakes Center Stage in Impeachment Inquiry
Political News
House Judiciary Committee Retakes Center Stage in Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing Wednesday in a push to impeach President Donald Trump will be more about the members of the committee than the witnesses, and what it reveals about where the process is headed in... Read More

Broken Bromance: Trump and Macron Clash in Lengthy Bickerfest at NATO Summit
Foreign Affairs
Broken Bromance: Trump and Macron Clash in Lengthy Bickerfest at NATO Summit

One of the world’s most unlikely world leader bromances appears to be over. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron clashed Tuesday in a remarkable question-and-answer session with reporters that was broadcast around the globe. From U.S.-French trade to... Read More

Appeals Court Says Congress Entitled to Trump Bank Records
Law
Appeals Court Says Congress Entitled to Trump Bank Records
2019-12-04 00:04:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled Congress is entitled to review President Donald Trump's banking records as it investigates possible foreign influence in U.S. elections, violations of the emoluments clause and other issues. The... Read More

Kamala Harris Ends Presidential Campaign
2020 Elections
Kamala Harris Ends Presidential Campaign
2019-12-03 22:34:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., told staffers and supporters on Tuesday that she is ending her campaign for president. The announcement, which spread by word of mouth and text message early Tuesday afternoon, came just hours after Harris abruptly... Read More

Researcher Develops New Weapon in War Against Overdoses: An Implanted Device That Automatically Releases Lifesaving Naloxone
Opioids
Researcher Develops New Weapon in War Against Overdoses: An Implanted Device That Automatically Releases Lifesaving Naloxone

CHICAGO — An opioid overdose can be a lonely death. People who use drugs often do so in private, and should they get a dose stronger than they can tolerate, no one will be there to save them with the... Read More

Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?
Marijuana
Will Virginia Legalize Marijuana Now That the Democrats Are the Majority?

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Democrats managed to flip the Virginia House and Senate in November’s election, taking control of state government for the first time in more than two decades. What does that blue map mean for legalizing marijuana? Attorney... Read More

Why TV Networks May Be Afraid of Investigative Stories
Media
Why TV Networks May Be Afraid of Investigative Stories

LOS ANGELES — This has been the autumn of discontent for investigative TV journalists. Ronan Farrow’s best-selling book “Catch and Kill” detailed his frustration with former bosses at NBC News over his failed attempt to break the story on the... Read More

House Intel Committee Releases Sweeping Report Supporting Trump's Impeachment
Impeachment
House Intel Committee Releases Sweeping Report Supporting Trump's Impeachment
2019-12-03 21:55:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Select Committee on Intelligence released a massive report Tuesday afternoon outlining the evidence of President Donald Trump's alleged wrongdoing involving Ukraine. The 300-page report from the Democrats on the committee will serve as the starting point... Read More

IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
Veterans
IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
2019-12-03 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In many ways, Jeremy Butler is the perfect interview subject. It doesn't take much to encourage him to talk about topics he's passionate about. And as the newly appointed CEO of Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Butler... Read More

States Appeal Judge’s Decision to Toss Local Tax Deductions Lawsuit
Litigation
States Appeal Judge’s Decision to Toss Local Tax Deductions Lawsuit
2019-12-03 19:18:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Four states are appealing a federal judge’s September dismissal of their lawsuit challenging federal authority to limit state and local tax deductions. In a filing before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys for the states argue... Read More

US Mulls Duties on $2.4 Billion in French Goods Over Tech Tax
Foreign Affairs
US Mulls Duties on $2.4 Billion in French Goods Over Tech Tax

WASHINGTON — The U.S. proposed tariffs on roughly $2.4 billion in French products, in response to a tax on digital revenues that hits large American tech companies including Google, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. “France’s digital services tax... Read More

Trump Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Let Federal Executions Resume
Criminal Justice
Trump Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Let Federal Executions Resume

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clear the federal government to resume executions as soon as next week. The emergency filing on Monday urged the court to lift a hold that a trial judge... Read More

Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat
Political News
Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he’s picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she’ll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support... Read More

New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules
State News
New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules

WASHINGTON — The new congressional maps passed by North Carolina state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election, a three-judge panel ruled Monday. The previous maps gave Republicans a 10-3 advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Under... Read More

Four Impeachment Scholars to Open Judiciary Committee’s Hearing
In The News
Four Impeachment Scholars to Open Judiciary Committee’s Hearing

WASHINGTON — Four experts on presidential impeachment will fill the witness table during the House Judiciary Committee’s opening hearing of historic proceedings to determine whether President Donald Trump should be impeached. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is depicting Wednesday’s session as... Read More

Trump Heads to NATO Summit as Impeachment Looms
NATO
Trump Heads to NATO Summit as Impeachment Looms

WASHINGTON — Awkwardness has been the hallmark of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Western allies since he was elected three years ago on a platform that bashed existing treaties, trade deals and alliances. He leaves Monday for a two-day summit... Read More

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