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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

Congress Seeks to Avoid an Appropriations Nightmare Before Christmas
Federal Budget
Congress Seeks to Avoid an Appropriations Nightmare Before Christmas

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington this week with a challenging to-do list for December that not only includes drafting articles of impeachment and finalizing a massive trade deal, but also funding the government. Appropriators and congressional leadership have just... Read More

Top Republican Says Schiff Should Testify in Impeachment Hearing
In The News
Top Republican Says Schiff Should Testify in Impeachment Hearing

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Democrat Adam Schiff is “the first person who needs to testify” as the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moves to its next phase. Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia... Read More

Supreme Court May Punt Rather Than Rule on Key Gun-Rights Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court May Punt Rather Than Rule on Key Gun-Rights Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices sounded uncertain Monday over whether to rule on a major gun-rights case, since New York City has repealed the disputed law at issue that restricted carrying a licensed weapon outside the city. The gun... Read More

High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote
State News
High Time: Michigan Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales 13 Months After Vote

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s first legal recreational sales began around 10 a.m. Sunday, 13 months after voters approved a ballot measure allowing it. Consumers from across Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania lined up outside provisioning centers to kick off... Read More

Online Sales Break Black Friday Record as Clicks Beat Queues
In The News
Online Sales Break Black Friday Record as Clicks Beat Queues

NEW YORK — Black Friday hit a record $7.4 billion in U.S. online sales as many shoppers spent the day clicking instead of lining up to buy. It was the second-biggest U.S. online sales day ever, behind 2018 Cyber Monday’s... Read More

From Pimples to Politics: A Hong Kong Boy Band Takes on China
Geopolitics
From Pimples to Politics: A Hong Kong Boy Band Takes on China

HONG KONG — It was Eddie Ho’s worst nightmare: calling one of the boys’ parents to say that they’d been arrested. Ho, 31, had managed Boyz Reborn, a teenage boy band in Hong Kong, since the boys were elementary school... Read More

Here’s Why Donald Trump Is Talking About Another Tax Cut
Taxes
Here’s Why Donald Trump Is Talking About Another Tax Cut

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has said it’s time to consider another tax cut, as evidence mounts that wealthier taxpayers benefited a lot more than others from his first one. “We are going to be doing a major middle income... Read More

Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills
Texas
Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ bipartisan effort to shield patients from surprise medical bills could be weaker than lawmakers intended when it takes effect Jan. 1. Earlier this year, lawmakers from both parties came together on legislation to protect people in... Read More

In His Hometown, Jimmy Carter Unites Trump Supporters and Democrats. To a Point
Political News
In His Hometown, Jimmy Carter Unites Trump Supporters and Democrats. To a Point

PLAINS, Ga. — As mayor of the tiny Georgia town of Plains, L.E. “Boze” Godwin III is a Republican who presides over a living shrine to one of the South’s most famed Democrats. Just behind City Hall, the old train... Read More

The Tumultuous Life of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner
Elections
The Tumultuous Life of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner

TUCSON, Ariz. — A warm breeze blew past Colleen Coyle Mathis and her husband, Christopher, as they lounged on the back porch of their Spanish Colonial Revival-style house one evening earlier this month, drinking bottles of Pacifico. Marigold, their 2-year-old... Read More

Impeachment is Latest Boon for Washington Lawyers
In The News
Impeachment is Latest Boon for Washington Lawyers

WASHINGTON — Michael Volkov ran his client, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, through a “murder board” in preparation for his recent testimony under the glare of TV lights in the House impeachment hearings. Over more than a dozen intense days, Volkov... Read More

Trump Dispenses Billions in Aid to Farmers, Hoping to Shore Up Rural Base
Agriculture
Trump Dispenses Billions in Aid to Farmers, Hoping to Shore Up Rural Base

WASHINGTON — Moving to offset the impact his trade war has had on rural America, President Donald Trump has bypassed Congress to send some $20 billion in aid to farmers, mostly going to a bundle of states that are essential... Read More

Don McGahn Subpoena Case Set for Jan. 3 Appeals Court Hearing
In The News
Don McGahn Subpoena Case Set for Jan. 3 Appeals Court Hearing

The U.S. Justice Department’s appeal of a judge’s order compelling former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for his testimony is set to be heard in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3. The federal... Read More

DHS Knew it Couldn’t Track Migrant Kids Separated at Border, Inspector General Says
Immigration
DHS Knew it Couldn’t Track Migrant Kids Separated at Border, Inspector General Says

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security knew it lacked the technology to track more than 26,000 children it expected to separate from their parents at the U.S. southern border in 2018 as part of its controversial “zero tolerance” policy.... Read More

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