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National Governors Association Working With 5 States on Improving Business Regulations
State News
National Governors Association Working With 5 States on Improving Business Regulations
2019-11-26 22:41:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association announced Tuesday it is working with five states – Colorado, Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island and Tennessee – to help them improve their business regulatory processes to promote economic development. This work is being completed... Read More

Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
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Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
2019-11-26 22:32:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eighty-eight mayors representing cities across the country are urging the Trump administration to rescind an executive order that revamped the nation's system for resettling refugees and could entirely curtail the resettlement of refugees in their communities. In a... Read More

Inside the Bloody Cartel War for Mexico’s Multibillion-Dollar Avocado Industry
Mexico
Inside the Bloody Cartel War for Mexico’s Multibillion-Dollar Avocado Industry

URUAPAN, Mexico — The cartel members showed up in this verdant stretch of western Mexico armed with automatic weapons and chainsaws. Soon they were cutting timber day and night, the crash of falling trees echoing throughout the virgin forest. When... Read More

Resolving the ‘Proton Radius Puzzle’
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Resolving the ‘Proton Radius Puzzle’

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — How do you measure the width of a proton? A ruler won’t help and neither will a microscope. Instead, it involves smashing electrons into protons at nearly the speed of light, then measuring how far the... Read More

Rural Areas Hope to Get More From National Service Programs
Rural
Rural Areas Hope to Get More From National Service Programs

WASHINGTON — The Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902 to educate children living in the Central Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The school now focuses on helping children with dyslexia, and its leaders propose deploying 40 mentors from AmeriCorps,... Read More

Texas May Be Trending Purple, But Political Scientists Hedge on Whether It's Lasting
State News
Texas May Be Trending Purple, But Political Scientists Hedge on Whether It's Lasting
2019-11-26 14:03:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The thing about Texas is that people looking at it from the outside tend to have skewed view of what goes on here," Joshua Blank said the other day. We had turned to Blank, manager of polling and... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge House Leadership, Committee Chairs to Abide by PAYGO
Congress
Blue Dogs Urge House Leadership, Committee Chairs to Abide by PAYGO
2019-11-26 14:00:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is again urging the House leadership and committee chairs to abide by the bipartisan "Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rule, which requires Congress to pay for new priorities. The letter sent Monday is the second the coalition... Read More

Schiff Says Impeachment Report Will Come Soon After Thanksgiving
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Schiff Says Impeachment Report Will Come Soon After Thanksgiving
2019-11-26 13:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Monday that his committee's impeachment report will be submitted to the House Judiciary Committee "soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess." In a lengthy "Dear Colleague" letter sent to members... Read More

Democrats Approve Early Voting Plan for 2020 Nevada Caucus
State News
Democrats Approve Early Voting Plan for 2020 Nevada Caucus
2019-11-26 13:54:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee has signed off on a plan that will allow Nevada to offer the first-ever early voting option for a presidential caucus. During a press briefing on Monday, DNC Chairman Tom Perez and Nevada party... Read More

Esper Ousts Navy Secretary in Trump SEAL Fallout
Military
Esper Ousts Navy Secretary in Trump SEAL Fallout

NEW YORK — Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked and received the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq, the Pentagon said in a... Read More

Michael Bloomberg Joins Democrats’ 2020 Race for President
2020 Elections
Michael Bloomberg Joins Democrats’ 2020 Race for President

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, adding new uncertainty to the party’s already unsettled contest to pick President Trump’s challenger in 2020. After more than a... Read More

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Discharged From Hospital, Court Says
Supreme Court
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Discharged From Hospital, Court Says

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from a Baltimore hospital Sunday and is “home and doing well,” the court said in a statement. The 86-year-old was hospitalized Friday night with chills and a fever, and her... Read More

Trump Inquiry Won’t End With Impeachment Report, Schiff Says
Impeachment
Trump Inquiry Won’t End With Impeachment Report, Schiff Says

WASHINGTON — The investigation of misconduct by the Trump administration will continue even after a House committee submits an initial report that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump, said the Democrat leading the proceedings. “What we’re not... Read More

Minnesota Says New Federal Pollution Rules Would ‘Kneecap’ Water Protections
Environment
Minnesota Says New Federal Pollution Rules Would ‘Kneecap’ Water Protections

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal proposal to streamline water-quality laws would “kneecap” Minnesota regulators and effectively remove their authority to protect drinking water, rivers, streams and wildlife from dozens of new projects each year, state officials have warned in a letter... Read More

House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure
Technology
House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure
2019-11-22 23:43:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Energy and Commerce Committee this week advanced Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s plan to protect 5G and next-generation wireless communications systems and mobile infrastructure in Central Virginia and across the United States.  The Committee’s passage of the Virginia... Read More

With Safe Injection Sites, ‘Somebody Has to Go First.’ It Could Be Philadelphia
Health
With Safe Injection Sites, ‘Somebody Has to Go First.’ It Could Be Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — In a massive, soot-stained 19th-century former Methodist church that fills an entire block here, dozens of addiction counselors and peer support specialists work to help injection drug users stay as healthy as possible until they decide they’re ready... Read More

Ban on Hotel Toiletries Is Latest Effort to Curb Plastic Waste
Waste
Ban on Hotel Toiletries Is Latest Effort to Curb Plastic Waste

WASHINGTON — Love those dainty little bottles of shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion in hotel bathrooms? Do you take them home, use them for guests or donate them to the local homeless shelter? You won’t be able to for much... Read More

Local Government Leaders Shine As They Tackle An Array of Tough Issues
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Local Government Leaders Shine As They Tackle An Array of Tough Issues
2019-11-22 21:41:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Given the current political polarization in Washington, state and local policy makers are stepping up like never before to craft effective and innovative solutions to an array of tough issues. On Thursday, The NewDEAL, a national network of... Read More

Colonias to Immigrants: We Need You at Census Time
Census
Colonias to Immigrants: We Need You at Census Time

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas — In this colonia near the Mexico border, an area of sometimes makeshift housing south of Edinburg, neighborhood residents are learning when to, and when not to, speak up to authorities when you’re living in the country... Read More

McAdams, Fellow Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Floor Vote
Trade
McAdams, Fellow Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Floor Vote
2019-11-22 21:37:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A quartet of moderate Democrats took to House floor this week to press for a vote on the USMCA trade deal, despite the stark partisan divide inflamed by the ongoing impeachment inquiry. "I think it's important that the... Read More

Troll Armies, a Growth Industry in the Philippines, May Soon Be Coming to an Election Near You
Elections
Troll Armies, a Growth Industry in the Philippines, May Soon Be Coming to an Election Near You

MANILA, Philippines — As public anger mounted last year over delayed plans to shake up the Philippines’ outage-plagued telecommunications sector, angry comments and one-star ratings flooded a government-run Facebook page. When employees suspected online trolls, President Rodrigo Duterte’s digital mastermind... Read More

Obama Tells Democrats to ‘Chill Out’ and Focus on Trump
Political News
Obama Tells Democrats to ‘Chill Out’ and Focus on Trump

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed to Democrats to “chill out” about their differences during the presidential nomination race and focus instead on beating President Donald Trump. “There will be differences,” he said, but they are minor compared with... Read More

Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment
State News
Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost halfway through the ACA open enrollment period, Florida is leading the nation in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance, according to the federal data released on Wednesday. Of the 1.7 million... Read More

Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged
Voting
Democratic Candidates Text Georgia Voters Who May be Purged

ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidates sent text messages to some of the 313,000 people Thursday whose voter registrations could be canceled in Georgia, emphasizing their support for voting rights a day after their debate in Atlanta. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker,... Read More

The Case of the Affordable Care Act’s Disappearing Taxes
Health
The Case of the Affordable Care Act’s Disappearing Taxes

It was a moment of genuine bipartisanship at the House Ways and Means Committee in October, as Democratic and Republican sponsors alike praised a bill called the “Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019.” The bill, approved by the panel... Read More

Trump May Withhold Tax Returns and Appear on Ballot, California Supreme Court Rules
2020 Elections
Trump May Withhold Tax Returns and Appear on Ballot, California Supreme Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Democrats have tried to force President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns, and Trump has resisted. The California Legislature, aiming at the president, passed a law this year to try to force Trump’s hand.... Read More

Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, Giuliani Pressed For It, Sondland Says
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Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, Giuliani Pressed For It, Sondland Says
2019-11-21 19:40:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Ambassador Gordon Sondland, perhaps the star witness of the House impeachment inquiry, said to committee investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, unequivocally sought a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine in order to... Read More

Pentagon Warns That Number of Military Bases With Contaminated Water Likely to Rise
Health
Pentagon Warns That Number of Military Bases With Contaminated Water Likely to Rise

WASHINGTON — The number of known military installations with water sources contaminated by cancer-linked firefighting foam is likely to rise, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. In 2018, the Pentagon reported that 401 sites — including wells, on-base drinking sources and groundwater... Read More

Democratic Debate Ends With Clashes Over Race and Political Leadership
2020 Elections
Democratic Debate Ends With Clashes Over Race and Political Leadership

ATLANTA — Democratic presidential hopefuls clashed on the debate stage Wednesday night over issues of race and political leadership as front-runners were challenged on their ability to rebuild the diverse coalition that elected President Barack Obama. As the race for... Read More

House to Meet for 113 Days in 2020, Schedule Maximizes District Time With Constituents
U.S. House
House to Meet for 113 Days in 2020, Schedule Maximizes District Time With Constituents
2019-11-21 16:53:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will convene for its second session on January 7, 2020, and meet for 113 days, according to a legislative calendar released Thursday by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The Maryland Democrat said the calendar has been... Read More

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