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For Young People With Psychosis, Early Intervention Is Crucial
Mental Health
For Young People With Psychosis, Early Intervention Is Crucial

Andrew Echeguren, 26, had his first psychotic episode when he was 15. He was working as an assistant coach at a summer soccer camp for kids when the lyrics coming out of his iPod suddenly morphed into racist and homophobic... Read More

McBath Plays Key Role In Moving Landmark Higher Ed Bill Out of Committee
Education
McBath Plays Key Role In Moving Landmark Higher Ed Bill Out of Committee
2019-11-08 21:26:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After two full days of debate, the House Education and Labor Committee voted to advance the College Affordability Act, including four pieces of legislation and an amendment introduced by Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga. The act, also known as... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Incentivizes States to Report of Domestic Violence to Federal Background Check Systems
Education
Bipartisan Bill Incentivizes States to Report of Domestic Violence to Federal Background Check Systems
2019-11-08 21:24:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mike Turner, R-Ohio, will create incentives for states to provide complete domestic violence records to federal background check databases. Rep. Rice announced the filing of the bill at... Read More

Supreme Court Urged to Decide If Electoral College Voters Are Bound to State's Winner
In The News
Supreme Court Urged to Decide If Electoral College Voters Are Bound to State's Winner
2019-11-08 21:22:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In 2016, 10 Electoral College voters challenged the notion they were bound to vote for the winner of the presidential election in their state and at least tried to vote for somebody else. Seven electors actually cast that... Read More

New Drone, Underwater Footage of Orcas Stuns Researchers, Gives Intimate Look at Killer Whales’ Family Life
Environment
New Drone, Underwater Footage of Orcas Stuns Researchers, Gives Intimate Look at Killer Whales’ Family Life

SEATTLE — Who knew orcas were so playful, so full of affection, so constantly touching one another? New footage taken by drone as well as underwater stunned researchers who spent two days with the southern resident orca J pod off... Read More

Peters Helps Advance Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices From Committee
Prescription Drugs
Peters Helps Advance Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices From Committee
2019-11-08 21:18:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., helped advance H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, joining the majority of his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in voting to send the measure on to the full House. The... Read More

Florida’s Presidential Primary Starts Sooner Than You Think
2020 Elections
Florida’s Presidential Primary Starts Sooner Than You Think

MIAMI — Just after Iowa’s caucuses and days before the first 2020 presidential primary in New Hampshire, Democrats in one of the country’s premier battleground states will begin voting for their party’s choice to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump.... Read More

Supreme Court to Decide Whether 'Booking.com' Too Generic for Trademark Protection
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Decide Whether 'Booking.com' Too Generic for Trademark Protection
2019-11-08 21:15:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case in which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office contends that Booking.com’s name is too generic for trademark protection. As is their custom, the justices did not explain their... Read More

Trump’s Well-Oiled Campaign Has Everything Planned — Except Trump
2020 Elections
Trump’s Well-Oiled Campaign Has Everything Planned — Except Trump

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fiddled for months with a 2020 election message that would be ready for primetime. His top two campaign aides — Jared Kushner and Brad Parscale — sought a message that would resonate with the president’s... Read More

Democrats See 2020 Election Won By Slim Margins In Several Key Battleground States
2020 Elections
Democrats See 2020 Election Won By Slim Margins In Several Key Battleground States
2019-11-08 21:11:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic party believes whoever its eventual nominee is, the race to win the 2020 presidential election will come down to slim margins of victory in several key battleground states. As a result, said David Bergstein, the DNC's... Read More

Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Undecided About Impeachment
Opinion Polls
Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Undecided About Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Americans are divided about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, and as the House prepares for public hearings next week, roughly 1 in 4 remain uncertain, providing a large audience that could be especially swayed by the... Read More

Michael Bloomberg Opening Door for 2020 Run
2020 Elections
Michael Bloomberg Opening Door for 2020 Run

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg is taking his first official step toward running for president in 2020. The billionaire ex-mayor, who has flirted with a White House bid for months, is filing paperwork Friday to qualify for Alabama’s Democratic presidential... Read More

Republicans Urge Bevin to Provide Proof of Election Fraud or Concede
State News
Republicans Urge Bevin to Provide Proof of Election Fraud or Concede

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A growing number of Republican lawmakers are urging Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a fellow Republican, to either provide evidence of the voting “irregularities” he has alleged or concede Tuesday’s election to Gov.-elect Andy Beshear, who defeated him... Read More

Trial to Determine Sanity for Capital Gazette Gunman Rescheduled for March
Criminal Justice
Trial to Determine Sanity for Capital Gazette Gunman Rescheduled for March

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anne Arundel County Judge Laura Ripken has set a new date for the trial to determine whether the Capital Gazette shooter was sane at the time of the mass shooting, according to the Maryland Judiciary. Slated to... Read More

City Moves Toward Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth
State News
City Moves Toward Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Kansas City took a step Wednesday toward becoming the second city in Missouri to ban conversion therapy for minors following more than an hour of emotional testimony from a packed room of LGBTQ residents and advocates. Conversion therapy,... Read More

School Shooters Exhibited Unreported Warning Signs, Secret Service Study Finds
In The News
School Shooters Exhibited Unreported Warning Signs, Secret Service Study Finds
2019-11-08 13:46:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Students who have committed deadly school shootings in recent years exhibited worrisome warning signs that went unreported to authorities, a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday says. The report, "Protecting America's Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of... Read More

Widespread Support Emerges for Extending Panel Working on Congressional Reforms
Congress
Widespread Support Emerges for Extending Panel Working on Congressional Reforms
2019-11-07 22:15:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Multiple letters addressed to the House leadership shows there's widespread support for extending the mandate of a select committee that has been working for the past year on finding meaningful ways to reinvigorate the procedures and culture of... Read More

VA Unveils Video Series to Help Vets File Disability Claims Online
Veterans
VA Unveils Video Series to Help Vets File Disability Claims Online
2019-11-07 22:04:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new video tutorial aimed at helping veterans file disability compensation benefits claims online. The tutorial tells veterans how they can learn about and apply for benefits earned using... Read More

Republicans See Warning Signs After Election Losses in Va., Ky. and Pa.
2020 Elections
Republicans See Warning Signs After Election Losses in Va., Ky. and Pa.

WASHINGTON — Off-year election results in three key states — Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky — serve as a flashing red warning light for Republicans worried that President Donald Trump’s deep unpopularity outside rural areas may threaten their grip on the... Read More

Democrats Lean Into 2019 Victories to Build Case for 2020
Elections
Democrats Lean Into 2019 Victories to Build Case for 2020

WASHINGTON — The day after a Democrat declared victory in the Kentucky governor’s race and Virginia voters gave full control of state government to the party’s legislative candidates, national Democrats were eager to spin those victories as a sign of... Read More

House to Hold First Public Impeachment Hearings Next Week
Impeachment
House to Hold First Public Impeachment Hearings Next Week
2019-11-07 13:34:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats announced Wednesday that they will hold their first public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump next week. In a brief statement, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said William Taylor,... Read More

Decline of Local Journalism is Likely Increasing Voter Polarization
Impeachment
Decline of Local Journalism is Likely Increasing Voter Polarization

WASHINGTON — In May 2017, former Republican Rep. Leonard Lance crossed party lines and voted against the GOP health care repeal, a proposal deeply unpopular with voters in New Jersey’s 7th District, which he had represented in Washington for nearly... Read More

Supreme Court Leans Toward Expanding Clean Water Act
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Leans Toward Expanding Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices, both conservative and liberal, appeared skeptical Wednesday of a Trump administration argument that the federal Clean Water Act should not apply to sewage plant wastewater that flows into the ground and eventually seeps into federally... Read More

Trump to Add White House Aides for Impeachment Fight
Impeachment
Trump to Add White House Aides for Impeachment Fight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to hire a pair of new aides dedicated to responding to the House’s expanding impeachment investigation, according to two people familiar with the plan. Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Tony Sayegh,... Read More

US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations
Political News
US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations

The White House has banned government agencies from funding educational and cultural exchanges with Cuban, Syrian, Russian and North Korean government entities and officials as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to halt people trafficking in those countries, according to... Read More

Roger Stone Faces Jury Pool in Trial for Lying About Clinton Leaks
Law
Roger Stone Faces Jury Pool in Trial for Lying About Clinton Leaks

WASHINGTON — Roger Stone, the Republican political operative who famously predicted a dump of embarrassing documents on the Clinton campaign in 2016, got his first glimpse on Tuesday of the jurors who’ll decide whether he lied to a congressional committee... Read More

Analysis: A Year Out, Here’s Four Scenarios for 2020 Elections
Political News
Analysis: A Year Out, Here’s Four Scenarios for 2020 Elections

WASHINGTON — After Donald Trump’s surprise victory in 2016, there’s a saturating fear of projecting elections. Nearly three years into his presidency, and with one year left in his first term, there are multiple potential outcomes for the 2020 elections.... Read More

Impeachment Transcripts Show Democrats Probing Trump Hotel, Emoluments
In The News
Impeachment Transcripts Show Democrats Probing Trump Hotel, Emoluments

WASHINGTON — House Democratic investigators have not been solely focused on President Donald Trump allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival as they have questioned witnesses in the impeachment inquiry, a transcript of one of the closed-door depositions reveals.... Read More

Democrat Beshear Declares Victory in Race for Ky. Governor
State News
Democrat Beshear Declares Victory in Race for Ky. Governor

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky voters appeared to reject Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday, bucking a statewide Republican trend as they turned their backs on a politician known as much for his blustery personality as his conservative values. Democrat Andy Beshear,... Read More

Democrats Take Control of Virginia General Assembly in Historic Election
Elections
Democrats Take Control of Virginia General Assembly in Historic Election

NORFOLK, Va. — Democrats won decisive majorities in the House of Delegates and state Senate in an historical election that sets Virginia on a new course. That put Democrats in control of the General Assembly and governor’s office for the... Read More

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