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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
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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

Supreme Court Appears Ready to Rule for Police in Traffic-Stop Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Ready to Rule for Police in Traffic-Stop Case
2019-11-05 22:00:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday appeared to accept that it was reasonable for police to pull over a vehicle registered to someone with a suspended driver's license despite their not knowing who was driving the vehicle at the... Read More

North Carolina Begins Process of Redrawing District Maps
Political News
North Carolina Begins Process of Redrawing District Maps
2019-11-05 21:53:48
by Dan McCue

North Carolina lawmakers convened Tuesday afternoon to take the first procedural steps to draw new congressional maps in time for use in the 2020 elections. In all, 18 Republicans and Democrats turned out for a committee meeting at the General... Read More

In Blow to Trump, Sondland Changes Testimony
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In Blow to Trump, Sondland Changes Testimony
2019-11-05 21:22:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House investigators released hundreds of pages of testimony from two top diplomats Tuesday, including a bombshell: revised testimony from one of the men in which he admits he told a top Ukrainian official the country likely would not... Read More

Bats Live Mostly Out of Sight and Out of Mind. But Their Falling Numbers Are a Reason to Look Up and Worry, Scientists Say
Environment
Bats Live Mostly Out of Sight and Out of Mind. But Their Falling Numbers Are a Reason to Look Up and Worry, Scientists Say

CHICAGO — It’s the time of year when ghouls and goblins, mummies and monsters are out in force. But unlike many Halloween creatures, bats live in more than the imagination, making their homes in caves and hollowed-out trees in Illinois... Read More

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support
Health
Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

WASHINGTON — Absent action by Congress in the next three weeks, Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, is going to have to figure out what medical services to deny hard-pressed communities in rural eastern North Carolina. “It runs the... Read More

She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin
Health
She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin

HAMBURG, Germany — Every now and then, Katie West considers returning to the United States. She moved to Germany for graduate school three years ago and now works as a health systems researcher in Hamburg. Her family is an ocean... Read More

Justices Hear Copyright Case Involving Pirate Ship
Supreme Court
Justices Hear Copyright Case Involving Pirate Ship
2019-11-05 20:49:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court  traded "Oyez!" for "Ahoys" Tuesday morning as they grappled with a modern-day dispute over the pirate Blackbeard's flagship. The Queen Anne's Revenge went down off North Carolina's coast more than 300 years ago and lay... Read More

Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
Immigration
Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
2019-11-05 20:46:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Monday to sort out ambiguities in the Immigration and Nationality Act related to when a noncitizen can apply for cancellation of a removal order. The case before the court... Read More

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Thousands Turn Out As White House Honors Washington's Nationals
2019-11-05 20:41:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump couldn't help himself. Though he appeared to be in a festive mood as he welcomed the World Series Champion Washington Nationals to the South portico of the White House, the impeachment inquiry transpiring a few... Read More

House Releases First Depositions in Trump Impeachment Inquiry
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House Releases First Depositions in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — House committees that have conducted the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump behind closed doors for the last six weeks released the first two transcripts of witness testimony Monday even as four other White House officials defied subpoenas... Read More

Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules
Law
Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is not entitled to Oval Office immunity that would block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. from obtaining copies of his tax returns, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 34-page ruling by the... Read More

Trump Administration Begins Formal US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement
Climate
Trump Administration Begins Formal US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration gave official notice Monday that it will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a long anticipated move and a significant step in America’s retreat as an environmental leader. Despite the president’s... Read More

Georgia Purge List Scrutinized for Voter Registration Removals
Voting
Georgia Purge List Scrutinized for Voter Registration Removals

ATLANTA — As Georgia election officials prepare to erase 313,243 registrations, several groups say they’re concerned that legitimate voters will be swept up in the purge. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia identified 70 people Monday who it says... Read More

Katie Hill’s Office Receives White Powder in Envelope, But it Tests Negative for Harmful Toxins
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Katie Hill’s Office Receives White Powder in Envelope, But it Tests Negative for Harmful Toxins

LOS ANGELES — Following Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s resignation over allegations of a sexual relationship with a staffer and a campaign aide, the freshman lawmaker’s Palmdale office received a suspicious envelope Monday containing a white powder that was determined to... Read More

Whistleblower’s Lawyer Offers GOP Chance to Question Client
Political News
Whistleblower’s Lawyer Offers GOP Chance to Question Client

WASHINGTON — The lawyer for the whistleblower behind the report that sparked a House impeachment inquiry said he’s offering Republicans the chance to question his client directly — but only in writing. Mark S. Zaid said on Twitter Sunday that... Read More

Pelosi Sets High Bar for Impeachment Inquiry: ‘Ironclad’ Proof
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Pelosi Sets High Bar for Impeachment Inquiry: ‘Ironclad’ Proof

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, offering her most expansive view of the impeachment probe to date, said she decided to advance the inquiry into President Donald Trump after his phone call with Ukraine’s leader provided her with the “clarity”... Read More

They Were Hostages in Iran for 444 days. Decades later, They’re Waiting for Compensation
Geopolitics
They Were Hostages in Iran for 444 days. Decades later, They’re Waiting for Compensation

LOS ANGELES — Dorothea Morefield was sipping coffee at her kitchen counter when a call came in: Iranian students protesting outside the U.S. Embassy in Tehran had stormed the building, a State Department official told her. Her husband, Richard, the... Read More

In Good Humor, Jimmy Carter Returns to Sunday School After Fall
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In Good Humor, Jimmy Carter Returns to Sunday School After Fall

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter returned to his Sunday school class in good humor, even as he pondered his own mortality less than two weeks after fracturing his pelvis in a fall. Carter, 95, spoke for his usual 40... Read More

Trump Says China Trade Deal Will Be Signed Somewhere in US
Trade
Trump Says China Trade Deal Will Be Signed Somewhere in US

WASHINGTON — The “Phase One” trade deal with China, once completed, will be signed somewhere in the U.S., President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday at the White House. Trump had previously suggested Iowa, the largest U.S. corn and hog... Read More

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