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Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden Not Running for Reelection
Political News
Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden Not Running for Reelection

WASHINGTON — Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden announced Monday that he is not running for reelection, media reports said. Walden is the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee during the... Read More

Congress to Hold First Floor Vote on Impeachment Inquiry
Impeachment
Congress to Hold First Floor Vote on Impeachment Inquiry
2019-10-28 21:41:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives will hold the first floor vote on the Trump impeachment inquiry, laying out the rules for the remainder of the ongoing investigation. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to start marking up the resolution... Read More

Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries
Marijuana
Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio doled out medical marijuana dispensary licenses, state officials took location into account. The idea was to grant licenses to a geographically diverse set of applicants so all patients, regardless of their hometown, had access to... Read More

Death of al-Baghdadi Ends a Decade-Long Manhunt
Foreign Affairs
Death of al-Baghdadi Ends a Decade-Long Manhunt

WASHINGTON — The U.S. special forces operation in Syria that led to the reported death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group, brought to a close a manhunt that lasted nearly a decade and dealt... Read More

Democrat for Trump’s Home District to Lead Impeachment Panel
In The News
Democrat for Trump’s Home District to Lead Impeachment Panel

WASHINGTON — The New York City lawmaker whose district includes much of Manhattan and Trump Tower has the inside track to take over a key congressional watchdog committee with a leading role in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump,... Read More

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Former Dean of Congress, Dies at Age 90
Congress
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Former Dean of Congress, Dies at Age 90

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a civil rights icon who during five decades in Congress co-founded the National Black Caucus and pushed to establish a national holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday of natural causes at... Read More

The Messy Politics of Voter Purges
Voting
The Messy Politics of Voter Purges

WASHINGTON — For the first time ever, Ohio this year lifted the veil on its voter purging system. It left the state astonished. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican who has focused on modernizing the state’s elections system, announced... Read More

Democratic Rep. Katie Hill to Resign Amid Allegations of Improper Relationship With Staffer
Congress
Democratic Rep. Katie Hill to Resign Amid Allegations of Improper Relationship With Staffer

WASHINGTON - Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., announced Sunday that she would resign from Congress after allegations that she engaged in affairs with a congressional aide and a campaign staff member became public earlier this month. Hill announced the resignation in... Read More

Federal Deficit Just Shy of $1 Trillion for 2019, Highest Since 2012
Federal Budget
Federal Deficit Just Shy of $1 Trillion for 2019, Highest Since 2012
2019-10-25 20:00:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal deficit for fiscal year 2019 was $984 billion, $205 billion more than in the prior fiscal year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday afternoon. The final accounting from the Treasury Department of the Office of Management... Read More

DNC Raises Bar for Candidates Hoping to Qualify for December Debate
2020 Elections
DNC Raises Bar for Candidates Hoping to Qualify for December Debate
2019-10-25 19:44:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee has again revised the threshold for qualifying for upcoming presidential candidate debates, a move that could winnow the onstage participants to just five. The new participation criteria apply to the DNC's sixth debate, which... Read More

Buttigieg Jumps to Second in New Iowa State University/Civiqs Poll
Opinion Polls
Buttigieg Jumps to Second in New Iowa State University/Civiqs Poll
2019-10-25 19:40:52
by Dan McCue

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is building momentum in Iowa, according to an Iowa State University/Civiqs poll released this week. The university and Civiqs, an online polling company, surveys the same pool of voters each month in the lead up to the... Read More

Report: Democrats Who Flipped Red Districts in 2018 Are Steadily Building Cash Advantage
2020 Elections
Report: Democrats Who Flipped Red Districts in 2018 Are Steadily Building Cash Advantage
2019-10-25 19:37:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The conventional wisdom this summer was that House Democrats who flipped red districts in 2018 would be particularly vulnerable if the chamber moved forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. But an analysis by the Center... Read More

A Sock and a Snapshot: How a Temple Professor Helped State Police Crack a Cold-Case Murder
Criminal Justice
A Sock and a Snapshot: How a Temple Professor Helped State Police Crack a Cold-Case Murder

PHILADELPHIA — In 2015, Byron Wolfe helped a Pennsylvania State Police detective enhance 24-year-old photographs. The work took two hours, and Wolfe promptly forgot about the case, chalking it up as a simple favor, he recalled recently in his office... Read More

How Philly Kids Will Learn From 2 Black Men’s Wrongful Arrest at a Starbucks
In The News
How Philly Kids Will Learn From 2 Black Men’s Wrongful Arrest at a Starbucks

PHILADELPHIA — After a national furor over the 2018 arrest of two black men sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without purchasing anything, Philadelphia agreed to a settlement with Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson. Each man got $1 and a pledge... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Barns Are in Peril, and One County Is Fighting to Preserve Them
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Barns Are in Peril, and One County Is Fighting to Preserve Them

STRABAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Stepping over mummified opossums, the men kicked around chewed-up corncobs and bits of straw to scrutinize the barn’s bones, the old wooden beams that kept it upright. They noted patterns made by saws, the hatchet marks... Read More

A Million-Dollar Marketing Juggernaut Pushes 3D Mammograms
Health
A Million-Dollar Marketing Juggernaut Pushes 3D Mammograms

When Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens made an appointment for a mammogram last year, she expected a simple breast cancer screening — not a heavy-handed sales pitch. A receptionist asked if she wanted a free upgrade to a “3D mammogram,” or tomosynthesis.... Read More

Boris Johnson’s Election Bid Casts Doubt Over EU Brexit Delay
Brexit
Boris Johnson’s Election Bid Casts Doubt Over EU Brexit Delay

LONDON — Boris Johnson’s efforts to break three years of gridlock in the U.K. Parliament with another election were thrown into doubt, after his main opponent demanded he rule out a no-deal Brexit first. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said... Read More

Trump Student Loan Official Quits, Calls for Debt Forgiveness
Education
Trump Student Loan Official Quits, Calls for Debt Forgiveness

NEW YORK — The Trump administration’s point person for overhauling the federal student loan system abruptly resigned Thursday after calling for the government to wipe out most of the nation’s $1.6 trillion of student debt. A. Wayne Johnson — a... Read More

Trump Move Could Spark Another Exodus of US Jobs Researchers
In The News
Trump Move Could Spark Another Exodus of US Jobs Researchers

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has called its work “phony.” His Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney warned that President Barack Obama was “manipulating” its numbers. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow termed one of its reports “very fluky.” Is it a House... Read More

Dignitaries Honor Rep. Elijah Cummings in the US Capitol
In The News
Dignitaries Honor Rep. Elijah Cummings in the US Capitol

WASHINGTON — A choir sang from the balcony and light streamed in from a skylight Thursday as U.S. House and Senate leaders of both parties paused at the Capitol to honor the late Baltimore congressman and civil rights advocate Elijah... Read More

US Officials Try to Contain the Damage And Assure Allies After Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
Foreign Affairs
US Officials Try to Contain the Damage And Assure Allies After Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump claims victory in the Turkish-Russian takeover of northern Syria, members of his government are traveling the globe in an attempt to control the damage and reassure spooked allies about U.S. intentions. Defense Secretary Mark... Read More

House Democrats Pass Election Security Bill While Senate Remains on Sidelines
2020 Elections
House Democrats Pass Election Security Bill While Senate Remains on Sidelines
2019-10-25 00:25:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —House Democrats approved legislation this week to better protect the country's elections from foreign interference, the third major bill the chamber has passed this year addressing problems that arose in the 2016 presidential election. The 227-181 vote on Wednesday... Read More

Veterans Group Backs Lawsuits to Stop Trump Transfer of Military Funding to Border Wall
Litigation
Veterans Group Backs Lawsuits to Stop Trump Transfer of Military Funding to Border Wall
2019-10-24 20:22:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has thrown its support behind a pair of lawsuits aimed at halting President Donald Trump's use of military funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S. Mexico... Read More

Bipartisan Legislation Will Assist Farmers and Rural Communities Tackle Mental Health Issues
Mental Health
Bipartisan Legislation Will Assist Farmers and Rural Communities Tackle Mental Health Issues
2019-10-24 20:15:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of House members are fighting to increase mental health care options to address the growing rate of suicide in rural America. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, led a bipartisan... Read More

Rep. Tim Ryan Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Rep. Tim Ryan Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
2019-10-24 20:02:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tim Ryan is dropping out of the presidential race. The Ohio Democrat announced his decision in a video posted to his Twitter account. "I got into this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten... Read More

Four Female Journalists Will Moderate Next Democratic Debate
2020 Elections
Four Female Journalists Will Moderate Next Democratic Debate
2019-10-24 19:59:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Four women journalists will moderate the next Democratic presidential candidate debate, MSNBC announced Wednesday. Rachel Maddow, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show"; Andrea Mitchell, host of "Andrea Mitchell Reports"; Kristen Welker, the NBC News White House correspondent; and... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses JOBS Act to Expand Pell Grant Eligibility for Students
Political News
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses JOBS Act to Expand Pell Grant Eligibility for Students
2019-10-24 14:03:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus on Thursday threw its support behind a proposal to expand Pell Grant eligibility for short-term training programs that will allow more Americans to gain industry-recognized credentials. The House bill, H.R. 3497, also called... Read More

Trudeau Rejects Formal Coalition and Vows to Govern Case-by-Case
Canada
Trudeau Rejects Formal Coalition and Vows to Govern Case-by-Case

OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who lost his parliamentary majority in Canada’s election this week, will forgo any formal governing agreement with another party and instead move ahead with legislation on a case-by-case basis. “It is not in... Read More

New York City Eyes Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology
Privacy
New York City Eyes Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology

NEW YORK — Legislation that would begin to regulate the use of facial recognition technology in the country’s most populous city could soon be made into law. While cities around the country move to ban facial recognition and other types... Read More

Trump Threatens to Veto Bill on Foreign Influence in Elections
Elections
Trump Threatens to Veto Bill on Foreign Influence in Elections

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday threatened a veto of a bill backed by House Democrats aimed at stopping foreign interference in U.S. elections, even as an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump centered on the issue. The measure’s... Read More

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