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Representative Elijah Cummings. a Powerhouse on Capitol Hill, Has Died
Congress
Representative Elijah Cummings. a Powerhouse on Capitol Hill, Has Died
2019-10-17 13:59:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., who started life as a sharecropper's son and  went on to become the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died on Thursday in Baltimore.... Read More

Florida Set to Revise Law on Threatening a Mass Shooting
State News
Florida Set to Revise Law on Threatening a Mass Shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A deranged person in Florida can tell people of a plan to commit a mass shooting and still not face arrest — as long as the threat isn’t written down. It’s an oddity in state law... Read More

GM, UAW Reach Proposed Tentative Agreement on 31st Day of Strike
Business
GM, UAW Reach Proposed Tentative Agreement on 31st Day of Strike

DETROIT — Details of the UAW’s proposed tentative agreement with General Motors are scarce at the moment, but the agreement will include pay raises, a ratification bonus of more than $8,000, promises by GM to invest several billion in U.S.... Read More

Los Angeles Times Reaches Historic Agreement With Newsroom Union
Business
Los Angeles Times Reaches Historic Agreement With Newsroom Union

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reached a tentative labor agreement with the guild that represents about 475 members of its newsroom, a milestone for a newspaper that for generations was known as a bastion of anti-unionism.... Read More

Bipartisan House Rebuke of Trump Over Syria Withdrawal Leads to Blow Up
In The News
Bipartisan House Rebuke of Trump Over Syria Withdrawal Leads to Blow Up
2019-10-17 13:41:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House delivered a resounding bipartisan condemnation of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria on Wednesday, even as the president sought to distance himself from the Turkish assault against the Kurds that followed... Read More

State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban
Health
State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban

LANSING, Mich. — A state judge has granted a preliminary injunction to vape shop owners who opposed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s flavored vaping ban, temporarily stopping the state from enforcing emergency rules banning the sale of the products. The facts... Read More

Rep. Nita Lowey’s Retirement Sparks Scramble for Coveted Gavel
Congress
Rep. Nita Lowey’s Retirement Sparks Scramble for Coveted Gavel

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey’s decision to retire at the end of the 116th Congress will set off a lengthy and contentious campaign among her colleagues to determine who will become the top Democrat on the spending... Read More

Census Bureau Seeking Driver’s License Info, Administrative Records
Census
Census Bureau Seeking Driver’s License Info, Administrative Records

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau wants even more details on American residents, requesting states to provide driver’s license and administrative records to add to a trove of federal data being collected by the agency in its census count. Officials... Read More

Pelosi Considers, Then Rejects Holding House Vote on Impeachment Inquiry
In The News
Pelosi Considers, Then Rejects Holding House Vote on Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Amid growing political pressure from Republicans, House leaders on Tuesday began seriously gauging support among Democrats for holding a vote to formally establish the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump — even through the inquiry is already underway.... Read More

Candidates Unify Briefly Over Trump Impeachment, But Rivalries Sharpen
Political News
Candidates Unify Briefly Over Trump Impeachment, But Rivalries Sharpen

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Democratic candidates found common ground in denouncing President Donald Trump, but struck a more fractious tone on healthcare, gun policy and money in politics during a crowded presidential primary debate Tuesday night. The most pointed broadsides were... Read More

Warren Takes Fire From 2020 Rivals: Takeaways From the Fourth Democratic Debate
2020 Elections
Warren Takes Fire From 2020 Rivals: Takeaways From the Fourth Democratic Debate

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren felt the heat. Pete Buttigieg stepped up. And Joe Biden was, surprisingly, mostly an afterthought. That was the dynamic at play during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, where a dozen candidates took the stage outside of Columbus,... Read More

Focus on Core Issues Bolsters Democrats Odds of Holding House Majority, Analysis Finds
2020 Elections
Focus on Core Issues Bolsters Democrats Odds of Holding House Majority, Analysis Finds
2019-10-15 21:16:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If Democrats want to hold their majority in House in 2020 they'll focus on core issues important to their constituents like protecting healthcare coverage, fighting corruption, and expanding economic opportunity, according to a new analysis by Third Way,... Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Voters Disapprove of Trump, Support Impeachment, But He Still Remains Competitive
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Majority of Voters Disapprove of Trump, Support Impeachment, But He Still Remains Competitive
2019-10-15 21:12:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump may be weak when it comes to job approval and public support for impeachment, but a number of factors, ranging from economy to unfavorable views toward some Democratic candidates, continue to make him competitive in... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
Technology
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
2019-10-15 20:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed a pair of bills and a resolution Tuesday that they believe will keep the U.S. at the forefront of technology and artificial intelligence development. Coalition chair Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., vice chair Rep.... Read More

Former National Intelligence Director Coats Rejoins Law Firm
In The News
Former National Intelligence Director Coats Rejoins Law Firm
2019-10-15 19:55:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Former National Intelligence Director Dan Coats has rejoined the King & Spalding law firm and serves as a senior policy advisor on its D.C.-based national security team. “Our clients around the world benefit from the insight of our... Read More

IMF Downgrades Outlook for World Economy, Citing Ongoing Trade Wars
Economy
IMF Downgrades Outlook for World Economy, Citing Ongoing Trade Wars
2019-10-15 19:52:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth in the developed world this year, stymied by trade conflicts, will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis. During a press... Read More

‘It’s Not About the Money’: What Beijing Doesn’t Get About Hong Kong Protesters
Foreign Affairs
‘It’s Not About the Money’: What Beijing Doesn’t Get About Hong Kong Protesters

BEIJING — Chinese state media released a video this month that was directed at Hong Kong youth and titled: “Shenzhen’s success could be yours too.” It features old and new shots of the mainland city located just across the border... Read More

Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
2019-10-15 19:08:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments about whether states can prosecute immigrants who use other people's Social Security numbers to get a job. The case not only has implications for the balance of power between the... Read More

More Diverse Pennsylvania and Florida Districts Might Shape 2020 Politics
2020 Elections
More Diverse Pennsylvania and Florida Districts Might Shape 2020 Politics

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania and Florida, two swing states President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016, may look substantially different next year, as new census data shows them trending away from his base. Both states have grown in population, and many... Read More

Why Are Judges Sentencing People on Probation for Debts They Won’t Ever Be Able to Pay?
Criminal Justice
Why Are Judges Sentencing People on Probation for Debts They Won’t Ever Be Able to Pay?

PHILADELPHIA — A decade after he was first sentenced in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Maurice Hudson still could not come up with $1,941 in outstanding court costs — and, at a February hearing, it was clear Judge Genece Brinkley was... Read More

Ratings Change: GOP Senate Chances Improve in Georgia, Decline in NC, Iowa
2020 Elections
Ratings Change: GOP Senate Chances Improve in Georgia, Decline in NC, Iowa

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year before the 2020 elections, the Senate battlefield continues to take shape. Even though the executive and legislative branches are different but coequal branches of government, their fates are electorally tied together this cycle. Democrats’ chances... Read More

In Ohio Battleground, 2020 Race Will be a Fight for The Suburbs
2020 Elections
In Ohio Battleground, 2020 Race Will be a Fight for The Suburbs

Donald Trump may not be able to count on the affluent Ohio suburbs that all modern Republican presidents have relied on to deliver winning margins in a must-win battleground state. No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio.... Read More

Under Fire for Syria Withdrawal, Trump Imposes Sanctions, Higher Tariffs on Turkey
Foreign Affairs
Under Fire for Syria Withdrawal, Trump Imposes Sanctions, Higher Tariffs on Turkey

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, facing blowback over his abrupt troop withdrawal from Syria and amid reports that Islamic State detainees have escaped in the ensuing chaos, imposed sanctions Monday on three Turkish officials and two government agencies, and called... Read More

Massive Opioid Case May End With Huge Settlement. Where Would The Money Go?
Litigation
Massive Opioid Case May End With Huge Settlement. Where Would The Money Go?

The largest civil trial in U.S. history is scheduled to begin in a matter of days, putting those who made, marketed, distributed and dispensed prescription painkillers under the legal spotlight. But those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic... Read More

7 Things to Watch in The Democratic Debate on Tuesday
2020 Elections
7 Things to Watch in The Democratic Debate on Tuesday

The impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump has dramatically changed the campaign landscape for the Democratic presidential candidates who will gather Tuesday in Ohio for their fourth debate. The uproar over Trump asking the president of Ukraine to investigate his... Read More

Louisiana's John Bel Edwards Headed to Runoff Election
State News
Louisiana's John Bel Edwards Headed to Runoff Election
2019-10-14 21:01:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards bid for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will stretch to a Nov. 16 runoff election after voters failed on Saturday to award him more than 50% of the... Read More

Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror
Courts
Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Chief Judge Krista Marx said she wanted to make it clear to the residents of the county the limits of her authority when it comes to the question of intervening in the case that brought... Read More

Why Are Judges Sentencing People on Probation for Debts They Won’t Ever Be Able to Pay?
Law
Why Are Judges Sentencing People on Probation for Debts They Won’t Ever Be Able to Pay?

PHILADELPHIA — A decade after he was first sentenced in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Maurice Hudson still could not come up with $1,941 in outstanding court costs — and, at a February hearing, it was clear Judge Genece Brinkley was... Read More

Trump Orders Troops Out of Northern Syria; Many Escape Islamic State Camps
Foreign Affairs
Trump Orders Troops Out of Northern Syria; Many Escape Islamic State Camps

AMMAN, Jordan — As President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the 1,000 remaining U.S. troops from northern Syria, hundreds of Islamic State family members Sunday escaped from a detention camp managed by Syrian Kurdish forces amid a Turkish barrage.... Read More

Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in The Dark
Impeachment
Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in The Dark

WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended holding testimony behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry he’s heading up against President Donald Trump, likening this phase of the investigation to a “grand jury.” “We want to make sure... Read More

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