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Historic Rains Ravaged Illinois Farms. Now The race Is On to Harvest Before It’s Too Late.
In The News
Historic Rains Ravaged Illinois Farms. Now The race Is On to Harvest Before It’s Too Late.

Mark Tuttle cuts straight to the point when describing the field and weather conditions he has faced this year on his farm in southern DeKalb County. “In one word, I’d say: ‘miserable,’ ” said Tuttle, who grows corn, soybeans and... Read More

Mnuchin Warns Turkey 'Powerful Sanctions' Are In Offing for Military Incursion
Foreign Affairs
Mnuchin Warns Turkey 'Powerful Sanctions' Are In Offing for Military Incursion
2019-10-11 21:53:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Friday that President Trump has authorized his department to impose "very significant new sanctions" against Turkey for its military incursion into northern Syria. "I want to emphasize, at this point, we... Read More

White House Strikes Limited Trade Deal With China
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White House Strikes Limited Trade Deal With China
2019-10-11 21:52:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. has come to a “very substantial phase one deal” with China, President Donald Trump said Friday. Though he offered scant details, the president declared that talks on a "phase two" trade deal "will start almost immediately.”... Read More

Want to Interview Cartel Hit Men or Human Smugglers? These Men and Women Can Make It Happen
In The News
Want to Interview Cartel Hit Men or Human Smugglers? These Men and Women Can Make It Happen

TIJUANA, Mexico — Margarito Martinez spent 10 nights sleeping inside his white minivan parked outside a Tijuana makeshift shelter last year when a caravan of Central American migrants reached the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the shelter, thousands of men, women and... Read More

Unpatriotic? Whistleblowers Have Been Speaking Up, and Suffering the Consequences, From the Beginning
Featured
Unpatriotic? Whistleblowers Have Been Speaking Up, and Suffering the Consequences, From the Beginning

WASHINGTON — It was 1777. The Revolutionary War was raging, and a small band of officers and seamen in the Continental Navy faced a dangerous dilemma. Their commodore was one of the most powerful men in colonial America. But his... Read More

This Republican Challenging Trump Is Trying to Remind the GOP How Much It Hates the Deficit
2020 Elections
This Republican Challenging Trump Is Trying to Remind the GOP How Much It Hates the Deficit

LOS ANGELES — Mark Sanford had gone to Iowa at the start of his long-shot bid for the White House to try to persuade Republican voters that the party had lost its way, succumbing to $1 trillion-a-year deficit spending under... Read More

Trump’s Policies and Anti-Immigrant Violence Disturbed These Latinos. Now They’re Taking Action
Law
Trump’s Policies and Anti-Immigrant Violence Disturbed These Latinos. Now They’re Taking Action

LOS ANGELES — Adrian Rios was closing in on his dream job as a U.S. diplomat when the unexpected happened: Donald Trump entered the White House. Throughout his campaign, Trump had labeled migrants from Mexico as rapists, criminals and drug... Read More

Opioid Treatment Scam May Be Coming to Your State
Opioids
Opioid Treatment Scam May Be Coming to Your State

FREDERICK, Md. — Donna Johnson, a working mother of four who lives in a quiet upscale neighborhood in suburban Maryland, is determined to thwart an insidious addiction treatment scam that’s spreading across the country. It ensnared her son, then 21,... Read More

Nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates Announces 2020 Debate Details
2020 Elections
Nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates Announces 2020 Debate Details
2019-10-11 18:38:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday announced the sites, dates and qualification details for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate leading up to the 2020 general election. The sites and dates are as follows:... Read More

Appeals Court Affirms House Rules In Rejecting Trump Bid to Withhold Financial Records
Law
Appeals Court Affirms House Rules In Rejecting Trump Bid to Withhold Financial Records
2019-10-11 18:19:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday relied heavily on procedural rules adopted at the start of the 116th Congress in holding that President Donald Trump cannot ignore a subpoena for his financial records from House Democrats. Those rules... Read More

NY Democrats Reportedly Pitching Chelsea Clinton on Running for Lowey’s Seat
2020 Elections
NY Democrats Reportedly Pitching Chelsea Clinton on Running for Lowey’s Seat

NEW YORK — Suburban New York Democrats want the Clinton machine back in Congress. Top officials in the Westchester County Democratic Party were pitching Chelsea Clinton Wednesday on launching a 2020 bid for Rep. Nita Lowey’s seat in light of... Read More

Gov. Newsom Slams PG&E Over ‘Unacceptable’ Power Outages
State News
Gov. Newsom Slams PG&E Over ‘Unacceptable’ Power Outages

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom tore into Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Thursday, calling the mass power outages “unacceptable” and the result of the bankrupt utility’s own long legacy of mistakes. “What’s happened is unacceptable. And it’s... Read More

Most Americans Back Impeachment in Fox News Poll; Trump Says of Pollster: ‘They Suck’
Opinion Polls
Most Americans Back Impeachment in Fox News Poll; Trump Says of Pollster: ‘They Suck’

NEW YORK — A majority of Americans back removing President Donald Trump from office as support for impeachment surges, according to a new poll from the right-leaning Fox News. In the survey, 51% of those questioned back impeachment in the... Read More

Democrats Warm to Trump’s Revised NAFTA Trade Deal After Mexico Pledges Labor Reforms
Trade
Democrats Warm to Trump’s Revised NAFTA Trade Deal After Mexico Pledges Labor Reforms

WASHINGTON — One of the remaining obstacles to passing a new North American trade agreement could soon be cleared after Mexico promised top House Democrats that it would improve enforcement of new labor standards to protect workers’ rights in that... Read More

At Justice Department, Multiple Investigations Focus on Trump’s Pet Peeves
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At Justice Department, Multiple Investigations Focus on Trump’s Pet Peeves

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is mired in 2016. Three separate Justice Department investigations are examining controversies left over from the last presidential race — the origins of the Russia probe, Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, and court-approved surveillance... Read More

Budget Hawks Debut PAYGO Tracker 'To Keep Lawmakers Accountable'
Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Debut PAYGO Tracker 'To Keep Lawmakers Accountable'
2019-10-10 21:19:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget debuted a new tool Thursday -- a PAYGO Tracker -- to keep tabs on how well lawmakers are abiding by budget rules requiring new spending and tax cuts to be offset.... Read More

Two Giuliani Associates Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry
Impeachment
Two Giuliani Associates Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry
2019-10-10 20:43:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two Russian-born associates of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, were subpoenaed in the House impeachment inquiry just hours after their arrests on campaign finance charges. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman have been tied to efforts by... Read More

Rep. Nita Lowey Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020
Congress
Rep. Nita Lowey Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020
2019-10-10 20:39:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and a fixture in Congress for 31 years, announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2020. Lowey offered no explanation for her decision in a statement... Read More

Federal Deficit Reached $984 Billion in FY2019, Highest in 7 years, CBO estimates
Federal Budget
Federal Deficit Reached $984 Billion in FY2019, Highest in 7 years, CBO estimates
2019-10-10 20:35:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal deficit reached $984 billion in fiscal year 2019, with spending far out pacing revenue, according to an estimate released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week. This would be an increase of $205 billion over... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
Law
Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
2019-10-10 20:31:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court this week took up a question it has avoided in recent years: Whether the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution requires unanimous verdicts in criminal cases in both federal and state courts. In practice, the Bill... Read More

Sherrill Convenes Meeting With Army Corps and Local Officials to Address New Jersey Flooding
State News
Sherrill Convenes Meeting With Army Corps and Local Officials to Address New Jersey Flooding
2019-10-10 20:27:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., convened a meeting last week with officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and several local mayors to address the issue of repeat and intensifying flooding in... Read More

Guns
Supreme Court to Rule on Gun Law As Mass Shootings Create Outrage
2019-10-10 17:02:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court cast itself back into the emotional gun rights controversy when it put a lawsuit over a New York City ban on the transportation of  firearms on its schedule for its current session. The New York... Read More

Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
Climate
Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
2019-10-10 17:00:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Alaska's government-mandated embrace of fossil fuel development is devastating the nation's northernmost state and infringing on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer for 16 young plaintiffs told the Alaska Supreme Court on... Read More

Philadelphia’s Landmark Supervised-Injection Site Ruling Has Boosted Such Efforts in Other Cities
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Philadelphia’s Landmark Supervised-Injection Site Ruling Has Boosted Such Efforts in Other Cities

PHILADELPHIA — The federal court ruling in favor of Philadelphia’s proposed supervised-injection site doesn’t apply to the handful of other cities that have floated the idea over the last few years. But backers of the harm-reduction concept around the country... Read More

California Blames EPA for Stalled Plans to Curb Pollution
Environment
California Blames EPA for Stalled Plans to Curb Pollution

WASHINGTON — California’s top clean-air official fired back against Trump administration charges that the state hasn’t done enough to fight pollution within its borders, saying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should “do its job.” Last month, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler... Read More

US Weighing Currency Pact With China as Part of Partial Deal
Trade
US Weighing Currency Pact With China as Part of Partial Deal

WASHINGTON — The White House is looking at rolling out a previously agreed currency pact with China as part of an early harvest deal that could also see a tariff increase next week suspended, according to people familiar with the... Read More

Millions Without Power As PG&E Blackouts Bring Concern, Anger, Resolve
State News
Millions Without Power As PG&E Blackouts Bring Concern, Anger, Resolve

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Classes were canceled. Frozen foods melted. Hospitals switched to emergency generators. Blooms withered in florists’ coolers. Unused food was jettisoned at shuttered restaurants. Lines formed at gas stations. Cellphones faded out. That’s what happened Wednesday when the... Read More

Turkish Airstrikes Target Kurdish Fighters in Syria After US Troop Pullout
Foreign Affairs
Turkish Airstrikes Target Kurdish Fighters in Syria After US Troop Pullout

AMMAN, Jordan — In a move to excise a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia, Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria on Wednesday that frustrated lawmakers in Washington who had hoped to prevent an abandonment of an important ally against Islamic State... Read More

Supreme Court Clears Way for the Blind to Sue Retailers Over Inaccessible Websites
Uncategorized
Supreme Court Clears Way for the Blind to Sue Retailers Over Inaccessible Websites
2019-10-10 12:09:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court this week turned down appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, effectively clearing the way for blind and vision-impaired individuals to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible. The 9th... Read More

Biden Breaks Silence on Impeachment, Saying For First Time Trump Must Go
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Biden Breaks Silence on Impeachment, Saying For First Time Trump Must Go
2019-10-09 21:30:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said for the first time publicly Wednesday that President Donald Trump has abused the powers of his office and must be impeached. Speaking to voters in New Hampshire, Biden accused Trump of "shooting... Read More

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