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

Defense Intel Agency Employee Accused of Leaking Secrets to Journo Girlfriend
Law
Defense Intel Agency Employee Accused of Leaking Secrets to Journo Girlfriend
2019-10-09 21:27:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Defense Intelligence Agency employee from Alexandria, Virginia was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly leaking classified information to his journalist girlfriend and a second journalist. Henry Kyle Frese, who is identified in court documents as a counterterrorism analyst,... Read More

Speaker Pelosi Accuses Trump of Trying to 'Normalize Lawlessness'
In The News
Speaker Pelosi Accuses Trump of Trying to 'Normalize Lawlessness'
2019-10-09 15:13:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has responded to President Donald Trump's refusal to cooperate with a House impeachment investigation, accusing him of trying to "normalize lawlessness" and vowing he will be held accountable. On Tuesday afternoon, White House counsel... Read More

Justice Department Labels GOP Claim About Uranium One Deal a Conspiracy Theory
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Justice Department Labels GOP Claim About Uranium One Deal a Conspiracy Theory

WASHINGTON — A talking point used by some leading Republicans to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has been labeled a conspiracy theory by Justice Department prosecutors. Amid Mueller’s lengthy and controversial probe into Russian meddling in the 2016... Read More

A New Garden, a Sexual Assault and the Fight at Stanford Over Chanel Miller’s Voice
In The News
A New Garden, a Sexual Assault and the Fight at Stanford Over Chanel Miller’s Voice

In June 2016, a woman known only as Emily Doe read a 12-page single-spaced letter inside a courtroom to the man who had sexually assaulted her behind a dumpster on Stanford’s campus more than a year before. Her statement was... Read More

For Some Native Americans, No Home Address Might Mean No Voting
Census
For Some Native Americans, No Home Address Might Mean No Voting

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — At the end of a labyrinth of red dirt roads and surrounded by the rusty cliffs of nearby mesas, Marthleen and Shuan Stephenson live on an isolated desert homestead on the sprawling Navajo Nation. Until... Read More

Analysis: Mostly Smoke, and Little Fire, From Republicans to Democrats on Impeachment
In The News
Analysis: Mostly Smoke, and Little Fire, From Republicans to Democrats on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Republicans are publicly celebrating impeachment as a political boon and trying to hold House Democrats’ feet to the fire with television ads and protests. But without credible challengers, it’s little more than expensive hot air. Last week, President... Read More

Trump Not Immune From NY Demand for Tax Returns, Judge Says
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Trump Not Immune From NY Demand for Tax Returns, Judge Says

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s accounting firm was ordered by a federal court to turn over his tax filings and other financial records to New York state prosecutors, though the president won a last-minute delay pending an emergency appeal.... Read More

Freedom Caucus Members Roil Colleagues With DC Oversight Proposal
In The News
Freedom Caucus Members Roil Colleagues With DC Oversight Proposal
2019-10-04 21:18:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., have stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy with a proposal that Congress tighten its oversight of the District of Columbia. H.R. 4445, the District of Columbia Home Rule Improvement... Read More

Behind the Texas Firewall, Suburban Shifts Leave Trump Vulnerable. Can Strongholds Save Him?
2020 Elections
Behind the Texas Firewall, Suburban Shifts Leave Trump Vulnerable. Can Strongholds Save Him?

CONROE, Texas — It’s a steamy Friday night and, this being Texas, that means high school football — the glaring lights, the band and cheerleaders pumping up the crowd. Parents in the stands aren’t talking politics. But if you can... Read More

California Farmers Face ‘Catastrophic’ Water Restrictions. Can They Adapt to Survive?
Agriculture
California Farmers Face ‘Catastrophic’ Water Restrictions. Can They Adapt to Survive?

TERRA BELLA, Calif. — It was 2015 and, as far as John Konda knew, farming still had a viable future in the San Joaquin Valley. So he expanded. The Tulare County grower planted 75 acres of pistachios, adding to a... Read More

The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves and Have-Nots
Health
The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves and Have-Nots

ST. LOUIS — Patricia Powers went a few years without health insurance and couldn’t afford regular doctor visits. So she had no idea cancerous tumors were silently growing in both of her breasts. If Powers lived just across the Mississippi... Read More

For Jeffrey Epstein, One Island Hideaway Wasn’t Enough. How He Stealthily Acquired a Second
In The News
For Jeffrey Epstein, One Island Hideaway Wasn’t Enough. How He Stealthily Acquired a Second

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Among his many possessions, Jeffrey Epstein owned a secluded, 72-acre island in the Caribbean called Little St. James, a sumptuous tropical hideaway most anyone would envy. For him, it wasn’t enough. Epstein set his sights... Read More

Lugging Water Into the Desert for Thirsty Migrants Unites This Couple. Trump Divides Them
Immigration
Lugging Water Into the Desert for Thirsty Migrants Unites This Couple. Trump Divides Them

OCOTILLO, Calif. — When news about President Donald Trump flickers across their television, Laura and John Hunter know that one of them needs to leave the room. They’d rather not quarrel about how Trump is handling an issue they both... Read More

In Tiny Doses, an Addiction Medication Moonlights as Treatment for Chronic Pain
Health
In Tiny Doses, an Addiction Medication Moonlights as Treatment for Chronic Pain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lori Pinkley, a 50-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has struggled with puzzling chronic pain since she was 15. She has had countless disappointing visits with doctors. Some said they couldn’t help her. Others diagnosed her with... Read More

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