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400th Jamestown Anniversary Comes at Significant Moment for Democratic Governments
State News
400th Jamestown Anniversary Comes at Significant Moment for Democratic Governments

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Just a few miles from where it all began, politicians, civil servants, journalists, academics and citizens will gather at the College of William and Mary to consider the future of representative democracy in the United States... Read More

How California Keeps Blocking Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks
State News
How California Keeps Blocking Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — California’s sweeping deal with four major automakers last week to boost gas mileage standards and cut tailpipe emissions wasn’t the first time the Golden State has outmaneuvered the Trump administration, which has been planning instead to... Read More

Democratic Governors Go On Offensive Over Health Care Access
State News
Democratic Governors Go On Offensive Over Health Care Access
2019-07-26 22:05:59
by Dan McCue

Clearly concerned about what will happen if a federal appeals court upholds a lower court ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act, Democrats at the National Governors Association summer meeting said Thursday that rolling back the health care law would be... Read More

Mueller’s Testimony Highlights Need for Additional Election Security Funding
2020 Elections
Mueller’s Testimony Highlights Need for Additional Election Security Funding
2019-07-26 20:28:07
by HJ Mai

Election security has been under the microscope since reports of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election first surfaced.  The findings by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence further indicate that the Russian... Read More

New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
Infrastructure
New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
2019-07-26 20:22:58
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition has asked President Donald Trump to recommit to negotiations on an infrastructure investment plan, highlighting the many benefits of bipartisan cooperation on a vital national issue. In a letter written by the coalition’s... Read More

Billions of Opioids Shipped to Ohio in Just 7 Years
Opioids
Billions of Opioids Shipped to Ohio in Just 7 Years

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Billions of pain pills distributed, more than a million years of life lost, thousands of deaths by overdose. Reports and data released last week offered a breathtaking view of the numbers behind Ohio’s epidemic of drug addiction,... Read More

Census Question May Be Dead, But Trump’s Backup Plan Could Still Reshape Political Map
Political News
Census Question May Be Dead, But Trump’s Backup Plan Could Still Reshape Political Map

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump surrendered his legal fight earlier this month to ask about citizenship on the upcoming census, but his administration is marching forward on a Republican strategy that could upend the way legislative districts are drawn nationwide... Read More

A Whole Generation of Migrant Kids Is Languishing at the US-Mexico Border
Immigration
A Whole Generation of Migrant Kids Is Languishing at the US-Mexico Border

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — For the two dozen migrant children living inside a small church on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, most days go like this: Breakfast at 8 a.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and hours of nothing in... Read More

3D-Printed Organs Are in Early Research Stages. Here’s How Doctors Are Using the Technology
Health
3D-Printed Organs Are in Early Research Stages. Here’s How Doctors Are Using the Technology

BALTIMORE — Scampering around the floor of her father’s family room in Cherry Hill, 1-year-old Syah Weddington is quicker on four limbs than two. After a few passes crawling from one end of the room to the other, her mom... Read More

How a Black Boy’s Drifting Raft Triggered a Deadly Week of Riots 100 Years Ago in Chicago
Chicago
How a Black Boy’s Drifting Raft Triggered a Deadly Week of Riots 100 Years Ago in Chicago

CHICAGO — One hundred years ago, 7-year-old Juanita Mitchell should have been playing with other children in the streets during that summer’s heat wave and getting to know her new home on Chicago’s South Side. She and her younger sister,... Read More

VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
In The News
VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
2019-07-26 19:32:02
by Sean Trambley

In the wake of a scathing, bipartisan letter from lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it will refund $100 million in fees erroneously charged to thousands of exempted veterans who participated in the VA Home Loan Program. In June,... Read More

PPI Proposes 'Galvanic' Change in Federal Expenditures and Taxes
Federal Budget
PPI Proposes 'Galvanic' Change in Federal Expenditures and Taxes
2019-07-26 19:27:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If anyone doubted there's serious interest in getting a handle on the nation's debt and the federal budget, the standing room-only crowd that jammed a hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building Thursday afternoon would have quickly... Read More

Problem Solvers Endorse Bill to Establish Smithsonian Women’s History Museum
In The News
Problem Solvers Endorse Bill to Establish Smithsonian Women’s History Museum
2019-07-26 19:19:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus on Thursday endorsed H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which will establish a new women’s history museum on the Mall in Washington, as a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Twenty-four Democrats and... Read More

Budget Deal Done, Blue Dogs Push For Serious Effort to Curb National Debt
Federal Budget
Budget Deal Done, Blue Dogs Push For Serious Effort to Curb National Debt
2019-07-26 15:23:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved a deal to lift the nation's debt ceiling and raise caps set on federal spending for the next two years. But even as the votes were being cast on the measure, members of... Read More

Senate Fails to Act on Warnings of Foreign Meddling in 2020 Election
Political News
Senate Fails to Act on Warnings of Foreign Meddling in 2020 Election

WASHINGTON — More than two years after Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Robert S. Mueller III warned this week of a direct threat to American democracy — a foreign government meddled in a U.S. election, it will happen again,... Read More

Poll: South Carolina Voters Say Biden The Most Electable Democrat Against Trump
2020 Elections
Poll: South Carolina Voters Say Biden The Most Electable Democrat Against Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. — To beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election, South Carolina Democrats say that former Vice President Joe Biden would be the most electable Democratic candidate to take the White House out of the more than... Read More

4 Automakers Reach Emissions Deal With California, Bucking Rollback
In The News
4 Automakers Reach Emissions Deal With California, Bucking Rollback

Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Honda have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, setting a national standard, a longtime auto industry goal. The deal between the four automakers and the California Air... Read More

False Testimony in North Carolina Gerrymandering Trial? Judges Exclude GOP Witness Claims
State News
False Testimony in North Carolina Gerrymandering Trial? Judges Exclude GOP Witness Claims

RALEIGH, N.C. — The trial challenging North Carolina’s legislative lines as unconstitutional, partisan gerrymanders took a dramatic turn Thursday, when an expert witness for Republican lawmakers admitted some of his testimony on their behalf was incorrect. The challengers used that... Read More

Oregon Passes Sweeping Housing Crisis Legislation
State News
Oregon Passes Sweeping Housing Crisis Legislation

PORTLAND, Ore. — When Oregon’s political leaders debated solutions to a housing crisis that was forcing renters from their homes and sending prices through the roof, they had a central goal in mind: avoid the fate of their neighbor to... Read More

Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
Criminal Justice
Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
2019-07-25 21:52:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. In a written statement, the Department said Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt... Read More

Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill
Criminal Justice
Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill
2019-07-25 21:46:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by FEMA for states to fund projects that reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters. “Helping communities prepare for disasters... Read More

Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision
State News
Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision

DALLAS — Federal judges on Wednesday denied a request by minority voters, voting rights organizations and Democratic lawmakers to place the state back under federal supervision for the next redistricting cycle, ending a protracted voting rights legal battle that spanned... Read More

House Clears Bill to Relieve Onslaught of Robocalls Plaguing Americans
State News
House Clears Bill to Relieve Onslaught of Robocalls Plaguing Americans

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and their constituents are fed up with the bombardment of nuisance and scam calls plaguing their cellphones and on Wednesday the House passed a bipartisan measure to combat robocalls. The House voted 429-3 to pass a bill... Read More

Budget Caps, Debt Limit Bill Expected to Pass House on Thursday
State News
Budget Caps, Debt Limit Bill Expected to Pass House on Thursday

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers expressed confidence Wednesday that the two-year budget and debt ceiling deal will pass in that chamber, though a furious whip effort was underway by both parties to clinch a strong bipartisan showing on the floor. Late... Read More

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Resigns Amid Mounting Protests
Political News
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Resigns Amid Mounting Protests

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s besieged governor resigned late Wednesday, following more than 10 days of unrelenting public demands for him to step down, including a protest on Monday that was one of the largest in the island’s... Read More

Analysis: Mueller Hearings Appear to Support Pelosi Plan to Hold Off on Impeachment
In The News
Analysis: Mueller Hearings Appear to Support Pelosi Plan to Hold Off on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III did little Wednesday to boost the prospects of impeaching President Donald Trump. The former special counsel’s highly anticipated testimony before Congress did not deliver the sort of splashy moment that circulates on cable TV.... Read More

House Opposes Israel Boycott in Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote
In The News
House Opposes Israel Boycott in Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote
2019-07-24 19:21:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., opposing an international effort to boycott Israel. The vote on H. Res. 236, opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement that targets Israel, was... Read More

Federal Judge Affirms North Carolina Transgender Restroom Rights
State News
Federal Judge Affirms North Carolina Transgender Restroom Rights
2019-07-24 14:07:42
by Dan McCue

A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings. The consent decree between the state's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, and transgender plaintiffs covers a... Read More

As Climate Change Threatens California, Officials Seek ‘Sustainable Insurance’
State News
As Climate Change Threatens California, Officials Seek ‘Sustainable Insurance’

LOS ANGELES — California regulators are teaming up with the United Nations to develop “sustainable insurance” guidelines that would help address climate-change-related disasters such as coastal flooding and larger wildfires — the first such partnership of its kind between the... Read More

2020 Census Affects More Than Representation, Billions at Stake
Census
2020 Census Affects More Than Representation, Billions at Stake

WASHINGTON — Less than 300 miles from the Arctic Circle, Toksook Bay, Alaska, has about 600 people, a dozen or so streets and averages a high of 12 degrees in January, the month the 2020 census will begin there. The... Read More

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