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Senate Passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund on 97-2 Vote
U.S. Senate
Senate Passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund on 97-2 Vote

NEW YORK — Congress can never do anything about the growing numbers of people still dying from 9/11, but the Senate voted Tuesday to ensure the words “Never Forget” will never be just a slogan for the cops, firefighters and... Read More

Brexit Booster Boris Johnson Wins Race to be UK Prime Minister
Foreign Affairs
Brexit Booster Boris Johnson Wins Race to be UK Prime Minister

LONDON — Boris Johnson helped sow the Brexit wind. Now, victorious in the race for British prime minister, he’ll reap the whirlwind. An eccentric and unpredictable politician with a winning populist touch, Johnson overwhelmingly won a party leadership contest on... Read More

Mueller’s Testimony Could Make or Break Democrats’ Impeachment Push
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Mueller’s Testimony Could Make or Break Democrats’ Impeachment Push

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, who led a special counsel investigation that cast a cloud over the White House for nearly two years, will testify for the first time Wednesday about the Russia investigation in back-to-back House hearings that... Read More

Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
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Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
2019-07-24 12:52:08
by Sean Trambley

Legislation intended to make it easier for small businesses to comply with federal regulations passed the House with bipartisan support last week. Introduced by freshman Representative Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., the bill requires the Small Business Administration to create a centralized... Read More

Cuomo Signs Bill Outlawing Revenge Porn in New York
State News
Cuomo Signs Bill Outlawing Revenge Porn in New York
2019-07-23 20:44:26
by Dan McCue

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday outlawing the “dissemination or publication of an intimate image” intended to cause emotional or other harm to the person captured in the photo or video. The law not only makes it a Class... Read More

Hoyer Hails Bipartisan Budget Deal Averting 'Brinksmanship' and Potential Crisis
Federal Budget
Hoyer Hails Bipartisan Budget Deal Averting 'Brinksmanship' and Potential Crisis
2019-07-23 20:40:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday a bipartisan agreement on budget caps and the federal debt limits hashed out Monday night is an example of what can happen when elected officials "work together in good faith" for... Read More

Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Block State Tax Return Release
Litigation
Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Block State Tax Return Release
2019-07-23 20:33:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sued the House Ways and Means Committee and New York State's attorney general and tax commission in a bid to block them from sharing his state tax returns. In a federal lawsuit filed in Washington,... Read More

Employers Urged to Find New Ways to Address Workers’ Mental Health
Health
Employers Urged to Find New Ways to Address Workers’ Mental Health

In the middle of a work project at a global corporate consulting firm, Katherine Switz was gripped with a debilitating bout of anxiety. Her body froze, her heart raced, her chest tightened, and her mind went blank, which made it... Read More

Puerto Rico Governor Clings to Power as Protests Over ‘Chatgate’ Enter 2nd Week
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Puerto Rico Governor Clings to Power as Protests Over ‘Chatgate’ Enter 2nd Week
2019-07-23 19:54:17
by HJ Mai

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a second straight week demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The demonstrations arose after hundreds of pages of offensive chat messages between the governor and... Read More

‘Like I’m Crushed Inside.’ Trying to Rebuild a Life After 28 Years in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit.
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‘Like I’m Crushed Inside.’ Trying to Rebuild a Life After 28 Years in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit.

WILMINGTON, Del. — Chester Hollman III sat at a picnic table in a park down the street from the house where he grew up. He took in the tennis and basketball courts and the overgrown field where, as a kid... Read More

Refugee Mothers Separated at Border to Sue Trump Administration for $3 Million Each
Immigration
Refugee Mothers Separated at Border to Sue Trump Administration for $3 Million Each

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Like thousands of Central American parents seeking asylum in the United States, Patricia panicked when, after she and her son crossed the Rio Grande into Texas last year, U.S. border agents took the boy away. For weeks,... Read More

Equifax Agrees to $700 Million Settlement After Huge Hacking Incident Hit Consumers
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Equifax Agrees to $700 Million Settlement After Huge Hacking Incident Hit Consumers
2019-07-23 14:00:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Credit reporting giant Equifax Inc. signed a settlement Monday in which it agreed to pay as much as $700 million to resolve government and consumer complaints resulting from a data breach that exposed the personal financial information of... Read More

Protests Mount Over New Telescope Planned On Culturally Significant Hawaiian Site
State News
Protests Mount Over New Telescope Planned On Culturally Significant Hawaiian Site
2019-07-23 13:54:08
by Elin Johnson

Hawaii’s Lieutenant governor said Monday that talks to end a protest over the construction of a 14th observatory atop a sacred Hawaiian mountain are at an impasse, and he’s not sure a compromise will ever be reached. Lt. Governor Josh... Read More

Hong Kong Tempts China’s Ire As Protests Take More Violent Turn
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Hong Kong Tempts China’s Ire As Protests Take More Violent Turn

HONG KONG — From stick-wielding mobs who attacked activists to one pro-independence group accused of stockpiling explosives, the latest unrest in Hong Kong has prompted new fears that protesters and the China-backed government are heading toward a violent confrontation. In... Read More

Al Franken Tells New Yorker He Regrets Resigning: ‘Oh, Yeah. Absolutely.’
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Al Franken Tells New Yorker He Regrets Resigning: ‘Oh, Yeah. Absolutely.’

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned in late 2017 after multiple women accused him of unwanted touching or kissing, received a measure of redemption Monday with the release of a lengthy and much talked about article in the... Read More

Indian Americans, a Rising Political Force, Give $3 million to 2020 Presidential Campaigns
2020 Elections
Indian Americans, a Rising Political Force, Give $3 million to 2020 Presidential Campaigns

Indian Americans are a sliver of the nation’s population but a growing political force. They have contributed more than $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns — more than the coveted donors of Hollywood. On the Democratic side, they are largely... Read More

Trump Enlists Pentagon on Rare-Earth Magnets Amid Chinese Threat
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Trump Enlists Pentagon on Rare-Earth Magnets Amid Chinese Threat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the Defense Department to spur the production of a slew of rare-earth magnets used in consumer electronics, military hardware and medical research, amid concerns China will restrict exports of the products. Trump... Read More

House Democrats, White House Strike Deal on Budget and Debt Ceiling
Federal Budget
House Democrats, White House Strike Deal on Budget and Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON — White House officials and congressional leaders reached a deal Monday evening to lift the nation’s debt limit and boost federal spending by about $320 billion over caps set to take effect under a 2011 budget law. The agreement,... Read More

Justice Stevens Returns to Supreme Court for Final Time
Supreme Court
Justice Stevens Returns to Supreme Court for Final Time
2019-07-22 20:57:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Retired Justice John Paul Stevens returned to the U.S. Supreme Court one last time on Monday, his casket carried into the court's Great Hall passed as scores of his former clerks and family looked on. Stevens, who retired... Read More

Foundation Commits $50 Million to Study How Social Media, Tech Impacts Democracy
Supreme Court
Foundation Commits $50 Million to Study How Social Media, Tech Impacts Democracy
2019-07-22 20:34:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Monday it is committing $50 million for research to better understand how social media and technology are impacting democracy. The nonprofit foundation, which focuses on journalism and fostering "informed... Read More

Many Deadly Cancers Receive Lowest Amounts of Funding, Study Finds
Health
Many Deadly Cancers Receive Lowest Amounts of Funding, Study Finds

Some of the deadliest cancers — such as colorectal, ovarian and lung cancers — receive the lowest amounts of nonprofit funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. The researchers found that breast cancer, leukemia, pediatric cancers and lymphoma were... Read More

Puerto Rico Governor, Under Fire, Says He Won’t Run Again
Political News
Puerto Rico Governor, Under Fire, Says He Won’t Run Again

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Embattled Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday he will finish out his current term, but is withdrawing his name from the ballot for the island’s 2020 election. He also said he welcomes the “process... Read More

Quizzing Mueller Gives Democrats a Fresh Chance to Hit at Trump
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Quizzing Mueller Gives Democrats a Fresh Chance to Hit at Trump

With Donald Trump’s impeachment as the prize that some Democrats covet, and others fear, Robert Mueller will finally sit down on Wednesday for five hours of questioning before two House committees. The reluctant witness won’t make it easy. So Democrats... Read More

Biden Leads in New CBS Poll, But Faces Enthusiasm Gap
Political News
Biden Leads in New CBS Poll, But Faces Enthusiasm Gap

Joe Biden remains the top choice among Democratic voters in states that will hold early presidential primary and caucus contests in 2020, as four main contenders emerged as the top tier of the large field, a new CBS News poll... Read More

More Than 700 People Have Filed to Run For President. Why?
2020 Elections
More Than 700 People Have Filed to Run For President. Why?

LOS ANGELES — There is just about every shade of politics you can imagine represented by the people who run for president. There is Vermin Supreme, the perennial candidate who wears a boot for a hat and wants to give... Read More

Benefits of Bipartisanship Evident at Center Forward Discussion
Bipartisan
Benefits of Bipartisanship Evident at Center Forward Discussion
2019-07-19 23:21:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was an early summer afternoon and already the headlines were screaming. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had suffered a "striking" defeat, "capitulating" to Senate Republicans on a plan to send emergency funding to the U.S./Mexico border, "infuriating" a... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Releases Blueprint for Fiscal Reform
Federal Budget
Blue Dog Coalition Releases Blueprint for Fiscal Reform
2019-07-19 23:13:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON—The Blue Dog Coalition on Thursday released a comprehensive plan it believes will help restore fiscal discipline in Congress.  The Blue Dog Blueprint for Fiscal Reform was developed under the leadership of Representatives Ed Case, D-Hawaii, and Ben McAdams, D-Utah,... Read More

Will Mike Pompeo Run for Office Again? Some Trump Advisers Believe He Already Is.
2020 Elections
Will Mike Pompeo Run for Office Again? Some Trump Advisers Believe He Already Is.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have publicly ruled out a run for Senate next year. But some advisers to President Donald Trump don’t believe him. At the White House, some of the president’s top foreign policy aides... Read More

Wall Built to Separate Whites, Blacks in Detroit ‘An Important Story to Tell’
Housing
Wall Built to Separate Whites, Blacks in Detroit ‘An Important Story to Tell’

DETROIT — Dwight Smith never thought much about the six-foot-high wall that snakes a half-mile through his northwest neighborhood near Eight Mile. He became aware of it as a middle schooler in the 1950s, when classmates talked about which side... Read More

Rising Health Insurance Deductibles Fuel Middle-Class Anger and Resentment
Health
Rising Health Insurance Deductibles Fuel Middle-Class Anger and Resentment

WASHINGTON — Denise Wall, a Fresno-area schoolteacher with more than $2,000 in medical bills, was outraged to hear she could get free care if she quit her job and enrolled her family in Medicaid. Brenda Bartlett, a factory worker in... Read More

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