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Mass Murderer? Cult Leader? Musician? Charles Manson’s Son Wrestles With Father’s Legacy
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Mass Murderer? Cult Leader? Musician? Charles Manson’s Son Wrestles With Father’s Legacy

The soft-spoken man with the crooked smile and bright blue eyes wants to change the way the world thinks about his father. He says his dad has been misunderstood for half a century. Unfairly blamed. Wrongly vilified. The man is... Read More

The Feds Are Cutting Back on Group Homes. Some Say That’s a Big Mistake
Housing
The Feds Are Cutting Back on Group Homes. Some Say That’s a Big Mistake

CLYDE, N.C. — It’s birthday party time here, which means there are gifts and cupcakes and some chartreuse juice the children slurp with lip-smacking gusto. Everybody sings “Happy Birthday” to the birthday girl: the little littles, the tweens fresh from... Read More

Rep. Murphy:  Always About the Mission
Bipartisan
Rep. Murphy: Always About the Mission
2019-07-19 22:01:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Elected to Congress in 2016 after a career spent mostly in the private sector, Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., was bound to see things from a decidedly nonpartisan perspective when she got to the nation's Capitol a few weeks... Read More

McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill
Veterans
McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill
2019-07-19 21:56:07
by Sean Trambley

First-term Representatives Lucy McBath, D-Ga., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., have introduced legislation aimed at protecting disabled veterans and their families who are experiencing financial hardship. Introduced in May, the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act, H.R. 2938,... Read More

Rep. Kilmer: What Do We Want?  When Do We Want It?
Bipartisan
Rep. Kilmer: What Do We Want? When Do We Want It?
2019-07-19 21:46:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A smile spread across Representative Derek Kilmer's face. Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, the largest caucus of centrist Democrats in the House, he'd just been asked how one can break through all the hyper-partisan noise in the... Read More

Alaska Legislature Convenes For Special Session Amid Budget Fallout
State News
Alaska Legislature Convenes For Special Session Amid Budget Fallout
2019-07-19 21:42:17
by Elin Johnson

Controversy continues to roil Alaska, a week after the state legislature failed to overturn $444 million in budget cuts by Governor Mike Dunleavy. The latest dispute, resolved only Wednesday, concerned the location for a special session of the legislature that... Read More

Rep. Katko: Sit on the Sidelines or Do Something About It
Bipartisan
Rep. Katko: Sit on the Sidelines or Do Something About It
2019-07-19 21:37:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative John Katko, R-N.Y., makes no bones about how he feels about things. Still as straight and direct as he was during his years as a prosecutor of organized crime in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse, Katko,... Read More

Rep. Davis: Legislating in the Manner I Thought was Right
Bipartisan
Rep. Davis: Legislating in the Manner I Thought was Right
2019-07-19 21:34:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rodney Davis thought he knew what he was in for; after 16 years on the staff of Representative John Shimkus, the Des Moines, Iowa native "had some preconceived notions" about how to get things done. But after prevailing... Read More

New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees
Immigration
New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees
2019-07-19 21:21:01
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a proposal by Representative Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., to establish enhanced standards of care for people detained at the U.S. border by Customs and Border Patrol. Ruiz’s bill, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals... Read More

Turkey Moves Away From U.S. Under President Erdogan, No Signs of Turning Back
Foreign Affairs
Turkey Moves Away From U.S. Under President Erdogan, No Signs of Turning Back
2019-07-19 21:10:16
by HJ Mai

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile air defense system has put its relationship with the United States and the NATO alliance in jeopardy.  The White House responded to last week’s news of Ankara accepting the first delivery of the... Read More

‘Manholes’ Are Out As Berkeley Removes Gender-Specific Language From City Code
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‘Manholes’ Are Out As Berkeley Removes Gender-Specific Language From City Code

A manhole will become a maintenance hole, artisans will replace craftsmen and firefighters and police officers no longer will be identified by their gender in Berkeley’s city code under an ordinance passed by city leaders Tuesday. The City Council voted... Read More

Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts
State News
Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday that 13 officers would be fired for making racist or offensive Facebook posts, an unprecedented wave of terminations resulting from a scandal that has attracted national attention. Speaking alongside Mayor Jim... Read More

Senate Strikes Deal to Vote on Stalled 9/11 Compensation Bill
U.S. Senate
Senate Strikes Deal to Vote on Stalled 9/11 Compensation Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to vote next week on a House-passed bill to extend a fund to help first responders and other victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “We’re finally, finally able to tell them you won’t have... Read More

House Votes to Raise Federal Minimum Wage
U.S. Senate
House Votes to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON — The House voted 233-199 Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour incrementally over six years, but the Democratic-led effort was almost derailed by divisions between progressives and moderates. Progressives on Wednesday had issued a... Read More

Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies
In The News
Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies

Henry Lozano, who spent much of his career aiding, counseling and influencing Los Angeles Latino politics and politicians, has died at his home in Whittier, Calif. Lozano, who died Monday, was 85. No cause of death was given. As a... Read More

New Dems Urge House Leadership to Move Bipartisan Drug Pricing Bills
Health
New Dems Urge House Leadership to Move Bipartisan Drug Pricing Bills
2019-07-17 20:33:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Democrat Coalition's Healthcare Task Force asked the House leadership on Wednesday to hold a floor vote on drug pricing bills with bipartisan support as early as next week. The request was made in a... Read More

Newsroom Employment Continues to Decline, Led by Newspapers, Study Finds
Media
Newsroom Employment Continues to Decline, Led by Newspapers, Study Finds
2019-07-17 20:22:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Newsroom employment continues to decline across the United States, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers, a new study says. For a report released Wednesday, the Pew Research Center analyzed 10 years of occupational employment data compiled by... Read More

Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Transparency From White House Budget Office
Federal Budget
Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Transparency From White House Budget Office
2019-07-17 19:54:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget to publish a full list of all federal programs publicly available on the... Read More

Foreign Purchases of U.S. Homes Drop Sharply As Chinese Bolt From Market
Economy
Foreign Purchases of U.S. Homes Drop Sharply As Chinese Bolt From Market
2019-07-17 17:54:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - International investment in residential real estate in the United States plunged 36% in the past year as Chinese buyers fled the market, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The sobering analysis comes via the Realtors' annual survey... Read More

House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Tweets as Racist
In The News
House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Tweets as Racist

WASHINGTON — For all the tumult and anger that President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on four minority lawmakers have caused, he has been clear about his political motives: Drive a wedge through the country that forces each side to its... Read More

California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors. To Recruit Them, It's Paying Off Med School Debt
State News
California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors. To Recruit Them, It's Paying Off Med School Debt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bryan Ruiz’s hands were still shaking an hour after he learned the $300,000 in medical school loans he took out to become a dentist were being wiped away by California taxpayers. A year out of medical school,... Read More

Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood
Polling and Ads
Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood

WASHINGTON — Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton “sees good news” in a new Gallup poll that found a majority of Americans reject D.C. statehood. The Gallup poll, conducted in June and released Monday, found 64% of Americans oppose making Washington a... Read More

McCarthy Pitches Month-Long Debt Ceiling Stopgap, If Deal Can‘t Be Reached
Federal Budget
McCarthy Pitches Month-Long Debt Ceiling Stopgap, If Deal Can‘t Be Reached

WASHINGTON — The House’s top Republican suggested that lawmakers pass a 30-day extension of the debt ceiling to avoid default in early September, if Democrats and the White House can’t agree on compromise discretionary spending caps before leaving for the... Read More

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dead at 99
Supreme Court
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dead at 99

WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the independent-minded jurist whose bright bow ties and courteous manner symbolized an old-fashioned style of integrity, died Tuesday. He was 99. Although he joined the court as a centrist Republican, he... Read More

Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans
Education
Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans
2019-07-16 21:43:06
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Representatives Susie Lee, D-Nev., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., have added their names to the growing list of members of Congress who are pushing bills that tackle predatory student loan practices. Reps. Lee and DeLauro have introduced a new... Read More

Center Forward, TWN to Host Bipartisan Policy Discussion
Education
Center Forward, TWN to Host Bipartisan Policy Discussion
2019-07-16 21:23:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - This Thursday morning, July18, The Well News will host Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., John Katko, R-N.Y., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., for a conversation about what it means to seek common ground and pragmatic solutions for... Read More

Washington Legal Advocates, Lawmakers Want Immigration Procedures Changed
Immigration
Washington Legal Advocates, Lawmakers Want Immigration Procedures Changed
2019-07-16 21:15:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Some of Washington’s prominent legal organizations and lawmakers are scrambling to address the nation’s illegal immigration crisis while courts confront a hopeless backlog of cases. They are proposing new procedures to manage the flood of illegal immigrants being... Read More

GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
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GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
2019-07-16 21:09:44
by Sean Trambley

New legislation passed the House last week to help small businesses gain access to capital, expand, and hire workers.  H.R. 3050, the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act of 2019, was introduced by Freshman GOP Representative Bryan Steil, R-Wis., and... Read More

Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
In The News
Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
2019-07-16 20:05:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The number of threats made against members of Congress continues to grow, though most fall below the legal threshold of being considered an actual threat to cause bodily harm, a House panel was told Tuesday. In his first... Read More

America Is Woefully Unprepared for Cyber Warfare
National Security
America Is Woefully Unprepared for Cyber Warfare

WASHINGTON — War in cyberspace is fully on, and the United States is losing it, according to about two dozen national security experts. The U.S. military is increasingly adept at mounting cyberattacks in places like Russia and Iran, but America’s... Read More

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