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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
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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
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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

On an Often Unpredictable Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch Is the Latest Wild Card
Supreme Court
On an Often Unpredictable Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch Is the Latest Wild Card

WASHINGTON — Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first appointee to the Supreme Court, is proving to be a different kind of conservative. He is a libertarian who is quick to oppose unchecked government power, even in the hands... Read More

Despite Federal Protections, Rape Victims Still Get Billed for Forensic Exams
Health
Despite Federal Protections, Rape Victims Still Get Billed for Forensic Exams

Six years ago, Erin was a newly minted graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, working three part-time jobs and adjusting to life as a non-student. She stopped in for a drink one night at a restaurant... Read More

Yosemite to Restore Names to Historic Attractions Under $12 Million Settlement
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Yosemite to Restore Names to Historic Attractions Under $12 Million Settlement

LOS ANGELES — The Majestic Yosemite can be called the Ahwahnee Hotel again. The National Park Service on Monday reached a $12 million settlement in a long-running legal battle with Yosemite’s former facilities operator that permits that name — and... Read More

‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says
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‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says

CHICAGO — Over the Fourth of July holiday, Felix Kombwa brought the children he mentors to a festival where a law-enforcement exhibit allowed visitors to sit in a squad car, try on police gear and chat with officers. But the... Read More

White House Moves to Eliminate Nearly All Asylum Claims at US Southern Border
Immigration
White House Moves to Eliminate Nearly All Asylum Claims at US Southern Border

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Monday to in effect end asylum for the vast majority of migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, an enormous shift in policy that could block hundreds of thousands of people from seeking protection... Read More

Mississippi Pol Denies Female Reporter Access Citing ‘Billy Graham Rule’
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Mississippi Pol Denies Female Reporter Access Citing ‘Billy Graham Rule’

Robert Foster, a first-term Mississippi state representative running for governor, declined to allow a female reporter to cover a campaign trip — that is, unless she brought a male colleague with her. Foster said in a tweet that the rejection... Read More

NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond
State News
NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond

RALEIGH, N.C. — The lines used to elect members of the North Carolina General Assembly are unconstitutional and should be redrawn before the 2020 elections, an attorney for activists and politicians argued in court Monday. In 2018, Democratic candidates won... Read More

Barry, Now a Tropical Depression, Soaks Much of Louisiana While Sparing New Orleans
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Barry, Now a Tropical Depression, Soaks Much of Louisiana While Sparing New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Barry continued to soak Louisiana and Mississippi as it weakened to a tropical depression Sunday over Northwestern Louisiana. While the low-lying city of New Orleans appeared to have dodged a catastrophic deluge, the National Hurricane Center warned... Read More

Trump Trails Biden, Warren, Sanders in NBC-WSJ Poll Matchups
Polling and Ads
Trump Trails Biden, Warren, Sanders in NBC-WSJ Poll Matchups

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump trails at least three Democratic hopefuls — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — in theoretical head-to-head matchups for the 2020 general election, a new poll showed. Biden, the former vice president, held the... Read More

Hofeller Files Can Be Used in NC Gerrymandering Trial, Judges Rule in Win for Democrats
Elections
Hofeller Files Can Be Used in NC Gerrymandering Trial, Judges Rule in Win for Democrats

RALEIGH, N.C. – The formerly secret files of the man who drew North Carolina’s political districts before he died can be used in court by the people challenging his maps for being unconstitutional gerrymanders. A trial in the gerrymandering case... Read More

Pelosi: Extra Veterans Health Care Funds Needed in Debt Deal
Veterans
Pelosi: Extra Veterans Health Care Funds Needed in Debt Deal

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday pressing for added funds to help veterans see private doctors as part of any deal to raise the debt ceiling and tight appropriations caps. Pelosi’s letter... Read More

Despite Weeks of Threats, ICE Raids Begin With a Whimper Yet Still Stoke Fears
Immigration
Despite Weeks of Threats, ICE Raids Begin With a Whimper Yet Still Stoke Fears

LOS ANGELES — The raids — hyped for weeks by President Donald Trump — were to take place in major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Atlanta, Baltimore and Houston. As of Sunday evening,... Read More

House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans
Veterans
House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans
2019-07-12 20:34:45
by Sean Trambley

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** In June, legislation passed the House to expand veterans’ access to the Edith Nourse Rogers... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Approves 9/11 Victims Bill
Veterans
House Overwhelmingly Approves 9/11 Victims Bill
2019-07-12 19:42:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Friday ensuring that a victims compensation fund for first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Following the 402-12 vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the... Read More

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