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Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
In The News
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
2019-07-10 19:48:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit claiming he's been illegally profiting from foreign and state government officials who stay at his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.... Read More

Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
State News
Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
2019-07-10 19:44:07
by Dan McCue

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team Wednesday by signing legislation guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work in New York State moments before the star athletes were honored with a ticker-tape... Read More

Ross Perot, Self-Made Billionaire, Patriot and Philanthropist, Dies at 89
Obituary
Ross Perot, Self-Made Billionaire, Patriot and Philanthropist, Dies at 89

DALLAS — Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia. He was 89. The pioneer of the computer services industry, who founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Appears Skeptical of Obamacare, Putting Future of Law in Doubt
Health
Federal Appeals Court Appears Skeptical of Obamacare, Putting Future of Law in Doubt

NEW ORLEANS — A panel of federal judges in New Orleans sharply questioned attorneys defending the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, increasing the chances that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may throw out at least part of the... Read More

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Subpoenas on Family Separation Order
Immigration
House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Subpoenas on Family Separation Order

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled for Thursday a vote on a resolution that would authorize the issuing of subpoenas to current and former White House officials who participated in the 2018 decisions over the “zero tolerance” policy,... Read More

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Renewal Bill to Go Before House on Friday
Congress
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Renewal Bill to Go Before House on Friday

NEW YORK — The bill to replenish the expiring 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will get a vote in the full House of Representatives on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday. The move is a major step for the... Read More

Pelosi: Debt Limit Vote Possible Before August Recess
Federal Budget
Pelosi: Debt Limit Vote Possible Before August Recess

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday didn’t rule out voting on a debt limit increase before the August recess, though she indicated the need to raise the discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2020 is still an integral... Read More

The Moon Is a Graveyard of Apollo Astronaut Trash. Here’s What We’ll Find When We Return.
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The Moon Is a Graveyard of Apollo Astronaut Trash. Here’s What We’ll Find When We Return.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The mission on the moon then over, astronaut Buzz Aldrin peeked out from the Apollo lunar module onto the powdery grey surface before him, the U.S. flag planted into it — just about the only color as... Read More

Meth in the Morning, Heroin at Night: Inside the Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction
Health
Meth in the Morning, Heroin at Night: Inside the Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction

SAN FRANCISCO — In the 25 years since she snorted her first line of meth at a club in San Francisco, Kim has redefined “normal” so many times. At first, she said, it seemed like meth brought her back to... Read More

Why 2020 Democrats Need to Pay So Much Attention to Nevada
2020 Elections
Why 2020 Democrats Need to Pay So Much Attention to Nevada

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Like most Nevada Democrats, Sen. Jacky Rosen always wants to see more 2020 candidates paying attention to her state, and a new early caucus voting process may further boost the party’s influence. “What I try to... Read More

Trump Feud With Soccer Star Rapinoe Rallies Base, Dominates News Cycle
In The News
Trump Feud With Soccer Star Rapinoe Rallies Base, Dominates News Cycle
2019-07-09 18:31:02
by HJ Mai

American soccer fans were treated to another stellar World Cup performance by the U.S. Women’s National Team, capped off by a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s final. Despite winning a record fourth World Cup title, including its second... Read More

Billionaire Tom Steyer Jumps into Democratic Presidential Contest
2020 Elections
Billionaire Tom Steyer Jumps into Democratic Presidential Contest
2019-07-09 17:57:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist who has been advocating for President Donald Trump's impeachment since shortly after the 2016 election, announced Tuesday he's joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Steyer, 62, announced earlier this... Read More

Trump Can't Block Critics From Twitter Account, Appeals Court Says
Law
Trump Can't Block Critics From Twitter Account, Appeals Court Says
2019-07-09 17:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking his critics' posts from his Twitter account, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Earlier this year during oral arguments, Justice Department attorney Jennifer Utrecht argued Trump's Twitter account... Read More

Illegal Immigrants Face Huge Fines For Ignoring Deportation Orders
Immigration
Illegal Immigrants Face Huge Fines For Ignoring Deportation Orders
2019-07-09 17:32:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Disputes over illegal immigration are heating up as some long-time foreign residents of the United States who ignored court deportation orders received notice they are liable for hefty fines this week. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began issuing... Read More

Need Something Else To Do With Your Cellphone? What About Caucusing?
2020 Elections
Need Something Else To Do With Your Cellphone? What About Caucusing?
2019-07-09 14:59:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democrats in Iowa and Nevada, long accustomed to turning out at neighborhood caucus meetings to cast their vote in these early presidential contests will be able to cast their 2020 votes by phone, under plans announced Monday. The... Read More

Justice Department Seeks to Halt Democrats’ Lawsuit Against Trump
Dep. of Justice
Justice Department Seeks to Halt Democrats’ Lawsuit Against Trump

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sought Monday to stop what it says would be “intrusive discovery” into President Donald Trump’s personal financial affairs, in a lawsuit brought by more than 200 Democratic members of Congress that raises separation-of-powers questions. The... Read More

Trump Officials Tell One Court Obamacare Is Failing and Another It’s Thriving
Health
Trump Officials Tell One Court Obamacare Is Failing and Another It’s Thriving

WASHINGTON — As they push a federal court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump administration lawyers are arguing the law is no longer workable because Congress eliminated a penalty on people who don’t have health insurance. But for months,... Read More

CBO: Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 Could Boost Pay of up to 27 Million Workers
Economy
CBO: Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 Could Boost Pay of up to 27 Million Workers

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Monday that nearly doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour could cost 1.3 million jobs when fully implemented by 2025, though millions would see higher wages and... Read More

US Approves Possible $2 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan
Foreign Affairs
US Approves Possible $2 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of tanks, Stinger missiles and other armaments to Taiwan, a decision certain to irritate China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. “This proposed sale serves U.S. national,... Read More

Navy SEALs Who Testified Against Their Chief Say Case Exposes Cracks in Military Justice System
Military
Navy SEALs Who Testified Against Their Chief Say Case Exposes Cracks in Military Justice System

SAN DIEGO — The morning after he was found not guilty of murdering a wounded enemy prisoner in Iraq, Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher spoke on “Fox & Friends” about his advice for incoming SEALs: “You are there to watch... Read More

DC-Area Radio Station Registers As Foreign Agent of Russians
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DC-Area Radio Station Registers As Foreign Agent of Russians
2019-07-08 23:45:45
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Russian government paid a middleman company more than $1.4 million to broadcast propaganda for the past two years on Washington, D.C., area radio station WZHF 1390, according to recently-released foreign agent registration records. The registration by Florida-based... Read More

New Democrats Urge Lighthizer to Resolve Outstanding USMCA Issues
Trade
New Democrats Urge Lighthizer to Resolve Outstanding USMCA Issues
2019-07-08 23:40:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Six members of the New Democrat Coalition wrote the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday urging him to respond to congressional concerns regarding the new North American Free Trade agreement, known as USMCA, to ensure its successful bipartisan passage.... Read More

Former GOP Lawmaker Amash Won’t Rule Out Future Presidential Run
Political News
Former GOP Lawmaker Amash Won’t Rule Out Future Presidential Run

WASHINGTON — Rep. Justin Amash said he “wouldn’t rule out” a run as a third-party presidential candidate but plans to seek re-election to Congress in his Michigan district as an independent after leaving the Republican Party. “I believe that I... Read More

In Court, It’s Red Texas vs. Blue California in the Battle Over Obamacare
Health
In Court, It’s Red Texas vs. Blue California in the Battle Over Obamacare

AUSTIN, Texas — A lawyer for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will be in a federal courtroom Tuesday asking three appellate judges to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, and this time it will be with the full support of... Read More

Southern California Earthquakes: ‘I Need to Start Making a Plan’
California
Southern California Earthquakes: ‘I Need to Start Making a Plan’

LOS ANGELES — The seismic one-two combo that hit Southern California last week left residents particularly unnerved because it robbed them of the single bit of solace that normally comes with a big quake: the sense that the worst is... Read More

Iran Will Exceed Enrichment Levels Set by Nuclear Deal, Country’s Officials Say
Iran
Iran Will Exceed Enrichment Levels Set by Nuclear Deal, Country’s Officials Say

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran announced on Sunday it had begun the process of enriching uranium beyond the limits set by a 2015 international accord aimed at keeping Tehran from eventually stockpiling nuclear-weapons-grade materials. In the latest step to counter what... Read More

World Cup 2019: US Defeats Netherlands to Win Fourth Title
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World Cup 2019: US Defeats Netherlands to Win Fourth Title

LYON, France – Megan Rapinoe, who wasn’t expected to start Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final because of a hamstring issue, wound up winning it instead, calmly slotting home a penalty kick in the 61st minute to start the U.S. on... Read More

US Employers Added 224,000 Jobs in June, Surpassing Expectations
Economy
US Employers Added 224,000 Jobs in June, Surpassing Expectations
2019-07-05 15:38:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers dramatically ramped up their hiring in June, adding 224,000 jobs and far surpassing economists' expectations that were closer to 165,000 jobs would be added, the Labor Department reported Friday. The new numbers are particularly good news... Read More

Strongest Earthquake in Years Rattles Southern California; Damage Reported
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Strongest Earthquake in Years Rattles Southern California; Damage Reported

RIDGECREST, Calif. — The largest earthquake in two decades rattled Southern California on Thursday morning, shaking communities from Las Vegas to Long Beach and ending a quiet period in the state’s seismic history. Striking at 10:33 a.m. PDT, the magnitude... Read More

Casualty of Trade War: Chinese Investments in US Grind to a Halt, Blocking New Jobs
Economy
Casualty of Trade War: Chinese Investments in US Grind to a Halt, Blocking New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When a relatively unknown Chinese company called Jushi built a state-of-the-art fiberglass factory in the pine woods of South Carolina not long ago, it made a big splash. In a chronically depressed area where the most conspicuous... Read More

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