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Harris Gets Big Debate Bounce in New Poll, While Biden Sinks
2020 Elections
Harris Gets Big Debate Bounce in New Poll, While Biden Sinks
2019-07-02 21:28:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has jumped into a virtual tie with former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination following her widely praised debate performance last week, a national poll released Tuesday showed.... Read More

New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help
Veterans
New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help
2019-07-02 20:12:16
by Sean Trambley

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans and military members die by suicide every day across the United States, and suicide rates are nearly two times higher for veterans than for non-veteran adults.  These tragic statistics... Read More

Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget
State News
Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget
2019-07-02 19:57:12
by Elin Johnson

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy cut $444 million from the state’s operating budget  last week, a move he said was critical to moving closer to a balanced budget without raising taxes or reducing the annual Permanent Fund dividend paid to every... Read More

Study: 2018 Proved Company Voter Engagement Initiatives Effective
Elections
Study: 2018 Proved Company Voter Engagement Initiatives Effective
2019-07-02 19:50:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Companies that engaged in voter engagement initiatives prior to the 2018 midterms not only help get voters to the polls, but also created additional value for the businesses themselves, a new Harvard Kennedy School study said. During the... Read More

House Democrats Sue Treasury Department Over Trump Tax Returns
Litigation
House Democrats Sue Treasury Department Over Trump Tax Returns
2019-07-02 19:41:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  House Democrats sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District... Read More

Texas Extends Tax Break That Helped Make It a Renewable Energy Powerhouse
State News
Texas Extends Tax Break That Helped Make It a Renewable Energy Powerhouse
2019-07-02 19:36:11
by Dan McCue

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a pair of bills extending a property tax abatement that helped make the state a wind and solar energy powerhouse while also providing greater transparency for the program. The extension of the tax abatement,... Read More

US Economy Breaks Record, But It Doesn't Appear To Be Benefiting Trump
Economy
US Economy Breaks Record, But It Doesn't Appear To Be Benefiting Trump
2019-07-02 19:31:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy broke a record for its longest expansion ever on Monday, but a poll released the same day suggests the solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump. On Monday, the United... Read More

House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
Energy
House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
2019-07-02 19:23:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is considering a new bill that would severely restrict uranium mining. Democrats... Read More

Study: Cockroaches Evolving to Point Where They’ll Be Nearly Impossible to Kill
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Study: Cockroaches Evolving to Point Where They’ll Be Nearly Impossible to Kill

Cockroaches are being born impervious to bug sprays and it’s happening fast. A Purdue University study found that the commonly found German species of roaches are being born with an immunity to toxins with which they haven’t yet been in... Read More

A Bomb Blast, A Phone Call and a Navy Family Forever Changed
Featured
A Bomb Blast, A Phone Call and a Navy Family Forever Changed

SAN DIEGO — Standing in a hotel parking lot at Legoland, Lindsey Stacy felt her cellphone vibrate. She looked at the screen, recognized the area code and smiled. Kenton. Her husband, a 34-year-old master technician with the Navy’s bomb squad,... Read More

How the Citizenship Question Could Reshape State Politics
Census
How the Citizenship Question Could Reshape State Politics

WASHINGTON — Dennis Baxley’s state Senate district in Florida is full of senior citizens with the time, talent and motivation to make a difference in politics. “My constituents came here from small towns all over the country, and many of... Read More

Flyovers, Military Bands … And Tanks? Here’s What We Know About the July 4 Celebrations
In The News
Flyovers, Military Bands … And Tanks? Here’s What We Know About the July 4 Celebrations

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s presence will be felt at this year’s July Fourth celebrations in Washington, but some of the details on exactly what will happen and how he will participate remain murky. Trump plans to make a speech... Read More

Trump’s Impromptu Approach to North Korea Divides His Administration
North Korea
Trump’s Impromptu Approach to North Korea Divides His Administration

WASHINGTON — The impromptu nature of President Donald Trump’s forays into foreign policy led to another display of showmanship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but it also exposed divisions within the administration and uncertainty about its goals. In... Read More

Hong Kong Protests Escalate As Violent Demonstrators Overrun Legislature Building
In The News
Hong Kong Protests Escalate As Violent Demonstrators Overrun Legislature Building

HONG KONG — Protesters on Monday stormed Hong Kong’s legislative building, smashing the building’s glass walls, dismantling fences and gates, and vandalizing the inner chamber. The demonstrators tore down portraits of legislative leaders and spray-painted pro-democracy slogans on the walls... Read More

Iran Risks Rift With Europe by Breaching Nuclear Deal Limit
Iran
Iran Risks Rift With Europe by Breaching Nuclear Deal Limit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran says it has exceeded limits set on its enriched-uranium stockpile, a move that risks the collapse of the 2015 nuclear accord and raises concerns that a standoff with the U.S. could lead to military... Read More

House Brief That Trump Has ‘Disdain’ Kicks Off What Could Be Messy 2 Weeks
Congress
House Brief That Trump Has ‘Disdain’ Kicks Off What Could Be Messy 2 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The House told a federal appeals court Monday that President Donald Trump has “disdain” for congressional oversight ahead of action next week on the House’s efforts to subpoena his financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA. The brief... Read More

Homeland Security Chair Rebukes Border Patrol Over Secret Facebook Group
Homeland Security
Homeland Security Chair Rebukes Border Patrol Over Secret Facebook Group
2019-07-01 21:03:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee rebuked the Border Patrol Monday after a published report revealed the existence of a secret Facebook group in which border agents have posted lewd and derogatory content involving migrants and Democratic... Read More

New Mexico Governor Swears in State First-Ever Ethics Commission
In The News
New Mexico Governor Swears in State First-Ever Ethics Commission
2019-07-01 20:59:21
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham swore in the state's first-ever Ethics Commission, a move that was a long time coming and which citizens hope will bring a welcome end to a series of high profile corruption scandals. “I am... Read More

NCAA Behemoth Faces Challenges: CA Proposes Athletes Get Compensated for Image
State News
NCAA Behemoth Faces Challenges: CA Proposes Athletes Get Compensated for Image
2019-07-01 20:54:52
by Elin Johnson

California lawmakers have advanced legislation allowing college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness, despite a thinly-veiled warning from the NCAA that such a move could keep those athletes out of... Read More

Treasury Department Aims to Make it Easier to Buy Single-Serve Wine
Economy
Treasury Department Aims to Make it Easier to Buy Single-Serve Wine
2019-07-01 20:49:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department, responding to an explosion in the sale of wine in cans and single-serve bottles, is seeking public comment of eliminating all but the minimum "stand of fill" for wine containers. In a Federal Register notice... Read More

5 Things Found in the FDA’s Hidden Device Database
Health
5 Things Found in the FDA’s Hidden Device Database

After two decades of keeping the public in the dark about millions of medical device malfunctions and injuries, the Food and Drug Administration has published the once hidden database online, revealing 5.7 million incidents publicly for the first time. The... Read More

Hong Kong Girds for More Gridlock as China, Protesters Dig In
In The News
Hong Kong Girds for More Gridlock as China, Protesters Dig In

HONG KONG — Two years ago, Carrie Lam took control of Hong Kong’s government and, with Chinese President Xi Jinping looking on, pledged to “restore social harmony and rebuild public trust.” On Monday, she’ll start her third year facing a... Read More

Texas AG to High Court: Block Abortion Providers From Suing to Overturn Laws
Supreme Court
Texas AG to High Court: Block Abortion Providers From Suing to Overturn Laws

AUSTIN, Texas — Hoping to make it harder to overturn abortion restrictions, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block abortion clinics and doctors from challenging state laws on behalf of their patients. Such legal... Read More

2020 Democratic Candidates Defend Kamala Harris Against Donald Trump Jr., Birtherism
2020 Elections
2020 Democratic Candidates Defend Kamala Harris Against Donald Trump Jr., Birtherism

Like father, like son. Donald Trump Jr. took up his dad’s mantle and reignited familiar birtherism attacks, this time against Kamala Harris. “I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It’s disgusting. Now using it... Read More

Trump’s DMZ Summit Shows How Little Kim Has Conceded on Nukes
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s DMZ Summit Shows How Little Kim Has Conceded on Nukes

WASHINGTON — For decades, U.S. presidents visiting the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean Peninsula have followed roughly the same playbook: Peer through binoculars at North Korean border guards. Look stern. Warn Pyongyang that provocations won’t be rewarded. President Donald Trump... Read More

Megan Rapinoe’s Two Goals Send US to 2-1 Win Over France, Into World Cup Semifinals
In The News
Megan Rapinoe’s Two Goals Send US to 2-1 Win Over France, Into World Cup Semifinals

PARIS, France — They knew the stakes. They knew the magnitude. They knew this match was the big one. The United States women’s national team players said nothing would distract them — and nothing did. They were outpossessed and outshot,... Read More

Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game
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Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game
2019-06-28 21:04:36
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Wednesday night the Democrats took the upper hand over Republicans 14-7 at the annual Congressional baseball game for charity. The game was an opportunity for spry members of Congress to show their innate athleticism, proving there is nothing... Read More

Oregon Climate Bill Is Dead, But Republican Lawmakers Still AWOL
State News
Oregon Climate Bill Is Dead, But Republican Lawmakers Still AWOL
2019-06-28 20:58:38
by Elin Johnson

With only days left in Oregon’s legislative session, a Democrat-backed climate bill is dead, and the awol Republican state senators who helped kill it now appear to be considering what to demand before they agree to return. Last week 11... Read More

Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
Health
Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
2019-06-28 20:53:06
by Sean Trambley

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, promises to put more teeth in efforts to curb the activities of Chinese and other traffickers of Fentanyl and... Read More

White House’s Middle East Economic Plan Lacks Historical Understanding
Foreign Affairs
White House’s Middle East Economic Plan Lacks Historical Understanding
2019-06-28 20:48:04
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The White House earlier this week unveiled its long-awaited and highly touted Middle East peace plan. Well, at least the economic portion of it.  To unveil the plan, Washington convened a two-day workshop in Manama, Bahrain, on June... Read More

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