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Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants Senate to Vote on Iran, After the Democratic Debates
Iran
Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants Senate to Vote on Iran, After the Democratic Debates

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer wants senators to vote on restricting the ability of the Trump administration to go to war with Iran, but he suggested Monday that vote should not take place until after this week’s... Read More

White House Rejects House Panel's Request for Conway's Testimony
White House
White House Rejects House Panel's Request for Conway's Testimony

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday evening told the chairman of a House committee that Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Donald Trump, would not testify before the panel. Last week, a government watchdog recommended that Conway be... Read More

Republican State Lawmakers In Oregon Go Missing Ahead of Climate Change Vote
State News
Republican State Lawmakers In Oregon Go Missing Ahead of Climate Change Vote
2019-06-24 21:23:39
by Dan McCue

Eleven Senate Republicans in Oregon high-tailed it out of the state capitol of Salem this past week, and the Democratic governor has ordered state police to go and round them up. At issue is a vote on House Bill 2020,... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs In On Property Rights
Property Rights
Supreme Court Weighs In On Property Rights
2019-06-24 21:13:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that property owners can go directly to federal court with claims that state and local officials are depriving them of the use of their property. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the... Read More

FOIA Doesn't Entitle Newspaper to Private Business Information
Supreme Court
FOIA Doesn't Entitle Newspaper to Private Business Information
2019-06-24 21:08:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the media and general public are not entitled to every bit of information a government body collects about private businesses. The underlying case came to the high court from South Dakota... Read More

Trademark Law Restricting 'Scandalous' Speech Found Unconstitutional
Supreme Court
Trademark Law Restricting 'Scandalous' Speech Found Unconstitutional
2019-06-24 20:59:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of the federal trademark law that prohibited businesses from registering marks that some might see as scandalous or immoral. The ruling is a victory for the fashion brand FUCT, and... Read More

Why Is Illinois Hemorrhaging Residents?
Featured
Why Is Illinois Hemorrhaging Residents?

CHICAGO — It’s known here as The Exodus. People are leaving Illinois in droves. Republicans blame the state’s high taxes and its unfunded pension liability, which tops $130 billion. Democrats believe it’s the state’s lack of investment in education and... Read More

Trump Says He’s Open to Iran Talks Without Preconditions
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says He’s Open to Iran Talks Without Preconditions

WASHINGTON — President Trump, who says he made an 11th-hour decision last week to call off a retaliatory military strike against Iran, declared in an interview aired Sunday that war would mean “obliteration” for the Islamic republic. But he also... Read More

Democratic 2020 Field Picks Up a Second Joe As Sestak Jumps In
2020 Elections
Democratic 2020 Field Picks Up a Second Joe As Sestak Jumps In

Former two-term Representative Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania announced this weekend he’s joining the crowded field vying for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination. The former U.S. Navy admiral, who served in Congress until 2011, previously made two unsuccessful runs for the... Read More

Trump Sets Deadline for Asylum Changes, Vows Deportation Raids
Immigration
Trump Sets Deadline for Asylum Changes, Vows Deportation Raids

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gave Democrats two weeks to work on immigration reform and stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, but cast doubt on getting action from Congress and vowed to go ahead with a roundup... Read More

Republicans Block Ex-Cons From Voting in Biggest Swing State
Voting
Republicans Block Ex-Cons From Voting in Biggest Swing State

MIAMI — Florida’s reputation as America’s tightest — and wildest — swing state should stay intact, as a battle over felons’ voting rights seems destined for the courts. At the least, it’s increasingly looking like Florida’s 1.4 million disenfranchised ex-convicts... Read More

Blue Dogs Seek to Secure U.S. Elections, Deter Future Interference
Elections
Blue Dogs Seek to Secure U.S. Elections, Deter Future Interference
2019-06-21 23:26:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After playing a critical role in passing a sweeping election and ethics reform bill, the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a package of legislative proposals aimed at securing U.S. elections and deterring future interference... Read More

Congress Did Not Violate 'Nondelegation' Doctrine In Handling of Sex Offender Law
Elections
Congress Did Not Violate 'Nondelegation' Doctrine In Handling of Sex Offender Law
2019-06-21 20:50:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court held Thursday that Congress did not unlawfully delegate its authority to another branch of government when it left it to the attorney general to decide how to apply a sex offender law's requirements before... Read More

Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury
Supreme Court
Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury
2019-06-21 20:46:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The murder conviction and death sentence of a black inmate in Mississippi cannot stand because the trial court failed to recognize a prosecutors efforts to keep blacks off the jury was due at least in part to discriminatory... Read More

Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
Civil Rights
Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
2019-06-21 20:38:13
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - A House Judiciary subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on whether the federal government should consider compensating the descendants of slaves in the United States. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who became the... Read More

‘Averse to Using Military Force,’ Trump Calls Off Military Strike, Cites Potential Casualties
Foreign Affairs
‘Averse to Using Military Force,’ Trump Calls Off Military Strike, Cites Potential Casualties
2019-06-21 20:14:55
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The escalation tensions between the United States and Iran nearly reached a tipping point Thursday after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of Iran’s armed forces, confirmed that it shot down an unmanned U.S. Navy drone. President... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws Curbing Democrats Power
State News
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws Curbing Democrats Power
2019-06-21 20:09:15
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin's Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, on Friday, a win for state Republicans, but one that might be only temporary. The victory was on procedural grounds only,... Read More

There’s a Giant Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico — Thanks in Large Part to Pollution From Chicago
Environment
There’s a Giant Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico — Thanks in Large Part to Pollution From Chicago

CHICAGO — Just off the coast of Louisiana, where the Mississippi River lets out into the Gulf of Mexico, an enormous algae bloom, fueled by fertilizer from Midwestern farm fields and urban sewage, creates an area so devoid of oxygen... Read More

Wounded Warrior Project Regains Growth
Veterans
Wounded Warrior Project Regains Growth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After a financial free fall, Wounded Warrior Project has steadied its operation and is back to seeing growth in donations for its mission to help those injured while serving after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It’s... Read More

How Measles Detectives Work to Contain an Outbreak
Health
How Measles Detectives Work to Contain an Outbreak

On any given day, more than 4,000 people pass through the library at California State University, Los Angeles. On April 11, one of them had measles. The building has only one entrance, which means that anyone who entered or exited... Read More

Drug Users Armed With Naloxone Double As Medics on Streets of San Francisco
Health
Drug Users Armed With Naloxone Double As Medics on Streets of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The man was out of his wheelchair and lay flat on his back just off San Francisco’s Market Street, waiting for the hypodermic needle to pierce his skin and that familiar euphoric feeling to wash over him.... Read More

China’s Most Advanced Big Brother Experiment Is a Bureaucratic Mess
China
China’s Most Advanced Big Brother Experiment Is a Bureaucratic Mess

BEIJING — The city of Suzhou, known as “the Venice of the East” for its web of intricate waterways, captured the imagination of Marco Polo when he journeyed through China more than seven centuries ago. Today it’s drawing attention for... Read More

Citizenship for Military Service? California Democrat Renews Bill to Let ‘Dreamers’ Enlist
Immigration
Citizenship for Military Service? California Democrat Renews Bill to Let ‘Dreamers’ Enlist

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Josh Harder knows there’s little chance that a big immigration bill will pass in Congress this year. But so-called Dreamers — people who came to the country illegally as children — in his district want any... Read More

Senate Panel Approves Judge Over Objections by California Lawmakers
Judiciary
Senate Panel Approves Judge Over Objections by California Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday on party lines to support a controversial nominee to the California-based federal appeals court, overriding the objections of the state’s two senators. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris, both Democrats, argued... Read More

Congressional Leaders at Odds Over Pay Raise for Lawmakers
Congress
Congressional Leaders at Odds Over Pay Raise for Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders seem to be on a collision course over the issue of raising members’ pay, as the two majority leaders in the House and Senate are heading in opposite directions on the politically fraught issue. House Majority... Read More

Trump Energy Plan Faces Legal Blitz Over Weaker Emissions Standards
Energy
Trump Energy Plan Faces Legal Blitz Over Weaker Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON — Blue states and green groups are gearing up to sue the Trump administration over its new carbon emissions rule finalized Wednesday, which critics say fails to address climate change and the public health risks associated with pollution from... Read More

Roy Moore Running Again for Senate in Alabama
2020 Elections
Roy Moore Running Again for Senate in Alabama

WASHINGTON — Roy Moore, who lost a 2017 special election following allegations of sexual misconduct, announced Thursday that he is once again making a run for the Senate. Moore joins a number of Republicans already vying for their party’s nomination... Read More

Schumer Pushes for Vote to Make Clear Trump Needs Congressional Approval for War With Iran
Congress
Schumer Pushes for Vote to Make Clear Trump Needs Congressional Approval for War With Iran

WASHINGTON — Returning to Capitol Hill after a meeting at the White House about the shooting down of an American drone, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer increased the pressure for a floor vote to make clear that authorization would... Read More

Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay
2019-06-21 12:47:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A large, cross-shaped memorial to the dead of World War I that has stood in the grassy median of a local roadway for nearly a century, can stay right where it is, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

Trump, Canada's Trudeau Talk Trade and China at White House Meeting
Trade
Trump, Canada's Trudeau Talk Trade and China at White House Meeting
2019-06-20 22:53:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House Thursday, to talk trade and their respective issues with China on a day otherwise dominated by concerns over an escalation in hostilities between the U.S.... Read More

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