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GOP Senators Exhale After Considering Crossing Trump on Tariffs
Congress
GOP Senators Exhale After Considering Crossing Trump on Tariffs

Senate Republicans who faced the unwelcome prospect of attempting to overturn President Donald Trump’s use of tariffs on Mexico are praising his deal to avert them, even if they’re still wary of the duties. Trump had threatened to impose 5%... Read More

Congressman Vows to Pursue Regulation of Big Tech With Open Mind
Technology
Congressman Vows to Pursue Regulation of Big Tech With Open Mind

WASHINGTON — Legislation and more regulation of technology companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. is possible, but lawmakers are approaching scrutiny with an open mind, the federal lawmaker leading an antitrust investigation of the industry said. “This... Read More

Republicans, Democrats Both Treating Ohio Like a 2020 Battleground
2020 Elections
Republicans, Democrats Both Treating Ohio Like a 2020 Battleground

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans barely had time to can their yard signs for midterm candidates before political parties began descending on their neighborhoods in preparation for 2020. Both parties are building up their staffs and ranks of volunteers in the... Read More

Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit Considered by Appeals Court for Constitutionality
Litigation
Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit Considered by Appeals Court for Constitutionality
2019-06-07 21:35:36
by Tom Ramstack

A federal appeals court in Portland, Oregon heard arguments this week in a lawsuit that accuses the Trump administration of endangering the future of children by its environmental policies that do little to avoid climate change. The lawsuit was filed... Read More

Committee Chairs Seek Answers On Delayed Notice of Defects on Boeing 737 MAX
Transportation
Committee Chairs Seek Answers On Delayed Notice of Defects on Boeing 737 MAX
2019-06-07 21:32:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., chairman of that body's Aviation Subcommittee, want to know when Boeing and others first learned of a serious defect in the... Read More

Plummeting New Job Numbers in May
Economy
Plummeting New Job Numbers in May
2019-06-07 21:19:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added just 75,000 new jobs in May, the Labor Department said Friday, a stunning development that took many economists by surprise. In a recent survey by Dow Jones, the consensus among economists was that the job gain... Read More

New York a Signature Away From Becoming the First State to Ban Cat Declawing
State News
New York a Signature Away From Becoming the First State to Ban Cat Declawing
2019-06-07 21:16:57
by Dan McCue

New York is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to ban the declawing of cats under legislation that sailed through the state legislature with bipartisan support. The bill, which would subject veterinarians to a $1,000 fine for... Read More

Median Home Prices Continue to Surge in DC Suburbs in Wake of Amazon HQ2 News
Economy
Median Home Prices Continue to Surge in DC Suburbs in Wake of Amazon HQ2 News
2019-06-07 21:12:28
by HJ Mai

Rising home prices in some of the country's largest urban centers have put the America Dream of owning a home out of reach for many middle- to low-income families. While the nation’s capital and its surrounding suburbs are regularly ranked... Read More

NASA Opens International Space Station to Space Tourists, New Commercial Ventures
NASA
NASA Opens International Space Station to Space Tourists, New Commercial Ventures
2019-06-07 21:07:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NASA announced Friday it plans to open the International Space Station to businesses and even tourists in a bid to "accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit." The space agency is not selling trips to the space... Read More

US Trade Deficit With China Grew in April Despite Narrowing Elsewhere
Trade
US Trade Deficit With China Grew in April Despite Narrowing Elsewhere
2019-06-07 21:03:48
by Dan McCue

The United States' trade deficit with China widened in April, despite Trump administration tariffs on thousands of Chinese goods, and even as the gap between the U.S. and other countries narrowed. Since taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump has... Read More

North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
State News
North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
2019-06-07 21:00:23
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's Republican-led House on Thursday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that would require doctors to try to preserve the life of an infant born alive during an attempted abortion. To override Cooper's veto... Read More

Montana Judge Rules Secretary of State Can't Override Governor's Veto of Bison Bill
Political News
Montana Judge Rules Secretary of State Can't Override Governor's Veto of Bison Bill
2019-06-07 20:54:17
by Dan McCue

A judge in Helena, Montana ruled this week that Montana's secretary of state does not have the authority to unilaterally override Governor Steve Bullock's veto of a controversial bill changing the definition of what constitutes a wild bison. In vetoing... Read More

Analysis: Why Alexa’s Bedside Manner Is Bad for Health Care
Health
Analysis: Why Alexa’s Bedside Manner Is Bad for Health Care

Amazon has opened a new health care frontier: Now Alexa can be used to transmit patient data. Using this new feature — which Amazon labeled as a “skill” — a company named Livongo will allow diabetes patients — which it... Read More

‘Poisonous Thorns’: The Times Abraham Lincoln Got Mad — Like, Really Mad — at the Chicago Tribune
Media
‘Poisonous Thorns’: The Times Abraham Lincoln Got Mad — Like, Really Mad — at the Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Abraham Lincoln was mad. Really mad. “How, in God’s name, do you let such paragraphs into the Tribune?” he furiously scribbled in Springfield on June 27, 1858, firing off a gruff note to Charles H. Ray, the editor-in-chief... Read More

Robin Hood to Rescue of Rural Hospitals? New Math Promised on Medicare Payments
Health
Robin Hood to Rescue of Rural Hospitals? New Math Promised on Medicare Payments

As rural hospital closures roil the country, some states are banking on a Trump administration proposal to change the way hospital payments are calculated to rescue them. The goal of the proposal, unveiled by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read More

Reusable Bags, Paper Straws, Cardboard Containers: Jamaica Boldly Moves to Save Paradise
Environment
Reusable Bags, Paper Straws, Cardboard Containers: Jamaica Boldly Moves to Save Paradise

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Frozen rum cocktails are now sipped through paper straws. Supermarket groceries are packed in reusable bags. And restaurant take-out is carried out in cardboard containers. As a January countrywide ban on the importation, manufacturing and distribution of... Read More

Cannabis Banking Bill May Falter Again Despite State Support
Economy
Cannabis Banking Bill May Falter Again Despite State Support

WASHINGTON — Many state leaders are hoping the fourth time’s the charm for a federal bill that would protect banks from being penalized for serving licensed cannabis businesses. Many banks are reluctant to work with marijuana businesses or people in... Read More

Automakers Say Trump’s Plan to Weaken Emission Standards Risks Crippling Industry
Economy
Automakers Say Trump’s Plan to Weaken Emission Standards Risks Crippling Industry

WASHINGTON — Some of the world’s largest car manufacturers have delivered a unified message to President Donald Trump: Go back to the negotiating table on vehicle emission standards or risk crippling their industry. Seventeen major automakers, including General Motors, Ford,... Read More

FCC Gives Telephone Companies More Authority to Block Robocalls
Telecom
FCC Gives Telephone Companies More Authority to Block Robocalls

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to authorize phone carriers to automatically recognize and block robocalls, a move that could spare Americans from billions of unwanted telemarketing and scam calls each year. Under the order, which passed... Read More

House Democrats Don’t Have a Majority for Impeachment, But Support Is Growing
Congress
House Democrats Don’t Have a Majority for Impeachment, But Support Is Growing

WASHINGTON — When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke last weekend at the California state Democratic Party convention, she was greeted with cries of “Impeach! Impeach!” from the crowd. The reality, however, is far different: Among House Democrats, a majority do... Read More

New York Offers Up Trump’s State Tax Returns — But One Lawmaker Stands in the Way
In The News
New York Offers Up Trump’s State Tax Returns — But One Lawmaker Stands in the Way

WASHINGTON — House Democrats clamoring for Donald Trump’s tax information have eagerly awaited a newly passed New York law allowing limited access to the president’s state returns. They’re about to be sorely disappointed. House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal... Read More

Contempt Charge Against Barr, McGahn Refined as House Set to Act
Congress
Contempt Charge Against Barr, McGahn Refined as House Set to Act

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are moving ahead with a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn for defying subpoenas, and they’re adding a shortcut for future legal confrontations with the Trump... Read More

Christine Lagarde Warns ... 'Nobody Wins a Trade War and Everybody Suffers'
IMF
Christine Lagarde Warns ... 'Nobody Wins a Trade War and Everybody Suffers'
2019-06-07 00:19:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite uncertainties on several fronts, including a nasty trade dispute with China, escalating tariff threats, and The federal government’s penchant for taking on enormous debt and all the risks that come with it, the U.S. economy should remain... Read More

Analysis: The 8 Senate Races Likely to Determine Control of the Chamber
2020 Elections
Analysis: The 8 Senate Races Likely to Determine Control of the Chamber

WASHINGTON — The fight for the Senate starts off with only a handful of seats at risk. And that’s being generous. A few other states are worth your attention because of their competitiveness or questions about President Donald Trump’s influence,... Read More

D-Day Still Calls to Them, 75 Years Later
Featured
D-Day Still Calls to Them, 75 Years Later

SAN DIEGO — They’re invading Normandy again, 75 years after D-Day. So much has changed. One thing hasn’t. It’s always been about their buddies. When they parachuted in the dark out of airplanes or splashed into the surf down the... Read More

HR 1 Provides Freshman House Democrats a McConnell 101 Lesson
Congress
HR 1 Provides Freshman House Democrats a McConnell 101 Lesson

WASHINGTON — While it is not quite an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, the metaphor is close enough: Freshman House Democrats who roared into the majority in January with ambitious legislative plans are increasingly facing the reality of a... Read More

Trump Administration Proposes Easing Rules on Genetically Engineered Crops
Agriculture
Trump Administration Proposes Easing Rules on Genetically Engineered Crops

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration would exempt many new genetically engineered crops from regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a broad overhaul of biotechnology rules announced on Wednesday. The overhaul, which the department said would cut the cost... Read More

US, Mexican Officials Work on a Deal as Trump Faces Pressure Over Tariffs
Trade
US, Mexican Officials Work on a Deal as Trump Faces Pressure Over Tariffs

WASHINGTON — Faced with stiff opposition from political allies over a potentially costly trade war with a major partner, President Donald Trump on Wednesday again threatened to impose escalating tariffs on Mexico, but also hinted at a possible route to... Read More

Biden Puts Texas in Play, Pulling Ahead of Trump in New Poll
2020 Elections
Biden Puts Texas in Play, Pulling Ahead of Trump in New Poll

WASHINGTON — A new Texas poll shows President Donald Trump losing 48% to 44% to former Vice President Joe Biden. The Quinnipiac University Poll, released Wednesday afternoon, shows Trump edging past other Democratic contenders, including Texans Beto O’Rourke and Julian... Read More

World Bank Downgrades Forecast for Global Economy
2020 Elections
World Bank Downgrades Forecast for Global Economy
2019-06-06 00:01:15
by Dan McCue

The global economy has slowed to its lowest pace in three years, the World Bank said Tuesday, attributing the sluggishness to trade disputes, a slowdown in international investment and unexpectedly soft growth in Europe and other large economies. As a... Read More

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