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House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support
Immigration
House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support
2019-06-05 21:16:53
by Dan McCue

The Democrat-led House passed legislation Tuesday that would create a path to citizenship for about 2.5 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The bill, which passed by a vote of 237-187, with seven Republicans voting in... Read More

Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights
Michigan
Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan lawmakers kicked off LGBTQ Pride Month on Tuesday by announcing legislation to amend Michigan’s civil rights law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity. Lawmakers and supportive groups say... Read More

Biden and Warren Propose Ambitious Plans on Climate Change, Reflecting Democratic Urgency
2020 Elections
Biden and Warren Propose Ambitious Plans on Climate Change, Reflecting Democratic Urgency

WASHINGTON — If Joe Biden had been inclined to take a middle-of-the-road approach toward climate change, he’s abandoned it, judging by the proposal he unveiled Tuesday — an aggressive $1.7-trillion, 10-year plan to combat warming that goes considerably further than... Read More

Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate
Georgia
Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate

WASHINGTON — The sponsor of Georgia’s so-called heartbeat law is launching a congressional bid this week, which is likely to keep the abortion debate alive in a crucial state for both parties up and down the ballot in 2020. State... Read More

Retirement Bill Remains Stalled Amid Republican Holds in Senate
Congress
Retirement Bill Remains Stalled Amid Republican Holds in Senate

WASHINGTON — A handful of Republican senators are holding up what could be the biggest retirement savings bill in more than a decade. After sailing through the House on a 417-3 vote May 23 before the weeklong Memorial Day recess,... Read More

Hoyer and House Appropriators Back Potential Pay Raise for Congress
Congress
Hoyer and House Appropriators Back Potential Pay Raise for Congress

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are making moves to lift the pay freeze that lawmakers have been living under since 2010. But the top Senate appropriator is not on board. House appropriators released their Financial Services fiscal 2020 spending bill this... Read More

Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence
State News
Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence
2019-06-04 21:01:58
by Dan McCue

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called lawmakers back to the state Capitol Tuesday to address the issue of gun violence in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach. “No one should go to work, to school, or to... Read More

After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package
Congress
After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package
2019-06-04 21:00:07
by Sean Trambley

On Tuesday, the House passed a much-needed disaster aid bill that was blocked by three Republican congressmen leading to a two week delay for the $19.1 billion relief package to Puerto Rico, Texas, California, and other states. Following the bill’s... Read More

Fed Chairman Hints That Rate Cuts May Be Needed Due to Trade Disputes
Federal Reserve
Fed Chairman Hints That Rate Cuts May Be Needed Due to Trade Disputes
2019-06-04 20:05:30
by Dan McCue

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinted on Tuesday that the central bank is prepared to cut interest rates later this year if it decides President Donald Trump's many trade conflicts are harming the U.S. economy. "We are closely monitoring the... Read More

Supreme Court to Wade Into Piracy's Murky Waters With Blackbeard Copyright Case
Law
Supreme Court to Wade Into Piracy's Murky Waters With Blackbeard Copyright Case
2019-06-04 19:56:06
by Dan McCue

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal involving both the 18th century pirate Blackbeard and the question of whether a state can be sued for using another's copyrighted work without permission. At the center of the case are... Read More

Q&A: A Primer for Those Navigating China’s Internet Version and the One Used Abroad
China
Q&A: A Primer for Those Navigating China’s Internet Version and the One Used Abroad

BEIJING — The Chinese-controlled internet is already a world apart from that used by the rest of the globe, split by censorship that blocks users in China from accessing many of the apps and websites used daily in the U.S.... Read More

Veterans Are Being Denied This GI Bill Benefit If They Work in Cannabis
Veterans
Veterans Are Being Denied This GI Bill Benefit If They Work in Cannabis

WASHINGTON — For 75 years, veterans purchasing a home have been able to count on help with their home loans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — home loans backed by the VA are one of the core benefits... Read More

Nation’s Most Ambitious Project to Clean Up Nuclear Weapons Waste Has Stalled
Environment
Nation’s Most Ambitious Project to Clean Up Nuclear Weapons Waste Has Stalled

The Energy Department’s most environmentally important and technically ambitious project to clean up Cold War nuclear weapons waste has stalled, putting at jeopardy an already long-delayed effort to protect the Columbia River in central Washington. In a terse letter last... Read More

The Vote-by-Phone Tech Trend Is Scaring the Life Out of Security Experts
Voting
The Vote-by-Phone Tech Trend Is Scaring the Life Out of Security Experts

WASHINGTON — With their playbook for pushing government boundaries as a guide, some Silicon Valley investors are nudging election officials toward an innovation that prominent coders and cryptographers warn is downright dangerous for democracy. Voting by phone could be coming... Read More

House Finally Sends $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package to Trump’s Desk
Congress
House Finally Sends $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package to Trump’s Desk

WASHINGTON — The House sent a $19.1 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump’s desk Monday, more than a week after the first of three Republican holdouts objected to passing the legislation by unanimous consent. The bill, which was... Read More

It’s Not Just the Citizenship Question. 2020 Census Faces Other Woes
Featured
It’s Not Just the Citizenship Question. 2020 Census Faces Other Woes

WASHINGTON — A project meant to be a decade in preparation, the 2020 census, still faces a number of uncertainties, which experts warn could lead to an inaccurate count with potentially large impacts on federal spending and congressional maps. Though... Read More

Judge Tosses House Lawsuit Over Border Wall Spending
Law
Judge Tosses House Lawsuit Over Border Wall Spending

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington on Monday threw out the House’s lawsuit against the Trump administration over funds to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the courts were not the place to settle this dispute over... Read More

House Panel Plans Mueller Report Hearings, Starting With John Dean
Congress
House Panel Plans Mueller Report Hearings, Starting With John Dean

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee is planning a series of hearings on Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, starting with an appearance by Nixon White House counsel John Dean on June 10. “Russia attacked our... Read More

30 Years Ago a Chinese Tank Column Stopped for ‘Tank Man’; Others Not so Lucky
China
30 Years Ago a Chinese Tank Column Stopped for ‘Tank Man’; Others Not so Lucky

BEIJING — Everyone remembers China’s “Tank Man,” who stood with bags in his hands, blocking a line of tanks withdrawing from Tiananmen Square a day after the fatal June 4, 1989, military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. Thirty years later, Fang... Read More

Gunman Emailed Resignation Hours Before Killing 12 People in Virginia Beach’s Deadliest Shooting
In The News
Gunman Emailed Resignation Hours Before Killing 12 People in Virginia Beach’s Deadliest Shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Before gunning down 12 of his co-workers in a Virginia Beach city building on Friday, a longtime public utilities engineer had emailed his resignation to superiors, giving two weeks’ notice just hours before the tragedy unfolded,... Read More

U.S.-China Tensions Dominate Gathering of Asian Defense Leaders
Foreign Affairs
U.S.-China Tensions Dominate Gathering of Asian Defense Leaders

SINGAPORE — China’s defense minister on Sunday rejected U.S. allegations of aggressive behavior in Asia and vowed Beijing would take military action to defend its claims over Taiwan and the contested South China Sea. Wei Fenghe defended China’s construction of... Read More

Pentagon Chief Sees No Need to Probe USS John McCain Incident
Pentagon
Pentagon Chief Sees No Need to Probe USS John McCain Incident

SINGAPORE — The Pentagon doesn’t need to investigate a White House directive for the U.S. Navy to move the warship USS John S. McCain from view before President Donald Trump’s recent trip to Japan, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said... Read More

Trump ‘Deadly Serious’ About Tariffs on Mexico, Aide Says
Trade
Trump ‘Deadly Serious’ About Tariffs on Mexico, Aide Says

WASHINGTON — A top White House aide said Sunday that President Trump is “absolutely, deadly serious” about imposing a 5% tariff on Mexican goods next week in a bid to stop migrants from reaching America’s southern border, brushing aside Wall... Read More

Pompeo Says U.S. Ready to Talk to Iran Without Preconditions
Iran
Pompeo Says U.S. Ready to Talk to Iran Without Preconditions

DUBAI — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration would be ready to negotiate with Iran without preconditions, even as an American fighter bomber and aircraft carrier practiced strike operations in the Arabian Sea. Iran sent similarly... Read More

2020 Democrats Rally Around ‘Impeach Trump’ in Split With Pelosi
2020 Elections
2020 Democrats Rally Around ‘Impeach Trump’ in Split With Pelosi

SAN FRANCISCO — Numerous Democrats running for president are turning impeachment of President Donald Trump into a campaign focal point, pressuring party leaders who are trying to throttle back expectations that Democratic House will act quickly. The 2020 contenders and... Read More

Woodward Says Pentagon Gripped By 'High Anxiety' Over Trump
2020 Elections
Woodward Says Pentagon Gripped By 'High Anxiety' Over Trump
2019-05-31 20:26:34
by Dan McCue

Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward says there's a sense at the Pentagon that the military is the last institution in America that is working, and a real concern among members of the Joint Chiefs about what President Donald Trump... Read More

Public Housing Authorities Reel as HUD Singles Out Immigrants
Housing
Public Housing Authorities Reel as HUD Singles Out Immigrants

WASHINGTON — Public housing authorities say they were blindsided by a proposed federal rule banning many immigrants from receiving housing assistance — and, they said, they will fight to keep it from being implemented, even if that means ending up... Read More

Unions, States Confront Trump Administration Home Care Worker Rule
Health
Unions, States Confront Trump Administration Home Care Worker Rule

WASHINGTON — Public-sector unions, struck last year by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended their ability to charge non-members fees, suffered another blow this month when the Trump administration blocked hundreds of thousands of Medicaid-funded home health aides from... Read More

Federal Money Hasn’t Reached Disaster Victims
Puerto Rico
Federal Money Hasn’t Reached Disaster Victims

WASHINGTON — It’s been more than a year and a half since Hurricane Maria laid waste to Puerto Rico in September 2017, killing roughly 3,000 people and causing an estimated $90 billion in damages. But federal money for any long-term... Read More

Tariffs Pressure Chinese Factories to Upgrade or Move, Not to the US but to a ‘Second China’
Trade
Tariffs Pressure Chinese Factories to Upgrade or Move, Not to the US but to a ‘Second China’

GUANGZHOU, China — Christopher Devereux believes anything can be “made in China.” In 2003, he came to Guangzhou to open ChinaSavvy, a British-owned firm that connects Western companies with Chinese factories to produce metal and plastic goods. For 16 years,... Read More

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