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‘In Shock by the Destruction’: Daylight Reveals Devastation of Tornado Near Lawrence
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‘In Shock by the Destruction’: Daylight Reveals Devastation of Tornado Near Lawrence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The morning after a massive rain-wrapped tornado tore through northeast Kansas, friends, co-workers and strangers banded together to help pick up the pieces. The daylight Wednesday morning revealed just how much devastation was done by the... Read More

Americans in Poll Reject Trump's Claim That China Pays Tariffs
Trade
Americans in Poll Reject Trump's Claim That China Pays Tariffs

Most Americans don’t think China is paying U.S. tariffs, contrary to what President Donald Trump says, a new survey shows. About 62% of U.S. adults surveyed said American consumers will bear more of the costs of duties than producers in... Read More

Iranians Set Up Fake Social Media Accounts to Influence 2018 Midterms, New Report Says
2018 Midterms
Iranians Set Up Fake Social Media Accounts to Influence 2018 Midterms, New Report Says

WASHINGTON — Iranians posing as Americans set up fake accounts on social media platforms between April 2018 and March 2019 and espoused policy views on both sides of the U.S. political spectrum, in a replay of the Russian playbook from... Read More

This Obscure 1973 Memo Kept Mueller From Considering a Trump Indictment
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This Obscure 1973 Memo Kept Mueller From Considering a Trump Indictment

WASHINGTON — The obscure government memorandum that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III says prevented him from pursuing criminal charges against President Donald Trump points at one avenue for dealing with a misbehaving president: impeachment. During his first public remarks... Read More

McConnell Tells Kentucky Audience He’d Confirm Supreme Court Justice in Election Year
Supreme Court
McConnell Tells Kentucky Audience He’d Confirm Supreme Court Justice in Election Year

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would allow a vote to fill a Supreme Court vacancy if a justice dies in 2020, he told the Paducah Chamber of Commerce. Three years ago, McConnell blocked a vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme... Read More

Baby Boomers Outnumbered by Younger Voters at Polls During 2018 Midterms
2018 Midterms
Baby Boomers Outnumbered by Younger Voters at Polls During 2018 Midterms
2019-05-29 20:51:22
by Dan McCue

Baby boomers were outnumbered by younger voters at the polls during the 2018 midterms, continuing a trend first documented in 2016, the Pew Research Center said on Wednesday. The study, based on newly available Census Bureau data, found that voters... Read More

DNC Tightens Requirements to Qualify for 2nd Round of Primary Debates
Political News
DNC Tightens Requirements to Qualify for 2nd Round of Primary Debates
2019-05-29 20:48:55
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee is imposing more stringent requirements for candidates to appear in the party's third presidential primary debate after close to 20 of the Democrat's 24 candidates qualified to appear in the first two debates. The new guidelines... Read More

Special Counsel Mueller Makes First Public Statement on Russia Probe
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Special Counsel Mueller Makes First Public Statement on Russia Probe
2019-05-29 20:35:53
by Dan McCue

Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement on the Trump-Russia investigation Wednesday, reiterating that if his investigators "had confidence the president had not committed a crime, we would have said so," but beyond that saying very little. Mueller... Read More

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis Could Stop Performing Abortions as Early as This Week
Missouri
Planned Parenthood in St. Louis Could Stop Performing Abortions as Early as This Week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s only abortion provider could stop performing the procedure as early as this week. Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region runs the state’s only abortion clinic, located in the Central West... Read More

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Claims Another Victim
National Security
Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Claims Another Victim

WASHINGTON — The latest head to roll in President Donald Trump’s continued purge of top Homeland Security officials is that of Lee Francis Cissna, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Trump asked for Cissna’s resignation, which he submitted... Read More

Rep. Ilhan Omar, With ‘Perspective of a Foreigner,’ Sets Ambitious Global Agenda
Foreign Affairs
Rep. Ilhan Omar, With ‘Perspective of a Foreigner,’ Sets Ambitious Global Agenda

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has aggressively pursued a foreign policy legacy in her first five months in office, drawing sharp blowback from the Trump administration as she seeks to be a prominent voice on world affairs. The Somali-born... Read More

Sharing Info on Potential Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children Stalled Border Funding
Immigration
Sharing Info on Potential Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children Stalled Border Funding

WASHINGTON — After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said May 16 that she hoped the emerging disaster aid supplemental would also carry funding to care for children and families pouring over the border in record numbers, it seemed like a fait... Read More

Illinois House Passes Sweeping Abortion Rights Bill After Emotional Floor Debate
Illinois
Illinois House Passes Sweeping Abortion Rights Bill After Emotional Floor Debate

CHICAGO — After a lengthy and emotional debate, the Illinois House passed a controversial abortion rights bill Tuesday that opponents characterized as extreme but supporters say is necessary to protect women as several states enact more restrictive laws. The bill... Read More

Cory Booker’s Message of Unity and Strength Is at the Core of His Presidential Campaign
2020 Elections
Cory Booker’s Message of Unity and Strength Is at the Core of His Presidential Campaign
2019-05-28 22:05:25
by TWN Staff

Candidate: Cory Booker State of Residence: New Jersey Campaign Website: https://corybooker.com [caption id="attachment_5293" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) addresses the crowd during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dome event on January 21, 2019 in Columbia,... Read More

Joe Biden Is the Clear Frontrunner, and the Top Target for Other Presidential Hopefuls
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Is the Clear Frontrunner, and the Top Target for Other Presidential Hopefuls
2019-05-28 21:55:08
by TWN Staff

Candidate: Joe Biden State of Residence: Delaware Campaign Website: https://joebiden.com [caption id="attachment_8150" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garrett visit a King Taco in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)[/caption]... Read More

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet’s Ambitious Presidential Campaign Focuses on Pragmatic Solutions for All Americans
2020 Elections
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet’s Ambitious Presidential Campaign Focuses on Pragmatic Solutions for All Americans
2019-05-28 21:50:39
by TWN Staff

Candidate: Michael Bennet State of Residence: Colorado Campaign Website: https://michaelbennet.com [caption id="attachment_7641" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) speaks during the North American Building Trades Unions Conference at the Washington Hilton April 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Many Democrat presidential... Read More

State Attorneys General Boost U.S. House Payday Lender Bill
U.S. House
State Attorneys General Boost U.S. House Payday Lender Bill
2019-05-28 21:35:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five state attorneys general are giving a boost to a bill introduced in Congress this month that seeks to rein in excessive interest rates on payday loans. The attorneys general filed a comment letter with the Consumer Financial... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Portion of Indiana Abortion Law on Fetal Remains
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Portion of Indiana Abortion Law on Fetal Remains
2019-05-28 21:31:19
by Dan McCue

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the portion of an Indiana law signed by Vice President Mike Pence during his tenure as governor that requires fetal remains from abortions be buried or cremated. The ruling partially reversed an earlier... Read More

House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality
House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
2019-05-28 21:27:58
by Dan McCue

Nearly 50 Democratic House members have signed a letter seeking the formation of a bipartisan working group to draft compromise legislation that would restore at least some form of net neutrality. The 47 signers of the letter to Speaker Nancy... Read More

Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House
Political News
Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House
2019-05-28 21:22:44
by Dan McCue

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19 billion disaster bill. Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had thought the... Read More

Georgia DAs Divided Over Prosecution of ‘Heartbeat’ Law
Georgia
Georgia DAs Divided Over Prosecution of ‘Heartbeat’ Law

ATLANTA — The anti-abortion “heartbeat” measure that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed has split prosecutors who are trying to decide whether they’d enforce stiff new restrictions that impose new penalties on those who violate the law. Some district attorneys... Read More

When an Engine Ripped Off a DC-10 at O’Hare It Killed 273 People, and Changed Air Travel Forever
Transportation
When an Engine Ripped Off a DC-10 at O’Hare It Killed 273 People, and Changed Air Travel Forever

CHICAGO — As 258 passengers filed on to American Airlines Flight 191 at O’Hare International Airport the Friday before Memorial Day in 1979, nothing suggested that they would never reach Los Angeles. They would have listened to the flight attendant... Read More

Billions at Stake as Trump’s Diversion of Border Resources Puts the Squeeze on Business
Trade
Billions at Stake as Trump’s Diversion of Border Resources Puts the Squeeze on Business

PHARR, Texas — Luis A. Bazan looks at his port of entry nestled up against the Mexican city of Reynosa and sees a maze of 18-wheelers mostly stuck, waiting and waiting before creeping along the highway that links north and... Read More

#LivingWhileBlack: New Laws Could Outlaw Racially Motivated 911 Calls
Michigan
#LivingWhileBlack: New Laws Could Outlaw Racially Motivated 911 Calls

The hashtag “Living While Black” went viral on social media in the last two years as videos proliferated of incidents around the nation in which white people called police on black people going about their everyday activities. The most well-publicized... Read More

Trump’s Still-Murky Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Already Meeting Stiff Opposition
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Still-Murky Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Already Meeting Stiff Opposition

WASHINGTON — After numerous false starts, the Trump administration is finally preparing to unveil its long-promised Mideast peace plan in coming weeks, and initial indications suggest it is aimed at pleasing Israel while offering financial incentives to the Palestinians but... Read More

Trump Pushes Off War Talk on Iran, Says ‘Regime Change’ Is Not US Goal
White House
Trump Pushes Off War Talk on Iran, Says ‘Regime Change’ Is Not US Goal

TOKYO — The U.S. is “not looking for regime change” in Iran, President Donald Trump said Monday, distancing himself from the more bellicose views of some of his advisers amid a period of rising tensions. In recent weeks, the administration... Read More

Illinois Voters to Decide Whether to OK Graduated Income Tax Plan
Taxes
Illinois Voters to Decide Whether to OK Graduated Income Tax Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In a historic vote, the Illinois House on Monday agreed to ask voters to change the 1970 state constitution by authorizing a graduated-rate tax based on the size of income and repealing the currently mandated flat-rate income... Read More

Texas Secretary of State Resigns After Error-Filled Voting Probe
Voting
Texas Secretary of State Resigns After Error-Filled Voting Probe

AUSTIN, Texas — Shortly before the Texas Senate’s closing gavel ended his term as secretary of state, David Whitley delivered his letter of resignation, “effective immediately,” to Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday afternoon. Whitley needed Senate confirmation by the end... Read More

Populist Attack on EU Falls Short Despite Gains in France, Italy
Elections
Populist Attack on EU Falls Short Despite Gains in France, Italy

BRUSSELS — Mainstream European Union parties held their ground against the assault from populists in elections for the bloc’s Parliament as the highest turnout in two decades looked set to reward pro-EU Liberals and Greens. As polls closed, the parties... Read More

Political Leaders Seek NSA Briefings After Report That Agency’s Tool Was Used in Baltimore Ransomware Attack
Cybersecurity
Political Leaders Seek NSA Briefings After Report That Agency’s Tool Was Used in Baltimore Ransomware Attack

BALTIMORE — Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger are seeking briefings from the National Security Agency after a report that a spying tool developed by the agency and then leaked online was used to spread the ransomware... Read More

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