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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

Should ‘Dreamers’ With DUIs Get the Same Break as a Member of Congress?
Immigration
Should ‘Dreamers’ With DUIs Get the Same Break as a Member of Congress?

WASHINGTON — Democrats say immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, commonly called “Dreamers,” and were caught driving drunk long ago should be shown the same consideration as members of Congress with a similar record. The House will consider... Read More

White House Claims Without Proof That FBI Has ‘Outrageous’ Corruption Barr Will Uncover
White House
White House Claims Without Proof That FBI Has ‘Outrageous’ Corruption Barr Will Uncover

WASHINGTON — The White House on Sunday brushed aside congressional Democrats’ concerns about Atty. Gen. William Barr being handed extraordinary powers to declassify sensitive intelligence as part of a probe into the origins of the investigation into Russian efforts to... Read More

Xi Seeks Global Tech Cooperation After US Blocks Huawei
Technology
Xi Seeks Global Tech Cooperation After US Blocks Huawei

HONG KONG — Countries should cooperate in developing the internet, big data and artificial intelligence, China President Xi Jinping said in a letter to the China International Big Data Industry Expo that started Sunday in the southwestern city of Guiyang,... Read More

Abortion Debate Sparks Women’s Activism and Jumps to the Head of 2020 Campaign Agenda
2020 Elections
Abortion Debate Sparks Women’s Activism and Jumps to the Head of 2020 Campaign Agenda

WASHINGTON — After Alabama’s governor signed a near-total ban on abortion into law last week, a surge of women interested in running for office contacted EMILY’s List, a political group that supports abortion rights. The Virginia Democratic Party saw a... Read More

Trump, in Japan, Sides With Kim Jong Un in War of Insults With Joe Biden
Foreign Affairs
Trump, in Japan, Sides With Kim Jong Un in War of Insults With Joe Biden

TOKYO — President Donald Trump spent his first morning in Japan on Sunday stoking new controversies, as he sided with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a war of words with former Vice President Joe Biden and appeared to... Read More

New Plan Would Fight Invasive Asian Carp With Air Bubbles, Electric Shocks, Noise
Environment
New Plan Would Fight Invasive Asian Carp With Air Bubbles, Electric Shocks, Noise

WASHINGTON — The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a $778 million plan to stop the spread of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes with air bubbles, electric shocks and noise, sending it to Congress... Read More

China Digs in for a Struggle Bigger Than the Trade War
China
China Digs in for a Struggle Bigger Than the Trade War

BEIJING — The 10-minute segment that ran on Chinese state television this week showed cadet trainees of the People’s Liberation Army scrambling over towering walls, dragging enormous tires, crawling through mud and shouting motivational slogans as President Xi Jinping exhorted... Read More

Neighbors Suing Over Pig Fumes Spur ‘Right-to-Farm’ Push
Agriculture
Neighbors Suing Over Pig Fumes Spur ‘Right-to-Farm’ Push

WASHINGTON — Agriculture interests this year have successfully lobbied for a host of new state laws to protect farms from litigation over foul smells, loud noises and declining water quality. The push comes after years of nuisance lawsuits the agriculture... Read More

ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban
Civil Rights
ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban
2019-05-24 20:40:26
by Dan McCue

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The... Read More

Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
Congress
Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
2019-05-24 20:23:45
by Sean Trambley

In a stunning move Friday, a solitary House Republican from the Freedom Caucus blocked the passage of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package providing aid to Americans hit by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes, including $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico. The... Read More

Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
Geopolitics
Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
2019-05-24 19:01:35
by HJ Mai

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led to growing concerns over a potential military conflict. The Trump administration this month deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, bombers... Read More

Remains of Last Known Ship to Carry Slaves to US Found Near Mobile Bay
In The News
Remains of Last Known Ship to Carry Slaves to US Found Near Mobile Bay
2019-05-24 18:48:00
by Dan McCue

The remains of the schooner Clotilda, the last known vessel to carry enslaved African captives to the United States has been found near the mouth of a river that empties into Mobile Bay in Alabama. Search Inc., a Florida-based archaeology... Read More

Old Freezer in Warehouse Reveals Terrifying Secret: Body of Woman Missing Nearly 6 Years
In The News
Old Freezer in Warehouse Reveals Terrifying Secret: Body of Woman Missing Nearly 6 Years

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — When Lilian Argueta opened a used upright freezer at her scrap business and saw a woman’s body inside, she was so frightened she began to scream. “It thought it was a witch, or a mannequin,” said... Read More

‘I Expect a Zombie to Walk Out.’ Life in Paradise, 6 Months After the Camp Fire
Featured
‘I Expect a Zombie to Walk Out.’ Life in Paradise, 6 Months After the Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. — Phil and Michelle John know they have it better than most. Their house was among the 11% in Paradise that survived the Camp fire, and they moved home in early April. Their street is largely intact, and... Read More

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