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Trump Threatens to Cut Millions From Fire Departments in California After Deadly Wildfires
Agriculture
Trump Threatens to Cut Millions From Fire Departments in California After Deadly Wildfires

WASHINGTON — Officials in California are crying foul over a Trump administration plan to slash firefighting assistance payments to the state, which could amount to millions of dollars in lost income for fire departments. The U.S. Forest Service, in turn,... Read More

‘We Will Take Our Chances’: Neither Risks Nor Trump-Imposed Roadblocks Deter Migrants
Immigration
‘We Will Take Our Chances’: Neither Risks Nor Trump-Imposed Roadblocks Deter Migrants

SONOYTA, Mexico — Marvin Daniel Flores doesn’t pay attention to the news blaring from a radio at a makeshift immigrant camp on the outskirts of this Mexican desert town near the Arizona border. It doesn’t matter to him. It took... Read More

This Memorial Day, Veterans Take on Another Threat: Rising Cancer Deaths in the Ranks
Veterans
This Memorial Day, Veterans Take on Another Threat: Rising Cancer Deaths in the Ranks

WASHINGTON — On Memorial Day 2013, Coleen Bowman was a new widow. Her husband had died four months earlier and she wanted support to face that first military holiday of remembrance. So she registered for TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program... Read More

Theresa May to Step Down As UK Prime Minister, Eyes June 7 Departure
United Kingdom
Theresa May to Step Down As UK Prime Minister, Eyes June 7 Departure
2019-05-24 15:33:50
by Dan McCue

Theresa May announced Friday morning that she will step down as the United Kingdom's Conservative Party leader June 7, conceding defeat in her years-long attempt to take Britain out of the European Union. May's voice cracked as she made a... Read More

FAA Will Move First to Approve the Boeing 737 Max to Fly Again, Possibly Within Weeks
Transportation
FAA Will Move First to Approve the Boeing 737 Max to Fly Again, Possibly Within Weeks

FORT WORTH, Texas — During a break from an international gathering of air safety regulators from around the world, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made clear Thursday that his agency will move first to lift the order... Read More

NOAA’s Official Forecast Calls for 4 to 8 Atlantic Hurricanes This Season
Climate
NOAA’s Official Forecast Calls for 4 to 8 Atlantic Hurricanes This Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A federal hurricane forecast issued Thursday calls for a near-normal season this year, with four to eight hurricanes and up to 15 storms powerful enough to be given names. The forecast represents a potential decrease from... Read More

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Faces 17 More Charges in New US Indictment
In The News
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Faces 17 More Charges in New US Indictment

WASHINGTON — Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks and a thorn in the side of intelligence agencies, faces 17 additional U.S. criminal charges under the Espionage Act, according to an indictment released Thursday, a step that First Amendment advocates warned... Read More

Congress Reaches Deal on Disaster Aid; Trump’s Border Request Omitted
Congress
Congress Reaches Deal on Disaster Aid; Trump’s Border Request Omitted

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders reached agreement Thursday on a $19.1 billion package to help states recover from natural disasters, including the California wildfires. The deal came after the White House agreed to give up on its demand for $4.5 billion... Read More

Pentagon Asks for Several Thousand More Troops to Be Sent to Mideast as Iran Tensions Grow
Pentagon
Pentagon Asks for Several Thousand More Troops to Be Sent to Mideast as Iran Tensions Grow

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has asked the White House to send several thousand more troops, Patriot anti-missile batteries and warplanes to the Middle East to boost U.S. defenses against Iranian threats, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, in a sign of... Read More

Acting Defense Secretary Restricts Information Military Can Share With Congress
Political News
Acting Defense Secretary Restricts Information Military Can Share With Congress
2019-05-24 01:48:18
by Dan McCue

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has imposed new restrictions on the information the Pentagon can share with Congress about the United States' military operations. The order, first reported by the Washington Post, came in the form of a May 8... Read More

NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
Science
NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
2019-05-24 01:45:16
by Dan McCue

NASA launched the final stage of its four-year program to create a national traffic management system for drones this week, a move that brings home delivery of packages, medical supplies and even pizza by small unmanned aircraft one step closer... Read More

Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition
Health
Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition
2019-05-24 01:42:27
by Dan McCue

A bipartisan coalition of House members on Thursday released their outline of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation intended to protect patients from unfair and expensive surprise medical bills. “For too many middle-class families, receiving an unexpected... Read More

North Carolina Governor Orders Paid Parental Leave for State Employees
State News
North Carolina Governor Orders Paid Parental Leave for State Employees
2019-05-24 01:39:15
by Dan McCue

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday permitting full-time state government employees to take up to eight weeks off after adopting or having a child. Executive Order 95 also provides 4 weeks of paid parental leave to... Read More

As Summer Beckons, New Study Finds Beer Adds Cool $328 Billion to U.S. Economy
Economy
As Summer Beckons, New Study Finds Beer Adds Cool $328 Billion to U.S. Economy
2019-05-24 01:36:22
by Dan McCue

Beer produced in America contributes $328 billion to the national economy annually, while helping to employ 2.1 million in industries ranging from farming to construction, according to a new study from the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.... Read More

DNCC and Milwaukee Host Committee Announce New Hires for Convention
2020 Elections
DNCC and Milwaukee Host Committee Announce New Hires for Convention
2019-05-23 16:45:43
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday announced a series of new hires to handle preparations for the party's 2020 presidential nomination convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The convention itself is being held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee July 13-16. Debra... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Technology Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
Technology
New Democrat Coalition Releases Technology Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
2019-05-23 16:40:32
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force announced its goals for the 116th Congress, saying it will place an emphasis on fostering innovation while improving the nation's technological infrastructure and updating privacy protections. “Technology is changing the world and enhancing... Read More

Americans May Vote in 2020 Using Old, Unsecured Machines
Voting
Americans May Vote in 2020 Using Old, Unsecured Machines

WASHINGTON — The first primary in the 2020 presidential race is a little more than 250 days away, but lawmakers and experts worry that elections will be held on voting machines that are woefully outdated and that any tampering by... Read More

Schiff Strikes Deal to See Mueller’s Counterintelligence Work
Congress
Schiff Strikes Deal to See Mueller’s Counterintelligence Work

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has agreed to begin turning over some counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials uncovered in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to House lawmakers, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said. Schiff said in a statement Wednesday that... Read More

Pentagon to Brief White House on 5,000-Troop Option for Mideast
Pentagon
Pentagon to Brief White House on 5,000-Troop Option for Mideast

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is planning to brief the White House on options to deploy as many as 5,000 American troops to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, who was... Read More

Senior Military Officers Rebel Against Trump Plan to Pardon Troops Accused of War Crimes
White House
Senior Military Officers Rebel Against Trump Plan to Pardon Troops Accused of War Crimes

WASHINGTON — Current and former military officers urged the White House not to pardon service members and security contractors implicated in war crimes, warning that forgiving their offenses would send a dangerous signal to U.S. troops and potential adversaries. Aides... Read More

Judge Rejects Trump’s Effort to Block Subpoenas for Bank Records
Law
Judge Rejects Trump’s Effort to Block Subpoenas for Bank Records

NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York rejected President Donald Trump’s request to keep his banks from producing financial records to lawmakers. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, ruling from the bench on Wednesday, said that while the president,... Read More

Majority of Voters Support A Woman’s Right to Choose, National Poll Finds
Civil Rights
Majority of Voters Support A Woman’s Right to Choose, National Poll Finds
2019-05-22 19:17:10
by Dan McCue

A majority of American voters believe the U.S. Supreme Court was right in 1973 when it ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have a constitutionally-protected right to have an abortion, and most also believe the current generation of justices... Read More

Trump Walks Out on Democrats, Blasts 'Phony' Inquiries In Rose Garden
Political News
Trump Walks Out on Democrats, Blasts 'Phony' Inquiries In Rose Garden
2019-05-22 19:13:11
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump stormed out of a meeting with congressional Democrats Wednesday, and berated them to reporters gathered in the Rose Garden after learning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had earlier said he'd engaged in a "cover up." Speaking behind... Read More

Republican Keller Wins U.S. House Election in Pennsylvania
Elections
Republican Keller Wins U.S. House Election in Pennsylvania
2019-05-22 14:54:16
by Dan McCue

Fred Keller, a Republican state representative backed by President Donald Trump, defeated Marc Friedenberg, a Democrat and professor at Penn State University, in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. According to a vote... Read More

Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding
Veterans
Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding
2019-05-22 14:50:59
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs medical facilities at risk on a regular basis. The bill the representatives filed Tuesday, called the VA Community Infrastructure Act,... Read More

Nadler Prepares Contempt Vote for McGahn — but What Are the Consequences?
Congress
Nadler Prepares Contempt Vote for McGahn — but What Are the Consequences?

WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is preparing a committee vote to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress, the second Trump official to get such treatment for defying one of Nadler’s subpoenas to testify... Read More

‘How Are You Going to Pay for It?’ — 2020 Candidates Wrestle With Their Costly Plans
2020 Elections
‘How Are You Going to Pay for It?’ — 2020 Candidates Wrestle With Their Costly Plans

They keep piling up, sometimes trillions of dollars at a time. The competition among 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls to be bold in confronting vexing social and economic challenges has created a mountain of policy promises. The rising price tag has... Read More

Marijuana Legalization Goes Mainstream With Forum in Capitol Complex
Marijuana
Marijuana Legalization Goes Mainstream With Forum in Capitol Complex

WASHINGTON — Cannabis industry investors, business owners and legalization advocates had met before to discuss the legal and regulatory headaches of operating in a world that is licensed and regulated by states but is illegal under federal law. But what... Read More

Mueller Shuns Public Hearing as Talks Stall With House Democrats
Congress
Mueller Shuns Public Hearing as Talks Stall With House Democrats

WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller is balking at testifying publicly before Congress, pushing for a closed-door appearance in negotiations with House Democrats, according to three people familiar with the special counsel’s position. Mueller has told the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee that... Read More

Trump Tells Democrats to Pass NAFTA Replacement Before Infrastructure
Trade
Trump Tells Democrats to Pass NAFTA Replacement Before Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told Democratic congressional leaders on the eve of a White House meeting to discuss restoring the nation’s infrastructure that he first wanted them to pass his replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement. “Before... Read More

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