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Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
National Security
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

Sources: Swagel to Replace Hall as CBO Director
Federal Budget
Sources: Swagel to Replace Hall as CBO Director

WASHINGTON — Senate and House budget leaders have chosen Phillip L. Swagel, a University of Maryland economist and former Treasury official in the George W. Bush administration, as the next director of the Congressional Budget Office, according to several sources... Read More

Donald Trump Jr. to Testify After Reaching Deal With Senate Committee
Congress
Donald Trump Jr. to Testify After Reaching Deal With Senate Committee

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to give limited additional closed-door testimony in June in a deal with the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to three people familiar with the arrangement, which headed off an increasingly bitter dispute that divided... Read More

Pompeo Meets Putin Amid Sharp Differences, Agreement on Better Ties
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Meets Putin Amid Sharp Differences, Agreement on Better Ties

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United States’ top diplomat Tuesday that he was eager to repair relations between their two countries despite sharp differences over the escalating crisis in Iran. Putin spoke alongside Secretary of State Michael... Read More

Trump Tests Patience of Political Allies in His Approach to Trade and Tariffs
Trade
Trump Tests Patience of Political Allies in His Approach to Trade and Tariffs

WASHINGTON — With a growing economy at his back and little resistance from Republicans, President Donald Trump has been free to impose tariffs on America’s trading partners with few political repercussions. Yet his protectionist approach — particularly his heavy-handed tactics... Read More

Dan Bishop Wins N.C. District 9 Congress GOP Primary
North Carolina
Dan Bishop Wins N.C. District 9 Congress GOP Primary

RALEIGH, N.C. — State Sen. Dan Bishop won in Tuesday’s 9th District Republican primary, three months after North Carolina officials took the unprecedented step of throwing out an election marred by fraud allegations. Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready in... Read More

Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
Urban
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
2019-05-14 23:07:35
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial... Read More

New Poll Finds GOP Voters in New Hampshire Sticking With Trump
In The News
New Poll Finds GOP Voters in New Hampshire Sticking With Trump
2019-05-14 23:02:58
by Dan McCue

Seventy percent of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire plan to back President Donald Trump in the state's 2020 primary regardless of who might be challenging him by then, a new Monmouth University poll revealed. The poll, which was released... Read More

Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies
Federal Budget
Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies
2019-05-14 21:32:27
by Dan McCue

Alice Rivlin, the economist and centrist Democrat who as the first director of the Congressional Budget Office taught lawmakers to be more conscious of the cost of new legislation, has died after a battle with cancer. The Brookings Institution, where... Read More

Florida Is Key to Trump’s Campaign Strategy — Again
2020 Elections
Florida Is Key to Trump’s Campaign Strategy — Again

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Democrats hoped to score major wins in Florida in 2018, with an influx of new voters from Puerto Rico fuming over President Donald Trump’s tepid response to a ravaging hurricane and a diverse Latino population... Read More

California’s Tightened Rules Pay Off Against Measles
Health
California’s Tightened Rules Pay Off Against Measles

LOS ANGELES — Four years ago, a public health nightmare unfolded in California: A person with measles visited Disneyland during the holiday season, likely exposing thousands to the highly contagious disease. Over the next few weeks, more than 145 people... Read More

Wary of ‘Medicare for All,’ Democrats Seek Easier Paths to Universal Coverage
Health
Wary of ‘Medicare for All,’ Democrats Seek Easier Paths to Universal Coverage

WASHINGTON — Wary of the political risks and practical difficulties of “Medicare for All” proposals that would move every American into a government health plan, Democrats increasingly are embracing more modest plans to use Medicare to expand insurance coverage. This... Read More

Trump Wants to Update Poverty Thresholds. It Could Affect Food Stamps and Medicaid Benefits
In The News
Trump Wants to Update Poverty Thresholds. It Could Affect Food Stamps and Medicaid Benefits

WASHINGTON — The White House Budget Office is considering its first update to inflation adjustment guidelines for poverty thresholds since 1978, with potential consequences for benefit programs serving low-income households. The initiative is part of a re-evaluation of six inflation... Read More

Jared Kushner Wades Into the Immigration Debate, With Little to Show So Far
Immigration
Jared Kushner Wades Into the Immigration Debate, With Little to Show So Far

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner’s plan to reform the U.S. immigration system by increasing money for border security and giving more visas for certain foreign workers while reducing family reunification has a little something for everyone — to hate. Even before... Read More

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal
In The News
Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in a Boston courtroom Monday to a fraud conspiracy charge for her role in a brazen test-fixing and bribery scheme that has sent the once-beloved actress’ reputation and career prospects tumbling. Huffman, 56, has admitted to... Read More

California on Track to Lose at Least One Congressional Seat After 2020 Census
Elections
California on Track to Lose at Least One Congressional Seat After 2020 Census

WASHINGTON — California’s population is growing more slowly than expected, making it increasingly likely it will lose at least one congressional seat in 2020 — and maybe more. “Right now, the current numbers that are coming in look very much... Read More

Escalating US-China Trade War Roils Markets as Trump Promises Aid to Farmers
Trade
Escalating US-China Trade War Roils Markets as Trump Promises Aid to Farmers

BEIJING — As China hit the U.S. with retaliatory tariffs and the stock market tumbled, President Donald Trump moved Monday to shield American farmers, but also expressed hope that a possible meeting next month with Chinese President Xi Jinping could... Read More

Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
Supreme Court
Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
2019-05-13 23:13:24
by Dan McCue

The attorneys for both Ohio and Michigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and block lower court orders to rectify partisan gerrymanders. In Ohio, a three-judge panel ruled that the state's congressional district map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered... Read More

iPhone Users Can Sue Apple Over App Store Prices, Justices Rule
Supreme Court
iPhone Users Can Sue Apple Over App Store Prices, Justices Rule
2019-05-13 22:09:31
by Dan McCue

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday held that iPhone users can proceed with a class-action against Apple over what the plaintiff's claim is the company's monopoly over app sales. While the decision is potentially a landmark ruling for consumers seeking... Read More

It's a Joe-gernaut! Biden Widens Lead in New South Carolina 2020 Poll
Elections
It's a Joe-gernaut! Biden Widens Lead in New South Carolina 2020 Poll
2019-05-13 22:06:36
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden has widened his lead in South Carolina among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, according to a Charleston Post and Courier/Change Research poll released Sunday. The poll found Biden is the preference of 46 percent of likely... Read More

Supreme Court Overturns 40-Year Precedent in Two-State Dispute
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Overturns 40-Year Precedent in Two-State Dispute
2019-05-13 22:02:45
by Dan McCue

A divided U.S. Supreme Court Monday overturned a 40-year precedent, ruling one state cannot be sued in the courts of another without its consent. The decision ends a long-running tax dispute between California officials and a Nevada inventor named Gilbert... Read More

China to Raise Tariffs on $60 Billion in US Goods Starting June 1
Trade
China to Raise Tariffs on $60 Billion in US Goods Starting June 1
2019-05-13 21:59:46
by Dan McCue

The U.S.-China trade war escalated Monday with Beijing signaling it plans to raise tariffs on about $60 billion in U.S. goods on the heels of the United States slapping new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods last week. Some... Read More

New York on Track to End Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions by 2020
Environment
New York on Track to End Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions by 2020
2019-05-13 21:56:07
by Dan McCue

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation last week adopted the final elements of a regulatory regime intended to end carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants in the state by the end of 2020. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced... Read More

Chinese Woman’s Secret Arrest Hints at Wider Sanctions Probe
China
Chinese Woman’s Secret Arrest Hints at Wider Sanctions Probe

WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities were sitting on a sensitive secret last fall when Canada detained a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive on alleged U.S. sanctions violations. Two months earlier, the U.S. had arrested another Chinese national on similar suspicions and... Read More

As Legal Weed Stalls in New Jersey, Voters May Get a Say at the Polls
Marijuana
As Legal Weed Stalls in New Jersey, Voters May Get a Say at the Polls

TRENTON, N.J. — It was a gaffe, but it was telling. Hours after a well-orchestrated push to pass a bill legalizing marijuana died in the New Jersey statehouse, Gov. Phil Murphy announced to the clicking of cameras that a “postmortem”... Read More

Farage surge heaps pressure on May, Labour ahead of Brexit talks
United Kingdom
Farage surge heaps pressure on May, Labour ahead of Brexit talks

LONDON — Pressure is building on Theresa May ahead of talks with the opposition Labour Party aimed at reaching a deal on leaving the European Union, as opinion polls showed support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party soaring and members of... Read More

Trump Loyalist Who Insulted McCain Worries Republicans Now That She Leads Arizona GOP
Political News
Trump Loyalist Who Insulted McCain Worries Republicans Now That She Leads Arizona GOP

PHOENIX — In 2016, Donald Trump stormed Washington and swept aside a hostile Republican Party establishment. Now, as he seeks reelection, the president has tightened his grip on the GOP as loyalists — whose main credential is fealty to the... Read More

China Names Its Trade-Deal Price as Trump Sets Month Deadline
Trade
China Names Its Trade-Deal Price as Trump Sets Month Deadline

WASHINGTON — China for the first time made clear what it wants to see from the U.S. in talks to end their trade war, laying bare the deep differences that still exist between the two sides. In a wide-ranging interview... Read More

Stricter Abortion Bans Are Conservative-Led States’ Gambit to Overturn Roe vs. Wade
Political News
Stricter Abortion Bans Are Conservative-Led States’ Gambit to Overturn Roe vs. Wade

ATLANTA — When Republican lawmakers in Alabama weighed a stringent new bill that would outlaw almost all abortions, they did not pretend that it complied with federal law or that it would go into effect anytime soon. “Yes, it’s unconstitutional,”... Read More

Study Finds Record Wage Gap Between Teachers and Other College Grads
Education
Study Finds Record Wage Gap Between Teachers and Other College Grads

The Economic Policy Institute issued a recent analysis that found teachers were paid 21.4% less in 2018 in weekly wages than similar college graduates after accounting for education, experience, and other factors. A nonpartisan think tank, EPI describes the percent... Read More

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