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Kansas’ Kobach Is Weighing a Senate Bid. National Republicans Are Ready to Stop Him
2020 Elections
Kansas’ Kobach Is Weighing a Senate Bid. National Republicans Are Ready to Stop Him

WASHINGTON — National Republicans are prepared to intervene in the Kansas Senate primary to ensure that conservative firebrand Kris Kobach does not win the party’s nomination should he run, multiple sources told the Kansas City Star. Kobach said this month... Read More

Fourth Circuit Holds Administration Broke Law In Rescinding DACA
In The News
Fourth Circuit Holds Administration Broke Law In Rescinding DACA
2019-05-17 21:30:56
by Dan McCue

A divided Fourth Circuit court ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA, was unlawful because the administration failed to "adequately explain" its decision. In a majority ruling... Read More

Blue Dogs Push to Hold China Accountable for Illicit Fentanyl Shipments
Opioids
Blue Dogs Push to Hold China Accountable for Illicit Fentanyl Shipments
2019-05-17 21:23:03
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the Chinese government to honor its commitment to make all forms of fentanyl illegal and provide the United States with more... Read More

Roberts Holds Key to Whether Recent Anti-Abortion Laws Lead to Roe Review
Supreme Court
Roberts Holds Key to Whether Recent Anti-Abortion Laws Lead to Roe Review
2019-05-17 21:18:52
by Dan McCue

For several weeks, a growing number of states in the Midwest and South have passed laws sharply limiting women's access to abortions in a heavy-handed bid to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 ruling in Roe v.... Read More

Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital
Foreign Affairs
Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital
2019-05-17 21:14:16
by HJ Mai

The United States and Russia each still possess enough nuclear warheads to ensure mutual destruction in case of an armed conflict between the former superpowers. It’s a scenario that has kept the world and the residents of both countries in... Read More

I.M. Pei, Revered Architect Who Designed Eye-Catching Addition to National Gallery, Dies
In The News
I.M. Pei, Revered Architect Who Designed Eye-Catching Addition to National Gallery, Dies
2019-05-17 21:10:50
by Dan McCue

I.M. Pei, the tirelessly globe-trotting architect who placed a giant glass pyramid outside the Louvre and designed the trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, among other eye-catching structures, has died at age 102. Pei's death was... Read More

Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination
Civil Rights
Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination
2019-05-17 21:04:50
by Dan McCue

Eight House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues Friday in voting in favor of legislation banning discrimination against members of the LGBT community. H.R. 5, also known as The Equality Act, was jointly introduced in both the House and the Senate... Read More

Chicago Police Take Fresh Look at Unsolved Slayings of 55 Women — and the Possibility of a Serial Killer
In The News
Chicago Police Take Fresh Look at Unsolved Slayings of 55 Women — and the Possibility of a Serial Killer

CHICAGO — A bouquet of purple and red silk flowers — positioned in the center of an unfinished wooden garage door — surrounds the smiling picture of Nicole Ridge, who was strangled nearly a year ago but still remembered in... Read More

How Obamacare, Medicare and ‘Medicare for All’ Muddy the Campaign Trail
2020 Elections
How Obamacare, Medicare and ‘Medicare for All’ Muddy the Campaign Trail

The health care debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure to make clear where they stand: Are they for “Medicare for All”? Or will they take up the push to protect the Affordable... Read More

As the Opioid Crisis Peaks, Meth and Cocaine Deaths Explode
Health
As the Opioid Crisis Peaks, Meth and Cocaine Deaths Explode

WASHINGTON — Most states are keeping a close eye on opioid overdose deaths, but they may need to start focusing on cocaine and other stimulants as well. It turns out that the same lethal drug that has been driving the... Read More

The Stunning Toll of Boy Scout Sex Abuse: More Than 12,200 Reported Victims
In The News
The Stunning Toll of Boy Scout Sex Abuse: More Than 12,200 Reported Victims

LOS ANGELES — For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has closely guarded a trove of secret documents that detail sexual abuse allegations against troop leaders and others. The most complete public accounting of the abuse so far came in... Read More

Trump Tries Another Immigration Reset Ahead of 2020
Immigration
Trump Tries Another Immigration Reset Ahead of 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump deployed all the trappings of a Rose Garden ceremony to pitch an incomplete and almost certainly doomed immigration plan Thursday, pushing forward even as his efforts to make progress on his other big 2020 campaign... Read More

New Far-Reaching Abortion Bans Too Extreme for Some Republican Leaders
Political News
New Far-Reaching Abortion Bans Too Extreme for Some Republican Leaders

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders have begun distancing themselves from new, far-reaching state abortion restrictions that don’t allow exceptions in the cases of rape or incest. “I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, and that’s what... Read More

Here Are the Florida Counties That Were Sent a Russian Phishing Attack. Two of Them Were Hacked
Cybersecurity
Here Are the Florida Counties That Were Sent a Russian Phishing Attack. Two of Them Were Hacked

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The search is on to determine which two Florida counties’ voter data was accessed by Russian hackers. A South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation found that at least 13, and as many as 20, elections offices in... Read More

Lawmakers Block California bill to Add Housing in Neighborhoods With Single-Family Homes
Affordable Housing
Lawmakers Block California bill to Add Housing in Neighborhoods With Single-Family Homes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A high-profile bill that would have increased home building near mass transit and in single-family neighborhoods across California has been killed for the year, ending a major battle over how to address the state’s housing affordability crisis... Read More

US Rules Out Negotiation With Venezuela’s Maduro as Opposition Seeks Military Cooperation
Foreign Affairs
US Rules Out Negotiation With Venezuela’s Maduro as Opposition Seeks Military Cooperation

WASHINGTON — The United States for now has ruled out holding any negotiations with Nicolás Maduro and instead is focused on how to orchestrate a “dignified exit” for the Venezuelan leader after an opposition uprising and a series of sanctions... Read More

Poll Finds Economy Not Giving Trump Edge in Pennsylvania, Biden Romps
2020 Elections
Poll Finds Economy Not Giving Trump Edge in Pennsylvania, Biden Romps
2019-05-16 21:51:22
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania voters say they're better off financially than they were in 2016, but the strong economy is not helping President Donald Trump in the Keystone State where Democrat Joe Biden leads the incumbent Republican by double digits, according to a... Read More

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
Climate
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets
Veterans
House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets
2019-05-16 21:40:06
by Dan McCue

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era Navy veterans who have fought for years to prove they were exposed to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange. Luria, a... Read More

New Yorkers Say 'Whoa No,' But De Blasio Enters Presidential Race Anyway
Political News
New Yorkers Say 'Whoa No,' But De Blasio Enters Presidential Race Anyway
2019-05-16 21:36:21
by Dan McCue

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found three-out-of-four New Yorkers are against it, but that didn't deter New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for launching a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. De Blasio officially announced his... Read More

House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
Environment
House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
2019-05-16 21:32:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor recreation industry. During two House Natural Resources Committee hearings, a Trump administration official defended the Interior Department’s record, but environmentalists... Read More

Sen. Lindsey Graham Aims to Advance Border Security Bill in Early June
Congress
Sen. Lindsey Graham Aims to Advance Border Security Bill in Early June

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he is willing to work with Republicans and Democrats to craft a limited immigration bill in short order that would change asylum laws and expand detention facilities in an attempt... Read More

White House Stiff-Arms House Judiciary Committee on Russia Investigation
White House
White House Stiff-Arms House Judiciary Committee on Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — The White House hardened its opposition to House Democrats’ investigations Wednesday, telling lawmakers that they had no authority to examine how President Donald Trump has wielded his executive authority. The stance stiffens Trump’s already obdurate approach toward Capitol... Read More

US Officials Say New North Korean Missile Appears Aimed at Evading US Defenses
North Korea
US Officials Say New North Korean Missile Appears Aimed at Evading US Defenses

WASHINGTON — A newly tested North Korean short-range ballistic missile appears to be a copy of an advanced Russian design that could greatly improve Pyongyang’s ability to evade U.S. missile defense systems, according to U.S. officials. President Donald Trump, who... Read More

Citing Threats, US Builds Case — and Military Force — for Confronting Iran
National Security
Citing Threats, US Builds Case — and Military Force — for Confronting Iran

WASHINGTON — The State Department ordered several hundred U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq on Wednesday, citing heightened threats from neighboring Iran amid a buildup of U.S. military forces in the volatile region and growing concerns of a potential conflict... Read More

Trump Bans Huawei in US Markets, Saying Chinese Firm Poses Security Threat
Trade
Trump Bans Huawei in US Markets, Saying Chinese Firm Poses Security Threat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday giving his administration sweeping powers to block Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. and other foreign communications firms from doing business in the United States — a long-anticipated move he... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

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

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