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Republicans Want to Move on From Russia Investigation Even as They Reopen Probe
Congress
Republicans Want to Move on From Russia Investigation Even as They Reopen Probe

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a definitive verdict Tuesday on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in 2016 — “case closed.” “Two years of exhaustive investigation, and nothing... Read More

Kemp Signs Anti-Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Legislation, Sets Up Legal Fight
Georgia
Kemp Signs Anti-Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Legislation, Sets Up Legal Fight

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bills into law on Tuesday, he made good on a campaign promise but also set the stage for a legal battle that the legislation’s critics hope... Read More

Tax Returns From ’80s and ’90s Reveal Trump Lost Over $1 Billion in Business Deals
In The News
Tax Returns From ’80s and ’90s Reveal Trump Lost Over $1 Billion in Business Deals

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump — who has spent decades crafting an image of himself as a master dealmaker — lost more than $1 billion on sketchy business ventures in the 1980s and ’90s, making him one of the... Read More

White House Escalates Fight With Congress Over McGahn Documents
White House
White House Escalates Fight With Congress Over McGahn Documents

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration told former White House counsel Don McGahn not to turn over documents subpoenaed by congressional investigators, escalating a battle between the two branches of government. The current White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, said in a... Read More

NewDEAL Members Join Colorado Leaders to Launch National Climate Initiative
Climate
NewDEAL Members Join Colorado Leaders to Launch National Climate Initiative
2019-05-07 23:03:07
by Dan McCue

More than 40 of the nation's most innovative state and local officials gathered in Denver Monday to launch a national climate change initiative aimed at driving the policy agenda to address climate change. The NewDEAL Forum Climate Change Policy Group... Read More

In South Carolina, Governments, Employers and Schools Forge Strategy to Deal with Traffic Issues
Transportation
In South Carolina, Governments, Employers and Schools Forge Strategy to Deal with Traffic Issues
2019-05-07 21:19:33
by Dan McCue

After years of economic development success, traffic congestion has become a critical challenge for the three-county region comprising the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area. Every morning, hundreds of thousands of commuters head off to work on local roads ill-suited to... Read More

Deceased Individuals Received Billions from Government, Legislation to Curb Practice Introduced in House, Senate
Bipartisan
Deceased Individuals Received Billions from Government, Legislation to Curb Practice Introduced in House, Senate
2019-05-07 20:23:31
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals Act, legislation that would allow all federal agencies access to the Death Master File, a registry maintained by the... Read More

Family Welfare Caps Lose Favor in More States
In The States
Family Welfare Caps Lose Favor in More States

WASHINGTON — Since the 1990s, nearly half the states have denied additional cash assistance to low-income mothers who have more children while receiving welfare. But in recent years, so-called family cap laws have fallen out of favor. Last month, Massachusetts... Read More

Mueller Findings Raise Election Hacking Fears in States
Elections
Mueller Findings Raise Election Hacking Fears in States

WASHINGTON — Tucked into the 448-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller were four paragraphs about major breaches into state and local election systems. Mueller’s description of Russian interference designed to help the Trump campaign was a reminder of how... Read More

Toxic Water in California Prisons: Sickening Inmates and Costing Taxpayers Millions
California
Toxic Water in California Prisons: Sickening Inmates and Costing Taxpayers Millions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An inmate’s death in Stockton from Legionnaires’ disease marks the third time in four years the rare form of pneumonia has struck California’s state prisons — and has laid bare a history of contamination and other problems... Read More

America Must Adapt to New Realities As Fight Against Terror Continues
Military
America Must Adapt to New Realities As Fight Against Terror Continues
2019-05-07 13:34:07
by HJ Mai

In late March, United States-backed fighters took control of the last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria. The battle for Baghouz, which dragged on for weeks, gave President Donald Trump his long-awaited military victory. But while the terror groups’ physical caliphate... Read More

Trump Awards Tiger Woods the Medal of Freedom, Calling Him a ‘Legend’
White House
Trump Awards Tiger Woods the Medal of Freedom, Calling Him a ‘Legend’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump awarded Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Monday, calling the golfer “one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports.” “We are in the presence of a true... Read More

Nadler, 23 Other Democrats Want Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Invalidated
Congress
Nadler, 23 Other Democrats Want Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Invalidated

WASHINGTON — A group of two dozen Democratic members of Congress foreshadowed in a court case how they might fight back if President Donald Trump pardons someone for a criminal contempt of Congress charge — just as the two political... Read More

Oregon Denies Permit to Controversial Natural Gas Project
Energy
Oregon Denies Permit to Controversial Natural Gas Project
2019-05-07 13:22:21
by Dan McCue

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied a key permit Monday to a controversial liquefied natural gas export terminal and its feeder pipeline, a move that cheered project opponents who argued the Trump administration is moving too fast when it... Read More

House Democrats Start Contempt of Congress Process Against Barr
Dep. of Justice
House Democrats Start Contempt of Congress Process Against Barr

WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to take the first step to holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, in their push to get an un-redacted version of the Mueller report and its underlying investigative material. The... Read More

Road Ahead: Both Chambers Tackle Disaster Relief but Conclusion Still Iffy
Congress
Road Ahead: Both Chambers Tackle Disaster Relief but Conclusion Still Iffy

WASHINGTON — Senate appropriators hope to wrap up negotiations this week on a bipartisan disaster relief package that can get President Donald Trump’s support, while House Democrats plan to forge ahead with a vote on their own preferred proposal. The... Read More

Trade
US Says It Will Raise Tariffs, Accusing China of Reneging on Vows

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator said the U.S. plans to raise tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday, accusing Beijing of backpedaling on commitments it made during negotiations. Still, the trade talks will continue and a Chinese delegation... Read More

World Markets Shaken By Renewed Trump Tariff Threats for China
Trade
World Markets Shaken By Renewed Trump Tariff Threats for China
2019-05-06 18:49:52
by Dan McCue

Securities markets around the world swooned Monday after President Donald Trump threatened to dramatically increase tariffs on Chinese imports at a time when many believed the 10-month old trade war between the U.S. and China was coming to an end.... Read More

Sanctions on Iran Are Biting, But the Goal Is Elusive
Iran
Sanctions on Iran Are Biting, But the Goal Is Elusive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his aides say the outcome of their confrontation with Iran is already clear: They’re winning. Iran has fallen into a deep recession; its economy may shrink 6% this year. Inflation is heading toward 40%,... Read More

Pompeo Sees Path Forward With North Korea Despite Weapons Launch
North Korea
Pompeo Sees Path Forward With North Korea Despite Weapons Launch

WASHINGTON — The U.S. still sees a path toward negotiating a deal with Kim Jong Un to give up North Korea’s nuclear weapons even though he may have launched a missile over the weekend, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said.... Read More

In Venezuela, US-Guaido Strategy Flops Again: Is This Working?
Venezuela
In Venezuela, US-Guaido Strategy Flops Again: Is This Working?

CARACAS, Venezuela — In a moment of high drama, opposition leader Juan Guaido stood outside the La Carlota military air base here at sunrise Tuesday with an entourage including defecting soldiers and proclaimed the “final phase” of “Operation Liberty.” By... Read More

Trump Taps Mark Morgan, Former Obama Border Patrol Chief, to Head ICE
Immigration
Trump Taps Mark Morgan, Former Obama Border Patrol Chief, to Head ICE

WASHINGTON — It’s not the kind of first meeting you want to have with your new boss: Just after Mark Morgan, then head of the Border Patrol, met Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly for the first time in January... Read More

Trump Says Mueller Shouldn’t Testify to Congress, Escalating Fight With Democrats
White House
Trump Says Mueller Shouldn’t Testify to Congress, Escalating Fight With Democrats

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared Sunday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III should not testify to Congress, sharply escalating his fight with House Democrats over the aftermath of Mueller’s report. “Bob Mueller should not testify,” the president tweeted on... Read More

Longshot Wins Derby After Maximum Security DQ
In The News
Longshot Wins Derby After Maximum Security DQ

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a Kentucky Derby that will be talked about long after the name of the winner has been forgotten, Maximum Security became the first horse disqualified in the 145-year history of the event and Country House, a... Read More

Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks
Health
Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of 2018, the Trump administration seemed to be marching briskly toward its goal of requiring able-bodied adults in Medicaid to prove they had jobs to participate in the public health plan for the poor. But... Read More

Illinois Governor Proposes Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use
Marijuana
Illinois Governor Proposes Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use

CHICAGO — A proposed law to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Illinois would allow possession of up to 30 grams of the plant for residents 21 and over, a $20 million low-interest loan program to promote “social equity” in... Read More

Sen. Mike Enzi Will Retire After 4 Terms
2020 Elections
Sen. Mike Enzi Will Retire After 4 Terms

WASHINGTON — Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi announced Saturday that he will not run for reelection in 2020 after more than two decades in the Senate. Enzi announced his decision at a news conference in Wyoming, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.... Read More

Russia Says Trump Initiated Friday’s Call With Putin
Foreign Affairs
Russia Says Trump Initiated Friday’s Call With Putin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump initiated a lengthy call with his Russian counterpart on Friday, in which Vladimir Putin urged sanctions relief for North Korea and warned against interference in Venezuela, the Russian embassy in Washington said. The leaders’ call... Read More

New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses
Health
New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

WASHINGTON — It’s increasingly likely that someone you know has the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone in their pocket or medicine cabinet. In fact, a new mobile app, NaloxoFind, will tell you whether anyone nearby is carrying the lifesaving drug.... Read More

Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
Elections
Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
2019-05-03 20:44:32
by Dan McCue

A three-judge panel of federal judges tossed Ohio's congressional map Friday, holding that it was a partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans and ordering that the districts be redrawn for the 2020 elections. The unanimous decision said that as drawn the map... Read More

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