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Unique Gathering at United Nations Asks, 'Are You A Responsible Leader?'
In The News
Unique Gathering at United Nations Asks, 'Are You A Responsible Leader?'
2019-05-10 20:48:51
by Dan McCue

Bawa Jain sounded as if he had still not quite come back down to Earth. A week removed from co-hosting the inaugural Responsible Leaders Summit at the United Nations in New York, the indefatigable secretary general of the World Council... Read More

Scamming Senior Citizens - Legislation to Create Task Force at SEC to Protect Seniors Passes House
Bipartisan
Scamming Senior Citizens - Legislation to Create Task Force at SEC to Protect Seniors Passes House
2019-05-10 20:44:02
by Sean Trambley

An important bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week protecting senior citizens from financial fraud and scams. The bipartisan Senior Security Act, introduced by Representatives Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Trey Hollingsworth R-Ind., creates a Senior Investor Task Force... Read More

Easing the Burden for Military Families with License Portability
Military
Easing the Burden for Military Families with License Portability
2019-05-10 20:40:46
by Sean Trambley

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced the Portable Certification of Spouses Act, legislation to improve the portability of occupational licenses from state to state for military spouses. The bill will also help... Read More

Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs
Elections
Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs
2019-05-10 20:38:05
by Dan McCue

Democrats on two House committees and a key House task force Friday introduced legislation they say will help protect next year's elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference. The Bill, H.R. 2660, otherwise known as the Election Security Act, was... Read More

South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
Energy
South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
2019-05-10 20:36:44
by Dan McCue

The South Carolina State Senate Thursday unanimously passed The Energy Freedom Act, a comprehensive solar bill that will lift the state's 2 percent cap on net metering, among other solar-related actions. The state House is expected to take up the... Read More

Trump Administration Plays Catch-Up in Arctic
Geopolitics
Trump Administration Plays Catch-Up in Arctic
2019-05-10 20:32:18
by HJ Mai

The Arctic’s environment is undergoing a dramatic shift, with temperatures in the region heating up faster than anywhere else in the world. An area that has long been considered unforgiving to men and machinery could soon host the next global... Read More

US-China Trade Talks Break Up With No Deal In Sight
In The News
US-China Trade Talks Break Up With No Deal In Sight
2019-05-10 20:28:57
by Dan McCue

High stakes trade talks between the United States and China ended Friday with no agreement in sight and mixed signals from the White House in regard to where things stand. In a pair of tweets sent shortly before the markets... Read More

To Fight K-pop’s Influence in China, Boys Train to Be Alpha Males
China
To Fight K-pop’s Influence in China, Boys Train to Be Alpha Males

BEIJING — It is 14 degrees the morning two dozen boys gather at a Beijing park to be transformed into alpha males. A reluctant winter sun casts silver light between treacherously cold shadows. The wind bites, worsening nerves as the... Read More

Win Back Trump Voters or Rally the Base? Democrats Wrestle With 2020 Strategy in Michigan
2020 Elections
Win Back Trump Voters or Rally the Base? Democrats Wrestle With 2020 Strategy in Michigan

DETROIT — Among the battleground states that will decide the 2020 presidential election, few make Democrats wince like Michigan. The Wolverine State in 2016 handed Republicans the slimmest of victories — just shy of 11,000 votes — joining with Pennsylvania... Read More

Meth vs. Opioids: America Has Two Drug Epidemics, But Focuses on One
Health
Meth vs. Opioids: America Has Two Drug Epidemics, But Focuses on One

SAN FRANCISCO — Kim had been wine tasting with a friend in Sonoma, Calif. They got into an argument in the car that night and Kim thought someone was following them. She was utterly convinced. And she had to get... Read More

Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?
Climate
Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?

PORTLAND, Ore. — It was early morning in an operating theater at Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore. A middle-aged woman lay on the operating table, wrapped in blankets. Surgeons were about to cut out a cancerous growth in her stomach.... Read More

How Today’s Political Polarization Has Fueled the Measles Outbreak
Health
How Today’s Political Polarization Has Fueled the Measles Outbreak

“Seizing our newborn infants, Blighting their lives with pain; Filling their veins with poison, Tainting each tender brain” So go the lyrics of the Anti-Compulsory Vaccination Hymn, circulated not by the modern-day anti-vaccine band the Refusers but by the Anti-Vaccination... Read More

US Announces Seizure of North Korean Cargo Ship for Violating Sanctions
North Korea
US Announces Seizure of North Korean Cargo Ship for Violating Sanctions

WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities have taken custody of a North Korean cargo ship for the first time for allegedly violating sanctions, announcing the seizure Thursday shortly after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles, its second weapons test in less than... Read More

Mystery Delays Push Divisive Supreme Court Issues Into Election Year
Supreme Court
Mystery Delays Push Divisive Supreme Court Issues Into Election Year

WASHINGTON — In January the Supreme Court appeared poised to act on President Donald Trump’s bid to end deportation protection for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. Then the case disappeared. Though scheduled to discuss the appeal at their Jan.... Read More

Border Patrol Will Screen Asylum Requests in New Push to Restrict Claims, Memos Show
Immigration
Border Patrol Will Screen Asylum Requests in New Push to Restrict Claims, Memos Show

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security officials are making it tougher for people seeking asylum to get over the first hurdle in the lengthy process of gaining U.S. protection, giving new power to Border Patrol agents and taking some discretion away from... Read More

Democrats Preparing to Take the Long, Slow Road to Confront Trump
Political News
Democrats Preparing to Take the Long, Slow Road to Confront Trump

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are settling in for what they say could be a long, hot summer of legal battles to obtain the full unredacted Mueller report and President Donald Trump’s tax returns. And they are hoping that a... Read More

Trump’s Tariff Hike on Chinese Goods Takes Effect As the Two Sides Keep Talking
Trade
Trump’s Tariff Hike on Chinese Goods Takes Effect As the Two Sides Keep Talking

WASHINGTON — Sharply raising the stakes in the trade battle with China, the Trump administration moved ahead with plans to significantly hike tariffs on imports from that country — even as U.S. and Chinese negotiators continue to talk in Washington... Read More

Ex-Fugees Rapper Poised To Be Charged in Campaign Finance Case
Campaign Finance
Ex-Fugees Rapper Poised To Be Charged in Campaign Finance Case

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors are expected to charge former rap star Pras Michel as soon as Friday with campaign finance violations related to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, according to two people briefed on the matter. Michel will... Read More

Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines
Florida
Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines

TAMPA, Fla. — An investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will proceed, the Florida Bar said Wednesday, meaning the Republican congressman could face discipline for allegedly intimidating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. A grand jurylike panel called the... Read More

Trump’s Federal Judge Pace Matches Recent Presidents — But With a Big Twist
Dep. of Justice
Trump’s Federal Judge Pace Matches Recent Presidents — But With a Big Twist

WASHINGTON — In what the White House, Republican senators and right-leaning organizations hailed as a major milestone, President Donald Trump last week saw his 100th judicial nominee confirmed by the Senate. But his record of getting federal judges confirmed is... Read More

Iran Vows to Stockpile Excess Uranium After US Deploys Navy Carrier
Iran
Iran Vows to Stockpile Excess Uranium After US Deploys Navy Carrier

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president said for the first time Wednesday that his government will stop complying with parts of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal after the White House sent a Navy carrier task force to the region and tightened... Read More

Senate Panel, Led by Republicans, Subpoenas Trump Jr. Over Testimony
Congress
Senate Panel, Led by Republicans, Subpoenas Trump Jr. Over Testimony

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, to answer additional questions about his earlier testimony for the panel’s bipartisan Russia probe, according to a person familiar with the matter. The committee... Read More

New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Civil Rights
New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
2019-05-08 23:08:16
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday formally endorsed H.R. 5, also known as the Equality Act, which aims to amend the federal Civil Rights Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The coalition, which... Read More

House Judiciary Panel Votes to Hold Barr In Contempt For Failing to Release Full Mueller Report
Political News
House Judiciary Panel Votes to Hold Barr In Contempt For Failing to Release Full Mueller Report
2019-05-08 23:03:58
by Dan McCue

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt on Wednesday evening, capping a day of escalating tensions between the White House and Capitol Hill. The committee's 24-16 vote is technically a vote to... Read More

New York Senate OKs Giving US House Access to Trump's State Tax Returns
Political News
New York Senate OKs Giving US House Access to Trump's State Tax Returns
2019-05-08 20:57:07
by Dan McCue

New York State's Democrat-controlled Senate Wednesday easily approved a bill that would allow three congressional committees to review President Donald Trump's state tax returns. The vote was 39-21. The bill, which now must be approved by New York's Democrat-controlled Assembly,... Read More

Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Black Motorist During Traffic Stop Appeals Conviction to Supreme Court
In The News
Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Black Motorist During Traffic Stop Appeals Conviction to Supreme Court
2019-05-08 20:52:28
by Dan McCue

A former North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for killing a black motorist who fled a traffic stop four years ago, has appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Slager pleaded... Read More

Singer Apologizes for ‘Worst National Anthem Rendition Ever’ Performed at NC Game
North Carolina
Singer Apologizes for ‘Worst National Anthem Rendition Ever’ Performed at NC Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — What is being labeled “the worst National Anthem rendition ever” has resulted in a series of apologies from the singer and an Atlantic League baseball team in North Carolina. It happened Sunday, before a game between the... Read More

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

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