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Stephen Moore, Trump Ally, Withdraws From Contention for Fed Seat
Federal Reserve
Stephen Moore, Trump Ally, Withdraws From Contention for Fed Seat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was dealt another setback in his bid to put a political ally on the Federal Reserve Board as plans to appoint Stephen Moore, a conservative commentator and economist, collapsed amid a backlash sparked by Moore’s... Read More

House Democrats Say They May Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt
Congress
House Democrats Say They May Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt

WASHINGTON — House Democrats accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress and threatened Thursday to hold him in contempt, the latest salvo in a building constitutional clash between Democratic lawmakers and the Trump administration over access to witnesses... Read More

House Passes Climate Bill, With Few Republican Backers
Congress
House Passes Climate Bill, With Few Republican Backers

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday to block funding for the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and force the White House to share yearly plans of how it will meet its obligations under that... Read More

China's Stealth Jet May Be Ready This Year, US Commander Says
China
China's Stealth Jet May Be Ready This Year, US Commander Says

NEW YORK — China may declare its first stealth fighter operational this year as it also develops long-range bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, part of a regional buildup by Beijing that the U.S. is closely monitoring, according to the... Read More

School Board OKs Textbooks With LGBT Figures After Heated Late-Night Debate
Education
School Board OKs Textbooks With LGBT Figures After Heated Late-Night Debate

ROCKLIN, Calif. — After a heated debate that went past midnight as hundreds crowded a Wednesday school board meeting, the Rocklin Unified School District school board narrowly approved a new school curriculum that includes contributions made by LGBT figures. The... Read More

Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado, Announces 2020 Presidential Run, Joining Huge Democratic Field
2020 Elections
Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado, Announces 2020 Presidential Run, Joining Huge Democratic Field

WASHINGTON — There were already roughly 20 Democrats seeking the party’s presidential nomination, of whom all but a handful barely register in early polls. On Thursday, Sen. Michael Bennet joined the fray. He’s at least the 19th candidate, depending on... Read More

CBO’s Report on Single-Payer Health Care Holds More Questions Than Answers
Health
CBO’s Report on Single-Payer Health Care Holds More Questions Than Answers

WASHINGTON — Progressive Democrats have rallied around “Medicare-for-all,” a single-payer health plan popularized by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Now, some of Washington’s official bean counters are trying to add a new framework around what it might look like. The picture... Read More

Democrats Denounce Attorney General Barr for Skipping House Hearing as Tensions Rise
Congress
Democrats Denounce Attorney General Barr for Skipping House Hearing as Tensions Rise

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee excoriated the Trump administration Thursday for failing to comply with congressional oversight as Attorney General William P. Barr refused to show up at a hearing on the Russia investigation. “If we... Read More

WikiLeaks’s Assange Tells Court He Won’t ‘Surrender to America’
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WikiLeaks’s Assange Tells Court He Won’t ‘Surrender to America’

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court Thursday that he doesn’t want “to surrender to America” as he fights extradition over the leak of national security information. Appearing via video-link from the high-security Belmarsh prison, Assange said... Read More

Mueller Complained to Barr About How He Characterized the Russia Investigation
Dep. of Justice
Mueller Complained to Barr About How He Characterized the Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III complained to Attorney General William Barr that Barr’s initial letter to Congress about the Russia investigation did not “fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” a... Read More

Trump Restricts Asylum Further but Faces Legal and Financial Limits
Immigration
Trump Restricts Asylum Further but Faces Legal and Financial Limits

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has issued new rules to further restrict the asylum claims overwhelming the nation’s immigration system, even as the White House prepares a request to seek more money from Congress for stiffer enforcement and faster processing... Read More

Stephen Moore Nomination to Fed Looking Doubtful as Republicans Balk
Federal Reserve
Stephen Moore Nomination to Fed Looking Doubtful as Republicans Balk

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s expected pick to fill a seat on the Federal Reserve is running into significant trouble in the Senate, where Republicans have expressed skepticism over Stephen Moore’s past writings and statements about women. “It will be... Read More

2 Killed, 4 Injured in UNC Charlotte Shooting; Suspect in Custody
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2 Killed, 4 Injured in UNC Charlotte Shooting; Suspect in Custody

  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two people died and four others were hurt in a shooting in a building on the University of North Carolina’s Charlotte campus on Tuesday afternoon, police said. One person was arrested in the shooting, police said.... Read More

Former Representative Ellen Tauscher, Giant in the House, Dies at 67
In The News
Former Representative Ellen Tauscher, Giant in the House, Dies at 67
2019-05-01 02:56:48
by Dan McCue

Former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who later distinguished herself as a senior arms-control advisor to President Barack Obama, has died. Tauscher died late Monday night at the age of 67. Her family announced her passing in a Facebook post, stating she... Read More

Blue Dogs Seek to Keep Momentum Going After Positive Start to Infrastructure Talks
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Seek to Keep Momentum Going After Positive Start to Infrastructure Talks
2019-05-01 02:50:30
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., responded to word of a positive meeting between the White House and congressional leaders by saying it’s time to put politics aside in the name of creating good-paying jobs to rebuild America’s... Read More

Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans
Housing
Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans
2019-04-30 23:34:25
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider D-Ill., Susan W. Brooks R-Ind., Jennifer Wexton D-Va., and Brian Fitzpatrick R-Penn. introduced legislation to extend clear and consistent non-discrimination housing protections to LGBTQ individuals. H.R. 2402, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of... Read More

Would This California Town Have Become so Pro-Cannabis if not for a Councilwoman’s Pot Industry Ties?
Marijuana
Would This California Town Have Become so Pro-Cannabis if not for a Councilwoman’s Pot Industry Ties?

LOS ANGELES — Few local politicians have championed marijuana as loudly as Aide Castro. She says the drug was crucial to treating a thyroid condition. And as a Lynwood city councilwoman, she was the driving force behind the city’s decision... Read More

A New Model for Mental Health Treatment Faces an Uncertain Future
Health
A New Model for Mental Health Treatment Faces an Uncertain Future

MINNEAPOLIS — A groundbreaking program that has improved the health of thousands of Minnesotans struggling with mental illnesses and addiction could soon be rolled out across the state, in what would be one of the broadest expansions of the state’s... Read More

Patients Caught in Middle of Fight Between Health Care Behemoths
Health
Patients Caught in Middle of Fight Between Health Care Behemoths

Cancer survivors Evalyn Bodick, 74, and Barbara Marsic, 63, are caught in the crossfire of one of the fiercest health care fights in the country. They fear they are about to lose access to the doctors they say have kept... Read More

Farmers Wash Up ‘In a Fragile Place’ After Historic Midwest Floods
Agriculture
Farmers Wash Up ‘In a Fragile Place’ After Historic Midwest Floods

WASHINGTON — In the weeks after flooding drowned the livelihoods of families who’ve farmed along the Missouri River for generations, rural advocates in the Midwest began gearing up for another crisis. The devastating floods increased concerns about the mental health... Read More

Meet the Trans Women Fighting the Transgender Military Ban
Military
Meet the Trans Women Fighting the Transgender Military Ban

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The warrior creed goes “leave no soldier behind.” This is the mission of Fort Meade Army Reserves lawyer Deirdre Hendrick and Navy Petty Officer First Class Alice Ashton in their effort to save as many careers as... Read More

LA Terror Plot Thwarted: Army Vet Planned ‘Mass Casualties,’ FBI Says
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LA Terror Plot Thwarted: Army Vet Planned ‘Mass Casualties,’ FBI Says

LOS ANGELES — A San Fernando Valley man planned to detonate improvised explosive devices at several Southern California locations to cause “mass casualties” in a terror plot thwarted by law enforcement officials, authorities said Monday. Mark Steven Domingo, 26, an... Read More

New Bill Would Fund CDC Gun Violence Research
Health
New Bill Would Fund CDC Gun Violence Research

WASHINGTON — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would have money to research the causes of gun violence for the first time in more than two decades if a new proposal becomes law. The Democrat-controlled House Appropriations Committee... Read More

Fight Between Barr, House Democrats Exemplifies Balance of Power Fight
Featured
Fight Between Barr, House Democrats Exemplifies Balance of Power Fight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s hostility toward congressional oversight power blossomed while lawmakers were on their spring recess, his first week out from the shadow of any possible criminal charges stemming from a 22-month special counsel investigation into his actions.... Read More

Climate Change Looms Over Trump Infrastructure Meeting With Democrats
Climate
Climate Change Looms Over Trump Infrastructure Meeting With Democrats

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democratic leaders plan to tell President Donald Trump on Tuesday that any agreement to improve the nation’s infrastructure must include funding to combat climate change. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer consider the... Read More

Pennsylvania Adopts Action Plan for Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals
Climate
Pennsylvania Adopts Action Plan for Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals
2019-04-29 21:30:06
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the state's Climate Action Plan Monday, a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. The new state climate plan developed by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection... Read More

Battle Over Trump Income Taxes Poised to Escalate As Congress Returns
Political News
Battle Over Trump Income Taxes Poised to Escalate As Congress Returns
2019-04-29 18:25:54
by Dan McCue

As lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday, a dominant question in the air was just how contentious things are likely to get as a number of House committees resume their investigations of President Donald Trump. Among those in a state... Read More

Ford Investigated Over Concerns About Improper Emissions Tests
Business
Ford Investigated Over Concerns About Improper Emissions Tests
2019-04-29 18:20:18
by Tom Ramstack

Ford Motor Co. is being investigated by the Justice Department over its emissions certification process, the company said in a government securities filing Friday. Ford said in the quarterly report that the criminal investigation focuses on its “road load estimations,”... Read More

Richard Lugar, Who Led Arms-Control Pacts in Senate, Dies at 87
Obituary
Richard Lugar, Who Led Arms-Control Pacts in Senate, Dies at 87

NEW YORK — Richard Lugar, a six-term Republican senator from Indiana whose foreign-affairs and farm-policy dealings with Democrats represented a bygone era of bipartisanship, has died. He was 87. The Lugar Center, a Washington-based think tank founded by the senator,... Read More

The Democrats’ Brewing Debate on Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs
The Democrats’ Brewing Debate on Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s entry into the Democratic race for president opens the way for a debate his party and the country both need: a serious argument about foreign policy. Sooner or later, Bernie Sanders will point out — just... Read More

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