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Federal Court Strikes Down Michigan Districts
Voting
Federal Court Strikes Down Michigan Districts

WASHINGTON — A three-judge panel on Thursday ruled that Michigan must use new congressional and legislative maps in 2020, potentially setting up a more favorable battlefield for House Democrats, who flipped two seats in the state last fall. The federal... Read More

Cunningham Warns Fight ‘Far From Over’ As White House Delays Offshore Drilling Plan
Political News
Cunningham Warns Fight ‘Far From Over’ As White House Delays Offshore Drilling Plan
2019-04-25 21:23:09
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration has indefinitely delayed its controversial plan to expand oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic Coast citing the need to await the outcome of litigation that currently blocks similar drilling in the Arctic. In March, U.S. District... Read More

Unemployment Claims Post Largest Increase in Nearly Two Years
Economy
Unemployment Claims Post Largest Increase in Nearly Two Years
2019-04-25 18:14:57
by Dan McCue

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits saw their largest increase in 19 months last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 230,000 for the week ended... Read More

Democrats Threaten Contempt for Trump’s Defiance of Subpoenas
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Democrats Threaten Contempt for Trump’s Defiance of Subpoenas
2019-04-25 18:09:53
by Tom Ramstack

Democratic members of Congress threatened a contempt citation Wednesday against a Trump administration official who refused to testify this week on an immigration question for the 2020 Census. John Gore, an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights... Read More

Women of Color Push 2020 Democrats to Acknowledge Their Political Power
2020 Elections
Women of Color Push 2020 Democrats to Acknowledge Their Political Power

HOUSTON — Aimee Allison’s brainchild was born of elation and frustration. The Oakland, Calif.-based political strategist was invigorated by Democratic wins and near-wins the last two years in places like Alabama, Georgia and Texas, powered substantially by voter turnout among... Read More

Americans Overwhelmingly Want Federal Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills
Health
Americans Overwhelmingly Want Federal Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

WASHINGTON — Three-quarters of the public — including a majority of Republicans — want the federal government to protect patients from being stuck with surprise medical invoices after they are unwittingly treated by doctors or medical facilities that are out... Read More

Spotlight Turns to Stephen Moore After Cain Drops Bid for Fed Board Seat
Federal Reserve
Spotlight Turns to Stephen Moore After Cain Drops Bid for Fed Board Seat

WASHINGTON — Herman Cain’s withdrawal from consideration for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board has intensified the scrutiny of President Donald Trump’s other controversial choice for the central bank, economics writer Stephen Moore. Like Cain, Moore has yet to... Read More

Judges Appear Skeptical of Trump’s Plan to Force Asylum-Seekers to Wait in Mexico
Immigration
Judges Appear Skeptical of Trump’s Plan to Force Asylum-Seekers to Wait in Mexico

A federal appeals court appeared skeptical Wednesday of the legality of a new Trump administration policy that requires some asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while the U.S. considers their applications. During an hourlong hearing, a three-judge panel of the 9th... Read More

Trump Says He’s Sending ‘Armed Soldiers’ to Border Following Incident
Immigration
Trump Says He’s Sending ‘Armed Soldiers’ to Border Following Incident

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he plans to send “armed soldiers” to the southern U.S. border, once again blasting Mexico for “not doing nearly enough” to apprehend migrants. “Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably... Read More

Joe Biden Finally Announces 2020 White House Bid
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Finally Announces 2020 White House Bid
2019-04-25 10:59:07
by Dan McCue

Surprising absolutely no one, former Vice President Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign on Thursday, joining a crowded Democratic field as the front-runner via a video posted to social media. Biden's announcement focuses on a "battle for the soul of... Read More

San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown
Energy
San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown
2019-04-24 23:32:22
by Dan McCue

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable energy under a plan unveiled by Mayor London Breed earlier this week. She and city supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha... Read More

Florida Senate Passes Bill That Allows Classroom Teachers To Be Armed
Florida
Florida Senate Passes Bill That Allows Classroom Teachers To Be Armed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — More than a year after last year’s Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland that shocked the state and blurred party lines in the state Capitol, the Florida Senate passed a follow-up bill that has become increasingly partisan because... Read More

Trump Considering Waiving Jones Act Mandate for Natural Gas, Sources Say
Energy
Trump Considering Waiving Jones Act Mandate for Natural Gas, Sources Say

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is seriously considering waiving the requirement that only U.S. flagged vessels can move goods from American ports to Puerto Rico or energy-starved areas of the Northeast, according to people familiar with the deliberations. The issue... Read More

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Says He’s Seriously Considering Challenge to Trump
2020 Elections
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Says He’s Seriously Considering Challenge to Trump

MANCHESTER, N.H. — As he seriously considers a run for president, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday over the findings of the Mueller investigation — calling its report “disturbing” and saying Trump narrowly avoided being charged... Read More

In a Shift, Trump Targets Foreign Travelers Who Overstay Their US Visas
Immigration
In a Shift, Trump Targets Foreign Travelers Who Overstay Their US Visas

WASHINGTON — The White House says it plans to crack down on the hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors who overstay their U.S. visas, a vast challenge that has largely escaped notice as the Trump administration has focused chiefly on... Read More

House Oversight Threatens Ex-Trump Adviser With Contempt After He Skips Deposition
Congress
House Oversight Threatens Ex-Trump Adviser With Contempt After He Skips Deposition

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elijah Cummings threatened Tuesday to hold former White House adviser Carl Kline in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena ordering him to testify about his role allegedly covering up wrongdoing in the Trump administration’s White House... Read More

IRS Misses Deadline On Trump Tax Returns, Setting Stage for Legal Battle
Political News
IRS Misses Deadline On Trump Tax Returns, Setting Stage for Legal Battle
2019-04-23 21:36:51
by Dan McCue

The Internal Revenue Service missed a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to hand copies of President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns over to Congress, setting the stage for a potentially lengthy legal battle. In a letter to House Ways... Read More

Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
Political News
Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
2019-04-23 21:23:14
by Sean Trambley

Seven years ago, Republicans took over nearly every lever of power in North Carolina in a political takeover that seemed destined to transform the state into a conservative stronghold. North Carolina, once considered a moderate state, was now in Republican... Read More

US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation
Litigation
US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation
2019-04-23 21:14:17
by Tom Ramstack

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana industry. U.S. District Judge William Martinez, an Obama appointee who presides in Colorado, ruled that cannabinoid formulations can be considered... Read More

Why Trump’s Tariffs Are One of the Last Big Obstacles in US-China Trade Talks
Trade
Why Trump’s Tariffs Are One of the Last Big Obstacles in US-China Trade Talks

WASHINGTON — The United States and China are in the final stretch of talks to resolve a conflict over American complaints about China’s unfair trading and economic practices. Senior U.S. officials say they have reached agreement on enforcement and other... Read More

These Students Borrowed $35K Plus for an Unaccredited Program That Closed. Years Later, Their Debts Remain
Education
These Students Borrowed $35K Plus for an Unaccredited Program That Closed. Years Later, Their Debts Remain

As graduation approached and they started looking for jobs in 2010, Jacqueline Franklin, Jami Reichardt, Bridgette Collins and about 14 other women at the Sanford Brown Institute in Trevose, Pa., came to a harsh realization: Their for-profit school wasn’t accredited... Read More

In China, Tattoos Border on Illegal — and They’re His Life’s Work
China
In China, Tattoos Border on Illegal — and They’re His Life’s Work

BEIJING — Ma Chao has a strange request for his customers: Are you sure you want to do this? Sometimes he tactfully sends them away, especially women. To the horror of his parents, an auto factory worker and a retired... Read More

Clear Divide Emerges Among Justices Over Citizenship Question on Census
Supreme Court
Clear Divide Emerges Among Justices Over Citizenship Question on Census
2019-04-23 19:33:01
by Dan McCue

The conservative and liberal justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be sharply divided over the Trump administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The high court's ruling in the case could affect how many... Read More

Lawyers for Media Outlets Press Judge for Access to Weinstein Hearing
Media
Lawyers for Media Outlets Press Judge for Access to Weinstein Hearing

NEW YORK — Lawyers for more than a dozen other media outlets, including the New York Daily News, will ask a Manhattan judge to keep open a court proceeding against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Prosecutors and Weinstein’s lawyers contend... Read More

Chinese Woman Accused of Lying at Mar-a-Lago Gets May 28 Trial Date
In The News
Chinese Woman Accused of Lying at Mar-a-Lago Gets May 28 Trial Date

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A 33-year-old Chinese woman will be tried next month on charges that she lied to federal agents to get into Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump was visiting last month. U.S. District Judge Roy Altman has... Read More

Mueller Couldn’t Answer Some Crucial Questions in Russia Investigation
In The News
Mueller Couldn’t Answer Some Crucial Questions in Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — Judging by the numbers, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III left no stone unturned in the Russia investigation. His office issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, carried out almost 500 search warrants and spoke with roughly 500 witnesses. But... Read More

Trump Administration Ends Waivers for Purchases of Iranian Oil
Iran
Trump Administration Ends Waivers for Purchases of Iranian Oil

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Monday it would not extend exemptions to its ban on imports of Iranian oil, exposing five countries, including several U.S. allies, to potential sanctions as early as next month. Secretary of State Michael R.... Read More

House Gets Its Say as Supreme Court Takes Up Census Citizenship Question
Congress
House Gets Its Say as Supreme Court Takes Up Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — The House gets a relatively rare chance to directly address the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a legal showdown about whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The case is one of... Read More

Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say
Entitlements
Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say
2019-04-22 23:10:42
by Dan McCue

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to shore up America’s bedrock retirement programs and phase in needed changes, the trustees of both programs said in reports released... Read More

Cain Withdraws from Consideration for Seat on Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve
Cain Withdraws from Consideration for Seat on Federal Reserve
2019-04-22 20:31:26
by Dan McCue

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain has withdrawn from consideration for a seaton the Federal Reserve board amid focus on past allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. Cain ran for president as an insurgent populist eyeing the 2012 Republican presidential... Read More

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