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Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
Rural
Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
2019-04-19 20:03:50
by Sean Trambley

This week, Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, legislation to help preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by expanding access for tax-exempt cooperative organizations to a variety of... Read More

Home Construction Slips Again in March, Putting Pinch on Sales Inventory
Economy
Home Construction Slips Again in March, Putting Pinch on Sales Inventory
2019-04-19 19:59:54
by Dan McCue

Home construction declined 0.3 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million units, the Commerce Department said Friday. Within this overall number, single-family starts fell 0.4 percent to 785,000 units. The multifamily sector, which includes apartment... Read More

North Korea Demands Pompeo’s Removal From US Nuclear Talks
Foreign Affairs
North Korea Demands Pompeo’s Removal From US Nuclear Talks

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea demanded that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be removed from direct nuclear negotiations between the countries, turning up pressure after the collapse of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in... Read More

No Letup in Congressional Fundraising After ‘Green Wave’ Election
Congress
No Letup in Congressional Fundraising After ‘Green Wave’ Election

WASHINGTON — The race for the White House is already dominating headlines, but new campaign finance disclosures show donors in both parties are also opening their wallets to renew the fight to control the House in 2020. Presidential campaign years... Read More

‘Bernie or Bust’ Voters Create Predicament for Democrats in 2020
2020 Elections
‘Bernie or Bust’ Voters Create Predicament for Democrats in 2020

WASHINGTON — The fierce loyalty Bernie Sanders inspires in his supporters is creating a dilemma for the Democratic Party. For a sliver of Sanders’ base, it’s Bernie or bust. They may detest President Donald Trump, but they didn’t vote for... Read More

US Appeals Court Upholds Most of California’s ‘Sanctuary’ Laws
Immigration
US Appeals Court Upholds Most of California’s ‘Sanctuary’ Laws

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday that most of California’s so-called sanctuary laws can continue to be enforced, rejecting the bulk of a lawsuit brought by the Trump administration. The decision, authored by a Republican appointee... Read More

North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Abortion Survivors’ Bill
North Carolina
North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Abortion Survivors’ Bill

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a controversial abortion bill Thursday, saying it’s unnecessary and ill-advised. The bill would create new criminal and civil penalties for infanticide, specifically for situations in which a baby survives an abortion... Read More

Study Says Corporations Should Engage In Issues, But Must Explain Positions
Media
Study Says Corporations Should Engage In Issues, But Must Explain Positions
2019-04-19 13:33:29
by Dan McCue

A study from Global Strategy Group finds most Americans, regardless of their political leaning, believe corporations should weigh in on political and social issues, despite the fact some of their actions might inspire a temporary backlash. The key, explained Julie... Read More

Retail Sales Surge in March, Reaching Fastest Pace Since 2017
Economy
Retail Sales Surge in March, Reaching Fastest Pace Since 2017
2019-04-18 19:56:41
by Dan McCue

Americans went on a buying binge in March, and their spending on cars, furniture and clothing resulted in the strongest increase in sales since September 2017, the Commerce Department said Thursday morning. Overall, sales increased by a seasonally adjusted 1.6... Read More

Barr Defends Trump on Obstruction, Saying President Was 'Frustrated and Angry'
In The News
Barr Defends Trump on Obstruction, Saying President Was 'Frustrated and Angry'
2019-04-18 19:52:55
by Dan McCue

Attorney General William Barr vigorously defended President Donald Trump ahead of Thursday's public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying what some might see as obstruction on the part of the president... Read More

US Restricts Travel, Remittances to Cuba as Part of a New Policy Under Trump
Cuba
US Restricts Travel, Remittances to Cuba as Part of a New Policy Under Trump

MIAMI — The Trump administration is tightening restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba, reversing the engagement policies of the Obama era while increasing pressure on the island’s government in response to its support of the Nicolás Maduro regime in... Read More

Trump Stirs Alarm That He May be Giving China a New Trade Weapon
Trade
Trump Stirs Alarm That He May be Giving China a New Trade Weapon

WASHINGTON — High on the list of President Donald Trump’s priorities as he tries to close a trade deal with counterpart Xi Jinping is making sure China faces consequences if it doesn’t live up to its promises. Yet in pursuing... Read More

On Israel, Kamala Harris Breaks With Liberal 2020 Pack
2020 Elections
On Israel, Kamala Harris Breaks With Liberal 2020 Pack

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris is resisting pressure from the left flank of her Democratic Party to take a more critical stance on the Israeli government and its policies towards Palestinians, holding firmly to her moderate approach to U.S.-Israel... Read More

The Science of Rebuilding Notre Dame
In The News
The Science of Rebuilding Notre Dame

Two holes gape where Notre Dame’s vaulted stone ceiling has collapsed. The cathedral’s 19th century timber spire is gone, as is most of its roof. Portions of the interior walls were blackened by the intense heat of Paris’ most consequential... Read More

US Trade Deficit Narrows to Eight-Month Low in February
Economy
US Trade Deficit Narrows to Eight-Month Low in February
2019-04-17 21:08:57
by Dan McCue

The U.S. trade deficit dropped 3.4 percent to $49.4 billion in February, driven by a sharp decline in imports from China and a surge in exports of commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The combined $2.2 billion in sales... Read More

Non-Profit's 10-K For the Federal Government Paints Bracing Picture
Federal Budget
Non-Profit's 10-K For the Federal Government Paints Bracing Picture
2019-04-17 21:05:51
by Dan McCue

Think about it. Every public corporation in America is required to make frequent filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports provide a comprehensive summary of the company's performance, the risks it foresees encountering in the near and... Read More

O’Rourke Declines to Sign Activists’ No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge
2020 Elections
O’Rourke Declines to Sign Activists’ No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke declined to sign a pledge from climate activists not to accept any money from the fossil fuel industry, saying he won’t take donations from oil and gas executives, lobbyists or political action committees... Read More

White House to Allow US Citizens to Sue Over Property Confiscated in Cuba Decades Ago
White House
White House to Allow US Citizens to Sue Over Property Confiscated in Cuba Decades Ago

WASHINGTON — Ending more than 20 years of practice, the Trump administration will allow U.S. citizens to sue over property confiscated from them in Cuba after the 1959 revolution, with potential defendants including the Cuban government and major European and... Read More

Bernhardt’s Office Acknowledges Meetings Were Left Off Public Schedule
Dep. of Interior
Bernhardt’s Office Acknowledges Meetings Were Left Off Public Schedule

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department has acknowledged that Secretary David Bernhardt’s staff intentionally left controversial meetings with representatives of fossil fuel, timber and water interests off his public calendar, citing “internal protocol” governing his schedules. The department also confirmed that... Read More

Behind Grass-Roots Talk, Big Checks Remain Lifeblood for 2020 Presidential Hopefuls
2020 Elections
Behind Grass-Roots Talk, Big Checks Remain Lifeblood for 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

WASHINGTON — In a presidential race where almost every candidate claims to be supported by small donors and immune from the ills of big money in politics, the first round of campaign finance disclosure statements has made clear that some... Read More

Trump Vetoes Measure Barring US Role in Saudi-led Yemen War
Yemen
Trump Vetoes Measure Barring US Role in Saudi-led Yemen War

President Donald Trump vetoed on Tuesday a measure passed by Congress earlier this month demanding that he withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House said in a statement. “This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt... Read More

New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling
New Mexico
New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling
2019-04-16 21:32:34
by Tom Ramstack

Members of a U.S. House committee advocated for stricter oil and natural gas drilling regulations during a hearing Monday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources said lax regulations are creating too... Read More

Exceptional Midterm Winners Headline Latest Class of NewDEAL’s Rising Democrats
Political News
Exceptional Midterm Winners Headline Latest Class of NewDEAL’s Rising Democrats
2019-04-16 21:22:29
by TWN Staff

Twenty leaders from fifteen states have been chosen to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a wide array of communities. The new members... Read More

What's In a Name? The Supreme Court Will Decide in ‘FUCT’ Trademark Dispute
Supreme Court
What's In a Name? The Supreme Court Will Decide in ‘FUCT’ Trademark Dispute
2019-04-16 21:12:28
by Dan McCue

Perhaps it should have been docketed as the case that dare not speak its name. At least that's how it seemed Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court convened to hear arguments on whether the First Amendment's protection of freedom of... Read More

Mueller and His Investigation Still Largely An Enigma On Eve of Report's Release
In The News
Mueller and His Investigation Still Largely An Enigma On Eve of Report's Release
2019-04-16 21:04:13
by Dan McCue

On Thursday, the world will get its first real, if redacted, look at the final report detailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with those activities. Throughout it... Read More

Oregon's Read Is Steeped In Public Service, Embracing Opportunities
In The States
Oregon's Read Is Steeped In Public Service, Embracing Opportunities
2019-04-16 20:56:14
by Dan McCue

Tobias Read chuckled. The Oregon state treasurer wasn't long into a conversation when his caller asked why it is that his colleagues in government speak so highly of him. After a self-effacing pause, Read said he's just been lucky. "I... Read More

California Hits Back as Trump Threatens to ‘Dump’ Immigrants in ‘Sanctuary Cities’
Immigration
California Hits Back as Trump Threatens to ‘Dump’ Immigrants in ‘Sanctuary Cities’

LOS ANGELES — California Democrats this week stepped up their attacks on President Donald Trump over his threat to send immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities, even as experts suggested the president’s plan could backfire and lure more migrants to the... Read More

Russian Support for Stalin Surges to Record High, Poll Shows
Russia
Russian Support for Stalin Surges to Record High, Poll Shows

MOSCOW— Respect among Russians for Josef Stalin has surged to the highest level of President Vladimir Putin’s era, with 70% saying his rule had been good for the country, according to a poll tracking attitudes toward the Soviet dictator. A... Read More

Opioid Treatment Programs Gear Up to Provide Suicide Care
Health
Opioid Treatment Programs Gear Up to Provide Suicide Care

WASHINGTON — It’s long been suspected that the nation’s unprecedented drug overdose epidemic and sharply rising suicide rates are linked. Now health researchers are finding concrete evidence that the two preventable causes of death — which are among the top... Read More

On This Slate, No Simple Platform for Democrats
2020 Elections
On This Slate, No Simple Platform for Democrats

In 1992, Bill Clinton won the White House focused on a message so elegantly simple the slogan became campaign legend: It’s the economy, stupid. In this presidential race, it’s a lot of things. Abolishing the Electoral College. Ending the Senate... Read More

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