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Previously Deported Parents Hope to Resume Asylum Claims and Get Their Children Back
Immigration
Previously Deported Parents Hope to Resume Asylum Claims and Get Their Children Back

SAN DIEGO — Seventeen parents who had been separated from their children by immigration authorities were released from a detention center near Calexico this week, more than a month after they returned to the Mexico border to claim asylum in... Read More

Former White House Counsel Arrested On Lying about Foreign Lobbying Charge
In The News
Former White House Counsel Arrested On Lying about Foreign Lobbying Charge
2019-04-12 20:21:04
by Tom Ramstack

Former White House counsel Gregory Craig was arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C. on charges that he lied to federal investigators about his role in a foreign lobbying campaign on behalf of the Ukrainian government. Craig worked for the Washington law... Read More

Supreme Court Poised to Tackle Census Question, Wages for Offshore Oil Workers and More
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Poised to Tackle Census Question, Wages for Offshore Oil Workers and More
2019-04-12 20:18:58
by Dan McCue

After a relatively quiet start to the month, oral arguments resume before the U.S. Supreme Court next week with several noteworthy cases on the docket. As is their custom, the justices have scheduled hearings on cases that resolved splits among... Read More

Bipartisan Taxpayer First Act Eliminates Opportunity for IRS to Create Automatic Tax Filing System
Taxes
Bipartisan Taxpayer First Act Eliminates Opportunity for IRS to Create Automatic Tax Filing System
2019-04-12 19:58:25
by Sean Trambley

Tax season is upon us, and this year it seems many Americans are frustrated with smaller refund checks after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has failed to live up to the hype for most working families. But in... Read More

Some Muslim Immigrants Distrust Census in Trump Era
Immigration
Some Muslim Immigrants Distrust Census in Trump Era

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — This two-block commercial strip of the Midwood neighborhood features a mosque, halal markets and restaurants, and tailor shops with colorful shalwar kameez pantsuits, all catering to the Pakistani immigrant community wedged between a Jewish neighborhood and a... Read More

On the Border, Volunteer Doctors Struggle to Provide Stopgap Care to Immigrants
Health
On the Border, Volunteer Doctors Struggle to Provide Stopgap Care to Immigrants

EL PASO, Texas — It wasn’t the rash covering Meliza’s feet and legs that worried Dr. José Manuel de la Rosa. What concerned him were the deep bruises beneath. They were a sign she could be experiencing something far more... Read More

Elite Hospitals Plunge Into Unproven Stem Cell Treatments
Health
Elite Hospitals Plunge Into Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

The online video seems to promise everything an arthritis patient could want. The six-minute segment mimics a morning talk show, using a polished TV host to interview guests around a coffee table. Dr. Adam Pourcho extols the benefits of stem... Read More

To Save the Monarch Butterfly, Mexican Scientists Are Moving a Forest 1,000 Feet Up a Mountain
Environment
To Save the Monarch Butterfly, Mexican Scientists Are Moving a Forest 1,000 Feet Up a Mountain

EJIDO LA MESA, Mexico — As a boy, Francisco Ramirez Cruz loved hiking with his grandfather up into the mountains of central Mexico. While the old man grazed sheep or hunted for wild mushrooms, Ramirez would play amid the throngs... Read More

A Homeless Man Wandered in One Day, and This Arizona Town Adopted Him
Featured
A Homeless Man Wandered in One Day, and This Arizona Town Adopted Him

KINGMAN, Ariz. — In an era where the legions of homeless are at best tolerated, residents in Kingman, Ariz., have embraced an eccentric man they call “Santa James” like a long-lost friend. For years, the white-bearded man in the red... Read More

Sudan Military Ousts President al-Bashir, Who Took Power in His Own Coup Nearly 30 Years Ago
Sudan
Sudan Military Ousts President al-Bashir, Who Took Power in His Own Coup Nearly 30 Years Ago

BEIRUT — Sudan’s military ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday, delivering the deathblow to the authoritarian’s nearly 30-year rule following months of intense protests. Sudanese Defense Minister Awad ibn Ouf went on state television to declare “the uprooting... Read More

South Korean Leader’s Visit Highlights Trump’s Stalled Nuclear Talks With Kim Jong Un
Foreign Affairs
South Korean Leader’s Visit Highlights Trump’s Stalled Nuclear Talks With Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that “a third summit could happen” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he worked with South Korea to jump-start stalled nuclear diplomacy on the peninsula. “It’s step by step,” Trump told... Read More

Will the Senate Change Tradition to Ease the Way for GOP Legislation?
Congress
Will the Senate Change Tradition to Ease the Way for GOP Legislation?

WASHINGTON — A top GOP senator wants to make it easier to debate legislation — an historic step that would smooth the path for Republican-authored initiatives. Floating the controversial idea is Sen. Roy Blunt, the Rules Committee chairman who just... Read More

Pelosi Details How Democrats Hope to Protect and Expand House Majority
2020 Elections
Pelosi Details How Democrats Hope to Protect and Expand House Majority

LEESBURG, Va. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi guaranteed Thursday that Democrats will maintain and expand their majority in 2020. The California Democrat claimed at a Politico Playbook event last week that she will have House races won by this November —... Read More

Applications for Jobless Benefits Drop to a 49-year Low, Inflation Remains Tame
Economy
Applications for Jobless Benefits Drop to a 49-year Low, Inflation Remains Tame
2019-04-11 20:43:28
by Dan McCue

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in the United States fell last week to its lowest level since December 1969, the Labor Department said Thursday. The last time unemployment benefits claims were this low, Jay-Z was a newborn in... Read More

Assange Charged With Computer Hacking in US Following UK Arrest
Law
Assange Charged With Computer Hacking in US Following UK Arrest
2019-04-11 20:33:26
by Dan McCue

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's nearly seven-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London came to an abrupt end on Thursday morning when police entered the building and arrested him after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. In a statement, London's Metropolitan police... Read More

Blue States Fear Exodus of Rich Taxpayers, But Study Finds No Sign — Yet
Economy
Blue States Fear Exodus of Rich Taxpayers, But Study Finds No Sign — Yet

The new federal tax law’s cap on deducting state and local income taxes has caused much hand-wringing in high-tax states like California that rely heavily on their richest taxpayers. But a study this week found no sign — yet —... Read More

Astronomers Unveil First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole
Technology
Astronomers Unveil First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

In the swirling heart of a distant galaxy, 55 million light-years from Earth, lies a supermassive black hole with a mass 6.5 billion times greater than that of our sun. The gravitational pull of this dark beast in the Messier... Read More

Barr Walks Back Testimony on ‘Spying’ After Making a Stir
In The News
Barr Walks Back Testimony on ‘Spying’ After Making a Stir

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr sought to “please add one point of clarification” at the end of his testimony Wednesday before a Senate appropriations subcommittee — and the veteran law enforcement official needed it. Cable news and social media... Read More

Israeli Government in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Fifth Term Is Likely to Turn Hard Right
Israel
Israeli Government in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Fifth Term Is Likely to Turn Hard Right

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory suggests the government he forms in a record fifth term is likely to espouse more nationalistic views and show little inclination to negotiate peace with Palestinians. Netanyahu finished neck-and-neck with his... Read More

Congress Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
Environment
Congress Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
2019-04-11 12:16:33
by Dan McCue

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Representative Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., fast-tracked passage... Read More

Federal Deficit Projected to Exceed $1 Trillion By Late September
Economy
Federal Deficit Projected to Exceed $1 Trillion By Late September
2019-04-10 21:15:23
by Dan McCue

The federal budget deficit for the fiscal year to date is $691 billion and will exceed $1 trillion by the time the current budget year ends in September, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. In its monthly report on the government's... Read More

Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining
Health
Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining
2019-04-10 13:01:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a congressional hearing Tuesday. Lawmakers called the hearing to address concerns raised by Trump administration policies to loosen environmental restrictions on... Read More

Did Trump Administration Break Law by Blocking Florida Reps From Entering Migrant Shelter?
Immigration
Did Trump Administration Break Law by Blocking Florida Reps From Entering Migrant Shelter?

MIAMI — Three Florida congresswomen were sent home Monday after attempting to inspect the Homestead, Fla., child detention center. On April 3, U.S. Reps. Donna Shalala, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, South Florida’s three Democratic representatives, had requested to... Read More

Israel Election: Netanyahu and Gantz Both Claim Victory as Exit Polls Show Near-Tie
Israel
Israel Election: Netanyahu and Gantz Both Claim Victory as Exit Polls Show Near-Tie

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival both claimed victory in Tuesday’s election after exit polls pointed to a virtual dead heat in a fiercely contested race — presaging a new fight on the battleground of... Read More

Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes
Technology
Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes
2019-04-10 00:09:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats in Congress used a hearing Tuesday to criticize President Donald Trump and social media companies for encouraging white nationalism and hate crimes. They cited FBI statistics showing hate crimes have increased since Trump took office in 2016.... Read More

Is Texas an Option for Democrats?
Political News
Is Texas an Option for Democrats?
2019-04-10 00:05:48
by Dan McCue

Fresh off helping to flip two U.S. House seats in Texas in the 2018 midterms, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Tuesday that it is stepping up its focus in the Lone Star State in 2020 by opening a regional... Read More

Redacted Mueller Report 'Within a Week' Barr Tells Congress
Congress
Redacted Mueller Report 'Within a Week' Barr Tells Congress
2019-04-10 00:02:41
by Dan McCue

Attorney General William Barr told a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he expects to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election "within a week" as he repeatedly defended his handling... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
Innovation
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
2019-04-09 23:58:25
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Pat Toomey R-Pa., announced the introduction of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, legislation that would support small businesses by removing burdensome restrictions from individuals who want to invest in... Read More

Mnuchin Tells House Panel He'll 'Follow the Law' on Trump Tax Returns
Congress
Mnuchin Tells House Panel He'll 'Follow the Law' on Trump Tax Returns
2019-04-09 23:53:08
by Dan McCue

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a House subcommittee Tuesday that his department intends to "follow the law" and is reviewing a request from the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to provide six years of President Donald Trump's... Read More

McAdams Proposes Balanced Budget Amendment, Blue Dog Coalition Endorses
Federal Budget
McAdams Proposes Balanced Budget Amendment, Blue Dog Coalition Endorses
2019-04-09 23:41:23
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally-responsible Democrats, has endorsed a Balanced Budget Amendment authored by Representative Ben McAdams, the co-chair of the organization's task force on fiscal responsibility and government reform. McAdams, a Democrat from Utah, is the first to... Read More

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