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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

Internal Memos Say Administration Officials to Resume Forcing Asylum-Seekers to Wait in Mexico
Immigration
Internal Memos Say Administration Officials to Resume Forcing Asylum-Seekers to Wait in Mexico

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Monday to restart a controversial policy that forces Central American asylum-seekers to return to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims, an approach dubbed “Remain in Mexico.” The move came after a federal appeals... Read More

We Weep for You, Our Lady
Opinions
We Weep for You, Our Lady
2019-04-16 13:34:20
by We Weep for You, Our Lady

The first time I saw it, I could barely breathe. It was so beautiful against the cerulean sky. Our Lady of Paris. It looked like a mass of lace, draped over scaffolding, with giant crystal kaleidoscope windows. I fell in... Read More

Judge Orders Lockup of Chinese Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago
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Judge Orders Lockup of Chinese Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A federal judge Monday ordered the detention of Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman arrested trying to enter President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club. “It does appear to the court that Ms. Zhang was up to... Read More

Mueller Report to Be Released by Justice Department on Thursday
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Mueller Report to Be Released by Justice Department on Thursday

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to release its redacted version of the final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Thursday, providing Congress and the public with an expanded narrative of a historic investigation into Russian interference... Read More

North Carolina Lawmakers Open Door to Qualifying More Voter IDs for 2020
Voting
North Carolina Lawmakers Open Door to Qualifying More Voter IDs for 2020
2019-04-15 21:52:13
by Dan McCue

A bill filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives last week would ease some standards that identification cards issued by state colleges, universities and other institutions have to meet before they can be used as photo Voter ID in... Read More

Senators Demand Oversight for Nuclear Energy Talks With Saudi Arabia
Foreign Affairs
Senators Demand Oversight for Nuclear Energy Talks With Saudi Arabia
2019-04-15 17:02:53
by HJ Mai

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would require the  executive branch to issue quarterly reports to Congress when it allows U.S. companies to engage in nuclear energy cooperation with foreign nations. The move comes amid reports... Read More

One Year Into a Trade War with China, Illinois Whiskey, Soybeans and Metal Still Caught in the Crossfire
Trade
One Year Into a Trade War with China, Illinois Whiskey, Soybeans and Metal Still Caught in the Crossfire

CHICAGO — It’s been just over a year since President Donald Trump imposed steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, setting off a cascade of retaliatory tariffs throughout the summer that threatened to upend business at Chicago’s spirits distilleries, Illinois’... Read More

Military’s Grip on Power Challenged by Sudan Democracy Protests
Sudan
Military’s Grip on Power Challenged by Sudan Democracy Protests

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan’s transitional military council announced an end to a curfew and a commitment to hand power to a civilian government within two years, signaling that pro-democracy protests are weakening the army’s grip in the oil-producing African nation.... Read More

Trump’s Renewed Immigration Crackdown Won’t Escape Court Scrutiny
Immigration
Trump’s Renewed Immigration Crackdown Won’t Escape Court Scrutiny

SAN DIEGO — With a house-cleaning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, President Donald Trump is making it clear he wants to get even tougher on immigration. But can he? In his first two years in office, Trump has... Read More

White House Says Moving Migrants to Sanctuary Cities Under Review
White House
White House Says Moving Migrants to Sanctuary Cities Under Review

President Donald Trump is serious about relocating migrants to sanctuary cities, and while it’s not the administration’s first choice, it’s being reviewed and would help relieve the burden of migrants flooding border cities, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders... Read More

Kamala Harris Releases 15 Years of Tax Returns
2020 Elections
Kamala Harris Releases 15 Years of Tax Returns

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris released 15 years of tax returns on Sunday, offering a glimpse into how the California public servant ascended the financial ranks to become a multimillionaire. The documents span the entirety of Harris’ career in elected... Read More

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Is the Hottest Thing in Politics. Can It Last?
2020 Elections
Mayor Pete Buttigieg Is the Hottest Thing in Politics. Can It Last?

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Pete Buttigieg was home recently, back in the Indiana city where he was born and serves as mayor. He was at the library on Main Street, at a book signing for his autobiography, and everything seemed familiar,... Read More

UCSD Patient Gets First Cancer Treatment Made From Stem Cells
Health
UCSD Patient Gets First Cancer Treatment Made From Stem Cells

SAN DIEGO — A new form of cancer immunotherapy has been given to a University of California, San Diego Health patient in the first test of immune cells grown from stem cells. The patient, Derek Ruff, is being treated for... Read More

Heavy Rains, End of Drought Could Help Keep West Nile Virus Subdued — For Now
Health
Heavy Rains, End of Drought Could Help Keep West Nile Virus Subdued — For Now

The end of California’s drought, announced last month amid one of the rainiest winters in memory, could offer a surprising benefit: reduced transmission of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. Longer term, however, more severe droughts associated with climate change could... Read More

White House Sees Egyptian Energy Forum as a ‘Roadmap to Middle East Peace’
White House
White House Sees Egyptian Energy Forum as a ‘Roadmap to Middle East Peace’

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration this week asked Egyptian authorities for a seat at the table at an upcoming energy summit in Cairo, seeking a leading role in the establishment of a major gas forum in the Eastern Mediterranean, two... Read More

House Democrats Give IRS an Extension to Provide Trump Tax Returns
Congress
House Democrats Give IRS an Extension to Provide Trump Tax Returns

  WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal is giving the IRS an extension until 5 p.m. on April 23 to produce the six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns he requested earlier this month. The... Read More

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
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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

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