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New Poll Highlights Key Role Women of Color Played in 2018 Election
Voting
New Poll Highlights Key Role Women of Color Played in 2018 Election
2019-04-04 15:12:50
by Dan McCue

Black, Latina, Asian-American and Pacific Islander women voted in historic numbers in 2018, inspired by issues they felt made it impossible for them to sit on the sidelines, a new poll says. The data was collected by Intersections of Our... Read More

House Panel Formally Asks IRS to Turn Over Trump Tax Returns
Congress
House Panel Formally Asks IRS to Turn Over Trump Tax Returns
2019-04-04 14:10:38
by Dan McCue

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday formally requested that the Internal Revenue Service turn over six years of President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Representative Richard... Read More

House Intel Committee Requests Interview with Melania Trump Friend Involved in Inauguration
In The News
House Intel Committee Requests Interview with Melania Trump Friend Involved in Inauguration

Amid increased scrutiny into President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the finances behind it, the House Intelligence Committee seeks to interview Stephanie Wolkoff, one of the event’s top planners. Wolkoff, a close friend and former adviser to first lady Melania Trump,... Read More

House Democrats Launch Effort to Expand Violence Against Women Act
Congress
House Democrats Launch Effort to Expand Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON — House Democrats take their first step this week to expand the Violence Against Women Act in an effort to prompt the Senate to do more than simply extend the lapsed domestic violence law — and they’ve included a... Read More

Is the Cost of Your Gasoline About to Rise? Washington Looks Ready to Talk About a Tax Hike
Energy
Is the Cost of Your Gasoline About to Rise? Washington Looks Ready to Talk About a Tax Hike

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and congressional Democrats have found something they agree on — and it could mean higher taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Last week, President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, Elaine Chao, told senators that a gas... Read More

Gaetz Unveils a Green Real Deal as a Counterproposal to Ocasio-Cortez’s Plan
Environment
Gaetz Unveils a Green Real Deal as a Counterproposal to Ocasio-Cortez’s Plan

WASHINGTON — Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Green Real Deal on Wednesday, a competing resolution to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, a sign the ambitious plan to combat climate change championed by the Democratic freshman has convinced some... Read More

Biden Promises to Be 'More Mindful' About Respecting Personal Space
2020 Elections
Biden Promises to Be 'More Mindful' About Respecting Personal Space
2019-04-04 00:00:55
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday responded to accusations about him inappropriately touching women by releasing a video in which he says he will be more mindful in the future of people's personal space. In the two-minute video, which... Read More

McConnell Detonates 'Nuclear Option' to Speed Approval of Trump Nominees
U.S. Senate
McConnell Detonates 'Nuclear Option' to Speed Approval of Trump Nominees
2019-04-03 23:57:12
by Dan McCue

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday forced through a rule change, the so-called "nuclear option," to cut back on debate over President Donald Trump’s judicial and administrative nominees. McConnell claims the move was necessary because debate over Trump nominees... Read More

Trump Vs. Nadler: Reviving a New York Street Fight
Political News
Trump Vs. Nadler: Reviving a New York Street Fight
2019-04-03 19:16:27
by Dan McCue

The president's expression turned sour. Standing alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump considered the reporter's question for a fleeting moment and then began launching broadsides. He'd been asked about House Judiciary Committee's scheduled vote Wednesday morning... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Approves Subpoenas for Mueller Report
Congress
House Judiciary Committee Approves Subpoenas for Mueller Report
2019-04-03 19:12:17
by Dan McCue

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved subpoenas for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report increasing pressure on the Justice Department to release the document without redactions. The committee voted 24-17 to give Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., permission... Read More

Blue Dogs Name Adam Finkel Policy Coordinator
Political News
Blue Dogs Name Adam Finkel Policy Coordinator
2019-04-03 14:02:33
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday announced Adam Finkel has joined its staff in the role of policy coordinator. Finkel, who previously served as Director of Government Relations for the American Academy of Audiology, will work alongside Brooke Lillard, who... Read More

Lori Lightfoot Elected Chicago Mayor, Making Her the First African American Woman to Lead the City
Local Elections
Lori Lightfoot Elected Chicago Mayor, Making Her the First African American Woman to Lead the City

CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot won a resounding victory Tuesday night to become both the first African American woman and openly gay person elected mayor of Chicago, dealing a stinging defeat to a political establishment that has reigned over City Hall... Read More

State Prosecutor Opens Probe Into Baltimore Mayor’s ‘Healthy Holly’ Book Sales
In The News
State Prosecutor Opens Probe Into Baltimore Mayor’s ‘Healthy Holly’ Book Sales

BALTIMORE — The Maryland state prosecutor has opened an investigation into Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s sales of her self-published children’s books, Pugh’s lawyer said Tuesday. “The mayor will be cooperating with that investigation to the fullest extent possible,” attorney Steven... Read More

For Independent Voters, California Lawmakers Seek to End Ballot Confusion
State Elections
For Independent Voters, California Lawmakers Seek to End Ballot Confusion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the days leading up to California’s primary three years ago, the complaints from unaffiliated independent voters started pouring in. They were promised they could vote in the closely watched Democratic race for the White House, but... Read More

Philadelphia Sheriff Tells Feds: ICE Agents Must Now Identify Themselves to Deputies in City Courtrooms
Immigration
Philadelphia Sheriff Tells Feds: ICE Agents Must Now Identify Themselves to Deputies in City Courtrooms

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams has told federal authorities that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents now must identify themselves to deputies if they are on duty inside a Philadelphia courtroom. His action comes after a Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily... Read More

Chinese Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago with Malware on Thumb Drive
In The News
Chinese Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago with Malware on Thumb Drive

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A 32-year-old Chinese woman was arrested over the weekend for giving false information to get into Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump was visiting his Palm Beach estate. Yujing Zhang was charged with making false statements... Read More

Analysis: Trump Keeps Border Closure Idea Alive — Without Committing
Foreign Affairs
Analysis: Trump Keeps Border Closure Idea Alive — Without Committing

WASHINGTON — Consider Donald Trump the threatener-in-chief. It’s simply how the president starts any negotiation he deems worthy of having. The president has made countless threats about everything from nuclear war with North Korea to firing various Cabinet officials to... Read More

Bridgepoint Education Is Now Zovio, Announces Arizona Headquarters
Education
Bridgepoint Education Is Now Zovio, Announces Arizona Headquarters
2019-04-03 00:04:27
by Dan McCue

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. has changed its name to Zovio Inc., advancing the company's strategy and transformation into an education technology services company. In addition to the name change, the company, which partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver... Read More

House Oversight Committee Votes to Issue Subpoena in Security Clearance Probe
National Security
House Oversight Committee Votes to Issue Subpoena in Security Clearance Probe
2019-04-02 21:16:49
by Dan McCue

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday afternoon voted to authorize a subpoena for a former White House official to testify as part of a probe into the Trump administration’s security clearance process. The committee voted 22-15, on party lines, to... Read More

Ex-Hill Staffer Sentenced to Prison for Election Crimes Scheme
Corruption
Ex-Hill Staffer Sentenced to Prison for Election Crimes Scheme
2019-04-02 21:12:46
by Dan McCue

A former congressional staffer was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay more than a half million dollars in restitution for a multi-year scheme in which he defrauded donors and used a portion of the proceeds to... Read More

NewDeal Marks 8 Years of Championing Innovative Good Governance
Political News
NewDeal Marks 8 Years of Championing Innovative Good Governance
2019-04-02 21:08:15
by Dan McCue

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces many on the political fringes had long argued they were. For those who may not be familiar with the group,... Read More

Trump Backtracks on GOP Health Plan Push Before Election
Health
Trump Backtracks on GOP Health Plan Push Before Election
2019-04-02 21:02:09
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday night on his renewed push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Taking a break from lambasting congressional Democrats via Twitter for their demands to see Special Counsel... Read More

North Carolina GOP Chair, Donor Charged in Bribery Scheme
Law
North Carolina GOP Chair, Donor Charged in Bribery Scheme
2019-04-02 20:57:40
by Dan McCue

A federal grand jury has indicted the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and a major Republican campaign donor on conspiracy and bribery charges related to a bid to curry favor with the state's insurance commissioner. Robert Cannon "Robin"... Read More

Labor Unions Wade Into 2020 Race With Caution After Being Burned in 2016
2020 Elections
Labor Unions Wade Into 2020 Race With Caution After Being Burned in 2016

WASHINGTON — As Democratic presidential candidates compete for coveted labor union endorsements that can bring an infusion of campaign resources and manpower, they are not the only ones on edge. Labor leaders are also anxious — eager not to renew... Read More

Boeing Needs More Time to Assess 737 Max Software Fix, FAA Says
Transportation
Boeing Needs More Time to Assess 737 Max Software Fix, FAA Says

WASHINGTON — U.S. aviation regulators say a fix being developed for Boeing Co.’s grounded 737 Max won’t be approved quickly. The safety system linked to two fatal crashes since October is being revamped by Boeing to make it less aggressive... Read More

As Trump Threatens to Close Border, Experts Warn of Billions in Economic Damage
Economy
As Trump Threatens to Close Border, Experts Warn of Billions in Economic Damage

WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration abruptly shuttered the San Ysidro border crossing for five hours on the Sunday after Thanksgiving following a skirmish with a group of migrants, holiday traffic snarled for hours south of San Diego. Businesses on... Read More

White House Immigration Plan May Call for Commission on Future Visas
White House
White House Immigration Plan May Call for Commission on Future Visas

WASHINGTON — The White House is nearing completion of a proposal to revamp the legal immigration system that could include the creation of an independent blue-ribbon commission that would help decide how many future visas will be allocated and what... Read More

Whistleblower Tells Congress of 25 Questionable White House Clearances
Congress
Whistleblower Tells Congress of 25 Questionable White House Clearances

WASHINGTON — House Democrats said Monday they will subpoena a former official in the White House Personnel Security Office after a woman who works there told them that top-secret clearances were handled improperly, including some for top aides to the... Read More

Poll Finds Most Likely Democratic Primary Voters Want to Back Coalition Builder
2020 Elections
Poll Finds Most Likely Democratic Primary Voters Want to Back Coalition Builder
2019-04-01 22:18:12
by Dan McCue

A majority of likely Democratic primary voters want above all else in 2020 to beat President Donald Trump and say the way to do it is by supporting a centrist candidate with broad appeal rather than one trying to move... Read More

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Mueller Report Subpoenas
Political News
House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Mueller Report Subpoenas
2019-04-01 16:20:16
by Dan McCue

The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote on subpoenas this week seeking release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report. House Democrats have set an April 2 deadline for receiving a copy of the full Mueller report, but... Read More

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