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Unaccompanied Children Stuck in Tijuana, Hoping to Reach US
Immigration
Unaccompanied Children Stuck in Tijuana, Hoping to Reach US

Some migrant children who traveled alone up to the U.S. border have not been allowed to request asylum despite assurances from federal immigration officials that they prioritize unaccompanied minors. As a result, a backlog of children waiting to ask the... Read More

Diplomats, Washington Skittish on Maduro’s Downfall in Venezuela
Foreign Affairs
Diplomats, Washington Skittish on Maduro’s Downfall in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — The excitement in some U.S. and foreign diplomatic circles about the rise of Juan Guaido and an expectation for the fall of Nicolas Maduro has been replaced by frustration over the Venezuelan leader’s staying power and concerns about... Read More

US Judge Throws Out Trump’s Arctic Oil Leasing Order
Environment
US Judge Throws Out Trump’s Arctic Oil Leasing Order

President Donald Trump’s attempt to restore oil and gas leasing in U.S. waters was blocked by a federal judge in Alaska in a victory for environmentalists who argued that offshore drilling isn’t worth the risk. U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason... Read More

Census Bureau Says Arabs and Persians Are White, but Many Disagree
Featured
Census Bureau Says Arabs and Persians Are White, but Many Disagree

Samira Damavandi knows that when she fills out her 2020 census form, she will be counted. But it pains her that, in some way, she will also be forgotten. When asked to mark her race, Damavandi will encounter options for... Read More

Return to the Moon Could Be Steppingstone to Mars
In The News
Return to the Moon Could Be Steppingstone to Mars

No humans have walked on the moon since 1972, when the Apollo 17 crew left the lunar surface. Since then, returning to the moon has been an almost perennial refrain among U.S. presidential administrations. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence... Read More

San Francisco Could Become the First US City to Eliminate New HIV Infections
Health
San Francisco Could Become the First US City to Eliminate New HIV Infections

  SAN FRANCISCO — In a different city, in a different decade, the news would have changed David’s life forever. Instead the graduate student, who dreams of some day acting and teaching, told himself one thing as he waited for... Read More

Third Way Says Congress Must Ensure Higher Ed Meets Need of Hard-Working Students
Education
Third Way Says Congress Must Ensure Higher Ed Meets Need of Hard-Working Students
2019-03-30 00:38:19
by Dan McCue

The public policy think tank Third Way has thrown its support behind the PROTECT Students Act, a bill introduced this week by Senators Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that seeks to hold colleges, for-profit schools, and other institutions... Read More

Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
Opioids
Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
2019-03-30 00:16:11
by Dan McCue

New Hampshire will receive an additional $11.9 million to address the state's opioid crisis thanks to the willingness of the Granite State's congressional delegation to reach across the aisle and seek bipartisan support for the infusion of federal funding. New... Read More

Cunningham Champions Bipartisan Push to Ban Offshore Drilling Expansion
Environment
Cunningham Champions Bipartisan Push to Ban Offshore Drilling Expansion
2019-03-30 00:11:07
by Dan McCue

First-term Representative Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., this week introduced legislation aimed at banning offshore oil and gas exploration on the eastern seaboard and Pacific Coast. Offshore oil and gas exploration has been a hot-button issue in South Carolina and many other... Read More

Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
Education
Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
2019-03-30 00:08:24
by Dan McCue

A recent study by Third Way, an independent and centrist think tank based in Washington, DC, focuses on the potential economic and personal benefits that would be attained if policies were enacted to push the rate of postsecondary completion up... Read More

Luján Appears Poised to Enter New Mexico Senate Race
Political News
Luján Appears Poised to Enter New Mexico Senate Race
2019-03-30 00:04:58
by Dan McCue

Democratic Representative Ben Ray Luján is "seriously considering" a run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico, according to a source familiar with the congressman's plans, and at least one published report says his decision will be announced Monday. The... Read More

How a South Jersey District Struggled When a Wrestler Had to Forfeit His Dreadlocks or His Match
Featured
How a South Jersey District Struggled When a Wrestler Had to Forfeit His Dreadlocks or His Match

PHILADELPHIA — Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson had 90 seconds to decide: Forfeit your match or cut your dreadlocks. His response to his coach was immediate: “I’m going to cry, but cut it.” Minutes before, his coach, George... Read More

He’s Getting Into College Without the Help of Wealth and Privilege — and It’s Hard Work
Education
He’s Getting Into College Without the Help of Wealth and Privilege — and It’s Hard Work

LOS ANGELES — On the mantel in a South Los Angeles home, the lovingly arranged keepsakes reflect a family’s pride. Damion Lester Jr. smiles broadly in his senior class portrait, decked out in the blue cap and gown of nearby... Read More

A Historic Oil Platform Off Santa Barbara Turns Into a Rusty Ghost Ship
Featured
A Historic Oil Platform Off Santa Barbara Turns Into a Rusty Ghost Ship

ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The morning swell off the Santa Barbara coast is running high as the crew boat churns away from the pier west of Haskell’s Beach toward Platform Holly. Nearly a dozen lawyers and engineers, dressed in fire-retardant... Read More

Swing-State Democrats Move to Counter Party’s Drift Toward Left
Political News
Swing-State Democrats Move to Counter Party’s Drift Toward Left

WASHINGTON — Moderate House Democrats are going on the offensive. For weeks, the swing-district Democrats most responsible for the party’s House majority have fretted that progressive lightning rods like New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are distracting the party with proposals that... Read More

Rural America Faces a Housing Cost Crunch
Affordable Housing
Rural America Faces a Housing Cost Crunch

The problem of housing affordability, long a concern in popular big cities, has moved to rural America. Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s most rural counties have seen a sizeable increase this decade in the number of households spending at least... Read More

Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
Education
Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
2019-03-29 23:49:28
by Dan McCue

A recent study by Third Way, an independent and centrist think tank based in Washington, DC, focuses on the potential economic and personal benefits that would be attained if policies were enacted to push the rate of postsecondary completion up... Read More

New-Home Sales Surged in February to 11-Month High, Consumer Spending Lags
Education
New-Home Sales Surged in February to 11-Month High, Consumer Spending Lags
2019-03-29 23:37:27
by Dan McCue

Sales of newly built single-family homes surged in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That 4.9 percent increase is the highest level this category of home sales has reached since March 2018.... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
Health
Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
2019-03-29 23:36:03
by Tom Ramstack

A federal judge this week struck down a Trump administration plan that could have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer as a condition of receiving subsidized health care. At least 15 states were planning their own work for health... Read More

International Collaboration Seen As Key to Future Space Exploration
NASA
International Collaboration Seen As Key to Future Space Exploration
2019-03-29 23:33:10
by HJ Mai

When Vice President Mike Pence announced earlier this week that the United States plans to put astronauts back on the moon within five years, he appealed to America’s competitive spirit by declaring a new space race against U.S. adversaries China... Read More

After ‘Serial’ Podcast, Prosecutors Tested DNA Evidence in Adnan Syed Case. Here’s What They Found
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After ‘Serial’ Podcast, Prosecutors Tested DNA Evidence in Adnan Syed Case. Here’s What They Found

BALTIMORE — The HBO series examining the now-famous murder case against Adnan Syed left legions of fans in suspense this week at the hint of unknown DNA evidence. The 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee became a national obsession with... Read More

Chicago Sends Letter Trying to Recoup $130,000 From Smollett; Mayor Calls on Trump to ‘Sit This One Out’
In The News
Chicago Sends Letter Trying to Recoup $130,000 From Smollett; Mayor Calls on Trump to ‘Sit This One Out’

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will try to get “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to pay Chicago back for the costs of the investigation into his claim that he was the victim of a hate crime attack, saying paying... Read More

Trump’s Group Health Plan Rules Struck Down as ACA ‘End-Run’
Health
Trump’s Group Health Plan Rules Struck Down as ACA ‘End-Run’

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s health care initiatives intended as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare suffered a crucial defeat in Washington after a judge ruled the policy violates the Affordable Care Act. U.S. District Judge John Bates in... Read More

McConnell Moves Toward ‘Nuclear Option’ for Confirmation of Trump Nominees
Congress
McConnell Moves Toward ‘Nuclear Option’ for Confirmation of Trump Nominees

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set up debate next week to make it easier for Republicans to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees. The Kentucky Republican came to the floor Thursday afternoon to complain about the difficulty Republicans... Read More

House Launches Inquiry of Texas’ Botched Voter Purge
Voting
House Launches Inquiry of Texas’ Botched Voter Purge

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House oversight committee has launched a probe of Texas’ botched attempt to purge its voter rolls. “We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the... Read More

Miami to Host First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
Elections
Miami to Host First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
2019-03-28 18:10:31
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that Miami, Florida with be the host city for the first Democratic presidential primary debate. The debate, which is being broadcast by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo on back-to-back nights, is being held on June... Read More

737 Crashes Revamp Oversight, FAA Tells Congress
Transportation
737 Crashes Revamp Oversight, FAA Tells Congress
2019-03-28 18:04:30
by Dan McCue

Responding to widespread criticism of the FAA in the wake of two deadly crashes of Boeing's 737 Max outside the U.S., the inspector general of the Department of Transportation told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the agency plans to... Read More

Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
Transportation
Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
2019-03-28 17:50:59
by Dan McCue

The issues raised Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space went to the very heart of a conflict that has plagued aviation and the entities created to regulate it since the days of Charles... Read More

Shanahan’s Bid to Become Permanent Defense Secretary in Doubt
National Security
Shanahan’s Bid to Become Permanent Defense Secretary in Doubt

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan’s prospects to head the Pentagon are increasingly at risk as President Donald Trump holds off on picking him and an investigation continues into whether he’s showed favoritism toward Boeing Co., his former employer.... Read More

Poll: Most Republicans Want to See the Full Mueller Report
In The News
Poll: Most Republicans Want to See the Full Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — Most Republicans think the full Mueller report should be released to the public, a new poll has found. It’s a sharp departure from the position GOP lawmakers have established as they call for some parts of the report... Read More

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