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Democrats Look to Defend Health Care Law With Amendment to Disaster Aid Bill
Health
Democrats Look to Defend Health Care Law With Amendment to Disaster Aid Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Wednesday said Democrats would propose an amendment to a $13.45 billion disaster aid package that would block the Justice Department from carrying out President Donald Trump’s push for a court ruling... Read More

House Passes Gender Pay Gap Bill, A Top Democratic Priority
Congress
House Passes Gender Pay Gap Bill, A Top Democratic Priority

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Wednesday passed another one of their top party priorities, a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act that is designed to help close the gender pay gap. HR 7 passed on a vote of 242-187, with... Read More

Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission
Pentagon
Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission
2019-03-27 23:57:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in space to growing threats from China and Russia. They are trying to convince Congress to authorize a new branch of... Read More

Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
Economy
Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
2019-03-27 23:19:34
by Dan McCue

Nine members of the New Democrat Coalition, led by vice chairs Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday, urging him to abandon his threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on auto... Read More

Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
Health
Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
2019-03-27 23:13:45
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday threw its support behind two bipartisan bills that aim to lower prescription drug costs and increase transparency in the drug pricing system. The coalition is a House caucus of moderate and fiscally responsible Democrats.... Read More

Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
Climate
Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
2019-03-27 23:06:16
by Dan McCue

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new bill, the Climate Action Now Act, aiming to hold the Trump administration to the United States' original commitments under the... Read More

New Rules Will Ease Patients’ Access to Electronic Medical Records, Senate Panel Says
Health
New Rules Will Ease Patients’ Access to Electronic Medical Records, Senate Panel Says

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate health committee on Tuesday backed new federal regulations to remove roadblocks patients can face in obtaining copies of their electronic medical records. “These proposed rules remove barriers and should make it easier for... Read More

Prosecutors Ratchet Up Pressure on Parents in Admission Scandal With New Charges
Education
Prosecutors Ratchet Up Pressure on Parents in Admission Scandal With New Charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a Palo Alto, Calif., couple on charges they hired William “Rick” Singer, the confessed ringleader of a college admissions cheating scam, to rig their son’s college entrance exam, according to court records filed Tuesday.... Read More

Trump Complained That Puerto Rico Has Gotten Too Much Aid, Senators Say
Puerto Rico
Trump Complained That Puerto Rico Has Gotten Too Much Aid, Senators Say

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump during a private lunch with Republican senators on Tuesday leveled criticism at Puerto Rico’s use of past disaster aid, further complicating the Senate’s struggle to pass a $14 billion relief bill. Trump used charts to... Read More

NASA Cancels First All-Female Spacewalk for an Odd Reason
NASA
NASA Cancels First All-Female Spacewalk for an Odd Reason

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first all-female spacewalk — featuring a graduate from N.C. State University — has been canceled by NASA for an odd reason. They couldn’t find a space suit the right size in the closets of the International... Read More

What We’re Still Learning From the Exxon Valdez Environmental Debacle 3 Decades Later
Environment
What We’re Still Learning From the Exxon Valdez Environmental Debacle 3 Decades Later

SEATTLE — Before dawn on March 24, 1989, Dan Lawn stepped off of a small boat and onto the boarding ladder dangling from the side of the grounded Exxon Valdez oil tanker. As he made the crossover, he peered down... Read More

Survey Finds Broad Support for LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections
Civil Rights
Survey Finds Broad Support for LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections
2019-03-27 00:19:22
by Dan McCue

On the heels of Congress’ introduction of the Equality Act, a landmark national survey of over 40,000 Americans has found that seven in 10 Americans support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. The survey released Tuesday by the nonprofit and nonpartisan... Read More

Trump’s Border Funding Demand Will Hamper Pentagon, Shanahan Says
National Security
Trump’s Border Funding Demand Will Hamper Pentagon, Shanahan Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s order to shift military funds to build a wall at the southern border will hamper the Pentagon’s ability to reprogram funds to meet defense needs in the future, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan conceded. “We... Read More

The Russia Investigation Is Over; Russian Meddling In Elections Isn’t
Elections
The Russia Investigation Is Over; Russian Meddling In Elections Isn’t

WASHINGTON — When Robert S. Mueller III turns off the lights in the special counsel’s office for the final time, he will leave behind an exhaustive blueprint of how Moscow meddled in the last presidential election, one pieced together from... Read More

Supreme Court Justices Struggle With Where to Draw the Line on Partisan Gerrymandering
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justices Struggle With Where to Draw the Line on Partisan Gerrymandering
2019-03-27 00:10:38
by Dan McCue

As the U.S. Supreme Court waded into a pair of gerrymandering cases on Tuesday, a majority of the justices struggled mightily with the question of just how a federal court can fairly determine when state legislatures have been too partisan... Read More

Single-Family Home Construction Slowed More Than Expected in February
Economy
Single-Family Home Construction Slowed More Than Expected in February
2019-03-27 00:06:52
by Dan McCue

Construction of new single-family homes dropped more than expected in February, surpassing an 18-month low, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Last month, so-called "housing starts" slumped 8.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.16 million units -- down from... Read More

House Democratic Leaders Set Deadline to See Full Mueller Report
Political News
House Democratic Leaders Set Deadline to See Full Mueller Report
2019-03-26 23:59:24
by Dan McCue

The Democratic chairs of six House committees sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr late Monday demanding that Congress receive Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on his Russia probe no later than Tuesday, April 2. In their letter,... Read More

Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
Health
Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
2019-03-26 23:55:37
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Monday night that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. In a letter filed in the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the Justice Department said it... Read More

Bipartisan House Resolution Introduced Rebuking Global BDS Movement and Supporting Two State Solution in Israel
Bipartisan
Bipartisan House Resolution Introduced Rebuking Global BDS Movement and Supporting Two State Solution in Israel
2019-03-26 23:40:46
by TWN Staff

This week, four members of the House introduced a bipartisan resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. Text of the resolution, introduced by Representatives Brad Schneider, D-Ill., Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Lee... Read More

San Diego Mayor Proposes New Law to Ban Living in Vehicles
In The News
San Diego Mayor Proposes New Law to Ban Living in Vehicles

SAN DIEGO — Faced with a flood of homeless people living in cars near the beach, San Diego officials said Monday they will pass a new version of the city’s vehicle habitation law, which banned living in vehicles. The proposed... Read More

In N.H., Even Long Shots Draw Crowds
2020 Elections
In N.H., Even Long Shots Draw Crowds

LEBANON, N.H. — Beto O’Rourke’s road trip had come and gone after three whirlwind days of events across New Hampshire. But the candidates who campaigned in his wake this past weekend also received enthusiastic welcomes, even without standing on countertops.... Read More

State Policies Might Keep Stroke Patients From the Care They Need
Health
State Policies Might Keep Stroke Patients From the Care They Need

WASHINGTON — When Hollywood actor Luke Perry suffered what would be a fatal stroke last month, he was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of only 178 hospitals in the country licensed to provide a key advanced... Read More

Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Leave Redistricting to Congress
Supreme Court
Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Leave Redistricting to Congress

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday in two partisan gerrymandering cases that could scramble congressional districts and change the way states redraw maps after the 2020 Census, marking the second consecutive year the justices will consider the... Read More

12 Defendants Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Bribery Scandal
Education
12 Defendants Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Bribery Scandal

A dozen defendants pleaded not guilty Monday in the college admissions cheating scandal — three of them linked to bribes allegedly paid by actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The court cameos came after Yale announced that a student whose... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Foreign Corporation's Appeal of Mueller Subpoena
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rejects Foreign Corporation's Appeal of Mueller Subpoena
2019-03-25 22:47:16
by Dan McCue

Robert Mueller's investigation may be over, but the cases he set in motion will continue for some time. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a corporation owned by an unidentified foreign government that has refused to... Read More

Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud
In The News
Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud
2019-03-25 22:44:31
by Dan McCue

Attorney Michael Avenatti, the longtime foe of President Donald Trump best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested in New York on Monday on charges of extortion and bank and wire fraud. Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. Attorney for... Read More

Trump Says Unspecified Enemies 'Certainly Will Be Looked At'
Political News
Trump Says Unspecified Enemies 'Certainly Will Be Looked At'
2019-03-25 21:52:26
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump suggested Monday he would support the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, but did not indicate whether he would order or ask such a release to occur.... Read More

Monday A Day of Dealing With Fallout From Mueller Report
In The News
Monday A Day of Dealing With Fallout From Mueller Report
2019-03-25 21:49:16
by Dan McCue

In the end, it had kind of the feel of a long-running series concluding with a less-than-satisfying finale or a a novel that fell flat with a chapter to go. No matter what side one was on as Robert Mueller... Read More

Mueller Finds no Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Doesn’t ‘Exonerate’ Trump on Obstruction, Attorney General Says
In The News
Mueller Finds no Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Doesn’t ‘Exonerate’ Trump on Obstruction, Attorney General Says

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr told Congress on Sunday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III did not find evidence that President Donald Trump or his campaign conspired with Russians during the 2016 election, a significant victory for... Read More

Analysis: Mueller Report Doesn’t Say What GOP Says It Does
In The News
Analysis: Mueller Report Doesn’t Say What GOP Says It Does

WASHINGTON — The way GOP lawmakers reacted to Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress on Sunday outlining the key findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final Russia investigation report, you would think special counsel prosecutors went out... Read More

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