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Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says
Health
Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says

Every time University of Pennsylvania engineer Marc Miskin speaks about his research on miniature robots, someone asks the question: How does it compare to the submarine in “Fantastic Voyage”? That’s the fanciful 1966 sci-fi movie in which a tiny vessel... Read More

In Mexico, There’s No Place Like Home: Most Don’t Want to Head North for Work Anymore
Mexico
In Mexico, There’s No Place Like Home: Most Don’t Want to Head North for Work Anymore

For generations dating back to the 1930s, throughout Mexico, including in this region in the central state of Guanajuato known as El Bajio, the towns have emptied themselves out of their youths during what’s called the “winter blues.” The young... Read More

California’s Wildfire Threat Could Be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids
Energy
California’s Wildfire Threat Could Be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

To the untrained eye, the shipping containers clustered on the outskirts of Borrego Springs, Calif., don’t look like an innovative clean-energy technology that could help California cope with wildfires. But these containers, in the remote desert of eastern San Diego... Read More

Kirsten Gillibrand Formally Joins Democratic Race for President
2020 Elections
Kirsten Gillibrand Formally Joins Democratic Race for President

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York formally announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, casting herself as the party’s strongest champion of reversing President Donald Trump’s agenda. Gillibrand, who launched an exploratory committee in January, has been... Read More

White House Withholds Details on Military Cuts to Influence Veto Override Vote, Kaine Says
White House
White House Withholds Details on Military Cuts to Influence Veto Override Vote, Kaine Says

The White House isn’t releasing a list of military construction projects whose funding could be diverted to President Donald Trump’s border wall out of concern about the vote in Congress to override a presidential veto, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said... Read More

Would You Risk Your Life for a Truffle? In Iraq’s Desert, the Dangerous Search Is Worth the Prize
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Would You Risk Your Life for a Truffle? In Iraq’s Desert, the Dangerous Search Is Worth the Prize

EKEYRAN, Iraq — To reach Ekeyran, a place so desolate no one has bothered to put it on a map, you must abandon the bustle of Baghdad for a 173-mile jaunt to the city of Samawah, dodge camel caravans while... Read More

In Pete Buttigieg, America Gets a Millennial Candidate for President
2020 Elections
In Pete Buttigieg, America Gets a Millennial Candidate for President

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Like many millennials, Pete Buttigieg created a Facebook account in college. He listened to the Dave Matthews Band in high school. And he met his future husband on the dating app Hinge. So maybe it’s no surprise... Read More

US Considers Sanctions on Companies Facilitating Venezuelan Oil Shipments to Cuba
Foreign Affairs
US Considers Sanctions on Companies Facilitating Venezuelan Oil Shipments to Cuba

The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on companies from third countries that facilitate the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba, a senior administration official said. “The interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, recognized by the U.S. and Europe, where... Read More

Utah Bill Would Give Primary Voters Less Say on Who Appears on Special Election Ballots
Elections
Utah Bill Would Give Primary Voters Less Say on Who Appears on Special Election Ballots

WASHINGTON — Utah voters would have fewer opportunities to decide who fills some congressional seats under legislation that passed the state Legislature this past week. The bill, which has yet to be signed by the governor, would change the process... Read More

In the Chaos of the New Zealand Mosque Attacks, One Hero’s Action Saved Lives
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In the Chaos of the New Zealand Mosque Attacks, One Hero’s Action Saved Lives

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Moments after dozens of people were shot dead at the Al Noor Mosque in New Zealand’s third-largest city, prayers were underway at another mosque to the east, just three miles away. Inside the Linwood Mosque, 30-year-old... Read More

Spa Operator Brought Head of US Chinese Communist Party Group to Mingle With Trump Aides
White House
Spa Operator Brought Head of US Chinese Communist Party Group to Mingle With Trump Aides

MIAMI — South Florida day spa entrepreneur Cindy Yang — now famous for her Super Bowl party selfie with the president — used her burgeoning political access to bring Xianqin Qu, a leader from the foreign arm of the Communist... Read More

Attorney General William Barr Tries to Restore Confidence in Justice Department
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Attorney General William Barr Tries to Restore Confidence in Justice Department

WASHINGTON — In his first month in office, Attorney General William Barr has sent a reassuring message to the beleaguered Justice Department — he wants a return to basics after years of disruptive firings, tweet storms and scandals. In briefings,... Read More

Bill Named After Parkland Victim Jaime Guttenberg Puts Background Checks on Bullets
Congress
Bill Named After Parkland Victim Jaime Guttenberg Puts Background Checks on Bullets

WASHINGTON — Last month, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a plan to expand background checks on gun purchases. Now, Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz are offering a new plan to require universal background checks... Read More

Analysis: 3 Things to Watch: Kim Lets Trump Know Their ‘Mysteriously Wonderful’ Chemistry Isn’t Enough
North Korea
Analysis: 3 Things to Watch: Kim Lets Trump Know Their ‘Mysteriously Wonderful’ Chemistry Isn’t Enough

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump once claimed he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “fell in love.” But the dictator he once called “Little Rocket Man” on Friday let him know their “mysteriously wonderful” relationship might not be enough... Read More

Just Miles From USC and the Admissions Scandal, These Students Sell Food for College Money
Education
Just Miles From USC and the Admissions Scandal, These Students Sell Food for College Money

LOS ANGELES—It was morning and the campus was still quiet when Vanessa Miranda began to shout, trying her best to draw customers: “Esquiii-te! Come and get your esquiii-te!” She and some of her East Los Angeles College classmates were selling... Read More

America’s Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues To Reshape Foreign Policy
Energy
America’s Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues To Reshape Foreign Policy
2019-03-15 23:59:34
by HJ Mai

For decades, U.S. presidents have pursued energy policies aimed at reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. The first commander in chief to achieve the goal of energy independence could be President Donald Trump, with the United States expected to become... Read More

Messy Issue of Gerrymandering About to Dominate High Court Docket
Supreme Court
Messy Issue of Gerrymandering About to Dominate High Court Docket
2019-03-15 23:58:13
by Dan McCue

Over the next two weeks, the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court will be dominated by issues it has recently preferred to punt back to lower courts: racial and partisan gerrymandering. On Monday, the justices will hear oral arguments in... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Trade Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
Trade
New Democrat Coalition Releases Trade Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
2019-03-15 23:02:19
by TWN Staff

This week, the New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force revealed their goals for the 116th Congress. The task force works to advance a U.S. trade agenda that grows the economy, creates U.S. jobs, and ensures the United States sets the... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options
Veterans
Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options
2019-03-15 22:58:49
by TWN Staff

Representative Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have introduced the bipartisan Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R.1687). The bill would protect veterans' cannabis treatment options and their ability to be employed by the federal government.... Read More

US Imposes Visa Ban For International Criminal Court Staff
Foreign Affairs
US Imposes Visa Ban For International Criminal Court Staff
2019-03-15 22:44:42
by Dan McCue

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court officials who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "We are determined to protect... Read More

US Industrial Production Rose a Sluggish 0.1 Percent in February
Economy
US Industrial Production Rose a Sluggish 0.1 Percent in February
2019-03-15 22:39:51
by Dan McCue

U.S Industrial production rose just 0.1 percent in February, slowed by the second straight monthly decline in manufacturing activity, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The central bank said manufacturing production dropped 0.4 percent last month, held down by declines in... Read More

Democrats Confront Commerce Secretary Ross, Saying He Lied About Census Question
Congress
Democrats Confront Commerce Secretary Ross, Saying He Lied About Census Question

WASHINGTON — House Democrats accused Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a contentious face-off Thursday of having lied to Congress about his role in a Trump administration effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Confronted by Democrats for... Read More

Judge Vows to Rule on Medicaid Work Requirements by End of March
Health
Judge Vows to Rule on Medicaid Work Requirements by End of March

WASHINGTON — The federal judge who shot down a Medicaid work requirement plan last June remained deeply skeptical Thursday of the Trump administration’s renewed strategy to force enrollees to work. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who last year blocked Kentucky’s... Read More

Expert in Trump Dossier Trial Says Tech Firm’s Services Were Used in Hack of Democrats
Cybersecurity
Expert in Trump Dossier Trial Says Tech Firm’s Services Were Used in Hack of Democrats

Documents unsealed Thursday in a South Florida court case provide the most convincing evidence yet that Russian spies piggybacked on a Russian-tied foreign tech company with offices in Florida and Texas to hack the Democratic National Committee and party leaders.... Read More

Theresa May Wins UK Parliament’s Backing for Her Plan to Delay Brexit
United Kingdom
Theresa May Wins UK Parliament’s Backing for Her Plan to Delay Brexit

LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May enjoyed a rare good day in Parliament, fighting off her opponents and winning the endorsement of British politicians to seek to delay Brexit day. The result on Thursday means her Brexit plan —... Read More

Connecticut Supreme Court Says Sandy Hook Families Can Sue Gun Manufacturer Remington
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Connecticut Supreme Court Says Sandy Hook Families Can Sue Gun Manufacturer Remington

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday narrowly reversed a ruling by a lower court judge dismissing a lawsuit by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting against Remington Arms Company, allowing the case to proceed. In... Read More

Senate Votes Down Trump Border Emergency, Likely Forcing His First Veto
Congress
Senate Votes Down Trump Border Emergency, Likely Forcing His First Veto
2019-03-14 20:36:11
by Dan McCue

The Senate on Thursday voted to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the nation's border with Mexico, a bipartisan rebuke the president has already suggested he'll veto. The 59-41 vote on a previously-passed House measure rejecting the... Read More

Appeals Court Rules President Can Be Sued in State Court
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Appeals Court Rules President Can Be Sued in State Court
2019-03-14 20:32:16
by Dan McCue

A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump isn't immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and defamation. The ruling is precedent setting. In 1997, the Supreme... Read More

O’Rourke Makes It Official, He's Joining The 2020 Presidential Contest
2020 Elections
O’Rourke Makes It Official, He's Joining The 2020 Presidential Contest
2019-03-14 14:18:51
by Dan McCue

Beto O’Rourke entered the 2020 race for the White House on Thursday, telling supporters ahead of a three-day campaign swing in Iowa that he intends to run "a positive campaign" that will seek to "unite a very divided country" and... Read More

UK Parliament Votes Against No-Deal Brexit
United Kingdom
UK Parliament Votes Against No-Deal Brexit

LONDON — Britain’s Parliament voted to avoid an economically disastrous no-deal split from the European Union, opening the door to delaying Brexit and radically rewriting the terms of the divorce. The House of Commons voted 321 to 278 to reject... Read More

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