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Documents: Attorneys, Journalists and Advocates Monitored by US Border Officials
Immigration
Documents: Attorneys, Journalists and Advocates Monitored by US Border Officials

SAN DIEGO — Documents published this week indicate that the federal government has monitored a group of journalists, attorneys, advocates and activists who interacted with a migrant caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, late last year. As recently as a... Read More

GOP Senators Opposed to Trump’s Emergency Race to Detangle From Democrats
Congress
GOP Senators Opposed to Trump’s Emergency Race to Detangle From Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on the verge of a massive rebuke of President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration are now scrambling to soften the blow with changes to a resolution of disapproval crafted by House Democrats, according to a half dozen... Read More

House Passes Anti-Hate Resolution After Furor Over Ilhan Omar Comments
Congress
House Passes Anti-Hate Resolution After Furor Over Ilhan Omar Comments

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to condemn anti-Semitism and other forms of hate after a protracted dispute fractured the Democratic Party over its handling of racially charged comments about Israel by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Omar, a Somali... Read More

Immigrants Rejected for Asylum May Appeal Removal Orders, 9th Circuit Rules
Immigration
Immigrants Rejected for Asylum May Appeal Removal Orders, 9th Circuit Rules

  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Thursday that immigrants who cross the border without authorization may go to court to challenge a decision by immigration authorities denying them asylum. The decision, by a three-judge panel of the... Read More

US Household Net Worth Plunged a Record $3.8 Trillion During Fourth-Quarter Stock Tumult
Economy
US Household Net Worth Plunged a Record $3.8 Trillion During Fourth-Quarter Stock Tumult
2019-03-07 22:17:02
by Dan McCue

The net worth of America's households fell by a record $3.8 trillion at the end of 2018, pulled down by sharp declines on Wall Street that briefly pushed the market into bear territory, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The bracing... Read More

DCCC Announces Major Investment to Solidify Gains, Target Vulnerable Republicans
2020 Elections
DCCC Announces Major Investment to Solidify Gains, Target Vulnerable Republicans
2019-03-07 22:13:34
by Dan McCue

There's no time like the present to solidify the gains the Democrats made in the House during the 2018 midterm elections and target vulnerable Republican seats in 2020. That's the message of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which on Thursday... Read More

Congress Told Budget for Cleanup Of Toxic Chemical is Inadequate
Environment
Congress Told Budget for Cleanup Of Toxic Chemical is Inadequate
2019-03-07 14:51:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed frustration Wednesday at the years and billions of dollars needed to clean up a class of toxic chemicals polluting some of the nation’s drinking water. The House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on the environment... Read More

Soldiers Give Way to Computers After Trump Slashes Korea Drills
North Korea
Soldiers Give Way to Computers After Trump Slashes Korea Drills

TOKYO — In recent years, thousands of U.S. and South Korean soldiers met face-to-face on a mock battlefield to prepare for a potential attack from North Korea. Now, after President Donald Trump scrapped the biggest joint exercises, the bulk of... Read More

Grassley Says He Wants Trump’s Tax Returns When House Gets Them
Congress
Grassley Says He Wants Trump’s Tax Returns When House Gets Them

WASHINGTON — One of the few Republicans with the power to request President Donald Trump’s tax returns wants to make sure that if House Democrats are successful in getting them, he wants to see them too. “If the House of... Read More

Will the Mueller Report Stay Secret? US v. Nixon Holds Clues
In The News
Will the Mueller Report Stay Secret? US v. Nixon Holds Clues

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump claims executive privilege to keep Robert Mueller’s report on Russia secret, it could trigger a crucial test of the presidential power. Democratic leaders say they will subpoena the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in... Read More

National Parks, Wilderness Areas Would Be Expanded Under Bill Headed to President’s Desk
Public Lands
National Parks, Wilderness Areas Would Be Expanded Under Bill Headed to President’s Desk

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the largest land conservation bill passed by Congress in 10 years, vast areas of California’s desert are headed for new protections that would prohibit mining, roads and off-highway vehicles, and enlarge two national parks, Death... Read More

Hawley Insider Had Seat at Table in Secretary of State Inquiry That Cleared Senator
Missouri
Hawley Insider Had Seat at Table in Secretary of State Inquiry That Cleared Senator

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A top lieutenant and campaign donor to Josh Hawley was allowed to sit in on interviews conducted as part of the investigation into whether the Missouri Republican illegally used government resources to support his successful bid... Read More

Trump Administration’s Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Blocked by Federal Judge
Voting
Trump Administration’s Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Blocked by Federal Judge

A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration move to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, calling the proposal “arbitrary and capricious” and saying it would harm the state of California and be “contrary to... Read More

Julian Castro’s Run for President Banks on Latinos, But It’s a Steep Climb to White House
2020 Elections
Julian Castro’s Run for President Banks on Latinos, But It’s a Steep Climb to White House

LOS ANGELES — With more than a dozen Democrats now vying for president, Julian Castro is charting a path unlike any of the others, as his visit to California on Monday made clear. The former San Antonio mayor and Housing... Read More

Nevada Asks Ninth Circuit to Block Plutonium Shipments
Nevada
Nevada Asks Ninth Circuit to Block Plutonium Shipments
2019-03-06 23:17:58
by Dan McCue

Nevada is asking the Ninth Circuit to block the Trump administration from making further shipments of weapons-grade plutonium into the state, contending the White House is intent to turn it into "the nation's radioactive dump." In a filing in the... Read More

US Trade Deficit Surged to 10-Year High In December
Trade
US Trade Deficit Surged to 10-Year High In December
2019-03-06 21:27:53
by Dan McCue

The United States' trade deficit surged to a 10-year high in December, reaching $59.8 billion despite the Trump administration's efforts to end and renegotiate trade deals the president claims place the nation at an economic disadvantage. Figures released by the... Read More

DNC Rejects Fox News as Partner in 2020 Primary Debates
Media
DNC Rejects Fox News as Partner in 2020 Primary Debates
2019-03-06 21:20:29
by Dan McCue

The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that it will not partner with Fox News for the upcoming presidential primary debates, citing a story in this week's New Yorker on the close ties between the channel and President Donald Trump. The... Read More

Big-Dollar Donors, Including Donald Trump, Fueled Kamala Harris’ Political Rise in California
2020 Elections
Big-Dollar Donors, Including Donald Trump, Fueled Kamala Harris’ Political Rise in California

WASHINGTON — Asked recently if she believes President Donald Trump is a racist, California Sen. Kamala Harris told The Root, “I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion.” In 2018, the Trump White House accused Harris of “supporting the... Read More

Food and Drug Administration Chief Scott Gottlieb to Resign
In The News
Food and Drug Administration Chief Scott Gottlieb to Resign

WASHINGTON — U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is resigning, ending a tenure at the agency where he approved a flood of new drugs and cheaper copycat pills, and pushed for sharp curbs on e-cigarette use to halt... Read More

Border Officials Warn of Crisis as 40,000 Migrant Parents and Children Were Detained in February
Immigration
Border Officials Warn of Crisis as 40,000 Migrant Parents and Children Were Detained in February

  EL PASO, Texas — More than 40,000 parents and children — mostly from Guatemala — were detained at the U.S. border in February, straining U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ability to care for immigrant families even as migrants are... Read More

Bloomberg Opts Out of 2020 Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Opts Out of 2020 Presidential Race
2019-03-06 00:26:25
by Dan McCue

Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will not be entering the already sizable field of Democratic candidates hoping to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Bloomberg, who joined the Democratic party last year in anticipation of making a... Read More

North Carolina Election Saga Continues as State Board Sets Date for Election Re-Do
Elections
North Carolina Election Saga Continues as State Board Sets Date for Election Re-Do
2019-03-06 00:24:38
by TWN Staff

The ongoing saga in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District will drag on until at least September 10, after the state Elections Board unanimously voted on Monday to re-do the election. Last November’s general election saw Republican Mark Harris beat Democrat... Read More

South Florida Lawmaker Who Took NRA Cash After Parkland Votes for Background Checks
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South Florida Lawmaker Who Took NRA Cash After Parkland Votes for Background Checks

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is running out of friends in South Florida. Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who received campaign cash from the NRA four months after the Parkland shooting, distanced himself from the nation’s largest pro-gun lobby and... Read More

Broke, a Sheriff in Appalachian Coal Country Struggles to Provide Law and Order
Kentucky
Broke, a Sheriff in Appalachian Coal Country Struggles to Provide Law and Order

INEZ, Ky. — Before making a wave of cutbacks across his department, Martin County Sheriff John Kirk delivered a grim warning to residents of this hardscrabble Appalachian community. “Law enforcement as we have known for the last four years will... Read More

Senators Threaten Saudi Sanctions After Trump Misses Deadline
Saudi Arabia
Senators Threaten Saudi Sanctions After Trump Misses Deadline

WASHINGTON — A group of senators from both parties are threatening to sanction Saudi Arabia over the killing of a U.S.-based journalist after a briefing by Trump administration officials failed to quell their concerns. “The Senate is going to have... Read More

House Democrats Ready Ethics Overhaul for Floor Vote This Week
Congress
House Democrats Ready Ethics Overhaul for Floor Vote This Week

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, barely nine weeks into a majority they won in part with promises of an anti-corruption legislative agenda, will turn the spotlight this week to their signature campaign finance, ethics, voting and lobbying overhaul. The House Rules... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Into Copyright Issues Involving Tech, New Media
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Weighs Into Copyright Issues Involving Tech, New Media
2019-03-04 19:50:43
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a third-party software maintenance provider in its quest to recoup the nearly $13 million it paid to Oracle Corp. to cover the litigation costs of a copyright dispute. Writing for a unanimous court,... Read More

Hickenlooper Opens White House Bid Casting Himself as Bipartisan Uniter
2020 Elections
Hickenlooper Opens White House Bid Casting Himself as Bipartisan Uniter
2019-03-04 19:30:12
by Dan McCue

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Monday announced he is running for president in 2020, positioning himself as the candidate who has proven he can bridge partisan divides to accomplish progressive goals. "I'm running for president because we need dreamers... Read More

Trump’s Emergency Declaration Hits Senate Roadblock; House Democrats Signal New Probes
Congress
Trump’s Emergency Declaration Hits Senate Roadblock; House Democrats Signal New Probes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s relations with Congress took a sharp turn for the worse Sunday as his emergency declaration for a border wall hit a roadblock in the GOP-controlled Senate, and House Democrats signaled a sweeping new probe of... Read More

Methane in the Atmosphere Is Surging, and That’s Got Scientists Worried
Environment
Methane in the Atmosphere Is Surging, and That’s Got Scientists Worried

Scientists love a good mystery. But it’s more fun when the future of humanity isn’t at stake. This enigma involves methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Twenty years ago, the level of methane in the atmosphere stopped increasing, giving humanity a... Read More

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