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House Democrats Are Making McConnell — Not Trump — Their Boogeyman
Congress
House Democrats Are Making McConnell — Not Trump — Their Boogeyman

WASHINGTON — While Democrats in Washington are attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s management of the impeachment trial, it’s his role in blocking House-passed legislation that is getting the most campaign airtime so far this year. The latest example, and... Read More

Tears, Fear and Panic Grip China as Coronavirus Spreads
Health
Tears, Fear and Panic Grip China as Coronavirus Spreads

BEIJING — The man burst out with a shout at the last second as medical workers boarded a bus headed to Wuhan: “Wang Yuehua, I love you!” He sobbed, gasping, as his wife joined an emergency response team headed to... Read More

US Justice Department Going After Robocallers
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US Justice Department Going After Robocallers

They are the scourge of telephone solicitors, and federal authorities are going after robocallers in a big way, launching landmark lawsuits against five companies and three people behind hundreds of millions of annoying interruptions. Not only are the calls viewed... Read More

Rainy Days Ahead: States Boost Reserves, Anticipating Slowdown
State News
Rainy Days Ahead: States Boost Reserves, Anticipating Slowdown

As the longest economic expansion in American history continued last year, state governments increased salaries for teachers and other public employees, authorized new construction projects and — recognizing good times won’t last forever — added to reserve funds. Cash reserves... Read More

Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights
State News
Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights

ATLANTA — Three federal judges hearing a legal challenge to a Florida measure allowing felons to vote asked tough questions of the attorney for Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, repeatedly asking about the fairness of a subsequent bill that levied... Read More

Lack of Clarity Overshadows Key Votes in Impeachment Trial
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Lack of Clarity Overshadows Key Votes in Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — The fate of key votes in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial remained uncertain Tuesday as his defense lawyers concluded their arguments and Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggled to muster the votes to bring the... Read More

For 2020 Election, States Debate Who’s Allowed to Vote
2020 Elections
For 2020 Election, States Debate Who’s Allowed to Vote

WASHINGTON — The 2020 presidential election is just months away and state legislators, courts and election officials are making final changes to policies governing access to the ballot. States remain divided along partisan lines on expanding and tightening voting laws.... Read More

DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers
Employment
DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers
2020-01-28 21:44:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice's chief internal investigator told a House panel on Tuesday that he and his colleagues across federal departments need more subpoena power to help protect whistleblowers alleging fraud and other malfeasance. DOJ Inspector General... Read More

Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas
California
Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas

PROSPER, Texas — When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban homes for sale north of Dallas on a recent Saturday, the sun was shining but the temperature had dipped below... Read More

Budget Deficit Poised to Break $1 Trillion Despite Strong Economy
Federal Budget
Budget Deficit Poised to Break $1 Trillion Despite Strong Economy
2020-01-28 21:07:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal budget deficit will likely top $1 trillion this year, despite the continued strength of the U.S. economy, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The report follows an increase in new spending last year and the... Read More

White House Unveils Long-Awaited Middle East Peace Plan
Geopolitics
White House Unveils Long-Awaited Middle East Peace Plan
2020-01-28 21:02:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, earning applause from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite staunch opposition from Palestinians who say it falls short of what they had hoped. The White House... Read More

Impeachment Sidelining Senators While Biden, Buttigieg and Yang Blanket Iowa, Bloomberg Focuses on Texas
2020 Elections
Impeachment Sidelining Senators While Biden, Buttigieg and Yang Blanket Iowa, Bloomberg Focuses on Texas
2020-01-28 19:14:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- In most presidential election years, being a sitting U.S. Senator might be considered an advantage a week ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. Not in 2020, however. Not by a long shot. That's due to the ongoing impeachment trial... Read More

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