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Fentanyl Is the Most Deadly Drug in America, CDC Confirms
Health
Fentanyl Is the Most Deadly Drug in America, CDC Confirms

It’s official: Fentanyl now ranks as the most deadly drug in America, health officials said Wednesday. The synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times more powerful than heroin was responsible for 18,335 overdose deaths in 2016, more than any other drug... Read More

Meadows Won’t Be Next White House Chief of Staff
White House
Meadows Won’t Be Next White House Chief of Staff

Rep. Mark Meadows, a fierce defender of President Donald Trump, will not be the next White House chief of staff, the White House announced Wednesday. Meadows, R-N.C., had been considered a candidate to replace outgoing chief John Kelly... Read More

National Enquirer Owner Admits ‘Catch and Kill’ Plot to Bury Playmate’s Trump Sex Affair Story
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National Enquirer Owner Admits ‘Catch and Kill’ Plot to Bury Playmate’s Trump Sex Affair Story

A right-wing media powerhouse has admitted it helped illegally bury a salacious story about President Donald Trump shortly before the 2016 election in a deliberate effort to boost his chances at beating Hillary Clinton, federal prosecutors in New York revealed Wednesday. Read More

Pelosi Agrees to Term Limits for House Leaders, Likely Securing the Votes She Needs to Regain the Speakership
Congress
Pelosi Agrees to Term Limits for House Leaders, Likely Securing the Votes She Needs to Regain the Speakership

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., struck a deal Wednesday with... Read More

Congress
Senate Democratic Ranking Members Announced 116th Congress
2018-12-12 14:02:28
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced the slate of Senate Democratic Ranking Members for the 116th Congress. Ratified by the Senate Democratic Caucus, they include:  Aging: Senator Bob... Read More

US Planning Actions Targeting Chinese Hackers, Spies, Sources Say
Dep. of Justice
US Planning Actions Targeting Chinese Hackers, Spies, Sources Say

The Trump administration is planning to take several actions aimed at calling out China for efforts to steal intellectual secrets from American high-tech companies, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Justice... Read More

Top US Border Official Defends Use of Tear Gas Against Migrants
Immigration
Top US Border Official Defends Use of Tear Gas Against Migrants

The head of the federal agency responsible for protecting the U.S. border on Tuesday defended his agents for using tear gas against migrants last month, but lawmakers pressed him about women and children forced to flee... Read More

Trump Claims He’s Not Concerned About Impeachment, Calls His Campaign’s Russia Ties ‘Peanut Stuff’
White House
Trump Claims He’s Not Concerned About Impeachment, Calls His Campaign’s Russia Ties ‘Peanut Stuff’

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday he’s not concerned about being impeached because his connections to Russia are “peanut stuff” and the campaign finance crimes he’s been implicated in are actually civil violations. Read More

As Google Chief Takes Hot Seat, Lawmakers Search Their Phones and Cry ‘Bias’
Congress
As Google Chief Takes Hot Seat, Lawmakers Search Their Phones and Cry ‘Bias’

When members of Congress search their phones, they don’t much like what they see. That was clear when Google chief executive Sundar Pichai took the hot seat Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee to defend his... Read More

Criminal Justice Bill Could Bring Out Drama in Senate
U.S. Senate
Criminal Justice Bill Could Bring Out Drama in Senate

The Senate is poised to vote on a bipartisan criminal justice bill as soon as this week, the culmination of behind-the-scenes negotiations and a public campaign from lawmakers, the White House and advocates to press Majority... Read More

Trump Says He Would Be ‘Proud’ to Shut Down Government Over Border Wall Funding
White House
Trump Says He Would Be ‘Proud’ to Shut Down Government Over Border Wall Funding

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would be “proud” to shut down the government later this month if he can’t get taxpayer money to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico. The remarks were aimed at... Read More

Which Gun Bills Could Be Important in Congress Next Year?
Congress
Which Gun Bills Could Be Important in Congress Next Year?

The November midterm elections will bring a wave of new faces into Congress — 100 new House members who make up a class with more diversity and more women than ever before. It is also more pro-gun control. Read More

Search Dogs and Archaeologists Look for Cremated Remains Amid a Wildfire’s Debris
Featured
Search Dogs and Archaeologists Look for Cremated Remains Amid a Wildfire’s Debris

Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein didn’t know where her mom was. The smashed red tile roof of her Agoura Hills home had become the floor. The fireplace was now exposed, its stony chimney set hard against a blue morning sky. A ... Read More

Can Trump Cut Budget Deal With ‘Chuck and Nancy’ to Fund His Border Wall?
Congress
Can Trump Cut Budget Deal With ‘Chuck and Nancy’ to Fund His Border Wall?

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, the kickoff of up to 10 days of political posturing and negotiations over whether the president’... Read More

Families Open Their Homes to Asylum-Seekers
Immigration
Families Open Their Homes to Asylum-Seekers

Andrea Sorce and Slater Matzke purchased their first home in May — a charming, spacious, three-bedroom tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac along the waterfront. Four months later, a 20-year-old Honduran woman seeking asylum landed on their doorstep. Read More

NC’s Bladen County Allegedly Counted Early Votes Prematurely and Shared Results
Voting
NC’s Bladen County Allegedly Counted Early Votes Prematurely and Shared Results

Election workers in North Carolina’s Bladen County tallied the results of early voting before Election Day in violation of state rules and are accused of allowing outsiders to view them, a precinct worker wrote in an affidavit released by ... Read More

China Summons US Ambassador Over Arrest of Huawei CFO
China
China Summons US Ambassador Over Arrest of Huawei CFO

China’s vice foreign minister has summoned the U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, in a protest over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, and said it will take “further action” if needed. Read More

Tesla’s Elon Musk on ‘60 Minutes’: ‘I Do Not Respect the SEC’
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Tesla’s Elon Musk on ‘60 Minutes’: ‘I Do Not Respect the SEC’

Elon Musk stuck a finger in the SEC’s eye Sunday night on “60 Minutes.” “I want to be clear: I do not respect the SEC. I do not respect them,” the Tesla chief executive told Lesley Stahl on the nationally ... Read More

In His Own Words: James Comey’s Testimony on Clinton, FBI Probe
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In His Own Words: James Comey’s Testimony on Clinton, FBI Probe

After former FBI Director James Comey testified behind closed doors on Capitol Hill Friday, he tweeted that the interview by members of two House committees “wasn’t a search for truth.” Republicans see it differently. Read More

Johns Hopkins Promised to Elevate All Children’s Heart Institute. Then Patients Started to Die at an Alarming Rate
Health
Johns Hopkins Promised to Elevate All Children’s Heart Institute. Then Patients Started to Die at an Alarming Rate

Sandra Vazquez paced the heart unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Her 5-month-old son, Sebastian Vixtha, lay unconscious in his hospital crib, breathing faintly through a tube. Two surgeries to fix his heart had failed... Read More

Chief of Staff Kelly Leaving White House at End of the Year, Trump Says
White House
Chief of Staff Kelly Leaving White House at End of the Year, Trump Says

John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general who became President Donald Trump’s second chief of staff, will be leaving that post by month’s end after struggling for a year and a half to bring order to a ... Read More

Trump Administration Presses for Peace Deal in Afghanistan by April, But Prospects Appear Dim
Afghanistan
Trump Administration Presses for Peace Deal in Afghanistan by April, But Prospects Appear Dim

The Trump administration is pressing to open peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan by April, a timetable driven by the president’s mounting impatience with the stalemated 17-year-old war. The short-term goal, current... Read More

After Years of Election Fraud Complaints in Rural North Carolina, a Congressional Vote Dissolves Into Scandal
Voting
After Years of Election Fraud Complaints in Rural North Carolina, a Congressional Vote Dissolves Into Scandal

In the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election, North Carolina officials were so concerned about ballot fraud in Bladen County that they sent letters to every voter who requested a mail-in absentee ballot, warning them not to... Read More

Big States Missing Out on Online Sales Taxes for the Holidays
Economy
Big States Missing Out on Online Sales Taxes for the Holidays

Big states such as California, New York and Texas likely will miss out on millions in sales tax revenue this holiday shopping season because they have failed to implement laws and regulations for collecting state sales tax from... Read More

Pena Nieto Leaves Office As First Mexican Leader in Decades Not to Get a US State Visit
Mexico
Pena Nieto Leaves Office As First Mexican Leader in Decades Not to Get a US State Visit

Standing in front of both nations’ flags, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto stood shoulder-to-shoulder with President Donald Trump, smiling for the cameras and shaking hands before sitting down to sign a new North American... Read More

Congress Has Tried More Than 200 Times to Pass an Anti-Lynching Law. This Year, It Could Fail Again
Congress
Congress Has Tried More Than 200 Times to Pass an Anti-Lynching Law. This Year, It Could Fail Again

It was nearly a century ago that Rep. Leonidas C. Dyer, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a bill to make lynching a federal crime. With vigilante slayings of African-Americans rampant, it promised to force the federal government... Read More

Bills Flying in Lame-Duck Frenzy Could Be Unconstitutional, Legal Experts Say
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Bills Flying in Lame-Duck Frenzy Could Be Unconstitutional, Legal Experts Say

Republican lawmakers in Michigan may be violating the state constitution with fast-tracked bills in the lame-luck Legislature that curb the powers of incoming Democratic officeholders or water down proposals backed by Michigan voters, legal experts say. Read More

Bob Corker’s Quieter Foreign Policy Legacy
Foreign Affairs
Bob Corker’s Quieter Foreign Policy Legacy

As Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker prepares to yield his gavel and leave the Senate, he has advice for newly elected senators: gain expertise and actually listen to your colleagues. “Some of these people obviously are coming in with large ... Read More

Josh Hawley’s War Against Big Tech Could Bring Down Small Startups
Technology
Josh Hawley’s War Against Big Tech Could Bring Down Small Startups

Josh Hawley wants to be seen as the U.S. Senate’s watchdog of tech giants. But his efforts could actually result in the big companies, which he says he wants to rein in, being the only ones left healthy. ... Read More

John Kelly Questioned by Mueller Investigators Amid Speculation About His White House Exit
White House
John Kelly Questioned by Mueller Investigators Amid Speculation About His White House Exit

White House chief of staff John Kelly was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in recent months, according to a report Friday. The questioning of Kelly regarding potential obstruction of justice on the part of President Donald Trump... Read More

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