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Miami-Dade Launches Hand Recount of 10,000 Uncounted Ballots in Scott vs. Nelson
Florida
Miami-Dade Launches Hand Recount of 10,000 Uncounted Ballots in Scott vs. Nelson

A room full of Miami-Dade election workers began a hand recount Thursday night of more than 10,000 problematic ballots cast in the U.S. Senate race, joined by a room full of lawyers and volunteers from both campaigns eager to contest ... Read More

Trump Gives Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill a Boost
Bipartisan
Trump Gives Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill a Boost

President Donald Trump, in his first attempt at bipartisanship since last week’s election, endorsed a bill Wednesday aimed at reducing some prison sentences and better preparing inmates for life after incarceration. Read More

First of Many Turncoats Implicates ‘El Chapo’ to Cap Wild Second Day of Drug Kingpin’s Trial
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First of Many Turncoats Implicates ‘El Chapo’ to Cap Wild Second Day of Drug Kingpin’s Trial

The first in a parade of government turncoat witnesses identified Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as a powerful Sinaloa cartel executive when testimony began Wednesday against the cocaine kingpin. As a slightly amused Guzman... Read More

2020 Elections
Could Texas Be a 2020 House Battleground?

Texas Democrats had their best election in over a decade last week when they flipped at least two Republican-held House seats. But closer margins in other races have boosted party hopes of future gains in the once deep-red Lone Star ... Read More

Paradise Faced Two Bad Options
Climate
Paradise Faced Two Bad Options

When the Camp fire barreled toward this Sierra foothill town last Thursday morning, officials had a crucial choice to make right away: How much of Paradise should be evacuated? The decision was complicated by history... Read More

Black Lawmakers Set to Assume More Powerful Roles in House
Congress
Black Lawmakers Set to Assume More Powerful Roles in House

The Congressional Black Caucus is on the verge of becoming the most powerful bloc in the U.S. House when Democrats take control in January, with members to lead at least five committees and more than a dozen subcommittees. Read More

Man who Made Fatal Swatting Call in Wichita Is Guilty of 51 Federal Charges
National Security
Man who Made Fatal Swatting Call in Wichita Is Guilty of 51 Federal Charges

With his public defender at his side and two law enforcement officers on guard at his back, Tyler Barriss pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to 51 federal charges involving fake bomb threats, murders and other violence reported at schools, shopping centers, TV ... Read More

GOP Rep. Jeff Denham Loses Heated Race for Central Valley’s 10th District to Democrat Josh Harder
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GOP Rep. Jeff Denham Loses Heated Race for Central Valley’s 10th District to Democrat Josh Harder

Republican Rep. Jeff Denham has lost a tight race against Democrat Josh Harder in a heated race for the Central Valley’s 10th Congressional District. The seat was one of seven in California heavily targeted by national Democrats after the ... Read More

Democrat Katie Porter Overtakes GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in Tuesday’s Orange County Ballot Count
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Democrat Katie Porter Overtakes GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in Tuesday’s Orange County Ballot Count

After clinging for a week to a slim lead in her run for re-election, Republican Rep. Mimi Walters fell 261 votes behind her Democratic challenger Katie Porter as Orange County’s latest ballot count Tuesday underscored the increasingly bleak fortunes of ... Read More

Trump Picks Retired Gen. John Abizaid as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Foreign Affairs
Trump Picks Retired Gen. John Abizaid as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump intends to nominate John Abizaid, a retired Army general, to be the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the White House said Tuesday night. Abizaid’s career included tours as a commandant of the U.S. Military ... Read More

Lawsuits Seek to Extend Florida Recount Deadlines
Voting
Lawsuits Seek to Extend Florida Recount Deadlines

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Tuesday he wants the federal courts to throw out Florida’s recount deadlines, arguing that they’re too tight to fully check all the votes in his tight contest for re-election that — for the ... Read More

Cities and States Offered Amazon Billions, But Did It Matter?
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Cities and States Offered Amazon Billions, But Did It Matter?

Virginia’s offer of $573 million in direct public incentives and New York’s package, over $1.5 billion, weren’t the richest of the many deals pitched to Amazon for the prospect of 25,000 new, high-paid tech jobs in each place. But the ... Read More

Meet the New Members of Congress
Congress
Meet the New Members of Congress

They are activists and advocates, combat veterans, political novices and experts. And they are headed to Washington for a crash course in being members of Congress. More than 80 representatives-elect and four senators-elect, most of them Democrats and many who have ... Read More

Trump Calls to End Recounts in Florida’s Senate and Governor Elections, And Alleges Fraud Without Evidence
Florida
Trump Calls to End Recounts in Florida’s Senate and Governor Elections, And Alleges Fraud Without Evidence

As vote counts in several states increased Democrats’ midterm election gains, and further undercut President Donald Trump’s claims to victory, the president on Monday led some Republicans in alleging vote fraud, especially in Florida, without evidence. In a morning ... Read More

Death Toll From Northern California Fire Jumps to 42, Making It Worst in State History
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Death Toll From Northern California Fire Jumps to 42, Making It Worst in State History

The death toll from the Camp fire in the Northern California town of Paradise jumped to 42 Monday, making the deadliest fire in state history, as President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state. Officials said they recovered ... Read More

Georgia Secretary of State Tells Election Officials to Count Absentee Ballots
Georgia
Georgia Secretary of State Tells Election Officials to Count Absentee Ballots

Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden instructed county election officials Monday to count absentee ballots even if they lack a voter’s date of birth, as long as the voter’s identity can be verified. Crittenden issued the guidance for ... Read More

Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Female Senator Elected From Arizona
Arizona
Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Female Senator Elected From Arizona

Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has made history by becoming the first woman elected to represent Arizona in the Senate. She defeated Republican Rep. Martha McSally after several days of ballot counting. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Sinema led McSally 50 percent ... Read More

Northern California’s Camp Fire Leaves 228 Missing, 29 Dead; Blaze Continues to Grow
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Northern California’s Camp Fire Leaves 228 Missing, 29 Dead; Blaze Continues to Grow

The voracious Camp fire that ran rampant through Butte County’s hilly towns last week has officially stamped itself as the most merciless in California history, and left forensics experts with a grisly chore in the weeks ahead — finding and ... Read More

Trump Leaves World War I Commemorations Isolated Among Allies
Foreign Affairs
Trump Leaves World War I Commemorations Isolated Among Allies

For President Donald Trump, attending a ceremony in France to commemorate the end of a war that showed value of allies and dangers of nationalism, was never going to be easy. By the time he flew home Sunday he appeared ... Read More

Trump Reportedly Wants to Cut Off Disaster Relief Funds to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Trump Reportedly Wants to Cut Off Disaster Relief Funds to Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to stop financial aid to millions of Americans in Puerto Rico still dealing with the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. The president believes, without evidence, that the Puerto Rican government is using the disaster relief ... Read More

West Virginia’s Richard Ojeda Forms Presidential Committee
Presidential
West Virginia’s Richard Ojeda Forms Presidential Committee

On the heels of his losing congressional bid, West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda has filed to run for the Democratic nomination for president. Ojeda filed paperwork Sunday night with the Federal Election Commission creating a principal campaign committee with ... Read More

Commentary: This Is a Time for Everyday Heroes
Veterans
Commentary: This Is a Time for Everyday Heroes

“Not all heroes wear capes.” This Veterans Day, I have a new spin on that popular saying: Not all American heroes wear camouflage. I appreciate the high regard most Americans have for us veterans in the post-9/11 era, but the ... Read More

GOP Rep. Rohrabacher Loses as California Republicans Fear the Worst
California
GOP Rep. Rohrabacher Loses as California Republicans Fear the Worst

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has lost the congressional seat he held for 30 years, another stunning defeat for Republicans as other GOP incumbents fell behind in the latest ballot counts, putting the party in fear of losing all six... Read More

This Is One of the Hardest Places to Vote in America
Voting
This Is One of the Hardest Places to Vote in America

November 10, 2018 By Matt Vasilogambros MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For several hours after the polls closed Tuesday, as darkness settled and candidates and journalists anxiously scrolled through their phones, people in Tennessee’s most populous county couldn’t be sure they were... Read More

Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas
Veterans
Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas

As the nation prepares to honor its veterans Nov. 12, many veterans in rural areas and some cities still face long wait times for health care because there aren’t enough doctors, nurses and support staff to provide it. Almost... Read More

Whitaker Doesn’t Plan to Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe, Source Says
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Whitaker Doesn’t Plan to Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe, Source Says

Matthew Whitaker, President Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general, has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller, despite having openly criticized his Russia probe, according to... Read More

America’s Averaging Almost a Mass Shooting a Day in 2018
National Security
America’s Averaging Almost a Mass Shooting a Day in 2018

There have been nearly as many mass shootings in the United States in 2018 as there have been days in the year so far, according to a nonprofit organization that records gun violence data. The horrific attack carried out... Read More

House Dems in New Seats of Power Will Steer Health Policy, Attack Drug Prices
Health
House Dems in New Seats of Power Will Steer Health Policy, Attack Drug Prices

For the first time since passing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats will soon control the House of Representatives and its powerful health committees. But Republicans’ tightened grip on the Senate means those hoping for... Read More

A Poliolike Illness Is on the Rise Again. But Why?
Health
A Poliolike Illness Is on the Rise Again. But Why?

At first, it seemed like just a bad cold, with a fever that came and went. Then one day, when Scarlett Camburn woke from her nap, the Havertown, Pa., toddler was unable to move her right arm. Panicked, parents Andrea ... Read More

Redistricting Reform: How Tuesday's Election Changed the Map
Spotlight
Redistricting Reform: How Tuesday's Election Changed the Map
2018-11-09 22:09:06
by TWN Staff

Elections matter, but so does timing. Flying under the radar, redistricting took a back seat to candidate races across the country, particularly in key states where... Read More

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