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Democrats Warm to Trump’s Revised NAFTA Trade Deal After Mexico Pledges Labor Reforms Trade
Democrats Warm to Trump’s Revised NAFTA Trade Deal After Mexico Pledges Labor Reforms

WASHINGTON — One of the remaining obstacles to passing a new North American trade agreement could soon be cleared after Mexico promised top House Democrats that it would improve enforcement of new labor standards to protect workers’ rights in that... Read More

At Justice Department, Multiple Investigations Focus on Trump’s Pet Peeves In The News
At Justice Department, Multiple Investigations Focus on Trump’s Pet Peeves

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is mired in 2016. Three separate Justice Department investigations are examining controversies left over from the last presidential race — the origins of the Russia probe, Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, and court-approved surveillance... Read More

Budget Hawks Debut PAYGO Tracker 'To Keep Lawmakers Accountable' Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Debut PAYGO Tracker 'To Keep Lawmakers Accountable'
2019-10-10 21:19:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget debuted a new tool Thursday -- a PAYGO Tracker -- to keep tabs on how well lawmakers are abiding by budget rules requiring new spending and tax cuts to be offset.... Read More

Two Giuliani Associates Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry Impeachment
Two Giuliani Associates Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry
2019-10-10 20:43:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two Russian-born associates of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, were subpoenaed in the House impeachment inquiry just hours after their arrests on campaign finance charges. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman have been tied to efforts by... Read More

Rep. Nita Lowey Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020 Congress
Rep. Nita Lowey Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020
2019-10-10 20:39:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and a fixture in Congress for 31 years, announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2020. Lowey offered no explanation for her decision in a statement... Read More

Federal Deficit Reached $984 Billion in FY2019, Highest in 7 years, CBO estimates Federal Budget
Federal Deficit Reached $984 Billion in FY2019, Highest in 7 years, CBO estimates
2019-10-10 20:35:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal deficit reached $984 billion in fiscal year 2019, with spending far out pacing revenue, according to an estimate released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week. This would be an increase of $205 billion over... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases Law
Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
2019-10-10 20:31:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court this week took up a question it has avoided in recent years: Whether the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution requires unanimous verdicts in criminal cases in both federal and state courts. In practice, the Bill... Read More

Sherrill Convenes Meeting With Army Corps and Local Officials to Address New Jersey Flooding State News
Sherrill Convenes Meeting With Army Corps and Local Officials to Address New Jersey Flooding
2019-10-10 20:27:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., convened a meeting last week with officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and several local mayors to address the issue of repeat and intensifying flooding in... Read More

Supreme Court to Rule on Gun Law As Mass Shootings Create Outrage Guns
Supreme Court to Rule on Gun Law As Mass Shootings Create Outrage
2019-10-10 17:02:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court cast itself back into the emotional gun rights controversy when it put a lawsuit over a New York City ban on the transportation of  firearms on its schedule for its current session. The New York... Read More

Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit Climate
Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
2019-10-10 17:00:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Alaska's government-mandated embrace of fossil fuel development is devastating the nation's northernmost state and infringing on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer for 16 young plaintiffs told the Alaska Supreme Court on... Read More

Philadelphia’s Landmark Supervised-Injection Site Ruling Has Boosted Such Efforts in Other Cities In The News
Philadelphia’s Landmark Supervised-Injection Site Ruling Has Boosted Such Efforts in Other Cities

PHILADELPHIA — The federal court ruling in favor of Philadelphia’s proposed supervised-injection site doesn’t apply to the handful of other cities that have floated the idea over the last few years. But backers of the harm-reduction concept around the country... Read More

California Blames EPA for Stalled Plans to Curb Pollution Environment
California Blames EPA for Stalled Plans to Curb Pollution

WASHINGTON — California’s top clean-air official fired back against Trump administration charges that the state hasn’t done enough to fight pollution within its borders, saying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should “do its job.” Last month, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler... Read More

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