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Headed into Midterms, Blue Dogs Focus on Rural America
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Headed into Midterms, Blue Dogs Focus on Rural America
2018-09-22 02:11:29
by TWN Staff

As the midterm elections draw near, the Blue Dog Coalition turned its attention to rural America this week. Read More

Internal GOP Poll: ‘We’ve Lost the Messaging Battle’ on Tax Cuts
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Internal GOP Poll: ‘We’ve Lost the Messaging Battle’ on Tax Cuts

A survey commissioned by the Republican National Committee has led the party to a glum conclusion regarding President Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement: Voters overwhelmingly believe his tax overhaul helps the wealthy instead of average Americans. Read More

Kavanaugh Accuser’s Offer to Testify Puts Key Republicans in a Bind
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Kavanaugh Accuser’s Offer to Testify Puts Key Republicans in a Bind

After days of silence about whether she would appear, California professor Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that she is willing to testify next week about her allegations of a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee ... Read More

New York Mayor Compiled Secret Dossier on City Watchdog Who’s Slapped City Hall With Critical Reports
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New York Mayor Compiled Secret Dossier on City Watchdog Who’s Slapped City Hall With Critical Reports

Enraged by the actions of the city’s chief watchdog, Mayor Bill de Blasio built a confidential file of allegations against him stretching back two years to justify formally removing him from his post, The New York Daily News has ... Read More

Cohen Confirms Cooperation Against Trump, Says He is Giving Mueller ‘Critical Information’
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Cohen Confirms Cooperation Against Trump, Says He is Giving Mueller ‘Critical Information’

The fixer is pulling a fast one of his former boss. Michael Cohen tweeted and quickly deleted a third-person message Thursday night that confirmed his “critical” cooperation against President Donald Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian ... Read More

A Year After Maria Wrecked Puerto Rico, The Struggle to Recover Has Not Ended
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A Year After Maria Wrecked Puerto Rico, The Struggle to Recover Has Not Ended

The rain falling into Bianca Cruz Pichardo’s home in Puerto Rico’s capital forms a small stream from her living room to the kitchen, past a cabinet elevated by cinder blocks. Read More

‘Three Identical Strangers’ and The Real Science of Nature vs. Nurture
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‘Three Identical Strangers’ and The Real Science of Nature vs. Nurture

When Robert Shafran started community college in upstate New York in 1980, he was puzzled that some of his fellow students seemed unusually friendly, acting as though they already knew him. Read More

Ivanka Trump to Help Raise Money for Senate Republicans
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Ivanka Trump to Help Raise Money for Senate Republicans

Ivanka Trump plans to raise money for Senate Republicans’ campaign arm this fall — amid new concern about the party’s fragile 51-seat majority in that chamber. Read More

Mendocino Complex, Biggest Wildfire in California History, Now 100 Percent Contained
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Mendocino Complex, Biggest Wildfire in California History, Now 100 Percent Contained

September 19, 2018 By Michael McGough SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Mendocino Complex, a pair of wildfires that erupted in Lake County in late July and went on to become the largest recorded fire complex in California history, has been reported... Read More

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Wanda Barzee Released From Utah Prison After 15 Years Behind Bars
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Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Wanda Barzee Released From Utah Prison After 15 Years Behind Bars

One of two people who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 was released from prison on Wednesday. Wanda Barzee had been expected to serve several more years, but Utah officials said earlier this month that they ... Read More

Florence Dropped More Than 8 Trillion Gallons of Rain in NC, Radar Estimates Show
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Florence Dropped More Than 8 Trillion Gallons of Rain in NC, Radar Estimates Show

Weather experts normally talk of rainfall predictions in terms of inches, but the effects Hurricane Florence had on North Carolina called for a different unit of measurement. Read More

Ari Fleischer asks if we're being fair to Brett Kavanaugh
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Ari Fleischer asks if we're being fair to Brett Kavanaugh
2018-09-19 12:57:03
by Leonard Pitts

Ari Fleischer wants to know if we're being fair. "How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we've lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an... Read More

Trump shouldn't let himself be manipulated by agenda-driven cronies
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Trump shouldn't let himself be manipulated by agenda-driven cronies
2018-09-19 12:53:32
by Rachel Marsden

Despite his generally good instincts, U.S. President Donald Trump is proving that his biggest weakness is on the foreign affairs front, an area where his background is lacking. This forces him to rely on unelected advisers, many of whom ... Read More

Campaign Ad: Stephanie Murphy -
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Campaign Ad: Stephanie Murphy - "Accountable"

Representative Stephanie Murphy, who is seeking re-election in Florida's 7th District, released her second television ad of the 2018 campaign. Watch the ad, which centers on Murphy’s work to hold Congress accountable to the people... Read More

Our Big, Bold Plan — and Why Opportunity Can Win
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Our Big, Bold Plan — and Why Opportunity Can Win
2018-09-19 09:17:55
by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

That’s the question on the mind of every Democrat going into 2020. The scale of the threat posed by a Trump second term is unfathomable — from the Supreme Court and women’s rights to the economy, the environment, and our ... Read More

China Fires Back at Trump With Tariffs on $60 Billion of Goods
Trade
China Fires Back at Trump With Tariffs on $60 Billion of Goods

The U.S.-China trade war deepened as Beijing announced retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods and the Trump administration threatened duties on virtually all Chinese imports. Read More

Are Texans Feeling the Love for President Trump? A New Poll Shows a Split
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Are Texans Feeling the Love for President Trump? A New Poll Shows a Split

September 18, 2019 By Anna M. Tinsley FORT WORTH, Texas—Texans are divided on how Republican President Donald Trump is doing in the White House. Two years ago, Trump handily won the vote in Texas, 4.6 million votes to the 3.8... Read More

Democrats and Republicans Clash Over Timing, Witness List for Kavanaugh Hearing
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Democrats and Republicans Clash Over Timing, Witness List for Kavanaugh Hearing

Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday bitterly debated how to move forward on a high-stakes hearing Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and the California professor, Christine Blasey Ford, accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault. Read More

Trump Tariffs are Hurting Illinois Businesses – I’ve Seen It Firsthand
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Trump Tariffs are Hurting Illinois Businesses – I’ve Seen It Firsthand

President Trump’s irresponsible trade war continues to spiral further out of control, and while the adverse effects are being felt by American businesses large and small, the ultimate victims... Read More

Himes on the Challenges of a Changing Economy: It’s a Legacy Problem, Not a Political One
Innovation
Himes on the Challenges of a Changing Economy: It’s a Legacy Problem, Not a Political One

Leaders across the country at all levels of government and private sector are working to implement innovative policies that address the challenges facing American workers every day. Read More

O’Halleran: Leading the Fight for Rural America
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O’Halleran: Leading the Fight for Rural America
2018-09-19 08:38:13
by TWN Staff

Cruising down the Arizona highway in an RV, Congressman Tom O’Halleran, Chairman of the Blue Dog Rural Task Force, was on a mission over August recess: meeting as many constituents as possible. Read More

Battered by Florence, North Carolina braces for more bad news as rivers rise rapidly
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Battered by Florence, North Carolina braces for more bad news as rivers rise rapidly

For more than three days, Alonzo Harris, 64, was trapped in a flooded house in a flooded neighborhood in the flooded town of Trenton, N.C., sleeping on a kitchen counter, waiting for the remnants of Hurricane Florence to pass. But ... Read More

Federal lawsuits filed over St. Louis police ‘kettle’ arrests, pepper-spraying
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Federal lawsuits filed over St. Louis police ‘kettle’ arrests, pepper-spraying

September 17, 2018 By Robert Patrick ST. LOUIS — Fourteen people caught in a St. Louis police “kettle” during protests last year and two others pepper-sprayed at St. Louis City Hall are filing a series of federal lawsuits against police... Read More

White House hasn’t asked FBI to vet Kavanaugh allegations, sources say
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White House hasn’t asked FBI to vet Kavanaugh allegations, sources say

The White House hasn’t asked the FBI to investigate the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when they were in high school, a request required for the bureau to take further action, according to ... Read More

Trump imposes $200 billion in Chinese tariffs, sharply escalating a trade war that will now include many household goods
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Trump imposes $200 billion in Chinese tariffs, sharply escalating a trade war that will now include many household goods

The Trump administration on Monday announced new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, a sharp escalation of its trade fight with China that will also exact costs on a wide range of American businesses and consumers. The new tariffs, to ... Read More

South Carolina officials clash over flood barrier
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South Carolina officials clash over flood barrier

With the handful of rivers encircling this beach gateway about to flood, South Carolina officials made a controversial decision. They ordered state transportation workers and National Guard troops to erect a protective barrier along U.S. 501, the main route into ... Read More

California psychologist goes public with sex assault allegation against Kavanaugh
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California psychologist goes public with sex assault allegation against Kavanaugh

A California professor has gone public with allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students in the early 1980s. Read More

US health agency urges early vaccinations to fight flu this season
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US health agency urges early vaccinations to fight flu this season

The flu was everywhere last year. A Centers for Disease Control doctor said the past flu season was one of the deadliest. So the CDC is urging people to act now, just before the October start of the 2018-19 flu ... Read More

Who has leverage at the NAFTA table? It might not just be Trump
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Who has leverage at the NAFTA table? It might not just be Trump

From day one, President Donald Trump has imposed his will on talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. But as his administration tries to seal the deal, it’s not clear he holds all the cards. Trump’s ... Read More

Giuliani won’t rule out Trump pardon for Manafort: ‘He’s not disqualified’
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Giuliani won’t rule out Trump pardon for Manafort: ‘He’s not disqualified’

He’s standing by his man. President Donald Trump has not completely ruled out the possibility of pardoning his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — even though he is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, Rudy Giuliani said Friday. Read More

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