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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
Spotlight
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
Trade
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
Trade
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

Never a seamless fit, Mattis and Trump show growing signs of discord
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Never a seamless fit, Mattis and Trump show growing signs of discord

When Defense Secretary James N. Mattis declared last month that he had “no plans” to cancel future joint military exercises with South Korean forces, it brought him a very public rebuke from President Donald Trump. Read More

How the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responds to a hurricane like Florence
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How the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responds to a hurricane like Florence

For all the political chatter about hurricane response and the human toll of such disasters, one lesson of past monster storms is clear and getting ever more urgent as they get more frequent: Hurricanes claim lives and erode health before, ... Read More

Cuban investigators doubt weapon was used to make US diplomats sick
Foreign Affairs
Cuban investigators doubt weapon was used to make US diplomats sick

Cuban scientific investigators visiting Washington to meet with State Department officials, scientists and members of Congress have challenged whether 26 diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana suffered brain injury and were deliberately attacked. Read More

Trump's detention policy: Fiscally exorbitant as well as morally bankrupt
Opinions
Trump's detention policy: Fiscally exorbitant as well as morally bankrupt
2018-09-15 14:33:56
by Mary Sanchez

President Trump's callous disregard for his fellow citizens is well known to people of a certain hue, shall we say. It was in full display this week in his insistence that only a few dozen Puerto Ricans died as a ... Read More

Another Daley to run for Chicago mayor
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Another Daley to run for Chicago mayor

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley will announce Monday that he’s going to run for a job once held by his brother and father — mayor of Chicago. Read More

Apathy anew: Democrats’ biggest 2018 fear is low turnout among people of color
2018 Midterms
Apathy anew: Democrats’ biggest 2018 fear is low turnout among people of color

Misael Avila has tried everything to convince his Latino community in central California to care more about politics. He has led voter-registration drives around Modesto. He’s personally knocked on voters’ doors. He has even hosted a congressional debate at ... Read More

‘Anger is a great motivator.’ A guide to the GOP’s biggest 2018 fears
2018 Midterms
‘Anger is a great motivator.’ A guide to the GOP’s biggest 2018 fears

President Donald Trump is caught in an unrelenting swirl of scandal, and President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is still intact. Democratic energy is unbridled, and Republican enthusiasm is uncertain. Read More

Panetta Fights for Veterans' Education
Education
Panetta Fights for Veterans' Education
2018-09-15 13:17:48
by TWN Staff

First term Congressman Jimmy Panetta is well known on Capitol Hill for being a principled and pragmatic lawmaker who regularly puts policy over politics. This week, he is back in California’s 20th District on the Central Coast, living up ... Read More

Violence Against Women Act extension included in stopgap spending deal
Congress
Violence Against Women Act extension included in stopgap spending deal

The Violence Against Women Act, which was set to expire Sept. 30, will be extended through Dec. 7 under a stopgap spending bill released Thursday. Read More

Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort reportedly cuts tentative plea deal with Mueller
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Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort reportedly cuts tentative plea deal with Mueller

Paul Manafort, the criminally convicted former chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, reached a tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, all but ensuring he won’t have to face a second trial later this month, ... Read More

Kavanaugh reportedly accused of sexual misconduct in letter flagged to FBI by Democrats
Supreme Court
Kavanaugh reportedly accused of sexual misconduct in letter flagged to FBI by Democrats

Democrats alerted the FBI on Thursday to decades-old sexual-misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to reports and a person familiar with the matter. Read More

Family separation deal may give migrants second chance at asylum
Immigration
Family separation deal may give migrants second chance at asylum

The Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union struck a deal that will let many families separated at the southern U.S. border stay in the country and pursue asylum. Read More

Sessions agrees to include Democrats in meeting on Social Media
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Sessions agrees to include Democrats in meeting on Social Media

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meeting with state attorneys general to discuss complaints against social media companies has been expanded to include Democrats, the Justice Department said on Thursday. Read More

Where have you gone, Bob Woodward
Opinions
Where have you gone, Bob Woodward
2018-09-14 11:14:03
by Leonard Pitts

"Where have you gone, Bob Woodward? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you." I asked that question in January, repurposing a Paul Simon lyric to implore the dean of American political reporters to help us make sense of the ... Read More

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