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Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
State News
Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
2020-10-14 17:48:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Tom Malinowski are urging the FBI to step up the federal response to the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group they say has increased its activity in New Jersey. According to a recent report... Read More

Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
State News
Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
2020-10-14 17:43:11
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable. The deadline to register to... Read More

Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable
Opinion Polls
Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable

WASHINGTON — As Republicans inch closer to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and Joe Biden enjoys a national lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race, there’s also an intense battle going on for control of Congress.... Read More

Expiring Breaks for Brewers, Airlines Driving Tax Extenders Push
Congress
Expiring Breaks for Brewers, Airlines Driving Tax Extenders Push

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have not renewed the collection of disparate tax breaks known as “extenders” on time since the 1990s. But the pandemic-driven economic collapse, along with big-time political support on both sides of the aisle for industries ranging from... Read More

Notre Dame Faculty Members Urge Barrett to Pause Confirmation Process
Supreme Court
Notre Dame Faculty Members Urge Barrett to Pause Confirmation Process

Dozens of faculty members at the University of Notre Dame inked their names to an open letter urging Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former law professor at the school, to halt her Supreme Court confirmation process until after Election Day.... Read More

FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake
State News
FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about leaving her in the middle of Lake Michigan and “taking out” a second politician, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified... Read More

Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says
Economy
Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote next week on a roughly $500 billion COVID-19 relief package that mirrors an earlier Republican proposal, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. The decision to push another “skinny” relief bill marked a new attempt... Read More

Barrett Says Past Criticisms of Rulings on Abortion, Obamacare Don’t Signal How She Would Vote Now
Supreme Court
Barrett Says Past Criticisms of Rulings on Abortion, Obamacare Don’t Signal How She Would Vote Now

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett spent most of the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing batting away Democrats’ predictions that she would provide the final vote needed to invalidate the Affordable Care Act and substantially rein in... Read More

5 Takeaways From Second Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing
Supreme Court
5 Takeaways From Second Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON — It was a very 2020 Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, as Amy Coney Barrett fielded her first round of questions on socially divisive issues from socially distanced members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Republicans have said they... Read More

Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk
In The States
Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk

MIAMI — As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South... Read More

Champion of Poor or Demagogue? Mexico’s President Remains Popular Despite Stalled Economy, Pandemic and Crime
In The News
Champion of Poor or Demagogue? Mexico’s President Remains Popular Despite Stalled Economy, Pandemic and Crime

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican economy is cratering, homicides are rising at a record rate, and the COVID-19 death toll has surged past 80,000. For any other leader, the torrent of bad news might herald a political reckoning. Not for... Read More

Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot
Research
Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot

Seven months into the pandemic, it’s no secret that plenty of people still downplay the risks of COVID-19, scoffing at mask-wearing and social distancing. Politics clearly feeds that mindset, as suggested by a new Pew Research Center survey in which... Read More

Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 13
2020 Elections
Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 13
2020-10-13 22:53:19
by TWN Staff

POLITICAL ADS Reckless Reopenings The DCCC released a new television ad in Texas’ 24th Congressional District, stating politician Beth Van Duyne’s alliance with President Trump amid a pandemic is hurting North Texas. The ad began reaching voters in the Dallas/Fort... Read More

Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
State News
Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
2020-10-13 21:34:15
by Dan McCue

A record 128,590 voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting in Georgia Monday, but for many of them it was a day of long waits, sometimes for hours and frustration as computer woes repeatedly took down polling... Read More

Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
Political News
Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
2020-10-13 21:29:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court late Tuesday stayed a preliminary injunction that required the Census Bureau to continue to collect data until the end of the month. Last month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh agreed with civil rights groups that... Read More

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
State News
California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
2020-10-13 20:54:38
by Sean Trambley

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. California has served as a market leader in driving environmentally sensitive changes to the auto industry for decades. ... Read More

Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
State News
Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
2020-10-13 20:50:12
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania, tossing out a challenge to the state's drop boxes and poll-watching law. The ruling is notable not just for how it related to... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Emoluments Case Against Trump
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Emoluments Case Against Trump
2020-10-13 20:45:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive a lawsuit filed by members of Congress that accused President Donald Trump of illegally profiting from his presidency. As is their custom the justices did not explain why they were... Read More

Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020 Elections
Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020-10-13 20:42:33
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A television ad the Trump reelection campaign... Read More

If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
Congress
If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
2020-10-13 18:15:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House Historian Matthew Wasniewski and his staff of nine know the next several weeks will be busy indeed. Not only do... Read More

Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
Opinion Polls
Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
2020-10-13 17:41:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A national survey by the Small Business for America’s Future coalition found that roughly 8 in ten respondents identified something other than the Supreme Court nomination when asked about Congressional priorities. The survey, conducted from Oct. 2 through... Read More

Attorney General Barr Broke Elections Law, Ethics Groups Say in Call to Impeach
Dep. of Justice
Attorney General Barr Broke Elections Law, Ethics Groups Say in Call to Impeach

WASHINGTON — Two groups promoting ethics in government called for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, accusing him of violating laws and undermining public confidence in the Justice Department. Barr has used the department to further President Donald... Read More

Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise
Congress
Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep her caucus together as she holds out for a better coronavirus relief package than the Trump administration’s latest $1.8 trillion proposal, but some Democrats are growing impatient as the window to... Read More

Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting
State News
Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be counted even if they’re received up to a week after Election Day, under a federal judge’s order turning back a Republican challenge to the extended balloting deadline. The ruling... Read More

Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early
State News
Fearing Their Votes Won’t Count, Arizonans Rush to Cast Ballots Early

PHOENIX — Emilio Alvarado typically takes his time with his ballot, mulling the candidates and propositions, eventually mailing it in close to Election Day. Not this year, says the contractor and veteran who traditionally has voted for Republicans across the... Read More

Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’
2020 Elections
Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump burst back onto the campaign trail Monday night, delivering an energetic and combative hourlong speech in Central Florida meant to demonstrate his recovery from COVID-19 and resuscitate his faltering reelection campaign. Trump portrayed his illness... Read More

Not Since Bork Has a Supreme Court Pick Had Such a Public Record on Issues. Will it Matter for Barrett?
Supreme Court
Not Since Bork Has a Supreme Court Pick Had Such a Public Record on Issues. Will it Matter for Barrett?

WASHINGTON — As a law professor, Elena Kagan once described Supreme Court confirmation hearings as a “valid and hollow charade,” because modern-day nominees rarely reveal their views on issues to avoid compromising their impartiality in future cases. Then, in 2010,... Read More

Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett
Supreme Court
Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett
2020-10-13 12:29:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the outcome of confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett shortly after the first session started Monday morning. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
Political News
Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
2020-10-12 14:33:43
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an independent non-profit organization, released its anticipated report on the estimated costs of both Trump’s and Biden’s campaign plans last week. Not surprisingly, they are very expensive plans.  Both candidates have... Read More

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