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Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote
Civil Rights
Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. Harry... Read More

Behind Closed Doors: How Biden’s Team Weighed the VP Candidates
2020 Elections
Behind Closed Doors: How Biden’s Team Weighed the VP Candidates

WILMINGTON, Del. — The vetting Kamala Harris endured to earn her spot on Joe Biden’s presidential ticket was like none other in recent history. It was at once a public audition and highly secretive. It took sharp turns as the... Read More

How Will Kamala Harris Impact the Rest of the Democratic Ticket?
2020 Elections
How Will Kamala Harris Impact the Rest of the Democratic Ticket?

WASHINGTON — The fundraising email from California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris hit inboxes Tuesday evening with the subject line “Proud to announce.” But it wasn’t about Harris making history as her party’s vice presidential nominee.  “I’m excited to let you... Read More

Trump Says ‘Suburban Housewife’ Will Vote for Him. What Do Polls, 2018 Election Show?
Donald Trump
Trump Says ‘Suburban Housewife’ Will Vote for Him. What Do Polls, 2018 Election Show?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the “suburban housewife” will vote for him in the upcoming election — but polls and past election results tell a different story. “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me,” the president tweeted.... Read More

Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?
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Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The other is a rising star, a trailblazer accustomed to breaking barriers. Both have deep Bay Area ties. And to many... Read More

Trump Adds Grandiose Promises to Campaign Pitch
Campaigns
Trump Adds Grandiose Promises to Campaign Pitch

WASHINGTON — The payroll tax, a bedrock of the American retirement system since 1941, will end as soon as President Donald Trump is reelected, he promised last weekend. A new Iran nuclear deal will come to pass a month after... Read More

QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia
2020 Elections
QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia

ROME, Ga. — Marjorie Taylor Greene was victorious in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District Republican runoff, and she is likely to become the first QAnon supporter to earn a seat in Congress. Addressing supporters shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern, she credited... Read More

‘Extraordinarily Nasty’: Trump and His Campaign Launch Swift Attack on Kamala Harris
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‘Extraordinarily Nasty’: Trump and His Campaign Launch Swift Attack on Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called California Sen. Kamala Harris “nasty” and the “meanest” member of the U.S. Senate shortly after Joe Biden named her as his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Trump said Harris was “extraordinarily nasty”... Read More

GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?
2020 Elections
GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?

When a Democrat or Republican runs for president, there’s usually a stable of low-profile legal experts affiliated with the party who can help navigate the country’s thicket of ballot-access laws. But if you were, say, music megastar Kanye West mounting... Read More

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate
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Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of... Read More

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy
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Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole. In the race for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, U.S.... Read More

National Zoo Says Female Giant Panda May Be Expecting Another Cub
In The News
National Zoo Says Female Giant Panda May Be Expecting Another Cub
2020-08-15 08:48:16
by Gaspard Le Dem

D.C. may have a new furry resident on the way. The National Zoo announced on Friday that its giant female panda, Mei Xiang, appears to be pregnant, and could be giving birth to a new cub over the weekend. After... Read More

America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine
In The News
America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where more than 5 million people have been infected and more than 161,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by... Read More

‘Chaos and Confusion’: Cost-cutting and Turmoil at Postal Service Fuel Worry for Mail Voting
Voting
‘Chaos and Confusion’: Cost-cutting and Turmoil at Postal Service Fuel Worry for Mail Voting

The United States Postal Service has possibly never been more important, or more embattled. The 245-year-old organization has faced years of derision from President Donald Trump. And as the election nears with his prospects uncertain, Trump has intensified his unfounded... Read More

The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed
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The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed

LOS ANGELES — Early on a Thursday morning in February, two men in suits rapped on the door of the South Los Angeles apartment that Gadseel Quiñonez shares with his little brother. The men were from the Los Angeles Police... Read More

‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?
Economy
‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?

LOS ANGELES — If you had posed the scenario to him as a hypothetical a few months ago — “Your company will be hemorrhaging cash, and you’ll turn to Uncle Sam for emergency funds” — Jim Brady would’ve confidently dismissed... Read More

Critics Question CARES Act Spending in Some States
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Critics Question CARES Act Spending in Some States

WASHINGTON — Even as governors ask Congress for more pandemic relief money and more leeway to spend it, critics say some states are pushing the legal limits of how previous emergency federal aid can be spent. South Dakota auditors are... Read More

US Census Enters Final Stage of Counting With a Shorter Deadline
Census
US Census Enters Final Stage of Counting With a Shorter Deadline
2020-08-14 15:09:51
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - The US Census Bureau entered its final stage of counting -- moving door-to-door -- with a shorter deadline. This week census takers began knocking on doors around the country in an attempt to count households that haven’t yet... Read More

Following Primary Loss, Kansas Rep. Watkins Faces House Ethics Investigation
Congress
Following Primary Loss, Kansas Rep. Watkins Faces House Ethics Investigation

WASHINGTON — Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins will face a House Ethics investigation during his final months in Congress. Watkins, a freshman Republican from Topeka, lost his primary last week to Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner after he was charged with... Read More

10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes
Sports
10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes

College athletes have made their voices heard with unprecedented volume this summer, asserting themselves on issues of health and safety, social justice and financial equity. Now, with the college sports landscape in a state of chaos, that movement may now... Read More

Trump Admits to Blocking Postal Service Funding to Undercut Voting by Mail
2020 Elections
Trump Admits to Blocking Postal Service Funding to Undercut Voting by Mail

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would block a funding boost for the U.S. Postal Service to handle an expected flood of mail-in ballots in coming weeks, admitting it’s part of a White House effort to limit... Read More

Baseless Birther Attack on Kamala Harris Shows How Trump Is Struggling to Define Her
2020 Elections
Baseless Birther Attack on Kamala Harris Shows How Trump Is Struggling to Define Her

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump amplified a false claim Thursday that California-born Kamala Harris might be ineligible to serve as vice president, a smear that recalls the racist “birther” campaign he waged against former President Barack Obama. It marked a... Read More

Israel to Delay West Bank Annexation Plans for Now in Deal to Discuss Normalizing Ties With UAE
Geopolitics
Israel to Delay West Bank Annexation Plans for Now in Deal to Discuss Normalizing Ties With UAE

BEIRUT — The United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to work toward establishing full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt, for now, Israel’s controversial plans to annex occupied West Bank land sought by Palestinians for their... Read More

US Economic Hole Remains Deep Despite Jobless Claims Milestone
Economy
US Economic Hole Remains Deep Despite Jobless Claims Milestone

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic began in March, a milestone that underscores both the depth of economic damage and long road to recovery from the sharpest... Read More

Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
Opinion Polls
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
2020-08-14 11:54:12
by Sara Wilkerson

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions. ... Read More

The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020-08-13 20:07:49
by Gaspard Le Dem

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual all-day programming, speeches will be packed into two-hour televised segments across four nights, from Monday, August 17, to Thursday, August... Read More

Espy Gaining Ground in Mississippi Senate Race
Polling and Ads
Espy Gaining Ground in Mississippi Senate Race
2020-08-13 19:59:42
by TWN Staff

A recent poll conducted on behalf of the Mike Espy for Senate Committee shows Espy trailing Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith by just five percentage points in the Mississippi race for the U.S. Senate. Hyde-White has served in the Senate for... Read More

Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
Voting
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
2020-08-13 19:36:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump... Read More

Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
Education
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week
Weather
A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week

MIAMI — A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine this week, according to the National Hurricane Center. The depression is about 1,220 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is traveling west... Read More

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