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November Trade Deficit Hits Near Record-High $80.2 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit surged to a near-record high of $80.2 billion in November as exports slowed... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit surged to a near-record high of $80.2 billion in November as exports slowed at the same time that imports jumped sharply. The November deficit was 19.3% higher than the October deficit of $67.2... Read More

2022-01-06 00:14:47
by Reece Nations
School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start dates or shifted to virtual learning in response to the growing spike in cases. As many schools nationwide have either... Read More

2022-01-05 23:03:04
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Officials Seek Assurances Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Won’t Be Repeated

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol but made no effort to hide their lingering anger. The Justice Department announced last week that 725 suspects have been... Read More

2022-01-05 22:44:15
by Dan McCue
VA Seeking Comment on Waiving Copayments for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and health care services for veterans who have been identified as being at a high risk for suicide. According to a... Read More

2022-01-05 18:57:59
by Dan McCue
Brenda Lawrence Becomes 25th Democrat to Opt Out of Reelection

WASHINGTON — Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s only Black member of Congress, revealed Tuesday evening that she will not be running... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s only Black member of Congress, revealed Tuesday evening that she will not be running for reelection in 2022. Lawrence is the 25th incumbent Democratic House member to opt out of a reelection bid this... Read More

2022-01-05 18:51:08
by Alexa Hornbeck
School District Works to Implement Test-to-Stay Practice

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Members of the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas implemented changes to their test-to-stay practice this week,... Read More

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Members of the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas implemented changes to their test-to-stay practice this week, based on new guidance supported by the Biden administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on using the method... Read More

2022-01-05 18:42:23
by Alexa Hornbeck
Expert Discusses Gaps in Federal Policy to Ban Surprise Medical Bills

WASHINGTON — A federal law banning surprise medical bills U.S. patients may receive following an emergency room visit, air ambulance... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal law banning surprise medical bills U.S. patients may receive following an emergency room visit, air ambulance trip, or receiving care out-of-network went into effect on Jan 1., but health policy expert Jack Hoadley finds that gaps... Read More

2022-01-05 18:37:30
by Dan McCue
Youngkin Taps Controversial Trump Figure to Oversee Natural Resources

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin rolled out several staff and cabinet appointments this week, giving form to... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin rolled out several staff and cabinet appointments this week, giving form to his inner circle a full 10 days before his Jan. 15 inauguration. Most controversially, on Wednesday Youngkin announced he wants... Read More

Less Than Half of GOP Say 1/6 Was Very Violent: AP-NORC Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fighting — so primitive and ferocious that one Capitol Police officer described it as “medieval” and another as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fighting — so primitive and ferocious that one Capitol Police officer described it as “medieval” and another as a “trip to hell” — left more than 100 law enforcement personnel injured, some beaten with their own weapons. Video... Read More

'We Have to be There': AP Photographer Recalls Capitol Siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol was under siege. By Americans. It was Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol was under siege. By Americans. It was Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, and Associated Press photographer J. Scott Applewhite was in the middle of it all — and was the eyes... Read More

2022-01-04 22:25:17
by Dan McCue
Top Harris Aide to Be New Executive Director for Congressional Black Caucus

WASHINGTON — Vince Evans, a top aide to Vice President Kamala Harris, is leaving the White House to become the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Vince Evans, a top aide to Vice President Kamala Harris, is leaving the White House to become the new executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. Evans, who served as the vice president’s deputy director of public engagement... Read More

2022-01-04 21:02:53
by Dan McCue
USMCA Panel Gives US a Win Over Canada in Dairy Dispute

WASHINGTON — The United States has prevailed in the first dispute resolution case brought under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States has prevailed in the first dispute resolution case brought under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known more commonly as USMCA. The case before the inaugural dispute settlement panel was a long-running dispute over Canadian trade policies... Read More

2022-01-04 20:52:05
by Tom Ramstack
Congress’ Doctor Warns COVID Cases Are Surging

WASHINGTON — A warning Monday from the attending physician for Congress about skyrocketing COVID-19 cases is compelling lawmakers and Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON — A warning Monday from the attending physician for Congress about skyrocketing COVID-19 cases is compelling lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff members to rethink their meeting schedules and masking guidelines. A letter Dr. Brian P. Monahan wrote to House... Read More

2022-01-04 20:16:07
by Dan McCue
Kilmer, Mace, Seek to Fund Tiny Homes to Tackle Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan initiative crafted by Reps. Nancy Mace and Derek Kilmer would provide much needed grant money to... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan initiative crafted by Reps. Nancy Mace and Derek Kilmer would provide much needed grant money to support the construction of tiny homes for homeless veterans. Six years after the Veterans Community Project started building tiny homes... Read More

2022-01-04 20:13:12
by Dan McCue
Rep. Bobby Rush to Retire After Three Decades in Congress

CHICAGO — Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., announced Tuesday that after three decades in Congress he will not be seeking re-election... Read More

CHICAGO — Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., announced Tuesday that after three decades in Congress he will not be seeking re-election to a 16th term in 2022.  Rush revealed his plans at a news conference at Roberts Temple Church of God... Read More

2022-01-04 18:19:48
by Tom Ramstack
Appellate Court Allows Muslim Family to Sue After Intrusive Airport Search

WASHINGTON — The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., late last month revived the chances for a successful lawsuit by... Read More

WASHINGTON — The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., late last month revived the chances for a successful lawsuit by a family that claims they were unjustifiably placed on a terrorist watch list while traveling to Jordan. Mohammed Jibril, a... Read More

2022-01-04 17:54:52
by Dan McCue
Biden Applauds Telecoms' Decision to Delay 5G Deployment Over Aviation Concerns

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday applauded AT&T and Verizon Communications’ decision to agree to a two-week delay in... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday applauded AT&T and Verizon Communications’ decision to agree to a two-week delay in deploying 5G technology using a bandwidth airlines use to navigate in low-visibility situations. Verizon and AT&T bought a portion of... Read More

2022-01-04 15:31:32
by Dan McCue
Survey Finds Farmer Sentiment Rising on Strengthened Financial Position

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A monthly measure of farmer sentiment rose last month, something it had only managed to do... Read More

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A monthly measure of farmer sentiment rose last month, something it had only managed to do once before in all of 2021, according to Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture and the CME Group. The two... Read More

Washington to Reveal New Name Feb. 2; Won't be RedWolves

Washington’s NFL team announced Tuesday it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be... Read More

Washington’s NFL team announced Tuesday it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be called the Wolves or RedWolves. Commanders, Defenders, Red Hogs, Armada, Presidents, Brigade and the status quo “Washington Football Team” were... Read More

2022-01-04 14:04:38
by Kate Michael
New Report Studies Anti-Asian Sentiment in the COVID Era

WASHINGTON — The pandemic led to increased bias against Asians according to a recent report. The RAND Corporation recently published... Read More

WASHINGTON — The pandemic led to increased bias against Asians according to a recent report. The RAND Corporation recently published findings from a series of surveys that identified key themes regarding the causes of, reaction to, and mitigation measures against... Read More

Drivers Snowed-In All Night as I-95 Shuts Down in Virginia

RUTHER GLEN, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of motorists were stranded all night in snow and freezing temperatures along a 50-mile... Read More

RUTHER GLEN, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of motorists were stranded all night in snow and freezing temperatures along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 after a crash involving six tractor-trailers in Virginia, where authorities were struggling Tuesday to reach them.... Read More

2022-01-03 21:12:37
by Reece Nations
New Laws Take Effect Nationwide

SAN ANTONIO — New laws added to the books around the country during last year’s legislative sessions have now gone... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — New laws added to the books around the country during last year’s legislative sessions have now gone into effect with the arrival of the new year. Measures governing redistricting, police reforms, minimum wage increases and more with... Read More

2022-01-03 19:12:20
by Dan McCue
Schumer Says Vote on Quashing Filibuster Could Come by Jan. 17

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus released Monday that if... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus released Monday that if Republicans continue to block sweeping voting rights legislation currently stalled in the chamber, a vote on amending or doing away... Read More

2022-01-03 18:56:36
by Tom Ramstack
Coaches Sue Washington Nationals After Defying Vaccination Mandate

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by the federal government and private employers requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The federal mandate announced by President Joe... Read More

2022-01-03 18:47:09
by Dan McCue
Harry Reid to Lie in State in Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who capped a 30-year career in the Senate by rising to majority leader,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who capped a 30-year career in the Senate by rising to majority leader, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy... Read More

2022-01-03 15:58:22
by Dan McCue
Familiar Face Returns to Lead Global War on Terrorism Memorial Effort

WASHINGTON — Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, the former head of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, is returning to the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, the former head of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, is returning to the role of president and CEO as the effort to build the memorial picks up steam, the organization announced Monday. As... Read More

2022-01-03 15:37:17
by Dan McCue
Federal Offices In DC Closed Due to Winter Storm

WASHINGTON —Federal offices in Washington, D.C. and a number of public schools in the region are closed Monday due to... Read More

WASHINGTON —Federal offices in Washington, D.C. and a number of public schools in the region are closed Monday due to the first significant snow storm of the winter. According to the National Weather Service, between 5 and 10 inches of... Read More

Twitter Bans Rep. Greene's Personal Account for COVID Claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Sunday it had banned the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Sunday it had banned the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, the latest strike against the firebrand whose embrace of conspiracy theories has been called “a cancer” for... Read More

Snow Moves Into Mid-Atlantic; Federal Offices Closed in DC

A winter storm packing heavy snow was blowing into the nation's capital on Monday, closing government offices and schools. As... Read More

A winter storm packing heavy snow was blowing into the nation's capital on Monday, closing government offices and schools. As much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow was forecast for the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and central Maryland... Read More

2021-12-30 21:17:22
by Reece Nations
Preliminary Injunction Filed in Challenge to Texas Voting Law

SAN ANTONIO — A request for a preliminary injunction was filed on Tuesday by attorneys at the Brennan Center for... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — A request for a preliminary injunction was filed on Tuesday by attorneys at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and the Harris County Attorney’s Office in a case challenging a provision... Read More

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