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Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says
Congress
Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says

A top House Democrat says there’s little point pursuing the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr, as some lawmakers have urged, because a “corrupt” Senate will simply ignore the charges. Impeaching Barr is “a waste of time at this point... Read More

Bolton Says Trump Put Reelection Ahead of National Security
2020 Elections
Bolton Says Trump Put Reelection Ahead of National Security

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump put his reelection ahead of U.S. national security, John Bolton said in an interview with ABC News, calling the president disinterested in intelligence briefings and ignorant of global affairs and the impact of his decisions. “My... Read More

COVID-19 Surge in South, Southwest Poses Growing Threat, Experts Warn
Health
COVID-19 Surge in South, Southwest Poses Growing Threat, Experts Warn

WASHINGTON — Infectious disease experts expressed alarm Sunday over the pace of new coronavirus infections in several states in the South and Southwest, with one likening the spread in parts of the country to a “forest fire.” At the same... Read More

Analysis: Barr’s Move On NY Prosecutor is Latest From Loyal Trump Defender
Political News
Analysis: Barr’s Move On NY Prosecutor is Latest From Loyal Trump Defender

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr’s move to oust one of the nation’s most prominent U.S. attorneys is only the latest to ring alarm bells inside and outside of the Justice Department that his actions are being driven by political... Read More

Commuters Flock to Bike Shares in Cities Despite Concerns Over Health Risk
Cities
Commuters Flock to Bike Shares in Cities Despite Concerns Over Health Risk
2020-06-19 19:00:44
by Jacob Pederson

With public transportation offline in some areas and alternatives like Uber being a little too close for comfort due to the coronavirus outbreak, a growing number of city residents are looking at municipal bike share programs to get around. However,... Read More

House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
Infrastructure
House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
2020-06-19 18:56:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said combines the best of several existing proposals on roads, education, broadband and more, with a particular focus on clean energy, sustainability... Read More

Former Chief of Protocol Calls for ‘Smart Power’ to Increase Cooperation
Diplomacy
Former Chief of Protocol Calls for ‘Smart Power’ to Increase Cooperation
2020-06-19 18:48:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Little gestures can mean a lot, according to Capricia Marshall, ambassador-in-residence at the nonpartisan Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C..  The one-time presidential social secretary and chief of protocol of the United States shared her views on the role... Read More

‘Juneteenth National Independence Day Act’ Would Make June 19 Federal Holiday
In The News
‘Juneteenth National Independence Day Act’ Would Make June 19 Federal Holiday
2020-06-19 18:38:02
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation would commemorate June 19 as a federal holiday 155 years after Major Gen. Gordon Granger issued the order signifying the end of slavery in the United States. In accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1865 Granger... Read More

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties
Health
Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties

WASHINGTON — Being black is bad for your health. And pervasive racism is the cause. That’s the conclusion of multiple public health studies over more than three decades. “We do know that health inequities at their very core are due... Read More

They Heard George Floyd Call Out to His Mother. Now These Black Women Are Running for Office
2020 Elections
They Heard George Floyd Call Out to His Mother. Now These Black Women Are Running for Office

MINNEAPOLIS — Marquita Stephens has been active in her Woodbury community for more than 20 years, working with victims of domestic violence and advocating for safe placements for black children up for adoption. A few months ago, in a moment... Read More

Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
Aviation
Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
2020-06-19 18:28:47
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Two senators serving on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced legislation designed to improve aviation safety following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.  Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member,... Read More

Wealthy Hospital Taps Small Craft Breweries for Financial Aid to Buy Masks, Gloves
Business
Wealthy Hospital Taps Small Craft Breweries for Financial Aid to Buy Masks, Gloves

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — As Inova Health System sought donations in March to buy personal protective equipment for its staff to treat COVID-19, Zach Mote, a police officer turned brewer, came to their aid. Even though his Water’s End Brewery taproom... Read More

Moving Forward Together in the Face of a Global Pandemic
Opinions
Moving Forward Together in the Face of a Global Pandemic

This global pandemic knows no borders and has no regard for politics. Like Americans who have come together to take steps to bend the curve, our elected officials have also come together swiftly and in a bipartisan manner to provide... Read More

Citizenship By Drive-Thru? Immigrants Now Take Oath Without Leaving Car
Immigration
Citizenship By Drive-Thru? Immigrants Now Take Oath Without Leaving Car

DETROIT — After years waiting to become American citizens, dozens of immigrants saw their dreams realized Wednesday — though the big moment wasn’t exactly what they had envisioned. They took their oaths in a drive-thru. Without ever leaving their cars,... Read More

Joe Biden’s Ad Launch Signals New Strength in His Campaign to Unseat Trump
In The News
Joe Biden’s Ad Launch Signals New Strength in His Campaign to Unseat Trump

Joe Biden has launched his first major advertising campaign of the general election race, spending $15 million in key states where President Donald Trump is running spots attacking the former vice president. The move by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee... Read More

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Drops From Consideration as Joe Biden’s Running Mate
2020 Elections
Sen. Amy Klobuchar Drops From Consideration as Joe Biden’s Running Mate

MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday night that she asked Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to take her name out of consideration as his vice presidential running mate, and recommended that he pick a woman of color. “America must... Read More

McConnell Protégé Justin Walker Confirmed to Powerful DC Circuit Court
Judiciary
McConnell Protégé Justin Walker Confirmed to Powerful DC Circuit Court

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 51-42 to confirm Justin Walker, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky for less than one year but a protege of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for a seat... Read More

US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast at 1.51 Million
Employment
US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast at 1.51 Million

Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell less than forecast last week, showing only gradual improvement from the worst of the pandemic-related layoffs even as states re-open more of their economies. Initial jobless claims for regular state programs totaled... Read More

Bolton Book Shows Trump Eager to Help Autocrats in US Courts
Foreign Affairs
Bolton Book Shows Trump Eager to Help Autocrats in US Courts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump repeatedly sought to interfere in the U.S. judicial system to curry favor with leaders from Turkey to China, according to a new book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton. At a Group of 20... Read More

Dreamers, Congress See Hard Work Ahead Despite Court Ruling
Immigration
Dreamers, Congress See Hard Work Ahead Despite Court Ruling

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruling that spells relief for the thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children also takes pressure off Congress to find an immediate fix to their predicament. But because it leaves the... Read More

CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
Cities
CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
2020-06-18 20:54:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Congressional Budget Office found that D.C. statehood would carry a price tag for taxpayers, but could also result in significant savings if the District takes on costs currently covered by the federal government.... Read More

Senate Approves Bipartisan $2.8 Billion Plan to Benefit Conservation, Parks
Environment
Senate Approves Bipartisan $2.8 Billion Plan to Benefit Conservation, Parks
2020-06-18 19:13:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a major bipartisan public lands bill Wednesday authorizing the spending of nearly $3 billion a year on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The Great American Outdoors Act,... Read More

Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
Congress
Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
2020-06-18 18:37:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits in the Capitol of previous House Speakers who served in the Confederacy. The move is the latest in her effort to expunge honorifics for Confederate... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Trump Can't Unilaterally End Obama-Era DACA Program
Immigration
Supreme Court Rules Trump Can't Unilaterally End Obama-Era DACA Program
2020-06-18 15:52:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump does not have the legal authority to abruptly rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a decision that for now will protect about 650,000 young immigrants... Read More

Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless
Congress
Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless

The U.S. has spent more than half of $3 trillion in economic rescue funds passed by Congress — with little of the oversight intended to ensure the money goes to the right places. Three new oversight bodies are barely functional:... Read More

Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election
Research
Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election

Democrats and Republicans hold starkly diverging views of the U.S. economy and the gap is widening as the pandemic persists, casting a shadow over President Donald Trump’s hopes for a V-shaped recovery powered by pent-up demand as nationwide lockdowns ease.... Read More

Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs
Law Enforcement
Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs

WASHINGTON — Greater disclosure of police use of force and no-knock warrants, and financial incentives for local law enforcement departments to ban chokeholds, are the centerpieces of a Senate GOP policing reform bill announced Wednesday. The Senate bill and a... Read More

Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says
Congress
Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are now required to wear masks during in-person committee meetings, but it’s up to the chairmen and chairwomen of those panels to decide on enforcement. Following updated guidance from attending physician Brian Monahan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Read More

Bolton Book Says Trump Sought Xi’s 2020 Help, Roiling Race Anew
Political News
Bolton Book Says Trump Sought Xi’s 2020 Help, Roiling Race Anew

WASHINGTON — Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a new book that President Donald Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help him win reelection by buying more U.S. farm products, according to an excerpt published by The... Read More

Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book
In The News
Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to criminally charge John Bolton with disclosing classified information in his upcoming White House memoir, and the Justice Department late Wednesday ramped up its legal campaign by seeking a temporary restraining order to... Read More

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