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Trump Virus Adviser Is a Rarity in White House Ruled By Loyalty
Health
Trump Virus Adviser Is a Rarity in White House Ruled By Loyalty

WASHINGTON — Deborah Birx was visiting South Africa in her role as the State Department’s global ambassador for AIDS prevention and treatment when she got an urgent call from Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to fly home to Washington immediately.... Read More

Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
State News
Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
2020-03-10 15:53:46
by Dan McCue

The Virginia House of Delegates has voted to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to largely strip itself of the power to draw new political maps next year, instead placing responsibility in the hands of an independent commission.... Read More

Tentacles of Olympic Cancellation Would Reach Around Globe
Sports
Tentacles of Olympic Cancellation Would Reach Around Globe

TOKYO (AP) — The tentacles of canceling the Tokyo Olympics — or postponing or staging it in empty venues — would reach into every corner of the globe, much like the spreading virus that now imperils the opening ceremony on... Read More

'Odd' Quirk Raises Delegate Stakes in Tuesday's Elections
2020 Elections
'Odd' Quirk Raises Delegate Stakes in Tuesday's Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — A quirk in how delegates are won under Democratic Party rules is raising the stakes for Tuesday's elections, allowing a candidate to make up ground in the race quickly — or fall further behind. Five states — Michigan,... Read More

7 Lawmakers and Several Congressional Staffers Exposed to Coronavirus
Health
7 Lawmakers and Several Congressional Staffers Exposed to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The impact of the coronavirus drew closer to Washington as seven lawmakers announced they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and Republicans and Democrats considered separate legislative packages to address the economic fallout. Six Republicans were... Read More

Biden and Sanders to Face Off Tuesday in 6 Primaries
2020 Elections
Biden and Sanders to Face Off Tuesday in 6 Primaries

For the first time this election cycle, there will only be two viable Democratic candidates on the ballot in a string of Tuesday primaries that carry major implications for the remainder of the race. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the... Read More

Economy
As Recession Fears Mount, Eyes Turn to The American Consumer

WASHINGTON — As the White House, Congress and the Federal Reserve struggle to stem the growing financial and economic crisis, the likelihood of success may ultimately come down to one factor: the American consumer. What’s largely behind the mounting recession... Read More

Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Riff, Court Rules
Law
Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Riff, Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Monday that the British rock band Led Zeppelin did not steal portions of its iconic hit “Stairway to Heaven” from a guitarist from another band. The ruling, by an 11-judge panel of... Read More

Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
Congress
Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
2020-03-10 15:14:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., introduced legislation Monday that would remove a bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from public display in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a bust of Associate Supreme Court Justice... Read More

Senate GOP Poised to Confirm Controversial Trump Ally For Elections Board
Elections
Senate GOP Poised to Confirm Controversial Trump Ally For Elections Board
2020-03-10 15:11:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Senate panel held a confirmation hearing Tuesday on President Donald Trump's GOP nominee to the Federal Election Commission, a hearing that could put him a simple majority vote away from confirmation by the full chamber. The session... Read More

Biden Aims to Run Up Delegate Lead With Michigan as Pivotal Test
2020 Elections
Biden Aims to Run Up Delegate Lead With Michigan as Pivotal Test

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s newfound momentum could bring him an insurmountable lead in delegates by mid-March, leaving Bernie Sanders with little power to stop the former vice president from becoming the 2020 Democratic nominee for president. Buoyed by primary wins... Read More

Kamala Harris is Latest to Endorse Joe Biden for President
2020 Elections
Kamala Harris is Latest to Endorse Joe Biden for President

California Sen. Kamala Harris endorsed Joe Biden on Sunday, joining several former 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who’ve already backed the former vice president. “I believe in Joe Biden and will do everything in my power to help elect him the... Read More

With 2 Senate Seats in Play, All Bets Are on in Georgia for Political Groups
2020 Elections
With 2 Senate Seats in Play, All Bets Are on in Georgia for Political Groups

WASHINGTON — For only the third time in history, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats are up for election in the same year, drawing unusually strong attention from national Democratic groups who see an opportunity this November in a state... Read More

States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization
State News
States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON — Since 2014, Congress has protected patients and cannabis programs from federal marijuana prosecutions in states that allow it for medical use. Medical marijuana’s unique legal status involves a little-known provision called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that Congress renews every... Read More

How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short
Voting
How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short

LOS ANGELES — Local election officials spent one decade and $300 million to design an innovative voting system that many experts thought was the future of elections. But at vote centers throughout the sprawling city on Super Tuesday, some Angelenos... Read More

Michigan Vote Tuesday Shaping Up as Key Test for Sanders and Biden
2020 Elections
Michigan Vote Tuesday Shaping Up as Key Test for Sanders and Biden

WASHINGTON — With Joe Biden holding a significant lead in the race to amass a majority of delegates to the Democratic convention, Bernie Sanders’ campaign is pouring resources into Michigan in advance of Tuesday’s primary, which is shaping up as... Read More

US Moves From Coronavirus Containment to Preparing for Daily Disruptions
Health
US Moves From Coronavirus Containment to Preparing for Daily Disruptions

The reality that the United States may not be able to contain the spread of the new coronavirus began to set in this weekend as federal officials escalated warnings to vulnerable groups and said to prepare for more disruptions. Trump... Read More

Georgia to Modify Absentee Ballot Procedures to Settle Lawsuit
Voting
Georgia to Modify Absentee Ballot Procedures to Settle Lawsuit
2020-03-09 12:03:54
by Dan McCue

To settle a federal lawsuit, Georgia election officials have agreed to quickly notify voters that their absentee ballots have been rejected, allowing them time to correct mistakes and other issues, and have their ballots counted. The settlement was announced on... Read More

Biden Victories Calm the Waters as Sanders’ Ship Founders
Political News
Biden Victories Calm the Waters as Sanders’ Ship Founders
2020-03-06 23:16:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden's string of Super Tuesday victories has temporarily calmed fears about what a Bernie Sanders nomination or actual presidency might mean for the Washington establishment. But longtime members of the city's downtown community -... Read More

New Qualifying Rules Likely to Make Next Debate the Joe and Bernie Show
Debates
New Qualifying Rules Likely to Make Next Debate the Joe and Bernie Show
2020-03-06 23:03:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee increased the threshold for qualifying to participate in its next presidential debate, meaning the next time candidates take the stage, viewers will likely see only two: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.... Read More

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp
Energy
As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Later this year, the first of two burners is scheduled to shut down at the Centralia Coal Plant in this rural Washington state community halfway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. When the second burner is extinguished in... Read More

Amid Death Threats, a Polish Judge Who Fought Communists Now Battles His Nationalist Government
Poland
Amid Death Threats, a Polish Judge Who Fought Communists Now Battles His Nationalist Government

KATOWICE, Poland — People want to kill Waldemar Zurek. They shout epithets at him on the street. News sites call him a traitor, thief and disgrace to his country. His crime, as he put it recently stepping out of a... Read More

‘Our Votes Matter Again.’ Democratic Voters Surge in Texas, Fueling Republican Fears
2020 Elections
‘Our Votes Matter Again.’ Democratic Voters Surge in Texas, Fueling Republican Fears

WASHINGTON — Texas still runs red. But in the first test of the state’s changing demographics this election year, turnout in the Democratic presidential primary surged on Super Tuesday, fueling Republican fears that their greatest electoral stronghold is no longer... Read More

This State Has Figured Out How to Treat Drug-Addicted Inmates
Health
This State Has Figured Out How to Treat Drug-Addicted Inmates

CRANSTON, R.I. — On a gray, bone-chilling morning, 18 men in a medium-security prison walked into an empty lunchroom and sat at stainless steel-topped tables, placing both hands palms down, as if they were about to receive a manicure. Over... Read More

How the Novel Coronavirus Could Drive Policy Solutions in Long-Suffering Venezuela
Opinions
How the Novel Coronavirus Could Drive Policy Solutions in Long-Suffering Venezuela
2020-03-06 20:38:38
by Craig Singleton

As economists work to assess the full-extent of the coronavirus’ effect on both the U.S. economy and global markets, there are already serious indications that the oil and gas sector will be severely impacted for the first half of 2020,... Read More

Ransomware Attacks Prompt Tough Question for Local Officials: To Pay or Not To Pay?
Cybercrime
Ransomware Attacks Prompt Tough Question for Local Officials: To Pay or Not To Pay?

WASHINGTON — When cybercriminals struck Lake City, Fla., last June, city officials had to make a tough choice: Pay the hackers or restore systems on their own. A ransomware attack had hijacked the government’s computer network and held it hostage... Read More

Lawsuit Threatened Over Trump Flags Hanging in Rural Pa. Municipal Building
Law
Lawsuit Threatened Over Trump Flags Hanging in Rural Pa. Municipal Building

One flag features Donald Trump standing on a tank. Another has him dressed as Captain America. On the third, the shirtless president is holding a rocket launcher, his biceps ripped. All three flags are hanging on the wood-paneled walls of... Read More

Facebook to Remove Misleading Trump Census Ads
Census
Facebook to Remove Misleading Trump Census Ads

WASHINGTON — Facebook will remove more than 1,000 Trump campaign ads directing people to fill out an online form titled “Official 2020 Congressional District Census,” after Democrats criticized them as misleading. For weeks, the Republican National Committee has sent people... Read More

Mueller Report Redactions Subject to Federal Judge’s Review
Courts
Mueller Report Redactions Subject to Federal Judge’s Review

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., expressed doubt about Attorney General William Barr’s credibility and said he’ll conduct an “independent review” of the Mueller report to determine whether the Justice Department properly redacted it. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in... Read More

Schumer Apologizes for Attacks on Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh
In The News
Schumer Apologizes for Attacks on Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer apologized on Thursday for his impassioned comments about two Supreme Court justices, saying he “should not have used the words.” Schumer, D-N.Y., derided Trump-appointed Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh... Read More

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