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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

Proposal in Congress Would Revise Procedures for Presidential Clemency
In The News
Proposal in Congress Would Revise Procedures for Presidential Clemency
2020-03-06 17:51:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump showed favoritism when he granted clemency last month to 11 high profile convicted felons, according to lawmakers and witnesses at a congressional hearing Thursday. They testified while a House Judiciary subcommittee is considering proposals that... Read More

Senate Approves $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Bill
Health
Senate Approves $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Bill
2020-03-06 17:46:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted 96-1 on Thursday to approve $8.3 billion in funding to fight the coronavirus, sending the measure to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign it. The House overwhelmingly approved the same measure... Read More

Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
Census
Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
2020-03-05 21:09:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized Facebook on Thursday for allowing President Donald Trump's re-election campaign to run an ad that some might confuse for the upcoming 2020 census. The U.S. Census Bureau is set to launch the... Read More

Warren Ends 2020 Presidential Bid After Super Tuesday Losses
2020 Elections
Warren Ends 2020 Presidential Bid After Super Tuesday Losses
2020-03-05 20:07:44
by Dan McCue

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after a Super Tuesday route that saw her coming in third in her home state. Warren’s announcement came shortly after a conference call with... Read More

Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
In The News
Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
2020-03-05 16:04:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare statement rebuking Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, for remarks the Senate minority leader made regarding Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning. Speaking about... Read More

How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics
Technology
How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics

WASHINGTON — Fake voices generated by artificial intelligence tools may be the next frontier in scams that could trick companies into forking over cash or fool voters into believing a politician said something he or she didn’t. Computer-synthesized voices are... Read More

LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent
State News
LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s new voting system was marked by long lines, snafus and growing anger among voters, with some waiting hours to cast ballots that continued well into the night. “This was a challenging day for a... Read More

What Would Congress Do if The Capitol Got Hit by Coronavirus?
In The News
What Would Congress Do if The Capitol Got Hit by Coronavirus?

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are planning to keep the Capitol Visitor Center and public galleries in the Capitol open despite growing anxiety about the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., but they say that decision is based on the lack... Read More

US Strikes Taliban a Day After Trump Hails Their Afghan Accord
Geopolitics
US Strikes Taliban a Day After Trump Hails Their Afghan Accord

WASHINGTON — U.S. warplanes carried out an airstrike against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, just days after the two sides signed a tentative peace agreement that now seems at risk. The U.S. planes targeted militants in Helmand province... Read More

Democrats Settle in for Potentially Long Biden-Sanders Fight
2020 Elections
Democrats Settle in for Potentially Long Biden-Sanders Fight

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders signaled Wednesday his intention to battle on against Joe Biden, frustrating some Democrats who hoped for a quick resolution to their nominating fight even as the field continued to shrink with the exit of billionaire Michael... Read More

Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020 Elections
Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020-03-04 22:20:09
by Dan McCue

California Assemblywoman Christy Smith advanced Wednesday in her bid to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Katie Hill. Smith entered the race almost immediately after Hill quit following a nude photo scandal which led... Read More

Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
2020 Elections
Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
2020-03-04 21:12:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar, a centrist House Democrat and longtime member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, defeated a well-funded primary challenger backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The contest between Cuellar and Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old... Read More

Bills Planned for Vote in Congress to Expand Use of Nuclear Energy
Energy
Bills Planned for Vote in Congress to Expand Use of Nuclear Energy
2020-03-04 21:10:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House and Senate considered proposals Tuesday that would expand production of nuclear energy at a time global warming is leaving few alternatives. Lawmakers, scheduled to vote as soon as this week on one of the bills,... Read More

Coronavirus , Airline Fees, Top Aviation Subcommittee's Hearing Agenda
Travel
Coronavirus , Airline Fees, Top Aviation Subcommittee's Hearing Agenda
2020-03-04 21:05:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - William McGee, an aviation consultant had a simple, overarching message for the members of the House Aviation subcommittee on Tuesday. “If you’re not in premium class or an Elite Frequent Flier, watch out,” he said. McGee was one... Read More

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