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White House: Russia Prepping Pretext for Ukraine Invasion

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct "a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine, according to... Read More

Second Gentleman Emhoff Acts as Public Link to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America's first second gentleman, Doug Emhoff has attended a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, dished... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America's first second gentleman, Doug Emhoff has attended a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, dished up spaghetti and chocolate milk to kids at a YMCA near New Orleans and reminisced with second graders in Detroit... Read More

Governors Turn to Budgets to Guard Against Climate Change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty... Read More

2022-01-14 22:31:24
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Bills Seek to Enforce Bans on Stock Trades by Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Two bills introduced in the Senate this week would broaden the ban on members of Congress buying and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two bills introduced in the Senate this week would broaden the ban on members of Congress buying and selling stocks while they hold public office. The bills from Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley follow... Read More

2022-01-14 22:28:31
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Weigh In on Ted Cruz Campaign Loan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether a Federal Election Commission limit on the amount campaigns can... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether a Federal Election Commission limit on the amount campaigns can use of post-election contributions to repay debts they owe to the candidates themselves violates the free speech clause of the... Read More

2022-01-14 21:32:33
by Kate Michael
European Green Deal Could Alter Trade, Investments and Politics Around the World

WASHINGTON — The European Union has claimed the role of global climate champion by taking charge of climate change discussions... Read More

WASHINGTON — The European Union has claimed the role of global climate champion by taking charge of climate change discussions and passing an ambitious set of policy initiatives that codify the bloc’s push for climate neutrality by 2050. But the... Read More

2022-01-14 19:32:31
by Dan McCue
John Katko, Pragmatic Republican Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Bows Out of 2022 Race

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Republican Rep. John Katko, a former Justice Department prosecutor who distinguished himself as a pragmatic public servant... Read More

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Republican Rep. John Katko, a former Justice Department prosecutor who distinguished himself as a pragmatic public servant in Congress, announced Friday that he will not be seeking reelection later this year. Perhaps best known to the general... Read More

2022-01-14 18:47:46
by Tom Ramstack
Senator Who Clashed with Dr. Fauci Proposes Financial Disclosure Bill

WASHINGTON – A U.S. senator from Kansas who clashed with disease expert Anthony Fauci this week said he plans to... Read More

WASHINGTON – A U.S. senator from Kansas who clashed with disease expert Anthony Fauci this week said he plans to introduce a bill intended to force more disclosure of personal finances onto highly-paid government employees.  Sen. Roger Marshall is calling... Read More

2022-01-14 16:45:19
by Dan McCue
Ohio Supreme Court Rejects New Congressional Maps

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a Republican-drawn congressional map on Friday, giving hope to national Democrats who... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a Republican-drawn congressional map on Friday, giving hope to national Democrats who had argued it unfairly delivered several potentially competitive seats in this year's critical midterm elections to Republicans. In the 4-3... Read More

2022-01-14 00:16:24
by Dan McCue
Sinema, Manchin Double Down on Opposition to Curbing Filibuster

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear Thursday that she supports an effort to pass sweeping voting rights legislation,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear Thursday that she supports an effort to pass sweeping voting rights legislation, but she all but doomed the bill to failure by announcing she opposes a change to filibuster rules to bypass... Read More

2022-01-13 20:10:44
by Dan McCue
Sense of Urgency Grows as Deadline for New Spending Bill Approaches

WASHINGTON — With most eyes on Capitol Hill glued to the drama transpring in the Senate this week over the... Read More

WASHINGTON — With most eyes on Capitol Hill glued to the drama transpring in the Senate this week over the fate of the filibuster and a pair of sweeping election reform bills, a small group of lawmakers is quietly working... Read More

2022-01-13 20:07:01
by Dan McCue
RNC to Require Presidential Candidates Skip Nonpartisan Commission Debates

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has told the Committee on Presidential Debates that it plans to require candidates pledge... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has told the Committee on Presidential Debates that it plans to require candidates pledge they will not participate in presidential debates run by the nonpartisan commission. In a letter dated Thursday, RNC Chairwoman Ronna... Read More

2022-01-13 17:04:19
by Reece Nations
GOP Leader McCarthy Says He Won't Cooperate With Jan 6 Panel

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is refusing a request by the House panel investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is refusing a request by the House panel investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection to submit to an interview and turn over records pertaining to the deadly riot. The House Select Committee to Investigate... Read More

2022-01-13 00:43:15
by Tom Ramstack
Benefits of Electric Vehicles Overlook Agricultural Areas

WASHINGTON — Automotive industry officials told a congressional panel Wednesday that reaching President Joe Biden’s goal of switching the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Automotive industry officials told a congressional panel Wednesday that reaching President Joe Biden’s goal of switching the U.S. transportation sector to electric vehicles is likely to be a trade-off of one set of problems for another. Electric vehicles... Read More

2022-01-13 00:34:22
by Dan McCue
President to Meet With Senate Democrats to Craft Filibuster Plan

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Capitol Hill Thursday to begin crafting a plan to pass a pair... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Capitol Hill Thursday to begin crafting a plan to pass a pair of voting rights bills that have been stalled in the Senate for months. A major focus of Biden’s lunchtime visit... Read More

2022-01-12 21:44:46
by Kate Michael
Former Ambassador to Kazakhstan Not Worried About Russian Involvement

WASHINGTON — The rapidly evolving turmoil and political leadership shift in Kazakhstan drew reactions from Washington, with special concern over... Read More

WASHINGTON — The rapidly evolving turmoil and political leadership shift in Kazakhstan drew reactions from Washington, with special concern over the involvement of Russian-led security forces. But former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol (2015-2018) says that despite all that... Read More

2022-01-12 21:38:20
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Advances Renewable Energy Projects

WASHINGTON — Seven federal executive branch agencies have begun rolling out wind, solar and other clean energy projects, the White... Read More

WASHINGTON — Seven federal executive branch agencies have begun rolling out wind, solar and other clean energy projects, the White House announced Wednesday morning. According to a senior administration official, the effort builds on President Biden’s commitment to “pull every... Read More

2022-01-12 19:22:54
by Reece Nations
House Rules Committee Rejects G.I. Bill Education Benefits for Vaccine Refusal

WASHINGTON — The House Rules Committee on Monday rejected an amendment to the Guard and Reserve G.I. Bill Parity Act... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Rules Committee on Monday rejected an amendment to the Guard and Reserve G.I. Bill Parity Act that would guarantee Armed Services members discharged for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for G.I. Bill education benefits. The... Read More

2022-01-12 19:14:33
by Dan McCue
Court Panel Rules North Carolina Political Maps are Good to Go

RALEIGH, N.C. — A three-judge state superior court panel ruled Tuesday that new congressional and state legislative maps drawn by... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. — A three-judge state superior court panel ruled Tuesday that new congressional and state legislative maps drawn by Republican lawmakers do not violate the state constitution and therefore can be used in upcoming elections. The panel, which included... Read More

2022-01-12 00:29:37
by TWN Staff
Democrat Cherfilus-McCormick Wins Florida's 20th Congressional District Contest

FORT LAUDERDALE — Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has won the election to represent Florida's 20th Congressional District, replacing the late long-time... Read More

FORT LAUDERDALE — Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has won the election to represent Florida's 20th Congressional District, replacing the late long-time Rep. Alcee Hastings. As of 7:22 p.m. Tuesday night, Cherfilus-McCormick had garned 78% of the total 45,471 votes reported cast.... Read More

2022-01-12 00:14:48
by Dan McCue
Voting Rights and Fate of the Filibuster Set Senate Showdown on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down, drag-out brawl of the year. The “it,” of course, is the raging war of words over Senate Democrats' effort to... Read More

2022-01-11 22:23:41
by Reece Nations
Twitter Algorithms Amplify Conservative Politics

SAN ANTONIO — Twitter content curated by its personalization algorithms amplifies the mainstream political right more than the left, according... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — Twitter content curated by its personalization algorithms amplifies the mainstream political right more than the left, according to a joint study conducted by the platform’s transparency and accountability team. Researchers undertook a large-scale experiment that analyzed millions... Read More

2022-01-11 22:15:22
by Tom Ramstack
Disease Experts Tell Senate End of Pandemic Is Elusive

WASHINGTON — One day after the United States shattered the world record for the number of coronavirus infections, some of... Read More

WASHINGTON — One day after the United States shattered the world record for the number of coronavirus infections, some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts only cautiously held out hope for an end to the pandemic soon. One of... Read More

2022-01-11 16:02:32
by Dan McCue
Moderate Perlmutter Latest House Member to Announce Retirement

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., a member of the moderate New Democrat Coalition who championed renewable energy and the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., a member of the moderate New Democrat Coalition who championed renewable energy and the completion of the VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, said Monday he will retire from Congress after his current term.... Read More

2022-01-10 21:43:34
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmaker’s Refusal to Testify About Jan. 6 Heads Toward Constitutional Challenge

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, appears to be forcing a constitutional showdown over his refusal to testify to a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, appears to be forcing a constitutional showdown over his refusal to testify to a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol. Jordan notified the House select committee by a letter... Read More

2022-01-08 16:44:44
by Dan McCue
Frontrunner in Florida’s 20th CD Race Blasts Non-Endorsement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The race to replace the late Rep. Alcee Hastings in Florida’s 20th Congressional District — a... Read More

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The race to replace the late Rep. Alcee Hastings in Florida’s 20th Congressional District — a contest considered all but signed, sealed and delivered to three-time candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick in the heavily Democratic district — has... Read More

2022-01-07 21:03:44
by Tom Ramstack
White House Allocates Funds for Poor to Pay Heating Bills

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced details Friday for how it will fund energy costs for low-income persons this winter... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced details Friday for how it will fund energy costs for low-income persons this winter as a cold wave swept over the nation. A White House statement described increased funding under the Low Income Home... Read More

2022-01-07 20:55:54
by Reece Nations
Frederick County to Establish Police Accountability Board for Civilian Complaints

FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced legislation on Thursday that would create a police accountability board to... Read More

FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced legislation on Thursday that would create a police accountability board to oversee the civilian complaint process in cases of misconduct. The legislation was drafted in compliance with the Police Reform and... Read More

2022-01-07 20:52:22
by Dan McCue
Biden Invited to Deliver State of the Union in March

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday formally invited President Joe Biden to speak to a joint session... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday formally invited President Joe Biden to speak to a joint session of Congress on March 1. In a brief letter, Pelosi thanked the president for his “bold vision and patriotic leadership”... Read More

2022-01-07 19:05:52
by Kate Michael
Bipartisan Politicians Packed the Pews for Jan. 6 Isakson Memorial

ATLANTA — Many of those not taking part in Jan. 6 proceedings on Capitol Hill were instead coming together in... Read More

ATLANTA — Many of those not taking part in Jan. 6 proceedings on Capitol Hill were instead coming together in the spirit of commemoration to honor the late Sen. Johnny Isakson at his memorial in Atlanta on Thursday.  Pews at... Read More

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