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2021-11-03 21:16:55
by Dan McCue
Justices Sound Ready to Strike Down New York Gun Law

WASHINGTON — A New York law that strictly limits the circumstances under which gun owners can carry their weapons outside... Read More

WASHINGTON — A New York law that strictly limits the circumstances under which gun owners can carry their weapons outside their homes seems unlikely to survive the scrutiny it received from the Supreme Court on Wednesday. But the justices also... Read More

2021-11-03 20:45:12
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Confronts Challenges of Robotics for US Workforce

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating a workforce trend toward robotics that kept a congressional panel guessing Wednesday about... Read More

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating a workforce trend toward robotics that kept a congressional panel guessing Wednesday about how to meet the challenges it represents. While some long-time jobs are replaced with machines, others that keep the machinery... Read More

2021-11-03 17:59:00
by Reece Nations
After Capitol Rally, Paid Leave Back in Social Spending Bill

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday in a Dear Colleague letter that she is requesting paid family and... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday in a Dear Colleague letter that she is requesting paid family and medical leave be added back into Democrats’ proposed Build Back Better framework. After weeks of back-and-forth priority shifting and despite... Read More

2021-11-03 17:42:22
by Dan McCue
Youngkin Wins In Virginia; In Stunner, NJ Remains Too Close to Call

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a race widely seen as an early referendum on the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats. As of Wednesday morning, with... Read More

2021-11-03 16:24:42
by Alexa Hornbeck
Ohio Bill Aims to Stop Gender Transition Procedures for Those Under 18

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Members of the Ohio House have introduced a bill which would ban transgender kids under 18 from... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Members of the Ohio House have introduced a bill which would ban transgender kids under 18 from receiving gender transition treatments, even with parental consent.  “Studies consistently demonstrate that the vast majority of children who are gender... Read More

2021-11-03 16:22:55
by Alexa Hornbeck
Legislators Address Increase in Domestic Violence from COVID-19

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence, and now legislators like Rep. Debbie Dingell,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence, and now legislators like Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who is a survivor of domestic violence, are pushing to advance policies to end the abuse.  “We have seen... Read More

Investors Bet Big On Climate Fight But Motives Questioned

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Governments and big investors announced fresh steps Wednesday to pour trillions of dollars into curbing global... Read More

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Governments and big investors announced fresh steps Wednesday to pour trillions of dollars into curbing global warming, reflecting the financial world's growing embrace of efforts to fight climate change as both a business necessity and opportunity. ... Read More

2021-11-03 14:05:45
by Kate Michael
Snapchat CEO Joins Budget Hawks to Focus on Fiscal Issues

WASHINGTON — Snapchat Founder and CEO Evan Spiegel made a bit of a surprise appearance at the Committee for a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Snapchat Founder and CEO Evan Spiegel made a bit of a surprise appearance at the Committee for a Responsible Budget’s annual Budget Ball reception on Capitol Hill Tuesday night. The “camera company” entrepreneur was lauded for his focus... Read More

As Voters Across US Weigh New Rights, Maine Says Yes to Food

The right to food won rave reviews Tuesday from Maine voters, who passed the nation's first guarantee for people to... Read More

The right to food won rave reviews Tuesday from Maine voters, who passed the nation's first guarantee for people to grow, harvest and eat according to their own wishes. The Maine ballot measure was one of several in states seeking... Read More

Youngkin's Virginia Win Jolts Democrats, Tight Race in NJ

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor's race early Wednesday, tapping into culture war fights over... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor's race early Wednesday, tapping into culture war fights over schools and race to unite former President Donald Trump's most fervent supporters with enough suburban voters to become the first... Read More

2021-11-02 21:36:05
by Dan McCue
CDC Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccine for 5- to 11-Year-Olds

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday night gave its formal approval for children ages 5-11... Read More

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday night gave its formal approval for children ages 5-11 to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on the plan just hours after an advisory... Read More

2021-11-02 20:53:53
by Dan McCue
Schumer, Pelosi, Moderates Strike Deal to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that Democrats have reached a deal on legislation to lower... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that Democrats have reached a deal on legislation to lower prescription drug prices. "It's not everything we all wanted. Many of us would have wanted to go much further, but... Read More

2021-11-02 20:29:41
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Senate Legislation Aims to Prevent Foreign Extortion

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday that would criminalize bribery demands by foreign officials. Although bribery is considered criminal activity under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act... Read More

2021-11-02 20:25:36
by Dan McCue
Sherrill Briefed On Pending Groundbreaking of Boonton Reservoir Park

WASHINGTON — Home from Washington during a recent district work week for members of Congress, Rep. Mikie Sherrill wasted no... Read More

WASHINGTON — Home from Washington during a recent district work week for members of Congress, Rep. Mikie Sherrill wasted no time getting back to the swing of things, holding sessions with citizens groups and highlighting often overlooked resources available to... Read More

2021-11-02 20:19:37
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Hears how Criminals Infiltrate Online Sales with Stolen or Fake Goods

WASHINGTON — While toy makers warn Christmas shoppers to beware counterfeit or stolen toys in online purchases, a Senate panel... Read More

WASHINGTON — While toy makers warn Christmas shoppers to beware counterfeit or stolen toys in online purchases, a Senate panel on Tuesday examined options for stopping them. The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard about how knockoff online sales are moving... Read More

2021-11-02 19:31:14
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Endorse Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

WASHINGTON —The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Wednesday endorsed H.Con. Res. 44, also known as the Fiscal State... Read More

WASHINGTON —The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Wednesday endorsed H.Con. Res. 44, also known as the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution.  Introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., the concurrent resolution would establish a joint hearing of the... Read More

2021-11-02 15:40:19
by Dan McCue
Colorado Supreme Court Approves New Congressional District Maps

DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday unanimously approved a new congressional district map drawn by the state’s independent... Read More

DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday unanimously approved a new congressional district map drawn by the state’s independent redistricting commission despite claims the new map will dilute the “electoral influence” of Latino voters. “As this cycle has once... Read More

Troubles at Home Shadow Biden's Climate Efforts Abroad

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Joe Biden joined other world leaders Tuesday to highlight the importance of preserving forests as... Read More

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Joe Biden joined other world leaders Tuesday to highlight the importance of preserving forests as a force against global warming, whipping up ambitions at a U.N. climate summit abroad even as a coal-state U.S. senator... Read More

Mayoral Races Stay Focused on Police Practices, Rising Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the U.S. will pick new city leaders Tuesday from candidates who have been largely... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the U.S. will pick new city leaders Tuesday from candidates who have been largely defined by their stances on police and crime.Those issues came to the forefront in cities big and small after the... Read More

2021-11-01 23:39:04
by Dan McCue
High Court Appears Inclined to Allow Providers to Challenge Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — After almost three hours of arguments Monday it appears a majority of the justices in the U.S. Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON — After almost three hours of arguments Monday it appears a majority of the justices in the U.S. Supreme Court are inclined to allow abortion providers to challenge the state of Texas’s near total abortion ban. But they also... Read More

2021-11-01 20:10:31
by Dan McCue
Manchin Urges Vote on Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday that he is not yet ready to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday that he is not yet ready to support the slimmed down $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill, but urged his colleagues to move forward with a vote on... Read More

2021-11-01 13:28:46
by Dan McCue
Garland Restores Office Providing Access to Legal Services for the Poor

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday re-established a Justice Department office intended to expand legal services to people... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday re-established a Justice Department office intended to expand legal services to people who can’t afford layers. The Office for Access to Justice was originally launched during the Obama administration to address what... Read More

2021-11-01 13:18:04
by Dan McCue
Bordeaux Leading Bipartisan Effort to Make Supply Chain More Resilient

WASHINGTON — It’s easy to dip one’s toe into the 24-hour news cycle and suppose the breakdown of the nation’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — It’s easy to dip one’s toe into the 24-hour news cycle and suppose the breakdown of the nation’s supply chain for incoming and outgoing goods is a west coast phenomena. The truth is, the backlogs have impacted ports... Read More

2021-11-01 11:37:32
by Dan McCue
Eleven Candidates Vying to Replace Alcee Hastings in Florida’s 20th CD

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Eleven candidates will appear on the ballot in Florida's 20th Congressional District on Tuesday, Nov. 2, facing... Read More

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Eleven candidates will appear on the ballot in Florida's 20th Congressional District on Tuesday, Nov. 2, facing off in a primary allegedly delayed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help stymie policy gains by Democrats in the U.S.... Read More

Ex-NC Gov. McCrory Eyes Political Comeback With Senate Bid

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — In the rankings of political upsets from November 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's defeat... Read More

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — In the rankings of political upsets from November 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's defeat was a distant second. Still, when the Republican best known for signing the transgender bathroom bill narrowly lost at the... Read More

2021-10-29 21:32:18
by Dan McCue
FDA Authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children 5... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children 5 to 11. “As a mother and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school staff, and children have been waiting... Read More

2021-10-29 21:18:11
by Dan McCue
Trump Wants Pulitzers Rescinded for Russia-Gate Reporting From Wapo, Times

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump wants the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind Pulitzers awarded to The Washington Post and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump wants the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind Pulitzers awarded to The Washington Post and The New York Times in 2018 for their coverage of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential campaign. In bestowing the... Read More

2021-10-29 21:04:18
by TWN Staff
Report: Pandemic Pushed Local Officials to Rewrite Rules for Home Businesses

WASHINGTON — Though it wasn’t the only factor in decision-making, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have sped up the rate... Read More

WASHINGTON — Though it wasn’t the only factor in decision-making, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have sped up the rate at which local officials rewrote long-standing zoning and permitting rules to allow for home businesses, a new report from the... Read More

2021-10-29 18:38:13
by Reece Nations
Texas AG Paxton Balancing Legal Troubles Ahead of 2022 Primary

AUSTIN, Texas — Ahead of what is set to be a challenging primary contest before his 2022 reelection campaign for... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Ahead of what is set to be a challenging primary contest before his 2022 reelection campaign for Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton is still wrestling with legal troubles that have plagued him since before he held... Read More

2021-10-29 18:34:14
by Reece Nations
Wisconsin Gov. Evers Chides Speaker for Response to Absentee Ballot Investigation

RACINE, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers offered a rebuke of state House Speaker Robin Vos’ comments in response to... Read More

RACINE, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers offered a rebuke of state House Speaker Robin Vos’ comments in response to a Racine County Sheriff’s Office investigation into election law violations at a long-term care facility for elderly residents. Vos issued... Read More

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