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2021-09-28 15:03:38
by Tom Ramstack
House Seeks More Job Protections for Nursing Mothers and Older Applicants

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel on Monday considered whether changes are needed to two proposals for expanding workplace rights of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel on Monday considered whether changes are needed to two proposals for expanding workplace rights of nursing mothers and older job applicants before submitting them to final votes by lawmakers. The holdup on the bills is... Read More

As Daughter Sought State License, Noem Summoned Agency Head

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become... Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the... Read More

Ford to Add 10,800 Jobs Making Electric Vehicles, Batteries

GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — Ford and a partner company say they plan to build three major electric-vehicle battery factories and... Read More

GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — Ford and a partner company say they plan to build three major electric-vehicle battery factories and an auto assembly plant by 2025 — a dramatic investment in the future of EV technology that will create an... Read More

California to Mail Every Voter a Ballot in Future Elections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.  The law makes permanent a change adopted during the pandemic for the... Read More

US Officials: Biden Aide to Meet Saudi Crown Prince on Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom... Read More

Is John Hinckley, Who Shot Reagan, No Longer a Threat?

Lawyers are scheduled to meet in federal court on Monday to discuss whether John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried... Read More

Lawyers are scheduled to meet in federal court on Monday to discuss whether John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, should be freed from court-imposed restrictions including overseeing his medical care and keeping up with... Read More

Biden Plan Seeks to Expand Education, From Pre-K to college

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they're promising historic investments across... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they're promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from early childhood to college and beyond — in what advocates describe as the... Read More

Biden, Congress Face Big Week for Agenda, Government Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a consequential week for President Joe Biden's agenda, as Democratic leaders delicately trim back his $3.5... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a consequential week for President Joe Biden's agenda, as Democratic leaders delicately trim back his $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" package to win over remaining lawmakers and work to quickly pass legislation to avoid a federal... Read More

In Redistricting, Big Say for Big Cities in DC Power Balance

NEW YORK (AP) — As political muscle goes, bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask New York, Los Angeles and... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — As political muscle goes, bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask New York, Los Angeles and Chicago every four years, when those cities become mostly irrelevant blips on the Electoral College map. But as congressional redistricting... Read More

What's The Price of Biden's Plan? Democrats Drive for Zero

WASHINGTON (AP) — What will it cost to enact President Joe Biden's massive expansion of social programs?  Congress has authorized... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — What will it cost to enact President Joe Biden's massive expansion of social programs?  Congress has authorized spending up to $3.5 trillion over a decade, but Biden is prodding Democrats to fully cover the cost of the... Read More

2021-09-26 13:34:11
by Dan McCue
'A Time of Intensity' Ahead, As Budget Committee Advances Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - The House Budget Committee voted 20-17 on Saturday in favor of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, effectively... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House Budget Committee voted 20-17 on Saturday in favor of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, effectively setting up a vote in the full House on the sweeping package in a matter of days. One Democrat, Rep.... Read More

2021-09-26 13:31:33
by Dan McCue
In Ohio, Redistricting is Becoming a Much Litigated Event

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The lawsuits keep coming over the ongoing redistricting effort in Ohio, where critics, in multiple court filings,... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The lawsuits keep coming over the ongoing redistricting effort in Ohio, where critics, in multiple court filings, claim Republicans are openly disregarding the rules established by public referendum six years ago. The latest lawsuit over the newly... Read More

2021-09-24 20:08:11
by Dan McCue
San Francisco Airport Nation’s First to Mandate COVID Vaccines for All Workers

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Starting this week, everyone employed at San Francisco International Airport must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Starting this week, everyone employed at San Francisco International Airport must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to report to work, according  to a joint statement from the airport and Mayor London Breed. The airport is the... Read More

2021-09-24 18:31:49
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Guarantee Woman’s Right to an Abortion

WASHINGTON -- With wrangling over a $3.5 trillion spending plan seeming to tie the House in knots in recent days,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- With wrangling over a $3.5 trillion spending plan seeming to tie the House in knots in recent days, Democrats pivoted Friday to take on a Texas law that threatens to unravel protections afforded women by the Supreme Court's... Read More

2021-09-24 18:27:02
by Dan McCue
House Approves Defense Authorization Act With Strong Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON -- Members of the House might not agree on much these days, but one thing they do seem to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of the House might not agree on much these days, but one thing they do seem to be in agreement on is that passing the annual defense spending authorization falls into the same rarified category as mom... Read More

White House Hosts Indo-Pacific Leaders as China Concerns Grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as "the Quad" as he wraps up a difficult week of diplomacy after facing no shortage of... Read More

Biden: Budget Talks Hit 'Stalemate,' $3.5T May Take a While

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a "stalemate"... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a "stalemate" in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation's tax and spending programs and... Read More

Biden Urges COVID-19 Booster Shots for Those Now Eligible

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots to get the added... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots to get the added protection a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the doses for millions of older or otherwise... Read More

Democrats See Tax 'Framework' to Pay for Huge $3.5T Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to a framework of options to pay for their... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to a framework of options to pay for their huge, emerging social and environment bill, top Democrats said Thursday. Now they face the daunting task of narrowing the menu... Read More

2021-09-23 20:19:24
by Tom Ramstack
Flight Attendants Ask for Tougher Law Enforcement Against Air Rage

WASHINGTON -- Teddy Andrews said Thursday he was trying to smooth over a dispute between airline passengers when he approached... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Teddy Andrews said Thursday he was trying to smooth over a dispute between airline passengers when he approached a man who refused to wear a mask. A female passenger had approached the flight attendant to say she was... Read More

2021-09-23 16:05:53
by Dan McCue
Cannabis Banking Act Added to House Defense Bill

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan SAFE Banking Act, a measure intended to allow banks to provide financial services to legitimately licensed... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan SAFE Banking Act, a measure intended to allow banks to provide financial services to legitimately licensed cannabis businesses in states that have deemed the substance legal for use, has been added as an amendment to the... Read More

EPA Completes Rule to Phase Out Gases Used as Refrigerants

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what officials call a key step to combat climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is sharply... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what officials call a key step to combat climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is sharply limiting domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. The new... Read More

Tensions Grow As US, Allies Deepen Indo-Pacific Involvement

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines,... Read More

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming... Read More

US Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over Migrant Expulsions

The Biden administration's special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked... Read More

The Biden administration's special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked by civil strife and natural disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday. Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July,... Read More

2021-09-22 21:09:44
by Tom Ramstack
Protecting Children During Pandemic Guides Policy at Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel on Wednesday examined whether the federal government’s strategy is appropriate for protecting children during the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel on Wednesday examined whether the federal government’s strategy is appropriate for protecting children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers asked about the potential for vaccinating children, having them return safely to school and whether they should... Read More

2021-09-22 18:56:57
by Dan McCue
Florida Lawmaker Files Texas-Style Abortion Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill in the state legislature that mirrors controversial restrictions recently signed... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill in the state legislature that mirrors controversial restrictions recently signed into law in Texas. Florida state Rep. Webster Barnaby, a Republican, filed House Bill 167 Wednesday in the hope that... Read More

2021-09-22 18:13:08
by Dan McCue
Bill Aimed at Saving Local Journalism Included in Reconciliation Package

WASHINGTON -- A key piece of a bipartisan proposal to sustain local journalism has passed through the House Ways and... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A key piece of a bipartisan proposal to sustain local journalism has passed through the House Ways and Means Committee and is now part of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package currently awaiting a vote in the full... Read More

2021-09-22 18:09:38
by Reece Nations
Biden Discusses AUKUS Partnership with Macron Amid 'Diplomatic Crisis'

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the United States' new strategic... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the United States' new strategic partnership with the U.K. and Australia. Australia is set to construct eight nuclear-powered submarines through its alliance with the U.S.... Read More

2021-09-22 15:58:47
by TWN Staff
Blue Dogs Endorse Slate of NDAA Amendments to Support US Service Members

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed a slate of amendments to the National Defense Authorization... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed a slate of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.  These amendments include measures that the Blue Dogs contend would strengthen support for U.S. service members as they transition... Read More

Officials: Many Migrants From Border Camp Staying in US

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the... Read More

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate... Read More

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