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2021-06-17 14:28:46
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Pentagon Redirects Border Wall Funds To Defense Projects

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Defense has released its plan for the nearly $2.2 billion in funds that were redirected... Read More

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Defense has released its plan for the nearly $2.2 billion in funds that were redirected for the border wall under the Trump administration. The money will go to a broad set of improvements related to... Read More

2021-06-01 19:12:50
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Upholds Tribal Police in Traffic Stop

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that tribal police officers can stop and search non-Native Americans on tribal lands... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that tribal police officers can stop and search non-Native Americans on tribal lands for potential violations of state or federal law. The justices unanimously reversed an appellate ruling in favor of a non-Native... Read More

2021-06-01 14:38:50
by Kate Michael
Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship

WASHINGTON — Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar remembers DC’s cicadas. In fact, she says she lived through the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar remembers DC’s cicadas. In fact, she says she lived through the “cicada invasion” twice during her “non-diplomatic, but highly socially-connected” childhood in Northern Virginia while her father served as Saudi Arabian... Read More

2021-05-25 17:02:09
by TWN
PMI: Reinventing Itself, Reinventing an Industry

The biggest cigarette company in the world is on a path to stop selling cigarettes internationally. How? They call it... Read More

The biggest cigarette company in the world is on a path to stop selling cigarettes internationally. How? They call it a smoke-free future and already 14 million people around the world have stopped smoking and switched to one of the... Read More

2021-05-25 13:45:55
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Delegation Wants USPS to Preserve Door Deliveries

WASHINGTON — A House Resolution urging the United States Postal Service to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all... Read More

WASHINGTON — A House Resolution urging the United States Postal Service to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers has received bipartisan support from a total of 118 cosponsors. The resolution, authored by Rep. Stephanie... Read More

2021-05-14 18:32:35
by Kate Michael
Is Income-Driven Repayment Contributing to Federal Student Loan Payment Problems?

WASHINGTON — Student loan forgiveness has been a topic of conversation as the Biden administration continues to consider proposals for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Student loan forgiveness has been a topic of conversation as the Biden administration continues to consider proposals for alleviating student loan debt, but in the absence of any news on that front, borrowers are starting to get worried... Read More

2021-05-11 12:45:14
by Reece Nations
Treasury Department to Allocate Additional $21.6 Billion for Rental Assistance

WASHINGTON — In coordination with the White House’s American Rescue Plan Implementation Team and the Department of Housing and Urban... Read More

WASHINGTON — In coordination with the White House’s American Rescue Plan Implementation Team and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Treasury announced Friday it would allot $21.6 billion in additional funds for emergency rental assistance. ... Read More

2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck
Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable... Read More

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brain of mice, and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

2021-04-23 13:46:28
by Tom Ramstack
Washington, D.C., One Step Closer to Statehood

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to make the District of Columbia the 51st U.S. state... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to make the District of Columbia the 51st U.S. state at a time political support for the legislation is the strongest it has ever been. The bill, entitled H.R. 51,... Read More

2021-04-18 11:57:52
by Dan McCue
Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation... Read More

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation designed to curtail voting rights. The letter, which appeared under the headline “We Stand for Democracy,” appeared as a double-page,... Read More

2021-04-16 13:25:59
by Tom Ramstack
Disease Experts Look to the End Of Pandemic But Aren't Sure When

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. death toll reached 564,000 from COVID-19, the nation’s top disease experts said Thursday normal life... Read More

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. death toll reached 564,000 from COVID-19, the nation’s top disease experts said Thursday normal life will return for Americans only when enough of them get vaccinated. But with more than 70,000 new infections daily, they... Read More

2021-04-15 19:19:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
Material Hardship Can Cause Adverse Health Outcomes in Young Adults

An Urban Institute survey covering the first year of the coronavirus pandemic found that despite a steep drop in employment,... Read More

An Urban Institute survey covering the first year of the coronavirus pandemic found that despite a steep drop in employment, the share of young adults reporting food insecurity or problems paying utility and medical bills actually declined compared to previous... Read More

2021-04-09 14:32:23
by Victoria Turner
‘Devil is in the Details’ of Corporate Tax Reform

Just as corporations and tax practitioners are beginning to adjust to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Biden... Read More

Just as corporations and tax practitioners are beginning to adjust to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Biden administration’s proposed changes would introduce further complexities into an already complicated system, according to three U.S.-based tax attorneys. Biden’s proposal... Read More

2021-04-07 18:40:09
by TWN Staff
U.S. Trade Deficit Hits Record High in February

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit surged to a record high in February as the nation’s economic activity rebounded more... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit surged to a record high in February as the nation’s economic activity rebounded more quickly than that of other nations carefully shake off the economic hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The trade deficit... Read More

2021-04-06 19:16:41
by Victoria Turner
US Employment Picture Brightens

WASHINGTON - With 7.4 million job openings and 5.7 million new hires across the U.S. in February, the Bureau of... Read More

WASHINGTON - With 7.4 million job openings and 5.7 million new hires across the U.S. in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover report paints a brighter picture for the country’s employment situation more than a... Read More

2021-04-01 13:16:58
by Tom Ramstack
$2.2 Trillion Jobs and Infrastructure Plan Unveiled

President Joe Biden unveiled his plan Wednesday for a $2.2 trillion government investment into improving the nation’s infrastructure. Biden described... Read More

President Joe Biden unveiled his plan Wednesday for a $2.2 trillion government investment into improving the nation’s infrastructure. Biden described the plan as an effort to create jobs and make the United States more competitive while recovering from the economic... Read More

2021-03-31 19:41:10
by TWN Staff
Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Push to Honor Vietnam Veterans

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are leading a bipartisan effort to award so-called “Dust... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are leading a bipartisan effort to award so-called “Dust Off” crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal.  Dust Off crewmembers - helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew... Read More

2021-03-31 14:47:20
by Victoria Turner
Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON - If 94% of individuals completing a Registered Apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor are retained by their... Read More

WASHINGTON - If 94% of individuals completing a Registered Apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor are retained by their employers, U.S. Navy Officer Michael Pruitt asked yesterday, why are there not more veterans or transitioning military service members taking... Read More

2021-03-24 13:07:39
by Daniel Mollenkamp
COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs Are Here To Stay, But Will They Make A Difference?

ATLANTA - On Sunday, NASCAR joined the list of places using coronavirus-sniffing dogs as a tool to battle the virus's... Read More

ATLANTA - On Sunday, NASCAR joined the list of places using coronavirus-sniffing dogs as a tool to battle the virus's spread. The dogs can be taught to speedily screen large, busy crowds. This, together with the low cost involved in... Read More

2021-03-13 20:08:32
by Dan McCue
Fractured GOP Faces Serious Reckoning Ahead of 2022

WASHINGTON – “It’s not supposed to be that way …” the chorus of an old Willie Nelson song begins. It... Read More

WASHINGTON – “It’s not supposed to be that way …” the chorus of an old Willie Nelson song begins. It is a melody a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill may be finding all too familiar. Five months removed from... Read More

2021-03-11 19:15:11
by TWN
Changing Military Fuels IAVA Fight for New Veterans' Needs

WASHINGTON – It used to be that veterans’ organizations were simply part of the landscape of small-town America.  You might... Read More

WASHINGTON – It used to be that veterans’ organizations were simply part of the landscape of small-town America.  You might cross the threshold of an American Legion or VFW hall as a child – somehow most likely in connection with... Read More

2021-03-09 21:06:18
by Dan McCue
Kentucky Vacancy Powers Bill Raising Eyebrows

WASHINGTON – Is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell working behind the scenes with allies in the Kentucky legislature to assure... Read More

WASHINGTON – Is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell working behind the scenes with allies in the Kentucky legislature to assure he’s replaced by a Republican should he decide to retire?  That’s been the speculation since the filling of Senate Bill... Read More

2021-03-04 20:54:19
by Dan McCue
Face Masks Are Piling Up In Warehouses, Indy Makers Say

AUSTIN, Texas – It was a dire situation that Lloyd Armbrust can almost laugh about now.  A global pandemic had... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas – It was a dire situation that Lloyd Armbrust can almost laugh about now.  A global pandemic had swept across the United States, a baby was on the way, and Armbrust, hard as he tried, could not find... Read More

2021-03-02 21:25:32
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Appears Likely to Uphold Arizona Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON – All six conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to support voting restrictions imposed in Arizona... Read More

WASHINGTON – All six conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to support voting restrictions imposed in Arizona that critics say discriminate against racial minorities.  The case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (Consolidated), is one of the most... Read More

2021-02-26 18:19:37
by Dan McCue
A New Mayor Champions Keeping COVID-Impacted Families In Their Homes

BOISE, Idaho – To the outsider, it seems like a movie that has a bizarre twist just as the heroine... Read More

BOISE, Idaho – To the outsider, it seems like a movie that has a bizarre twist just as the heroine should be taking her victory lap.  Lauren Stein McLean, an entrepreneur who had served on Boise, Idaho’s city council for... Read More

2021-02-23 21:52:26
by Dan McCue
Former FEC Chairs Offer Bipartisan Endorsement of For The People Act

WASHINGTON - Two former chairs of the Federal Elections Commission -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- have... Read More

WASHINGTON - Two former chairs of the Federal Elections Commission -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- have thrown their support behind the election reform provisions of the For the People Act. In a letter to the leaders... Read More

2021-02-22 21:47:26
by Reece Nations
$1400 Check Could be Coming Your Way Soon

WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee approved reconciliations to President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion novel coronavirus relief legislation Monday,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee approved reconciliations to President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion novel coronavirus relief legislation Monday, setting in motion the bill’s final vote in the full House of Representatives expected to follow this week.  If enacted,... Read More

2021-02-19 19:51:47
by Dan McCue
Your Land? My Land? An Author Ponders the Implications

Simon Winchester has spent a lot of time thinking about land. As a student in his native Great Britain, he... Read More

Simon Winchester has spent a lot of time thinking about land. As a student in his native Great Britain, he read geology at St. Catherine's College and, having become involved in the University Exploration Club, soon found himself a member... Read More

2021-02-17 17:15:29
by Kate Michael
How COVID Has Affected Public Opinion on Higher Education

WASHINGTON — Attitudes toward American colleges and universities may have started evolving before the pandemic set in, but COVID-19 truly... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attitudes toward American colleges and universities may have started evolving before the pandemic set in, but COVID-19 truly upended the higher ed system in ways that are sure to have an impact for years to come.  Through a... Read More

2021-02-16 21:18:44
by TWN Staff
If You've Resisted COVID So Far, You May Have Your Caveman Ancestors to Thank

A new study suggests that a genetic variant associated with reduced COVID-19 severity is inherited from Neanderthals. Previously, a genetic... Read More

A new study suggests that a genetic variant associated with reduced COVID-19 severity is inherited from Neanderthals. Previously, a genetic factor associated with increased risk of contracting severe COVID-19 was shown to be inherited from Neanderthals. Hugo Zeberg and Svante... Read More

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