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House Democrats Propose Sweeping Infrastructure Revitalization for Next Stimulus
Infrastructure
House Democrats Propose Sweeping Infrastructure Revitalization for Next Stimulus
2020-04-01 18:51:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a wide-ranging and ambitious plan Wednesday to significantly make over the nation's infrastructure while also tamping down on the economic distress caused by the coronavirus outbreak. “We need to invest in our infrastructure to address... Read More

Could Artificial Intelligence Have Been Used to Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?
In The News
Could Artificial Intelligence Have Been Used to Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?
2020-03-31 21:20:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The United States’ former chief technology officer and a top regulatory policy official from Johnson & Johnson spoke at a Bipartisan Policy Center virtual briefing Tuesday morning about how artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to predict or... Read More

Could The Little-Known Mayor of Atlanta Be Biden's Running Mate?
Political News
Could The Little-Known Mayor of Atlanta Be Biden's Running Mate?
2020-03-31 21:13:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has not been shy in recent weeks in touting a number of women he believes are well-qualified to be the first African-American vice president of the United States. “I really believe that we’ve... Read More

Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
Energy
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
2020-03-30 20:28:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying... Read More

Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2
State News
Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2
2020-03-27 21:41:50
by Dan McCue

Less than a week after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo approved a board of elections request to move the state's presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, a plan to have a mostly mail-in election in the wake of... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
Congress
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
2020-03-27 20:05:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently... Read More

Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
Trade
Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
2020-03-27 13:40:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new chapter in North American commerce began two weeks ago Friday, when Canada became the third and final country to ratify... Read More

Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
Political News
Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
2020-03-25 19:23:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island - and one territory - Puerto Rico - have postponed their presidential primary elections due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, three... Read More

IRS Extends Tax Deadline 90 Days in Response to Coronavirus
In The News
IRS Extends Tax Deadline 90 Days in Response to Coronavirus
2020-03-17 21:57:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration announced Tuesday that individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their 2019 tax bills for 90 days past the usual April 15 deadline to July 15. The extension is an effort to inject... Read More

Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020 Elections
Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020-03-03 16:36:48
by Dan McCue

While most of the attention on this Super Tuesday is focused on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, voters in four of the 14 states and one territory will also be casting ballots in congressional primaries. The four states... Read More

Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
Political News
Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
2020-02-25 22:52:28
by Dan McCue

It is the kind of assertion that brings a reporter up short, temporarily. To hear it twice, in two completely separate conversations, was astounding. It was the idea that as result of changing demographics and highly successful voter registration drives... Read More

When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
Elections
When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
2020-02-25 13:37:31
by Dan McCue

It was an unusual way to spend a Thursday morning in January to say the least. Though the 2017 House of Delegates election was for the most part in its rear view mirror, the Virginia State Board of Elections had... Read More

Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
Technology
Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
2020-02-20 18:25:03
by Dan McCue

As Congressional lawmakers close in on finalizing a bipartisan, comprehensive bill governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, the nation's county governments are reminding them not to forget to leave room for local decision-making. In a blog post published... Read More

How Did Air Medical Impact My Life? It Gave Me One
Opinions
How Did Air Medical Impact My Life? It Gave Me One

As a nurse, and someone whose life was saved by emergency air medical transport, I can tell you that having access and continuity of care is critically important to health outcomes. Air ambulances allow you to access specialty care when... Read More

SC Republicans Plotting to Boost Bernie to Beat Biden, Help Trump
Political News
SC Republicans Plotting to Boost Bernie to Beat Biden, Help Trump
2020-02-18 23:18:22
by Dan McCue

A group of activist Republicans are planning to cross party lines and vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders in next week's South Carolina primary in a bid to ensure that President Donald Trump faces a Socialist in the November general election.... Read More

Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
In The News
Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
2020-02-12 11:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the department’s interference in the sentencing of former Trump insider Roger Stone. Schumer sent his written request to Inspector General Michael Horowitz after a key... Read More

Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
Voting
Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
2020-02-11 21:50:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The virtue of absentee ballots has no doubt been argued everywhere from Shelly's Back Room in Washington, D.C., where the give-and-take was accompanied by cigars and whiskey, to the crowded dining room of the Red Arrow 24 Diner... Read More

The Democratic Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Democratic Convention Delegate Process Explained
2020-02-07 20:32:35
by Dan McCue

Although most of us focus on the candidates running for president, in reality, the primaries and caucuses in which we vote are a process of selecting delegates in each state to send to their party's national presidential nominating convention. Once... Read More

State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
In The News
State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
2020-02-05 19:20:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It started with President Donald Trump refusing to shake hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ended with the speaker ripping up the president's speech in full view of  everyone in the House chamber, and thanks to television,... Read More

The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
2020-02-04 23:50:35
by Dan McCue

Although most of us focus on the candidates running for president, in reality, the primaries and caucuses in which we vote are a process of selecting delegates in each state to send to their party's national presidential nominating convention. Once... Read More

DNC Overhauls Debate Requirements, Opening Door for Bloomberg
2020 Elections
DNC Overhauls Debate Requirements, Opening Door for Bloomberg
2020-01-31 21:29:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee on Friday eliminated a qualifying fundraising requirement for a February debate in Las Vegas, potentially paving  the way for Michael Bloomberg to appear on the debate stage for the first time. The debate is... Read More

States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
Technology
Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
2020-01-30 21:09:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Google’s former chief executive officer told Congress Wednesday the United States would lose its lead in artificial intelligence technology to China in less than a decade unless the federal government creates incentives for new research and development. “In... Read More

Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
Immigration
Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
2020-01-27 22:04:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court split along ideological lines Monday in a decision allowing the White House to proceed with a rule making it harder for immigrants who rely on public assistance to gain legal status. The unsigned order lifts... Read More

Trump Assails Climate 'Alarmists' in Davos, Touts US Economy as ' Roaring Geyser of Opportunity’
World Economic Forum
Trump Assails Climate 'Alarmists' in Davos, Touts US Economy as ' Roaring Geyser of Opportunity’
2020-01-21 16:11:35
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump used his speech on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to ignore the "perennial prophets of doom" and to claim the U.S. economy has come "thundering back" under his watch. "This is... Read More

Wisconsin's Reputation for Swinging Expected to Extend to 2020
2020 Elections
Wisconsin's Reputation for Swinging Expected to Extend to 2020
2020-01-17 23:10:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Even among battleground states, Wisconsin is considered special; a study in political contrasts if ever there was one. It went for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, flipped to Donald Trump in 2016 by the narrowest of margins... Read More

Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
Supreme Court
Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
2020-01-14 22:51:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that the government may have overreached when it prosecuted two ex-New Jersey officials for their involvement in the "Bridgegate" scandal. For those who don't remember, Bridgegate, also known as the George Washington Bridge... Read More

Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020 Elections
Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020-01-10 23:43:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The first thing you have to understand about Florida is, it's a complex state," the political operative said. "Trump won by just 1.2 percentage points," she said, speaking on background as she assessed the 2016 presidential race. "That's... Read More

Debt in Developing Economies Growing at Fastest Pace in 50 Years
Foreign Affairs
Debt in Developing Economies Growing at Fastest Pace in 50 Years
2020-01-08 21:27:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Debt in emerging and developing countries climbed to a record $55 trillion in 2018, the result of an eight-year surge that has been the largest and fastest in nearly 50 years, a study by the World Bank says.... Read More

Voters Remain Deeply Concerned about Fiscal Irresponsibility in Washington
Federal Budget
Voters Remain Deeply Concerned about Fiscal Irresponsibility in Washington
2020-01-07 22:19:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Voters remain deeply concerned about Washington's wanton ways when it comes to spending and want leaders to take corrective action, a new survey by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation finds. The survey was conducted in December, just as... Read More

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