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2022-03-28 14:57:29
by Dan McCue
American Genius: The Story of the Journalist Nellie Bly

The crowd at the Jersey City Railroad terminal had been building for hours by the time the train from Pittsburgh... Read More

The crowd at the Jersey City Railroad terminal had been building for hours by the time the train from Pittsburgh pulled into the station at 3:51 p.m. on Jan. 25, 1890. Though no one could ever say for sure, their... Read More

2022-03-27 13:37:57
by Dan McCue
Fortenberry Resigns After Conviction on Lying Charge

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., resigned from office Saturday after a California jury convicted him of lying to federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., resigned from office Saturday after a California jury convicted him of lying to federal authorities about an illegal campaign donation from a foreign national. A federal jury deliberated for only two hours Thursday after... Read More

2022-03-25 21:19:30
by Dan McCue
Georgia Voters File Complaint in Bid to Toss Marjorie Taylor Greene From Ballot

ATLANTA — A group of voters has filed a complaint with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office arguing that Rep.... Read More

ATLANTA — A group of voters has filed a complaint with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office arguing that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is “constitutionally disqualified from congressional office" and must be blocked from seeking reelection due to her... Read More

2022-03-23 20:12:49
by Alexa Hornbeck
US Scales Back COVID-19 Response Efforts, Concerns Over Future Variants Remain

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is scaling back COVID-19 response efforts, despite a recent uptick of infections involving an omicron subvariant... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is scaling back COVID-19 response efforts, despite a recent uptick of infections involving an omicron subvariant known as BA.2 which now accounts for about 35% of all positive COVID infections in the country.  “BA.2 is omicron... Read More

2022-03-19 19:35:00
by TWN
CMS Decision to Limit Coverage of Alzheimer’s Treatment Takes Center Stage

WASHINGTON — A House panel scheduled to kick the tires on roughly 20 different health care-related bills on Thursday spent... Read More

WASHINGTON — A House panel scheduled to kick the tires on roughly 20 different health care-related bills on Thursday spent time considering the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant accelerated approval to the first disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease... Read More

2022-03-19 19:35:00
by TWN
Congressional Panel Takes Deep Dive Into Future of FDA’s Accelerated Approvals

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health panel Thursday spent the majority of their time considering the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health panel Thursday spent the majority of their time considering the future of the Food and Drug Administration's so-called Accelerated Approval Program. A number of the 20 different health care-related bills... Read More

2022-03-17 13:53:13
by Alexa Hornbeck
VA Raises the Bar on Improving Veteran Health Services

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15 includes funds... Read More

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15 includes funds to modernize the VA infrastructure and allow registered nurses and physician assistants in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to... Read More

2022-03-15 22:02:24
by Reece Nations
Senate Passes Bill to Make Daylight Saving Permanent

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation that would permanently extend daylight saving time nationwide by unanimous consent on Tuesday. The... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation that would permanently extend daylight saving time nationwide by unanimous consent on Tuesday. The bill, entitled the Sunshine Protection Act, was sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of... Read More

2022-03-14 17:22:15
by Kate Michael
Roberta Flack Honored by DAR with DC Call Box Monument

WASHINGTON — Patrons enjoying a snow day soup, sandwich and suds at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill were surprised Saturday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Patrons enjoying a snow day soup, sandwich and suds at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill were surprised Saturday afternoon by the sudden appearance of musical great Roberta Flack. While Mr. Henry’s is often cited as the place where... Read More

2022-03-10 19:04:34
by Dan McCue
Hoyer, Jeffries Secure 21% Increase in MRA as Part of Omnibus Bill

WASHINGTON — The mammoth $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package contains something for everybody,  just about, but on Capitol Hill itself... Read More

WASHINGTON — The mammoth $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package contains something for everybody,  just about, but on Capitol Hill itself perhaps the biggest news is the inclusion of a 21% increase in the Member Representational Allowance, the budget line that... Read More

2022-03-10 15:22:48
by Alexa Hornbeck
Markey, Paul Aim to Get Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Into Pharmacies

WASHINGTON — Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., in February introduced a bill which would revise outdated regulations on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., in February introduced a bill which would revise outdated regulations on methadone treatment and allow any pharmacy to dispense methadone for treating opioid use disorders. The bill has since been referred... Read More

2022-03-09 21:11:38
by Dan McCue
When Swing was King at the Embassy

WASHINGTON — As the son of a globetrotting diplomat, Ahmet Münir Ertegün had learned a thing or two about poise... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the son of a globetrotting diplomat, Ahmet Münir Ertegün had learned a thing or two about poise and sophistication by the age of 16. But as members of Duke Ellington’s band assembled on the third floor of... Read More

2022-03-08 22:24:43
by Dan McCue
Report: 685 MW of Wind and Solar Projects Added to US Renewable Energy Portfolio in January

NEW YORK — The United States’ capacity to generate energy from renewable resources grew by a new 685 megawatts in... Read More

NEW YORK — The United States’ capacity to generate energy from renewable resources grew by a new 685 megawatts in January thanks to the completion of one major wind farm and several solar projects, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence... Read More

2022-03-08 15:15:44
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Shows Increased Risk of Colon Cancer for Adults After Screenings Plummet

WASHINGTON — A recent report from AMSURG, a recognized leader in the strategic and operational management of surgery centers, finds... Read More

WASHINGTON — A recent report from AMSURG, a recognized leader in the strategic and operational management of surgery centers, finds in 2021 there were increases in advanced stage colorectal cancer and precancerous growths in adults of all ages when compared... Read More

2022-03-04 21:48:33
by Dan McCue
The Challenges of the District Office Take Center Stage Before House Panel

WASHINGTON — Though much of what America reads, sees and hears about the federal government emanates from the nation’s Capitol,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Though much of what America reads, sees and hears about the federal government emanates from the nation’s Capitol, the reality is it’s members’ district offices that are at the front lines, day in and day out, of helping... Read More

2022-02-15 21:59:26
by Dan McCue
Minnesota Court Unveils New District Maps, Craig Jumpstarts Reelection Bid

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A five-judge panel appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court unveiled the maps depicting the state’s new... Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A five-judge panel appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court unveiled the maps depicting the state’s new political districts Tuesday, with the headline grabber being changes to the swing district currently represented by Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn.... Read More

2022-02-11 22:24:55
by Dan McCue
Federal Prosecutors Seek Flexible, Agencywide Remote Work Policy From DOJ

WASHINGTON — As public and private employers grapple with the future of work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,... Read More

WASHINGTON — As public and private employers grapple with the future of work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a group representing federal prosecutors wants the Justice Department to allow for telework and remote work at least two days... Read More

2022-02-09 20:13:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
Waivers Granted by CMS During Public Health Emergency Set to Expire in April

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is allowing states to temporarily modify or waive certain Medicare and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is allowing states to temporarily modify or waive certain Medicare and Medicaid requirements through the use of emergency waivers, but some of those may expire come April. “The emergency regulatory relief... Read More

2022-02-09 17:48:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
AHA and Congress Request Federal Investigation Into Nurse Staffing Agencies

WASHINGTON — The American Hospital Association, health care organizations and nearly 200 members of Congress sent letters to White House... Read More

WASHINGTON — The American Hospital Association, health care organizations and nearly 200 members of Congress sent letters to White House officials in January requesting an investigation of nurse staffing agencies based on claims they’ve been exploiting staffing shortages during the... Read More

2022-02-08 23:44:57
by Dan McCue
House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday passed a stopgap measure to extend funding of the federal government through March and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday passed a stopgap measure to extend funding of the federal government through March and allow negotiations of a more long-term spending package more time to bear fruit. The vote was 272-162, with 51 Republicans... Read More

2022-02-04 17:26:24
by Reece Nations
Grid Operator PJM Denies Pause on Project Approvals

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — PJM Interconnection, one of the nation’s largest regional transmission organizations, is denying reports that it is... Read More

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — PJM Interconnection, one of the nation’s largest regional transmission organizations, is denying reports that it is proposing a two-year pause on reviewing energy project applications. PJM coordinates the transmission of wholesale electricity in portions or the... Read More

2022-02-02 19:45:28
by Dan McCue
FEC Sets Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits for 2022

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commission has established coordinated party expenditure limits for the 2022 election cycle. By law, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commission has established coordinated party expenditure limits for the 2022 election cycle. By law, a national party committee and state party committees can make special expenditures in connection with the general election campaigns of federal... Read More

2022-01-31 18:50:12
by Reece Nations
Texas Professional Educators Rebuke Abbott’s Bill of Rights Proposal

AUSTIN, Texas — Professional educators in Texas were blindsided by Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a Parental Bill of Rights,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Professional educators in Texas were blindsided by Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a Parental Bill of Rights, which intends to amend the state constitution to grant parents enhanced authority over their children’s education. Abbott introduced his proposal... Read More

2022-01-27 23:19:09
by Dan McCue
Garland Updates Bipartisan Group of Election Officials on Threat Status

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland held a virtual discussion with a bipartisan group of election officials on Wednesday,... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland held a virtual discussion with a bipartisan group of election officials on Wednesday, providing them with an update on the threats that have been investigated and addressed in the past several weeks. Among... Read More

2022-01-27 14:41:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
Federal Efforts Aim to Combat ‘Silent Pandemic’ of Antimicrobial Resistance  

WASHINGTON — A recent study published in the Lancet is the first to provide estimates that the global death toll... Read More

WASHINGTON — A recent study published in the Lancet is the first to provide estimates that the global death toll from antimicrobial resistance is greater than that of HIV or malaria. “It was our role to provide the most comprehensive... Read More

2022-01-24 21:29:44
by Tom Ramstack
Sarah Palin Diagnosed With COVID Before New York Times Lawsuit Trial

NEW YORK — Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was diagnosed with COVID-19 this weekend, which delayed her defamation lawsuit against... Read More

NEW YORK — Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was diagnosed with COVID-19 this weekend, which delayed her defamation lawsuit against The New York Times that was scheduled for a trial beginning Monday. Palin reported her illness to Judge Jed Rakoff... Read More

2022-01-24 17:16:18
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Cracks Down on Organizations Accused of Cashing In on the Pandemic

WASHINGTON —  The FBI is investigating an Illinois company that has received $124 million from the federal government for COVID-19... Read More

WASHINGTON —  The FBI is investigating an Illinois company that has received $124 million from the federal government for COVID-19 testing after reports the owners were using part of the money for lavish lifestyles. FBI agents raided the headquarters in... Read More

2022-01-20 22:28:52
by Tom Ramstack
Case Dismissed Against Professor Charged With Spying for China

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of spying for China... Read More

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of spying for China in another blow to a Trump administration effort to protect U.S. intellectual property. Gang Chen, who was born in China... Read More

2022-01-18 20:30:44
by Dan McCue
Solicitor General Calls Out Cruz in Supreme Court Case

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by the Supreme Court as the campaign committee’s alleged injuries were self-inflicted, the U.S. solicitor general claimed in a court filing... 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

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