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Zuckerberg Defends Facebook's 'Free Expression' Policy in Wake of False Trump Campaign Ads
Social Media
Zuckerberg Defends Facebook's 'Free Expression' Policy in Wake of False Trump Campaign Ads
2019-10-18 14:47:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Mark Zuckerberg allowed himself only a brief smile Thursday afternoon as he approached the podium awaiting him on stage in Georgetown University's Gaston Hall. After weeks of criticism over Facebook's decision not to moderate political speech or fact-check... Read More

Bipartisan House Rebuke of Trump Over Syria Withdrawal Leads to Blow Up
In The News
Bipartisan House Rebuke of Trump Over Syria Withdrawal Leads to Blow Up
2019-10-17 13:41:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House delivered a resounding bipartisan condemnation of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria on Wednesday, even as the president sought to distance himself from the Turkish assault against the Kurds that followed... Read More

Focus on Core Issues Bolsters Democrats Odds of Holding House Majority, Analysis Finds
2020 Elections
Focus on Core Issues Bolsters Democrats Odds of Holding House Majority, Analysis Finds
2019-10-15 21:16:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If Democrats want to hold their majority in House in 2020 they'll focus on core issues important to their constituents like protecting healthcare coverage, fighting corruption, and expanding economic opportunity, according to a new analysis by Third Way,... Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Voters Disapprove of Trump, Support Impeachment, But He Still Remains Competitive
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Majority of Voters Disapprove of Trump, Support Impeachment, But He Still Remains Competitive
2019-10-15 21:12:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump may be weak when it comes to job approval and public support for impeachment, but a number of factors, ranging from economy to unfavorable views toward some Democratic candidates, continue to make him competitive in... Read More

Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
2019-10-15 19:08:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments about whether states can prosecute immigrants who use other people's Social Security numbers to get a job. The case not only has implications for the balance of power between the... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
Law
Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
2019-10-10 20:31:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court this week took up a question it has avoided in recent years: Whether the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution requires unanimous verdicts in criminal cases in both federal and state courts. In practice, the Bill... Read More

President's Counsel Says White House Won't Cooperate With Impeachment Inquiry
Law
President's Counsel Says White House Won't Cooperate With Impeachment Inquiry
2019-10-08 22:38:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a letter delivered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the chairs of three House committees late Tuesday afternoon, the White House said it would not cooperate with the ongoing impeachment inquiry, dismissing it as an effort... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Prevent Interference in 2020 Election
2020 Elections
Bipartisan Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Prevent Interference in 2020 Election
2019-10-08 22:29:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday urged both Congress and the Trump administration to take sweeping action to ensure social media sites aren't used as platforms for interference in the 2020 presidential election. The Senate Intelligence Committee... Read More

A Day In The Life of The Impeachment Drama
Spotlight
A Day In The Life of The Impeachment Drama
2019-10-04 18:15:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The scrum of photographers had been waiting for nearly an hour. Gathered at the railing of a stairwell adjacent to the U.S. Capitol visitor's center, they spoke casually amongst themselves, even as they subtly jockeyed for position and... Read More

Senate Bill Seeks to End Confusion Over Liability for Hemp Shipments
Agriculture
Senate Bill Seeks to End Confusion Over Liability for Hemp Shipments
2019-10-04 17:45:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A provision in the Justice Department’s annual funding bill is likely to alter the criminal liability risks for sellers and handlers of cannabis products. Ten states have authorized limited sales of the psychoactive drug for recreation, despite the... Read More

With Shift In Focus, Has End Citizens United Become Just Another Money Machine?
Campaign Finance
With Shift In Focus, Has End Citizens United Become Just Another Money Machine?
2019-09-24 20:58:57
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - It was a typical day at the Iowa State Fair, just outside of Des Moines. The smell of just about anything you can imagine fried and served on a stick permeated the air, livestock mostly slumbered through being... Read More

Candidates Expound On Climate Change Fight at Georgetown/MSNBC Forum
2020 Elections
Candidates Expound On Climate Change Fight at Georgetown/MSNBC Forum
2019-09-20 20:40:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by joining their pick-up basketball game, Yang had taken just three steps onto the stage at the university's Healy Hall Thursday... Read More

Murphy Tells Election Symposium More, Not Less Transparency Needed to Safeguard The Vote
Elections
Murphy Tells Election Symposium More, Not Less Transparency Needed to Safeguard The Vote
2019-09-17 21:36:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. told attendees at an election security forum Tuesday that tech platforms have become "battlefields" in a "bloodless conflict" and that winning requires arming voters with in-depth knowledge of the threat they face. "We need... Read More

Gorsuch Takes Audience Behind The Scenes of High Court in Archives Appearance
Supreme Court
Gorsuch Takes Audience Behind The Scenes of High Court in Archives Appearance
2019-09-17 18:01:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch may have been President Donald Trump’s first appointee to the high court, but onstage at the National Archive Monday night he seemed almost a throwback to a more gentlemanly and light hearted era. "I'm... Read More

Blue Dogs Assail McConnell On Election Security, Warning 'Time Is Running Out'
Elections
Blue Dogs Assail McConnell On Election Security, Warning 'Time Is Running Out'
2019-09-13 17:44:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A group of centrist House Democrats best known for espousing bipartisanship to get things done on Capitol Hill, sharply criticized Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday for his continued refusal to allow election security bills to get a... Read More

House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
Environment
House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
2019-09-11 23:43:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged... Read More

Mod Dems Won the House in 2018, That Was Just the Beginning
Congress
Mod Dems Won the House in 2018, That Was Just the Beginning
2019-09-05 20:42:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - What it comes down to is this: Despite many in the media trumpeting the "fact" that all the momentum in the Democratic Party in 2018 was on the far-left, mid-term voters overwhelmingly endorsed moderates, rewarding their common-sense approach... Read More

Ginsburg Slams Partisan Gerrymandering Before Record Book Fest Audience
Supreme Court
Ginsburg Slams Partisan Gerrymandering Before Record Book Fest Audience
2019-09-03 15:48:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday told a record crowd that had turned out to see her at the National Book Festival that "something needs to be done about partisan gerrymandering." Ginsburg was responding to... Read More

'Medicare for All' Divides Democratic Presidential Field: Not Everyone Agrees It Is the Solution
Spotlight
'Medicare for All' Divides Democratic Presidential Field: Not Everyone Agrees It Is the Solution
2019-09-03 14:57:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In 2018, centrist Democrats flipped 38 seats previously held by Republicans in part because they vowed to protect the Affordable Care Act against the GOP's repeated attempts to dismantle it. Many expected a repeat heading into the 2020... Read More

VIDEO: Legislating From The Middle
Bipartisan
VIDEO: Legislating From The Middle
2019-07-17 17:03:32
by TWN Staff

Related articles | Benefits of Bipartisanship Evident at Center Forward Discussion Rep. Davis: Legislating in the Manner I Thought was Right Rep. Katko: Sit on the Sidelines or Do Something About It Rep. Kilmer: What Do We Want? When Do... Read More

Washington Legal Advocates, Lawmakers Want Immigration Procedures Changed
Immigration
Washington Legal Advocates, Lawmakers Want Immigration Procedures Changed
2019-07-16 21:15:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Some of Washington’s prominent legal organizations and lawmakers are scrambling to address the nation’s illegal immigration crisis while courts confront a hopeless backlog of cases. They are proposing new procedures to manage the flood of illegal immigrants being... Read More

Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
In The News
Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
2019-07-16 20:05:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The number of threats made against members of Congress continues to grow, though most fall below the legal threshold of being considered an actual threat to cause bodily harm, a House panel was told Tuesday. In his first... Read More

Hoyer: 'Senate Has a Responsibility to Act,' After House Democrats Pass 10 Spending Bills
Federal Budget
Hoyer: 'Senate Has a Responsibility to Act,' After House Democrats Pass 10 Spending Bills
2019-06-28 19:26:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As they head back to their districts for the week-long July 4 district work period, House Democrats have reason to feel proud and maybe, just a little bit tired. For the first time in 13 years, the House... Read More

Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
Litigation
Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
2019-06-25 20:49:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal employees will get their day in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that their lawsuit over an Office of Personnel Management data breach can be reinstated. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit... Read More

Can Congress Defund Obamacare?  SCOTUS Will Decide
In The News
Can Congress Defund Obamacare? SCOTUS Will Decide
2019-06-25 20:45:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It just might be the liveliest few minutes of the day in the Supreme Court press room. Quietly getting up from their desks, the 20 or so reporters who call the high court beat home on a daily... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Make Election Interference a Federal Crime
Voting
Bipartisan Bill Aims to Make Election Interference a Federal Crime
2019-06-18 20:34:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives Jim Himes, D-Conn., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, have introduced legislation to make election interference a federal crime. The Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act would make it a federal crime to hack any voting systems used... Read More

News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
Voting
News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
2019-06-14 14:49:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House panel began its inquiry into the largely unchecked power of the nation's largest technology and social media firms Tuesday by focusing on the role the companies have played in reducing the news media to a mere... Read More

America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
Rural
America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
2019-06-11 19:37:53
by Sean Trambley

The Federal Communications Commission and Congress have long sought to map specific regions’ access to broadband services in order to help policymakers identify unserved areas. The Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019, introduced last week in the House of Representatives... Read More

Majority of Voters Support A Woman’s Right to Choose, National Poll Finds
Civil Rights
Majority of Voters Support A Woman’s Right to Choose, National Poll Finds
2019-05-22 19:17:10
by Dan McCue

A majority of American voters believe the U.S. Supreme Court was right in 1973 when it ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have a constitutionally-protected right to have an abortion, and most also believe the current generation of justices... Read More

George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform
Campaign Finance
George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform
2019-05-21 12:48:25
by Dan McCue

From the very beginning of the Republic, campaign finance has been a hard subject to discuss in polite company. In a capitalist society, things, including access to whatever serves as the public megaphone of the era, simply cost money. And... Read More

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