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2021-01-08 15:38:52
by Tom Ramstack
Rioters at Capitol Face Long-Term Prosecutions As Police in Washington Pledge to Pursue Them

WASHINGTON -- Washington’s mayor and the FBI are pledging to track down and prosecute any protesters who broke the law... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Washington’s mayor and the FBI are pledging to track down and prosecute any protesters who broke the law during the riot at the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday. They are posting photos and videos from the mob violence on... Read More

2021-01-06 23:49:25
by TWN Staff
Protesters Loyal to Trump Storm Capitol, Disrupting Electoral College Certification

WASHINGTON - Protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcing lawmakers, staff and journalists into... Read More

WASHINGTON - Protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcing lawmakers, staff and journalists into hiding, and stunning the world in the process. One woman was confirmed to have been shot and killed on the... Read More

2021-01-05 22:29:55
by Dan McCue
Hoyer: PAYGO Exemptions to be Decided on Case by Case Basis

WASHINGTON - When the House on Monday adopted its rules package for the 117th Congress with a 217-206, party-line vote,... Read More

WASHINGTON - When the House on Monday adopted its rules package for the 117th Congress with a 217-206, party-line vote, Democratic House leaders knew there would be lingering controversies. As they individually filed out of the Capitol, Republican members complained... Read More

2020-12-23 17:05:15
by Dan McCue
Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases

WASHINGTON - It began as a story no new parent wants to tell. "I always say that the day my... Read More

WASHINGTON - It began as a story no new parent wants to tell. "I always say that the day my daughter was born was the happiest day of my life, because that was the only day I didn't worry about... Read More

2020-12-22 18:54:57
by Dan McCue
House Democrats Unveil Committee Assignments for 117th Congress

WASHINGTON - While most eyes on Capitol Hill this past week have been on developments related to the coronavirus relief... Read More

WASHINGTON - While most eyes on Capitol Hill this past week have been on developments related to the coronavirus relief package and the omnibus federal spending bill, there have been a number of other things going on. Among these were... Read More

2020-12-04 15:12:31
by Sara Wilkerson
Third Way Hosts First Installment of Virtual "Wine with Wonks" Series

WASHINGTON – Third Way, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, launched its inaugural “Wine with Wonks” virtual series this week... Read More

WASHINGTON – Third Way, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, launched its inaugural “Wine with Wonks” virtual series this week that features scholars from its ACADEMIX Upshot series in an effort to promote their research and explore various education topics... Read More

2020-12-02 19:23:24
by Dan McCue
House Releases 2021 Legislative Calendar

WASHINGTON - The first session of the 117th Congress will convene at noon on a Sunday in January and have... Read More

WASHINGTON - The first session of the 117th Congress will convene at noon on a Sunday in January and have an extra-long August recess, according to the House calendar released by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday. And of course,... Read More

2020-12-01 21:55:49
by Tom Ramstack
Former Cybersecurity Official Mulls Lawsuit Against Trump Attorney

WASHINGTON -- A former Trump administration head of cybersecurity is considering legal action against a lawyer for the president who... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A former Trump administration head of cybersecurity is considering legal action against a lawyer for the president who said Monday he should be executed. The dispute arose from President Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud during the presidential... Read More

2020-12-01 21:06:19
by Dan McCue
Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up

Now into their second week of freshman orientation, incoming members of Congress are beginning to pick up the pace of... Read More

Now into their second week of freshman orientation, incoming members of Congress are beginning to pick up the pace of building their staff for the 117th Congress. Each member-elect can access funds to officially hire one staffer for the interim... Read More

2020-11-24 21:33:37
by Dan McCue
The Trump Election Lawsuit Chronicles

WASHINGTON - Getting a formal concession, finally, might all come down to this. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of appeals... Read More

WASHINGTON - Getting a formal concession, finally, might all come down to this. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of appeals on Monday granted a request from President Donald Trump's campaign to consider, on an expedited basis, an appeal of a... Read More

2020-11-24 21:03:19
by Dan McCue
National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving

BOULDER, Colo. - A giant sunspot is expected to traverse the Earth-facing side of the Sun by Thanksgiving, according to... Read More

BOULDER, Colo. - A giant sunspot is expected to traverse the Earth-facing side of the Sun by Thanksgiving, according to scientists at the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory. They based their prediction, first made on Nov. 18, on a... Read More

2020-11-24 15:45:40
by Sean Trambley
Illinois Congressional Delegation Opposes Effort to End Food Stamp Program at Senior Living Facilities

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., along with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.,... Read More

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., along with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., led the bipartisan Illinois Congressional delegation in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture... Read More

2020-11-17 16:40:05
by Reece Nations
Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one... Read More

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one group that is often, unfairly overlooked are those who keep the infrastructure of high rise offices and residential buildings functioning... Read More

2020-11-10 21:06:31
by Dan McCue
America Will Likely Have to Wait for Biden Cabinet Picks

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden wasted no time in assembling the new coronavirus task force he unveiled Monday, but it... Read More

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden wasted no time in assembling the new coronavirus task force he unveiled Monday, but it will likely be early December before the majority of Americans learn who the new president has picked for his cabinet.... Read More

2020-11-05 22:10:36
by Sean Trambley
New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option, a new study shows that it could be significantly more expensive than previously estimated. The study, released by Lanhee J.... Read More

2020-10-27 20:25:00
by Dan McCue
Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would... Read More

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A pair of advertisements, one funded by... Read More

2020-10-27 13:13:56
by Sean Trambley
Corporate Pro Bono Initiatives Deliver Legal Aid to Those Who Need It Most

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card... Read More

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card left in a machine, she faced new barriers to gaining employment and becoming a productive member of society. Candid with... Read More

2020-10-24 15:35:50
by Dan McCue
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility... Read More

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had... Read More

2020-10-23 15:56:23
by Kate Michael
Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National... Read More

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National Association of Counties’ Virtual Policy Summit to explain her current prioritization of developing a critical understanding of virus spread on... Read More

2020-10-16 21:26:08
by Dan McCue
In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community

WASHINGTON - With less than 20 days to go until Election Day 2020, the Biden campaign is engaging in a... Read More

WASHINGTON - With less than 20 days to go until Election Day 2020, the Biden campaign is engaging in a full-throttled effort to reach out to small business owners across the country. The goal is both to enlist them as... Read More

2020-10-16 15:40:54
by Dan McCue
National Native American Veterans Memorial to Open Near Capitol Hill Nov. 11

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol Hill, but come Nov. 11 the site, on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian, will be... Read More

2020-10-15 13:16:09
by Kate Michael
Federal Agencies Using Machine Learning and AI to Tackle Problems

WASHINGTON — Machine learning and artificial intelligence technology are fast-moving, complex technologies businesses and government agencies are increasingly putting to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Machine learning and artificial intelligence technology are fast-moving, complex technologies businesses and government agencies are increasingly putting to use to develop efficiencies of people and processes. Federal IT practitioners, in particular, are seeing the benefits of this technology... Read More

2020-10-13 18:15:38
by Dan McCue
If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House... Read More

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House Historian Matthew Wasniewski and his staff of nine know the next several weeks will be busy indeed. Not only do... Read More

2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the... Read More

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

2020-10-06 21:34:25
by Sara Wilkerson
CATO Institute Releases Biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors

Today the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, released its 15th biennial fiscal policy report card on the... Read More

Today the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, released its 15th biennial fiscal policy report card on the nation’s governors. This year’s CATO report card examines the country’s governors and their state budget actions since 2018.  Prior to... Read More

2020-10-06 21:18:30
by Dan McCue
Tenney Falsely Accuses Brindisi of Lying on Impeachment, Support for Police

This is the first installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you... Read More

This is the first installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] In a television and Internet ad... Read More

2020-10-02 19:22:37
by Dan McCue
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52%... Read More

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52% say they've already started stockpiling food and other essential in anticipation of social unrest, according to a new national poll.... Read More

2020-10-02 15:24:19
by Dan McCue
Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand... Read More

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand Canyon, Arizona's political landscape is marked by sharp distinctions, shadows and hazardous crevices. As the Oct. 7 start of early... Read More

2020-10-01 19:19:24
by Dan McCue
Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes... Read More

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes College alumni from signing a letter to the school's president opposing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S.... Read More

2020-09-26 14:44:19
by Dan McCue
North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win... Read More

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win re-election even if he just squeaks out a victory in the Tar Heel State, but he might as well pack... Read More

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