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Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy
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Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy
2019-03-01 13:23:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Thursday during a hearing on Capitol Hill for pulling out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. They are trying to figure out how to act without the president’s approval... Read More

Rep. Duncan Hunter Tries to Remain Relevant
Featured
Rep. Duncan Hunter Tries to Remain Relevant
2019-02-27 03:27:51
by Dan Weisman

Indicted for campaign finance fraud and awaiting a September federal court trial, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50th District, CA.) does what he can to remain relevant. Although he has been banished from congressional committees, and doesn’t respond to non-conservative media outlets,... Read More

Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela
Venezuela
Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela
2019-02-27 01:59:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S. military intervention is possible soon. A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee called the hearing to determine how the U.S. government should... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Announces Policy Task Forces for the 116th Congress
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Blue Dog Coalition Announces Policy Task Forces for the 116th Congress
2019-02-27 01:56:52
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition has announced its four policy task forces for the 116th Congress. The task forces will be the main drivers of policy for the centrist group of members and will focus on fiscal responsibility and... Read More

Is Europe Turning Its Back on Trump’s America?
Foreign Affairs
Is Europe Turning Its Back on Trump’s America?
2019-02-23 00:27:56
by HJ Mai

The historical alliance between the United States and Western Europe has resulted in an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, but U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is causing a rift. Tensions at the... Read More

Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
Infrastructure
Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
2019-02-23 00:22:09
by HJ Mai

In his 2018 State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump promised the American people “gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land,” but even back then reports already suggested that the president “hates” part of... Read More

Meet the New San Diego Border Barrier
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Meet the New San Diego Border Barrier
2019-02-23 00:11:12
by Dan Weisman

It's kind of like a bait-and-switch along 14 miles of the San Diego border barrier, or maybe similar to the new and improved status sometimes awarded to reconstituted cereal brands. Or call it peaches, as President Trump said for all... Read More

E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
Congress
E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
2019-02-20 00:10:48
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission that personal health information of certain Facebook users who were participating in... Read More

Ballot Tampering and Voter Fraud: What’s Going On in NC-09?
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Ballot Tampering and Voter Fraud: What’s Going On in NC-09?
2019-02-19 23:57:35
by TWN Staff

Since last November’s election, the 9th District of North Carolina has yet to have a declared winner as the state’s Election Board has refused to certify the results. Initial results after the election showed Republican Mark Harris squeaked by with... Read More

US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats
Cybersecurity
US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats
2019-02-16 03:06:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm elections but warned that foreign hacking threats are likely to only get worse. Americans sometimes unrealistically convince themselves they have... Read More

Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services
Economy
Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services
2019-02-16 01:19:34
by Tom Ramstack

The lack of legal banking services for marijuana-related businesses is creating unnecessary economic barriers and encouraging crime, the owner of a Washington, D.C. marijuana business told Congress this week. A House Financial Services subcommittee called the hearing to determine whether... Read More

Lofgren, Buck Lead Bipartisan Effort to Reform Legal Immigration System
Bipartisan
Lofgren, Buck Lead Bipartisan Effort to Reform Legal Immigration System
2019-02-13 00:18:45
by TWN Staff

Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO), who serve as Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship... Read More

Drone Deliveries to Fuel On-demand Services for Food, Basic Goods and Organs
Innovation
Drone Deliveries to Fuel On-demand Services for Food, Basic Goods and Organs
2019-02-13 00:16:05
by Michael Cheng

Commercial airline services are great for traveling. Planes are also suitable for transporting large cargo over long distances. But what about time-sensitive and on-demand products, such as food, perishable items and organs? Drone deliveries could be the solution to such... Read More

Venezuela – Trump’s Foreign Policy Excursion
Venezuela
Venezuela – Trump’s Foreign Policy Excursion
2019-02-13 00:16:03
by HJ Mai

In his first two years as the leader of the free world, U.S. President Donald Trump aggressively pushed his “America First” agenda and selectively disengaged the United States from the international stage. He also publicly questioned America’s traditional alliances and... Read More

President Trump Promotes Offensive Cybersecurity Tactics
Cybersecurity
President Trump Promotes Offensive Cybersecurity Tactics
2019-02-13 00:16:00
by Michael Cheng

Government agencies concerned about limited options available to them in the event of security breaches and data hacks may now explore offensive cybersecurity strategies. This is the message firmly conveyed by President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton earlier... Read More

Net Neutrality: Poised for Bipartisan Action?
Bipartisan
Net Neutrality: Poised for Bipartisan Action?
2019-02-09 01:00:44
by TWN Staff

The 116th Congress ushered in the most diverse freshman class in history. While there are some vocal members on the extremes of both parties, this newly minted group of legislators is also by-and-large one of the most pragmatic in recent... Read More

Peters, Davis Take Bipartisan Action to Address Rising Student Loan Debt Among America’s Workers
Education
Peters, Davis Take Bipartisan Action to Address Rising Student Loan Debt Among America’s Workers
2019-02-08 20:57:03
by TWN Staff

This week, Congressmen Scott Peters (D-CA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) led a bipartisan group of 99 Members of Congress to reintroduce H.R. 1043, the Employer Participation in Repayment Act, which would incentivize employers to offer student loan assistance to help... Read More

Wyden, Blunt Move to Support America’s Craft Beverage Industry
Economy
Wyden, Blunt Move to Support America’s Craft Beverage Industry
2019-02-08 20:53:18
by TWN Staff

This week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced legislation to help ensure the continued growth of America’s craft beverage industry. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would permanently establish reduced... Read More

Senators Murray, Murkowski Aim to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Health
Senators Murray, Murkowski Aim to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault
2019-02-08 20:51:25
by TWN Staff

This week, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), reintroduced the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help improve and... Read More

Families of Parkland Victims Advocate Safe Schools on Capitol Hill
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Families of Parkland Victims Advocate Safe Schools on Capitol Hill
2019-02-08 18:48:57
by TWN Staff

One week ahead of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the families of the victims took to Capitol Hill to deliver their message: take action to make our schools safer. During a press... Read More

The Humanity of Walter Jones
Opinions
The Humanity of Walter Jones
2019-02-08 17:46:50
by Sean O'Brien

Walter Jones has always been one of my favorite members of Congress, even though I agree with him on almost nothing. I’ve always admired his independence, and his self-fulfilling declaration that he didn’t come to Washington to be a Chairman.... Read More

Trump Political Advisor Argues Against Gag Order Before His Criminal Trial
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Trump Political Advisor Argues Against Gag Order Before His Criminal Trial
2019-02-08 15:41:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Political advisor Roger Stone is setting up a First Amendment free speech challenge during his pre-trial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He told a federal judge Friday that she had no constitutional... Read More

Democrats Show Displeasure With Trump Policies Through SOTU Guests
Political News
Democrats Show Displeasure With Trump Policies Through SOTU Guests
2019-02-06 02:54:33
by TWN Staff

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) brings Fifth District resident, Jacqueline Beale, the Maryland State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the non-partisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society "I am honored that Jacqueline... Read More

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare
Health
Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare
2019-02-05 23:01:54
by Tom Ramstack

A decision last week by a federal judge in a Maryland lawsuit is expected to influence an appeal by other states that seek to protect their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The state of Maryland filed a... Read More

Data Shows the US Quietly Transitioning to an Electrified Future
Energy
Data Shows the US Quietly Transitioning to an Electrified Future
2019-02-02 01:24:46
by Michael Cheng

In the US, the automotive sector is gearing up for a disruptive, electrified future. The future of gas-powered cars is at risk, due to the proliferation of sustainable, battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Data published by Inside EVs indicate a sharp... Read More

The Irreversible Turmoil of the Government Shutdown
Economy
The Irreversible Turmoil of the Government Shutdown

The government shutdown was a tremendous burden for America to bear. The number of federal workers that suffered during the 35-day long haul was 800,000. Some 450,000 were required to come into work without pay. More than 42,000 United States... Read More

PGPF Analysis Shows Government Shutdown Has Direct Negative Impact on American Confidence
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PGPF Analysis Shows Government Shutdown Has Direct Negative Impact on American Confidence
2019-02-01 16:09:51
by TWN Staff

This week the Peter G. Peterson Foundation issued its regular Fiscal Confidence Index for the month of January, and the findings were troubling. The report, modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index and fielded in the final days before the government... Read More

The Rise of the Pragmatic Democrat
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The Rise of the Pragmatic Democrat
2019-01-30 00:28:31
by TWN Staff

Much attention has been paid in the months since the midterm elections to several high profile members of the House Democratic Caucus, many of whom represent the far left of the party. Read More

The First Step Act Set to Unshackle Women in the Prison System
Health
The First Step Act Set to Unshackle Women in the Prison System
2019-01-30 00:20:06
by Maria Volkova

A number of provisions in the First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump last month, are going to make the lives of federally incarcerated females a little less burdensome. The bill, which passed through the... Read More

Failure to Resolve U.S.-China Trade Dispute Could Lead to a Global Recession
Trade
Failure to Resolve U.S.-China Trade Dispute Could Lead to a Global Recession
2019-01-29 23:16:44
by HJ Mai

Cabinet-level delegations from the U.S. and China will meet in Washington, D.C. starting Wednesday for a pivotal round of negotiations to resolve the ongoing trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. Read More

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