This Week

2021-09-15 16:05:45
by Kate Michael
Ambassadors Stand With Palestine While Celebrating First Year of Abraham Accords

WASHINGTON — One year ago the United States, UAE, and Bahrain signed a historic agreement and charted a new course... Read More

WASHINGTON — One year ago the United States, UAE, and Bahrain signed a historic agreement and charted a new course in Arab-Israeli relations which recognized the state of Israel and normalized diplomatic relations between the countries. But the desire for... Read More

2021-09-15 16:01:03
by Dan McCue
Boston Voters Send Moderate, Progressive to November Showdown for Mayor

BOSTON, Mass. -- Michelle Wu, an Asian American progressive and Annissa Essaibi George, a moderate, appear to be the last... Read More

BOSTON, Mass. -- Michelle Wu, an Asian American progressive and Annissa Essaibi George, a moderate, appear to be the last candidates left standing after Tuesday’s preliminary mayoral election in Boston, and will now face each other in November when the... Read More

2021-09-15 15:29:51
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study: Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Can Improve Mental Health

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A year-long study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California finds that getting vaccinated... Read More

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A year-long study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California finds that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can actually improve mental health. “We were interested to see what the short-term effects of getting a COVID-19... Read More

2021-09-15 14:43:02
by Kate Michael
American Immigration System Not Prepared for Afghan Refugee Situation

WASHINGTON — After a frantic two weeks of the biggest military evacuations in history, the United States is trying to... Read More

WASHINGTON — After a frantic two weeks of the biggest military evacuations in history, the United States is trying to figure out what to do with tens of thousands of Afghan refugees that will soon be flooding into the country. ... Read More

President, CEOs, Biz Leaders Meet on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was meeting Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was meeting Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders leaders to discuss  his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies  that employ at least 100 people. ... Read More

Biden: Nearly 3M Get Health Coverage During COVID-19 Sign-Up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law, President Joe Biden said Wednesday. He called that number encouraging... Read More

California Gov. Newsom Crushes Republican-led Recall Effort

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite warnings the race would be close, California Gov. Gavin Newsom decisively defeated efforts to kick... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite warnings the race would be close, California Gov. Gavin Newsom decisively defeated efforts to kick him out of office, a win the Democrat cast as an endorsement of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and... Read More

2021-09-14 21:58:08
by Anthropocene
Insects and Fallen Trees Are a Potent Duo When It Comes to Climate Change

This article is by Warren Cornwall and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. When tallying up the myriad things sending planet-warming gases into... Read More

This article is by Warren Cornwall and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. When tallying up the myriad things sending planet-warming gases into the atmosphere, don’t overlook bugs. While humans drive up the overall levels of greenhouse gases by burning fossil fuels, a... Read More

2021-09-14 21:06:15
by Dan McCue
Moderates Seek Changes to Drug Pricing Proposal

A group of moderate Democrats led by Rep. Scott Peters sought on Tuesday to change the House debate on how... Read More

A group of moderate Democrats led by Rep. Scott Peters sought on Tuesday to change the House debate on how prescription drug prices are set in the U.S., arguing sweeping proposals put forward by progressives could threaten passage of the... Read More

2021-09-14 19:50:31
by Dan McCue
Senate Democrats Introduce Pared Down Voting Rights Bill, Vote Likely Next Week

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats introduced a pared down version of the House voting rights bill Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats introduced a pared down version of the House voting rights bill Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer indicated he likely will bring it to a vote in the chamber as early next week. After introducing... Read More

2021-09-14 19:42:56
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Excoriates Secretary of State for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- Senators who handle foreign relations hammered away at the U.S. secretary of state for a second day Tuesday... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Senators who handle foreign relations hammered away at the U.S. secretary of state for a second day Tuesday for what they described as the disastrous military withdrawal from Afghanistan. They criticized the lack of planning, the poor intelligence... Read More

2021-09-14 18:42:47
by TWN Staff
Coalition Formed to Support Affordable Energy Policy Solutions for Lower-Income Households

More than 350 environmental justice advocates, environmental groups and renewable energy companies announced the formation of Residential Renewables for All... Read More

More than 350 environmental justice advocates, environmental groups and renewable energy companies announced the formation of Residential Renewables for All Tuesday. The group is focused on expanding access to the economic, health, and emissions benefits of clean energy to disadvantaged... Read More

2021-09-14 18:37:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
Women’s Clinics Outside of Texas See Surge in Abortion Refugees

Clinics outside of Texas are seeing an increase in women traveling across state lines to get abortions only two weeks... Read More

Clinics outside of Texas are seeing an increase in women traveling across state lines to get abortions only two weeks after Senate Bill 8, a Texas law which bans nearly all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy before most women... Read More

2021-09-14 18:33:18
by Victoria Turner
State and Local Governments Will Drive Broadband Deployment Success

States will be at the helm of the $42.5 billion in block grants designated in the historic $65 billion proposed... Read More

States will be at the helm of the $42.5 billion in block grants designated in the historic $65 billion proposed for nationwide high-speed broadband within President Biden’s infrastructure bill.  The broadband-related funding of the bill itself shows the federal government... Read More

2021-09-14 18:30:55
by TWN Staff
State Pension Funds in Peak Health, Despite Pandemic

The nation’s state retirement systems finished the 2021 fiscal year in their best condition since the Great Recession of 2007-09,... Read More

The nation’s state retirement systems finished the 2021 fiscal year in their best condition since the Great Recession of 2007-09, according to projections compiled by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The public policy nonprofit found the gap between the cost of... Read More

2021-09-14 18:28:49
by Dan McCue
Boston Voters to Choose Next Mayor from Most Diverse Candidate Pool Ever

BOSTON, Mass. -- Voters in Boston are casting their ballots for mayor on Tuesday, choosing from the most diverse mayoral... Read More

BOSTON, Mass. -- Voters in Boston are casting their ballots for mayor on Tuesday, choosing from the most diverse mayoral slate in the city’s fabled history. The Sept. 14 vote, of course, is just the city’s preliminary mayoral election, intended... Read More

Free Rides Take $104M Toll on Pennsylvania Turnpike Finances

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — More than $104 million in Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went uncollected last year as the agency fully... Read More

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — More than $104 million in Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went uncollected last year as the agency fully converted to all-electronic tolling, with the millions of motorists who don't use E-ZPass having a nearly 1 in 2 chance... Read More

Census: Relief Payments Staved Off Hardship in COVID Crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The share of Americans living in poverty rose slightly as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the economy last... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The share of Americans living in poverty rose slightly as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the economy last year, but massive relief payments pumped out by Congress eased hardship for many, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The official... Read More

FDA Experts Among Group Opposing US Booster Shot Plan

The average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top U.S. regulators... Read More

The average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top U.S. regulators — wrote Monday in a scientific journal. The experts reviewed studies of the vaccines' performance and concluded the shots are... Read More

Biden Turns to Colorado to Pitch Investments in Clean Energy

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — While legislators craft the details back in Washington, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive... Read More

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — While legislators craft the details back in Washington, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive domestic spending package with a visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado to highlight how the investments in clean... Read More

Ex-Cops Accused of Violating Floyd's Rights Face Arraignment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday at a hearing that could also address some pretrial motions. A federal grand jury indicted Derek... Read More

Stay or Go? Californians to Decide the Fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — After a year of debate that laid bare divisions in America's most populous state, Californians... Read More

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — After a year of debate that laid bare divisions in America's most populous state, Californians on Tuesday will be deciding whether Gov. Gavin Newsom keeps his job, or if the state goes in a more... Read More

2021-09-13 18:51:55
by Reece Nations
USDOT to Help Secure Refunds for Flights Cancelled Due to Pandemic

WASHINGTON -- Airlines failed to provide timely refunds for flights cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Airlines failed to provide timely refunds for flights cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the United States Department of Transportation. USDOT issued two enforcement notices to airlines emphasizing the companies’ obligation to provide... Read More

2021-09-13 18:44:14
by Dan McCue
Fencing Surrounding Capitol to Return Ahead of Sept. 18 Rally

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of... Read More

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the building will return ahead of a follow up rally by Trump supporters on Sept.... Read More

2021-09-13 16:01:53
by Alexa Hornbeck
Police Reform Law Creates Issues for Officers Responding to Mental Health Calls

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo... Read More

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo from the attorney general’s office.  “Recently, certain law enforcement agencies may have expressed concerns that House Bill 1310 limits when... Read More

2021-09-13 15:53:54
by Kate Michael
Experts Say Global War on Terror a Failure

WASHINGTON -- Amidst the 9/11 commemorations and the consternation caused by American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, the Wilson Center invited... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Amidst the 9/11 commemorations and the consternation caused by American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, the Wilson Center invited experts to reflect on how actions of the last 20 years have changed the world in terms of conflict and... Read More

Biden to Survey Wildfire Damage, Make Case for Spending Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden will promote his administration's use of the Defense Production Act to aid in... Read More

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden will promote his administration's use of the Defense Production Act to aid in wildfire preparedness during a western swing in which he'll survey wildfire damage in Idaho and California. The administration activated the... Read More

House Democrats Post Record August Fundraising Ahead of 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign organization aiming to maintain Democratic control of the House in the 2022 midterm races raised... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign organization aiming to maintain Democratic control of the House in the 2022 midterm races raised $10 million last month, its best August haul ever during a year without a national election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign... Read More

Allegations Fly as Recall Vote Looms for California's Newsom

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a blitz of TV ads and a last-minute rally, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged... Read More

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a blitz of TV ads and a last-minute rally, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged voters Sunday to turn back a looming recall vote that could remove him from office, while leading Republican Larry Elder... Read More

Adapt or Else: Downtown Businesses Cope With New Reality

NEW YORK (AP) — Downtown businesses in the U.S. and abroad once took for granted that nearby offices would provide... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Downtown businesses in the U.S. and abroad once took for granted that nearby offices would provide a steady clientele looking for breakfast, lunch, everyday goods and services and last-minute gifts. As the resilient coronavirus keeps offices... Read More

2021-09-13 15:28:49
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Arrest California Man with Bayonet and Machete Near DNC

WASHINGTON -- A 44-year-old California man was arrested early Monday morning near the Democratic National Committee headquarters after U.S. Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A 44-year-old California man was arrested early Monday morning near the Democratic National Committee headquarters after U.S. Capitol Police discovered he had multiple knives and a machete in his truck. “This is good police work plain and simple,”... Read More

Report: Climate Change Could Move 200 Million People by 2050

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next... Read More

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hotspots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap,... Read More

2021-09-13 13:38:17
by Reece Nations
U.S. Could Hit Debt Limit by Next Month

WASHINGTON -- The Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, released an analysis on Friday projecting that the United States’... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, released an analysis on Friday projecting that the United States’ debt limit “X Date” will likely arrive between mid-October and mid-November of this year. The so-called x date represents the... Read More

Biden Marks 9/11 Anniversary With Tribute, Call for Unity

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden is making an appeal for the nation to reclaim the spirit of cooperation... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden is making an appeal for the nation to reclaim the spirit of cooperation that sprung up in the days following the 9/11 terror attacks as he commemorates those who died 20 years ago. ... Read More

US Marks 20 Years Since 9/11, in Shadow of Afghan War's End

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years ago, the 11th of September dawned as just a date. By midnight, it was... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years ago, the 11th of September dawned as just a date. By midnight, it was 9/11, the staggering starting point for a new era of terror, war, politics, patriotism and tragedy. The U.S. marks the... Read More

2021-09-10 21:31:18
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Tries to Repair Rental Assistance Program

WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democrat lawmakers could not agree on much during Friday’s heated House hearing on the Emergency Rental... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democrat lawmakers could not agree on much during Friday’s heated House hearing on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, except that the funds were not reaching the renters and landlords quickly enough.  “Congress gave the Treasury Department... Read More

2021-09-10 21:04:32
by Dan McCue
Oregon Legislature Called into Special Session for Redistricting

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown is calling the Oregon legislature into special session to adopt new congressional and legislative... Read More

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown is calling the Oregon legislature into special session to adopt new congressional and legislative district maps. In April, citing the delay in the release of crucial census data, the Oregon Supreme Court handed down... Read More

2021-09-10 20:59:35
by Daniel Mollenkamp
9/11 Prompts Reflections On The Legacy of Terror And American Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON -- Twenty years after the Twin Towers collapsed in flamesand smoke, Americans are reflecting on the lessons they say... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Twenty years after the Twin Towers collapsed in flamesand smoke, Americans are reflecting on the lessons they say they’ve learned, in particular on the legacy of the U.S. foreign policy triggered by 9/11. John Allen, president of the... Read More

2021-09-10 20:17:06
by The Breakthrough Institute
We've Made Progress on Climate – but it's Time to Accelerate

A decade ago the world seemed on track for a dark climate future. Global emissions were increasing at a rate... Read More

A decade ago the world seemed on track for a dark climate future. Global emissions were increasing at a rate of 3% per year, China was building a new coal plant every three days, and the idea that global emissions... Read More

2021-09-10 20:02:10
by Reece Nations
FDA is Taking Steps to Ensure Safe COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

WASHINGTON — With the public school year already underway around the country, the Food and Drug Administration is not taking... Read More

WASHINGTON — With the public school year already underway around the country, the Food and Drug Administration is not taking chances when it comes to making COVID-19 vaccinations available to children younger than 12 years old. Acting FDA Commissioner Janet... Read More

2021-09-10 13:57:54
by Dan McCue
Hurricane Ida Disrupts Fall Election Plans in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order on Thursday delaying the state’s fall elections from... Read More

BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order on Thursday delaying the state’s fall elections from Oct. 9 to Nov. 13 in response to damage caused by Hurricane Ida.  Nov. 13 was the date originally scheduled... Read More

2021-09-10 13:49:54
by Victoria Turner
Federalist Society Event Focuses on Competition and Antitrust Issues

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s controversial executive order on competition was the topic being discussed at a Federalist Society event... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s controversial executive order on competition was the topic being discussed at a Federalist Society event held Thursday.  The July 9 Executive Order 14036 entitled, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” seeks to address competition issues... Read More

U.S. Produce Prices Up 8.3% in August From a Year Earlier

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 8.3% last month from August 2020, the biggest annual gain since... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 8.3% last month from August 2020, the biggest annual gain since the Labor Department started calculating the 12-month number in 2010. The Labor Department reported Friday that its producer price index... Read More

2021-09-10 13:18:04
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Presents Stringent New Rules to Clamp Down on the Unvaccinated

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced tough vaccine rules Thursday that require all healthcare workers, federal employees and contractors to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced tough vaccine rules Thursday that require all healthcare workers, federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. In addition, millions of workers at companies with 100 or more employees must get... Read More

White House Competition Council Seeks Lower Consumer Prices

A new White House council on U.S. economic conditions plans to hold its first meeting Friday, with participants to highlight... Read More

A new White House council on U.S. economic conditions plans to hold its first meeting Friday, with participants to highlight at least 18 actions taken to help consumers and potentially lower prices. The council, an outgrowth of a July executive... Read More

2021-09-09 23:05:18
by Dan McCue
Murphy Takes Stand: She’ll Oppose ‘Rushed’ Reconciliation Package

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said Thursday that she plans to vote against the spending and tax measures currently... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said Thursday that she plans to vote against the spending and tax measures currently before the House Ways and Means Committee, chiding party leaders in the process for failing to give members adequate time... Read More

Vulnerable Americans Can’t Build Credit, but Congress Can Change That

A rare feat has occurred in the nation’s capital. A bipartisan group of senators worked together to assemble significant infrastructure legislation... Read More

A rare feat has occurred in the nation’s capital. A bipartisan group of senators worked together to assemble significant infrastructure legislation that now has real viability.   Let’s hope Congress can pull it off again regarding another pressing issue: the crippling lack of... Read More

2021-09-09 21:09:41
by Dan McCue
Justice Department Sues to Block Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits nearly all abortions in the state. The move came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the... Read More

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