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‘Magical Leaf’ or ‘Imminent Hazard’? Users Love Kratom, But Feds Might Ban It
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‘Magical Leaf’ or ‘Imminent Hazard’? Users Love Kratom, But Feds Might Ban It

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first time she used kratom, Ashley McCaughan was scared. Someone had suggested she try the controversial herbal supplement to fend off the aches and pains of her job managing a personal watercraft company in Florida.... Read More

Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear
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Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump marked the roughly third-year anniversary of his controversial “travel ban” on Friday by adding six African, Central and East Asian countries to the list of those whose nationals face restrictions on travel to the United... Read More

Senate Votes Against Calling Witnesses in Trump Impeachment Trial
Impeachment
Senate Votes Against Calling Witnesses in Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted narrowly Friday to bring the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to a close without issuing subpoenas for witnesses or evidence, rejecting Democrats’ principal demand and clearing the way for an all-but-certain acquittal to take... Read More

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
State News
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
2020-01-31 17:00:02
by Dan McCue

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party’s nomination. Currently, candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor run... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
Education
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
2020-01-31 16:57:02
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A new report released by D.C.-based think tank,  Bipartisan Policy Center, hopes to create a “bipartisan blueprint” for higher education reform.  Attaining a post-secondary degree is believed to be vital for success in today’s workforce, lauded for long-term... Read More

How a Single Policy Transformed the US Asylum System
Immigration
How a Single Policy Transformed the US Asylum System

SAN DIEGO — Over the last year, the Trump administration has dramatically changed the way the U.S. asylum system processes many of the people coming to the southwest border to seek protection. The administration has heralded those changes as a... Read More

Coronavirus Now a Global Health Emergency, World Health Organization Declares
Health
Coronavirus Now a Global Health Emergency, World Health Organization Declares

NEW YORK — The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency Thursday after the newly discovered infection sickened thousands of Chinese people in a week and continued to spread worldwide. The rarely used declaration, which triggers... Read More

Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses
Impeachment
Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses

WASHINGTON — With the announcement from a key Republican that he won’t back a call for witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Republicans are likely to wrap up the trial quickly, perhaps as soon as Friday evening. Democrats’ hopes... Read More

Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
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Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
2020-01-31 13:15:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Drug control experts urged Congress Tuesday to take quick action to prevent drugs created by clandestine chemists that mimic the effects of opioids from entering legal and illegal marketplaces. They suggested that Congress turn a temporary order on... Read More

Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
Technology
Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
2020-01-30 21:09:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Google’s former chief executive officer told Congress Wednesday the United States would lose its lead in artificial intelligence technology to China in less than a decade unless the federal government creates incentives for new research and development. “In... Read More

States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
Litigation
States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
2020-01-30 21:06:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen states have joined a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration from reducing food benefits for about 700,000 people nationwide. The cuts represent a rule change the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized shortly before Christmas for... Read More

Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
State News
Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
2020-01-30 17:56:28
by Dan McCue

Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker called on his colleagues in the state legislature Wednesday to pass House Bill 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that could restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of ex-felons who have completed their sentences.... Read More

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