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Jun 03 2013
Frank R. Lautenberg, who fought the alcohol and tobacco industries and promoted Amtrak as a five-term United States senator from New Jersey, died on Monday morning in Manhattan. He was 89.New York Times (News)
Oct 15 2020
Presidential elections depend in part on the thinking of people who aren’t very good at it.
This year, more than ever, there’s nothing ambiguous about the views of the two candidates or the parties they represent. Yet, roughly 6% of voters remain stumped. Confused, misled, maybe just lazy, they tell pollsters they are “undecided.”
What more could they possibly want? Proof thatUSA TODAY
Mar 25 2021
In homeless encampments just blocks from Capitol Hill, the routine pretty much never changes. Those living in tents pitched beneath two railroad underpasses north of Union Station not only battle poverty, the pandemic and the weather; they also endure the din of every kind of train running through the District — Amtrak, CSX and Metro among them.
One recent day amid the tumult, AmericanWashington Post
Sep 18 2016
Sen. Christopher Coons doesn’t get much sleep. Unlike most senators, the lawmaker from Delaware commutes to the capital via Amtrak, often returning home late at night to his wife, three kids, and two dogs.Christian Science Monitor
Apr 26 2016
Five states began voting Tuesday in the “Amtrak Primary” in contests expected to help the two presidential front-runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, rack up ever-wider leads in their parties’ crucial delegates counts.Washington Post
Apr 23 2021
Senate Republicans on Thursday called for spending upward of $568 billion to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges, in sharp contrast to the $2.25 trillion desired by President Biden.
Notably, the plan is heavy on “real” infrastructure compared to the proposal offered by Mr. Biden, Republican senators said.
The proposal calls for spending $299 billion over five years onWashington Times
Apr 05 2021
A lifelong railroad aficionado, 74-year-old retiree Tony Benz has volunteered for nearly two decades helping passengers at the Amtrak station in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, Mo.
He believes the federal government has a role in funding infrastructure, and outside the station last week, Benz listed reasons the government should subsidize train travel.
That, however, doesn’tWashington Post
Mar 11 2021
With the massive Covid-relief bill headed for his desk, President Joe Biden now begins a political tightrope walk that bedeviled his two immediate Democratic predecessors: selling recovery in a time when not everyone experiences its full force.
The task begins in earnest with Biden’s first prime-time address Thursday, during which he is expected to discuss his efforts to halt thePolitico
Aug 18 2020
You don’t usually need to market normal. But on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, that was the most powerful element of the party’s pitch: Vote for Joe Biden, a regular guy, and you can have some semblance of your everyday life back.
As politics, that’s a modest pitch. But as television, the convention did something impressive: It made ordinary life feel withinWashington Post
Aug 12 2013
Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own – a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly shrink defense and domestic programs.
Tea party forces may have dominated the House GOP's approach to the budget so far, but pragmatists in the party have servedHuffPost