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Aug 05 2021
The small Sierra town of Greenville, Calif., was heavily damaged on Wednesday night into early Thursday as the Dixie Fire surged northward amid high winds, extremely dry air and hot temperatures.
The big picture: The Dixie Fire, California's biggest blaze and the sixth-largest wildfire in state history, razed houses and businesses as it ripped through Greenville and surrounding areas inAxios
Oct 08 2021
Democrats and Republicans have reached a temporary solution to the nation's debt limit dilemma, but the partisan split on how to solve the problem remains.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) accepted an offer Thursday from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to raise the debt limit by $480 billion, which is expected to last into December. Eleven Republicans and the 50 DemocraticCNN (Online News) Axios National Review (News)
Mar 04 2019
Our political parties are meant to mediate between the people and their government. Unfortunately, their current incarnations only stoke the flame of polarization.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference on political polarization at Arizona State University, sponsored by the School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL). A lot of big names fromGuest Writer - Right
Sep 10 2019
A House committee will take up legislation on Tuesday aimed at preventing mass shootings, as lawmakers and the White House move to respond to a recent spate of attacks across the country.
The bills being considered by the House Judiciary committee include measures that would limit access to high capacity gun magazines and block any person convicted of a hate crime from obtaining aNPR (Online News)
Dec 23 2020
Can a new Congress learn old tricks?
After years of Capitol Hill gridlock driven by increased suspicion, hostility and polarization, it may be fitting that the final legislative agreement of the hyper-partisan Trump administration required an act of transcendent bipartisanship. In an era when true believers at the ideological fringes of both major parties have become increasinglyDan Schnur
Jun 18 2021
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A Senate that’s split evenly between 50 members of each party can be a recipe for either compromise or chaos. It’s inevitable that a moderate Senator who doesn’t always vote with his colleagues is going to attract an immense amount of anger and criticism from party loyalists. And tensions run especially high in theDan Schnur
Nov 06 2020
Congress will reconvene this month to tackle major issues following an election that unseated some current members. Both major parties have discussed passing a COVID-19 coronavirus relief package before the end of the year, despite past statements that relief would come in 2021. Congress also needs to fund the government ahead of the December 11 deadline to avoid another shutdown. FurthermoreVox Reuters Washington Times
Jul 17 2019
A divided House voted Tuesday to condemn President Trump’s racist remarks telling four minority congresswomen to “go back” to their ancestral countries, with all but a handful of Republicans dismissing the rebuke as harassment while many Democrats pressed their leaders for harsher punishment of the president.
The imagery of the 240-to-187 vote was stark: A diverse Democratic caucus castWashington Post
Jul 11 2019
The White House is pushing congressional leaders to strike a spending deal and increase the debt limit in the next two or three weeks, jolted by a recent report that found the Treasury Department was running out of cash much faster than previously forecasted.
But the talks have bogged down amid acrimony between Democrats and the White House, and now Washington’s leaders run the risk ofWashington Post
Jun 18 2019
President Trump has put the issue of health care back on the political front burner, providing ammunition to Democrats and worrying Republicans who think a new battle over ObamaCare will hurt their party in next year’s elections.
Senate Republicans, defending 22 seats next year, thought they had put ObamaCare repeal behind them when they told Trump earlier this year that they have noThe Hill