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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Vera Bergengruen
Travel Ban, Trump, Immigration

DHS’s Kelly Takes Hard Line On Pot In Major Speech, Closing Ranks With Sessions

Marijuana advocates, who are watching closely to determine whether the Trump administration will deal a blow to state-level legalization efforts, decried the comments, saying Kelly was defying science in taking a hard line on pot. Eight states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington — and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana in some form and another 20 permit the sale of pot for medical purposes.

April 20, 2017
Bilden, Trump, Ethics

Another Trump Nominee Drops Out Amid Ethics Concerns

Philip Bilden, a former private equity investment manager who operated in Asia, had been nominated to be secretary of the Navy. He withdrew his nomination on Sunday, three weeks after Vincent Viola, a New York billionaire, withdrew his nomination to be secretary of the Army, also citing difficulty disengaging from his businesses.

February 27, 2017
Women's March, A Day Without Women

After The March, 500 Women Learn How To Run For Office

The day after the Women’s March brought half a million people to Washington, 500 women from across the country spent Sunday learning how to run for office. The candidate training held by EMILY’s List, the largest Democratic women’s group in the country, focused on overcoming the “intimidation factor” when navigating political campaigning.

January 23, 2017
Trump, Mexico, China

Before Trump Started Making Deals, China and Mexico Were Sending Back U.S. Jobs

More than 6 million Americans are directly employed by majority foreign-owned firms, and over 12 million American jobs are linked to foreign investment. These jobs pay one-third more than the economy wide average, 40 percent are in manufacturing, and there has been significant growth in Rust Belt states.

January 19, 2017
Trump Tower

Who Paid For All Those Job Applicants To Visit Trump Tower?

Since the election, more than 100 potential appointees to Donald Trump’s administration have traveled from all over the country to Manhattan to meet with the president-elect. The ways these transition meetings are financed have been as varied as the candidates themselves.

December 29, 2016
Obama Oil Drilling

With A Trump Storm Brewing, Obama Blocks Oil Drilling In Atlantic, Arctic

President Obama invoked a seldom-used provision in a 1953 law that allows him to prevent the sale of drilling rights in certain U.S. waters. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton also used the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect specific areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans for a limited time

December 21, 2016
Trump Traders App

Trump Traders: An App For Swapping Your Swing State Vote

Are you a swing state voter who thinks Donald Trump is the worst option but can’t stomach punching the ballot for Hillary Clinton? Now there’s an app for that.

November 1, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Miczek

Clinton Regains Double-Digit Lead Over Trump: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Trump had enjoyed a brief boost in support following the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as he doubled down on his pledge to ban Muslims from entering the country, cutting Clinton’s lead to nine points. But Trump’s rise in popularity appeared to be only temporary, unlike his lasting surge among the Republican field last year after the attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, California.

June 26, 2016

College Sets Up Courses To Explore Clementa Pinckney’s Legacy

Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington is establishing a new track of study for students to follow footsteps of the pastor, killed with eight others by a white supremacist while leading a Bible study last June at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

May 31, 2016

Senate Panel Approves Obama’s Pick For FDA Commissioner

A Senate panel on Tuesday cleared President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, cardiologist Dr. Robert Califf.

January 13, 2016

Obama: ‘Protect Net Neutrality’ On The Internet

Find out why the president is speaking out about internet regulation.

November 10, 2014

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Aereo Online TV Case

By Vera Bergengruen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices seemed torn Tuesday as they listened to the arguments in a complex technological case involving copyright law, the rights of TV broadcasters and a video startup called Aereo that is upending how viewers access television. While skeptical of Aereo’s service, which is based on a […]

April 23, 2014