District of Columbia

Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

Trump budget proposal counts on optimistic growth, deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years. Reviving his border wall fight with Congress, Trump wants more than $8 billion for the barrier … Continue reading Trump budget proposal counts on optimistic growth, deep cuts

Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

Pelosi rejects Trump’s proposed budget cuts as ‘cruel’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years. Reviving his border wall fight with Congress, Trump wants more than $8 billion for the barrier … Continue reading Pelosi rejects Trump’s proposed budget cuts as ‘cruel’

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal battle. Budget documents like the one Trump is releasing Monday are often seen as just … Continue reading Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

AP source: Trump to seek money for border wall, Space Force

WASHINGTON (AP)   — President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to stand up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week, an administration official said. For the first time, Trump plans to stick with the strict … Continue reading AP source: Trump to seek money for border wall, Space Force

As budget deficit balloons, few in Washington seem to care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is ballooning on President Donald Trump‘s watch and few in Washington seem to care. And even if they did, the political dynamics that enabled bipartisan deficit-cutting deals decades ago has disappeared, replaced by bitter partisanship and chronic dysfunction. That’s the reality that will greet Trump’s latest budget , … Continue reading As budget deficit balloons, few in Washington seem to care

Trump to welcome Brazil’s president to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, to the White House later this month to discuss trade, defense cooperation, transnational crime and other issues. The White House said Friday that two leaders also would talk about providing humanitarian assistance to Venezuela and restoring democracy to the country when they meet … Continue reading Trump to welcome Brazil’s president to White House

Trump to battle investigations with condemnation and lawyers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has beefed up its legal team. Its political team is ready to distract and disparage. And President Donald Trump is venting against Democratic prying. Trump’s plan for responding to the multiplying congressional probes into his campaign, White House and personal affairs is coming into focus as newly empowered Democrats … Continue reading Trump to battle investigations with condemnation and lawyers

House panel seeks documents on 81 people linked to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Monday his panel was beginning the probe into possible obstruction … Continue reading House panel seeks documents on 81 people linked to Trump

DC attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s inaugural committee has received a subpoena from the attorney general for the District of Columbia, the third request it has received from prosecutors for financial records over the past month. The subpoena, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, seeks documents showing whether any committee … Continue reading DC attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump‘s bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has abused his powers to advance the signature pledge of his 2016 campaign. The … Continue reading House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.” Michael Cohen suggests in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated … Continue reading Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

The Latest: Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s appearances this week before Congress (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer is preparing to tell a House committee that his former boss knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks would release emails damaging to his rival Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. … Continue reading The Latest: Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump

Governors eyeing White House may struggle to raise money

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) Democrats hoping to use the governor’s mansion to launch a campaign for the White House are likely to run into a major hurdle: money, or rather, a lack thereof. Of the current and former governors who are considering a presidential campaign, including Jay Inslee of Washington, Steve Bullock of … Continue reading Governors eyeing White House may struggle to raise money

WASHINGTON | American families of missing Uighurs speak out at DC event

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two years after the Chinese government began to detain members of Muslim minority groups in western China, a growing number of family members abroad are refusing to remain silent. On Sunday, about three dozen relatives of some of the 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and others being held without charge spoke out … Continue reading WASHINGTON | American families of missing Uighurs speak out at DC event

WASHINGTON | High court deciding fate of cross-shaped Maryland memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court this week is hearing a case challenging the location of a nearly 100-year-old, cross-shaped Maryland war memorial. Three area residents and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association argue the cross’ location on public land violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The clause prohibits the government from favoring one … Continue reading WASHINGTON | High court deciding fate of cross-shaped Maryland memorial

WASHINGTON | White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. is keeping 200 American troops in Syria as part of a small peacekeeping force. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the small force will remain in Syria “for a period of time.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, who had harshly criticized Trump’s decision to pull … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

Washington DC News: Statement on December 2018 Revenue Estimates

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the DC Government released the revised revenue estimates for the FY 2019-2022 District of Columbia Budget and Financial Plan.  The forecast for local fund revenues remains unchanged from September 2018.  In response to the new estimates, Mayor Bowser released the following statement: “The new revised revenue estimates demonstrate that the District … Continue reading Washington DC News: Statement on December 2018 Revenue Estimates

Washington DC Local News: Mayor Bowser Releases 15-Year Progress Report on the Resurgence of the Anacostia Waterfront

Washington, DC – District of Columbia Mayor Bowser today released “Resurgence of the Anacostia Waterfront: 15 Years of Progress Along the Anacostia River,” a report (PDF) of the efforts of District government, community and other partners in achieving the vision of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. In 2017, the DC Council passed a Sense of the … Continue reading Washington DC Local News: Mayor Bowser Releases 15-Year Progress Report on the Resurgence of the Anacostia Waterfront

New York News: A.G. Underwood Leads New Brief Defending Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors’ Access To Constitutionally-Protected Abortion Services

19 AGs Oppose Trump Administration’s Policy That Blocks Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors in Federal Custody from Accessing Abortion Services Attorneys General Argue that the Law Imposes an Unconstitutional Undue Burden on Abortion Access, Infringes on States’ Rights NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood led a coalition of 19 Attorneys General in filing … Continue reading New York News: A.G. Underwood Leads New Brief Defending Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors’ Access To Constitutionally-Protected Abortion Services

SEATTLE | More states sue to stop online plans for 3D-printed guns

SEATTLE— More states are suing the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms that are hard to trace and detect. Attorneys general from 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, filed an amended complaint Friday asking a judge make it illegal … Continue reading SEATTLE | More states sue to stop online plans for 3D-printed guns

LOS ANGELES | States vow to continue fight against Trump’s car fuel rules

LOS ANGELES — State prosecutors who pre-emptively sued months ago to block anticipated efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to weaken car fuel-efficiency standards blasted the Trump administration Thursday for doing so and vowed to continue their fight in the courts. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the rollback of Obama-era mileage standards would imperil … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | States vow to continue fight against Trump’s car fuel rules

SEATTLE | US: 3 Ukrainians arrested in hacking plot that hit 47 states

SEATTLE — Three Ukrainian members of a sophisticated international hacking group that targeted restaurants, casinos and other businesses in 47 U.S. states to steal credit and debit card records have been arrested and face charges in federal court in Seattle, officials said Wednesday. The hacking group, known as FIN7 or Carbanak, stole about 15 million … Continue reading SEATTLE | US: 3 Ukrainians arrested in hacking plot that hit 47 states

WASHINGTON | Ruling in Trump lawsuit could open door to financial records

WASHINGTON — A federal judge is allowing Maryland and the District of Columbia to proceed with their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of unconstitutionally accepting gifts from foreign and state interests through his Washington hotel. The decision Wednesday clears the way for the plaintiffs to seek financial records from the president’s company. In his ruling, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ruling in Trump lawsuit could open door to financial records

WASHINGTON | US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

WASHINGTON — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday. The announcement of the arrest of Maria Butina came just hours after President Donald Trump met … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

WASHINGTON | Harper wins HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his father proud, winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night with an exceptional display of power that carried him past Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18. Harper hit the contest-winning blast in extra time, the reward for hitting two homers at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Harper wins HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

WASHINGTON | DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

WASHINGTON — As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different. After a series of rapid-fire scandals, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

Washington DC: Two District Men, Terrance Atchison & Barry Bloomfield Sentenced to Prison Terms

Father and 21-Month Old Son Were Struck by Gunfire WASHINGTON DC – Terrance Atchison, 22, and Barry Bloomfield, 29, both of Washington, D.C., were sentenced Friday to prison terms for a shooting at a barber shop in which a father and his 21-month-old child were injured.  Atchison was sentenced to a 16 ½-year prison term, … Continue reading Washington DC: Two District Men, Terrance Atchison & Barry Bloomfield Sentenced to Prison Terms

TRENTON, N.J. | New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

TRENTON, N.J. | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report … Continue reading TRENTON, N.J. | New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions