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Federal Employees Return To Work, But Fears Of Another Shutdown Loom

Monday, January 28, 2019

While the reopening of the government is welcome news for many federal workers, some express trepidation that they'll face the same predicament after Feb. 15.


HUD Secretary Carson: Leaders Need To 'Take Your Ego Out Of It' And End Shutdown

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who has been quiet since the shutdown began, now says he's worried about housing programs and federal employees working without pay.


Thousands Face Threat Of Eviction After HUD Contracts Expire Due To Shutdown

Friday, January 11, 2019

The shutdown means many HUD sponsored affordable housing programs are at risk of running out of money. Critics say landlords may not sign up in the future, if the government doesn't pay its bills.


Latest Baltimore Police Chief Candidate Drops Bid Amid Relentless Turnover

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Baltimore is for a police commissioner job yet again. Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald was scheduled to have confirmation hearings on Monday but instead pulled his name from consideration.


Trump Signs Farm Bill, Backs Rule Sidestepping Congress On More Work For Food Stamps

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Agriculture Department wants to limit states' ability to apply for exemption waivers. It wants more able-bodied people to work in exchange for federal food benefits.


Trump Administration Reveals Plan To Limit Lead Exposure, Critics Say It's Not Enough

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Federal Lead Action Plan is a framework rather than a call for new regulations. The plan seeks to bolster efforts to communicate the dangers of lead exposure. Critics say it doesn't go far enough.


Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

While much of the farm bill draft mirrors current law, there is a major change coming for farmers: Industrial hemp will be legalized. Forestry and food stamps became sticking points.


Baltimore's New Police Commissioner Would Be City's 5th In 4 Years

Thursday, December 06, 2018

The Baltimore Police Department's reputation is in tatters with the community after a series of scandals ranging from officer misconduct to corruption.


How The Midterms And Lame-Duck Session Are Pushing The Farm Bill To A Deal

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

House GOP-backed work rules for food assistance have been the biggest hurdle in finalizing the farm bill. And now, the impending Democratic takeover of the House next year has shifted leverage.


After Parkland, Young Voters Were Galvanized, Activists Vow To 'Continue To Organize'

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Following the shooting this year at a Parkland, Fla. high school, there is evidence of a surge in voter registration and early voting among young voters, energized by the issue of gun control.


The Republicans Who Could Keep A Hold On Blue States This Year

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Even with the Democratic intensity of 2018, Republican governors Larry Hogan of Maryland and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts defied partisanship to position themselves well to win reelection Tuesday.


Jewish Leaders Encourage Americans Of All Faiths To #ShowUpForShabbat

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Leaders want to send a "resounding message that love triumphs over hate." An increased police presence at Jewish institutions will continue, as it has since the Pittsburgh shooting.


Trump Visits Pittsburgh Despite Objections From Mayor, Jewish Leaders

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism," a letter from some Jewish leaders said. The synagogue's Rabbi Jeffrey Myers escorted the president.


Protesters Descend On D.C., Urging Lawmakers To Vote Against Kavanaugh

Friday, October 05, 2018

Protesters in Washington, D.C., and around the country came out ahead of Friday's procedural Senate vote on whether to move forward with Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.


How The Legal Community Is Reacting To The Planned Senate Vote On Kavanaugh

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The legal community reacts to the Senate's planned confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, including more than 1,700 law professors who say he displayed a lack of judicial restraint at a hearing last week that should disqualify him.


Storm Update From North Carolina

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

An update on how North Carolina residents are faring as catastrophic flooding continues after what was Hurricane Florence tore through the state.

In North Carolina, Florence Fatigue Sets In

Monday, September 17, 2018

Many residents of North Carolina have gone from waiting for the storm to strike, to waiting for the rains to pass — and now, to bracing for more catastrophic floods.


Florence Deluge Continues In North Carolina

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The rains from Florence are showing little signs of slowing. And that has officials in North Carolina very concerned about flooding, mudslides and more deaths.


In Hurricane Florence Aftermath, The Luxury Of A Hot Meal

Saturday, September 15, 2018

New Bern, N.C., is dealing with flooding and clean-up from Hurricane Florence. Many homes and businesses have no power, but one business is open: a favorite local restaurant, and people are flocking in.


The View From New Bern, N.C.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tropical Storm Florence continues to dump rain on the Carolinas. Five people have died.