Dan Rodimer, a former professional wrestler from New Jersey, is facing scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats as he begins his campaign for the US House of Representatives in Texas. CNN's Sunlen Serfaty reports.
(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden on Thursday set a new target of 200 million Americans being vaccinated by the end of April while also facing questions about the southern U.S. border crisis, the potential to end filibusters in the U.S. Senate and other issues.
(The Center Square) – As President Joe Biden made his first visit to Ohio since taking office Tuesday, he was criticized for what one policy group called unnecessary spending.
(The Center Square) – The White House is working on another major spending bill this week, which is estimated to cost $3 trillion to $4 trillion.
(The Center Square) – Some 44 percent of Americans say they cannot afford another year like 2020, according to a recent survey by WalletHub, as the country enters a second year of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
(The Center Square) – One day after FEMA began moving unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors to facilities in Dallas and Midland, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said that the Biden administration is incapable of managing these facilities.
(The Center Square) – The federal government on Wednesday began transferring unaccompanied immigrant minors to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Gov. Greg Abbott also held a news conference to discuss how Texas is expanding its response to illegal immigration through Operation Lone Star.
(The Center Square) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and others have expressed opposition to HR1, the “For the People” Act, which was narrowly passed by House Democrats to alter federal and state election processes.
(The Center Square) – Anticipated federal policy changes to oil and gas leasing and permitting on federal lands “could shift oil production, prompting a realignment of Permian Basin activity between Texas and New Mexico,” a new report by the Dallas Fed says.
(The Center Square) – The American Rescue Plan Act – signed into law by President Joe Biden last week – provides funding to states that is 116 times greater than the total revenue decline they experienced in 2020, according to information compiled by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.
(The Center Square) – Former U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who opposes fracking and oil drilling on federal lands, was confirmed as President Joe Biden's new Interior secretary Monday in a narrow, 52-40, vote.
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The U.S. House Administration Committee moved to consider Rita Hart’s (D) challenge of the results in last November’s election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District March 10. The committee voted in favor of considering the challenge and tabling a motion by Hart’s opponent, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R), to dismiss the appeal. The decision will allow Hart to present evidence in support of her petition to the committee, which will then present a full report to the House recommending who should fill the seat.
Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his commitment to phase out Pennsylvania’s gas tax. Phasing it out would require attention to other funding streams to support Pennsylvania's transportation network, he said.
(The Center Square) – Eleven states, led by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, have filed a motion to intervene in a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case over challenges to a 2018 public charge rule change that required immigrants coming to the U.S. to prove they could financially support themselves.
(The Center Square) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified changes the Senate made to a massive $1.9 trillion relief package that critics say contains hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful spending unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(The Center Square) – Arizona Congressmen Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are among more than 50 other members of Congress who are pushing back on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidance on reopening schools.
House Resolution 1, a 791-page bill titled “For the People Act," would erode voter rights and eliminate Constitutional protections, critics argue.
(The Center Square) – U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, whose district extends from the Rio Grande along the Mexican border to the San Antonio suburbs, is sounding the alarm about a potential border crisis in Texas.
(The Center Square) – With plans to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden administration’s COVID-19 recovery proposal quashed by rules procedures, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has introduced his own wage hike.
(The Center Square) – Environmental experts said Thursday momentum behind the new presidential administration brings the promise of a comprehensive methane rule in sight – a move that would have a significant impact on Pennsylvania, one of the top natural gas-producing states.
(The Center Square) – Democratic congresswomen from New York and Texas each introduced several pieces of legislation that they say are aimed at curbing gun violence.
(The Center Square) – If enacted, the Democratic-sponsored PRO Act could eliminate most forms of independent contracting, gig work and freelancing – potentially impacting as many as 59 million freelance workers who represent 36 percent of the total U.S. workforce.
The FBI last month arrested Gang Chen, a well-known MIT nanotechnologist, and charged the China-born naturalized American with concealing close and lucrative connections to China's scientific and technological establishment on his applications for federal research grants.
(The Center Square) – A $15 minimum wage would result in 1.4 million jobs lost and disproportionately hurt younger workers and those with less education, a new Congressional Budget Office report says.
(The Center Square) – A slight decrease in the unemployment rate during January – from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent – was offset by how few new jobs were created in the private sector and the prospect of what an increased federal minimum wage could do to the country’s fragile economy.
(The Center Square) – Children and young adults are experiencing increased mental health issues, and suicide also is on the rise within the age group at least in part because of ongoing state shutdowns, according to several reports.
(The Center Square) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and other elected officials from the state sent a letter this week to new U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urging him to hold off on relocating U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs to Huntsville, Ala.
(The Center Square) – Concerns about President Joe Biden's potential restrictions on firearm purchases sent sales soaring in January, industry insiders said. More than 4.3 million people purchased guns in the first month of 2021, the highest number on record.
(The Center Square) – Hospitals have begun publishing their actual costs of services, including discounted cash and negotiated rates as a result of a rule change implemented by former President Donald Trump. The rule was challenged by the American Hospital Association and others, who lost in federal district court.
(The Center Square) – Of the multiple lawsuits filed against California Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials over shutdown orders, many are religious liberty cases, of which several have been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
What is the landscape of taxes in America going into 2021? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in 2017 by President Donald Trump, reduced personal income tax rates for most people across the nation. However, that same piece of tax legislation also put a cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. Formerly, taxpayers who itemize could deduct the total amount of state and local taxes paid from their federal tax return, which significantly reduced an individual’s federal tax burden. But the new tax code caps SALT deductions at $10,000 – a change that has made living in high-tax states even more expensive for high earners.
(The Center Square) – The majority of U.S. cities were ill-prepared for any financial crisis last year, let alone the one brought about by their respective state shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report published by the nonprofit Truth in Accounting (TIA) concludes.
2020 was a volatile year in many sectors of the economy, and the market for used cars has been no different. Used car sales tend to follow consistent seasonal patterns, peaking early in each year and trending downward as the year goes on. But like the rest of the economy, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early in the spring brought the used car market to a halt, with total sales falling to their lowest levels since 2014. With more workers staying at home and travelers forgoing trips due to shutdowns and social distancing measures, consumers’ need for automobiles was substantially lower.
(The Center Square) – Just minutes after taking office on Jan. 20, President Joe Biden’s Office of Presidential Personnel demanded that Senate-confirmed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb resign. Robb refused, citing the unprecedented nature of the demand, and was fired.
(The Center Square) – An industry group representing energy companies across the west on Wednesday filed a complaint in federal court challenging President Joe Biden’s executive order that halts new oil and gas leases on federal land.
California’s Silicon Valley has long served as the nation’s technology hub. But while Silicon Valley remains a global leader for tech firms and jobs, technology’s transformative impact on the economy and society is driving job growth across the United States. Led by employers – and even entire industries – that did not exist a generation ago, many of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. are in the fields of science, technology and mathematics. The long-running trend of growth in these fields shows few signs of slowing down.
(The Center Square) – In response to the Biden administration suspending new oil and gas leases on federal land for 60 days, oil and gas companies in the South and Southwest warned that doing so would impact hundreds of thousands of jobs and destroy the economy of some states.
(The Center Square) – The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uinta and Ouray Reservation in Utah sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) this week asking for the agency’s recent order that temporarily halts leases and permits for energy development on federal land to be “withdrawn or amended.”
Freight trucks on Interstate 81 rumble through the Roanoke region by the tens of thousands every week, concentrated during daylight hours. At night, truckers bed down for legally mandated breaks and the rumble is replaced by a snore.
In the Badgers’ dominant, 45-7 win against visiting Illinois, Mertz tied a program record with five touchdown passes and lived up to all the hype that’s built around him since he committed to UW in 2017.
Years from now, hundreds of thousands of UW football fans will say they were there for the debut of quarterback Graham Mertz. They'll all be lying.
The junior bounced back from his mistake with two key plays on the ensuing series before going on to finish his productive night with seven catches for 72 yards and three touchdowns.
Tom Oates grades the No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers' performance in their 45-7 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini in their season opener Friday night at Camp Randall Stadium.
A quick look at the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers' 45-7 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini Friday night in the season opener at an empty Camp Randall Stadium.