National
February 13

Florida probes domestic violence agency that paid CEO $750K

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span.
National
February 13

Smollett case could complicate reelection of top prosecutor

The decision to restore charges against Jussie Smollett could bedevil the reelection bid of the first black woman to hold Chicago's top law enforcement job and potentially alter the trajectory of a prosecutor once seen as a rising star in Illinois politics.
National
February 13

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales in all of the state's cities and towns.
National
February 13
President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday,

Trump says he might keep others from listening in on calls

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he might end the long-running practice of letting other administration officials listen in on presidential calls with foreign leaders. That's after Trump's impeachment was triggered by his July phone call with the president of Ukraine.
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February 13
The Minneapolis Early Voting Center opened Jan. 17.

Your candidate dropped out? In Minnesota, it's not too late to change your vote

The field for the Democratic presidential primary is starting to winnow. Three candidates — Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval…
National
February 13

More than 1,000 gather in Richmond to oppose abortion bills

More than 1,000 people rallied at the Virginia Capitol on Thursday, protesting legislation advancing in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly that would ease restrictions on abortion access.
National
February 13

Pence pokes fun at slow caucus count while in South Carolina

While not technically a campaign visit, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday made a trip to South Carolina an opportunity to rail on Democrats for their failed attempt to oust President Donald Trump from office and for having difficulty tabulating results following last week's Iowa caucuses.
National
February 13

1 year after Illinois shooting, police push gun-fee hike

In the year since five workers died in a suburban Chicago warehouse shooting, state officials have beefed up illegal firearms enforcement efforts, including the first-ever operations by state authorities to confiscate weapons from those whose gun permits are invalid, Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said Thursday.
National
February 13
President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capi

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

One of President Donald Trump's nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning Thursday from senators over her unorthodox economic views, including from two Republicans whose doubts about her nomination could imperil it.
National
February 13
Although U.S. women are still projected to live longer than men by 2060, as they do now, life expectancy is expected to grow larger for men than women

By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over age 65

By 2060, almost a quarter of all U.S. residents will be over age 65, and life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85 years, according to new reports the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.
National
February 13

Iowa Senate passes abortion constitutional amendment bill

Iowa Senate Republican lawmakers on Thursday approved a resolution that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state.
National
February 13

Minnesota Senate panel passes GOP insulin affordability bill

The long-running debate at the state Capitol over insulin affordability shifted Thursday to the Minnesota Senate, where patients and parents urged lawmakers to keep working toward a compromise between competing Republican and Democratic proposals.
National
February 13
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

US announces 15th virus case, this one in Texas evacuee

U.S. officials on Thursday announced the country's 15th confirmed case of the new coronavirus — an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in Texas.
National
February 13
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Manhattan, April 18, 2019.

Cuomo meets with Trump to offer deal on travelers program

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the White House on Thursday in the hope he could persuade President Donald Trump to reverse a decision to boot New Yorkers from programs that allow travelers to avoid long lines at the U.S. border.
National
February 13
John Kelly

Trump slams ex-adviser who defended key impeachment witness

President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out against former White House chief of staff John Kelly for being disloyal after he came to the defense of a former national security aide who offered key testimony in the impeachment inquiry.
National
February 13
FILE - In this July 27, 2018 file photo, the logo for Amazon is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Amazon wants to depose Pre

In win for Amazon, judge freezes work on Pentagon contract

A federal judge on Thursday ordered a temporary halt of Microsoft's work on a $10 billion military cloud contract, a win for Amazon, which sued the U.S. government last year for awarding the contract to its rival.
National
February 13

Ex-Missouri governor's campaign fined $178K in ethics review

An ethics investigation found "probable cause" Thursday that disgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign broke the law by not reporting that it cooperated with a political action committee during his successful 2016 bid for the state's top office.
National
February 13

Nevada Democrats unveil new caucus plan after Iowa chaos

Nevada Democrats have released a revamped plan for the Feb. 22 caucuses, adding measures intended to avoid a repeat of problems that ensnared Iowa's vote. But they will still rely on a complex process involving internet-connected iPads that is being rolled out to caucus organizers a little more than a week before voting.
National
February 13
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) holds up a copy of the constitution while speaking at a news conference on the Equal Rights Amendment in Washington on W

House acts to remove deadline for Equal Rights Amendment

In a bid to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the House on Thursday approved a measure removing a 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopening the process to amend the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex.
National
February 13
Hope Hicks will be serving as counselor to the president, working with presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Trump bringing back trusted aide Hope Hicks to White House

Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, is returning to the White House as the president works to surround himself with loyalists as his reelection campaign moves into high gear.