It's going to be okay. It’s going to be okay.”
I was a 20-year-old college junior when a seemingly fearless U.S. Sen. John McCain spoke these reassuring words after I’d waited 30 minutes in line to shake his hand. A few months earlier, I’d been on my way to work as a House intern when the World Trade Center fell, the Pentagon burned, and a plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.Read more
Iowans deserve a representative that collaborates to solve problems and can protect them from this wrecking-ball president. That's exactly who J.D. Scholten is. And he's running in Iowa's 4th Congressional District against Rep. Steve King, who not only talks and tweets like Trump but – more importantly – is voting to take away Iowans' health care and to give 83% of tax cuts to the richest 1%.Read more
BART got a $6.8 million boost from the federal government to beef up security on its trains and platforms, the agency said Monday.
The funds represent a nearly 10 percent infusion to the department’s $75 million budget and come at a time when the transit agency is figuring out how to pay for a $25 million safety plan that adds $3 million in annual operating costs. The safety plan follows a series of stabbings, including one Saturday at the MacArthur Station, the same station where four other people were slashed in recent weeks in two separate incidents — one of which was fatal.Read more
Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of the House Intelligence Committee issued a stern warning Wednesday to President Donald Trump concerning Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of Russian meddling in the elections: “Fire Mueller and we fire you.”
Swalwell told Newsweek by phone Wednesday that his warning was with regard to impeachment should the president interfere in Mueller's investigation.Read more
Andrew Janz has raised millions of dollars for his campaign as a Democrat running for Congress in the Central Valley. But the 34-year-old is used to big numbers: After working his way through undergraduate, graduate and law school, he owes about $300,000 in student debt — more than his mortgage.
Janz is part of a groundswell of younger politicians who are on the front lines of America’s student debt crisis. Seven congressional candidates running in California this year owe at least $10,000, according to a Bay Area News Group analysis of financial disclosures filed with the House ethics office. In addition, seven members of the state’s congressional delegation, all of whom were elected within the last six years, are still paying off thousands of dollars in student loans. Three others reported being in debt for their kids’ education.
That means roughly one out of every six Californians on the ballot for Congress in November owe student debt — together, they’re more than $1.1 million in the red.Read more
Our White House is not for sale, and it’s about time that Congress takes a meaningful stand to ensure that. No U.S. president should be enriched by foreign sources—presidents should hold themselves to a higher standard, and if they won’t, it’s our job to do it for them.
That’s why this week I introduced the Prevent Corrupting Foreign Influence Act, which would make it a criminal offense for the President, the Vice President, their families, or companies in which they have at least half-ownership to accept or receive anything of value from a foreign power or from any company that is more than 50 percent controlled by a foreign power.Read more
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The indictments brought against Russian military intelligence officials who interfered in our election on President Donald Trump’s behalf are proof positive of why Congress must urgently defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and protect our democracy.Read more
Supreme Court inaction means Congress must fix the nation’s dirty maps and dirty money
The U.S. Supreme Court has left American democracy struggling under the weight of dirty maps and dirty money, so it’s up to Congress and a loud, loud public to fix it.Read more
Earlier this month, the Trump Administration proposed new regulations for the Federal Title X family planning program that could significantly impact the network of providers currently available to low-income women and restrict what participating providers can discuss with women as part of their family planning care.Read more