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House passes sweeping election reform bill

House passes sweeping election reform bill | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Democrats had made the proposal a key part of their campaign to win back the House.
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I support Trump’s vision on border security. But I would vote against the emergency

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Pelosi Begins Drive to Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration - The New York Times

Pelosi Begins Drive to Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched her drive to overturn President Trump’s emergency declaration, seeking to raise pressure on Republicans to defend congressional prerogative.
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Alaska is set to be the next great reckoning for conservatives

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School turns to experimental surveillance software that can flag students as threats

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From Divorce to Blackface: A Short History of Political Taboos

From Divorce to Blackface: A Short History of Political Taboos | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Americans’ standards are rapidly changing.
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Democrats Formally Call for a Green New Deal, Giving Substance to a Rallying Cry - The New York Times

Democrats Formally Call for a Green New Deal, Giving Substance to a Rallying Cry - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
House Democrats introduced a resolution calling for a sweeping environmental and economic mobilization that would make the United States carbon neutral by 2030.
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A First in Over a Century: Only One State Has a Split Legislature - The New York Times

A First in Over a Century: Only One State Has a Split Legislature - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Only a single state — Minnesota — has a legislature under divided party control, a sign of growing polarization.
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U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says - The New York Times

U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
The U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, says that finalizing a deal would hinge on a cease-fire and Taliban talks with Afghans, which they are discussing now.
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Opinion | Why Do People Fall for Fake News? - The New York Times

Opinion | Why Do People Fall for Fake News? - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Are they blinded by their political passions? Or are they just intellectually lazy?
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Stop Complaining About Trump’s Emergency Powers, Congress

Stop Complaining About Trump’s Emergency Powers, Congress | American Government Today | Scoop.it
It’s within legislative branch powers to rein in presidents’ emergency declarations—but for four decades Congress has failed to act.
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Officials Say Trump Has Ordered Full Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria - The New York Times

Officials Say Trump Has Ordered Full Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Pentagon officials had tried to talk the president out of the proposed withdrawal, arguing that such a move would betray Kurdish allies who have fought alongside American troops in Syria.
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Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un Collapse Over North Korean Sanctions - The New York Times

Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un Collapse Over North Korean Sanctions - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
President Trump said “sometimes you have to walk,” noting the talks with North Korea failed because the country was not prepared to do more to end its weapons programs.
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Trump and Kim Jong-un Meet Again: Here’s What’s at Stake - The New York Times

Trump and Kim Jong-un Meet Again: Here’s What’s at Stake - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
As President Trump and Kim Jong-un arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, the goal of denuclearization remained elusive.
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The Biggest Field Yet. No Frontrunner. A Divided Base. Welcome to the 2020 Democratic Primary

The Biggest Field Yet. No Frontrunner. A Divided Base. Welcome to the 2020 Democratic Primary | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Breaking news and analysis from TIME.com. Politics, world news, photos, video, tech reviews, health, science and entertainment news.
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National Emergency Powers and Trump’s Border Wall, Explained - The New York Times

National Emergency Powers and Trump’s Border Wall, Explained - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
President Trump’s threat to invoke emergency powers to build a border wall would be extraordinarily aggressive and most likely touch off a legal battle.
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With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal Is Reached ‘in Principle’ - The New York Times

With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal Is Reached ‘in Principle’ - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Lawmakers said they had reached the agreement after an impasse over the number of ICE detention beds had threatened to derail negotiations.
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Why much of the world now feels more threatened by the U.S. than by China or Russia

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Trump Asks for Unity, but Presses Hard Line on Immigration - The New York Times

Trump Asks for Unity, but Presses Hard Line on Immigration - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
In his State of the Union address, the president toggled between conciliation and confrontation, and demanded a wall on the nation’s southwestern border.
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Government Reopens as Trump Casts Doubt on Prospects for a Border Wall Deal - The New York Times

Government Reopens as Trump Casts Doubt on Prospects for a Border Wall Deal - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
The gears of government start to turn, but lawmakers have until Feb. 15 to make a deal under the terms that ended the shutdown.
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Trump Announces Deal to Reopen Government, in Surprise Retreat From Wall - The New York Times

Trump Announces Deal to Reopen Government, in Surprise Retreat From Wall - The New York Times | American Government Today | Scoop.it
The plan will fund the government until Feb. 15 while Republicans and Democrats negotiate over border security. The plan includes none of the money for the border wall that he had demanded.
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Capitol Hill Aides Wait for a Disaster to End Shutdown

Capitol Hill Aides Wait for a Disaster to End Shutdown | American Government Today | Scoop.it
Aides on Capitol Hill fear that a dramatic government failure may be the only thing to force President Trump and the Democrats back to the table.
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Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census | Reuters

Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census | Reuters | American Government Today | Scoop.it
A federal judge on Tuesday invalidated the Trump administration's addition of a U.S. citizenship question to the 2020 census, the first ruling in a handful of lawsuits that claim the query will hurt immigrants.
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Explainer: Trump's emergency threat on wall risks dual legal challenge | Reuters

Explainer: Trump's emergency threat on wall risks dual legal challenge | Reuters | American Government Today | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump would almost certainly face a legal challenge if he carries out his threat to get funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall by declaring a national emergency and circumventing Congress's purse-strings power.
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