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WASHINGTON — More than half of the nation’s aircraft carriers are not currently ready for deployment, as the massive ships sit off the Virginia coastline in various states of repair or testing. The U.S. Navy has 11 aircraft carriers, more than any other nation. Six of them are currently docked...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Don McEachin is back on Capitol Hill and says he plans to run in 2020 despite recent health problems. The Richmond Democrat, 58, has been away from Washington for about three months as he recovered from surgeries he underwent in August. "I am excited to be back...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex. Rep. Ben Cline, a Republican who represents the 6th District in Southwest and the only Virginian...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to salvage an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation.Lawyers defending the program — known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA...
WASHINGTON — Can President Donald Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children?The U.S. Supreme Court will consider that question Tuesday — and its answer will determine the fates of hundreds of thousands...
By Susan J. DemasPresident Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached — it’s now just a matter of narrowing down the list of high crimes and misdemeanors and checking it twice.But as details emerge every day of his not-very-sophisticated plot to allegedly extort the Ukraine government into smearing a...
WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee passed legislation from a senior Virginia Democrat last week that supporters hailed as a “down payment” on a long-sought liberal goal: free college education for all. The sweeping measure from Rep. Bobby Scott, who represents the 3rd District in southeastern Virginia., aims to help...
WASHINGTON — With Virginia's delegation splitting along party lines, the U.S. House on Thursday voted to formalize its impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Lawmakers adopted a resolution that lays out procedures for the inquiry that is already taking place in the House. That investigation is centered on whether the...
WASHINGTON — A senior Florida Democrat called former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, now a top Trump administration immigration official, a white supremacist Wednesday and charged the administration with pursuing racist immigration policies. “You and Mr. Trump don’t want anyone who looks or talks differently than Caucasian Americans to be...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican...