Category: Politics

Sitting Democrat fights to keep his seat in contentious primary battle

In the 2018 primaries, Democrats are looking to define the direction of their party, as the progressive grassroots movement gains strength. That fight is playing out in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District in a race between conservative incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski and his progressive challenger, Marie Newman The race has drawn national attention because it offers […]

5 things to watch for in the Illinois primary

In one of ABC News’ “18 for ’18” races, the fight for the identity of the Democratic Party between its progressive and establishment wings has spilled into Illinois 3rd Congressional District where Blue Dog Democrat Dan Lipinski is facing a challenge from activist Marie Newman, who has the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders, EMILY’s List […]

Congress turns up heat on Facebook after allegations of data harvesting

Congress is ratcheting up political pressure on Facebook after reports that a political data analytics firm employed by President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign received personal data and information from up to 50 million profiles on the popular social networking site. Lawmakers involved in congressional investigations into Russian election interference have renewed interest in the platform, […]

Trump bans Americans from investing in Venezuelan cryptocurrency

President Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibits Americans from dealing in any form of digital currency from Venezuela on Monday, a day before that country’s launch of a state-owned cryptocurrency called the “petro.” The executive order prohibits “all transactions related to, provision of financing for, and other dealings in, by a United States […]

SCOTUS to hear arguments on California law requiring pregnancy center disclosures

The Supreme Court Tuesday hears arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of a California state law requiring licensed “crisis pregnancy centers” — pro-life facilities that offer pregnancy-related services — to post notices advising clients that they are not medical facilities and that abortion and other services are available elsewhere. The notice reads: “California has […]

Republicans’ new plan to fix Obamacare, explained

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has teamed up with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to offer a bill to — in their words — “stabilize individual market premiums.” It comes at a moment when there is a lot of uncertainty around how much marketplace health plans will cost in 2019 — and just a few months before […]