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Jacob Fischler


Easing federal marijuana rules: There’s still a long way to go

The Drug Enforcement Administration typically looks at three factors when assessing how strictly to regulate a drug: its medicinal value, potential for abuse relative to other drugs and ability to cause physical addiction.


Rebuilding the collapsed Baltimore bridge ‘will not be quick or easy or cheap,’ Buttigieg says

Reopening the Port of Baltimore is among the Biden administration’s top priorities in the aftermath of the collapse.


New turmoil over a possible government shutdown

Congress must pass some sort of spending bill before Jan. 19, otherwise the departments and agencies funded by the Agriculture, Energy-Water, Military Construction-VA and Transportation-HUD spending measures would enter a shutdown.

Pay & Benefits

Veterans’ health care coverage expanded by the Biden administration

The VA will create new programs meant to make care more accessible.


Nearly all national park sites to close during government shutdown

The agency will bar access to most of the nation’s 425 parks, recreation areas, national historic sites and other units, according to a fact sheet from the Interior Department, which oversees the National Park Service.


How a looming government shutdown could hit national parks

Would-be visitors will likely see restrictions on park access, though the extent of those restrictions is still unclear.


A Default on the U.S. Debt Would Be Far Worse Than a Government Shutdown. Here’s How

National security, transportation, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid would be impacted.


Overhaul Federal Permitting as Part of the Debt Limit Deal? Not as Easy as It Sounds.

Time is running out for a deal on permitting legislation to be included in a debt limit bill.


Denver Airport CEO Withdraws as FAA Nominee after Opposition by U.S. Senate GOP

Republicans, especially U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, that oversaw Phil Washington’s nomination criticized him for lack of aviation experience


Senate Democrats Back FAA Nominee, Despite GOP Objections at Confirmation Hearing

Committee’s confirmation hearing for Phil Washington, CEO of Denver International Airport, came more than seven months after Biden first nominated him


House GOP Would Make It Easier for Feds to Give Public Lands Away to States

House Republicans had an identical rule when they controlled the chamber from 2017 to 2019.


House Jan. 6 Panel Refers Trump for Criminal Charges, Including Inciting Insurrection

Committee says Trump associates, including attorneys Eastman, Chesebro and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, likely also played criminal roles


Trump to Be Subpoenaed by Jan. 6 Panel as the ‘Central Cause’ of Capitol Insurrection

Cheney: Committee will consider criminal referrals for ‘multiple individuals,’ recommend legislative proposals to guard against similar attack in the future


Confronting History, Congress Studies Addition of Lynching Sites to National Park System

U.S. House considering bill that would put lynching sites in western Tennessee on track to become part of Park Service


Justice Department to Appeal Trump Special Master Order

Government prosecutors ask U.S. District Judge Cannon not to force them to hand over classified records seized in Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago while appeal is pending


Jan. 6 Panel: Trump ‘Chose not to Act’ as the U.S. Capitol Underwent Attack

The former president ignored White House staff and advisers who urged the him to call off the riot.