Russia says ‘Nyet’ to any more visits from hundreds of members of Congress, including Pa.
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 29, 2022
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of members of Congress are permanently banned from visiting Russia, in retaliation for passing economic sanctions on the country after it invaded Ukraine in late February. The list includes nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with celebrities such as actor Morgan Freeman, executives such as Microsoft […]
U.S. Senate Republicans block bill requiring agencies monitor domestic terrorism
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 26, 2022
As is often the case, Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey Jr., and Republican Pat Toomey, who is retiring at year's end, split on the vote.
Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 14, 2022
Thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes to attend U.S. boarding schools with the goal of assimilation.
U.S. House panel weighs labor law amendment to protect workers from wage theft
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 12, 2022
House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill, H.R. 3712, known as the “Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act of 2022.” It would require employers to provide pay stubs to workers, establish new minimum and maximum civil penalties for employers who engage in wage theft and provide grants to organizations and institutions to enhance the enforcement of wage and hour laws.
Overturning Roe would hand power over abortion to states. Many would ban it
By: Jacob Fischler and Ariana Figueroa - May 4, 2022
A group of Democratic governors, including Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, asked congressional leaders Tuesday to pass a federal law protecting abortion.
Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 3, 2022
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion. “I believe that a woman’s right […]
Feds issue waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season
By: Ariana Figueroa - May 1, 2022
The move is intended 'to address extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstances caused by the war in Ukraine,' officials said.
U.S. House panel looks into disinformation targeted at communities of color
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 28, 2022
'Voters deserve to receive accurate information about the democratic process so their voices can be heard,' U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said.
Biden issues first pardons and commutations of his presidency; Philly residents among beneficiaries
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 26, 2022
The White House also unveiled a strategy to help formerly incarcerated people find jobs.
LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 18, 2022
Students in the Central York school district successfully fought a book ban in their district.
DOJ rule cracks down untraceable firearms known as ‘ghost guns’
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 11, 2022
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has unveiled the Department of Justice’s plan to regulate untraceable firearms known as ghost guns, as well as announced his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Department of Justice’s final rule bans the business of manufacturing ghost guns, such as “buy build shoot” kits that […]
Pa. man says mobile home residents are ‘sitting on a time bomb’ in red-hot housing market
By: Ariana Figueroa - April 9, 2022
Mobile home parks provide affordable housing for millions of low-income residents — including seniors on fixed incomes.