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Robin Bravender Capital-Star Washington Bureau

Abuse of power, bribery, obstruction: Democrats’ impeachment plan takes shape

By: and - December 4, 2019

The hearing comes after the House Intelligence Committee approved a report Tuesday night that details allegations that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate Trump’s political rival. 

With NYC gun case, Supremes may sidestep a major Second Amendment fight

By: - December 2, 2019

It's billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade. But the justices might opt to toss the case on procedural grounds, avoiding a major ruckus.

U.S. Supreme Court to take up high stakes gun rights case this week

By: - December 2, 2019

The case involving a New York City handgun regulation is the first major gun control dispute to reach the high court since its ideological shift right.

Trump impeachment: Pa. lawmakers skipped many closed-door impeachment proceedings | Analysis

By: - November 29, 2019

Five of the six Pennsylvania lawmakers with access to the depositions missed most of them, according to a Capital-Star analysis.

Virginia lawmaker’s bill would make the U.S. 100 percent clean energy-reliant by 2030

By: and - November 22, 2019

The plan by U.S. Rep. Don McEachin , of Richmond, would require economy-wide, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Federal watchdog says 60 Pa. Superfund sites are threatened by climate change

By: - November 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — Sixty of the most contaminated sites in Pennsylvania are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding, storm surge, wildfires and […]

Riding Virginia’s blue wave, Congress renews push for Equal Rights Amendment 

By: - November 13, 2019

A similar resolution has been introduced in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate, it's unclear whether it will get any traction.

Meet the U.S House freshmen from Pa. who are at the center of the Trump impeachment

By: - November 7, 2019

Pennsylvania has bipartisan representation on the committees key to the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Unsurprisingly, they have very different views of it

Pa.’s U.S. House Dems vote to greenlight Trump impeachment inquiry

By: and - October 31, 2019

House lawmakers could vote as soon as this year on articles of impeachment against the president. If approved, the articles would be the subject of a trial in the Senate,

Pa.’s Casey, U.S. Senate Dems fail to unravel Trump policy weakening Obamacare

By: - October 30, 2019

The effort was seen as symbolic, given that there was virtually no chance of it winning support from the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House.

‘The conscience of our caucus’: Pa.’s U.S. House lawmakers pay tribute to Rep. Elijah Cummings

By: and - October 17, 2019

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., will temporarily lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Cummings chaired

Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split on Senate vote to overturn Trump power plant rule

By: - October 17, 2019

Democrats sought to force Republicans to go on the record backing a Trump rule that critics say falls short of what’s needed to combat climate change.