February 20, 2019

First Line News Articles for Wednesday, February 20 2019

National

White House pushed Saudi nuclear power plan, report says

Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration.

West Virginia teachers going on strike. Again.

Unions have called a statewide walkout Tuesday over complicated education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year’s strike.

Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

A powerful storm that began its journey Sunday in California will roar across the country over the next two to three days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she’s ‘just fine’ after health scares

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday said she’s “just fine” after she underwent lung surgery in December.

SeaWorld San Diego guests stranded on stalled gondola ride for hours

“We were honestly just prepared for the worst,” said one man who was on the ride with his son.

State Department reacts to reported arrests of Americans in Haiti

The State Department responded to reports that five Americans in Haiti were arrested and held on conspiracy charges after more than a week of anti-government protests.

Warren set to release $70B-per-year plan for universal child care, will tap wealth tax

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, is expected to announce a plan Tuesday that would fund universal child care by tapping into revenue from her wealth tax proposal, reports said.

Marc Short to return to White House as Pence’s chief of staff

Former White House legislative director Marc Short will be returning to the Trump administration as Mike Pence chief of staff, the vice president’s office confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.

Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality

The administration is responding in part to a reported hanging of a young gay man in Iran, Trump’s top geopolitical foe.

Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts

Roger Stone, a former political adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, was ordered on Tuesday to appear in court this week over Instagram posts that chastised and appeared to threaten the judge presiding over his criminal trial.