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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy and helps direct national coverage as deputy Washington bureau chief for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Special Counsel Jack Smith delivers remarks on a recently unsealed indictment against former President Donald Trump at the Justice Department on June 9, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Smith in a separate election interference case on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite a decision on Trump’s claims of presidential immunity. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US Supreme Court asked to quickly rule on Trump claims of presidential immunity

By: and - December 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to expedite a decision on former President Donald Trump’s claims of presidential immunity in the 2020 election interference case. Smith asked the justices to rule on a matter that ordinarily would first go to a lower federal appeals court, […]

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump stands on stage before a campaign event on Nov. 11, 2023, in Claremont, New Hampshire, in which he called his political opponents “vermin.” (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Growing threat of political violence looms over 2024, former members of Congress warn

By: - December 11, 2023

Former members of Congress are deeply concerned about political violence ahead of the 2024 presidential election, former Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama and former Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia said at a Thursday joint appearance sponsored by the liberal Center for American Progress and the nonpartisan McCain Institute. Jones, a moderate Democrat who lost reelection […]

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Haley draws fire from rivals in GOP presidential debate, as Christie calls Trump ‘unfit’  

By: and - December 7, 2023

Half of the four Republican presidential candidates on a debate stage in Alabama on Wednesday night focused their attacks on former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who’s vying for the prized second place in the nominating contest. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy teamed up early in the debate to repeatedly hit […]

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Ahead of climate conference, U.S. House panel tussles over curbs on emissions

By: - November 30, 2023

Republicans on a U.S. House panel argued Wednesday against aggressive moves to meet carbon reduction goals, saying U.S. fossil fuel companies are working to make their products cleaner. Democrats on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Minerals countered that to achieve further reductions, federal policies should be continued […]

Twenty members of Congress, who mostly represent states where recreational marijuana is legal, said in a Nov. 21, 2023 letter that 2014 guidance from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to put “red flags” on marijuana businesses hurts the businesses’ chances of securing banking services or loans. Marijuana products are seen on display at Apothecarium Dispensary on April 21, 2022 in Maplewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Democrats urge feds to update banking ‘red flags’ on legal marijuana businesses 

By: - November 17, 2023

The federal government unfairly penalizes state-legal marijuana businesses whose owners have been convicted of marijuana-related crimes, restricting them from loans and other banking tools, a group of U.S. Senate and House Democrats wrote to the Treasury Department asking for a change in policy. The group of 20 lawmakers, who mostly represent states where recreational marijuana […]

Thousands of people attend the March for Israel on the National Mall on Nov. 14, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

As ‘March for Israel’ draws crowds to D.C., congressional leaders vow continued support

By: - November 15, 2023

Members of both parties from both chambers of Congress spoke to tens of thousands of supporters of Israel in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, pledging to continue support for the U.S. ally’s war against Hamas even as concerns about the destruction in Gaza rise. Many speakers, including family members of Israeli and Israeli American victims, at […]

Veterans’ health care coverage expanded by Biden administration

By: - November 11, 2023

Ahead of Veterans Day, Biden administration officials said Friday the Department of Veterans Affairs will expand health care coverage for certain groups of veterans and their families and create new programs meant to make care more accessible. The VA will make coverage of certain toxic burn pit-related conditions available sooner than anticipated. Family members of […]

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GOP presidential candidates brawl in Florida debate, while Trump rallies nearby

By: and - November 9, 2023

Five Republican candidates for president tussled over support for Ukraine and abortion policy at a debate in Miami Wednesday evening, while the leading contender for the nomination, former President Donald Trump, sought Latino votes in an event across town. Trump, who consistently garners more than 50% in polls of Republican voters, once again declined to […]

CAPTION: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., right, comforts Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., center, when Tlaib became emotional during remarks on a resolution to censure her for comments and tweets she has made about Israel. (Screenshot from U.S. House webcast)

U.S. House votes to censure Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib over Israel remarks

By: - November 8, 2023

The U.S. House voted late Tuesday to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for remarks the Michigan Democrat has made about Israel and Palestine amid the ongoing war in the Middle East. The chamber voted, 234-188, to adopt a resolution written by Georgia Republican Rich McCormick that censures Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American member of Congress, for a handful of […]

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State and local election workers quitting amid abuse, officials tell U.S. Senate panel

By: - November 2, 2023

State and local election officials face threats and intimidation, driving experienced workers out of the profession, a panel of election officials told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday. Conspiracy theories have fueled a more hostile environment for election workers, which has led many to quit, creating more challenges for the inexperienced new leaders, the top election […]

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White House calls for stronger gun policy reforms after Maine shooting

By: - October 26, 2023

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called on Congress on Thursday to strengthen gun safety laws in the wake of the mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine. Jean-Pierre opened Thursday’s press briefing with a statement on the shootings, saying President Joe Biden stepped out of a state dinner Wednesday night to receive an initial briefing on […]

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Who is Mike Johnson? New U.S. House speaker belongs to GOP’s religious conservative wing

By: - October 26, 2023

Before a relatively short time in elected office, new U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana was a constitutional lawyer deeply involved in religious causes. Prior to a short stint in the Louisiana Legislature, Johnson spent two decades as a public interest lawyer mainly representing clients in so-called religious liberty litigation, he said in an […]