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Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.

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U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

By: - December 8, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 4: Ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) speaks as Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) listens during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first hearing held by the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

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

By: - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are laying out their framework for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  As the House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Democrats signaled that they intend to accuse Trump of abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.  The lawyer for Judiciary […]

Students rallied outside the Supreme Court Monday in support of gun regulations (Photo by Robin Bravender)

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight 

By: - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.  The justices heard an hour of arguments in the case that challenges now-defunct New York City gun restrictions. The case has been billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade, with the […]

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up consequential gun rights case this week

By: - December 1, 2019

WASHINGTON — A momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case over a New York City handgun regulation. It marks the first major gun control dispute to reach the Supreme Court since its ideological shift with the […]

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the fifth day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals and the unfounded conspiracy theory that Ukrainians, not Russians, were behind the 2016 computer hacking of the Democratic National Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Republicans skipped closed-door impeachment depositions

By: and - November 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — The two Wisconsin Republicans who had access to closed-door impeachment depositions appear to have skipped the vast majority of them.  U.S. House Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner and Glenn Grothman are the only Wisconsin lawmakers who sit on committees that have conducted the behind-the-scenes interviews as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  […]

Bulldozer spreads garbage at a landfill (photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. CC BY-ND 2.0)

23 Wis. Superfund sites threatened by climate change — watchdog agency

By: - November 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — Twenty three of the most contaminated sites in Wisconsin 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 […]

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment rallied outside the Capitol in Richmond on the first day of the 2019 General Assembly session in January. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Congress renews push for Equal Rights Amendment 

By: - November 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex.  The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1923 and was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate in […]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over a vote to proceed with the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump on Oct. 31 2019

U.S. House green lights Trump impeachment inquiry

By: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to formalize its impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  Lawmakers adopted a resolution that lays out procedures for the inquiry that is already taking place in the House. That investigation is centered on whether the president abused his power by attempting to pressure the president of Ukraine […]

President Barack Obama embraces Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (left) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in the East Room of the White House, March 23, 2010.

Senate Democrats fail to unravel Trump policy that weakens Obamacare

By: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.  Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins was the […]

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Senate power-plant effort fails, but Wisconsin moving forward on clean energy

By: - October 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected Democrats’ attempt to overturn a controversial Trump administration power plant regulation.  Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power plant rule, which was seen as a weaker replacement for an Obama-era regulation to clamp down on power plants’ […]

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U.S. House overwhelmingly votes to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal

By: - October 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.  The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60. Every member of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation voted for the resolution, including Republicans Mike Gallagher, […]

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Bipartisan Senate report urges White House to combat 2020 election interference

By: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to take steps to combat foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections.  The bipartisan recommendation was part of the committee’s new report detailing Russia’s attempts to use social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The warning […]