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Robin Bravender

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Robin Bravender, DC Bureau Chief, coordinates States Newsroom’s Washington, D.C., coverage. She keeps tabs on states’ U.S. congressional delegations and writes about how decisions made by federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts impact states across the country.

robin@statesnewsroom.com

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‘It’s not fine.’ Black mothers and babies are dying in North Carolina.

WASHINGTON — Black mothers and babies are dying at staggering rates in North Carolina and throughout the country.   The national statistics are alarming: Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. American Indian women are also more than twice as likely to die due to pregnancy-related issues than white women. 

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House Dems decry Trump’s food stamp cuts: ‘Ebeneezer Scrooge would be proud’

WASHINGTON — The morning after they voted to impeach President Donald Trump, a group of U.S. House Democrats gathered outside of the Agriculture Department’s headquarters to berate the administration for a policy that’s expected to knock about 700,000 ...
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New report: Gerrymandering to blame for stalled gun control proposals in North Carolina

Most North Carolinians favor stricter gun laws, according to recent polling, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the state General Assembly. 

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NC Republicans Foxx, Walker and Murphy rush in to defend Betsy DeVos

National education policy divide on display as D's, R's spar over controversial education secretary WASHINGTON — When U.S. House Democrats berated Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday, North Carolina Republicans came to her defense.

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Big gun rights case headlines busy week at U.S. Supreme Court

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 appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and legal observers are billing it as the biggest Second Amendment case to come before the high court in years.

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N.C. Republicans focus on impeachment process, not Trump’s behavior

North Carolina Republicans are using procedural arguments to dismiss the relevance of the U.S. House impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump.

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U.S. House overwhelmingly votes to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal; NC delegation mixed

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.  Only two of North Carolina's 13 House members voted against the resolution...

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What you need to know about the big abortion and LGBT cases at the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a high-profile case that could have major implications for abortion rights in states across the country. The justices announced that they will hear an appeal in a case over a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, which critics warn would severely hamper access to those services.

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GOP megadonors fill Tillis’ campaign coffers

WASHINGTON – GOP megadonors and allies of President Trump are helping Sen. Thom Tillis bulk up his campaign war chest as he heads into a 2020 re-election race that promises to be one of the most expensive in ...
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U.S. House approves bill to boost minimum wage to $15 per hour

The U.S. House on Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.  The measure has little chance of being enacted by the GOP-led Senate, but will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 campaign season. The current federal minimum wage is less than half of that amount -- it has been stalled at $7.25 since 2009. This month marked a record for the longest period without raising the minimum wage since it was enacted.

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