WASHINGTON — When it comes to drug policy, the raging opioid crisis and mass incarceration, federal lawmakers aren’t just out of touch with average Americans of all political stripes, they’re so negligent as to be complicit in the pain felt by millions.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the relaunch of our new national alt-weekly, The News Station. Along with a complete redesign, our new site also includes new sections that embody a reinvigorated ethos: We do culture differently.


The former New York mayor currently sits in second in the House endorsement count behind Joe Biden

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In 2003, when Ben McAdams was wrapping up his JD at Columbia Law School, Michael Bloomberg was just getting started in his new job as New York mayor. McAdams, who stayed in New York for four more years working as a securities lawyer, was drawn to Bloomberg’s charisma — his bravado.

In 2007, McAdams moved back to his native Utah, where he would serve two terms as mayor of Salt Lake County. He modeled some of his politics after Bloomberg — for example, the social impact bonds that leveraged both Wall Street financing and tax dollars to cover educational initiatives…


As Congress debates the president’s actions with Ukraine, lawmakers are caught dealing with the mundanities of this very unusual moment

Sen. Chuck Schumer during a break in the impeachment trial. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Despite all the differences between Senate Democrats and Republicans over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, there appears to be at least one point of agreement about how the trial should be conducted: The lawmakers deserve their coffee.

According to arcane congressional rules, only water and milk—yes, milk—are allowed for consumption on the Senate floor. Senators aren’t allowed to leave the chamber while the trial is underway, and many don’t seem too eager for the drinks on offer.

“No, I’m not going to have milk,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) told GEN as he rode the elevator in the Capitol building…


The billionaire talked to GEN about why he’s running for president — and what he thinks money is for

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Tom Steyer is going to appear on Tuesday’s debate stage after all.

The billionaire hedge fund manager and liberal activist is running a long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, and he’s not afraid to spend his own money in the process. To date, Steyer has dropped $106 million — most of it his own money — on advertising. To at least a small extent, those efforts appear to be paying off: Recent polls show him gaining steam in Nevada and South Carolina. …


The Georgia Rep. is perhaps Trump’s biggest asset in the House inquiry

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The House Judiciary Committee began its hearings in Trump’s impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, which means it’s also time for an unlikely figure, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, to get a star turn of his own.

The four-term Republican and Iraq War veteran, who’s been the ranking member on the committee since last year, has long been known on the Hill for his folksy, affable demeanor. Since the launch of the impeachment inquiry in November, he’s also become one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders — a position that’s left Democrats frustrated and Republicans singing his praises.

“He was not someone in…


Republican senators in Wednesday’s meeting will be a part of any impeachment trial, which would make them the jurors and Trump the defendant

Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., right, and Dan Kildee, D-Mich., conduct television interviews in the Capitol on September 25, 2019. Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images

If you were thinking impeachment might represent a change in the prevailing environment of hyperpartisanship in Washington, think again. The first morning after Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement began with 12 of President Trump’s top Republican allies on Capitol Hill tromping over to the White House for an 8 a.m. peek at the “transcript” of President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy before it was made public — or provided to House Democrats.

Speaking with reporters, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the Republican chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, didn’t mince words about the purpose of the meeting…


Will Republicans ever stop turning a blind eye to Trump’s worst impulses?

President Donald Trump departs from the White House en route to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas on August 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

As the 2020 election grows nearer, Republicans find themselves at odds at how best to respond to President Donald Trump’s racism: Do they play to Trump’s base and turn a blind eye to the president’s statements, or do they condemn his inflammatory rhetoric?

Between his description of one Baltimore district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” his contention that the four women of color who make up the so-called Squad should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came,” and his references to an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants to the United…


The first-year lawmaker talks Robert Mueller, the Democrats’ agenda, and 2020

U.S. Congresswoman Katie Hill speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, California.
U.S. Congresswoman Katie Hill speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco, CA — U.S. Congresswoman Katie Hill speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention on June 1, 2019. Photo: Gage Skidmore via flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Katie Hill, the energetic first-year representative from California, might be most notable for what she isn’t saying.

While her first-year peers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have garnered headlines calling for impeachment proceedings since they entered Congress, Hill has quietly helped her party try to conduct basic oversight of the Trump administration. Should her party indeed find a smoking gun, Hill supports going straight to the floor with articles of impeachment.

That more restrained approach is emblematic of the balancing act that Hill, who represents the Golden State’s traditionally conservative 25th District, must perform. She’s a Democratic phenom who raised…


With the August recess fast approaching, Democrats remain divided over whether to fight fire with fire

U.S. Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kathy Castor, and Donna Shalala listen as  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks.
U.S. Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kathy Castor, and Donna Shalala listen as  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks.
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This summer’s subpoenas, aimed directly at the heart of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, have been flying from Democrats, but the majority party in the House still hasn’t made much headway in their attempts to conduct what should be simple, constitutionally mandated oversight of the executive branch. And because of that inefficacy, many prominent Dems are growing increasingly frustrated with Nancy Pelosi.

The House Judiciary Committee has now issued subpoenas in its Russia probe for the likes of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general. Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena to Kellyanne…


Power Trip

He made a name for himself as a thorn in Trump’s side. But will he really break from the party line?

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If you’re wondering what Jeff Flake is thinking, rest assured, you’re not alone. But the speculation that hovers over the Arizona senator predates the eleventh-hour move he made that upended, if only temporarily, the contentious confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. To understand what the 55-year-old is thinking, you need to look at what he has done in the past, what he did Friday — and what he’s doing next.

Flake, who will retire after his first term in the Senate ends in January, will spend Monday afternoon talking about the future of the Republican Party at the New Hampshire Institute…

Matt Laslo

Managing Editor, TheNewsStation.com. Journalist (Rolling Stone; Daily Beast; NPR); Adjunct Professor (Johns Hopkins; GW; BU; UMD); https://twitter.com/MattLaslo

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