Robin Bravender

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. [email protected]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election

By: - December 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — The administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an effort to […]

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

By: - December 19, 2019

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 people off food stamp benefits nationwide. As about a dozen House lawmakers huddled against the cold, Rep. […]

DC update: The full story of the House impeachment vote (including statements from NC reps)

By: - December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history. Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political […]

New report: Gerrymandering to blame for stalled gun control proposals in North Carolina

By: - December 17, 2019

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. 

U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach Trump

By: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Friday morning along party lines, setting up a likely vote next week in the full House. The Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 entirely along party lines to advance the two articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction […]

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

By: - December 13, 2019

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.

Here’s what you missed on impeachment last night

By: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee kicked off a vote on impeachment articles Wednesday night with a plea to his Republican colleagues. “I know you,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). “I have worked with many of you for years. I consider you to be good and decent public servants.” He spoke […]

The latest from Washington: GOP unmoved as Dems cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence for impeachment

By: - December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for U.S. House Democrats laid out their best case for impeaching President Donald Trump on Monday, warning that his behavior continues to pose an “imminent threat” to national security. Democrats are pushing ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) directed committee leaders to draft formal impeachment articles. […]

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

By: - December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are laying the 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 Committee […]

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

By: - December 3, 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 […]

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

By: - December 2, 2019

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.

Rep. Foxx skipped most closed-door impeachment proceedings

By: and - November 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx, a senior member on one of the committees leading the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, has skipped the vast majority of closed-door impeachment depositions. An analysis of the 15 closed-door deposition transcripts that have been released by House lawmakers shows that Foxx wasn’t listed as present […]