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Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey dialed in Thursday evening to share his political insight with students across the Pittsburgh area — all while driving home from a late congressional meeting.

Sen. Bob Casey discusses civic engagement at RSA town hall, encourages youth activism

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer April 19, 2021
The Resident Student Association held its final town hall to discuss civic engagement and advocacy with Casey. Danielle Obisie-Orlu, president of RSA, and Anneliese Harp, vice president of administration of RSA, served as co-moderators for the event.
David Hickton, the founding director of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security was selected to be staff director and senior counsel for the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

Pitt Cyber founder selected for House committee role

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer May 27, 2020
David Hickton, the director and founder of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security was selected to be staff director and senior counsel for the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The bipartisan committee, which was created on April 23 by a House vote, will oversee the use of funds supplied by Congress to aid the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would increase Pell Grants, create a fund of $500 million for states to identify and prioritize colleges with high numbers of minority and low-income students and simplify student loan repayment plans.

Editorial: House bill necessary to reform higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 15, 2019
A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday is a reasonable starting point to make college more affordable.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the press before departing the White House to visit the Texas border as the federal government shutdown continues on Thursday.

Editorial: Trump’s test of emergency powers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board January 11, 2019
The National Emergencies Act of 1976 was originally passed to provide a check on presidential power while codifying specific constraints under which presidents could declare states of emergency. Congress must enforce this intent.
Students line up to vote in Posvar Hall in November 2016. About 80 people cast their vote at the polling station in November 2017.

Everything Pitt students need to know about the 2018 midterm elections

By Dylan Giacobbe, Hannah Schneider, and Ashley Priore October 19, 2018
The 2018 midterm elections in Pennsylvania take place Nov. 6 — but Pitt students who vote in these elections have traditionally been low in number.
A Waymo self-driving autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Ariz., on February 3, 2018. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA/TNS)

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

By Eliza Fawcett, Los Angeles Times July 12, 2018
The House passed a bill last fall and similar legislation is pending in the Senate. Both aim to boost the driverless car industry by streamlining rules and preventing states from imposing their own safety and performance standards.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during the last day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

By The Pitt News Editorial Board February 7, 2018

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the fourth yearly budget of his term Tuesday — and unlike his previous three, we might actually see it fully passed before the end of the year thanks to the 2018 midterm elections....

Rep. John Conyers quits House committee post amid sexual harassment probe

Sexual abuse allegations continued to roil U.S. politics Sunday, with Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. stepping down from a powerful House post and President Donald Trump again voicing support for Republican...

Florida Republican who once claimed alien abduction announces House bid

By Griffin Connolly | Roll Call (TNS) October 16, 2017

Either Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has been watching too much Syfy Channel or she's really just that special. We'll probably never know for sure. No matter, the 59-year-old Republican, who once recalled...

Former congressman Jason Altmire represented Pennsylvania's fourth district from 2007 to 2013. (Photo via Wikimedia commons)

Don’t count out conservative Democrats

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor September 17, 2017

With a mix of fear, anger and sheer disbelief, I watched the television screen in my friends’ apartment as CNN’s correspondent tapped an interactive map, coloring Pennsylvania red. Last fall’s...

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