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Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends a pre-trial hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court on Feb. 15, 2024, in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. (Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s calendar becoming crowded as legal battles escalate in New York, D.C.

By: and - February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s days fighting criminal charges in two courts could be arriving soon. Special Counsel Jack Smith urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday not to pause federal election interference proceedings and a New York state judge on Thursday set a late March trial date on charges related to hush money […]

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 15, 2024. (Screenshot from committee webcast)

Expanded child tax credit could be in place quickly if passed by Congress, IRS chief says

By: - February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel told lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill that his agency is “poised to move quickly” on a bipartisan tax bill that would temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive several corporate tax breaks. But, he cautioned, taxpayers should not wait to file. The Tax Relief for American […]

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Sept. 8, 2023, at The Monument in Rapid City. (Seth Tupper/South Dakota Searchlight)

Trump asks U.S. Supreme Court to pause federal trial over presidential immunity question

By: and - February 12, 2024

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to further delay his federal criminal trial on charges he attempted to subvert the 2020 election, contending his actions were protected by presidential immunity. In a 40-page application to the Supreme Court late Monday, Trump and his attorneys asked the justices to pause […]

Children complete a mural celebrating the launch of the Child Tax Credit on July 14, 2021, at the KU Kids Deanwood Childcare Center in Washington, D.C. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Community Change)

Congress is looking at expanding the child tax credit again. Who would benefit?

By: - February 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan tax package passed by the U.S. House last month is not a done deal, but the proposal’s supporters say it could restore some poverty-reducing benefits that reached millions under the pandemic-era child tax credit expansion. A majority of low-income families who do not currently qualify for the full credit would see […]

A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump ‘did not engage in insurrection’ on Jan. 6, new U.S. House resolution claims

By: - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — In a meandering press conference Tuesday that repeated false 2020 election fraud claims, downplayed well-documented violence and name-called journalists, far-right U.S. House members defended former President Donald Trump against any role he may have played in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and several co-sponsors […]

Former President Donald Trump speaks on May 28, 2022, in Casper, Wyoming. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)

Trump claim of presidential immunity turned down by federal appeals court in D.C.

By: and - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted for charges he schemed to overturn the 2020 election, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting Trump’s argument he was immune from criminal prosecution for any alleged conduct during his presidential term. In a unanimous opinion, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

President Joe Biden, alongside UAW President Shawn Fain, speaks on the UAW picket line at Willow Run Redistribution Center in Belleville, Mich., Sept. 26, 2023. (Official White House photo)

UAW delivers rousing presidential endorsement for Biden over ‘scab’ Trump

By: - January 24, 2024

WASHINGTON — The United Auto Workers of America endorsed the re-election of President Joe Biden Wednesday, just months after he became the first sitting U.S. president to walk a picket line with striking autoworkers in Michigan. Speaking at the UAW’s biannual political conference in Washington, D.C., Biden told the crowd “I was so damn proud […]

A snowy U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 19, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Bipartisan deal to expand child tax credit, revive business tax breaks advances in Congress

By: - January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON — A plan to temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive tax breaks for businesses received overwhelming bipartisan support in a committee vote Friday, a rare moment of compromise in a divided Congress that’s headed into a heated election year. The tax policymakers of the GOP-led U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means […]

Children at the Downtown Children’s Center in St. Louis. (Rebecca Rivas/Missouri Independent)

Child tax credit expansion, business incentives combined in new congressional tax plan

By: - January 16, 2024

WASHINGTON — Leading members of Congress released a bipartisan, bicameral tax proposal Tuesday, promising a middle-path deal to help low-income families and provide incentives for businesses as Trump-era tax breaks expire. The framework led by top tax policy leaders U.S. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri would raise the child […]

Former president Donald Trump speaks to voters during a visit to a caucus site at the Horizon Event Center on Jan. 15, 2024, in Clive, Iowa. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Trump cruises to historic Iowa caucus victory; DeSantis edges past Haley

By: and - January 16, 2024

Former President Donald Trump was projected to win the Iowa Caucuses Monday night, according to The Associated Press, which calls unofficial results for American elections. AP called the caucuses for Trump just after 7:30 p.m. Central, just 30 minutes into the Iowa precinct meetings. With more than 95% of the vote reported, Trump was leading […]

A sign noting the acceptance of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards that are used by state welfare departments to issue benefits is displayed at a grocery store in 2019 in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Which states will join the new summer meal program for low-income kids? Here’s the list.

By: - January 10, 2024

WASHINGTON — Children from low-income families in 35 states, four tribes and all U.S. territories will now receive permanent food assistance during the summer months when schools are closed, leaving children in 15 states — including South Dakota — excluded from the benefits. Low-income families will now receive $40 each month for each eligible school-aged […]

Former President Donald Trump speaks on May 28, 2022, in Casper, Wyoming. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)

Three-judge federal panel grills Trump lawyer on claim of presidential immunity

By: and - January 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump appeared in federal court Tuesday seeking immunity from charges that he schemed to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and knowingly fed lies to supporters who turned violent on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump, who is leading polls in the 2024 Republican presidential primary field, watched while his attorney D. […]