How Joe Manchin Can Fix the Filibuster

In mending rather than ending the rule, he might get us a little closer to a workable middle ground.

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What Drives Joe Manchin? Frustrated Democrats Can Look to West Virginia.

The senator has become a lightning rod in his party and a major obstacle to President Biden’s agenda. In his home state, his stubborn belief in bipartisanship is recognized as the core of his being.

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How Joe Manchin Survives as a Democrat in West Virginia

Mr. Manchin stands in the way of the Biden administration’s expansive agenda. But in his home state, progressive Democrats with far-reaching policy goals are not his base — and he knows it.

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How Joe Manchin Could Make the Senate Great Again

He should follow in the steps of Robert Byrd and reform the filibuster.

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G.O.P. Senator Faces Fraught Path to Infrastructure Deal

Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has been discussing a potential bipartisan infrastructure deal with the White House, but a compromise faces stiff Republican resistance.

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Beer? Money? States and Cities Offer Incentives to Get Vaccinated.

State employees who get vaccinated in Maryland are eligible for a $100 payment, while Detroit is giving out $50 prepaid debit cards to those who give someone a ride to a vaccine site.

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In Washington, Policy Revolves Around Joe Manchin. He Likes It That Way.

Mr. Manchin’s belief in the need to keep the filibuster has set the stage for a collision between Democrats eager to use its majorities to pass sweeping legislation and a political throwback determined to restore bipartisanship.

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A Nursing Home’s First Day Out of Lockdown

Residents in West Virginia shared their feelings about being allowed to mix again after months of isolation.

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Meet America’s 63rd National Park

The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.

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West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

With the right federal response, it could become a model of renewal for other places around the country that prosperity has left behind.

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Jim Justice, a G.O.P. Governor, on Why Biden Needs to ‘Go Big’ on Covid Aid

The governor of West Virginia, who supported a bigger relief bill than Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, initially did, spoke with us about government spending, Covid-19 vaccinations and climate policy.

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The Real Meaning of Hillbilly

I left my hometown because I felt alienated from its conservative values. Turns out many in my community had forgotten our progressive roots.

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How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

West Virginia has used 83 percent of its allotted vaccines, among the best in the nation. But even efficient operations face a major problem: There simply are not enough shots to go around.

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Republican lawmaker resigns after arrest for storming US Capitol

Derrick Evans sitting in the West Virginia House of Delegates, with a small American flag propped up in front of him.

Enlarge / Derrick Evans in the West Virginia House of Delegates. (credit: Derrick Evans)

The Republican lawmaker who was arrested for storming the US Capitol has resigned from the West Virginia State Legislature. “I hereby resign as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, effective immediately,” Derrick Evans wrote in a one-sentence letter to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Saturday.

Evans also released a statement saying, “I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians. I hope this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the state Legislature, so my colleagues can get to work in earnest building a brighter future for our state.” Evans also wrote that he hopes his resignation will help “begin the healing process” for the United States.

Evans, who served in the state legislature for just one month before his resignation, was part of the Trump-incited insurrectionist mob that broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday last week in an attempt to stop certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Evans livestreamed himself on Facebook while chanting Trump’s name and yelling, “We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” In another video he posted earlier in the day, he said that “people who are tired of liberals running this country and stealing elections” should “get off the couch and show up today in force and send a message.” The Trump-incited mob violence led to the death of a US Capitol police officer.

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FBI arrests Republican lawmaker who stormed Capitol with pro-Trump mob

The West Virginia state lawmaker who was part of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol was arrested today and is being charged by federal authorities.

Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican who was sworn in to the West Virginia House of Delegates last month, livestreamed himself on Facebook Wednesday as the mob broke into the Capitol. On Friday, Evans was “charged with entering a restricted area of the US Capitol,” the Associated Press reported, citing a Justice Department official.

“Ken Kohl, a top deputy federal prosecutor in Washington, announced the charge against Republican state Del. Derrick Evans on a call in which he presented dozens of new charges against members of the crowd that violently stormed the Capitol on Wednesday,” the AP wrote.

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Winter Storm Brings Christmas Eve ‘Travel Nightmare’

On a holiday when health experts admonished people not to travel, the weather brought its own hazards across much of the country.

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Senator tries to block Frontier’s FCC funding, citing ISP’s various failures

A Frontier Communications service van parked in a snowy area.

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr)

A Republican US senator from West Virginia has asked the government to block broadband funding earmarked for Frontier Communications, saying that the ISP is not capable of delivering gigabit-speed Internet service to all required locations.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) outlined her concerns in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai last week. Capito told Pai that Frontier has mismanaged previous government funding and seems to lack both the technological capabilities and financial ability to deliver on its new obligations.

Frontier, which filed for bankruptcy in April, is one of 180 ISPs that won funding in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) reverse-auction results announced last week. Frontier is due to receive $370.9 million over 10 years to bring broadband to 127,188 homes and businesses in eight states. Frontier’s biggest payout is in West Virginia, where it is due to receive $247.6 million over 10 years to expand its broadband network to 79,391 locations.

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West Virginia Chemical Explosion Injures 4 People

The explosion in Belle sent shrapnel flying across a river, and as a precaution officials told residents to shelter in place, closed a highway and shut down nearby schools.

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For Manchin, a Divided Senate Is a ‘Golden Opportunity’ for Action

Frustrated by the dysfunction on Capitol Hill, Senator Joe Manchin III is eager to cut bipartisan deals and check what he views as progressive overreach in the Biden administration.

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The Fauci Awards: Health Officials Get the Praise They Deserve

What if public health officials got awards instead of death threats?

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New Spirits Rise in Old, Repurposed Churches

For years, attendance rates have dropped and congregations have closed nationwide. But many reused religious spaces are still sanctuaries.

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Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall

From the Berkshires to the Rockies, the vibrant colors of fall are popping, and nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop them. Six writers in six states reveal their favorite drives and hikes.

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Former V.A. Nursing Assistant Is Charged in Deaths of Seven Patients

Reta Mays, who worked at a hospital in West Virginia, is accused of administering fatal doses of insulin to veterans.

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Mail Carrier in West Virginia Pleads Guilty to Attempted Election Fraud

Five mail-in ballot requests were altered from Democrat to Republican, federal prosecutors in West Virginia said.

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Why Some State Universities Are Seeing an Influx

The pandemic is giving a new competitive edge to states that have long seen their top students lured away by elite schools.

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Jon Ossoff Holds Strong Lead as Georgia Waits for Senate Primary Results

After a day of chaotic voting, Mr. Ossoff, a 33-year-old Democrat, was well ahead but still facing the possibility of a runoff election for the opportunity to challenge the Republican incumbent, Senator David Perdue.

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Major Problems With Voting in Atlanta as 5 States Hold Primaries

Some voting machines were not working as polls opened, and Georgia voters reported long lines and widespread frustration. Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia are also voting today.

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Former Veterans Affairs Doctor Is Charged With Sexual Abuse of Patients

The doctor, Jonathan Yates, worked at a hospital in West Virginia. He was accused of causing bodily injury to some veterans and abusive sexual contact while they were incapacitated, according to the federal indictment.

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Closed Hospitals Leave Rural Patients ‘Stranded’ as Coronavirus Spreads

A for-profit company bought three struggling hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio. Doctors were fired, supplies ran low and many in need of care had to journey elsewhere. Then the doors shut for good.

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Frontier bungles redaction of network audit that it doesn’t want you to see

A Frontier Communications service van parked in front of a building.

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications van. (credit: Getty Images | jetcityimage)

Frontier Communications needs a lesson in how to redact documents.

Frontier is trying to hide large portions of an audit report from the public, claiming that details about the ISP’s broadband-network problems are trade secrets. But when Frontier made a redacted version of the report public, many of the blacked-out parts were still readable simply by copying and pasting from the document.

The Frontier-edited version of the 164-page report, which was ordered by the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) and written by a consultant firm, includes about 80 redacted exhibits and many pages that have been fully or partially blacked out. Frontier seems to have successfully redacted the exhibits, including many charts, but the blacked-out text is easy to lift. (Update: It turns out some of the exhibits weren’t properly redacted, either.)

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51 Judges Named by Trump

Appointees by the president make up more than a quarter of the appellate bench, populating seats on 11 of the 13 circuits. This was their path to confirmation.

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