Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire The Scripps Howard Foundation's Semester in Washington program is an internship program for college journalism students who write for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.
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Interns report for work each day at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, which is housed in the same office as the Scripps Howard News Service, four blocks from the White House. They report and write a variety of stories. Interns also talk with experts at the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Student Press LawCenter, the Washington Post, the State Department, the Pentagon and others to better understand how to cover the news. Interns should be prepared to cover government, politics, breaking news, business, sports and features. The Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington program has three internship opportunities, including undergraduate reporting internships, a post-graduate multimedia fellowship and international students. There are four groups of interns a year. All interns receive a stipend and free housing in furnished apartments. For more information about how to apply, visit http://shfwire.com/node/47.

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A new report finds that U.S. companies have trillions of dollars invested overseas and that many large companies pay far...
04/14/2016
Top U.S. companies stash over a trillion dollars in offshore tax havens | Scripps Howard...

A new report finds that U.S. companies have trillions of dollars invested overseas and that many large companies pay fare less than the corporate tax rate of 35 percent.

The 50 biggest U.S. companies relied on a secretive network of more than 1,600 disclosed subsidiaries in tax havens to stash more than a trillion dollars offshore, according to an Oxfam America report released Thursday.

Flint, Mich., isn't the only community in the country with a problematic water system. Across the country, cities and to...
04/13/2016
Fixing (and paying for) the country's crumbling water system | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Flint, Mich., isn't the only community in the country with a problematic water system. Across the country, cities and towns face crumbling pipes for water and sewer - failure could mean no water or overflowing sewage treatment system. Fixing the problems will cost a trillion dollars over 25 years.

Flint, Mich., isn't the only community in the country with a problematic water system. Across the country, cities and towns face crumbling pipes for water and sewer - failure could mean no water or overflowing sewage treatment system. Fixing the problems will cost a trillion dollars over 25 years.

It's the final day of the spring Semester in Washington Program and the start of the hiatus. Stay tuned for news about t...
04/13/2016

It's the final day of the spring Semester in Washington Program and the start of the hiatus. Stay tuned for news about the revised program. But we celebrated the last day for this group. A couple of selfies with E.W. Scripps in the bureau and a nice lunch. It's been a fun and productive semester.

04/13/2016

"It will take time for MLS to rival European leagues, in both tradition and level of play. But embracing the sport, as Americans seem to be doing, and investing in the league and its teams is also helpful."

The Semester in Washington program is winding down for the time being. Just one more day with the interns. Former intern...
04/12/2016

The Semester in Washington program is winding down for the time being. Just one more day with the interns. Former interns from the University of Texas at El Paso's student newspaper, The Prospector, and their adviser, Kathy Flores sent these beautiful flowers and a box of chocolates. Thanks to current UTEP intern Luis Gonzalez and all the others!

DC United has a loyal following among soccer fans, but some fans of the sport are loyal to teams in England or Spain. In...
04/12/2016
The pub, where U.S. soccer culture brews | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

DC United has a loyal following among soccer fans, but some fans of the sport are loyal to teams in England or Spain. Informal clubs gather at specific bars, no matter the time of day, to watch their favorite teams.

Week in and week out, supporters gather at unconventional hours to devote their total attention to games being played thousands of miles away. There are no side conversations, no email, no Facebook or Snapchat. They chant, curse, scream, cringe and drink - just as fans in the stadium do. But they ar…

Baseball is the only pro sport that turns the first day of the season into a near holiday, with parades, people who skip...
04/08/2016
Opening Day, baseball's best day of the season | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Baseball is the only pro sport that turns the first day of the season into a near holiday, with parades, people who skip work and ceremonial first pitches.

For the 11th time since baseball returned to the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals opened their home season Thursday as they hosted the Florida Marlins in front of a sellout crowd.

Antiquities experts say the Islamic State group funds its operations partly through the sale of looted artifacts. The gr...
04/08/2016
Experts urge stop to ISIS funding through stolen artifacts | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Antiquities experts say the Islamic State group funds its operations partly through the sale of looted artifacts. The group urged Congress to act on a bill to tighten the rules and said world leaders need to take action.

The Islamic State group receives millions of dollars by selling stolen, ancient artifacts from Middle Eastern countries to contribute to war expenses. Some of those artifacts end up on U.S. soil. A group of archeologists and researchers met Thursday at the Woodrow Wilson Center to discuss the growin…

First lady Michelle #Obama hosted a #Nowruz celebration at the White House Wednesday afternoon. Story at shfwire.com. SH...
04/07/2016

First lady Michelle #Obama hosted a #Nowruz celebration at the White House Wednesday afternoon. Story at shfwire.com. SHFWire photo by Erick Payne

First lady Michelle Obama planted her last White House kitchen garden on a chilly summer day with the help of 10-year-ol...
04/05/2016
NASA, kids, first lady plant White House garden | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

First lady Michelle Obama planted her last White House kitchen garden on a chilly summer day with the help of 10-year-olds from Colorado and Wisconsin and some of the children who helped plant the first one - now they are in high school.

For the final time of the Obama administration, the first lady and kids from across the country planted 1,700 square feet of produce in the White House kitchen garden.

President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a law that would limit corporate tax avoidance plans called tax invers...
04/05/2016
President Obama calls on Congress to end tax inversions | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a law that would limit corporate tax avoidance plans called tax inversions, when companies merge with overseas companies and move their headquarters there while maintaining most of their operations in the U.S.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on the Republican-controlled Congress to end tax inversions, praising new steps taken by the Treasury Department to curb the corporate practice.

Every three years thousands of artists submit portraits to a competition run by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gall...
04/04/2016
Smithsonian provides new platform to Latino artists | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Every three years thousands of artists submit portraits to a competition run by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. This year, for the first time, the work of three Latino artists made it into the exhibition at the museum.

Every three years, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery seeks work from artists from all over the country to highlight the art of portraiture. In its fourth edition, the competition received over 2,500 submissions. It chose 43 finalists, whose works will be on display through Jan. 8. This is th…

Tia Rinehart has been exploring the foster care system, especially what happens when young adults "age out" and are own ...
04/04/2016
Foster youth face 'grim outcomes' | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Tia Rinehart has been exploring the foster care system, especially what happens when young adults "age out" and are own their own with few resources. Foster children are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be homeless after they become adults. This story tells how advocates are trying to improve the system.

Sex trafficking, homelessness, teen pregnancy, abuse and a life without family: foster children often face these realities. After they leave the foster care system, it can be even worse.

Tia Rinehart has been exploring the foster care system, especially what happens when young adults "age out" and are own ...
04/02/2016
After nine moves in four years, former foster child finds stability | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Tia Rinehart has been exploring the foster care system, especially what happens when young adults "age out" and are own their own with few resources. After one girl ended up caring for five younger siblings and ended up in nine foster homes in four years, she was adopted as a teenager and has found stability in life.

AnneMarie Rainwater is 21 years old and has lived all over Tennessee but she wasn't moving with her family. She was moving from family to family. For her, four years of foster care meant nine different foster homes, nine different schools and nine different sets of foster parents.

Tia Rinehart has been exploring the foster care system, especially what happens when young adults "age out" and are own ...
04/01/2016
Former foster child overcomes abuse, neglect and homelessness | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Tia Rinehart has been exploring the foster care system, especially what happens when young adults "age out" and are own their own with few resources. Here is the first of three stories, this one about a young woman born to a crack addicted mother and who didn't have a birth certificate or Social Security number until she was 18. Now she works on Capitol Hill and is about to graduate from college.

This is one of three stories about problems foster children face. Some fare better than others, and advocates are supporting a bill to reform the system. WASHINGTON – Born in a crack house, Dominique Freeman tested positive for drugs at one day old. To this day, she is unsure of her birth date. But…

Anti-terrorism was one of the main topics at the nuclear summit that concluded today with a flurry of press releases and...
04/01/2016
At nuclear summit, terrorism is a major topic | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Anti-terrorism was one of the main topics at the nuclear summit that concluded today with a flurry of press releases and motorcades disrupting traffic all over town.

WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Security Summit has unleashed a flurry of activity in downtown Washington this week. From the hundreds of red-clad Chinese citizens welcoming their president, Xi Jinping, in the streets around his hotel to the anti-nuclear protest featuring a life-size inflatable missile an…

"Free Tibet Now" signs were held outside the Nuclear Summit on Thursday afternoon, where protesters rallied while Presid...
03/31/2016

"Free Tibet Now" signs were held outside the Nuclear Summit on Thursday afternoon, where protesters rallied while President Xi Jinping of China took part in the summit. SHFWire photo by Erick Payne

Karina Meier has her credentials, and now she is off to cover the nuclear summit that begins later today. She wrote a pr...
03/31/2016

Karina Meier has her credentials, and now she is off to cover the nuclear summit that begins later today. She wrote a preview of the issues yesterday.

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03/31/2016
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Very excited to be a part of this docuseries from Investigation Discovery, along with Caitlin Turner. They've been great to work with and are truly interested in the underlying causes of the missing women, not just the rumors. Looking forward to June 6. http://ow.ly/1087KV

The heads of 56 countries are arriving in Washington this week to discuss nuclear issues. President Barack Obama is the ...
03/30/2016
The Nuclear Security Summit: what to expect | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

The heads of 56 countries are arriving in Washington this week to discuss nuclear issues. President Barack Obama is the host for the final meeting in a series of four. All the motorcades and security around the city's convention center will also cause traffic jams.

The capital is facing a high profile event this week when leaders from 56 countries gather for the Nuclear Security Summit that starts Thursday. For two days, President Barack Obama will host leaders from across the world to discuss key issues in nuclear nonproliferation and security.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa holds a press conference following shots fired at the Capitol Visitor's Cent...
03/28/2016

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa holds a press conference following shots fired at the Capitol Visitor's Center at approximately 2:39 p.m. on Monday. The man who attempted to bring a gun into the Capitol, who has not yet been identified, is currently undergoing surgery from injuries sustained after being shot by Capitol police. No officers were injured. A female in her forties suffered minor injuries that she is currently being treated for. Follow us @shfwire for more coverage. SHFWire photo by Karina Meier

What happens after you finish your first marathon? Check out this blog by Karina Meier. She depicts her post-race experi...
03/24/2016
Finishing a marathon - and then what? | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

What happens after you finish your first marathon? Check out this blog by Karina Meier. She depicts her post-race experience in a cartoon strip.

WASHINGTON – I ran my first marathon, Rock & Roll DC, almost two weeks ago. A lot of the race was a blur, but I had the time of my life. I drew this little comic to show what happened after I finished. Reach reporter Karina Meier at [email protected] or 202-408-1491. SHFWire stories are free…

The Supreme Court heard a challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by groups affiliated with churches who argued tha...
03/23/2016
Supreme Court considers contraception and Obamacare | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

The Supreme Court heard a challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by groups affiliated with churches who argued that even signing a paper saying they would not provide contraceptives to employees - and allowing the government to do so at no cost - violated their rights.

Eight justices heard one of the most watched cases of the year Wednesday. Schools, nursing homes and other institutions run by religious groups say they should not be forced to even sign a document allowing the government to provide contraceptives to their employees.

Scientists, environmental activists from all over the country gathered at the White House for a summit to discuss water ...
03/22/2016
In Washington, a summit to address nation's water problems | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Scientists, environmental activists from all over the country gathered at the White House for a summit to discuss water problems, from droughts to floods to increasing temperatures. They also got to play with some cool displays that illustrated problems and solutions.

The United States does not have a major water problem - it has several major water problems. That was the realization of EPA official Jeffery Lape, so he gathered groups from across the country Tuesday for the White House Water Summit.

A nonpartisan political organization launched a program to encourage millennials, who are underrepresented in political ...
03/22/2016
Millennials, underrepresented, encouraged to run for public office | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

A nonpartisan political organization launched a program to encourage millennials, who are underrepresented in political office to run. The 19-year-old mayor of Indian Head, Md., was on hand to endorse the effort.

A 19-year-old mayor and a political advocacy group are fighting for millennials to take public office. Action for America, a non-partisan advocacy group working to empower millennials to run for public office, launched the initiative Tuesday at the National Press Club.

All three Republican presidential candidates pledged their support for Israel in speeches to AIPAC that drew cheers and ...
03/22/2016
Republicans take the stage at AIPAC | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

All three Republican presidential candidates pledged their support for Israel in speeches to AIPAC that drew cheers and laughter from thousands attending the conference at the Verizon Center in Washington.

All three Republican presidential hopefuls and House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke Monday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference about their commitment to the state of Israel.

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. in September, his use of a compact gray Fiat instead of a limousine charmed Americans...
03/21/2016
Pope Francis' compact car reappears in D.C. | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

When Pope Francis visited the U.S. in September, his use of a compact gray Fiat instead of a limousine charmed Americans. The two Fiats are back in Washington for use in charity work. A cut-out Pope Francis and one of the cars made an appearance in town today, attracting more attention from the media than the public.

Pope Francis electrified crowds in the nation’s capital during his September visit. And so did his cars. One of the two gray Fiat 500Ls that he rode in made a repeat appearance Monday at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Hillary Clinton was the first of four presidential candidates to speak at the pro-Israel AIPAC conference Monday. She di...
03/21/2016
Clinton on Israel: 'America can't ever be neutral' | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

Hillary Clinton was the first of four presidential candidates to speak at the pro-Israel AIPAC conference Monday. She didn't name Republican rival Donald Trump, but she criticized what she said were his conflicting statements about U.S.-Israel relations. Anti-Trump protesters say they will be outside the Verizon Center before his scheduled 5 p.m. speech. Watch for more stories later today.

Hillary Clinton said Monday that she was prepared to take the relationship between the U.S. and Israel to the next level. "We need steady hands,” she said “not a president who says he’s neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday and who-knows-what on Wednesday."

A House committee finally got its wish - the chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., about the water crisis in Fli...
03/18/2016
House committee grills Mich. governor about Flint crisis | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

A House committee finally got its wish - the chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., about the water crisis in Flint. Some committee members called for Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who also testified, to resign.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder finally appeared before a congressional committee Thursday to testify about the water crisis in Flint. The House Committee on Government and Oversight Reform has been asking for Snyder to appear since the first hearing about the water crisis Feb. 3.

A Senate committee grilled executives of Turing Pharmaceuticals over the 5000 percent increase in the price of a life-sa...
03/18/2016
Senators express outrage over drug price rise | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

A Senate committee grilled executives of Turing Pharmaceuticals over the 5000 percent increase in the price of a life-saving drug and heard testimony about the agony some patients endured as they tried to find a way to pay for it.

A Senate committee examined the effects of the price increase of a drug that went from $13.50 a pill to $750 last year. Witnesses included patients and representatives of the company that sells the drug.

The spring Semester in Washington interns attended the College Media Association convention earlier this week in New Yor...
03/16/2016

The spring Semester in Washington interns attended the College Media Association convention earlier this week in New York. We got together for dinner with former interns also attending the convention and some who are working in New York.

Seated from left: Tia Rinehart, spring 2016, Southern Illinois U.; Ilana Strauss, spring 2010, U. of Illinois; Jody Beck, program director; Cathryn Walker, spring 2014, U. of Texas-Austin.

Standing from left: Erica King, spring 2016, Ohio U.; Karina Meier, spring 2016, University of Lima, Peru; Amanda Guillen, fall, 2015, U. of Texas-El Paso; Luis Gonzalez, spring 2016, U. of Texas-El Paso; Heather Khalifa, 2015-2016 post-graduate multimedia fellow, Stony Brook U.; Erick Payne, spring 2016, U. of Oklahoma; Jose Soto, spring 2015, U. of Texas-El Paso; Robin Siteneski, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Brazil; Jasmine Aguilera, spring 2013, U. of Texas-El Paso; Luke Torrance, spring 2016, Ohio University; Alejando Alba, spring 2014, U. of Texas-El Paso.

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