Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy and helps direct national coverage as deputy Washington bureau chief for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Death of Russian dissident raises stakes for U.S. aid to Ukraine, Biden warns 

By: - February 19, 2024

President Joe Biden urged U.S. House Republicans on Friday to approve funding for Ukraine after Russian dissident Alexei Navalny died in the custody of Vladimir Putin’s government. Speaking from the White House Friday afternoon, Biden said the death of Navalny, a persistent critic of Russian President Putin, should add urgency to assisting Ukraine’s defense against […]

U.S. House passes bill to reverse Biden pause of some liquified natural gas exports

By: - February 16, 2024

The U.S. House voted Thursday to approve a bill that would preempt the Biden administration’s move last month to pause new approvals for some liquified natural gas exports. Nine Democrats voted with every Republican in favor of the bill, which the chamber approved 224-200. The bill would remove the federal requirement that the Department of […]

Worried Biden and Trump are too old to be president? Calm down, experts on aging say

By: - February 16, 2024

​​Age should not preclude either Joe Biden or Donald Trump from serving another four years as president, a group of aging experts said Thursday at a webinar organized by the American Federation for Aging Research. If Biden, 81, and Trump, 77, are the candidates on Election Day, as appears likely right now, they would break […]

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

By: and - February 16, 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 […]

Biden administration picks airports for nearly $1 billion in terminal upgrades

By: - February 15, 2024

The Biden administration will send close to $1 billion to airports across the country to upgrade terminal facilities, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday. The $970 million in grants will go to 144 airports in 44 states and three territories. Earmarked for terminal improvements, Buttigieg and other administration officials said the grants would fund projects […]

Former GOP officials warn of ‘terrifying possibilities’ if Trump immunity claim accepted

By: and - February 14, 2024

WASHINGTON — Accepting former President Donald Trump’s claim of presidential immunity would embolden future presidents to use military force to stay in office indefinitely, a group of anti-Trump Republican former officials warned in a Tuesday brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rejecting Trump’s immunity claim, which he has said should protect him from prosecution on […]

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

By: and - February 13, 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 […]

Democrats allege RFK Jr. campaign took illegal help to collect signatures in states

By: - February 12, 2024

The Democratic National Committee on Friday accused Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of illegally coordinating with a super PAC to gather signatures for his independent presidential campaign. In a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, the DNC alleged American Values 2024, a super PAC supporting Kennedy, collected signatures to put Kennedy’s name on the ballot in […]

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

By: and - February 7, 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 […]

Biden’s natural gas export pause fought over by U.S. House panel

By: - February 7, 2024

Members of a U.S. House panel on climate and energy issues split along party lines Tuesday about the Biden administration’s recent move to pause new approvals of liquified natural gas exports. Republicans called a hearing to challenge the Energy Department’s announcement last month that it would indefinitely bar new LNG permits to non-free-trade partners as […]

Trump federal election interference trial delayed pending appeal

By: - February 5, 2024

A federal judge on Friday officially postponed former President Donald Trump’s trial on charges he conspired to overturn the 2020 election results. The trial, which had been scheduled to begin March 4, will be delayed while an appeals court rules on Trump’s claim that he can’t be prosecuted because the charges stem from actions he […]

Biden administration sanctions ‘extremist’ Israeli settlers in West Bank

By: - February 2, 2024

President Joe Biden sanctioned four Israeli settlers in the West Bank on Thursday, part of an administration effort to curb civilian casualties in the region as Israel’s war with Hamas continues. Biden signed an executive order authorizing financial sanctions that can be applied to both Israelis and Palestinians who engage in acts of violence on […]