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Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate
2020-07-02 12:23:33
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WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled Senate. But it fired a political warning shot: Democrats view climate change as a top issue for an already turbulent... Read More

Economy

House Clears Bill Extending Loan Program for Small Businesses to Aug. 8
Economy
House Clears Bill Extending Loan Program for Small Businesses to Aug. 8
2020-07-02 12:26:38
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WASHINGTON — A day after the Senate passed a last-minute extension of the Paycheck Protection Program loan application deadline, the House did the same Wednesday, clearing the bill for the president.  Somewhat unexpectedly, the Senate by unanimous consent passed a... Read More

Social Media

Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate
Social Media
Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate
2020-07-02 12:32:24
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WASHINGTON — Bipartisan support for a pair of Senate bills that would force social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to change their content moderation policies could mark a turning point in Washington’s ongoing efforts to maintain greater control... Read More

Mental Health

Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
Mental Health
Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
2020-07-01 14:50:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A psychologist and psychiatrist on Tuesday suggested Congress provide stronger federal intervention to prevent a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. They said suicides and substance abuse are on the upswing as Americans struggle with quarantines, social... Read More

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Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends
Health
Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends
2020-07-01 14:30:24
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WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease specialist warned Tuesday that the United States could see up to 100,000 new cases per day of the virus that causes COVID-19 if the nation does not take steps to control the pandemic.... Read More

Treasury Secretary, Fed Chairman Split on Urgency of Congressional Relief Action
Economy
Treasury Secretary, Fed Chairman Split on Urgency of Congressional Relief Action
2020-07-01 14:27:15
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WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell have worked hand in hand to soften the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19, but they don’t appear to see eye to eye on the potential for a quick... Read More

Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
Geopolitics
Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
2020-07-01 14:22:22
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin is back under the microscope amid accusations that he ignored intelligence that Russia offered to pay Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Democrats returning from a classified briefing at... Read More

Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years
Campaign Finance
Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years
2020-07-02 12:36:48
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WASHINGTON — Billionaires gave 37 times as much in political contributions in the last election as they did 10 years earlier, according to a new study. During the 2018 election cycle, billionaires gave $611 million, up from $17 million in... Read More

High Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools
Education
High Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools
2020-06-30 21:12:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struck down a ban on taxpayer funding for religious schools on Tuesday, saying such institutions can't be prevented from participating in programs that use public funds to support private education. The 5-4 ruling upheld a... Read More

GOP’s Big Day in Jacksonville Coincides With 60th Anniversary of ‘Ax Handle Saturday’
2020 Elections
GOP’s Big Day in Jacksonville Coincides With 60th Anniversary of ‘Ax Handle Saturday’
2020-06-30 19:12:43
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Aug. 27 was already starred on the Jacksonville calendar. Then the city learned President Donald Trump was coming to town. Trump is scheduled to accept the Republican presidential nomination in Jacksonville on the 60th anniversary of Ax... Read More

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