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Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
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Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies
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Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and his decision to intercede in criminal cases involving President Donald Trump’s close associates. The attorney... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall
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Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

Pandemic Hit Postal Service Finances Hard, but $25 Billion Rescue Deal Remains Stuck in Senate
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Pandemic Hit Postal Service Finances Hard, but $25 Billion Rescue Deal Remains Stuck in Senate

WASHINGTON — Every day the U.S. Postal Service delivers 430 million letters and packages, including 4 million prescriptions, from Mesquite to Marfa, and from the high rises of Manhattan to the shores of Maui. “We’d be lost without it, truthfully,”... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
Geopolitics
Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
2020-07-28 20:33:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is urging the chamber to take up two measures aimed at responding to reports of a Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In... Read More

Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
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Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
2020-07-28 20:31:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Just a few months ago, Braudilia Mendez had four employees to help care for the toddlers at Curious Mind, a bilingual child care center in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. But when the pandemic struck, Mendez was forced to... Read More

House Judiciary Democrats Set to Grill Attorney General Barr
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House Judiciary Democrats Set to Grill Attorney General Barr

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have wanted to question Attorney General William Barr at an oversight hearing for more than a year, so they have a dizzying list of controversial topics for what promises to be a... Read More

Rep. John Lewis Honored as ‘The Conscience of the Congress’ in Capitol Ceremony
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Rep. John Lewis Honored as ‘The Conscience of the Congress’ in Capitol Ceremony

  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is now the first African American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, an honor bestowed upon the man who colleagues regard as “the conscience of the Congress.” House Speaker Nancy... Read More

House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
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House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
2020-07-27 20:52:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House on Monday voted to approve legislation that would create a national Latino museum on the National Mall. The initiative, which had widespread bipartisan support, passed unanimously Monday morning by a voice vote. If the measure passes... Read More

Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
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Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
2020-07-27 19:37:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Americans left jobless due to the COVID-19 pandemic could soon gain greater economic peace of mind thanks to a bill introduced Monday by Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash. The Worker Relief and Security Act ties... Read More

Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win
Business
Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win

WASHINGTON — One Los Angeles business owner allegedly went to Las Vegas and gambled away some of the $9 million he received in emergency government loans earmarked for his employees. A Texas man is accused of using his $1.5 million... Read More

As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill
Economy
As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill

WASHINGTON — With a $600-a-week unemployment benefit expiring this week, senior White House aides continued to suggest Sunday that a jobless benefit that was too generous would discourage people from going back to work. The officials said a short-term stopgap... Read More

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