Dan McCue

Dan McCue is the Content Editor of The Well News. McCue has over two decades of experience in covering government, politics, business, the environment and law. He began his career in media as an editorial staff assistant at the New Yorker magazine. Since then his work has been published in a number of publications including the Stuart News, Renewable Energy Magazine, the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Newsday, the Riverdale Press, Hartford Courant, World Trade Magazine, and Courthouse News Service, among others.

He also hosted his own public affair’s cable television program, “Insight Nassau,” was a regular panelist on News 12 Long Island’s “Reporter’s Roundable” program and made frequent guest appearances on WGBB radio on Long Island, speaking on government, politics and business.

Recent Work

House Democrats Hand DeLauro Appropriations Gavel
Congress
House Democrats Hand DeLauro Appropriations Gavel
December 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the end, it wasn't even close. After a year of behind-the-scenes campaigning by a trio of candidates, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, of Connecticut, has been chosen to lead the House Appropriations Committee in the 117th Congress. Both Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida, and... Read More

Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
Congress
Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
December 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, of New York, won a close race to lead the House Democrats' campaign arm during the 117th Congress, narrowly defeating Rep. Tony Cárdenas, of California, 119-107 in a secret ballot. The outcome of the vote, which was conducted remotely during... Read More

VP-Elect Harris Selects Flournoy, Others For Her White House Senior Staff
Political News
VP-Elect Harris Selects Flournoy, Others For Her White House Senior Staff
December 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named three individuals who'll be part of her senior staff in the White House, including veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy, as her chief of staff. Flournoy's appointment as Harris' top staffer adds to a team of advisers led by... Read More

Federal Workers Can Press Back Pay Case Over 2019 Shut Down
Employment
Federal Workers Can Press Back Pay Case Over 2019 Shut Down
December 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thousands of federal employees can proceed with a class act in which they claim they were forced to work without pay during the 35-day partial government shutdown that extended from late 2018 to early 2019. “The claims brought by plaintiffs in this case are... Read More

Hart Mounts Challenge to Outcome in Iowa's Second District
State News
Hart Mounts Challenge to Outcome in Iowa's Second District
December 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WHEATLAND, Iowa - Democrat Rita Hart is challenging the vote totals in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, two days after a state board certified Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner in a contest that came down to just six votes. The race is the closest federal election in... Read More

House Releases 2021 Legislative Calendar
Congress
House Releases 2021 Legislative Calendar
December 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The first session of the 117th Congress will convene at noon on a Sunday in January and have an extra-long August recess, according to the House calendar released by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday. And of course, the chamber will continue its current... Read More

Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
Congressional Caucuses
Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
December 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Reps. Stephanie Murphy, of Florida, and Jimmy Panetta, of California, have been named chief deputy whips for the 11th Congress, House Majority Whip James Clyburn announced Wednesday. In addition, Clyburn announced that Reps. G.K. Butterfield, of North Carolina, and Jan Schakowsky, of Illinois, have... Read More

DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
Congressional Caucuses
DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
December 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Suzan DelBene, of Washington State, was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as the next chair of the New Democrat Coalition. In addition, the coalition of moderate Democrats elected five individuals -- Reps. Ami Bera, of California, Sharice Davids, of Kansas, Annie Kuster, of... Read More

Biden Inaugural Committee Limits Donors to $500K
Political News
Biden Inaugural Committee Limits Donors to $500K
December 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The committee raising money for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is limiting individual contributions to no more than $500,000, and corporate contributions to no more that $1 million, according to an official involved in the planning of the event. The contribution limits were initially reported... Read More

Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
2020 Elections
Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
December 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered voting fraud at a scale that could have affected the results of the presidential election. Barr's comments, made during an interview with the Associated Press, fly in the face of President... Read More

Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up
Political News
Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up
December 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

Now into their second week of freshman orientation, incoming members of Congress are beginning to pick up the pace of building their staff for the 117th Congress. Each member-elect can access funds to officially hire one staffer for the interim period, and most of the names... Read More

Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
Congress
Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
December 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators were joined by members of the House Problem Solvers conference Tuesday to endorse a $908 billion COVID economic relief bill they say should carry the nation into the early spring. The proposal, described by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as a... Read More

Yellen Officially Gets Treasury Nod, Biden Econ Team Manifests Diversity
Economy
Yellen Officially Gets Treasury Nod, Biden Econ Team Manifests Diversity
November 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, confirming after a week of speculation, that he would nominate Janet Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair, to be the first woman to head the Treasury Department, In a statement, Biden said he... Read More

Iowa Canvassing Board Certifies Republican as Winner of 2nd District Race
State News
Iowa Canvassing Board Certifies Republican as Winner of 2nd District Race
November 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

In the end, it came down to a razor thin margin of six votes out of 394,441 cast, but that was margin enough for the Iowa state canvassing board Monday to declare Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks winner of the state's hotly contested 2nd Congressional District race. On... Read More

Biden, Harris Form Presidential Inaugural Committee
Political News
Biden, Harris Form Presidential Inaugural Committee
November 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris unveiled their Presidential Inaugural Committee on Monday, as preparations continue for their swearing in on Jan. 20. Although final plans for the inauguration are still somewhat up in the air due to the ever-changing circumstances... Read More

New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
White House
New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
November 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There has probably never been a comprehensive tome on the American presidency quite like this one. Entitled "Wine and the White House: A History" and coming in at 456 pages, this new, elegant offering from the White House Historical Association is a tour de... Read More

Uncalled House Race in Iowa Grows Ever Tighter
2020 Elections
Uncalled House Race in Iowa Grows Ever Tighter
November 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

Throughout the 2020 election cycle a persistent narrative was just how divided the United States has become. But an as-yet uncalled House race in Iowa is taking the concept of a nation equally divided between Republicans and Democrats to a whole new level. Since Monday, the... Read More

Pennsylvania Suspends Alcohol Sales at Bars, Restaurants on Thanksgiving Eve
State News
Pennsylvania Suspends Alcohol Sales at Bars, Restaurants on Thanksgiving Eve
November 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It wasn't the kind of breaking news one expected while scanning Pennsylvania's all news radio stations for word on the state certifying the 2020 election results. "Now back to our top story," one news anchor after another said over the course of the... Read More

The Trump Election Lawsuit Chronicles
2020 Elections
The Trump Election Lawsuit Chronicles
November 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Getting a formal concession, finally, might all come down to this. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of appeals on Monday granted a request from President Donald Trump's campaign to consider, on an expedited basis, an appeal of a mere facet of a federal judge's... Read More

National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving
Space
National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving
November 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

BOULDER, Colo. - A giant sunspot is expected to traverse the Earth-facing side of the Sun by Thanksgiving, according to scientists at the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory. They based their prediction, first made on Nov. 18, on a special technique called helioseismology. It allows... Read More

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Certifies Presidential Election Results
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Certifies Presidential Election Results
November 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar certified the results of the 2020 presidential election Tuesday, after all 67 counties in the state certified their individual results late Monday night. A short time later, as required by federal law, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the... Read More

Feinstein Won't Seek Top Democrat Spot on Judiciary Committee
U.S. Senate
Feinstein Won't Seek Top Democrat Spot on Judiciary Committee
November 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Monday she will step down as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee when the 117th Congress convenes in January, apparently bowing to critics who believe she wasn't aggressive enough in her handling of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court... Read More

Hoyer, Durbin Aides Named to Biden Legislative Affairs Team
Political News
Hoyer, Durbin Aides Named to Biden Legislative Affairs Team
November 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden has selected top aides to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin to serve in key roles on his White House legislative affairs team. Shuwanza Goff, who has been serving as Majority Leader Hoyer's floor director... Read More

Biden Makes History Nominating First Latino Homeland Security Chief, First Woman to Head Intelligence
Political News
Biden Makes History Nominating First Latino Homeland Security Chief, First Woman to Head Intelligence
November 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden unveiled several of his top national security picks on Monday, his campaign revealing he will nominate Avril Haines to be his director of national intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas, to be his secretary of Homeland Security. In both cases, the nominations... Read More

The Christmas Season has Officially Arrived on Capitol Hill
In The News
The Christmas Season has Officially Arrived on Capitol Hill
November 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Bathed in chill sunlight and standing just yards from where work crews continue to build the platform for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the Capitol Christmas tree was already a destination in its own right Monday as a handful of families gravitated to... Read More

Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
Congress
Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
November 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - During a week when newly elected members of Congress were all over Capitol Hill for their formal orientation, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., remembered how vastly different her experience was in 2012. Jay Inslee, the previous representative of Washington State's 1st Congressional District, had decided... Read More

New Jersey Governor Extends Election-Related Deadlines
State News
New Jersey Governor Extends Election-Related Deadlines
November 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Thursday night, extending the deadline by which counties must certify the results of the 2020 election. The immediate effect of the order relates to two counties, Ocean and Salem, whose boards of elections have... Read More

Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like
Economy
Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like
November 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy group, and the North America's Building Trades Unions have entered into a pact to train an offshore wind construction workforce as the firm eyes construction of a series of wind farm projects up and down the East Coast. The deal comes... Read More

House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
Congress
House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
November 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats completed their second of two days of leadership election by elevating Rep. Pete Aguilar of California to the position of caucus vice chair. The 148-82 vote, in which he prevailed over Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois, makes Aguilar the highest-ranking Latino on... Read More

CDC Urges Americans to Forego Thanksgiving Travel, Visits With Extended Family
Travel
CDC Urges Americans to Forego Thanksgiving Travel, Visits With Extended Family
November 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- It is traditionally the largest travel holiday of the year, however, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans not to travel during this Thanksgiving holiday and to skip gatherings with family members outside their households. Officials with the agency... Read More

Smithsonian Institution to Re-Close Museums, National Zoo Due to COVID Spike
Museums
Smithsonian Institution to Re-Close Museums, National Zoo Due to COVID Spike
November 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Institution will temporarily re-close all of its museums and the National Zoo due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region and across the country. The closures, which will begin Monday, Nov. 23, will impact all eight Smithsonian facilities in... Read More

Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
Political News
Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
November 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats nominated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to lead the chamber for another two years on Wednesday in a virtual voice vote that reflected a triumphant rebound in her stature among members, two years after a rebellious faction tried to topple her. Though some... Read More

Report: Shortened Transition Could Dramatically Slow Filling of 1,200 Executive Branch Jobs
White House
Report: Shortened Transition Could Dramatically Slow Filling of 1,200 Executive Branch Jobs
November 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The abbreviated transition caused by the Trump administration's refusal to recognize President-elect Joe Biden's victory could impair the new president's ability to fill the more than 1,200 executive branch jobs requiring Senate confirmation, a new report says. The white paper prepared for the Center... Read More

Shelves Bare of Toilet Paper, New State Restrictions as COVID Remains Stubborn Adversary
State News
Shelves Bare of Toilet Paper, New State Restrictions as COVID Remains Stubborn Adversary
November 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

It's the time of year when many of us start to think "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," but for residents of an ever-growing number of states, this November is starting to look an awful lot like March all over again. That's because a... Read More

Palmer Elected to Second Term as Republican Policy Committee Chairman
Congressional Caucuses
Palmer Elected to Second Term as Republican Policy Committee Chairman
November 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Gary Palmer has been elected chairman of the Republican Policy Committee for the 117th Congress. This is the Alabama Republican's second consecutive term as chairman, his having held the post in the 116th Congress. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support and... Read More

Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
Marijuana
Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
November 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

Richmond, Va. - Virginia could reap more than $300 million in tax revenue a year if lawmakers were to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the Commonwealth's legislative watchdog. In a new report, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says it would take about five years... Read More

Biden Announces Members of Senior White House Staff
White House
Biden Announces Members of Senior White House Staff
November 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden announced several appointments to his White House senior staff on Tuesday, assembling his administration even as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to acknowledge the Democrat's election victory. Mike Donilon, the chief strategist for Biden's campaign and a long-time adviser, will... Read More

House Caucuses Prepare for Leadership Votes
Congress
House Caucuses Prepare for Leadership Votes
November 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's the election insiders were talking about while most of America was still wondering what would happen on Election Day. Every two years, the election of a new Congress is followed closely by caucus leadership elections. On Tuesday, the House Republican caucus will hold... Read More

Preparations for Inauguration Continue at Capitol Despite COVID Uncertainty
In The News
Preparations for Inauguration Continue at Capitol Despite COVID Uncertainty
November 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite known unknowns including when the 2020 presidential election will definitively end and what the status of the coronavirus pandemic will be at the time, preparations for the 59th inaugural ceremonies continues apace on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Already, the spot... Read More

New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
Congress
New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
November 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - They came from Texas and Colorado and New York and New Mexico. Some came in family SUVs, others in taxi cabs. But what they had in common as they arrived at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on a gray and rainy Thursday in Washington... Read More

Alito: COVID Crisis Has Been a ‘Constitutional Stress Test’
Supreme Court
Alito: COVID Crisis Has Been a ‘Constitutional Stress Test’
November 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., told the Federalist Society in a keynote address Thursday night the coronavirus pandemic has led to "previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty." "I am not diminishing the severity of the virus's threat to public health," Alito continued in a... Read More

Bustos Named Steering Committee Co-Chair, DeLauro Making Bid for Appropriations
Congress
Bustos Named Steering Committee Co-Chair, DeLauro Making Bid for Appropriations
November 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has been nominated to serve as co-chair of the Democratic caucus' Steering and Policy Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday. Bustos will replace Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, who informed the speaker last month of her decision to run... Read More

Georgia Secretary of State Announces Hand Recount of Presidential Race
State News
Georgia Secretary of State Announces Hand Recount of Presidential Race
November 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday that the state will conduct a hand recount of all ballots cast in last week's presidential contest. The announcement came during a news conference at which Raffensperger continued to deflect pressure from fellow Georgia Republicans who... Read More

Biden Transition Names Agency Review Teams
Political News
Biden Transition Names Agency Review Teams
November 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump may be refusing to concede the 2020 election, but that's not stopping the Biden transition team from moving forward with its preparations to assume office. On Tuesday it unveiled the agency review teams that will lay the groundwork within federal agencies... Read More

New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
Congress
New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
November 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition is out with its assessment of the 2020 election and they believe voters clearly endorsed pragmatic Democrats and their espoused approach to controlling the pandemic, making a full economic recovery and moving the country forward. “Voters all across America... Read More

Veterans Group Sees Ally In Biden on Toxic Exposure Issue
Veterans
Veterans Group Sees Ally In Biden on Toxic Exposure Issue
November 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The head of the nation's largest advocacy group for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans predicted Tuesday that 2021 will be a very good year for those who have long sought comprehensive aid for soldiers harmed by burn pit and toxin exposure in those wars.... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Likely to Preserve Most of Affordable Care Act
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Likely to Preserve Most of Affordable Care Act
November 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- So much for the new conservative majority of the Supreme Court dismantling the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, during oral arguments for California v. Texas, one of this term's most anticipated cases, two members of that majority, suggested they're not inclined to strike down... Read More

America Will Likely Have to Wait for Biden Cabinet Picks
Political News
America Will Likely Have to Wait for Biden Cabinet Picks
November 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden wasted no time in assembling the new coronavirus task force he unveiled Monday, but it will likely be early December before the majority of Americans learn who the new president has picked for his cabinet. The plan, according to people familiar... Read More

McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
Political News
McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
November 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaking out on the presidential election for the first time since the race was called in Democrat Joe Biden's favor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said President Donald Trump is "100% within his rights" to challenge the outcome. In remarks delivered on the... Read More

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Appears to be 90% Effective
Health
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Appears to be 90% Effective
November 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

Stocks surged around the world Monday after Pfizer announced that early results from trials of its coronavirus vaccine suggest the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. But President-elect Joe Biden quickly reminded Americans that the good news does not mean it's time to abandon... Read More

Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader for 117th Congress
Congress
Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader for 117th Congress
November 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is once again running for the Democrat-controlled House's second most powerful position. In a letter to fellow Democrats made public Saturday, Hoyer said he's proud of the unity and success the party has enjoyed since regaining the House majority... Read More

Biden Names Coronavirus Advisory Board
Health
Biden Names Coronavirus Advisory Board
November 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden announced the members of his new coronavirus task force Monday morning, putting the contentious 2020 presidential campaign behind him and moving definitively on to the transition. Biden said repeatedly during the campaign that "crushing" the pandemic once and for all would... Read More

Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
State News
Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
November 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he's been lobbied for months about who would fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat should she be elected vice president, and he admitted it hasn't been fun. "It's not something I'd wish on my worst enemy," he told... Read More

Biden Has Presidency in Reach After Gains in Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
Biden Has Presidency in Reach After Gains in Pennsylvania
November 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON— Former Vice President Joe Biden had the presidency within his reach Friday evening, as he continued to hold onto narrow but apparently solid leads over President Donald Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania. Revised vote counts trickled in throughout the day, but... Read More

House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
Economy
House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
November 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 638,000 jobs in the month of October, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.9%, the Labor Department reported Friday. But Congressional Democrats noted the pace of renewed hiring isn't nearly enough to quickly get the millions of Americans thrown out of... Read More

Trump Campaign Sues to Temporarily Block Michigan Vote Counting
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Sues to Temporarily Block Michigan Vote Counting
November 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. -- The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Michigan claiming its election observers have not been granted "meaningful" access to the counting process. As of about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by about 1%... Read More

'We Are Exactly Where We Said We Would Be,' Pennsylvania Secretary of State Says
State News
'We Are Exactly Where We Said We Would Be,' Pennsylvania Secretary of State Says
November 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As the nation anxiously awaited the outcome of the 2020 presidential election Wednesday, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar advised the general public and a phalanx of reporters gathered before her to be patient. “We are exactly where we said we would be,”... Read More

Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
State News
Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
November 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Voters last night approved an amendment to the state constitution that will create a bipartisan redistricting commission, putting an end, once and for all, to years of court battles over partisan gerrymandering. With 98% of election precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning,... Read More

Federal Officials Say No Major Problems Reported In Early Voting
2020 Elections
Federal Officials Say No Major Problems Reported In Early Voting
November 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Federal officials monitoring voting and threats to the 2020 election said they've seen no major problems, but they continue to urge the public to be both watchful and patient as they head to the polls. All told, the U.S. Justice Department has deployed personnel... Read More

Trump Suggests to Supporters Dr. Fauci Will Be Fired After Election
Political News
Trump Suggests to Supporters Dr. Fauci Will Be Fired After Election
November 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Though President Donald Trump doesn't technically have the power to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, he suggested during one his final campaign appearances Monday that supporters won't have long to wait for the ouster of the nation's top infectious disease expert. Trump has been continually... Read More

Justice Barrett Participates in Her First Supreme Court Arguments
Supreme Court
Justice Barrett Participates in Her First Supreme Court Arguments
November 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined her new colleagues on the Supreme Court Monday, participating in oral arguments for the first time. The cases on the docket Monday were no head-turners. The first, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club Inc., concerned public disclosure... Read More

Cunningham, Reed, Call for COVID-19 Relief, Civility During Bipartisan Town Hall
Congress
Cunningham, Reed, Call for COVID-19 Relief, Civility During Bipartisan Town Hall
November 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It came as no surprise last week when the majority of questions posed to two members of Congress during a virtual town hall Friday focused on currently stalled negotiations over the next COVID-19 relief package. Despite being on opposite sides of the aisle, both... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Makes Last Push Contributions In Name of Party Unity
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Makes Last Push Contributions In Name of Party Unity
October 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, the NewDem Action Fund has backed 31 congressional candidates by either adding them to its "watch list" or fully endorsing them. But on Friday night came word the fund, the political arm of the New Democrat... Read More

Supreme Court Won't Delay Vote in Minnesota Congressional Contest
2020 Elections
Supreme Court Won't Delay Vote in Minnesota Congressional Contest
October 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected a Republican candidate's attempt to delay the vote in a high-profile congressional race in Minnesota following the unexpected death of a third-party candidate. The date of the vote in Minnesota's Second Congressional District was thrown into question in September,... Read More

New Marquette Poll Finds Biden Lead Over Trump Stable at Five Percentage Points
Opinion Polls
New Marquette Poll Finds Biden Lead Over Trump Stable at Five Percentage Points
October 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

The last Marquette Law School poll to be released before Election Day finds former Vice President Joe Biden the choice of 48% of likely voters in Wisconsin, with President Donald Trump trailing with the support of just 43% of likely voters. The poll found 7% of... Read More

South Carolina Counties Told Not to Reject Absentee Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures
State News
South Carolina Counties Told Not to Reject Absentee Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures
October 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has prohibited the rejection of absentee ballots in South Carolina on the basis of a perceived mismatch of the voter's signature and ordered a review of any ballots already set aside due to alleged signature discrepancies. In a ruling handed down Tuesday, U.S.... Read More

Biden Seen As Big Winner in Election 2020 Forecast
2020 Elections
Biden Seen As Big Winner in Election 2020 Forecast
October 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden has about an 86% chance of winning next week's presidential election and could come away with 344-350 electoral college votes, according to Sabato's Crystal Ball, a publication of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. The forecast was developed... Read More

Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service
2020 Elections
Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service
October 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A pair of advertisements, one funded by a super PAC dedicated to securing... Read More

Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020 Elections
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
October 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had not a moment of doubt, he... Read More

Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
State News
Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
October 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court put the brakes on a lower court order that would have allowed curbside voting in Alabama in November. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy... Read More

National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
Media
National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
October 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The BCC microphone used by CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow during his historic broadcast from war-torn London during World War II is taking up temporary residence at the National Press Club this fall. Casey Murrow, the legendary journalist's son, agreed to the loan while... Read More

Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
Voting
Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
October 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Consider it another sign of an increasing partisan divide -- heading into the final week of the 2020 election cycle, only 4% of registered voters in states with a Senate contest say they will support Donald Trump or Joe Biden and a Senate candidate... Read More

Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
Supreme Court
Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
October 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, despite a Democratic boycott on the hearing. The 12-0 vote by the committee virtually assures Barrett will be confirmed to the... Read More

2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
In The News
2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
October 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Cherry Blossom Festival may still be five months away, but organizers on Wednesday announced the festival parade, long a beloved part of the annual event, has been cancelled for 2021. The reason: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The health and safety of our... Read More

Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
Supreme Court
Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
October 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate will put in a long work session this weekend in a bid to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell has repeatedly said Barrett has clearly demonstrated she's the... Read More

Trump Battleground State Ad Distorts Biden Position on Guns
2020 Elections
Trump Battleground State Ad Distorts Biden Position on Guns
October 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] President Donald Trump's re-election campaign claims in an advertisement running on YouTube and... Read More

Justice Department Files Landmark Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
Litigation
Justice Department Files Landmark Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
October 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department on Monday accused Google in an antitrust lawsuit of maintaining an illegal monopoly over online search and search advertising. The filing of the lawsuit in the D.C. federal court came just two weeks after Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee... Read More

Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
State News
Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
October 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The absence of a tiebreaker on the Supreme Court will allow election officials in Pennsylvania to count some mailed ballots received up to three days after Election Day. A 4-4 deadlock among the justices let stand a ruling by Pennsylvania's highest court that allowed... Read More

Trump Erupts Over Debate Moderator, Campaign Assails Topics for Final Debate
2020 Elections
Trump Erupts Over Debate Moderator, Campaign Assails Topics for Final Debate
October 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is holding nothing back as he prepares to face former Vice President Joe Biden in the next -- and final -- presidential candidate debate of the 2020 election cycle. While Biden plans to take most of the week off from the... Read More

Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
October 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up two cases arising from President Donald Trump's efforts to slow both legal and illegal immigration from Mexico. Monday's announcement followed an order late Friday in which the high court said it will fast-track the appeal in... Read More

Wisconsin a Battleground Growing More Solid for Biden
2020 Elections
Wisconsin a Battleground Growing More Solid for Biden
October 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With fewer than 20 days to go until in-person voters head to the polls, nearly all indications are that the battleground state of Wisconsin is going solidly for former Vice President Joe Biden on Election Night. Not only does the latest Heartland poll show... Read More

In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community
2020 Elections
In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community
October 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With less than 20 days to go until Election Day 2020, the Biden campaign is engaging in a full-throttled effort to reach out to small business owners across the country. The goal is both to enlist them as local thought leaders while also explaining... Read More

National Native American Veterans Memorial to Open Near Capitol Hill Nov. 11
Veterans
National Native American Veterans Memorial to Open Near Capitol Hill Nov. 11
October 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol Hill, but come Nov. 11 the site, on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian, will be transformed into the National Native American... Read More

Harris Suspends Travel After Campaign Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19
2020 Elections
Harris Suspends Travel After Campaign Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19
October 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, has suspended in-person events through Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus. Though Harris herself has tested negative for the virus in recent days, a flight crew member on her campaign plane... Read More

Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
Transportation
Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
October 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is pushing to kick-start the creation of a new infrastructure grant program that would improve the energy efficiency of the U.S. transportation sector while boosting the nation's competitiveness in the global marketplace. A new bill sponsored by Shaheen -- the... Read More

Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
State News
Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
October 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Tom Malinowski are urging the FBI to step up the federal response to the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group they say has increased its activity in New Jersey. According to a recent report from the New Jersey Office of... Read More

Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
State News
Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
October 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable. The deadline to register to vote is now 11:59 p.m. on... Read More

Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
State News
Long Lines, Computer Glitches Greet Many Early Voters in Georgia
October 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

A record 128,590 voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting in Georgia Monday, but for many of them it was a day of long waits, sometimes for hours and frustration as computer woes repeatedly took down polling places, including inside the State Farm... Read More

Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
Political News
Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
October 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court late Tuesday stayed a preliminary injunction that required the Census Bureau to continue to collect data until the end of the month. Last month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh agreed with civil rights groups that argued a plan announced by the... Read More

Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
State News
Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
October 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania, tossing out a challenge to the state's drop boxes and poll-watching law. The ruling is notable not just for how it related to the election to be held three... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Emoluments Case Against Trump
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Emoluments Case Against Trump
October 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive a lawsuit filed by members of Congress that accused President Donald Trump of illegally profiting from his presidency. As is their custom the justices did not explain why they were rejecting the case, including it in... Read More

Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020 Elections
Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
October 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A television ad the Trump reelection campaign is featuring in key battleground states... Read More

If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
Congress
If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
October 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House Historian Matthew Wasniewski and his staff of nine know the next several weeks will be busy indeed. Not only do they do what Wasniewski described as... Read More

Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020 Elections
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
October 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have turned out to cast their ballot... Read More

Pelosi, Raskin Unveil Bill to Create 'Presidential Capacity' Commission
Congress
Pelosi, Raskin Unveil Bill to Create 'Presidential Capacity' Commission
October 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation on Friday that would task a congressional commission with reviewing whether future presidents are mentally fit to remain in office. Pelosi has been raising questions about Trump's mental fitness since his COVID-19 diagnosis and has been demanding more transparency about... Read More

Second Presidential Debate On Ice As Candidates Opt for Separate Events
2020 Elections
Second Presidential Debate On Ice As Candidates Opt for Separate Events
October 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It appears the final two scheduled presidential debates of the 2020 election cycle are not going to happen. After a morning of fast-moving events, ABC News has announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will take part in a town hall forum hosted by the... Read More

Low Tech Talk in Google, Oracle High Tech Copyright Clash
Supreme Court
Low Tech Talk in Google, Oracle High Tech Copyright Clash
October 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic was high tech: the code behind smartphones. But on Wednesday the Supreme Court looked to more low tech examples, from the typewriter keyboard to restaurant menus, try to resolve an $8 billion-plus copyright dispute between tech giants Google and Oracle. The... Read More

WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
Media
WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
October 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents’ Association on Wednesday "strongly" encouraged journalists to "avoid working from the White House grounds entirely" if at all possible. The notice, circulated among the association's members and posted on its website, came after BuzzFeed News pulled one of its correspondents,... Read More

Supreme Court Staying Out of Steinbeck Family Dispute
Arts
Supreme Court Staying Out of Steinbeck Family Dispute
October 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined to get involved in a long-running dispute among members of the late author John Steinbeck's family, leaving in place a $5 million award to his stepdaughter. The author of "Cannery Row," “The Grapes of Wrath,” "East of Eden" and at... Read More

Trump Can't Block Grand Jury Subpoena for Tax Returns, Appeals Court Rules
In The News
Trump Can't Block Grand Jury Subpoena for Tax Returns, Appeals Court Rules
October 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Trump cannot block enforcement of a New York grand jury subpoena for eight years of his tax returns. The ruling, which affirmed a lower court decision, sets the stage for an almost certain appeal to the... Read More

Led Zeppelin Victorious in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case
Entertainment
Led Zeppelin Victorious in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case
October 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Fans of Led Zeppelin are feeling a "Whole Lotta Love" for the U.S. Supreme Court this week after the justices declined to take up the long-running copyright battle over the band's "Stairway to Heaven." The justices did not explain their rationale for refusing to... Read More

Vice Presidential Debate Could Be Most Watched Ever But Few Will Have a Change of Heart
2020 Elections
Vice Presidential Debate Could Be Most Watched Ever But Few Will Have a Change of Heart
October 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

Tonight's debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will likely be the most-watched vice presidential debate ever, but it's unlikely to dramatically change the minds of viewers, according to an academic steeped in debate and cultural studies. "Both vice... Read More

Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
Economy
Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
October 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Anger on Capitol Hill boiled over Tuesday after President Donald Trump called an abrupt end to negotiations with House Democrats over additional coronavirus relief, delaying action until after the election. Trump announced he was walking away from the bargaining table Tuesday afternoon in a... Read More

Tenney Falsely Accuses Brindisi of Lying on Impeachment, Support for Police
Fact Check
Tenney Falsely Accuses Brindisi of Lying on Impeachment, Support for Police
October 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

This is the first installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] In a television and Internet ad running in New York State's 22nd... Read More

Supreme Court Restores Witness Requirement for South Carolina Absentee Ballots
State News
Supreme Court Restores Witness Requirement for South Carolina Absentee Ballots
October 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Within hours of the start of its new term on Monday, the Supreme Court revived a South Carolina law that requires absentee ballots to be returned accompanied by a witness's signature. Lower courts had set aside the law, holding it interfered with the right... Read More

The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
Supreme Court
The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
October 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience as he described what could be... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
October 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52% say they've already started stockpiling food and other essential in anticipation of social unrest, according to a new national poll. Among the 61% of Americans who... Read More

High Court to Hear GOP Bid to Reimpose Arizona Voting Restrictions
Elections
High Court to Hear GOP Bid to Reimpose Arizona Voting Restrictions
October 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider a bid by Arizona Republicans to overturn a lower court ruling that struck down recently imposed voting restrictions in the state. In January, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated the restrictions, holding they... Read More

Justices Agree to Decide Challenge to FCC's Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
Media
Justices Agree to Decide Challenge to FCC's Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
October 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear oral arguments in a challenge to the FCC's efforts to loosen rules that limit media ownership. The underlying case was brought by Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project, a coalition of low-power radio stations. Prometheus and others are... Read More

Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020 Elections
Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
October 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand Canyon, Arizona's political landscape is marked by sharp distinctions, shadows and hazardous crevices. As the Oct. 7 start of early voting in the state approaches, Joe... Read More

Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
October 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes College alumni from signing a letter to the school's president opposing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nor did it stop... Read More

Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
September 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a dispute over whether people living in the United States illegally must be included in the reapportionment of congressional seats. Under federal law, once the decennial census is completed, the secretary of commerce must give the... Read More

Debates Commission Vows to Make Changes Ahead of Next Trump/Biden Faceoff
2020 Elections
Debates Commission Vows to Make Changes Ahead of Next Trump/Biden Faceoff
September 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates said Wednesday it will consider changes to ensure the next two debates between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden don't descend into chaos. "Chaos" is among the more printable words pundits are using to describe Tuesday... Read More

Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
Congress
Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
September 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted to advance a stopgap spending bill Tuesday night, the penultimate step to avoiding a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. The vote to limit debate on the measure paves the way for a final vote in the chamber on Wednesday afternoon. The... Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Request by Navajos for Extra Time to Count Their Ballots
State News
Federal Judge Rejects Request by Navajos for Extra Time to Count Their Ballots
September 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

A federal judge in Arizona has rejected a request from members of the Navajo Nation that elections officials be given 10 extra days to count their mail-in ballots. The six Navajo plaintiffs had asked for the extension because service is slow on the reservation and less... Read More

Washington Monument to Reopen and Live Entertainment Returns in D.C.
Entertainment
Washington Monument to Reopen and Live Entertainment Returns in D.C.
September 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Washington Monument, closed for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen to the public Thursday, Oct. 1. The National Park Service announced Monday that the monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, though it will close... Read More

What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court
What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
September 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, capping a dramatic first-term reshaping of the federal judiciary that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his re-election effort. Barrett, 48, a former clerk to the... Read More

North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
2020 Elections
North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
September 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win re-election even if he just squeaks out a victory in the Tar Heel State, but he might as well pack his bags for Mar-a-Lago Election Night... Read More

Trump Picks Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Trump Picks Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court
September 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will announce Saturday that he plans to nominate U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Comey Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. According to the White House, Trump will make the formal announcement at 5 p.m.... Read More

Select Committee Makes Final Recommendation on How to Fix Congress
Congress
Select Committee Makes Final Recommendation on How to Fix Congress
September 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An 18-month effort to make Congress work better and retain staff more effectively came to an end Thursday, when the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress announced its final list of recommendations. Created by an overwhelming bipartisan vote at the beginning of... Read More

Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
2020 Elections
Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
September 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

The top elections officials of what will undoubtedly be two of the most closely watched states in the nation on election night 2020 told attendees of a virtual forum Tuesday that their top priority will be ensuring that the vote is counted "accurately" and "effectively." The... Read More

Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
Congress
Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
September 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away from public service. But Furnas and... Read More

Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
Congress
Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
September 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published by New America, the public policy... Read More

Thousands Gather to Remember Ginsburg as Justice and American Icon
Supreme Court
Thousands Gather to Remember Ginsburg as Justice and American Icon
September 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The crowd began gathering early behind the aluminum railing that ran up and down East Capitol Street Wednesday morning. Some said they'd journeyed to the neighborhood the night before to scope out their logistics for the day ahead. One woman, wearing a facemask covered... Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Reports Surge in Absentee Ballot Requests
State News
Ohio Secretary of State Reports Surge in Absentee Ballot Requests
September 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With just 42 days to go before Election Day, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that 1,784,004 absentee ballot applications have been received by the county boards of election, including a whopping 385,657 in the past week. At the same time... Read More

ROKK Solutions Launches New Practice Area: Social Impact Communications
In The News
ROKK Solutions Launches New Practice Area: Social Impact Communications
September 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Lindsay Singleton, longtime managing director at ROKK Solutions, will now also serve as lead of its new practice area: social impact communications. The practice, launched Tuesday by the bipartisan political communications firm, will assist organizations in amplifying their social impact efforts and messaging to... Read More

McConnell, Schumer, Trade Barbs Over GOP Plans to Rush Ginsburg’s Replacement
Supreme Court
McConnell, Schumer, Trade Barbs Over GOP Plans to Rush Ginsburg’s Replacement
September 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is refusing to back down from what is sure to be an intense fight over who will fill the Supreme Court seat now vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In his first remarks from the... Read More

Justice Ginsburg to Lie in Repose at Supreme Court, Wednesday and Thursday
In The News
Justice Ginsburg to Lie in Repose at Supreme Court, Wednesday and Thursday
September 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's casket will arrive in front of the court just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and a private ceremony will take place inside the Great Hall of the court shortly thereafter. Following the private ceremony inside, Justice Ginsburg will lie in repose under... Read More

Comcast Gives Pennsylvania School Surprise Virtual Learning Boost
Education
Comcast Gives Pennsylvania School Surprise Virtual Learning Boost
September 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

Comcast gave students and teachers in a Pennsylvania school district a big surprise last week -- free Dell Laptops and a year of internet access to support virtual learning and help them overcome the coronavirus pandemic. The city of McKeesport, Pa., was recently ranked the fourth... Read More

What They Are Saying About Justice Ginsburg and the Future of the Court
Supreme Court
What They Are Saying About Justice Ginsburg and the Future of the Court
September 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, has injected new uncertainty into the presidential election and set the stage for a bruising political battle in the nation's capital. Even as hundreds of people gathered Friday night... Read More

In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
2020 Elections
In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
September 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The hallmark of a true battleground state is that any one of a variety of factors can come into play and make a sure bet in the weeks leading up to the vote an “also ran” on election night. In that respect Michigan in... Read More

Eisenhower Memorial Dedicated
In The News
Eisenhower Memorial Dedicated
September 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A long-awaited memorial honoring president and World War II commanding general Dwight D. Eisenhower was dedicated Thursday night and is open to the public as of Friday. The new garden memorial was originally slated to open on May 8, the 75th anniversary of the... Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses Green Party Off State Ballot
State News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses Green Party Off State Ballot
September 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Things aren't exactly coming up roses for the Green Party and its presidential nominee, Howie Hawkins. For the second time this week a state supreme court has denied the party's bid for inclusion among the contenders on the November 2020 ballot. On Thursday,... Read More

Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
Congress
Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
September 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Tom Wickham is stepping down as parliamentarian of the House of Representatives at the end of the month, and will be replaced by Jason Smith, his current deputy parliamentarian. In announcing the change, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., described Wickham, who is only the... Read More

Supreme Court To Start New Term By Telephone
Supreme Court
Supreme Court To Start New Term By Telephone
September 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will continue to hold oral arguments by telephone for the start of the new term in October in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday. Kathleen Arberg of the court's public information office said in keeping with... Read More

Michigan Senate Approves More Time to Process Absentee Ballots
Michigan
Michigan Senate Approves More Time to Process Absentee Ballots
September 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday approved a bill allowing the state's larger municipalities to begin processing an expected surge of absentee ballots prior to Election Day. The legislation, which passed 34-2 with strong bipartisan support, would allow clerks in communities with at least... Read More

Ways and Means Chairman Demands Answers on Editorial Process for COVID Reports
Congress
Ways and Means Chairman Demands Answers on Editorial Process for COVID Reports
September 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday demanded Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar shed light on how his department has handled coronavirus-related reports. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., sent a strongly worded letter to Azar following reports the department... Read More

Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
Congress
Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
September 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5 trillion proposal they hope will end the current stalemate over new relief to bolster the coronavirus battered economy. The Problem Solvers Caucus, led by co-chairs Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Tom Reed,... Read More

Macy's Announces Dramatically Different Thanksgiving Day Parade
Cities
Macy's Announces Dramatically Different Thanksgiving Day Parade
September 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Macy's and the City of New York on Monday announced that the annual Thanksgiving Day parade will be dramatically different this year as a result of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of holding a parade extending from the city's Central... Read More

Smithsonian To Reopen Four Additional Museums on Friday
Arts
Smithsonian To Reopen Four Additional Museums on Friday
September 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Institution announced Monday that it will reopen four more of its Washington, D.C., museums to the public on Friday, with new health and safety measures in place due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The facilities slated for reopening Friday are... Read More

Restaurants Say Reservation Confirmations Are Not Nuisance Robocalls
Supreme Court
Restaurants Say Reservation Confirmations Are Not Nuisance Robocalls
September 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Restaurant Law Center wants the Supreme Court to overturn a 9th Circuit ruling that effectively classified calls and text messages to confirm dining reservations as nuisance robocalls. The Center, an industry association representing about 1 million restaurant and food service outlets across the... Read More

Cities Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Protections
Supreme Court
Cities Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Protections
September 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Mayors and a coalition of leaders from smaller municipalities are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold protections against discrimination in the delivery of government services. The court is currently scheduled to hear the case Fulton v. City of Philadelphia... Read More

Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
September 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania with less than 60 days remaining before Election Day. Most recent polling in the state gives former Vice President Joe Biden a slight... Read More

Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
Trade
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
September 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products, at the peak of the coronavirus... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Delays Mailing of Absentee Ballots
State News
Wisconsin Supreme Court Delays Mailing of Absentee Ballots
September 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has temporarily delayed the mailing of absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election as it considers whether to order the addition of the Green Party presidential ticket. The 4-3 decision in which all of the liberal-backed justices dissented, has... Read More

Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
Infrastructure
Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
September 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of announcement that makes one stop and wonder if they'd heard it right. While unions have profitably invested in private equity firms as part of their portfolio for years, the general belief about the two is that in every other... Read More

Census Bureau Reverses Course on Layoffs After Court Order
Census
Census Bureau Reverses Course on Layoffs After Court Order
September 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Census Bureau told a federal judge on Tuesday that it will delay laying off some census takers and will restore quality-control measures it had already begun winding down as the end of the once-a-decade population count nears its end. The notice, in a court filing,... Read More

McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
Congress
McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
September 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it's unlikely to appeal to Democrats who have already passed a much more sweeping package in the House. The $500 billion package was released as... Read More

Could Past Be Prologue In Florida Come Election Night?
2020 Elections
Could Past Be Prologue In Florida Come Election Night?
September 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was the end of a long day and night in Florida’s Martin County. Straggling reporters wandered into the newsroom, filing a few late sentences to be added to the local election coverage. But inside the newspaper's library, a brief stroll from the city... Read More

Look Who's Talking Now
Political News
Look Who's Talking Now
September 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Regardless of what happens between now and Tuesday, Nov. 3, the 2020 campaign for the White House will go down in history as a race like no other. Played out against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the contest now comes down to a... Read More

Harvard's Belfer Center Releases Playbook to Address Nefarious Election Influence
Elections
Harvard's Belfer Center Releases Playbook to Address Nefarious Election Influence
September 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Election officials across the country have a new tool to help them recognize and respond to malicious interference in the votes they oversee. Created by the Belfer Center at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, the new "Election Influence Operations Playbook" focuses on... Read More

Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
State News
Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
September 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been added to sample ballots in South Carolina after initially being left off the voter education pieces. The sample ballots were made public Thursday, and shortly thereafter accusations began to fly... Read More

Voters Trust Biden More on Health Care, Future of ACA, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Voters Trust Biden More on Health Care, Future of ACA, Poll Finds
September 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

Voters who plan to participate in the 2020 election say they trust Democrat Joe Biden more than incumbent Republican President Donald Trump to protect their health care options and to deal with the persistent coronavirus pandemic. The new survey, released Thursday by Public Policy Polling, a... Read More

Spanberger Urges House to Give Rural Electricity Providers Greater Peace of Mind
Congress
Spanberger Urges House to Give Rural Electricity Providers Greater Peace of Mind
September 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., wants to reduce the barriers currently preventing many Rural Utility Service borrowers from refinancing their debt to take advantage of lower market rates. Unlike most private lenders, the Rural Utility Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, does... Read More

Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Moderators
2020 Elections
Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Moderators
September 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the moderators for its upcoming general election debates with Chris Wallace of Fox News presiding over the first meeting of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The moderators for the remaining two presidential debates and the... Read More

Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
Business
Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
September 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - As part of its ongoing effort to protect its workers from COVID-19, Tyson Foods is launching a nationwide monitoring program at its facilities while extending its occupational health staff. The new monitoring strategy was designed with the assistance of outside medical experts and... Read More

At Tyson Foods, Pandemic Inspires Massive Effort to Address Food Insecurity
Hunger
At Tyson Foods, Pandemic Inspires Massive Effort to Address Food Insecurity
September 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - The COVID-19 pandemic put everyone through changes. But for large companies, particularly those in the business of providing Americans with something to eat, the challenges that needed to be addressed, quickly, were far ranging and complex. A case in point is Tyson Foods,... Read More

Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
September 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be among the first to receive it. After appearing before the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices last week, Ric Erwin, chairman, of the... Read More

Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
Political News
Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
September 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Lincoln Project, a group of prominent Republicans working to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump and members of Congress who support him, unveiled a coalition of veterans, members of the military and individuals from the national security community who are joining in... Read More

O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
Congress
O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
September 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., made a little history on Monday by launching the Blue Dog Democrats' first-ever virtual rural opportunity roundtable series. The discussion with local and tribal leaders focused on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and tribal communities. “There’s no better place... Read More

Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
Health
Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
August 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played out against the backdrop of a global viral pandemic -- a heated debate continues to rage. Since the election of President Donald Trump, he and his... Read More

Wyoming Announces $250 Million in Budget Cuts Stemming From COVID-19, More Expected
State News
Wyoming Announces $250 Million in Budget Cuts Stemming From COVID-19, More Expected
August 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Its energy sector devastated by the coronavirus outbreak, officials in Wyoming announced $250 million in budget cuts, saying more are on the way. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican, during a news conference last Wednesday.... Read More

CARES Act Funding Leads to Nearly $50 Million in Broadband Projects in Idaho
State News
CARES Act Funding Leads to Nearly $50 Million in Broadband Projects in Idaho
August 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

BOISE, Idaho - Federal coronavirus relief funds will pay for 102 projects aimed at extending broadband connectivity to 43,000 underserved households in Idaho, the state's governor and Department of Commerce announced Friday. Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, and Commerce officials, said $48.9 million in coronavirus funding... Read More

Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
2020 Elections
Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
August 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Though former Vice President Joe Biden continues to ride high in polls after two weeks of political conventions, the key to defeating President Donald Trump in November will be in the focus on how a booming U.S. economy was ravaged by the coronavirus, a... Read More

Harris Mask Mandate Would Reinforce What 'Responsible People' Should Do
Political News
Harris Mask Mandate Would Reinforce What 'Responsible People' Should Do
August 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that a nationwide mask mandate she and running mate Joe Biden have called for would simply reinforce the behavior of "responsible people who love our neighbors." "We have to just do that right now," Harris... Read More

DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
Political News
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
August 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the department's civil rights division is evaluating... Read More

Haunted Houses Vie for Payroll Protection, Enhanced Coronavirus Relief
Economy
Haunted Houses Vie for Payroll Protection, Enhanced Coronavirus Relief
August 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A coalition of haunted house operators and others who offer "seasonal" and "location-based" entertainment are pressing Congress to change the Paycheck Protection Program so their industry can take advantage of it. They are also asking that their industry be included in any future stimulus... Read More

Census Bureau Says US Population Reached Milestone in July
Census
Census Bureau Says US Population Reached Milestone in July
August 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Data for the 2020 census is still being collected, but the Census Bureau reports the U.S. population has already achieved a population milestone this summer -- topping 330 million people. The agency said based on the population "clock" it maintains the milestone was reached... Read More

The Republican National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Republican National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
August 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democrats dominated the political universe this week, holding what has been widely called a very successful first-of-its-kind virtual national convention, and sending its ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris, off to start their fall campaign.... Read More

Existing Home Sales Soar a Record 24.7% in July
Economy
Existing Home Sales Soar a Record 24.7% in July
August 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes in the United States rose by an unprecedented 24.7% in July extending the summer rebound from the coronavirus after the global pandemic hammered the market in late winter and spring. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of... Read More

114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
Congress
114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
August 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House convenes for a rare Saturday session, over 100 Democrats are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the floor to consideration of a bill to extend an emergency bonus to unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent to... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
Congress
Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
August 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to return to bargaining on a new coronavirus relief bill. Earlier this month, the congressional leaders declared themselves at... Read More

Whitmer Latest to Join Governors Coalition on Election Security
State News
Whitmer Latest to Join Governors Coalition on Election Security
August 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday became the latest Democratic governor to formally pledge to uphold the integrity of the November general election. The informal coalition stemmed from concerns over changes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has imposed on the agency's operations since he took office in... Read More

Saturday Vote Planned to Aid Postal Service Ahead of Likely Mail-In Vote Surge
Congress
Saturday Vote Planned to Aid Postal Service Ahead of Likely Mail-In Vote Surge
August 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the chamber back to the Capitol ahead of a vote on legislation to block recent cost-cutting measures at the U.S. Postal Service and ensure the agency can handle a surge in mail-in ballots ahead of the November elections.... Read More

Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
Business
Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
August 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As if a global health crisis wasn't enough to have on their plate, wine sellers are bracing for the imposition of another round of tariffs that could raise the price of imported European wines and other products by as much as 100%. Though no... Read More

Filing a Complaint With FEC Commission the Start of A Long and Winding Process
Elections
Filing a Complaint With FEC Commission the Start of A Long and Winding Process
August 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Every month an email from the Federal Election Commission arrives in the inbox with a certain insouciant inevitability. "Pending advisory opinion requests," it says. "That's right," you say to yourself. "They're back to not having a quorum on the commission board." It's never a... Read More

Trump Campaign Requests Fourth Presidential Debate, Earlier Timeline
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Requests Fourth Presidential Debate, Earlier Timeline
August 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's campaign requested a fourth presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden be added in early September, arguing that a number of states will already have begun sending mail-in ballots to voters before the first scheduled debate. Currently, the two presidential... Read More

Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
Prescription Drugs
Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
August 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring the federal government to buy "essential" drugs from U.S. companies, a White House trade advisor said. “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is that we are dangerously over-dependent on foreign nations... Read More

Biden Will Not Travel to Milwaukee to Accept Democratic Nomination
2020 Elections
Biden Will Not Travel to Milwaukee to Accept Democratic Nomination
August 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

MILWAUKEE, Wis.— Former Vice President Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee, Wis., later this month to accept the Democratic presidential nomination due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Party officials also said Wednesday none of the other planned speakers for the 2020 Democratic National... Read More

Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
Technology
Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
August 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband cable access into underserved rural communities. The Governors' Broadband Development Fund bill was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and his co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,... Read More

Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
State News
Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
August 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

TOPEKA, Kan. - As Congress continues to wrestle with how much it will give to states and cities in the next coronavirus relief package, the state of Kansas says it has seen a dramatic increase in its tax collections, partly due to its decision to demand... Read More

Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020 Elections
Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
August 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Roughly half of voters in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania have health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and would prefer to vote by mail in the November election, according to a new poll. The same is true of 53% of... Read More

Fans Would Be Just As Upset by Lack of Football as Losing the White House
Opinion Polls
Fans Would Be Just As Upset by Lack of Football as Losing the White House
August 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Football fans for teams at both the college and professional level would be just as upset by a season without games as they would by their preferred candidate losing the race for the While House, a new survey has found. According to the latest... Read More

Moderates Who Flipped House in '18 Prominent in First Slate of Obama Endorsements
2020 Elections
Moderates Who Flipped House in '18 Prominent in First Slate of Obama Endorsements
August 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Moderates who flipped the House of Representatives to Democratic control after the 2018 election figure prominently in former President Barack Obama's first slate of endorsements for the 2020 elections. Obama endorsed 118 candidates in 17 states, announcing his preferences on Medium.com. A second set... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Throws Support Behind Housing Legislation
Affordable Housing
New Democrat Coalition Throws Support Behind Housing Legislation
July 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed several pieces of legislation to promote affordable housing development, increase access to affordable lending, and provide transparency of COVID-19 housing and rental relief. “Access to affordable housing is essential to our quality of life. Yet in every community I... Read More

$1.3 Trillion Spending Package Approved by House, Includes $500 Million For Election Security
Congress
$1.3 Trillion Spending Package Approved by House, Includes $500 Million For Election Security
July 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $1.3 trillion spending package which includes bills to fund almost all of the federal government while providing an additional $500 million for election security. The so-called minibus passed 217-197 in a largely party-line vote. It... Read More

Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
Congress
Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
July 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., vowed Friday that members will not leave the nation's capital until there's a deal on a new coronavirus relief package. Speaking on the House floor, Hoyer said, "We will not start the August district work period until we... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Sees Momentum Building Behind Pragmatic Democrats
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Sees Momentum Building Behind Pragmatic Democrats
July 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced Friday that it is expanding its commitment to building on the party's majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by throwing its support behind 10 additional candidates. The Fund, formed by members of the New Democrat Coalition,... Read More

Select Committee Offers More Advice On Improving Congressional Operations
Congress
Select Committee Offers More Advice On Improving Congressional Operations
July 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously endorsed 12 new proposals on Friday aimed at improving the continuity of operations in Congress. The new slate of recommendations is the fourth such package passed by the bipartisan panel. Since many congressional offices began... Read More

Third Way: Biden Will Win If He Can 'Seal the Deal' With Undecided Suburban Voters
2020 Elections
Third Way: Biden Will Win If He Can 'Seal the Deal' With Undecided Suburban Voters
July 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Four months out from Election Day, Democrats appear on the upswing in America's increasingly diverse suburbs. But to seal the deal, and secure the White House, presumptive nominee Joe Biden needs to win over the one-in-five suburban voters who still describe themselves as undecided... Read More

Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
State News
Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
July 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin on Thursday became the latest state to impose a statewide face mask mandate, meaning all 24 states with a Democratic governor now have such a requirement in place. By comparison, only 8 of the 26 states with Republican governors -- Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts,... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
July 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how he "aced" a mental fitness test.... Read More

Economy Last Quarter Was Worst in US History, Shrinking 32.9%
Economy
Economy Last Quarter Was Worst in US History, Shrinking 32.9%
July 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter -- the worst quarterly decline ever -- amid a coronavirus pandemic that shuttered businesses and threw millions out of work. The Commerce Department's estimate of the second-quarter decline in the... Read More

Postal Service, Treasury Reach Deal on $10 Billion Pandemic Relief Loan
In The News
Postal Service, Treasury Reach Deal on $10 Billion Pandemic Relief Loan
July 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nearly four months after Congress approved a $10 billion loan for the struggling U.S. Postal Service as part of the CARES Act, the service and the Treasury Department have struck a deal on the terms of the loan. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took... Read More

Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
Military
Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
July 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is winding down the U.S. military presence in Germany, and relocating some, but not all of those troops closer to the Russian border, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Wednesday. The decision marks a major force restructuring aimed at shrinking the U.S. mission... Read More

Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
Political News
Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
July 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Trump's re-election campaign allegedly laundered $170 million in spending to conceal payments made to Trump family associates and people working with the campaign, a non-partisan campaign watchdog claims. In an 81-page complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, the Campaign Legal... Read More

Trump Will Accept Republican Nomination in North Carolina
2020 Elections
Trump Will Accept Republican Nomination in North Carolina
July 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday night that he will accept the Republican presidential nomination in Charlotte, N.C., two months after throwing the convention process into chaos over a spat with North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Trump, who visited a coronavirus vaccine development site... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
Geopolitics
Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
July 28, 2020
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 a statement released Tuesday, the coalition... Read More

Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
Mental Health
Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
July 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's probably never been a month in presidential politics like July 2020. For the better part of it, the current occupant of the White House, President Donald Trump, has sought to display his mental fitness on television, by reciting in interviews what he said... Read More

First Presidential Debate Moved to Cleveland Amid Pandemic Concerns
Debates
First Presidential Debate Moved to Cleveland Amid Pandemic Concerns
July 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former VIce President Joe Biden, has been moved to the Health Education Campus Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, the organizers announced. The Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit and nonpartisan... Read More

Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
Cities
Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
July 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic mayors of six U.S. cities have sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking Congress to take steps to bar the federal government from deploying federal agents to municipalities that don’t want them. The letter, sent Monday, comes as the Trump administration is... Read More

House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
Congress
House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
July 27, 2020
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 the Senate and is signed into... Read More

Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
Congress
Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
July 27, 2020
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 expanded unemployment benefits to the current... Read More

District Issues Traffic Advisory for Rep. Lewis Funeral Services
In The News
District Issues Traffic Advisory for Rep. Lewis Funeral Services
July 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

The District of Columbia has issued a traffic advisory for the funeral procession for Rep. John Lewis which will occur Monday in the District of Columbia before arriving at the United States Capitol to lie in state. Individuals planning to observe the procession are reminded of... Read More

China, Russia and Iran Top Election Security Threats, Counterintelligence Chief Says
2020 Elections
China, Russia and Iran Top Election Security Threats, Counterintelligence Chief Says
July 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - China, Russia and Iran are continuing to try to disrupt political campaigns and the 2020 general election, posing "a direct threat to the fabric of our Democracy," the nation's top counterintelligence official said Friday. William Evanina, director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security... Read More

Slipping in Polls, President Banks All on Hastily Assembled Pharma Policy
Prescription Drugs
Slipping in Polls, President Banks All on Hastily Assembled Pharma Policy
July 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed four executive orders Friday afternoon that he says will dramatically reduce the cost of prescription drugs. But even before his press conference in the Old Executive Office building was over, the orders were being panned as everything from "political stunt"... Read More

House Passes $259.5 Billion Spending Package
Congress
House Passes $259.5 Billion Spending Package
July 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House approved a $259.5 billion spending package Friday, rejecting a White House proposal to slash the budgets of the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, and providing ample funding for the humanities. The four-bill minibus, the first appropriations measure approved by either the... Read More

FAA Issues Emergency Inspection Order for Boeing 737s Due to Engine Issue
Aviation
FAA Issues Emergency Inspection Order for Boeing 737s Due to Engine Issue
July 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency directive Friday ordering operators of the Boeing 737 passenger jet to inspect and potentially replace a key engine component following four reports of unexpected engine shutdowns. The FAA's "emergency airworthiness directive" applies to any 737 that has... Read More

CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
Education
CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
July 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control is reversing course and now says schools should reopen in the fall, downplaying the potential health risks associated with such a move while conceding the recommendation is based on “limited data.” The new guidance, posted on the CDC’s website... Read More

At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
Innovation
At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
July 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It has been an eventful summer for Philip Morris International, the company perhaps best known for its Marlboro and Chesterfield cigarette brands. First, Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos declared in the company’s recently released integrated report that he is "convinced" it will be possible... Read More

John Lewis to Lie in State in the U.S. Capitol
Congress
John Lewis to Lie in State in the U.S. Capitol
July 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol next week, with the public viewing extended over two days and moved outdoors to allow for social distancing and public health precautions due to COVID-19. After an invitation-only arrival ceremony in the Capitol rotunda... Read More

Biden Bolsters Campaign Staff in Key Battleground State of North Carolina
2020 Elections
Biden Bolsters Campaign Staff in Key Battleground State of North Carolina
July 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Biden for President campaign is expanding its staff and operations in the key battleground state of North Carolina, where polls currently have the former vice president leading President Trump by two percentage points. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in North Carolina by four percentage points in... Read More

District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
Health
District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
July 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a new face mask order Wednesday after the city saw a marked increase in coronavirus cases, particularly among those under 40. “Basically it says, if you leave home, you should wear a mask,” Bowser said. “This means, if you’re... Read More

Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
Travel
Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
July 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., took to the floor of the House Wednesday to urge members to support his bill requiring the Transportation Security Administration to conduct a pilot temperature screening program of all airline passengers. Budd and Reps. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., and John Larson,... Read More

Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
Congress
Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
July 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and John Katko, R-N.Y., introduced bipartisan legislation to require federal executive branch agencies to report to Congress on their planning to address a potential resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the provisions of the COVID Preparedness, Response, and Effective Planning... Read More

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
In The News
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
July 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and publication of a Federal Register notice... Read More

Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
Military
Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
July 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 to better regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals on military bases and surrounding communities. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS chemicals, are found... Read More

Trump Moves to Bar Undocumented Aliens From Reapportionment Count
In The News
Trump Moves to Bar Undocumented Aliens From Reapportionment Count
July 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday barring people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in congressional reapportionment. The Supreme Court last year blocked the administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the census form, with a majority saying the administration's rationale... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Will Provide Tax Credit to Food and Beverage Distributors
Congress
Bipartisan Bill Will Provide Tax Credit to Food and Beverage Distributors
July 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., introduced a bill Tuesday providing a tax credit to food and beverage distributors to cover debt incurred for products shipped, but not yet paid for, due the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation is intended to help those... Read More

McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
Congress
McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
July 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to be in the Republican-controlled Senate's next coronavirus relief proposal. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, McConnell said the GOP plan includes increased assistance for schools... Read More

Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
2020 Elections
Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
July 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide a classified briefing before the August recess on how the agency is combating an active foreign interference campaign they say is... Read More

Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
State News
Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
July 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the state's COVID-19 task force traveled to Savannah, Ga., Monday to help officials there cope with a surge in coronavirus cases. While in Savannah, Cuomo will host a roundtable meeting with the New York delegation, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson... Read More

Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
Political News
Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
July 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November. The executive committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia voted overwhelmingly on Monday for Williams to take Lewis' spot on the ballot for... Read More

New Dem Coalition Calls for Coronavirus Relief Tied to Economic Conditions
Congress
New Dem Coalition Calls for Coronavirus Relief Tied to Economic Conditions
July 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the largest ideological caucus in the House threw down the gauntlet on a new coronavirus relief package Monday, calling on their colleagues on Capitol Hill to strike a deal extending existing benefits now while ensuring continued government aid will be available to... Read More

Companies Join In Nonpartisan Effort to Boost Elections Participation
Voting
Companies Join In Nonpartisan Effort to Boost Elections Participation
July 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 100 U.S. companies, including Microsoft, Estee Lauder and Target have committed to engage in nonpartisan efforts to bolster participation by their employees and customers in the 2020 elections. The initiative, called the Civic Alliance, was founded by the CAA Foundation and Democracy... Read More

Justice Ginsburg Says Cancer Has Returned, But She Won't Retire
Supreme Court
Justice Ginsburg Says Cancer Has Returned, But She Won't Retire
July 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court. The 87-year-old Ginsburg, who spent time in the hospital this week for a possible infection, said she began chemotherapy... Read More

GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
2020 Elections
GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
July 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is reducing the size of its planned presidential nominating convention in Jacksonville, Fla., in August in the face of a continued surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the state. The GOP’s plans were first reported by The Hill.... Read More

Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
Economy
Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
July 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A week before Congress turns its attention to the next coronavirus relief bill, advocates for the nation's restaurants are urging lawmakers to include a number of provisions to specifically bolster the struggling industry. “In just the past two weeks alone, state and local government... Read More

Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
Congress
Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
July 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Bloom research, prevention, response, and mitigation to aid in the fight against harmful outbreaks of red tide and blue-green algae. Between October 2017 and... Read More

House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
Congress
House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
July 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill on a vote of 30 to 22.  The legislation funds the Department of Defense, including operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment modernization, and health and quality-of-life programs... Read More

Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
Education
Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
July 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The decision was announced at the start of a hearing in a federal lawsuit... Read More

Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
Military
Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
July 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS contamination to the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment -- originally proposed by Dingell and passed with bipartisan support in the House in January... Read More

House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
Congress
House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
July 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The recent passage of the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act provided House Democrats with a high profile opportunity to draw distinctions between how they and their Republican colleagues differ on the health care law. It was a line in the sand... Read More

Trump Campaign Hires 300 'Field Staffers' to Address Surging Biden
Campaigns
Trump Campaign Hires 300 'Field Staffers' to Address Surging Biden
July 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's re-election campaign announced Monday they've hired an additional 300 staffers to help get out the vote in 20 target states. The new hires bring the field operation of Trump Victory, the joint effort of the two... Read More

Biden-Bernie Platform Gives Trump Little to Hang Campaign On
Political News
Biden-Bernie Platform Gives Trump Little to Hang Campaign On
July 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The policy platform recommendations released by the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden provide little ammunition for President Donald Trump to use to right his struggling campaign. Ever since Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in the spring, Trump has searched... Read More

Joe Cunningham Launches First TV Ad, Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign
2020 Elections
Joe Cunningham Launches First TV Ad, Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign
July 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

Nineteen months ago a Democrat who had never run for elected office stunned the political intelligentsia and won a U.S. House seat when barely anyone thought he would succeed. South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, snaking along the southeastern coastline of the state, had been reliably Republican... Read More

Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
Intelligence
Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
July 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., want intelligence officials to immediately notify key members of Congress when they determine -- with moderate to high confidence -- that a foreign government is deliberately seeking to kill or severely injure U.S. service members. The... Read More

The Congressional Appropriations Process Explained
Federal Budget
The Congressional Appropriations Process Explained
July 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer explains the congressional appropriations process, it all sounds so simple. "Funding the government is the Constitutional responsibility of the Congress," he told The Well News recently, in a statement for this article. "House Democrats are committed to meeting... Read More

Supreme Court Holds Large Piece of Oklahoma Belongs to Native American Tribe
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Holds Large Piece of Oklahoma Belongs to Native American Tribe
July 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large part of eastern Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribes - a significant victory for a reservation that challenged the state's authority to prosecute crimes on its land. Writing for the majority, in the 5-4 decision, Justice... Read More

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Republican National Convention in Jacksonville
Political News
Lawsuit Seeks to Block Republican National Convention in Jacksonville
July 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

A Jacksonville attorney filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a circuit court  to declare next month’s Republican National Convention a nuisance “injurious to the health,” and require it to either be cancelled or scaled down to a much smaller event with strict mask and social distancing requirements.... Read More

Constitution Does Not Bar Issuance of State Criminal Subpoena to Sitting President
Supreme Court
Constitution Does Not Bar Issuance of State Criminal Subpoena to Sitting President
July 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that neither Article II of the Constitution nor the Supremacy Clause categorically preclude or require a heightened standard for the issuance of a state criminal subpoena to a sitting president. The 7-2 ruling by the high court in... Read More

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, But Still Top 1 Million for 16th Straight Week
Employment
Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, But Still Top 1 Million for 16th Straight Week
July 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a pace that suggests employers continue to lay people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus. The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of jobless benefits claims did decline from 1.4... Read More

Pandemic Doesn't Prevent Musician from Completing 'Project of a Lifetime'
Entertainment
Pandemic Doesn't Prevent Musician from Completing 'Project of a Lifetime'
July 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

For the musician Nick Parker, a dream 17 years in the making was just coming to fruition when the coronavirus outbreak suddenly brought the world's arts and entertainment industries to a screeching halt. The son of the acclaimed artist Robert Andrew Parker, whose work hangs in... Read More

Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
Supreme Court
Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
July 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 decision could have a profound, immediate effect on as many as 126,000 women who... Read More

Chief Justice John Roberts Briefly Hospitalized in June
Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts Briefly Hospitalized in June
July 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts spent a night in the hospital last month after he fell and injured his forehead while walking for exercise near his home, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Tuesday night. According to court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg, Roberts' injuries required sutures and... Read More

Voters Growing More Doubtful of Sustained Economic Rebound
Opinion Polls
Voters Growing More Doubtful of Sustained Economic Rebound
July 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Voters have grown more pessimistic about a quick "v-shaped" economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, especially in the south and west where the number of new cases have spiked recently, a new poll has found. The survey released on Tuesday by... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Cellphone Robocall Ban
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Cellphone Robocall Ban
July 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, stems from a 2015 decision by Congress to carve out an exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The... Read More

Supreme Court Rules States Can Penalize Faithless Electors
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules States Can Penalize Faithless Electors
July 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that so-called faithless electors can be penalized if they renege on their pledge to vote for their state voters' choice for president. Writing for a nearly unanimous court, Justice Elena Kagan began with a summation of the electoral... Read More

Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
Congress
Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
July 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen and pad session that the House will vote later this month to remove the bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney from the U.S. Capitol. Taney wrote the infamous majority opinion in the 1857... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
July 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would decide whether Congress may see currently redacted parts of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. As is their custom, the justices did not... Read More

Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
Employment
Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
July 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, pushing the nation's unemployment rate down to 11.1%, down from a peak of 14.7% in April, the Labor Department said Thursday. June was the second month in a row of payroll gains after a loss of more... Read More

Majority Want Businesses to Offer Workers Paid Sick Time for COVID-19, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Majority Want Businesses to Offer Workers Paid Sick Time for COVID-19, Poll Finds
July 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans said they would feel safe patronizing a business or restaurant if they knew those who worked there were guaranteed paid sick leave if they came down with COVID-19, a new poll shows. The latest Back to Normal Barometer survey conducted... Read More

New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
Trade
New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
July 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's NAFTA no more. As of 12:01 this morning, the U.S. - Mexico - Canada trade agreement, better known as the USMCA, is in full effect, formally replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement "Today marks the beginning of a new and better... 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
June 30, 2020
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 Montana scholarship program that allows state... Read More

FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
June 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate the timely development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The agency said the guidance reflects advice it has been providing over the "past several months"... Read More

Justices Hold Booking.com Can Trademark Its Name
Business
Justices Hold Booking.com Can Trademark Its Name
June 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A nearly unanimous Supreme Court said Tuesday that the travel website Booking.com can trademark its name, a ruling of high significance to other companies using a generic word followed by ".com." as a name. Lower courts had sided with Booking.com, but the Trump administration... Read More

The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
Congress
The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
June 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense policy discussions are attracting most of the attention on Capitol Hill this week as the Senate takes up the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill on the floor and the House Armed Service Committee marks up its version. Though bitter controversies often threaten the... Read More

House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
Health
House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
June 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

Proxy voting has been extended through mid-August in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.  House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving, in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, notified Pelosi that the public health emergency due to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic remains ongoing. “I... Read More

United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
Political News
United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
June 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both parties on Capitol Hill continue to demand answers from the Trump administration about reported bounties paid by Russian operatives to Afghan insurgents for targeting American troops. Administration officials held a briefing for a limited number of House Republicans on Monday, and... Read More

Supreme Court Affirms Trump's Right to Say 'You're Fired' to Consumer Regulator
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Affirms Trump's Right to Say 'You're Fired' to Consumer Regulator
June 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed President Donald Trump's ability to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Monday, but left undisturbed the rest of the statute that created the agency in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Writing for the... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Prostitution Pledge for AIDS Funding
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Prostitution Pledge for AIDS Funding
June 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld a provision of federal law Monday that requires foreign affiliates of U.S.-based health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition of receiving taxpayer money to fight AIDS around the world.  Writing for the majority in the 5-3 ruling, Justice Brett... Read More

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Federal Executions
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Federal Executions
June 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the execution of four federal prison inmates -- executions that will mark the first use of the death penalty on the federal level in nearly 20 years. A majority of justices declined to hear an... Read More

Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
June 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal wing of the court in ruling that... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
Political News
Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
June 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday evening decline to force Texas officials to offer mail-in ballots to all voters in the state because of the threat posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The court's order is the latest development in a weeks-long battle between Texas... Read More

FEC Quorum Proves Short-Lived, As GOP Commissioner Resigns
Elections
FEC Quorum Proves Short-Lived, As GOP Commissioner Resigns
June 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Barely a month after regaining its ability to take major enforcement actions, the Federal Elections Commission is once again losing its quorum. On Friday, longtime Republican commissioner Caroline Hunter submitted her letter of resignation to President Donald Trump, effective July 3. Depending on how... Read More

9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
Law
9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
June 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump does not have the authority to unilaterally divert Pentagon funds to build a miles-long wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, a federal appeals court ruled Friday afternoon. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the... Read More

GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
In The News
GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
June 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Confronted with an extraordinary public health crisis, the federal government moved with uncommon agility to bolster the economy and quickly establish services for those infected with the virus, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said Thursday. But in doing so it also sowed confusion, failed... Read More

Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
Political News
Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
June 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down by the Justices. Overturning the Affordable Care Act would take away health coverage for about 20 million Americans at a time... Read More

Supreme Court Okays Fast-Track Removal of Asylum Seekers
Immigration
Supreme Court Okays Fast-Track Removal of Asylum Seekers
June 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court handed a major victory to the Trump administration on Thursday, ruling that asylum seekers have no right to a federal court hearing before being removed from the United States. The 7-2 decision reverses an earlier ruling by the 9th U.S.... Read More

Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
Congress
Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
June 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A policing reform bill proposed by the Senate's lone Black Republican failed to garner enough votes to pass on Wednesday after Senate Democrats said its proposed reforms didn't go far enough in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans... Read More

Georgia Legislators Advance Bill That Would Curb Mail Ballot Requests
State News
Georgia Legislators Advance Bill That Would Curb Mail Ballot Requests
June 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

A Georgia House committee Wednesday gave its blessing to a bill that would prevent election officials from acting on their own to send mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of any election. If the bill clears both Republican controlled chambers of the Georgia legislature, and... Read More

Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
State News
Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
June 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't met the legal standard for such a requirement. California requires warning labels on cancer-causing products under the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Currently... Read More

Supreme Court Holds SEC Can Recoup Money in Fraud Cases
Finance
Supreme Court Holds SEC Can Recoup Money in Fraud Cases
June 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With decisions in several high profile cases pending -- including one on whether President Donald Trump can shield his financial records from Congressional scrutiny --  the U.S. Supreme court on Monday opted to rule on a case with quite a bit lower profile. By... Read More

House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
Infrastructure
House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
June 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said combines the best of several existing proposals on roads, education, broadband and more, with a particular focus on clean energy, sustainability and climate resiliency. Speaking with reporters,... Read More

Senate Approves Bipartisan $2.8 Billion Plan to Benefit Conservation, Parks
Environment
Senate Approves Bipartisan $2.8 Billion Plan to Benefit Conservation, Parks
June 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a major bipartisan public lands bill Wednesday authorizing the spending of nearly $3 billion a year on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The Great American Outdoors Act, which passed in a 73-25 vote,... Read More

Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
Congress
Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
June 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits in the Capitol of previous House Speakers who served in the Confederacy. The move is the latest in her effort to expunge honorifics for Confederate figures from the Capitol complex. Last... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Trump Can't Unilaterally End Obama-Era DACA Program
Immigration
Supreme Court Rules Trump Can't Unilaterally End Obama-Era DACA Program
June 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump does not have the legal authority to abruptly rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a decision that for now will protect about 650,000 young immigrants from deportation. Chief Justice John Roberts,... Read More

Solicitor General Noel Francisco Leaving Justice Department
In The News
Solicitor General Noel Francisco Leaving Justice Department
June 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who represented the Trump administration in a series of high profile Supreme Court cases, is leaving the Justice Department. Francisco, who officially informed President Trump of his decision Wednesday morning, will step down on July 3. "With the current... Read More

Obama to Appear In His First Virtual Fundraiser for Joe Biden
2020 Elections
Obama to Appear In His First Virtual Fundraiser for Joe Biden
June 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former President Barack Obama is making his fundraising debut for Joe Biden next week, appearing at an online event aimed at reaching thousands of small-dollar donors Biden, who was Obama's vice president, announced the fundraiser via Twitter Monday night. "Folks, I’ve got some big... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
June 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed the Justice in Policing Act, bicameral legislation that seeks to better hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and communities. “Action is long overdue," said Coalition Chair Rep. Derek... Read More

Retail Sales Rebound As States Reopen After COVID-19 Lockdowns
Economy
Retail Sales Rebound As States Reopen After COVID-19 Lockdowns
June 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Retail sales rebounded across the country in May as a growing number of states allowed stores and restaurants to reopen and consumers were finally allowed to venture out and spend federal stimulus checks and tax refunds. According to the Commerce Department, in-store and online... Read More

FDA Revokes Emergency Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Fight Coronavirus
Health
FDA Revokes Emergency Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Fight Coronavirus
June 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for treating COVID-19 as evidence mounts that the drugs don't work and can cause serious side effects. “We’ve made clear throughout the public health emergency that our actions will be guided... Read More

Nearly Half of Older Workers Hesitant to Return to Work as Pandemic Wanes
Opinion Polls
Nearly Half of Older Workers Hesitant to Return to Work as Pandemic Wanes
June 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nearly half of workers ages 45-64 say they are not in any rush to return to the office in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, a new "Back-to-Normal Barometer" survey has found. Released Monday, the ongoing survey's latest findings also indicate that after the... Read More

Biden Campaign Fundraising Surged in May
2020 Elections
Biden Campaign Fundraising Surged in May
June 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign announced Monday that it raised $80.8 million in May, fueled by a daily virtual fundraising campaign the candidate and two committees associated with the Democratic Party perfected during the coronavirus pandemic. In an email sent to supporters,... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects White House Bid to Overturn California 'Sanctuary' Law
Immigration
Supreme Court Rejects White House Bid to Overturn California 'Sanctuary' Law
June 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to overturn one of California's so-called “sanctuary” laws, leaving intact rules prohibiting law enforcement from aiding federal agents in taking custody of immigrants as they are released from jail. The Justice Department had asked... Read More

Gay, Transgender Workers Protected by Anti-Discrimination Laws, Supreme Court Rules
Employment
Gay, Transgender Workers Protected by Anti-Discrimination Laws, Supreme Court Rules
June 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. The 6-3 ruling was considered something of a surprise, given the supposed rightward tilt of the court since... Read More

Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
June 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

Residents of Puerto Rico will be casting a telling vote this November -- one that could decide whether the island -- now a territory of the United States -- will seek statehood or not. While the referendum is non-binding because both Congress and the president would... Read More

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Package of Police Reform Bills
State News
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Package of Police Reform Bills
June 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed what he called the "most aggressive" police reform legislative package in the nation on Friday, just days after the state legislature moved to make officers more accountable. Among other things, the package of bills -- 10 in all --... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Expands Investment in House Democratic Battlefield
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Expands Investment in House Democratic Battlefield
June 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced Friday that it is doubling down on its commitment to hold the Democratic House Majority by backing five additional challengers in their bids for Congress. These include Alyse Galvin, who is running for an at-large seat in... Read More

Done Deal: Trump to Accept GOP Nomination in Jacksonville
2020 Elections
Done Deal: Trump to Accept GOP Nomination in Jacksonville
June 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After an accelerated, last-minute search, the Republican National Committee has selected Jacksonville, Fla., as the site of its presidential nominating convention's keynote events, including President Donald Trump's prime-time speech accepting the GOP nomination. “We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great... Read More

New Tool Developed by RAND Corp. Uses Air Travel Data to Predict COVID-19 Risk
Health
New Tool Developed by RAND Corp. Uses Air Travel Data to Predict COVID-19 Risk
June 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

A new tool developed by the RAND Corporation analyzes COVID-19 cases and air travel data to predict the spread of the coronavirus. According to the non-profit think tank, by providing estimates of the number of infected passengers, the tool can help policymakers better respond to the... Read More

Lafayette Square Transformed Into Fulcrum of Protest Art
Arts
Lafayette Square Transformed Into Fulcrum of Protest Art
June 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Days after the Trump administration's use of smoke bombs and pepper spray to push demonstrators from Lafayette Park near the White House so that the entire area could be sealed off with a temporary iron fence, the barrier itself has become a statement. You... Read More

CBO Says Pandemic Shaved $3.9 Trillion Off US Economy, Slow Down Will Linger
Economy
CBO Says Pandemic Shaved $3.9 Trillion Off US Economy, Slow Down Will Linger
June 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic shaved roughly $3.9 trillion from the U.S. economy and will likely prevent the nation's quarterly growth rate from climbing above zero percent through the end of 2021, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The gloomy forecast was laid out in... Read More

Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020 Elections
Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
June 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

Georgians who overcame concerns about the coronavirus to participate in Tuesday's primary election encountered long lines, extended waits and a new touch screen voting system that experienced widespread problems. So bad did the situation become that by mid-morning one lawmaker, state Rep. William Boddie, declared that... Read More

GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
Political News
GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
June 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina plan to vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a capacity crowd at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte without the restrictions officials have imposed on other events to stop the spread... Read More

Comcast Pledges $100 Million to Fight ‘Injustice and Inequality’
In The News
Comcast Pledges $100 Million to Fight ‘Injustice and Inequality’
June 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

Comcast is allocating $100 million toward fighting injustice and inequality faced by African-Americans and other communities. The new initiative will encompass social-justice programs aimed at inequality against “any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability,” chairman/CEO Brian Roberts announced in a memo distributed companywide on... Read More

House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
Congress
House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
June 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.... Read More

Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic
State News
Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic
June 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

The state of Tennessee must provide all 4.1 million of its registered voters with the option of casting ballots by mail during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a state court judge ruled on Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle held the state’s limits on absentee voting... Read More

Report Suggests Native Americans Would Be Disenfranchised With All-By-Mail Vote
2020 Elections
Report Suggests Native Americans Would Be Disenfranchised With All-By-Mail Vote
June 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A switch to all-by-mail voting ahead of the 2020 general election would disenfranchise Native Americans because it would be impossible for some of them to cast a ballot that way, the Native American Rights Fund says in a new report. Entitled, "Obstacles at Every... Read More

When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
Technology
When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
June 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If you wanted to have a front row seat to a global viral pandemic, you probably couldn't have been in a better position to do so than Keith Herron was three months ago. The company he'd worked at for seven years as a software... Read More

Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
2020 Elections
Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
June 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Texans cannot request mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections out of fear that they might contract the coronavirus if they vote in person. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling voids an injunction issued by... Read More

Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3%, Economy Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May
Employment
Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3%, Economy Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May
June 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 2.5 million jobs in May as businesses began to reopen following months of closures ordered at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. The uptick in hiring dropped the unemployment rate to 13.3%, the Labor Department said Friday. Many economists had predicted... Read More

Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets
Veterans
Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets
June 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - America's veteran population is changing, with its overall size declining, the number of women in its ranks on the rise, and a generation of Post 9-11 vets who are far more likely to suffer from a service-connected disability than their predecessors. Those are primary... Read More

Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
Congress
Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
June 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Maryland's Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday introduced legislation in their chamber to replace the bust of Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's racist Dred Scott decision, currently on display in the U.S. Capitol, with one of former... Read More

Eagles' Henley Headlines Robust Debate Over Digital Copyright Law
Congress
Eagles' Henley Headlines Robust Debate Over Digital Copyright Law
June 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eagles founder and co-songwriter Don Henley urged a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to stand by the side of artists he contends have been catastrophically harmed by a safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When it was passed in 1998, the DMCA... Read More

Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
Military
Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
June 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes the use of active-duty military to police U.S. cities and contain current street protests over the death of George Floyd. "I've always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing... Read More

Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
In The News
Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
June 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last week, an updated calendar for the... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Slashing 129K from Voting Rolls
Voting
Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Slashing 129K from Voting Rolls
June 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that could remove about 129,000 people from the state's voter rolls ahead of the November election.  This is the second time the state's highest court considered hearing the case, having previously deadlocked on whether to take... Read More

Justices Won’t Take Up Lawsuit Claiming DNC Tipped Scales for Clinton in 2016
Supreme Court
Justices Won’t Take Up Lawsuit Claiming DNC Tipped Scales for Clinton in 2016
June 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined on Monday to revive a lawsuit filed by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who claimed the Democratic National Committee improperly tipped the scales for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primaries. As is their custom, the justices did not explain... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Limits on Church Services
Religion
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Limits on Church Services
June 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal by a California church challenging state limits on attendance at worship services imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals late Friday night in turning away a... Read More

New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
June 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new survey has found that 36% of American workers would sue their employers if one of their co-workers contracted COVID-19 upon their return to work, and soon after contracted it themselves. Additionally, the latest "Back-to-Normal Barometer" survey conducted by Engagious, the Sports and... Read More

CBS News, National Press Club Celebrate a Century of Radio Broadcasting
Media
CBS News, National Press Club Celebrate a Century of Radio Broadcasting
June 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Radio, it has been said, is both the most intimate of all media and part of the fabric of the American experience. Whether it was through "Make Believe Ballroom" or presenting harrowing tales from the front lines during times of war or thrilling us... Read More

Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
Business
Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
June 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't exactly a typical Friday night in what could arguably be described as the "foodie district" of Charleston, South Carolina. But it was something of a barometer of how restaurants are fighting to come back from the coronavirus outbreak. Up and down... Read More

Bucolic Southern City Erupts In Aftermath of George Floyd Killing
In The News
Bucolic Southern City Erupts In Aftermath of George Floyd Killing
June 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A day of peaceful protests in one of the South's most bucolic cities turned violent Saturday night as angry crowds smashed storefronts, battled police and engaged in clashes with business owners trying to protect their property. The daytime protest, which drew several thousand... Read More

House Democrats Release Updated Calendar for Pandemic-Plagued Session
Congress
House Democrats Release Updated Calendar for Pandemic-Plagued Session
May 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday released the updated plan for conducting congressional business into the summer. The plan and calendar emailed members states that the focus for June will be on having the House committees hold hearings and mark up and report... Read More

As Primary Approaches, South Carolina Republicans Vows to Return Congressional District to the GOP
Primaries
As Primary Approaches, South Carolina Republicans Vows to Return Congressional District to the GOP
May 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The theme of the contest is most succinctly spelled out on the campaign signs that have appeared this week in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, like so many clumps of blooming Black-Eyed Susans. "Take Back the Lowcountry," the signs of Republican primary frontrunner,... Read More

RNC Safety Proposal for Charlotte Convention Makes No Mention of Masks, Distancing
Political News
RNC Safety Proposal for Charlotte Convention Makes No Mention of Masks, Distancing
May 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A letter outlining the Republican National Committee's coronavirus safety plan for its upcoming presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, includes several medical checks, but makes no mention of either wearing masks or requirements for social distancing. The letter, signed by Republican National Committee... Read More

National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
In The News
National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
May 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists strongly condemned the early morning arrests on Friday of a CNN correspondent and his production team, as they were covering ongoing protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death in police custody of George Floyd.... Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
May 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

A majority of Hawaii residents continue to support the construction of a new observatory atop the dormant Maunakea volcano on the Big Island of the archipelago, despite protests that have brought the project to a standstill, a new poll shows. The Thirty Meter Telescope is part... Read More

North Carolina House Prepares for Expected Surge in Mail-In Votes in November
State News
North Carolina House Prepares for Expected Surge in Mail-In Votes in November
May 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

The North Carolina House of Representatives on Thursday gave its near unanimous support to a bill allocating millions of dollars and granting counties more flexibility in dealing with what is expected to be a huge surge in mail-in voting in November. In most elections, only about... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Endorses Greater Flexibility for Small Business Aid Program
Congress
House Overwhelmingly Endorses Greater Flexibility for Small Business Aid Program
May 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the House on Thursday passed legislation providing struggling small businesses with greater flexibility in using coronavirus relief loans. The bill, which amends the Paycheck Protection Program enacted in March, passed by a vote of 417-1. Introduced by Reps. Dean... Read More

Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
May 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule, a move seen as foreshadowing the end of some or all of the U.S. government's special trade and... Read More

District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
Economy
District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
May 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday and begin phase one of its reopening process. The details of Bowser's announcement are available here. The mayor said though new cases of the virus are still... Read More

North Carolina Says It Wants RNC to Produce Convention Pandemic Plan
Political News
North Carolina Says It Wants RNC to Produce Convention Pandemic Plan
May 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's health and human services secretary has asked the CEO of the Republican National Convention to provide the state with a written coronavirus safety plan for the presidential nominating event currently planned for Charlotte in August. The request by state HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen came... Read More

House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
Congress
House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
May 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with 20 other Republican lawmakers sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday night in a bid to block the first proxy votes in congressional history. The House is returning to Washington Wednesday to vote on a bill to reauthorize... Read More

Lofgren Announces FISA Amendment Agreement, Clearing Way for House Vote
Intelligence
Lofgren Announces FISA Amendment Agreement, Clearing Way for House Vote
May 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., announced Tuesday there will be a vote tomorrow on a measure she's championed to prohibit the collection of Americans’ internet search history and web browsing data without a warrant. Since January, Lofgren, Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, and a bipartisan coalition... Read More

GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
Political News
GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
May 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has offered his state and its "world-class facilities" to serve as host of the Republican National Convention in August, a day after President Donald Trump threatened to move the event from North Carolina unless he is assured it won't be hamstrung by... Read More

New Dems, Problem Solvers Endorse Legislation to Improve Paycheck Protection Program
Business
New Dems, Problem Solvers Endorse Legislation to Improve Paycheck Protection Program
May 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Both the New Democrat Coalition and the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed legislation on Tuesday intended to make the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program work better for more businesses across the country. Since its creation in the very first coronavirus relief package, many businesses have... Read More

Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
Congress
Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
May 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a virtual discussion late last week on the challenges faced by district staff working remotely and the steps federal agencies can take to protect staffers as they return to the office environment. Joining the committee... Read More

NY Stock Exchange Reopens for First Time in Two Months
Finance
NY Stock Exchange Reopens for First Time in Two Months
May 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday, and though it was largely seen as a symbolic first step toward economic recovery, the financial markets opened with a surge of optimism. In early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 600 points,... Read More

Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
Congress
Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and several ranking House Democrats introduced legislation on Friday to protect inspectors general across the executive branch from being fired as a result of political retaliation. The Inspector General Independence Act would allow an inspector general to be... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
Employment
Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced in both the House and Senate this week would create a flexible, $4,000 skills training credit for workers who have lost their job due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Renewal Act affords these workers the opportunity to access their... Read More

Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
Congress
Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week, the House passed the $3 trillion... Read More

Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
Congress
Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday of "deliberately misleading" the public about House remote voting rules adopted by the chamber last week. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, McConnell said Democrats have "jammed through"... Read More

Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
Criminal Justice
Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

A former elections judge in Philadelphia pleaded guilty to accepting cash and "other things of value" in return for tampering with the results of city primary elections over several years, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Domenick J. Demuro pleaded guilty to “conspiring to deprive persons of... Read More

Coronavirus Changes Nature of Campaign Planning and Spending
Campaigns
Coronavirus Changes Nature of Campaign Planning and Spending
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the coronavirus outbreak that began in earnest in March profoundly affected the nature of politicking ahead of one of the most consequential elections in modern times. For instance, the latest batch of Federal Election Commission filings, released Wednesday, show that... Read More

Census Bureau Survey Finds America Remains a Nation of Small Towns
Census
Census Bureau Survey Finds America Remains a Nation of Small Towns
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Most Americans live in small incorporated towns and villages with populations of fewer than 5,000, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds. Released on Thursday, the bureau's latest population estimates for cities and towns found that of the nation's 328.2 million people,... Read More

Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Geopolitics
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he 's decided to withdraw from yet another arms control accord, the third he's walked away from in the past two years. The Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago, allows nations to fly over each other's territory... Read More

Pandemic-Related Job Losses Top 38 Million as Pace Continues to Slacken
Economy
Pandemic-Related Job Losses Top 38 Million as Pace Continues to Slacken
May 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the nine weeks since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic reached 38.6 million last week, just as states across the nation began to take decisive steps to reopen their economies and reverse the trend. The... Read More

Ted Cruz Takes Aim at China, Accusing Hollywood of Bowing to Its Censors
Geopolitics
Ted Cruz Takes Aim at China, Accusing Hollywood of Bowing to Its Censors
May 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday introduced a bill on the floor of the Senate that could have a profound effect on American movie studios as it aims to stop Chinese censorship of Hollywood films. American studios have long allowed Chinese censors to make changes... Read More

Senate Confirms Ratcliffe as National Intelligence Chief
Intelligence
Senate Confirms Ratcliffe as National Intelligence Chief
May 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence, placing him at the head of several agencies from which President Donald Trump jettisoned official after official. The last Senate-confirmed director of national intelligence, former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, left... Read More

Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Release of Unredacted Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Release of Unredacted Mueller Report
May 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the release of blacked out portions of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the conclusion of his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The court’s order, concerning a request by the House... Read More

Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
Economy
Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
May 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Unemployment among the nation's travel sector workers has reached 51% heading into the Memorial Day weekend, as Americans continue to refrain from resuming their normal lives in the face of the slowly easing coronavirus pandemic, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association. In... Read More

Groundbreaking Survey Series Asks, 'What Will It Take to Return to Normalcy?'
In The News
Groundbreaking Survey Series Asks, 'What Will It Take to Return to Normalcy?'
May 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Would you be willing to take a cruise right now? How about attending a live sporting event? Or staying in a hotel? Perhaps flying? A new survey of the travel and leisure attitudes of Americans found that more than half would take a cruise,... Read More

Number of Female CEOs in the Fortune 500 Hits All-Time Record
Business
Number of Female CEOs in the Fortune 500 Hits All-Time Record
May 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

The number of women running America's largest corporations has reached a record high with 37 of the companies on this year's Fortune 500 being led by female CEOs, Fortune magazine announced on Monday. The Fortune 500, which ranks America's largest companies, has long been looked to... Read More

Judiciary Committee Presses Supreme Court for Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material
Supreme Court
Judiciary Committee Presses Supreme Court for Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material
May 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Both Congress and the American public will "suffer grave and irreparable injury" if there continues to be a delay in the release of grand jury testimony from the Robert Mueller investigation, lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee said in court papers on Monday. The... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Promises New Aid to State, Local Governments
Congress
Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Promises New Aid to State, Local Governments
May 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan, bicameral effort is underway to provide hundreds of billions in funding to state and local governments reeling from the budgetary hit they've taken due to the coronavirus outbreak. The House bill introduced Monday by Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., and... Read More

Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
Intelligence
Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
May 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been tapped to be the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, taking the place of Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who stepped down last week amid an investigation into his stock transactions. Burr stepped aside after federal agents examining... Read More

Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings
May 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sudan is liable for $4.3 billion in punitive damages for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 people dead and injured thousands. Despite the court's unanimous ruling, however, it is unlikely the victims and... Read More

Horn Says It's Time to Get Back to Work, Focus on Targeted, Bipartisan Aid Package
Congress
Horn Says It's Time to Get Back to Work, Focus on Targeted, Bipartisan Aid Package
May 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's a simple way to sum up the message Rep. Kendra Horn delivered to her colleagues and constituents during the marathon session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, it was that enough is enough. In the first of two significant votes... Read More

Companies Band Together to Turn Out the Vote in the COVID-19 Age
2020 Elections
Companies Band Together to Turn Out the Vote in the COVID-19 Age
May 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Readers of The Wall Street Journal saw an unusual, but timely advertisement in its pages this week -- an open letter urging them to encourage their employees to seek absentee ballots or vote early in person to avoid any lingering threat posed by the... Read More

Brindisi Sees Congress As Eager, But Cautious About Capitol Hill Return
Congress
Brindisi Sees Congress As Eager, But Cautious About Capitol Hill Return
May 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

For Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., the sentiments of those he was elected to serve have become a familiar refrain over the course of the coronavirus emergency. "Folks are anxious to reopen the economy, of course, but mostly, I think they're being cautious," he said. "My district... Read More

Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
Education
Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
May 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts how difficult it will be to reopen the nation's public schools in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak need only spend a few moments speaking to leaders of the National School Boards Association. Public schools are the one part of American... Read More

Bipartisanship Is Alive and Well on Capitol Hill, Index Finds
Congress
Bipartisanship Is Alive and Well on Capitol Hill, Index Finds
May 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the rancor one hears consistently on cable news and in the Twittersphere, bipartisanship is alive and well among rank and file members of Congress, according to a new survey conducted by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown... Read More

Coronavirus Job Losses Now Top 36 Million
Employment
Coronavirus Job Losses Now Top 36 Million
May 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nearly 3 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total job losses since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in mid-February to roughly 36 million, the Labor Department said Thursday. An additional 842,000 people applied for aid through a separate federal... Read More

4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
Litigation
4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
May 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled against President Donald Trump on Thursday in a lawsuit alleging he's violated the Constitution's emoluments clause by profiting from foreign and state government patrons at his hotel in downtown Washington. A divided 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused... Read More

Justices to Decide If Electoral College Members Must Stick to Their Promises
Supreme Court
Justices to Decide If Electoral College Members Must Stick to Their Promises
May 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday was asked to sort out rules for the Electoral College system of selecting a president, and to decide whether those rules allow "faithless" electors to vote as they please or instead gives states the power to remove them. The... Read More

National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
Economy
National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
May 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus relief bill introduced in the House on Tuesday that allocates $375 billion for the nation's smaller cities, towns, counties and villages. Clarence Anthony, CEO and executive... Read More

Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
Veterans
Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
May 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America called on Congress and the Inspector General of Veteran Affairs to look into VA oversight of state-run veterans homes in the wake of a ProPublica investigation casting light on the grave consequences of a reportedly lax inspection regimen.... Read More

Supreme Court Asked to Reject Tax Records Request
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Asked to Reject Tax Records Request
May 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Attorneys for President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to toss congressional and state subpoenas seeking financial records from his bankers and accountants. In the first of the related cases heard Tuesday, the justices were asked to decide the validity of subpoenas... Read More

Fauci Warns Senate Panel of
Health
Fauci Warns Senate Panel of "Really Serious" Consequences to Fast Reopening
May 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be "really serious" consequences to states and cities across the United States reopening their economies too quickly. He told the Senate Health, Labor and Pensions Committee that... Read More

House Democrats Roll Out $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
Congress
House Democrats Roll Out $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
May 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats rolled out their latest package of legislation intended to provide economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic while focusing on areas that were either missed or in need of revision in other aid packages. In a briefing with reporters Tuesday morning, House Majority... Read More

Tuesday Special Elections Could Be Harbinger of Second Blue Wave Come November
Political News
Tuesday Special Elections Could Be Harbinger of Second Blue Wave Come November
May 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

A pair of congressional primaries on Tuesday could prove to be the first indicators of a brewing second blue wave come the November general election. The most high-profile of the contests is taking place in California's 25th Congressional District, in the north Los Angeles suburbs, where... Read More

White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
In The News
White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
May 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday told all employees working in the White House that they will now be required to wear masks whenever they are in the West Wing. The internal memo, which was distributed to staff members through the White House management office,... Read More

Justices Consider Whether Large Swath of Oklahoma Is Still An Indian Reservation
Supreme Court
Justices Consider Whether Large Swath of Oklahoma Is Still An Indian Reservation
May 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In recent years most arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding political divisions have involved racial and partisan gerrymandering. On Monday, the justices considered a case that asks, at its heart, whether a large swath of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation. In... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Action Fund Backs Joe Biden for President
2020 Elections
New Democrat Coalition Action Fund Backs Joe Biden for President
May 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund endorsed Vice President Joe Biden for president on Monday, with Rep. Ami Bera of California, chair of the group, declaring "we know a winner when we see one." “Our coalition is comprised of members who had to fight... Read More

New Dems Propose Tying Expanded Jobless Benefits to Economic and Public Health
Congress
New Dems Propose Tying Expanded Jobless Benefits to Economic and Public Health
May 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Derek Kilmer, chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, joined with Rep. Don Beyer this week to release a draft framework for the Workers’ Relief and Security Act, bicameral legislation that would tie ongoing expanded unemployment benefits to the public health emergency and economic... Read More

Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
Congress
Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
May 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is seeking to stem the stunning wave of layoffs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the employee retention tax credit. Roughly 33.5 million people have now filed for... Read More

Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
Spotlight
Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
May 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois,... Read More

NewDEAL Welcomes Spring 2020 Leader Class of State and Local Officials
In The News
NewDEAL Welcomes Spring 2020 Leader Class of State and Local Officials
May 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a group dedicated to developing exceptional American leaders, has selected a new class of 15 elected officials to join its select membership. Leaders in the 185-person network cover 48 states and are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of... Read More

Unanimous Supreme Court Tosses Out 'Bridgegate' Convictions
Supreme Court
Unanimous Supreme Court Tosses Out 'Bridgegate' Convictions
May 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court tossed out the convictions of two people involved in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal Thursday, concluding their prosecution was a case of prosecutorial overreach. "The question presented is whether the defendants committed property fraud," said Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the unanimous... Read More

FCC Slaps Sinclair Broadcast Group With Record $48 Million Fine
Media
FCC Slaps Sinclair Broadcast Group With Record $48 Million Fine
May 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $48 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission to resolve allegations it failed to disclose the sponsor of paid content and misled the agency during its failed merger with Tribune Media. The conservative-leaning broadcaster... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
May 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus will hold what it is billing as its first "Virtual Congress" to debate the inclusion of state and local government funding in the next coronavirus relief package. The caucus says 24 lawmakers, half Republican/half Democrat, will participate... Read More

New Campus Sexual Assault Rules Bolster Rights of Accused, Protections for Schools
In The News
New Campus Sexual Assault Rules Bolster Rights of Accused, Protections for Schools
May 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Education Department unveiled new campus sexual assault rules on Wednesday that significantly reduce the legal liabilities for schools, narrow the scope of cases educators will be required to investigate and bolster the rights of those accused of such assualts. “Today we release a... Read More

Justices Appear Divided Over 'Obamacare' Birth Control Mandate
Supreme Court
Justices Appear Divided Over 'Obamacare' Birth Control Mandate
May 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared to be divided Wednesday over the future of a pair of Trump administration rules that allow employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women required by the Affordable Care Act.... Read More

Employers Eliminated More Than 20 Million Jobs in April, Report Says
Economy
Employers Eliminated More Than 20 Million Jobs in April, Report Says
May 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. private sector employers cut 20.2 million jobs from their payrolls in April, a stunning sign of just what the coronavirus outbreak has done to the economy in a relatively short time. In a report released Wednesday, ADP, the payroll processing company, says no... Read More

New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Federal Judge Rules
2020 Elections
New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Federal Judge Rules
May 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

Election officials in New York State must hold a Democratic presidential primary election in June, with all qualifying candidates restored to the ballot, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres, who presides in the federal court in Manhattan, came in... Read More

Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized With Infection
Supreme Court
Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized With Infection
May 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday after being diagnosed with an infection, the U.S. Supreme Court announced. A statement posted on the court's website says the 87-year-old jurist underwent non-surgical treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Tuesday for acute cholecystitis, a benign... Read More

Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
Innovation
Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
May 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

Like a lot of us, Mark Nathan noticed that no matter how successful a business trip had been, he regularly returned home only to fall ill from the bacteria and viruses he encountered on airplanes, in hotel and conference rooms and everywhere in between. What sets... Read More

Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
State News
Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
May 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that while the coronavirus remains a serious problem, enough appears to be going right that the time has come to consider reopening the state's economy. During a briefing with reporters, Northam said the number of new cases reported in Virginia... Read More

Supreme Court's First-Ever Sitting for Arguments By Phone Goes Off Without a Hitch
Supreme Court
Supreme Court's First-Ever Sitting for Arguments By Phone Goes Off Without a Hitch
May 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Somewhere, Alexander Graham Bell must be smiling. Some 144 years after the Scottish-born scientist invented the world's first working telephone, the U.S. Supreme Court made history Monday by hearing oral arguments using his technology and allowing the world to listen in. The justices haven't... Read More

Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
Historical Documents
Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress may be closed due to the coronavirus, but its manuscript division has just added the digitized papers of three presidents to its online collection. The presidencies of each of the men, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, and William McKinley all... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed the Inspectors General Independence Act, which establishes seven-year terms for the position and protects those who hold it from politically-motivated firings by only allowing removal for cause. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., a longtime... Read More

Center for Politics Adds Alaska to Senate Battleground Map
2020 Elections
Center for Politics Adds Alaska to Senate Battleground Map
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The University of Virginia's Center for Politics made a key change Friday to its rating of the race for the Alaska Senate Seat currently occupied by GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan, moving the seat from "Safe" to "Likely" Republican in November. Larry Sabato, the political... Read More

Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
Business
Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee on Friday asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to testify after both Republicans and Democrats on the panel expressed concerns his deputies may have lied to Congress. The letter, which is signed by four Democrats and three Republicans, says a recent... Read More

Cunningham Convinces Wealthy Homeowners to Return $1 Million SBA Loan
Congress
Cunningham Convinces Wealthy Homeowners to Return $1 Million SBA Loan
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A wealthy homeowners association on exclusive Kiawah Island in South Carolina is returning a $1 million federal loan intended to help small businesses and nonprofits after being taken to task by Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C. Cunningham, who is in his first term representing South... Read More

Federal Reserve Expands Paycheck Protection Program to Add More Lenders
Economy
Federal Reserve Expands Paycheck Protection Program to Add More Lenders
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said Thursday it is expanding a program that helps the government provide stimulus loans to small businesses and is designed to keep workers on payrolls during the coronavirus pandemic. In a brief statement on its website, the central bank said it... Read More

Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
Economy
Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said Thursday it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program, a vehicle created to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial shape before the pandemic. When the initial terms of... Read More

Biden on Sex Assault Allegation: 'This Never Happened'
2020 Elections
Biden on Sex Assault Allegation: 'This Never Happened'
May 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday publicly denied allegations from a former staffer who says the then-senator sexually assaulted her 27 years ago. "They aren't true," Biden said in a statement emailed to reporters and also published on the website Medium. "This never... Read More

NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
Science
NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
April 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NASA awarded contracts to three companies on Thursday to design and develop human landing systems, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024 as part of the agency's Artemis program. The contracts were... Read More

Biden, Sanders Strike Deal on National Convention Delegates
Political News
Biden, Sanders Strike Deal on National Convention Delegates
April 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have struck a deal that will allow Sanders, the former White House hopeful, to keep hundreds of delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The agreement gives Sanders and his supporters a voice in helping... Read More

CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
Health
CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
April 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that dogs, cats and other animals keep the same social distance from their counterparts as has been recommended for humans. The recommendation came after a small number of animals -- ranging from house pets to... Read More

Federal Reserve Extends Lending to Smaller US Cities and Counties
Economy
Federal Reserve Extends Lending to Smaller US Cities and Counties
April 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expanding the eligibility criteria for a lending program intended to support the municipal bond market to allow small U.S. cities and municipalities to access needed funds from the central bank. The loosening of lending from the $500 billion fund comes... Read More

House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
Congress
House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
April 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A day after announcing members would be returning to Washington, House leadership reversed course Tuesday and announced they will not bring the chamber back into session next week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made the announcement Tuesday morning, citing the advice of the... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
April 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats endorsed a bipartisan bill on Monday that would establish a commission to assess the nation's readiness to deal with future pandemics. H.R. 6429, the National Commission on COVID-19 Act, was introduced in the House by Rep. Stephanie... Read More

New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary
State News
New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary
April 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

New York election officials on Monday canceled the state's Democratic presidential primary due to concerns over spreading the coronavirus, infuriating Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and his supporters. The decision by the New York Board of Elections was unanimous, and the board Democratic co-chairman, Douglas Kellner, brushed... Read More

NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
Congress
NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
April 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a network of state and local leaders, is urging Congressional leaders of both parties to consider the input of those on the front lines of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill to craft the next relief package. In... Read More

House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
Congress
House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
April 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will return to work on Capitol Hill on May 4, some 11 days before the stay-at-home order currently in effect in the District of Columbia is set to expire. “Senators will return to Washington D.C. one week from today. We... Read More

Supreme Court Says Georgia Can't Copyright State Code
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Georgia Can't Copyright State Code
April 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that an annotated version of Georgia's state law code is not subject to copyright protection because it is a "government edict" and must be free for all to use. In a 5-4 ruling, the judges rejected a copyright... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
April 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress acted unlawfully when it reneged on a commitment to shield Affordable Care Act insurers from financial losses in the early years of its implementation. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices held insurers are entitled to the... Read More

Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
Supreme Court
Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
April 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday tossed one of its most closely-watched cases of the term, claiming a subsequent easing of the restrictions being challenged -- a ban on transporting guns -- effectively left them with nothing to decide. The decision is a blow to... Read More

Nation's Power Grid Holding Up Well Despite Surge in Remote Work
Energy
Nation's Power Grid Holding Up Well Despite Surge in Remote Work
April 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact that nearly every working American is doing so from home, necessitating video conferencing and the rest, the nation's power grid is doing just fine, according to the not-for-profit regulatory authority tasked with overseeing it. In a report released Thursday, the North... Read More

CBO Says Coronavirus Outbreak and Response Will Quadruple the Federal Deficit
Federal Budget
CBO Says Coronavirus Outbreak and Response Will Quadruple the Federal Deficit
April 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Due to a combination of the passage of multiple economic stimulus bills and a deep recession caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the federal deficit for the 2020 fiscal year will quadruple to $3.7 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. In dizzying detail that... Read More

House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
Economy
House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
April 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by two Democratic congressmen Thursday would make businesses in the previously flourishing cannabis industry eligible to apply for COVID-19 relief programs run through the Small Business Administration. In the wake of the shuttering of many businesses in mid-March, eight of the... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
April 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House prepares to vote on a $483 billion coronavirus aid package, a majority of Americans say they'd like Congress to return to Washington immediately to try to deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, a new poll finds. Though Congress has passed three... Read More

Pandemic Continues to Stifle Economy as 4.4 Million More Seek Jobless Aid
Employment
Pandemic Continues to Stifle Economy as 4.4 Million More Seek Jobless Aid
April 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Just over 4.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to tame it continue to batter the U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that 4,427,000 Americans applied for benefits between April 12 and 18, bringing... Read More

Lawsuit in Arkansas Seeks Order Allowing Safe Signature Collection During Pandemic
Political News
Lawsuit in Arkansas Seeks Order Allowing Safe Signature Collection During Pandemic
April 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

A federal lawsuit filed in Arkansas on Wednesday claims the state's election laws make it virtually impossible to collect the requisite signatures for placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot. At issue in the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western... Read More

House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
Congress
House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
April 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday shelved a vote on a temporary change to House rules to allow proxy voting, announcing instead that a bipartisan panel will look at it and other issues relating to House operations during the coronavirus pandemic. During a Democratic... Read More

White House Outlines Strategy for Federal Agencies Resuming Operations
In The News
White House Outlines Strategy for Federal Agencies Resuming Operations
April 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Federal workers hoping for some clarity on when and how they will return to work in their offices got a hint on Monday, when the White House released its framework for gradually reopening the federal government. The framework, spread across 11 pages, is entitled... Read More

Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
Census
Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
April 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau is launching two new surveys to gather data on disruptions to households and small businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak. The bureau received emergency approval from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on Sunday to conduct a Household Pulse Survey... Read More

Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
Congress
Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
April 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has released a lengthy checklist it hopes will help guide the White House and congressional leaders as they continue to work toward fully reopening the U.S. economy. While the caucus, which has 25 Republican and 25 Democratic members, acknowledges... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
April 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new bill also includes $25 billion to... Read More

FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
Health
FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
April 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first diagnostic test for the coronavirus that allows people to collect their sample at home -- a development that could greatly expand testing options in states fighting to corral the outbreak. The COVID-19 RT-PCR from LabCorp... Read More

Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
State News
Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
April 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin health official said Tuesday that the city had identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus while participating in the state's controversial April 7 primary election. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said in a statement that six of the... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
Economy
Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
April 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition urged the Trump administration Tuesday to fix problems community-based financial institutions are encountering as they try to access the Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration, the... Read More

Lawmakers Seek Relief Funds For Electronic Union Elections
Labor
Lawmakers Seek Relief Funds For Electronic Union Elections
April 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, led by Reps. Andy Levin, D-Mich., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., is pressing for the inclusion of funding and a directive in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to enable the National Labor Relations Board to hold union elections electronically. Last... Read More

Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
Congress
Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
April 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says an emergency proxy-voting plan for members that could be voted on as soon as Thursday is a fine first step, but he would like to take a second look at technology that would enable lawmakers to do more... Read More

Justices Rule Montana Homeowners Can Pursue State Law Claims Against Superfund Site
Supreme Court
Justices Rule Montana Homeowners Can Pursue State Law Claims Against Superfund Site
April 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Montana homeowners can sue Atlantic Richfield Co. under state law to get additional cleanup of arsenic left over from years of copper smelting, however, writing for the majority on a divided court, Chief Justice John Roberts said before the homeowners can proceed, they must... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Trials Unconstitutional
Law
Supreme Court Rules Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Trials Unconstitutional
April 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that defendants in criminal trials can only be convicted by a unanimous jury, striking down a practice that has already been abandoned by all but one state. Writing for the majority on a divided court, Justice Neil Gorsuch... Read More

Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
Economy
Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
April 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of Senators is urging the chamber's leadership to support aid to local newspaper, radio and television stations in the next iteration of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority... Read More

New York AG Orders Four Companies to Stop Selling COVID-19 Tests, Cures
Health
New York AG Orders Four Companies to Stop Selling COVID-19 Tests, Cures
April 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered four companies to immediately stop selling unauthorized coronavirus home test kits and purported cures. "This isn’t a game," James said in a post on Twitter. "Giving people a false sense of security is not only illegal, but it also... Read More

Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
Congress
Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
April 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After weeks of calls for some kind of tech-based system to allow members of Congress to work from their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee proposed a decidedly low-tech alternative -- having another member vote for you.... Read More

GOP Moving Forward With Convention Plans Despite Pandemic Uncertainty
Political News
GOP Moving Forward With Convention Plans Despite Pandemic Uncertainty
April 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Republican party is moving forward with plans to hold its National nominating convention in Charlotte, N.C. this summer, despite continued uncertainty over when the coronavirus outbreak will finally crest and go away. "Truthfully, there really isn't a contingency plan, at least in terms... Read More

Kilmer, Murphy Among Those Named to White House Task Force on Rebuilding American Economy
Economy
Kilmer, Murphy Among Those Named to White House Task Force on Rebuilding American Economy
April 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., are among the bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers named to a White House panel tasked with counseling the White House on when and how to get the economy moving again in the wake of the coronavirus... Read More

Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
State News
Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
April 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Ahead of an expected White House announcement on the easing of restrictions meant to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, governors across the nation are preparing for a "new normal" that will be quite different from the business as usual that existed before... Read More

Unemployment Claims Surge By Another 5.2 Million As White House Eyes Restarting Economy
Employment
Unemployment Claims Surge By Another 5.2 Million As White House Eyes Restarting Economy
April 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, jumped by another 5.2 million last week, bringing the four-week total to about 22 million, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That number wipes out the total number of jobs created during the nine-and-a-half years that have elapsed... Read More

President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings
Veterans
President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings
April 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed into law bipartisan legislation that enables veterans to virtually attend Department of Veteran Affairs claims hearings from home. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C, and John Katko, R-N.Y. in October. Prior to the bill becoming law,... Read More

President Trump's Name to be Embossed on Stimulus Checks
In The News
President Trump's Name to be Embossed on Stimulus Checks
April 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump's name will be printed on the stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is about to start sending to millions of Americans across the country. The inclusion of Trump's name was first reported Wednesday by the Washington Post.... Read More

IAVA Expands Effort to Provide Timely Help to Vets During Pandemic
Veterans
IAVA Expands Effort to Provide Timely Help to Vets During Pandemic
April 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is expanding its highly regarded rapid response program to provide aid and comfort to even more veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. Newly rebranded as the IAVA's "Quick Reaction Force," the initiative provides confidential peer-to-peer support, comprehensive care... Read More

Retail Sales Plunge a Historic 8.7% After Pandemic Takes Hold
Economy
Retail Sales Plunge a Historic 8.7% After Pandemic Takes Hold
April 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Despite the widespread hoarding of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other items that continue to leave many store shelves bare, U.S. retail sales plunged 8.7% in March, an unprecedented decline, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The deceleration of sales far outpaces the previous record... Read More

Rep. Stephanie Murphy Named 'Fiscal Hero' As Group Lauds Her Bipartisan Leadership in Congress
Congress
Rep. Stephanie Murphy Named 'Fiscal Hero' As Group Lauds Her Bipartisan Leadership in Congress
April 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a tireless advocate for fiscal responsibility whether on her own or as co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, has been awarded the 2020 Fiscal Hero award by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Each year, the... Read More

IMF Says World Faces Prospect of Deep Recession In COVID-19's Wake
Economy
IMF Says World Faces Prospect of Deep Recession In COVID-19's Wake
April 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The global economy will likely experience the worst recession since the 1930s as governments around the world fight to end the coronavirus outbreak and restart their economies, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. The organization, which is headquartered just blocks from the White House,... Read More

Obama Endorses Joe Biden for President
2020 Elections
Obama Endorses Joe Biden for President
April 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden on Tuesday, re-entering the political fray after months of maintaining his neutrality. The former president's endorsement came a day after Biden's last remaining rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gave his endorsement via a livestream chat. In a... Read More

Congress Won’t Return from Recess Before May 4
Congress
Congress Won’t Return from Recess Before May 4
April 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers will not return to Capitol Hill for regular legislative activity before May 4, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. “As the country continues working together to flatten the curve, following the advice of health experts, the full Senate is not expected to travel... Read More

Western States Forge Pact to Manage Restart of Economy
State News
Western States Forge Pact to Manage Restart of Economy
April 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced Monday that they've come to an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future. In a joint statement, Govs. Gavin Newsom, Kate Brown and Jay Inslee, said the coronavirus outbreak had... Read More

Problem Solvers Suggest Measures to Keep Government Working In a Crisis
In The News
Problem Solvers Suggest Measures to Keep Government Working In a Crisis
April 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus is urging the House leadership to seize opportunity from a grave national crisis and adopt new policies ensuring members can carry out their obligations to debate and vote on legislation even if they can't meet in person. In a... Read More

Virginia Repeals Voter ID Law, Makes Election Day a State Holiday
State News
Virginia Repeals Voter ID Law, Makes Election Day a State Holiday
April 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a series of bills this past weekend that dramatically expand voting rights in the state, by eliminating its voter ID requirement, increasing access to early voting and making Election Day a state holiday. “Voting is a fundamental right, and these new... Read More

Sanders Formally Endorses Biden for President in Livestream Event
Political News
Sanders Formally Endorses Biden for President in Livestream Event
April 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president on Monday during a livestream conversation between the former rivals for the Democratic nomination. “We’ve got to make Trump a one-term president and we need you in the White House,” Sanders said. The... Read More

Supreme Court Says It Will Hear Oral Arguments by Telephone
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says It Will Hear Oral Arguments by Telephone
April 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear oral arguments by telephone conference next month, including cases involving so-called "faithless electors" and the Affordable Care Act's contraception requirement. Those cases, respectively, are Colorado Department of State v. Baca and Little Sisters of the... Read More

Wisconsin Primary Results to Be Made Public Monday Night
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Primary Results to Be Made Public Monday Night
April 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The results of Wisconsin's chaotic April 7 primary will be released Monday evening, immediately after local boards of election across the state finish counting the record 1.3 million absentee ballots cast. Despite widespread fears caused by the coronavirus outbreak and a series of late... Read More

Historic Agreement Will Conserve Millions of Acres for Monarch Butterflies
Environment
Historic Agreement Will Conserve Millions of Acres for Monarch Butterflies
April 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached what conservationists are calling a historic deal to protect monarch butterflies, which pass through multiple states on their annual two-way migrations. “Completing this agreement is a huge boost for the conservation of monarch butterflies and other... Read More

Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
Civil Rights
Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
April 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urged the National Governors Association Friday to direct its members to collect demographic data on racial disparities and the coronavirus outbreak. Hoyer's request, directed to Govs. Larry Hogan, of Maryland, and Andrew Cuomo, of New York, the chair and... Read More

Congress Called on to Include 'Direct and Flexible Funding' to All Counties in Next Relief Bill
County News
Congress Called on to Include 'Direct and Flexible Funding' to All Counties in Next Relief Bill
April 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As Congress considers a fourth coronavirus relief package, it must include direct and flexible funding and resources to counties of all sizes, the National Association of Counties said this week. In a lengthy letter sent to the leaders of both the House and Senate,... Read More

White House Agrees to Bipartisan Talks on Interim 'Paycheck Protection' Bill
Economy
White House Agrees to Bipartisan Talks on Interim 'Paycheck Protection' Bill
April 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration agreed on Friday to pursue bipartisan talks with members of the House and Senate on an interim bill to boost funding to the federal government's $350 million "Paycheck Protection" program. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday afternoon that he had... Read More

COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
Geopolitics
COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
April 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the continued uncertainties related to the COVID-19 virus, government officials trying to beat back the pandemic need to resist the temptation to erect new barriers to trade, an international trade watchdog said Friday. Further, the report said, lawmakers need to take care now... Read More

How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
In The News
How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
April 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - To no one's surprise, the coronavirus outbreak -- once it breached our shores -- became all anyone was talking about. Fears over the pandemic and the grim death toll projections dominated the early narrative, to be surpassed later by attention focused on the federal... Read More

Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
Think Tanks
Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
April 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats alike concede the road to the White House is paved through America's suburbs, what's less clear is how much they truly understand this rapidly changing portion of the electorate. For decades, the suburbs were synonymous with baby boomers, little league... Read More

New Jersey Moves Primary Election to July 7
2020 Elections
New Jersey Moves Primary Election to July 7
April 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Wednesday that will move the state's primary from June 2 to July 7. As he signed the order, Murphy said he was doing so to avoid scenes like those that played out Tuesday, when Wisconsin voters were... Read More

Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
Economy
Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
April 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he believes the U.S. could reopen for business in May, following a near halt caused by the coronavirus outbreak. During an extended interview on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" program, Mnuchin said the resumption of economic activity will... Read More

D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Environment
D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
April 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency improperly rescinded Obama-era restrictions on a class of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), after the court struck down a portion of the rules, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. In a divided ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

Bernie Sanders Drops Presidential Bid
2020 Elections
Bernie Sanders Drops Presidential Bid
April 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who made two tries to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, ended his latest bid for the White House Wednesday, conceding he is too far behind frontrunner Joe Biden to catch up. “I wish I could tell you otherwise,... Read More

Acting Navy Boss Quits Amid Uproar Over Coronavirus Controversy
Military
Acting Navy Boss Quits Amid Uproar Over Coronavirus Controversy
April 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Bowing to increasing pressure, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, following his profanity-laced tirade against the fired captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt. Modly’s abrupt exit came shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the mounting chorus calling for his... Read More

DNC, Democratic Party of Georgia Team Up to Boost Vote-By-Mail Efforts
2020 Elections
DNC, Democratic Party of Georgia Team Up to Boost Vote-By-Mail Efforts
April 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee is partnering with the Democratic Party of Georgia on a massive campaign to encourage Georgians to fill out and return an application to vote by mail. Georgia's presidential and state primaries, originally planned for March 24, are now scheduled to... Read More

Trump Removes Watchdog Expected to Oversee $2 Trillion Virus Relief Fund
Political News
Trump Removes Watchdog Expected to Oversee $2 Trillion Virus Relief Fund
April 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday summarily removed the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus. Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and... Read More

Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
In The News
Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
April 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- "We knew it was coming." Those were among the first words uttered by a young emergency room doctor when reached by The Well News earlier this week. The doctor, who had told his hospital he would be speaking with a reporter, nevertheless asked that... Read More

Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
April 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin’s presidential preference and other primaries will proceed as scheduled Tuesday after the state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ last-minute attempt to delay in-person voting by executive order. The state’s highest court, voting 4-2, agreed with Republican legislators who had argued the governor lacked the... Read More

Federal Workers Can Sue Over Any Age Bias In Employment Action
Supreme Court
Federal Workers Can Sue Over Any Age Bias In Employment Action
April 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Age Discrimination and Employment Act allows federal employees to sue over any age bias inferred by an adverse employment action -- even when that bias isn't the driving factor behind a decision. The petitioner, Noris Babb,... Read More

Justices Decline to Revisit Case Involving 60s Black Militant
Supreme Court
Justices Decline to Revisit Case Involving 60s Black Militant
April 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court did not add any new cases to its docket Monday morning, declining, among other things, to revisit the murder conviction of the 1960s black militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he rose to fame... Read More

High Court Upholds Police Right to Stop Vehicles Without Suspicion of Crime
Supreme Court
High Court Upholds Police Right to Stop Vehicles Without Suspicion of Crime
April 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Kansas deputy sheriff did not violate a motorist's constitutional rights when he pulled over a truck owned by a driver with a revoked license. The case stems from events that occurred April 28, 2016. It was on... Read More

Supreme Court Postpones April Argument Session Due to Pandemic
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Postpones April Argument Session Due to Pandemic
April 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday said it would postpone oral arguments scheduled for its April session due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it increasingly unlikely they will be able to hear every case they planned to before their summer recess begins in July. In... Read More

Economy Lost 701K Jobs After Coronavirus Bite Took Hold
Employment
Economy Lost 701K Jobs After Coronavirus Bite Took Hold
April 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy lost 701,000 jobs in March as the coronavirus outbreak spread, ending more than a decade of uninterrupted employment growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The bureau's monthly employment situation report attributed the shedding of jobs both to the effects... Read More

Ratings Agency Says Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders Face 'Intense' Liquidity Crunch
Economy
Ratings Agency Says Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders Face 'Intense' Liquidity Crunch
April 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The rating agency Moody's downgraded its outlook for non-bank mortgage lenders in the U.S. from "stable" to "negative" on Thursday, warning the industry faces "intense" liquidity problems due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. As previously reported in The Well News, nonbank lenders like ABC... Read More

Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
In The News
Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
April 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has directed federal courts across the nation to conduct a search for surplus medical supplies after two Florida courts discovered such stockpiles and donated them to local hospitals. Employees in the Northern District of Florida, a court... Read More

Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
In The News
Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
April 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "Surreal" is the first word Shaun Thompson uses to describe what's happened to his business since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. just over a month ago. Tele-Town Hall was founded in 2006 with a single customer -- a freshman California congressman... Read More

Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
2020 Elections
Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
April 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday refused to push back the date of Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary despite concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. U.S. District Judge William Conley's ruling came after listening to arguments Wednesday over whether the primary should be moved while dire warnings... Read More

Democrats Delay Nominating Convention Until Week of Aug. 17
In The News
Democrats Delay Nominating Convention Until Week of Aug. 17
April 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that it will delay its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17, citing the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and how long it will last. “In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach... Read More

Bipartisan House Panel to Provide Oversight on Federal Coronavirus Response
Congress
Bipartisan House Panel to Provide Oversight on Federal Coronavirus Response
April 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a bipartisan select committee to oversee the allocation of trillions of dollars in approved funding to address the coronavirus crisis and ensure taxpayers dollars are "spent carefully and effectively." Pelosi told reporters during a conference call... Read More

Veterans Groups Ask That Members Be Allowed to Join COVID-19 Fight
Veterans
Veterans Groups Ask That Members Be Allowed to Join COVID-19 Fight
April 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A pair of veterans service organizations are calling on Congress and the National Governors Association to re-examine the nation's current medical credentialing system to allow veterans with medical experience to join in the fight against COVID-19. Both the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America... Read More

Willingness to Pay for News and Other Media On the Rise, Study Finds
Media
Willingness to Pay for News and Other Media On the Rise, Study Finds
April 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While less than 16% of consumers currently pay for news and another 44% pay for entertainment, a willingness to pay for content they really want to see is on the rise, according to new research from the World Economic Forum. The resulting report, "Understanding... Read More

Jobless Claims Reach New Record High As 6.6 Million File for Assistance
Economy
Jobless Claims Reach New Record High As 6.6 Million File for Assistance
April 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 6.6 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, shattering the record number for the second week in a row, the Labor Department announced Thursday. Last week, 3.3 million people filed jobless claims, meaning the two week total comes to... Read More

House Democrats Propose Sweeping Infrastructure Revitalization for Next Stimulus
Infrastructure
House Democrats Propose Sweeping Infrastructure Revitalization for Next Stimulus
April 1, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a wide-ranging and ambitious plan Wednesday to significantly make over the nation's infrastructure while also tamping down on the economic distress caused by the coronavirus outbreak. “We need to invest in our infrastructure to address some of the critical impacts and... Read More

Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15
Census
Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15
March 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau, which had already suspended its field operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, has announced it will further postpone those operations at least through April 15. In a written statement, the agency said it made the decision based on continuing assessments... Read More

Could The Little-Known Mayor of Atlanta Be Biden's Running Mate?
Political News
Could The Little-Known Mayor of Atlanta Be Biden's Running Mate?
March 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has not been shy in recent weeks in touting a number of women he believes are well-qualified to be the first African-American vice president of the United States. “I really believe that we’ve reached a point in this country... Read More

Treasury Rolls Out Airline Aid Strategy, Urging Carriers to Act Quickly
Economy
Treasury Rolls Out Airline Aid Strategy, Urging Carriers to Act Quickly
March 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department provided some guidance Monday night on how it will award grants and loans to airlines affected by the coronavirus outbreak, urging them to apply for "payroll support" by Friday. The department said the resources it was making available online are intended... Read More

Real Estate Industry Hoping for Stimulus Aid for Non-Depository Lenders
Economy
Real Estate Industry Hoping for Stimulus Aid for Non-Depository Lenders
March 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Even before Congress had passed the third economic stimulus package of the coronavirus era on Friday, talk had turned to what should be included in a currently hypothetical, but no less likely, fourth stimulus bill. Among the welcome steps taken so far are decisions... Read More

Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
Law
Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
March 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

Federal judges in three states blocked efforts to shutter abortion providers during the coronavirus outbreak. In Texas, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel held that the Supreme Court has already "spoken clearly" on a woman's right to abortion and therefore Texas was acting unlawfully when it attempted... Read More

Sergeants at Arms Extend Capitol Closure
In The News
Sergeants at Arms Extend Capitol Closure
March 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol building will remain closed to tourists through May 1, the Sergeants at Arms of the House and Senate announced Monday. The decision comes after the White House extended its voluntary guidance on social distancing to the end of April. Both moves... Read More

Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
Energy
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
March 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying facts of the case go back... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Strike Down Seattle Campaign Finance Voucher System
Campaign Finance
Supreme Court Declines to Strike Down Seattle Campaign Finance Voucher System
March 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Seattle's "Democracy Voucher Program," leaving in place the city's public financing program for local elections. Though the justices offered no explanation for their decision not to weigh in on the case, their... Read More

New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates
State News
New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates
March 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

New York is postponing its April 28 presidential primary until June 23, a late date that places it at risk of forfeiting some of its delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. The reason for the delay, which was announced Saturday, is the coronavirus outbreak... Read More

White House Listens to Disease Experts, Extends Social Distancing Order
Health
White House Listens to Disease Experts, Extends Social Distancing Order
March 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Presidential Donald Trump announced Sunday that federal social distancing guidelines that were set to expire March 30 will be extended another month, this after aggressive lobbying by his coronavirus task force. In recent days President Trump has repeatedly said the time has come to... Read More

Two More Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
Congress
Two More Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
March 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. are the latest members of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. The representative from Charleston had already been in self-quarantine after learning from the attending physician of the House that he'd been in contact with... Read More

Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2
State News
Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2
March 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

Less than a week after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo approved a board of elections request to move the state's presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, a plan to have a mostly mail-in election in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak is already taking... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
Congress
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
March 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently needed relief," President Donald Trump said... Read More

Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
Trade
Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
March 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new chapter in North American commerce began two weeks ago Friday, when Canada became the third and final country to ratify the region's new trade pact. The... Read More

Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
Economy
Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
March 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment claims reached a historic high of 3.28 million last week due to a wave of layoffs and business closures stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The figure shattered the previous record of weekly jobless claims from October 1982... Read More

Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
Political News
Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
March 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island - and one territory - Puerto Rico - have postponed their presidential primary elections due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, three states - Alabama, Mississippi and North... Read More

Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
March 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact the White House and Senate were able to reach a deal on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill early Wednesday, the U.S. economy is still facing a huge shock to its system, the president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve said.... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for End to Partisan Games With Economic Rescue Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for End to Partisan Games With Economic Rescue Legislation
March 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With the latest economic stimulus bill stalled on Capitol Hill since Sunday, both the Blue Dogs and New Democrat coalitions in the House are calling for an end to the partisanship that is preventing the roughly $2 trillion plan from getting done. On Tuesday,... Read More

Bloomberg Transfers $18 Million to DNC, Dems In Battleground States
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Transfers $18 Million to DNC, Dems In Battleground States
March 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has abandoned plans to form a new super PAC dedicated to defeating President Donald Trump and is instead donating $18 million to the Democratic National Committee to achieve the same ends. In addition, the billionaire and former... Read More

FCC Expands Telecoms' Spectrum Access to Bolster Wireless Capacity During Pandemic
Telecom
FCC Expands Telecoms' Spectrum Access to Bolster Wireless Capacity During Pandemic
March 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted requests from AT&T and Verizon to use additional spectrum to help meet escalating wireless demand during the coronavirus outbreak. AT&T has been granted authority to operate in the AWS-4 band Spectrum licensed to DISH, and... Read More

DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
State News
DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
March 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year, and all restaurants must end dine-in service, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday. Northam announced the new measures as the number of coronavirus cases in Virginia, Maryland... Read More

Supreme Court Holds States Immune From Copyright Suits
In The News
Supreme Court Holds States Immune From Copyright Suits
March 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that state governments cannot be sued for copyright infringement, rejecting a case filed against North Carolina over footage of a pirate shipwreck. In a unanimous ruling, the justices held North Carolina is shielded by state sovereign immunity from a... Read More

McMaster Latest Governor to Allow 'To-Go' Liquor Sales
State News
McMaster Latest Governor to Allow 'To-Go' Liquor Sales
March 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Saturday directed the state's Department of Revenue to waive regulations and allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or to-go orders. The move came just days after McMaster ordered all restaurants in the state... Read More

First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures
Trade
First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures
March 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set to impose similar restrictions at the U.S. border with Mexico later today. It was only two months ago President Donald Trump signed the implementing legislation for... Read More

Wisconsin Republicans Oppose Voting Changes Sought Due to Virus Outbreak
State News
Wisconsin Republicans Oppose Voting Changes Sought Due to Virus Outbreak
March 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

The leaders of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature told a federal judge Thursday they are opposed to a request by Democrats to amend absentee and online primary rules in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The state Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee filed a federal lawsuit... Read More

House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill
Congress
House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill
March 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House appears close to adopting new voting procedures on bills in the wake of two members testing positive for the coronavirus this week. Though the situation is evolving rapidly, as of Thursday afternoon, House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern was preparing a report... Read More

Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
Congress
Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to Save Immediately on Medicines (BIOSIM) Act.... Read More

Hoyer Says Jump in Unemployment Claims Is a Further Call to Action in Virus Fight
Economy
Hoyer Says Jump in Unemployment Claims Is a Further Call to Action in Virus Fight
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged to its highest level in more than two years last week, causing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to vow the government will do "everything necessary" to help families weather the coronavirus outbreak. According... Read More

Gabbard, Weld Drop Out of 2020 Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Gabbard, Weld Drop Out of 2020 Presidential Race
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld have ended their 2020 election bids. Gabbard, who endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, left the race after poor showings in every primary and caucus but one -- American Samoa, which she won, garnering... Read More

O'Halleran, A Warrior for Job Creation, Seeks Solar Energy Training for Veterans
Employment
O'Halleran, A Warrior for Job Creation, Seeks Solar Energy Training for Veterans
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is no stranger to fighting to create jobs and a stronger economy for all Americans. His latest effort in this area is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to foster workforce training for transitioning military personnel in the growing field of solar energy.... Read More

Sherrill Fights for Local Families by Rolling Back Tax Deduction Caps
Economy
Sherrill Fights for Local Families by Rolling Back Tax Deduction Caps
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., knew it would be a crippling blow to her constituents and the local economy. It had been bad enough when the Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act enacted in 2017 capped the deduction middle class taxpayers would take for their... Read More

Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals
Employment
Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is one of the leaders in a bipartisan effort to address an oft-overlooked area of jobs development -- the dramatic shortage of support professionals to work with the disabled. Rice, along with Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., John Katko, R-N.Y., Sean... Read More

Dems Sue Wisconsin to Expand Voting Access in Wake of Pandemic
Voting
Dems Sue Wisconsin to Expand Voting Access in Wake of Pandemic
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic Party sued the state of Wisconsin Wednesday in a bid to expand access to voting in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The filing of the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin coincides with the state... Read More

Murphy, Cunningham Urge Leadership to Suspend Tariffs During Coronavirus Crisis
Economy
Murphy, Cunningham Urge Leadership to Suspend Tariffs During Coronavirus Crisis
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have written a letter to the Congressional leadership, urging them to temporarily suspend tariffs imposed by the White House as part of Congress’ upcoming coronavirus response bill. Both Murphy, a member of the House Ways and... Read More

Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
Congress
Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, both said Wednesday they had tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, Diaz-Balart, the first to announce his condition, said he first developed symptoms, including fever and a headache, Saturday evening.... Read More

After Ohio 'Chaos' DNC Urges Remaining Primary States to Rethink Methods
2020 Elections
After Ohio 'Chaos' DNC Urges Remaining Primary States to Rethink Methods
March 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The head of the Democratic party asked the remaining primary states on Tuesday to embrace alternatives like voting by mail during the coronavirus crisis, rather than entertain last-minute cancellations of the vote that would only bread "more chaos and confusion." The statement from Democratic... Read More

IRS Extends Tax Deadline 90 Days in Response to Coronavirus
In The News
IRS Extends Tax Deadline 90 Days in Response to Coronavirus
March 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration announced Tuesday that individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their 2019 tax bills for 90 days past the usual April 15 deadline to July 15. The extension is an effort to inject up to $300 billion into the... Read More

Primary Day a Mixed Bag in the Three States Holding Contests
2020 Elections
Primary Day a Mixed Bag in the Three States Holding Contests
March 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

The first presidential primary day held against the backdrop of self-quarantines and widespread shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer was a mixed bag for the three states that opted to go ahead with the vote despite concerns over the global pandemic. Officials in Ohio pulled... Read More

Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
Intelligence
Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
March 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate reached a short-term deal Monday night on reinstating national security authorities that expired over the weekend, giving the chamber a chance to pivot to debate coronavirus relief legislation. Senators unanimously agreed to a 77-day extension of three Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act powers... Read More

House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
Congress
House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
March 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has told members they can remain in their districts through next Monday, but at least for now, no decision has been made on the balance of House schedule for the week. In a conference call with members, Hoyer said... Read More

Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
State News
Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
March 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

After hours of confusion the Ohio primary scheduled to be held Tuesday has been canceled by order of the state Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton. Acton's decision, announced shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night, capped a seven-hour period when it appeared the election was off, then... Read More

US Airlines Seeking Nearly $60 Billion to Sustain Industry During Virus Outbreak
Business
US Airlines Seeking Nearly $60 Billion to Sustain Industry During Virus Outbreak
March 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Airlines are asking for close to $60 billion in government assistance to help them deal with industry travails associated with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Airlines for America, the trade association that represents Delta, United, American and Southwest, among other carriers, urged the Trump... Read More

Federal Agencies Remain Open in DC, OMB Urges ‘Maximum Telework Flexibilities'
Health
Federal Agencies Remain Open in DC, OMB Urges ‘Maximum Telework Flexibilities'
March 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Office of Management and Budget on Sunday asked federal agencies in and around the nation's capitol to offer telework to all eligible employees, the latest in the government's evolving steps to deal with the coronavirus. In a memo sent to all agency and... Read More

US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
Supreme Court
US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
March 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday postponed oral arguments scheduled for the rest of March, "in keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19." In a written statement the court said it "will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due... Read More

House Strikes Deal With White House, Passes Sweeping Coronavirus Relief Package
Economy
House Strikes Deal With White House, Passes Sweeping Coronavirus Relief Package
March 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed an emergency spending package in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion Saturday morning, just hours after reaching an agreement with the White House on the next steps in addressing the unfolding coronavirus outbreak. The vote on the 110-page bill, which will provide billions of... Read More

Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus
State News
Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus
March 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

Louisiana is postponing its presidential primaries, originally set for April 4, becoming the first state to take the step as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Louisiana will now hold its presidential primaries on June 20, and will delay local... Read More

American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
Courts
American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
March 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The American Constitution Society has launched a new data tracker that will monitor the gender, racial and ethnic diversity of the nation's federal courts. According to the nonpartisan legal think tank, while the overwhelming number of judges who sit on the federal courts of... Read More

Democrats Would Do Well to Acknowledge Differences in Blue Wall Counties in 2020
2020 Elections
Democrats Would Do Well to Acknowledge Differences in Blue Wall Counties in 2020
March 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Blue Wall counties that flipped to Trump in 2016 were smaller, had a less skilled workforce, and had fewer businesses than their safe blue neighbors, but most importantly, they were all predisposed to struggle in the face of manufacturing decline, a new report says.... Read More

Coalition Launches to Celebrate and Protect the Bayh-Dole Act
Innovation
Coalition Launches to Celebrate and Protect the Bayh-Dole Act
March 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

North Charleston, South Carolina, the smaller, hard-working neighbor of the historic coastal city that shares its name, suddenly found itself at the center of a regional crisis. Home to a thriving Navy base for nearly a century, it learned in the early 1990s the massive facility... Read More

House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
Sports
House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
March 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both the House and Senate are enthusiastically reaching across the aisle in a bid to fend off a proposal by Major League Baseball to drop big league affiliation with 42 minor league teams. Major League Baseball is seeking a new deal with... Read More

McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
Congress
McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
March 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate's planned recess next week in order to continue working on legislation to address the economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak. "Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be in session next week," McConnell said... Read More

Democratic Debate Moved to DC Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Debates
Democratic Debate Moved to DC Due to Coronavirus Concerns
March 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee is moving Sunday’s presidential primary debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., due to concerns over the coronavirus. In a brief written statement, DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said the move was... Read More

Biden Hires New Campaign Manager, Sets Sights on November
2020 Elections
Biden Hires New Campaign Manager, Sets Sights on November
March 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday that Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, a veteran of five presidential campaigns including two with Barack Obama, will now be his campaign manager, replacing Greg Schultz. The change comes after Schultz helped guide the presidential candidate to a commanding... Read More

Report to Address Need for the Draft and Women’s Exclusion
Military
Report to Address Need for the Draft and Women’s Exclusion
March 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States stopped drafting young men into the military in 1973, but the issue of the draft, and whether women as well as men should be subject to it, is very much alive. On March 25, the National Commission on Military, National and... Read More

Capitol to Suspend Public Tours, Limit Public Access Due to Coronavirus
In The News
Capitol to Suspend Public Tours, Limit Public Access Due to Coronavirus
March 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Public tours of the Capitol building are being suspended -- at least through the end of March -- in response to the novel coronavirus. In a joint statement, House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving, and Senate Sergeant of Arms Michael C. Stenger, said... Read More

House Embraces Bipartisan Plan to Improve Congressional Efficiency
Congress
House Embraces Bipartisan Plan to Improve Congressional Efficiency
March 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday aimed at making Congress more effective, efficient and transparent. H. Res. 756, is the brainchild of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, and the product of 16 formal hearings and scores of member- and staff-level briefings... Read More

Blue Dogs Support Stimulus Package While Stressing COVID-19 Threat Highlights Deficit Dangers
Congress
Blue Dogs Support Stimulus Package While Stressing COVID-19 Threat Highlights Deficit Dangers
March 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats are throwing their support behind a potential economic stimulus package aimed at helping Americans deal with the coronavirus outbreak. But in doing so, the coalition of fiscally-responsible Democrats said the crisis illustrates why running a $1 trillion... Read More

Pelosi Tells House Democrats to Keep Working Despite Coronavirus
Congress
Pelosi Tells House Democrats to Keep Working Despite Coronavirus
March 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —Speaker Nancy Pelosi told attendees at the House Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday morning that they should stay at work as "captains of the ship" this week as Capitol Hill scrambles to respond to the coronavirus. Among the items under consideration will be the still ill-defined... Read More

Appeals Court Finds House Entitled to Grand Jury Info from Mueller Report
Law
Appeals Court Finds House Entitled to Grand Jury Info from Mueller Report
March 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that Justice Department officials must release grand jury testimony, compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into Russian interference in the 2020 election, to the House of Representatives. A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.... Read More

Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
State News
Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
March 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Virginia House of Delegates has voted to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to largely strip itself of the power to draw new political maps next year, instead placing responsibility in the hands of an independent commission. By a 54-46 vote late last... Read More

Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
Congress
Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
March 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., introduced legislation Monday that would remove a bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from public display in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a bust of Associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Taney, the Maryland-born Chief... Read More

Senate GOP Poised to Confirm Controversial Trump Ally For Elections Board
Elections
Senate GOP Poised to Confirm Controversial Trump Ally For Elections Board
March 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Senate panel held a confirmation hearing Tuesday on President Donald Trump's GOP nominee to the Federal Election Commission, a hearing that could put him a simple majority vote away from confirmation by the full chamber. The session ended without a vote and the... Read More

Georgia to Modify Absentee Ballot Procedures to Settle Lawsuit
Voting
Georgia to Modify Absentee Ballot Procedures to Settle Lawsuit
March 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

To settle a federal lawsuit, Georgia election officials have agreed to quickly notify voters that their absentee ballots have been rejected, allowing them time to correct mistakes and other issues, and have their ballots counted. The settlement was announced on Saturday in a joint release issued... Read More

Biden Victories Calm the Waters as Sanders’ Ship Founders
Political News
Biden Victories Calm the Waters as Sanders’ Ship Founders
March 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden's string of Super Tuesday victories has temporarily calmed fears about what a Bernie Sanders nomination or actual presidency might mean for the Washington establishment. But longtime members of the city's downtown community - those who work in the district's... Read More

New Qualifying Rules Likely to Make Next Debate the Joe and Bernie Show
Debates
New Qualifying Rules Likely to Make Next Debate the Joe and Bernie Show
March 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee increased the threshold for qualifying to participate in its next presidential debate, meaning the next time candidates take the stage, viewers will likely see only two: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The new rules announced... Read More

Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
March 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling on the House Budget Committee to live up to its name and produce a budget this year, in spite of the fact spending caps have been set through the end of the 2021 fiscal year. In a letter... Read More

Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
Census
Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
March 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized Facebook on Thursday for allowing President Donald Trump's re-election campaign to run an ad that some might confuse for the upcoming 2020 census. The U.S. Census Bureau is set to launch the once-a-decade head count on Monday with... Read More

Warren Ends 2020 Presidential Bid After Super Tuesday Losses
2020 Elections
Warren Ends 2020 Presidential Bid After Super Tuesday Losses
March 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after a Super Tuesday route that saw her coming in third in her home state. Warren’s announcement came shortly after a conference call with staff from her home in Cambridge,... Read More

Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
In The News
Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Schumer Over 'Threatening' Comments on Courthouse Steps
March 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare statement rebuking Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, for remarks the Senate minority leader made regarding Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning. Speaking about two hours into a rally of... Read More

Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020 Elections
Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
March 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

California Assemblywoman Christy Smith advanced Wednesday in her bid to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Katie Hill. Smith entered the race almost immediately after Hill quit following a nude photo scandal which led to a House ethics probe. As... Read More

Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
2020 Elections
Cuellar Defeats Challenger Backed By Sanders In Texas House Race
March 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar, a centrist House Democrat and longtime member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, defeated a well-funded primary challenger backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The contest between Cuellar and Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration attorney, was widely seen as... Read More

Congressional Negotiators Strike Deal on $8.3 Billion to Fight the Coronavirus
Congress
Congressional Negotiators Strike Deal on $8.3 Billion to Fight the Coronavirus
March 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to provide $8.3 billion in funding to combat the growing coronavirus outbreak. The full House is scheduled to consider the funding bill, H.R. 6074 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 – under suspension of its... Read More

Bloomberg Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Biden
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Biden
March 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. "I've had the chance to work with Joe on those issues over the years, and Joe has fought for... Read More

Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
Supreme Court
Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
March 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — All eyes were on Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday as the Supreme Court appeared to be sharply divided over issues raised during the first major abortion case of the Trump presidency. The case out of Louisiana could test whether a high court that has... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
March 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has rolled out an ambitious policy agenda it says will reinvigorate the government while also establishing the group's goals for the remainder of the 116th Congress. In announcing their "20 for 2020" plan on Friday, the coalition, comprised of 104... Read More

Justices Wrestle With President's Power to Fire Consumer Advocate
Supreme Court
Justices Wrestle With President's Power to Fire Consumer Advocate
March 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with the politically charged dispute over whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, is constitutional. The arguments the justices heard Tuesday stemmed from an appeals court decision that upheld the structure... Read More

Voters in South Carolina Primary Broke Turnout Record
In The News
Voters in South Carolina Primary Broke Turnout Record
March 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

Saturday's First-in-the-South Democratic presidential primary had the highest turnout ever recorded in the history of the contest. According to the South Carolina Democratic Party, more than 539,000 voters cast a ballot in the primary, about 7,000 more than cast a ballot in 2008, the previous record-holder... Read More

Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020 Elections
Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
March 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

While most of the attention on this Super Tuesday is focused on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, voters in four of the 14 states and one territory will also be casting ballots in congressional primaries. The four states -- Alabama, California, North Carolina and... Read More

Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
Voting
Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois
March 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

In the wake of complaints that Illinois' news automatic voter registration system is riddled with problems, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill, last week convened a congressional listening session to get a handle on the problem many fear is compromising voters' rights. "We've seen firsthand that our nation's... Read More

Klobuchar to End Presidential Campaign, Will Endorse Biden
Political News
Klobuchar to End Presidential Campaign, Will Endorse Biden
March 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, will end her presidential campaign Monday night and endorse Joe Biden at his campaign rally in Dallas. The decision comes one day after former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., departed the race, and after weeks of Democratic... Read More

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
March 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday granted petitions filed by the House and Democratic state officials to consider a lower court ruling that threatens to wipe out the Affordable Care Act. The underlying case was brought by a Republican state official who argued that when... Read More

Biden Revives Campaign in South Carolina, Buttigieg, Steyer Bow Out
2020 Elections
Biden Revives Campaign in South Carolina, Buttigieg, Steyer Bow Out
March 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden had long said South Carolina would be his "firewall" and on Saturday, his faith in the state proved well placed as it handed him a commanding victory and his first primary win in three decades of seeking the White House. Meanwhile,... Read More

Trump Supporters See Bernie As Key to President's Re-election
2020 Elections
Trump Supporters See Bernie As Key to President's Re-election
February 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

As thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside the North Charleston Veterans Memorial Coliseum Friday, hours before his scheduled rally there, the consensus in the crowd was nothing would help his re-election bid more than Sen. Bernie Sanders being the Democratic nominee. "Why? Because... Read More

Powell Says Federal Reserve Will Take Steps to Protect Economy During Virus Crisis
Economy
Powell Says Federal Reserve Will Take Steps to Protect Economy During Virus Crisis
February 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell vowed Friday that the central bank will use its entire toolbox to support the economy in the face of worldwide fears over the coronavirus outbreak. "The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong," Powell said. "However, the coronavirus poses evolving risks to... Read More

Poll Finds Americans Deeply Concerned About Election Security, Integrity
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Americans Deeply Concerned About Election Security, Integrity
February 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

A poll released Friday finds most Americans are deeply concerned about the security and integrity of elections, with only about a third having high confidence votes cast in the 2020 presidential election will be counted accurately. The latest Associated Press-NOC Center for Public Affairs poll was... Read More

ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
Supreme Court
ABA Asks Supreme Court to Confirm Standard for Effective Counsel in Capital Cases
February 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Thursday asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of an Arkansas man challenging the way a lower court assessed whether he received effective counsel during the punishment phase of his death penalty trial. Timothy Wayne Kemp was... Read More

Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
Political News
Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
February 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

It's the race President Donald Trump hoped would never happen. When Sen. John Isakson announced last summer that he would be vacating his seat at the end of the year due to health reasons, the president was sure he had the perfect replacement -- four-term Rep.... Read More

Arizona's Largest Newspaper Quits Candidate Endorsements
Media
Arizona's Largest Newspaper Quits Candidate Endorsements
February 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Arizona Republic, which drew global attention in 2016 for endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in its 126-year history, announced Wednesday that it will stop endorsing candidates for public office. In a lengthy column, Executive Editor Greg Burton and Editorial Page Editor... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
Social Media
Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
February 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed H.R. 5209, a bill that would hold social media companies accountable for aiding in the spread of terrorist content on line. The bill, also known as the Raising the Bar Act of 2019, was introduced by... Read More

Winner-Take-All Presidential Elector System Deemed Constitutional
Political News
Winner-Take-All Presidential Elector System Deemed Constitutional
February 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court has declared the winner-take-all system 48 of 50 states use to assign their electoral college votes is constitutional. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the Texas system.... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
Congress
House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
February 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

The House, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, passed legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., passed on a vote of 410-4. The Act is named for Emmett Till, who was lynched in... Read More

Jim Clyburn, 'Kingmaker of South Carolina Politics,' Endorses Biden Ahead of Primary
2020 Elections
Jim Clyburn, 'Kingmaker of South Carolina Politics,' Endorses Biden Ahead of Primary
February 26, 2020
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, widely considered to be the political kingmaker in South Carolina, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday, just three days ahead of the nation's First in the South primary. The endorsement was announced minutes after the two men shared the stage... Read More

Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
Political News
Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
February 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

It is the kind of assertion that brings a reporter up short, temporarily. To hear it twice, in two completely separate conversations, was astounding. It was the idea that as result of changing demographics and highly successful voter registration drives across the state, Sen. Lindsey Graham,... Read More

Nevada Sees Big Turnout for Democratic Caucuses
In The News
Nevada Sees Big Turnout for Democratic Caucuses
February 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

A total of 105,195 voters turned out for last weekend's Nevada Democratic caucuses surpassing the 84,000 voters who participated in 2016, the Nevada State Democratic Party said. Despite the big crowd, the numbers fell short of the record 118,000 people who participated in the 2008 caucuses.... Read More

Biden Leads the Pack As South Carolina Prepares to Head to the Polls
Opinion Polls
Biden Leads the Pack As South Carolina Prepares to Head to the Polls
February 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

Vice President Joe Biden holds the lead heading into the South Carolina presidential primary, opening up a 15 point gap with second place Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to a poll released Monday by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling. Biden has led the race in the... Read More

[SHORTENED] When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
Elections
[SHORTENED] When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
February 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

It was an unusual way to spend a Thursday morning in January to say the least. Though the 2017 House of Delegates election was for the most part in its rear view mirror, the Virginia State Board of Elections had gathered for its closing act. Also... Read More

When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
Elections
When Coin Flips and Other Games of Chance Settle Tied Elections
February 25, 2020
by Dan McCue

It was an unusual way to spend a Thursday morning in January to say the least. Though the 2017 House of Delegates election was for the most part in its rear view mirror, the Virginia State Board of Elections had gathered for its closing act. Also... Read More

Governors Oppose Billion-Dollar Cuts to National Guard Funding
Federal Budget
Governors Oppose Billion-Dollar Cuts to National Guard Funding
February 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

The National Governors Association is joining with the National Guard Association of the United States to oppose the Department of Defense’s planned reprogramming, which would cut nearly $1.7 billion from the National Guard and Reserve. At the request of the nation’s governors, Congress, on a bipartisan... Read More

RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
Elections
RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
February 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party last week filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit over the right of organizers to participate in elections. The underlying lawsuit was filed by Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, in November. It challenges Michigan state laws... Read More

In Blistering Dissent Sotomayor Slams White House For Seeking Emergency Powers On Controversial Issues
Supreme Court
In Blistering Dissent Sotomayor Slams White House For Seeking Emergency Powers On Controversial Issues
February 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

In a blistering dissent issued late Friday night, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor chastised the Trump administration for repeatedly asking the  high court to allow controversial policies to go into effect on an emergency basis. At the same time, and in a rare instance for the... Read More

Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer
State News
Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer
February 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards this week announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for the next four years, and in a related move, named G. Charles Sutcliffe as the state’s first chief resilience officer. Edwards also announced the state will receive its maximum payment... Read More

Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
Employment
Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
February 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, met with North Texas business, education and labor leaders this week to discuss ways to expand job training opportunities for students, retain talent in the area and ensure higher education is both accessible and affordable for the region's young people. “Our region... Read More

Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
Elections
Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
February 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday called for the immediate passage of bipartisan legislation safeguarding the nation's elections in the wake of a New York Times report Russia is meddling in the 2020 race to assure President Donald Trump's re-election. The report, based... Read More

As SC Primary Approaches, Black Vote Poised to Play Decisive Role
2020 Elections
As SC Primary Approaches, Black Vote Poised to Play Decisive Role
February 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

The arrival of the bus made all heads turn. Mostly blue, its side was dominated by the name "Biden" in large red and white letters, and a slogan, declaring it was dispatched to wage a "Battle for the Soul of the Nation." As the bus pulled... Read More

ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
Political News
ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
February 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association, in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, threw its support behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, this week, and urged Texans to join in supporting his efforts. In a series of new ads launched Wednesday, the organization, which serves as the... Read More

Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
Technology
Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
February 20, 2020
by Dan McCue

As Congressional lawmakers close in on finalizing a bipartisan, comprehensive bill governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, the nation's county governments are reminding them not to forget to leave room for local decision-making. In a blog post published this week, the National Association of... Read More

China, US Media Dispute Heats Up As Beijing Expels Three Reporters
Geopolitics
China, US Media Dispute Heats Up As Beijing Expels Three Reporters
February 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters Wednesday saying it was revoking their credentials due to a headline that appeared above an opinion column two weeks ago. The expulsions came less than 24 hours after the Trump administration designated five state-run Chinese news outlets that operate... Read More

Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth
Employment
Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth
February 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump's tariff war with China significantly restricted the growth of the nation's solar energy workforce last year, an industry analysis shows. According to a report released Wednesday by The Solar Energy Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar and... Read More

Overwhelming Majority of Americans Concerned 'Fake' News Will Impact 2020 Election
In The News
Overwhelming Majority of Americans Concerned 'Fake' News Will Impact 2020 Election
February 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

An overwhelming majority of Americans -- 82% -- fear made-up news and other false reports about the candidates will undermine the 2020 presidential election, a new Pew Center study finds. The report, released Wednesday, said nearly half of those survey participants, a full 48%, placed themselves... Read More

SC Republicans Plotting to Boost Bernie to Beat Biden, Help Trump
Political News
SC Republicans Plotting to Boost Bernie to Beat Biden, Help Trump
February 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

A group of activist Republicans are planning to cross party lines and vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders in next week's South Carolina primary in a bid to ensure that President Donald Trump faces a Socialist in the November general election. Last year, the South Carolina Republican... Read More

Peterson Foundation Launches '2020 Voters' Fiscal Guide
Political News
Peterson Foundation Launches '2020 Voters' Fiscal Guide
February 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation launched an online hub on Tuesday to provide voters with everything they "need to know about the United States’ $23 trillion national debt," and why it matters for the 2020 campaign. The foundation has long been dedicated to addressing economic and... Read More

Biden Campaign Confident As South Carolina Primary Approaches
2020 Elections
Biden Campaign Confident As South Carolina Primary Approaches
February 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden's supporters in South Carolina are not cutting and running after the candidate's disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. In fact, canvassers going door-to-door in the neighborhoods of Charleston, South Carolina say what they're hearing more than anything else in their... Read More

Senators Press EPA for Action on PFAS
Health
Senators Press EPA for Action on PFAS
February 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

A year after the EPA pledged to act on limiting exposure to a class of extremely hazardous chemicals, a group of Senators is asking why the agency has yet to fulfill its commitments and when it plans to do so. The group, comprised of 30 Senators,... Read More

75% of Virginia Voters Still Undecided on Presidential Candidate
Opinion Polls
75% of Virginia Voters Still Undecided on Presidential Candidate
February 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders are all currently among Virginians’ top choices when it comes to the Democratic presidential nomination, but few voters have made a final choice, a Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday found. Virginia goes to the polls... Read More

Bloomberg to Join Democratic Presidential Contenders at Wednesday’s Debate
2020 Elections
Bloomberg to Join Democratic Presidential Contenders at Wednesday’s Debate
February 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday night's presidential candidate debate, the first time the billionaire will appear onstage with his Democratic rivals. A national poll from NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist released on Tuesday morning showed Bloomberg with 19% support among... Read More

Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
Military
Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
February 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon proposal to cut funding for Stars and Stripes is causing an uproar among media organizations and reporters covering the Defense Department who contend the independent newspaper remains a vital source of information for military personnel stationed overseas. Stars and Stripes was first... Read More

Nevada's Powerful Culinary Union Won’t Endorse Before Caucus
2020 Elections
Nevada's Powerful Culinary Union Won’t Endorse Before Caucus
February 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

Nevada's powerful Culinary Workers Union, an early force in propelling Sen. Barack Obama toward the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, said Thursday it will not endorse a candidate ahead of the state's February 22 caucuses. “We’re going to endorse our goals, what we’re doing — that’s... Read More

Embrace the Unorthodox to Improve Deliberations on Capitol Hill
Congress
Embrace the Unorthodox to Improve Deliberations on Capitol Hill
February 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A trio of experts has told a Select Committee tasked with improving how Congress functions to forget harkening back to an earlier era and instead embrace methods of deliberation better suited to our times. Meeting in the Cannon House Office building last week, the... Read More

Cuomo Meets With Trump Over Expedited Traveler Program Ban
State News
Cuomo Meets With Trump Over Expedited Traveler Program Ban
February 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban New Yorkers from enrolling in programs that expedite border crossings. The meeting between the two men, scheduled to start at 3 p.m.,... Read More

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Resigns in Wake of Caucus Fiasco
Political News
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Resigns in Wake of Caucus Fiasco
February 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price resigned Wednesday night, saying in a lengthy letter that his continued "presence in my current role" would only serve as a distraction as the party seeks to move on from the state's caucus fiasco. Price’s resignation is effective following the... Read More

Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
Think Tanks
Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
February 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The start of primary season tends to focus the mind on the race for the White House, but if Democrats want to retake control of the U.S. Senate as well, they need to be looking at a decisive Electoral College victory, a new analysis... Read More

New Hampshire Democratic Turnout Surpasses Record 2008 Numbers
Voting
New Hampshire Democratic Turnout Surpasses Record 2008 Numbers
February 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

Turnout in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire surpassed that of the record turnout year of 2008. With 98% reporting as of 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the New Hampshire vote tally stood at 295,129 - blowing by the 288,672 votes cast in the record-breaking Democratic... Read More

Moderates Prevail Among Dem Voters in New Hampshire
2020 Elections
Moderates Prevail Among Dem Voters in New Hampshire
February 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont eked out a win in New Hampshire by appealing to young, liberal college students in the state, but his victory was far from an endorsement of the party's far left. In fact, with more than 98% of precincts reporting... Read More

Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
Federal Reserve
Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
February 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel on Tuesday that while the U.S. economy continues to show steady growth, the broadening coronavirus outbreak “could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of the global economy.” Powell offered his... Read More

Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
In The News
Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
February 12, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the department’s interference in the sentencing of former Trump insider Roger Stone. Schumer sent his written request to Inspector General Michael Horowitz after a key prosecutor resigned and another withdrew from... Read More

Decline in New Jobs Hints at Weakness in Otherwise Healthy Market
Employment
Decline in New Jobs Hints at Weakness in Otherwise Healthy Market
February 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Businesses across the U.S. cut back in the number of new job openings they advertised in December, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The pullback, following a similar decline in November is seen by some economists as a sign that the hot job market may... Read More

Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
Voting
Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
February 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The virtue of absentee ballots has no doubt been argued everywhere from Shelly's Back Room in Washington, D.C., where the give-and-take was accompanied by cigars and whiskey, to the crowded dining room of the Red Arrow 24 Diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the... Read More

Klobuchar Prevails In Early Voting in New Hampshire
2020 Elections
Klobuchar Prevails In Early Voting in New Hampshire
February 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

Voting is still underway in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, but in two of three locations that voted at midnight, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., emerged as the clear winner. In Hart's Location in Carroll County, N.H., Klobuchar received six votes. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in second... Read More

House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
Cybersecurity
House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
February 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Seven House members have come together in a bipartisan effort to help state and local governments address cybersecurity weaknesses in their networks. The lawmakers engaged in the effort are Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., John Katko, R-N.Y., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Dutch Ruppersberger,... Read More

Cuomo: States Need to Take Lead on Infrastructure Improvements
State News
Cuomo: States Need to Take Lead on Infrastructure Improvements
February 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New York Gov. Mario Cuomo struck an almost whimsical note at the opening of his address on infrastructure this past weekend before the National Governors Association. "Imagine if we had a magic wand," said Cuomo, who was unanimously elected vice chairman of the bipartisan... Read More

Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
February 11, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion election year budget plan was largely panned on Capitol Hill and elsewhere Monday as just the latest example of a lack of fiscal discipline in the nation's capital. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan does promise the government's deficit will crest... Read More

Pompeo Warns Governors to Be Wary of China's Economic Overtures
State News
Pompeo Warns Governors to Be Wary of China's Economic Overtures
February 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered a stern warning about China in a speech to governors on Saturday, warning that Beijing is using economic promises as a wedge to exploit U.S. vulnerabilities. "The competition with China is not just a federal issue," Pompeo said... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Endorses House Candidates
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Endorses House Candidates
February 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Determined to build on the Democratic Party's success in flipping the House in 2018, the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund is endorsing six candidates to challenge Republican incumbents this election cycle. These challengers are part of the Frontier program, an early effort to expand... Read More

The Democratic Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Democratic Convention Delegate Process Explained
February 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

Although most of us focus on the candidates running for president, in reality, the primaries and caucuses in which we vote are a process of selecting delegates in each state to send to their party's national presidential nominating convention. Once at those conventions, delegates cast their... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
February 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of seven bills aimed at improving health care coverage and reducing costs for millions of Americans. “The American people deserve solutions that move past partisan posturing and make real progress to improve our health care system,... Read More

Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
Medicaid
Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
February 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association is warning that a newly proposed regulation by the Trump administration could lead to dramatic cuts in Medicaid and deny health care to millions of low-income Americans. In a bipartisan letter signed by Govs. Kate Brown, D-Ore., and Charlie Baker,... Read More

Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill
Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill
February 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Proving that acrimony wasn't the only emotion felt on Capitol Hill this week, Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio delivered a unanimous House vote Wednesday in favor of granting access to treatment derived from working with service dogs. Though the name of... Read More

Pelosi, Pompeo to Keynote National Governors Association Winter Meeting
Political News
Pelosi, Pompeo to Keynote National Governors Association Winter Meeting
February 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver the keynote addresses at this weekend's National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington. The meeting is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Saturday and Sunday. Pompeo, a West Point... Read More

DNC Chair Calls for Recanvassing of Iowa Caucus Results
2020 Elections
DNC Chair Calls for Recanvassing of Iowa Caucus Results
February 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Thursday called for a recanvass in Iowa following a glitch in a computer app that has delayed the release of complete results from the state’s Democratic caucuses earlier this week. “Enough is enough," Perez said in a... Read More

Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
In The News
Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
February 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

A Virginia senate panel has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would create a bipartisan commission to draw the Commonwealth's political map following the 2020 census. The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 13-1 to approve the constitutional amendment, which will now go... Read More

State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
In The News
State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
February 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It started with President Donald Trump refusing to shake hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ended with the speaker ripping up the president's speech in full view of  everyone in the House chamber, and thanks to television, everyone in the world. In between,... Read More

The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

Although most of us focus on the candidates running for president, in reality, the primaries and caucuses in which we vote are a process of selecting delegates in each state to send to their party's national presidential nominating convention. Once at those conventions, delegates cast their... Read More

Survey Finds Large Employers Expanding Paid Leave Benefits
Employment
Survey Finds Large Employers Expanding Paid Leave Benefits
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of U.S.- based large employers are expanding paid leave benefits by increasing the number of days available for leave, broadening eligibility, and considering new types of paid leave, a new Business Group on Health survey found. The survey of 113 large employers... Read More

Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats Monday called for an end to federal budgeting by temporary, continuing resolution, throwing their support behind a measure requiring Congress to pass all appropriations bills on time. H.R. 5226, the Funding Deadline Enforcement Act, would prevent House... Read More

Nevada Dems Say No to Shadow App Involved in Iowa Chaos
2020 Elections
Nevada Dems Say No to Shadow App Involved in Iowa Chaos
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that it will not use the app involved in the disastrous Iowa caucuses for their own election contest on Feb. 22. “Nevada Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada,”... Read More

Court Battle Predicted Over Wisconsin Legislative Districts
State News
Court Battle Predicted Over Wisconsin Legislative Districts
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

The speaker of Wisconsin's state assembly said Sunday that legislative maps soon to be created by a new nonpartisan redistricting board have very little chance of ever being used. Appearing on WISN television in Milwaukee, Speaker Robin Vos said he doesn't think drawing new electoral maps... Read More

Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
Health
Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers, led by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in the House, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, in the Senate, are urging the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to quickly distribute rapid diagnostic tests for the coronavirus. In a letter... Read More

Senators Push for Expanded Analysis of Fed Spending on K-12 Education
Education
Senators Push for Expanded Analysis of Fed Spending on K-12 Education
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and John Boozeman, R-Ark., are among those joining in a bipartisan push to get the Education Department to expand its planned analysis of K-12 education spending to include dual and concurrent enrollment programs as well as early... Read More

Buttigieg Grabs Slight Lead in Final Iowa Caucus Poll
Opinion Polls
Buttigieg Grabs Slight Lead in Final Iowa Caucus Poll
February 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead in a last-minute poll of Iowa Democrats, released by Focus of Rural America. In a poll conducted for the Democratic group last week by David Binder Research, Buttigieg, who has been campaigning furiously around the... Read More

Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
In The News
Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
February 3, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Virginia motorists lose 9.5 billion annually on roadways that are rough, congested and lacking in some desirable safety features, according to a new report by TRIP, a nonpartisan research organization focusing on transportation issues. The nonprofit says the lack of sustainable, long-term funding costs... Read More

DNC Overhauls Debate Requirements, Opening Door for Bloomberg
2020 Elections
DNC Overhauls Debate Requirements, Opening Door for Bloomberg
January 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee on Friday eliminated a qualifying fundraising requirement for a February debate in Las Vegas, potentially paving  the way for Michael Bloomberg to appear on the debate stage for the first time. The debate is scheduled for February 19, just three... Read More

States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
January 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when one considers the role Colorado will... Read More

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
State News
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections
January 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party’s nomination. Currently, candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor run in separate primaries for their party's... Read More

Delaney Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign
2020 Elections
Delaney Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign
January 31, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., ended his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Friday morning, saying an internal analysis showed he wouldn't do well enough in Monday's Iowa caucus to remain viable. In addition, his campaign said, though Delaney himself would not meet... Read More

Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
State News
Kentucky State Rep Calls on Colleagues to Pass Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Bill
January 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker called on his colleagues in the state legislature Wednesday to pass House Bill 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that could restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of ex-felons who have completed their sentences. “There is a saying my mother... Read More

New Poll Finds Race for Democratic Nomination in Pennsylvania is Tightening
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Race for Democratic Nomination in Pennsylvania is Tightening
January 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to be the top choice for president among Pennsylvania voters, a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds, but the race for the Democratic nomination is tightening. At the same time, the poll released Wednesday found that nearly three-out-of-five voters... Read More

Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
Medicaid
Trump Administration to Allow Medicaid Block Grants
January 30, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - States will now have the ability to convert part of their Medicaid funding into a block grant under a new program announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday. According to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers, the program is designed... Read More

HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
Health
HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
January 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States will expand screenings of international travelers in response to the outbreak of the potentially deadly new coronavirus, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. "At this point Americans should not worry for their own safety," HHS Secretary Alex Azar told... Read More

5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
Health
5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
January 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In December, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Act's requirement that Americans purchase health... Read More

Trump Signs USMCA, Declaring an End to 'the NAFTA Nightmare'
Trade
Trump Signs USMCA, Declaring an End to 'the NAFTA Nightmare'
January 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed the new North American trade deal into law on Wednesday, declaring an end to "the NAFTA nightmare" and the beginning of a "glorious future." During an outdoor signing ceremony at the White House, Trump said, "This is a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art... Read More

European Parliament Approves UK‘s Departure From the EU
Brexit
European Parliament Approves UK‘s Departure From the EU
January 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

The European Parliament approved the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Wednesday, paving the way for the U.K. to leave the EU on Friday. The vote in the European Parliament was 621-49. After the vote, emotional members of parliament sang "Auld Lang Syne." Signing the letter confirming the EU's... Read More

House Leaders Unveil Framework for $760 Billion Infrastructure Plan
Infrastructure
House Leaders Unveil Framework for $760 Billion Infrastructure Plan
January 29, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Leaders unveiled a five-year, $760 billion framework for rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, vowing to try to reach bipartisan consensus as the details are hashed out in committee. The election-year package, billed as the "Moving Forward Framework," was drafted by Rep. Peter DeFazio,... Read More

DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers
Employment
DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers
January 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice's chief internal investigator told a House panel on Tuesday that he and his colleagues across federal departments need more subpoena power to help protect whistleblowers alleging fraud and other malfeasance. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz offered that assessment in... Read More

Budget Deficit Poised to Break $1 Trillion Despite Strong Economy
Federal Budget
Budget Deficit Poised to Break $1 Trillion Despite Strong Economy
January 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal budget deficit will likely top $1 trillion this year, despite the continued strength of the U.S. economy, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The report follows an increase in new spending last year and the repeal of several taxes that had... Read More

White House Unveils Long-Awaited Middle East Peace Plan
Geopolitics
White House Unveils Long-Awaited Middle East Peace Plan
January 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, earning applause from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite staunch opposition from Palestinians who say it falls short of what they had hoped. The White House plan calls for the creation of... Read More

Impeachment Sidelining Senators While Biden, Buttigieg and Yang Blanket Iowa, Bloomberg Focuses on Texas
2020 Elections
Impeachment Sidelining Senators While Biden, Buttigieg and Yang Blanket Iowa, Bloomberg Focuses on Texas
January 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- In most presidential election years, being a sitting U.S. Senator might be considered an advantage a week ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. Not in 2020, however. Not by a long shot. That's due to the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which has... Read More

9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
Voting
9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
January 28, 2020
by Dan McCue

A divided federal appeals court overturned election rules in Arizona Monday on the grounds they discriminate against black, Latino and Native American voters. In a 7-4 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Arizona requirement that ballots cast in the wrong precinct... Read More

Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
Immigration
Divided Supreme Court Allows White House to Enforce Green Card Rule
January 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court split along ideological lines Monday in a decision allowing the White House to proceed with a rule making it harder for immigrants who rely on public assistance to gain legal status. The unsigned order lifts a nationwide injunction imposed by the... Read More

Mideast Peace Plan Proposal Brings Netanyahu, Chief Rival to White House
Geopolitics
Mideast Peace Plan Proposal Brings Netanyahu, Chief Rival to White House
January 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival met separately with President Donald Trump Monday ahead of the administration's unveiling of its highly-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met... Read More

Demands Grow for Bolton to Testify at Trump's Impeachment Trial
In The News
Demands Grow for Bolton to Testify at Trump's Impeachment Trial
January 27, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The battle over witness testimony at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial reached a fevered pitch Monday after a draft of a book from former national security adviser John Bolton was found to include passages that undercut the president's defense. Trump has repeatedly insisted he... Read More

Buttigieg Tells Conference America Would Be Better Governed With 'A Mayor's Eye View'
2020 Elections
Buttigieg Tells Conference America Would Be Better Governed With 'A Mayor's Eye View'
January 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A year to the day after ushering reporters into a windowless conference room at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting here to announce his seemingly unlikely bid for the White House, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg returned to the conference Thursday as a... Read More

Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020 Elections
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
January 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the changing demographics of state electorates, a... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Secure Voting Systems
Elections
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Secure Voting Systems
January 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed H.R. 4990, the Election Technology Research Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that will give the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation new resources to enhance the security of U.S.... Read More

Nation's Mayors at Forefront of Climate Change Fight
Climate
Nation's Mayors at Forefront of Climate Change Fight
January 24, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Though the Trump administration continues to deny the validity of climate science, a new report suggests that both Democratic and Republican mayors across the nation are taking definitive steps to reduce carbon pollution, a leading contributor to climate change. The report, which was released... Read More

Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor and Fixture at Presidential Debates, Dies at 85
Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor and Fixture at Presidential Debates, Dies at 85
January 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Jim Lehrer, the longtime anchor of PBS NewsHour and moderator of 12 presidential debates -- more than anyone in broadcast history -- died on Thursday at his home in Washington, D.C. His death was announced by PBS, for which he served as the news... Read More

Bloomberg Vows to Get Feds Out of the Way of Local Infrastructure Projects
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Vows to Get Feds Out of the Way of Local Infrastructure Projects
January 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors Wednesday, former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg promised local leaders will always have "a seat at the table" if he is elected president. Particularly when it comes to deciding how and... Read More

Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
Political News
Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
January 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday it intends to spend millions in six battleground states to ensure they are in the win column for the party's eventual presidential nominee come November. The investment in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all states... Read More

Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
Geopolitics
Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
January 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

The United States and France agreed Thursday to proceed with talks that could result in a global rewrite of cross-border tax rules for the digital era. The agreement to temporarily set aside a brewing tariff war over France’s digital tax on big tech companies to focus... Read More

District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
Litigation
District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
January 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the two companies that control the Trump International Hotel here, accusing them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit the president's family. The city's attorney general, Karl Racine, announced the filing of the complaint... Read More

Majority of Americans Support Allowing New Impeachment Evidence, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Majority of Americans Support Allowing New Impeachment Evidence, Poll Finds
January 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans say House managers should be able to introduce new evidence in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a new Monmouth University poll finds. Most also say that Trump and members of his administration should be asked to appear... Read More

United Nations Calls For Investigation Into Alleged Saudi Hacking of Bezos' iPhone
In The News
United Nations Calls For Investigation Into Alleged Saudi Hacking of Bezos' iPhone
January 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

The United Nations called for an immediate investigation Wednesday into the alleged involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ iPhone in 2018. “The information we have received suggests the possible involvement of the Crown Prince in... Read More

New Hampshire Still Number One, Vegas Bets on Becoming a Bellwether
2020 Elections
New Hampshire Still Number One, Vegas Bets on Becoming a Bellwether
January 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

Given the massive media attention it receives every four years as home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, it's sometimes easy to forget that New Hampshire is also a swing state. For decades, polling has shown independent-minded New Hampshirites are nearly always evenly split on which presidential... Read More

Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
Supreme Court
Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
January 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a judge to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The underlying case stems from a researcher's 40-year quest to solve the disappearance... Read More

IMF Sees Global Economy Stabilizing But Sluggish in Wake of US/China Trade War
Economy
IMF Sees Global Economy Stabilizing But Sluggish in Wake of US/China Trade War
January 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund has trimmed its forecast for global economic growth this year, saying that while some positive things have happened in recent weeks, including the completion of Phase I of a U.S.-China trade deal, the prospects for a full recovery are still... Read More

Supreme Court to Tackle Issues of Religion and School Choice This Week
Political News
Supreme Court to Tackle Issues of Religion and School Choice This Week
January 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday will wade into a thorny battle over school-choice programs and state aid for religious schools as it weighs a request from three Montana families to allow a state scholarship program to fund their children's Christian education. The petitioners in... Read More

Trump Assails Climate 'Alarmists' in Davos, Touts US Economy as ' Roaring Geyser of Opportunity’
World Economic Forum
Trump Assails Climate 'Alarmists' in Davos, Touts US Economy as ' Roaring Geyser of Opportunity’
January 21, 2020
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump used his speech on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to ignore the "perennial prophets of doom" and to claim the U.S. economy has come "thundering back" under his watch. "This is not a time for pessimism, this... Read More

Wisconsin's Reputation for Swinging Expected to Extend to 2020
2020 Elections
Wisconsin's Reputation for Swinging Expected to Extend to 2020
January 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Even among battleground states, Wisconsin is considered special; a study in political contrasts if ever there was one. It went for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, flipped to Donald Trump in 2016 by the narrowest of margins -- just 0.77% -- then turned... Read More

High Court to Decide If 'Faithless Electors' Can Defy Popular Vote
Supreme Court
High Court to Decide If 'Faithless Electors' Can Defy Popular Vote
January 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide an issue that could have a profound effect on the outcome of the 2020 election -- whether members of the Electoral College can defy their state's choice for president and cast a vote for someone else.... Read More

Impeachment Rules Encroach on Free Press
Media
Impeachment Rules Encroach on Free Press
January 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It has been a tough, some would say strange, few weeks for the press in Washington, D.C. Symbolically, it began with the shuttering of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism and freedom of speech, which closed December 31 after increasing financial difficulties. For... Read More

House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
Education
House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
January 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to overturn regulations introduced by Education Secretary Betsy Devos that critics contend made it more difficult for students to have their loans forgiven in the event a college made misleading or false claims. The resolution to overturn DeVos' rule change... Read More

Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
Trade
Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
January 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate handed President Donald Trump a policy victory on Thursday, backing USMCA, the new North American trade deal, the same day the chamber turned its attention to the president's impeachment trial. Once it's signed by Trump, USMCA will replace the 25-year-old North American... Read More

White House Violated the Law by Freezing Ukraine Aid, GAO Says
In The News
White House Violated the Law by Freezing Ukraine Aid, GAO Says
January 17, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, one of the actions that set the stage for President Donald Trump's impending  impeachment trial in the Senate, a nonpartisan federal watchdog said Thursday. In a long-awaited report released mere moments before... Read More

NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
State News
NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
January 16, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two months ago, Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld told attendees at the NewDEAL Leaders Conference in Washington that he had a plan to remove a significant barrier to housing affordability in his city. This week, he and his fellow city council members acted on... Read More

New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
2020 Elections
New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
January 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden has widened his lead to 26 points among Florida voters in the race to be the Democratic party's nominee for president in 2020, a new Florida Atlantic University poll shows. The statewide survey was conducted by FAU’s Business and Economics Polling... Read More

Gallup Says Six Issues Are Top of Voters' Minds
Opinion Polls
Gallup Says Six Issues Are Top of Voters' Minds
January 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When presented with a list of 16 issues, at least 30% of adults rated five as being "extremely important" to determining how they will vote in 2020, the Gallup organization said Tuesday. The issues were healthcare, national security, gun policy, education and the economy.... Read More

Virginia Delegate Files Proposal to Establish Nonpartisan Redistricting Proposal
State News
Virginia Delegate Files Proposal to Establish Nonpartisan Redistricting Proposal
January 15, 2020
by Dan McCue

Virginia Delegate Marcia Price has introduced legislation to create an independent redistricting commission to draw new legislative lines after the 2020 census. Delegate Price, whose district includes parts of the cities of Hampton and Newport News, said during a press conference that "redistricting reform must happen... Read More

In Pennsylvania, Both Parties Will Likely Walk a Tightrope Through Election Day
2020 Elections
In Pennsylvania, Both Parties Will Likely Walk a Tightrope Through Election Day
January 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If anyone ever doubted the crucial role Pennsylvania will play in selecting the next President of the United States, those doubts should have been decisively put to rest on December 10. That morning, House Democrats filed two articles of impeachment against the current occupant... Read More

Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
Supreme Court
Justices Appear Troubled by New Jersey 'Bridgegate' Convictions
January 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that the government may have overreached when it prosecuted two ex-New Jersey officials for their involvement in the "Bridgegate" scandal. For those who don't remember, Bridgegate, also known as the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, stemmed from the... Read More

McConnell Says Senate Impeachment Trial Will Start Next Tuesday
Political News
McConnell Says Senate Impeachment Trial Will Start Next Tuesday
January 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that the Senate will begin taking a series of steps this week so that President Trump's impeachment trial can start immediately after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, McConnell said... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
Congress
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
January 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of a Blue Dog Coalition panel on fiscal responsibility and government reform blasted an assertion by a powerful committee chairman Monday that the House might just want to skip passing a divisive budget resolution this year. "Failure to pass an annual budget... Read More

Correa Defends US Interests, More Important Now Than Ever Before
National Security
Correa Defends US Interests, More Important Now Than Ever Before
January 14, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite assurances from President Donald Trump that "Iran appears to be standing down," after responding to the U.S. killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani with a  casualty-free missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, intelligence and cyber security experts remain on edge. Though... Read More

Sen. Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Sen. Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race
January 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday that he is dropping out of the presidential race, just three weeks before the Iowa caucus. In a message to supporters, Booker cited fundraising struggles and his failure to make the debate stage, and said he no longer sees... Read More

New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
In The News
New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
January 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week declared the burgeoning space industry is one of her nine economic growth sectors for the state. “New Mexico is truly breaking barriers in the space industry,” the governor said as she opened New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit... Read More

Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020 Elections
Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
January 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The first thing you have to understand about Florida is, it's a complex state," the political operative said. "Trump won by just 1.2 percentage points," she said, speaking on background as she assessed the 2016 presidential race. "That's just 119,770 out of something like... Read More

Marianne Williamson Drops Presidential Bid
2020 Elections
Marianne Williamson Drops Presidential Bid
January 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After days of denials, author and activist Marianne Williamson ended her presidential campaign Friday, assuring her supporters that "love will prevail." Williamson, Houston, Texas native who has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers in the "Advice, How To, and... Read More

New York State Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
State News
New York State Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
January 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

The New York State Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would automatically register state residents to vote when they file applications at the Departments of Health or Motor Vehicles. The bill, which passed by a 40-20 vote, builds on election reforms passed during the state's... Read More

State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case
Voting
State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case
January 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

A state appeals court in Wisconsin said this week it intends to stay out of a closely watched legal dispute over the planned purging of up to 209,000 from voter rolls in the battleground state. The District 4 Appeals Court, which is based in Madison, Wis.,... Read More

Hiring Slows in December As Employers Add Just 145,000 Jobs
Hiring Slows in December As Employers Add Just 145,000 Jobs
January 10, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Employers slowed their hiring in December, adding just 145,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. Though the unemployment rate held at 3.5%, matching a 50-year low for the second straight month, Friday's report suggests continued weakness in the nation's manufacturing sector. Economists surveyed by... Read More

Foundation President Endorses House Asthma and Allergy Bill
Health
Foundation President Endorses House Asthma and Allergy Bill
January 9, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill intended to close gaps in the care of public school students with asthma and food allergies is "an important step" in promoting the health of the 11.5 million American children who suffer from these conditions, an expert on the issue told... Read More

Debt in Developing Economies Growing at Fastest Pace in 50 Years
Foreign Affairs
Debt in Developing Economies Growing at Fastest Pace in 50 Years
January 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Debt in emerging and developing countries climbed to a record $55 trillion in 2018, the result of an eight-year surge that has been the largest and fastest in nearly 50 years, a study by the World Bank says. As a result the bank, which... Read More

Beshear Removes Barrier to Continuing Education for Kentucky Residents
State News
Beshear Removes Barrier to Continuing Education for Kentucky Residents
January 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that the state is waiving testing fees for residents seeking to earn a GED. The fee, which is $120 for all four courses required to get a GED in Kentucky, has long been seen as a barrier not just to... Read More

Senate Panel Approves USMCA, Moving It One Step Closer to Ratification
Senate Panel Approves USMCA, Moving It One Step Closer to Ratification
January 8, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday gave its approval to the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, moving it a step closer to ratification. The 25-3 vote by the committee sent the trade deal, also known simply as USMCA, to the full Senate. The House approved... Read More

Voters Remain Deeply Concerned about Fiscal Irresponsibility in Washington
Federal Budget
Voters Remain Deeply Concerned about Fiscal Irresponsibility in Washington
January 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Voters remain deeply concerned about Washington's wanton ways when it comes to spending and want leaders to take corrective action, a new survey by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation finds. The survey was conducted in December, just as Congress and the White House were... Read More

Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
Congress
Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
January 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New updates to the official House communications rules and procedures include several improvements endorsed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress last month. The updates, which went into effect on Tuesday, include: Name Change - The House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards... Read More

Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
2020 Elections
Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
January 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

Two Democrats and one Republican have failed to qualify for certification to appear on ballots in the 2020 Ohio presidential primary election. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Tuesday that entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney both failed to make the ballot... Read More

Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
2020 Elections
Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
January 7, 2020
by Dan McCue

Let's face it, for all the attention paid the early caucus and primary states, no one seriously expects the voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina to have the final say on who is ultimately chosen to be the next president of the United... Read More

Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
Courts
Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
January 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued his year-end report on the judiciary last week, coming closer than ever to publicly commenting on the partisan divide that has gripped the federal government. "Each generation has an obligation to pass on to the next, not only a... Read More

Bewlay Tapped As New York State's New Open Government Chief
State News
Bewlay Tapped As New York State's New Open Government Chief
January 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

Shoshanah Bewlay, former chief legal officer at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services, has been selected as the new executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government. The committee, housed in the Department of State, oversees and advises the government, public, and... Read More

Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
Crime
Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
January 6, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of House members is urging national security officials to start an investigation into whether foreign adversaries are engaging in an effort to incite anti-Semitism and civil unrest across the United States. Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice, Tom Suozzi and Gregory Meeks, were... Read More

On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Brace For What's Next After Killing of Iran's Top General
Geopolitics
On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Brace For What's Next After Killing of Iran's Top General
January 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The killing of Iran's top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq sent shockwaves across the Middle East, and inspired statements of grim anticipation among lawmakers on Capitol Hill as they await a response by Iran and further information from the White House on... Read More

Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
Political News
Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
December 24, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar had no sooner returned to his native Texas, then he was being asked to reflect on one of the busiest and most consequential Decembers in the history of the U.S. Congress. In the three days prior to the Christmas district break... Read More

New Study Reveals the Most Dangerous Roads to Travel This Holiday Season
Travel
New Study Reveals the Most Dangerous Roads to Travel This Holiday Season
December 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

If among your wishes this holiday season is that you arrive safe and sound at your destination, it would probably be a good idea to avoid complex and confusing highway interchanges. At least, that is what is suggested by a new report from Go Safe Labs,... Read More

North Carolina Election Board Adds Trump Challengers to GOP Primary Ballot
Political News
North Carolina Election Board Adds Trump Challengers to GOP Primary Ballot
December 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Joe Walsh will appear on North Carolina's Republican presidential primary ballot, despite objections from state GOP leaders, the state Board of Elections said Friday. The bipartisan elections panel voted unanimously to add Weld and Walsh to the ballot... Read More

Speaker Pelosi Invites Trump to Deliver State of the Union Feb. 4
Congress
Speaker Pelosi Invites Trump to Deliver State of the Union Feb. 4
December 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday invited President Donald Trump to deliver his annual State of the Union address on Feb. 4. In a letter that was short and to the point, Pelosi noted the Founding Fathers intended for the president "from time... Read More

Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
Congress
Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
December 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats voted to lift a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions, known as SALT, repealing a deduction limit Republicans had imposed as part of their 2017 tax code overhaul. The bill, H.R.5377 , which was enthusiastically backed by Rep. Josh Gottheimer,... Read More

Rice Pushes for Investigation of Alleged Widespread Bias in Long Island's Housing Market
Discrimination
Rice Pushes for Investigation of Alleged Widespread Bias in Long Island's Housing Market
December 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is leading a congressional effort to urge the U.S. Justice Department to open an investigation into potential fair housing violations exposed in a recent report in Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. Using undercover testers as potential homebuyers, a three-year investigation... Read More

Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
Trade
Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
December 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation just hours after they were at each other's throats over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans threw their support behind a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. The 385-41 vote in the House... Read More

McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
Congress
McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
December 19, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Last week was a typical whirlwind week in the life of Rep. Lucy McBath. In the space of five days, the Georgia Democrat, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, voted on impeachment, health care, trade and joined a bipartisan group of House and... Read More

Trump Sends Blistering Letter to House Speaker Ahead of Impeachment
In The News
Trump Sends Blistering Letter to House Speaker Ahead of Impeachment
December 17, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Hours ahead of his expected impeachment, an irate President Donald Trump unloaded on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accusing House Democrats of a "perversion of justice" as they pursue a "partisan impeachment crusade." Throughout the letter, Trump continues to maintain he did nothing wrong in... Read More

21st Century Flights Still on 20th Century Time
Travel
21st Century Flights Still on 20th Century Time
December 17, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - We've all dealt with it, and many of us are about to experience it again as we head home for the holidays. The long flight followed by a breathless sprint across an airport terminal all the while hoping our connecting flight is somehow, miraculously,... Read More

House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
Political News
House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
December 17, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, despite a disagreement over $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The two-bill package ballooned to some 2,371 pages after several tax provisions were added into the... Read More

Federal Judge First Blocks, Then Allows Purge of Georgia Voter Rolls
State News
Federal Judge First Blocks, Then Allows Purge of Georgia Voter Rolls
December 17, 2019
by Dan McCue

A federal judge said he will allow Georgia to begin a sweeping purge of its voter rolls Monday, just hours after he initially put the potential removal of more than 300,000 inactive voter registrations on hold. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones, an appointee of President Barack... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
Research
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
December 17, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is throwing its support behind legislation that would update allergen labeling laws, and provide increased funding for research and treatment of food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32 million Americans have food allergies, including... Read More

Judge Orders Purging of More Than 200,000 from Wisconsin Voter Rolls
Elections
Judge Orders Purging of More Than 200,000 from Wisconsin Voter Rolls
December 16, 2019
by Dan McCue

A judge in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee, has ordered the state to remove 234,000 from voter rolls because they may have moved from the area. The ruling by Circuit Judge Paul Malloy came after the state Elections Commission sent a letter to the... Read More

Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons
State News
Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons
December 13, 2019
by Dan McCue

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday restored the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, making good on an inaugural promise he made after being sworn in recently. The order signed by Beshear applies to Kentuckians who have committed nonviolent offenses and... Read More