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Reece Nations

Reece Nations is an alumnus of Texas Tech University with a B.A. in journalism and two minors in political science and creative media industries. He is the former managing editor for The [email protected], an award-winning independent online student publication. Nations’ work with The Well News primarily focuses on congressional affairs on both the state and federal levels. His awards include a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Certificate of Merit, two first-place awards for narrative news reporting from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, and a Headliners Foundation of Texas scholarship for exemplary student journalism, and the region 8 Mark of Excellence Award for Best Independent Online Student Publication. Nations joined TWN after interning with the publication during the Fund for American Studies’ summer 2020 program. In his exceedingly rare free-time, he can be found practicing photography, collecting obsolete forms of media or enjoying obscure sporting events. 

Recent Work

Commerce Department Tightens Export Controls on Cybersecurity Items
Trade
Commerce Department Tightens Export Controls on Cybersecurity Items
October 22, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security announced on Wednesday it would institute new export controls over cybersecurity items such as cyber intrusion software that can be used maliciously. The department’s new policy also creates a new license exception for authorized cybersecurity... Read More

Federal Reserve to Restrict Officials’ Trading
Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve to Restrict Officials’ Trading
October 22, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced it would impose new restrictions on active trading of stocks and prohibitions on the purchasing of individual securities by its policymakers and staff. The restrictions forbid purchasing individual stocks, holding investments in individual bonds, holding investments in... Read More

FCC Announces $554 Million Broadband Opportunity Fund Program
In The News
FCC Announces $554 Million Broadband Opportunity Fund Program
October 21, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it is set to approve a total of $554,150,641 for the third round of funding in deployments of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The FCC previously announced over $1 billion in funding to winning bidders for new... Read More

Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
In The States
Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
October 21, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Wednesday in calling for yet another special legislative session to pass more conservative agenda items. The calls for a new special session come after Texas’... Read More

Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments
In The States
Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments
October 18, 2021
by Reece Nations

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas Secretary of State’s office released explanatory statements for all of the constitutional amendments on the ballot ahead of the election. Constitutional amendments in Texas require the... Read More

Tech Innovation ‘Fundamental Foundation’ of Feasibly Solving Climate Crisis
Climate
Tech Innovation ‘Fundamental Foundation’ of Feasibly Solving Climate Crisis
October 15, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The foundations of what could prove to be the next great innovations in climate change prevention technology were laid out and dissected during a Brookings Institution webinar this week. Sanjay Patnaik, director of Brookings Center on Regulation and Markets, hosted a virtual discussion on... Read More

Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott
Mental Health
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott
October 15, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state Sen. Don Huffines, who announced his... Read More

Native American Equity Initiative Planned to Strengthen Tribal Education
Education
Native American Equity Initiative Planned to Strengthen Tribal Education
October 13, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The White House will institute a new federal policy initiative to help advance educational equity and economic opportunity for Native Americans by vitalizing tribal colleges and universities. The executive order, signed by President Joe Biden on Monday, designates the secretary of the Department of... Read More

Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team Announced as White House Mulls Oversight
Cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team Announced as White House Mulls Oversight
October 13, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration is taking steps to address the growing threat of cybercrime while considering whether to issue an executive order on issues surrounding the illicit use of cryptocurrency. A White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters that the... Read More

Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court Following Brief Suspension
In The States
Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court Following Brief Suspension
October 11, 2021
by Reece Nations

Just days after a preliminary injunction allowed health care providers to resume performing abortions, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily restored a Texas law banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy. The ruling came two short days... Read More

Elon Musk Announces Tesla Will Move Headquarters to Texas
Business
Elon Musk Announces Tesla Will Move Headquarters to Texas
October 8, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., announced Thursday during an annual meeting of stockholders that the company will move its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. Musk is following through on his previous threats to move the company... Read More

Analysts Ask Congress to Expand Clean Energy Tax Cuts to Nuclear Energy
Energy
Analysts Ask Congress to Expand Clean Energy Tax Cuts to Nuclear Energy
October 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Senior analysts from the Breakthrough Institute circulated a letter on Thursday compelling Congressional leaders to extend federal clean-energy tax credits to advanced nuclear energy. Breakthrough Institute's Jameson McBride, senior climate and energy analyst, and Adam Stein, senior nuclear analyst, jointly authored the letter in... Read More

Biden Administration Lays Out Consequences of Debt Default
Federal Budget
Biden Administration Lays Out Consequences of Debt Default
October 5, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden detailed on Monday the ramifications of failing to raise the United States government’s debt limit while condemning Republicans in Congress for their role in the procedural delay. Congress has until Oct. 18 to raise the debt limit or else run the... Read More

Wealthy Atlanta District Vying for Cityhood
Cities
Wealthy Atlanta District Vying for Cityhood
October 4, 2021
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s affluent uptown residential district, Buckhead, is making a push to secede from the city and create its own government. The Georgia Senate’s local government operations committee is set to convene hearings on legislation that would allow Buckhead residents to vote on the matter... Read More

Microneedle Vaccine Patches Offer Potent, Cost-Effective Protection
Research
Microneedle Vaccine Patches Offer Potent, Cost-Effective Protection
September 29, 2021
by Reece Nations

Researchers at Stanford University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have developed a 3D-printed vaccine patch that activates improved immune cell activation in comparison to traditional methods. Researchers discovered the immune response the patches stimulated was 10 times stronger than immunizations delivered to mice... Read More

Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection
Redistricting
Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection
September 28, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican lawmakers in Texas’ state Senate released their proposal for congressional redistricting on Monday. Texas acquired two new Congressional seats after the 2020 census data was published, bringing its total to 38 seats and 40 electoral votes in the electoral college. The current... Read More

Senate Republicans Thwart Government Funding, Debt Ceiling Proposal
U.S. Senate
Senate Republicans Thwart Government Funding, Debt Ceiling Proposal
September 28, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans opted to oppose a funding bill needed to suspend the debt ceiling and prevent a government shutdown in a procedural vote on Monday. The measure failed by a margin of 48 in favor to 50 against, with 60 votes needed for the... Read More

Louisiana Gov. Edwards Requesting Federal Aid in Wake of Severe Weather
Emergency Management
Louisiana Gov. Edwards Requesting Federal Aid in Wake of Severe Weather
September 23, 2021
by Reece Nations

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to request federal assistance in recovery efforts for portions of the state that have been devastated by natural disasters over the past year. Edwards met with Louisiana’s congressional delegation and other... Read More

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service to Distribute Federal Funding to Rural Hospitals
Health
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service to Distribute Federal Funding to Rural Hospitals
September 23, 2021
by Reece Nations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is disbursing an initial amount of $2 million to four health care entities in four states to bolster access to their services in underserved communities. Funds will be distributed to participating hospitals in rural areas to overhaul their health... Read More

Biden Discusses AUKUS Partnership with Macron Amid 'Diplomatic Crisis'
Foreign Affairs
Biden Discusses AUKUS Partnership with Macron Amid 'Diplomatic Crisis'
September 22, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the United States' new strategic partnership with the U.K. and Australia. Australia is set to construct eight nuclear-powered submarines through its alliance with the U.S. and the U.K., dashing the country's... Read More

DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
Elections
DOJ, FBI Addressing Threats of Violence Against Election Officials
September 21, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation alongside the Department of Justice is reaching out to election supervisors around the country following months of abuse and threats of violence long after the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. The DOJ launched a law enforcement... Read More

Mass Expulsion of Migrant Border Camp in Texas Underway
In The News
Mass Expulsion of Migrant Border Camp in Texas Underway
September 20, 2021
by Reece Nations

DEL RIO, Texas — Following the closure of the land bridge that connects the border community of Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, on Sunday, thousands of migrants mostly from Haiti are being removed and sent back to their respective countries of origin. The United... Read More

Texas AG Paxton Now Suing 15 School Districts Over Masking Guidance
In The News
Texas AG Paxton Now Suing 15 School Districts Over Masking Guidance
September 16, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has expanded litigation efforts against a swath of school districts that defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. Paxton announced on Tuesday his office had filed lawsuits against the Paris, Diboll, Honey Grove, La Vega, Longview, Lufkin,... Read More

CDC Interim Estimates Find Moderna Vaccines Most Effective Against Delta Breakthroughs
Health
CDC Interim Estimates Find Moderna Vaccines Most Effective Against Delta Breakthroughs
September 15, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19's delta variant found that vaccine efficacy was higher among recipients of the Moderna vaccination at 95%, higher than both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The CDC collected data in... Read More

USDOT to Help Secure Refunds for Flights Cancelled Due to Pandemic
Travel
USDOT to Help Secure Refunds for Flights Cancelled Due to Pandemic
September 13, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- Airlines failed to provide timely refunds for flights cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the United States Department of Transportation. USDOT issued two enforcement notices to airlines emphasizing the companies’ obligation to provide prompt refunds due to cancellation. The... Read More

U.S. Could Hit Debt Limit by Next Month
Congress
U.S. Could Hit Debt Limit by Next Month
September 13, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, released an analysis on Friday projecting that the United States’ debt limit “X Date” will likely arrive between mid-October and mid-November of this year. The so-called x date represents the day on which the United States... Read More

FDA is Taking Steps to Ensure Safe COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
Health
FDA is Taking Steps to Ensure Safe COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
September 10, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — With the public school year already underway around the country, the Food and Drug Administration is not taking chances when it comes to making COVID-19 vaccinations available to children younger than 12 years old. Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock and the FDA director of... Read More

USDA to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Small Agriculture Businesses
Agriculture
USDA to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Small Agriculture Businesses
September 9, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday it would begin issuing new grant program applications for agricultural stakeholders funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Small businesses in certain commodity areas will be able to apply for both the “Pandemic Response... Read More

Pentagon to Address Supply Chain Issues Unveiled by Pandemic
Military
Pentagon to Address Supply Chain Issues Unveiled by Pandemic
September 8, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense is establishing a supply chain resiliency working group to address systemic barriers that limit “supply chain visibility” in addition to performing resiliency assessments and developing effective mitigation measures. In February, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing government agencies... Read More

Child Hospitalizations on the Rise Weeks into Texas School Year
In The States
Child Hospitalizations on the Rise Weeks into Texas School Year
September 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 has reached an all-time high just weeks after the start of the school year for public schools in Texas, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Over the weekend, more than 300 children were hospitalized... Read More

Austin Mayor Joins Pelosi, Doggett to Share ‘Build Back Better’ Progress
Cities
Austin Mayor Joins Pelosi, Doggett to Share ‘Build Back Better’ Progress
September 3, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler for an update on the progress made. At a press conference on... Read More

FDA Warns Health Care Providers of Certain N95 Respirators from China
Health
FDA Warns Health Care Providers of Certain N95 Respirators from China
September 1, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care personnel to stop using certain N95 respirators manufactured by Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacturing Co. due to “serious concerns with [their] quality.” In a letter released last week, the FDA announced that the Centers for... Read More

What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will Deliver for Idaho
In The States
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will Deliver for Idaho
August 30, 2021
by Reece Nations

BOISE, Idaho — As the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act still awaits final approval, its much-needed benefits at the state-level are coming to light. For Idahoans, the bill’s passage entails investments in roads and bridges, water lines and pipes, and access to broadband internet throughout... Read More

FBI Warns of New Hive Ransomware Threat
Cybercrime
FBI Warns of New Hive Ransomware Threat
August 27, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a Flash report on Friday warning of indicators of compromise from the Hive ransomware known to have infiltrated business networks. The ransomware utilizes multiple mechanisms as attachments to gain access and “Remote Desktop Protocol” to operate once embedded,... Read More

Circuit Judge Rebukes DeSantis Order Prohibiting Masks In Schools
In The States
Circuit Judge Rebukes DeSantis Order Prohibiting Masks In Schools
August 27, 2021
by Reece Nations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that blocked public schools from imposing mask mandates in the classroom was struck down by Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper. DeSantis’s order had been challenged in a lawsuit by a group of... Read More

Report on COVID-19 Origins Suggests Lab Leak Theory ‘Unlikely’
Science
Report on COVID-19 Origins Suggests Lab Leak Theory ‘Unlikely’
August 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

A scientific report first published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell sheds new light on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and concludes that evidence of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is unlikely. Researchers studying the geographic locations of the first wave of COVID-19... Read More

UVA Disenrolls Students for Not Complying with Vaccine Requirement
Education
UVA Disenrolls Students for Not Complying with Vaccine Requirement
August 25, 2021
by Reece Nations

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia disenrolled 238 students who were not in compliance with the college’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. The new back-to-school policies were unveiled in May.  School officials clarified only 49 of those students had selected courses for the semester. The remaining students... Read More

Ban on Canada, Mexico Border Crossings Extended Through Sept. 21
Travel
Ban on Canada, Mexico Border Crossings Extended Through Sept. 21
August 25, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Essential trade and travel between Canada and the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. will continue as normal, however restrictions on non-essential crossings will remain in place through Sept. 21. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was made on Friday, one... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott Again Deploys National Guard to Aid Border Arrests
Immigration
Texas Gov. Abbott Again Deploys National Guard to Aid Border Arrests
August 25, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas —  Texas National Guardsmen will once again be assisting Department of Public Safety troopers in arresting individuals caught crossing the border into the U.S. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday saying in addition to assisting with the arrests, the National Guard will... Read More

California to Receive Billions for Highways, Airports, and More from Infrastructure Package
In The States
California to Receive Billions for Highways, Airports, and More from Infrastructure Package
August 23, 2021
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The bipartisan infrastructure package is drawing closer to finalization and California residents are anticipating improvements to local roads, airports and more. Although the Golden State boasts the nation’s largest economy, a lack of prior investments in public infrastructure has led to a multitude... Read More

Lawsuit Filed to Thwart Texas Abortion Ban
In The States
Lawsuit Filed to Thwart Texas Abortion Ban
August 23, 2021
by Reece Nations

DALLAS -- A Texas attorney filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order on Monday to block the enforcement of new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas legislature during its regular session earlier this year. The restrictions implemented by the passage of SB... Read More

Oklahomans to Gain EV Charging, Broadband, and More from Infrastructure Package
In The States
Oklahomans to Gain EV Charging, Broadband, and More from Infrastructure Package
August 20, 2021
by Reece Nations

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- As Congress ponders the final version of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, the White House is providing details on what states stand to gain from the package. In Oklahoma, investments in roads, bridges and airports are just a portion of the state's... Read More

Here’s How Much the Afghanistan War Cost Taxpayers
Defense
Here’s How Much the Afghanistan War Cost Taxpayers
August 18, 2021
by Reece Nations

Costs associated with the United States' “Global War on Terror” have mounted significantly in the nearly 20 years following the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. The underlying mission of the Global War on Terror in 2001 was to fortify the U.S.’s national security against future... Read More

Texas Supreme Court Sides With Abbott, Blocks County Mask Mandates
In The States
Texas Supreme Court Sides With Abbott, Blocks County Mask Mandates
August 17, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Supreme Court of Texas issued a ruling on Sunday voiding temporary restraining orders issued by separate District Court judges that impeded Gov. Greg Abbott’s edict prohibiting local officials from requiring masks to be worn indoors. Local governments and school districts began defying... Read More

Growing Number of Children Hospitalized with COVID-19, RSV
Health
Growing Number of Children Hospitalized with COVID-19, RSV
August 17, 2021
by Reece Nations

As a record number of children are being hospitalized with COVID-19, pediatric hospitals are reporting heightened outbreaks of respiratory syncytial virus which can be life-threatening to infants and young adults. Usually, outbreaks of RSV hit their peak between December and February, according to Department of Health... Read More

What Texans Can Expect from the Infrastructure Bill
In The States
What Texans Can Expect from the Infrastructure Bill
August 16, 2021
by Reece Nations

As the looming bipartisan infrastructure plan awaits its final approval, states are beginning to find out what the bill has in store for them. In the state of Texas, infrastructure investment has been a looming issue for some time. The state’s power grid faltered after an... Read More

Dixie Fire May Have Been Sparked by Power Lines
Emergency Management
Dixie Fire May Have Been Sparked by Power Lines
August 12, 2021
by Reece Nations

GREENVILLE, Calif. — Northern California’s extensive Dixie Fire has enveloped over 510,000 acres across four counties as crews work tirelessly to contain the nation’s largest active wildfire. Smoke and ash from various wildfires are causing poor air quality conditions around the state. Nearby Greenville — a... Read More

Wasted Vaccine Doses Mount Nationwide as Delta Surge Continues
Health
Wasted Vaccine Doses Mount Nationwide as Delta Surge Continues
August 11, 2021
by Reece Nations

More than a million COVID-19 immunization doses have gone to waste throughout the United States since the start of the national vaccination program as the highly contagious delta variant fuels a surge in nationwide hospitalizations. Alabama ranks last in terms of population percentage that is fully... Read More

Climate Change Could Cause Gulf Stream Currents to Collapse
Climate
Climate Change Could Cause Gulf Stream Currents to Collapse
August 10, 2021
by Reece Nations

A new study published in the journal “Nature Climate Change” indicates man-made climate alterations could be causing instability in Atlantic Ocean currents which may lead to irreversible changes to the Earth’s ecosystem. The study, entitled “Observation-based early-warning signals for a collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning... Read More

Job Openings Exceed Unemployment by Roughly 1 Million
Economy
Job Openings Exceed Unemployment by Roughly 1 Million
August 10, 2021
by Reece Nations

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Monday that job openings increased to their highest ever recorded point at the end of June to 10.1 million available positions, the Department of Labor reported on Friday that some 8.7 million people seeking work were among... Read More

Some Workers Oppose Vaccination Requirements as Mandates Skyrocket
Business
Some Workers Oppose Vaccination Requirements as Mandates Skyrocket
August 6, 2021
by Reece Nations

Disney, Walmart and Tyson Foods are some of the most high-profile corporate entities to announce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination mandates for their employees, but not all are on board with the requirement. On Friday, Disney and Walmart announced new policies that would require more of their respective... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott Calls Second Special Session With Expanded Agenda
In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Calls Second Special Session With Expanded Agenda
August 6, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday he would convene another special legislative session beginning on Saturday, Aug. 7. Attached to the announcement was a full list of prioritized agenda items for the session. Although much of the list is composed of items left... Read More

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Abbott Order on Transportation Stops
In The States
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Abbott Order on Transportation Stops
August 4, 2021
by Reece Nations

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday impeding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order directing state troopers to detain drivers suspected of transporting migrants due to COVID-19 concerns. Abbott issued the order last week, allowing Texas Department of Safety troopers to... Read More

GOP Lawmakers Target Authority of County and State Election Officials
In The States
GOP Lawmakers Target Authority of County and State Election Officials
August 3, 2021
by Reece Nations

Secretaries of state and county election officials nationwide resisted calls by former President Donald Trump and his allies to decertify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Now, Republican legislators in at least 14 states have enacted 23 new laws that shift authority away from local... Read More

Carbon Capture Credit Grabs Bipartisan Support
Climate
Carbon Capture Credit Grabs Bipartisan Support
August 3, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., proposed legislation on Thursday that would grant tax credits to energy companies innovating carbon capture or energy storage tech. The legislation, entitled the “Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2021,” would establish investment credits for qualified... Read More

New Cases of ‘Untreatable’ Superbug Fungus Emerge in U.S.
Health
New Cases of ‘Untreatable’ Superbug Fungus Emerge in U.S.
July 29, 2021
by Reece Nations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have reported domestic outbreaks of Candida auris, a deadly and highly transmissible yeast which can be resistant to all three major classes of antifungal medications before treatment. Outbreaks of the fungus were discovered in a Dallas-area hospital and a... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys National Guard to Assist in Border Arrests
In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys National Guard to Assist in Border Arrests
July 29, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- In accordance with plans first announced in June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the state National Guard to aid Department of Public Safety troopers with apprehending individuals for state charges related to the border crisis. State law enforcement this month began... Read More

Florida Once Again Becomes the Country’s COVID-19 Epicenter
In The States
Florida Once Again Becomes the Country’s COVID-19 Epicenter
July 28, 2021
by Reece Nations

Hospitalizations in some regions of Florida are increasing at their fastest rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as it records more new cases than any other state. Florida recorded 73,199 cases over the course of last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control... Read More

Missouri AG Announces Legal Challenge to St. Louis Mask Mandate
In The States
Missouri AG Announces Legal Challenge to St. Louis Mask Mandate
July 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

ST. LOUIS — City and county leaders in St. Louis announced Friday they are reinstituting mask mandates for vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens alike, a decision already set to be challenged in court by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. The mandate was reinstated in response to a... Read More

Pegasus Spyware Used to Target Activists, Journalists, Report Finds
Cybercrime
Pegasus Spyware Used to Target Activists, Journalists, Report Finds
July 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

An investigation by the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and the human rights group Amnesty International revealed thousands of people were targeted by spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group Technologies. Hundreds of human rights activists, government officials, business executives and journalists worldwide had their cellphones... Read More

National Guard Preparing Budget Measures to Cover Jan. 6 Response
Military
National Guard Preparing Budget Measures to Cover Jan. 6 Response
July 23, 2021
by Reece Nations

National Guard leaders are preparing to furlough civilians and cancel training events and drills slated for August and September to cover costs incurred by responding to the Jan. 6 siege on Capitol Hill. The guard’s mission formally ended in May, TWN previously reported, five months after... Read More

Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
Research
Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
July 22, 2021
by Reece Nations

One of the more disturbing trends of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the susceptibility of diabetic Americans to the virus. Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso conducted a study that indicates unmanaged diabetes is a decisive element of COVID-19 severity and complications,... Read More

Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
Political News
Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
July 20, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with his Democratic colleagues earlier last week to discuss the proposed budget deal legislation. Democrats are hoping to pass the budget plan using the Senate’s reconciliation process but they will... Read More

Staff Countering Nation’s Biggest Threats Suffer from Low Morale, Report Finds
National Security
Staff Countering Nation’s Biggest Threats Suffer from Low Morale, Report Finds
July 19, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Government employees tasked with detecting and countering the threat posed to the nation by weapons of mass destruction continue to suffer from low morale and ambivalence about their mission, a new government report shows. The report from the Government Accountability Office is a follow... Read More

Biden Tasks FCC With Restoring Net Neutrality with Executive Order
Technology
Biden Tasks FCC With Restoring Net Neutrality with Executive Order
July 14, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden issued a far-reaching executive order promoting competition in the American economy last week, one provision of which encourages the Federal Communications Commission to restore net neutrality rules undone by the Trump administration. Net neutrality refers to the policy of requiring internet... Read More

Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
Political News
Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
July 13, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Once again, Texas Democrats have captured the national political spotlight by breaking quorum to foil the passage of Republican-backed voting legislation. At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House of Representatives left the state on Monday, TWN previously reported, stalling the... Read More

Texas Congressional District Runoff Between GOP Candidates Set for This Month
In The States
Texas Congressional District Runoff Between GOP Candidates Set for This Month
July 12, 2021
by Reece Nations

ARLINGTON, Texas — Susan Wright and state Rep. Jake Ellzey are running in a special election on July 27 to fill the vacancy in Texas' 6th Congressional District. The stage was set by Gov. Greg Abbott in February to fill the seat left vacant by the... Read More

Frederick County to Create Equity and Inclusion Office
Local Government
Frederick County to Create Equity and Inclusion Office
July 9, 2021
by Reece Nations

FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced legislation that would create an Office of Equity and Inclusion in order to address issues of inequity within the county government.  Additionally, the bill establishes the position of chief equity and inclusion officer and creates an Equity... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott to Face Primary Challengers in 2022
In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott to Face Primary Challengers in 2022
July 8, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott now faces a pair of serious primary challengers in the form of former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West and former state Sen. Don Huffines. In his 25 years in statewide politics, Abbott has never lost a Republican... Read More

Muse Group to Revise Audacity Privacy Policy Following ‘Spyware’ Uproar
Technology
Muse Group to Revise Audacity Privacy Policy Following ‘Spyware’ Uproar
July 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

KALININGRAD, Russia — Public outcry over privacy policy changes to the open-source digital audio editor and recording application Audacity culminated in its parent company, Muse Group, clarifying how it intends to utilize user data. The application, acquired by Muse Group in May, is a well-known cross-platform... Read More

Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
In The States
Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
July 6, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of two special legislative sessions will commence on Thursday, July 8, but the full list of agenda items will be set solely at Abbott’s discretion. The two big-ticket items expected to be brought up in Texas’... Read More

California Gubernatorial Recall Election Slated for September
In The States
California Gubernatorial Recall Election Slated for September
July 2, 2021
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis announced Thursday that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election will be conducted on Sept. 14. California residents will head to the polls to vote either to retain or remove Newsom from office after enough petitioners signed on in support... Read More

Governor, Secretary of State Petition NRA to Relocate to Wyoming
In The States
Governor, Secretary of State Petition NRA to Relocate to Wyoming
June 30, 2021
by Reece Nations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon and Secretary of State Edward Buchanan of Wyoming issued a letter to National Rifle Association Director Brian Gosch, inviting the organization to relocate to their state. Currently headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the NRA was founded in 1871 and operates as... Read More

Japanese Government Recommends Four-Day Workweek
International
Japanese Government Recommends Four-Day Workweek
June 29, 2021
by Reece Nations

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his cabinet approved new recommendations on Friday in the country’s annual economic policy guidelines that encourage businesses to allow employees to work four days per week rather than five. The policy’s intent is to improve the national balance between work... Read More

Energy Department Requests $201 Million to Bolster Cyber Defense
Cybersecurity
Energy Department Requests $201 Million to Bolster Cyber Defense
June 28, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm requested $201 million in additional funds to fortify her department’s cybersecurity defenses in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Granholm’s request came in response to a ransomware attack on an American oil pipeline system in May... Read More

Excessive Heat Watches Continue Throughout Pacific Northwest
Climate
Excessive Heat Watches Continue Throughout Pacific Northwest
June 28, 2021
by Reece Nations

After a record-breaking heatwave scorched swathes of the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, excessive heat watches continued to be in effect for regions stretching from Northern California to British Columbia, Canada. The heatwave, which climate scientists say is a one in a 1000-year event or greater,... Read More

Redistricting Process Faces ‘Uncharted Territory’ Ahead of 2022 Midterms
Think Tanks
Redistricting Process Faces ‘Uncharted Territory’ Ahead of 2022 Midterms
June 28, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Third Way, a D.C.- based think tank, hosted a virtual event Thursday with experts examining how the upcoming redistricting battles will define the 2022 midterms. The event featured Genevieve Van Cleve, director of the Texas branch of “All on the Line,” a national anti-gerrymandering... Read More

Defense Supply Chain Management Systems Are Vulnerable, GAO Says
Defense
Defense Supply Chain Management Systems Are Vulnerable, GAO Says
June 24, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office issued a report this week addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the Department of Defense inventory management systems used to manage the national defense supply chain. Risks in six inventory management systems run by the Defense Logistics Agency were reviewed in the... Read More

Hundreds Jailed in Global Sting Operation
Law Enforcement
Hundreds Jailed in Global Sting Operation
June 22, 2021
by Reece Nations

Criminal groups in 16 countries were tracked for years by law enforcement agencies under the guise of a secure smartphone-based messaging application known as “ANOM,” leading to over 800 arrests. ANOM was developed by an individual cooperating with the San Diego branch of the FBI who... Read More

American Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Set New Standard
Health
American Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Set New Standard
June 18, 2021
by Reece Nations

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that the nation’s manufacturing capabilities were ill-prepared to respond to the urgent needs of the medical community. As the pandemic’s scope progressed, so did China’s chokehold on supplying countries with personal protective equipment and other front-line... Read More

UnitedHealthcare to Delay Emergency Visit Coverage Denials Amid Furor
Health
UnitedHealthcare to Delay Emergency Visit Coverage Denials Amid Furor
June 16, 2021
by Reece Nations

MINNETONKA, Minn. — UnitedHealthcare announced it would delay plans to implement policy changes that would retroactively deny emergency medical care coverage to its customers if the company determines the reason for the care does not qualify as an emergency. Initially set to take effect on July... Read More

Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
Crime
Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
June 14, 2021
by Reece Nations

A violent string of mass shootings killed at least 10 people and left another 50 injured in nine separate incidents across six states between Friday and Sunday this past weekend. Mass shootings are typically defined as incidents in which four or more individuals are shot with... Read More

Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
Think Tanks
Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
June 14, 2021
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, The Third Way and Latino Victory — concluded that drop-offs... Read More

Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
Elections
Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
June 11, 2021
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, Third Way and Latino Victory — concluded that drop-offs in... Read More

Space Force to Lead Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program
Military
Space Force to Lead Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program
June 9, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Air Force announced it has designated the United States Space Force as the lead service for its “Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program,” a science and technology effort intended to determine the viability of large commercial rockets for Department of Defense logistics... Read More

G7 Ministers Reach Global Minimum Tax Agreement, But Some Say Deal is Too Minimal
Finance
G7 Ministers Reach Global Minimum Tax Agreement, But Some Say Deal is Too Minimal
June 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

LONDON — Finance Ministers from the Group of 7 have struck a landmark agreement to establish a 15% global minimum tax rate, discouraging large multinational companies from shifting profits to offshore tax-havens. The deal, announced over the weekend, was struck by the top economic officials from... Read More

FDA Approves Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Despite Potential Harm
Health
FDA Approves Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Despite Potential Harm
June 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted its approval to aducanumab, an Alzheimer’s treatment developed by Biogen for use in patients, despite mixed clinical trial results for the drug.  Prescribed under the brand name “Aduhelm,” the treatment is given intravenously and... Read More

Former Texas Public Utility Commissioners Issue Report on Preventing Grid Failure
In The States
Former Texas Public Utility Commissioners Issue Report on Preventing Grid Failure
June 4, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Five former Public Utility Commission of Texas commissioners and a senior regulatory advisor published a report detailing recommendations on how to improve the reliability of the state’s electric grid during extreme weather events. In their report, the commissioners identified problems that contributed to... Read More

Idaho Governor Rescinds, Denounces Lt. Gov’s Executive Order Banning Masks
In The States
Idaho Governor Rescinds, Denounces Lt. Gov’s Executive Order Banning Masks
June 3, 2021
by Reece Nations

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little this week reversed an executive order issued by Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin while he was attending a Republican Governors Association conference in Nashville, Tenn.  McGeachin’s order prevented the state and its “political subdivisions,” including public schools, from issuing mask... Read More

Texas Legislature to Convene Special Session on Voting Bill
In The States
Texas Legislature to Convene Special Session on Voting Bill
June 2, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — In response to Texas Democrats' quorum-breaking walkout in opposition to overhauls of the state’s elections near the close of the session over the weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would convene a special session this summer. “We will be back — when, I... Read More

CEOs Boosted Salaries as Workers Struggled Amid Pandemic, Study Claims
In The News
CEOs Boosted Salaries as Workers Struggled Amid Pandemic, Study Claims
June 1, 2021
by Reece Nations

A study conducted by the Institute for Policy Studies found that 51 of the 100 S&P 500 firms with the lowest median worker wages last year manipulated pay rules to inflate the salaries of CEOs while their frontline employees struggled. CEO compensation in 2020 averaged $15.3... Read More

Congress Pushes for Prescribed Burns as Dry Season Approaches
Wildfires
Congress Pushes for Prescribed Burns as Dry Season Approaches
May 27, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., unveiled legislation that would up the scale of controlled burns to mitigate the effects of severe wildfires nationwide. The bill, entitled the “National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021,” would require... Read More

USDA to Begin Relief Payments to Minority Farmers Despite Lawsuit
In The News
USDA to Begin Relief Payments to Minority Farmers Despite Lawsuit
May 27, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of Agriculture announced it will start making loan forgiveness payments to thousands of minority farmers in June as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Roughly $4 billion was set aside by the economic relief package specifically for Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and... Read More

Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study
Social Media
Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study
May 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an economic analysis of the company’s solar and wind projects that support its data centers across the nation, Facebook iterated its adherence to broader sustainability initiatives.  As of last year, Facebook’s fleet of energy-intensive data centers are powered entirely by renewable... Read More

Bipartisan Delegation Wants USPS to Preserve Door Deliveries
Postal Service
Bipartisan Delegation Wants USPS to Preserve Door Deliveries
May 25, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A House Resolution urging the United States Postal Service to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers has received bipartisan support from a total of 118 cosponsors. The resolution, authored by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., was written in response... Read More

Murphy, Davis Want K-12 Tax Deduction Made Available to Athletic Coaches, Administrators
Taxes
Murphy, Davis Want K-12 Tax Deduction Made Available to Athletic Coaches, Administrators
May 24, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., are sponsoring legislation that would expand a federal tax deduction so K-12 athletic coaches and administrators are eligible for reimbursement should they pay out of pocket to buy equipment and supplies. The bill, authored by Murphy... Read More

War Authorizations Repeal Bills Get Bipartisan Support
Congress
War Authorizations Repeal Bills Get Bipartisan Support
May 21, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed a pair of bills that would limit the president’s ability to expand military operations in the Middle East by repealing decades-old Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, or AUMFs. Legislation that would repeal the 1991... Read More

Brownley, Schneider, Kildee Introduce Tax Credit Bill for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Aviation
Brownley, Schneider, Kildee Introduce Tax Credit Bill for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
May 20, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Reps. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Dan Kildee, D-Mich., announced Thursday on a press call with industry stakeholders the introduction of new legislation that would incentivize the airline industry to utilize sustainable aviation fuel.  The bill, entitled the "Sustainable Skies Act,” would... Read More

Police Cannot Search Homes in Name of ‘Community Caretaking,’ Supreme Court Rules
Law Enforcement
Police Cannot Search Homes in Name of ‘Community Caretaking,’ Supreme Court Rules
May 19, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that a longstanding exception to the Fourth Amendment does not permit police to search private homes without a warrant. The “community caretaking” exception originates from the 1973 case Cady v. Dombrowski, in which a police officer seized a... Read More

CDC Condemned by National Nurses United for Updated Guidance
Health
CDC Condemned by National Nurses United for Updated Guidance
May 18, 2021
by Reece Nations

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, issued a rebuke of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated public health recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC’s updated guidance states “fully vaccinated people no longer... Read More

Space Force to Play Increasingly Critical Role in Future of Warfare
Military
Space Force to Play Increasingly Critical Role in Future of Warfare
May 14, 2021
by Reece Nations

The conception of the United States Space Force developed from the bipartisan consensus that the country needed enhanced military capabilities in the domain of space. When President Ronald Reagan first announced the “Strategic Defense Initiative” in 1983, the concept was disparaged for being impractical and costly.... Read More

Working From Home Will Stick Post-Pandemic, Experts Say
Employment
Working From Home Will Stick Post-Pandemic, Experts Say
May 13, 2021
by Reece Nations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research contends that working from home may be here to stay after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. The paper — authored jointly by Steven Davis of the University of Chicago, Jose Maria Barrero... Read More

Treasury Department to Allocate Additional $21.6 Billion for Rental Assistance
Treasury
Treasury Department to Allocate Additional $21.6 Billion for Rental Assistance
May 11, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In coordination with the White House’s American Rescue Plan Implementation Team and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Treasury announced Friday it would allot $21.6 billion in additional funds for emergency rental assistance.  Additionally, the Treasury Department issued updated... Read More

USDA to Award $45 Million in Grants for Wood Products, Forest Conservation
Agriculture
USDA to Award $45 Million in Grants for Wood Products, Forest Conservation
May 10, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of Agriculture is funding over $15 million in grant proposals directed at developing and expanding “the use of wood products, strengthening emerging wood energy markets and protecting community forests.” The grants will support 60 individual projects covering an array of initiatives, including... Read More

Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
In The States
Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
May 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Following hours of debate over amendments proposed by Democratic lawmakers, the Texas House of Representatives approved new restrictions to state election rules early Friday morning. After Democrats proposed more than 130 amendments to the legislation, the lawmakers eventually agreed to revise the bill... Read More

DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
Litigation
DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
May 6, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — After a federal judge ruled on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions exceeded the agency's authority, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich authored the 20-page opinion accompanying the ruling.... Read More

Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
In The States
Govs. Murphy, Lamont and Cuomo Announce Easing of Pandemic Restrictions
May 4, 2021
by Reece Nations

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Monday announced the easing of pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings and venues in their respective states.  In a joint release, Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Ned Lamont of Connecticut... Read More

$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
Business
$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
May 3, 2021
by Reece Nations

The Small Business Administration began accepting applications on Monday for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program authorized in March by the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. To receive funding, businesses must submit their application to the SBA on a first-come, first-served basis at restaurants.sba.gov.... Read More

FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity
FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
April 30, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In a covert operation to undercut hacking groups’ attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange email program, the FBI has begun accessing hundreds of vulnerable computers in the United States to remove malicious web shells.  Web shells, interfaces that grant control over a web... Read More

Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
Geopolitics
Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
April 29, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were warned by CIA Director William Burns that American intelligence operations in Afghanistan will be kneecapped by the United States’ imminent withdrawal from the region.  Burns, confirmed as the head of the CIA by the Senate last month,... Read More

Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
Foreign Affairs
Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
April 27, 2021
by Reece Nations

NEW DELHI — President Joe Biden vowed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi secure medical resources to help India combat the rampant spread of COVID-19 during a diplomatic call on Monday, affirming the United States’ support for its ally after a delay in response drew national... Read More

Caitlyn Jenner Announces Gubernatorial Campaign to Replace Newsome
In The States
Caitlyn Jenner Announces Gubernatorial Campaign to Replace Newsome
April 23, 2021
by Reece Nations

LOS ANGELES — Former Olympic athlete and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner announced Friday in a press release she will launch a campaign to become the next governor of California. Jenner, a Republican, has been a vocal critic of current Gov. Gavin Newsom throughout his tenure.... Read More

Haaland Announces Indian Affairs Bureau Missing and Murdered Unit
Interior
Haaland Announces Indian Affairs Bureau Missing and Murdered Unit
April 21, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a new division of the Missing and Murdered Unit will operate within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. The new unit will direct federal resources in unsolved investigations into cases of missing and murdered... Read More

Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
Congress
Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
April 20, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan delegation of governors is urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow banks and credit unions to provide services to licensed cannabis dispensaries.  The governors of 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands circulated a letter on Monday to congressional leaders in... Read More

Lower Employment Figures Spur Concern for Airline Industry
Travel
Lower Employment Figures Spur Concern for Airline Industry
April 19, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — As the industry continues to rally back from the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions, some passenger airline companies are still struggling to retain full-time employees. February employment figures for airlines were down nearly 1% from January, according to a monthly report by the Department... Read More

What People are Saying About the Biden Gun Control Proposals
White House
What People are Saying About the Biden Gun Control Proposals
April 9, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Americans took to social media Thursday after President Joe Biden announced measures to curb the rampant spread of gun violence by restricting access to firearms. The measures, lauded by some and condemned by others, were laid out in a six-point plan of action involving... Read More

Space Force Systems Command to be Headquartered in Los Angeles
Military
Space Force Systems Command to be Headquartered in Los Angeles
April 8, 2021
by Reece Nations

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The United States Space Force announced Thursday it will establish a Space Systems Command headquarters at Los Angeles Air Force Base to oversee and coordinate all military space programs. The Space Systems Command of the USSF will supervise technological developments related to... Read More

Texas Legislature Poised to Pass State Voting Restrictions
In The States
Texas Legislature Poised to Pass State Voting Restrictions
April 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans are moving to pass their own set of limits on voting as legislation restricting early voting access awaits a House committee assignment.  The Texas bill, one of 361 bills pending nationwide with restrictive provisions, passed along party lines in the Senate... Read More

ICE Rebuts DHS Watchdog Recommendations in Detention Facility Report
Immigration
ICE Rebuts DHS Watchdog Recommendations in Detention Facility Report
April 5, 2021
by Reece Nations

ELOY, Ariz. — Detainees at an immigrant detention center in Arizona are alleging they experienced mistreatment, slurs and abuse by the staff after a Department of Homeland Security audit of the facility.  Immigrants held at the La Palma Correctional Center told DHS Office of Inspector General... Read More

Whitmer Signs Order Establishing Michigan Forensic Science Task Force
In The States
Whitmer Signs Order Establishing Michigan Forensic Science Task Force
April 2, 2021
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday instituting a forensic science task force as an advisory body within the Michigan Department of State Police.  The task force’s role will be to provide recommendations to improve the use of forensics as a... Read More

COVID-19 Variants Cause Concern as New Cases Emerge
Health
COVID-19 Variants Cause Concern as New Cases Emerge
March 31, 2021
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring COVID-19 variants of concern as genetic mutations threaten to muddle the country’s progress in repelling the virus. There are three known major variants of the virus that the CDC is eyeing — “B.117,” “B.1.351”... Read More

CBO 2021 Budget Outlook Stirs Debt, Inflation Concerns
Federal Budget
CBO 2021 Budget Outlook Stirs Debt, Inflation Concerns
March 30, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office released its long-term budget outlook last week projecting federal debt held by the public will exceed the nation’s gross domestic product by the year’s end.  The CBO painted a complicated picture in its analysis as the non-partisan agency predicts the... Read More

Election Reform Facing Republican Impasse in Polarized Senate
In The News
Election Reform Facing Republican Impasse in Polarized Senate
March 29, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans have painted their Democratic colleagues’ push for election reform legislation as a devastating grab for power ahead of its consideration for passage in the Senate.  The bill, entitled the “For the People Act of 2021,” seeks to overhaul the existing elections process... Read More

Miami Beach in State of Emergency as Spring Break Crowds Cluster
In The States
Miami Beach in State of Emergency as Spring Break Crowds Cluster
March 24, 2021
by Reece Nations

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Miami Beach Interim City Manager Raul J. Aguila declared a state of emergency Saturday lasting through April 12 as spring break crowds overwhelm the popular tourist destination. Officials have imposed strict curfews to curb the partygoers' access to surrounding hotspots four nights... Read More

Prolonged Virtual Schooling Puts Kids and Parents at Risk
Education
Prolonged Virtual Schooling Puts Kids and Parents at Risk
March 23, 2021
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA - Parents adapting to prolonged bouts of remote learning were more likely to report emotional stress and concerns for their children, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Thursday.  The survey was conducted nationwide by telephone and online from Oct. 8... Read More

Resolution Introduced to Expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress
Congress
Resolution Introduced to Expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress
March 19, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Prior to her November 2020 election victory to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., repeatedly indicated support for political violence against prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019.  Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., introduced a resolution on Friday that would expel Greene... Read More

Immigration Bills Face Challenge as Border Crossings Surge
Immigration
Immigration Bills Face Challenge as Border Crossings Surge
March 18, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Democrats are poised to capitalize on their legislative momentum by passing a pair of immigration bills that would grant legal status to millions of immigrants if enacted.  Conversely, congressional Republicans are capitalizing on the surge of migrant border crossings to fuel their own momentum... Read More

‘K-Shaped’ COVID-19 Recovery Deepens Economic Disparity
Opinion Polls
‘K-Shaped’ COVID-19 Recovery Deepens Economic Disparity
March 16, 2021
by Reece Nations

While the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic has had drastic ramifications for the United States’ economy, its toll has been unevenly harsh for the country’s poorest citizens.  Following a recession, a “K-shaped recovery” occurs when different segments of the economy recuperate at different rates, times,... Read More

LGBTQ Workers Win State-Level Protection in Texas
In The States
LGBTQ Workers Win State-Level Protection in Texas
March 15, 2021
by Reece Nations

DALLAS — Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in favor of a former Tarrant County College District employee who claimed she was fired from her job after disclosing her sexual orientation to a supervisor. Amanda Sims alleged in her discrimination suit against the district... Read More

Dissident Dems Say Keep the Filibuster Vote Threshold but Hold the Floor
Congress
Dissident Dems Say Keep the Filibuster Vote Threshold but Hold the Floor
March 12, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Although progressive members of his party continue to push for parliamentary revisions to the Senate’s filibuster rules, it appeared Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had already made up his mind on the matter.  “Jesus Christ!” Manchin, a self-proclaimed moderate-conservative Democrat, shouted to Capitol Hill reporters... Read More

Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
Geopolitics
Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
March 12, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration announced a plan Friday to ramp up novel coronavirus vaccine manufacturing capacity in India alongside leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance called “the Quad.”  President Biden announced the plan during a virtual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister... Read More

DelBene Renews Push for Consumer Privacy Law
Privacy
DelBene Renews Push for Consumer Privacy Law
March 10, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — As states begin to consider consumer privacy legislation, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., is renewing her push for a federal statute on the matter.  California and Virginia have already enacted comprehensive state data privacy laws, but DelBene said a federal standard is necessary for ensuring... Read More

Biden Wants Rules on Cybersecurity Sharpened after China, Russia Attacks
Cybersecurity
Biden Wants Rules on Cybersecurity Sharpened after China, Russia Attacks
March 10, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Microsoft is placing the blame for a hack on its email software on China after President Joe Biden called on allied nations to create a new set of rules governing cybersecurity threats across the globe. It is believed that a Chinese hacker group known... Read More

Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
In The States
Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
March 5, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has long been an attractive hotspot for individuals fleeing their states in search of low taxes and affordable housing. But the state’s reputation as an economical place to live might be in danger as cost-of-living expenses increase while wages stagnate in its... Read More

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
Congress
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
March 4, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday by a margin of 220 in favor and 212 opposed.  The bill was named after the Minneapolis man killed during an arrest in May 2020 that sparked protests nationwide. The... Read More

Push for Minimum Wage Hike Persists
Congress
Push for Minimum Wage Hike Persists
March 3, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough quashed Democrats’ plans to add a $15 per hour federal minimum wage increase to President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, but some members are not giving up. Democrats are planning to pass the bill by using the reconciliation process... Read More

Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
Geopolitics
Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
March 1, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A Trump-era regulation allowing the Department of Commerce to block technology-related business transactions determined to be national security threats will remain in place, against the wishes of some of the country's business stakeholders. The rule, scheduled to take effect this month, derives from a... Read More

Filibuster, Cloture to Play Out in Biden Agenda
Congress
Filibuster, Cloture to Play Out in Biden Agenda
February 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Senate cloture rule might be the biggest Legislative obstacle in front of President Joe Biden’s policy agenda.  Simply put, the cloture rule is a debate-limiting procedure that requires 60 Senators to agree before moving on to a vote. This rule is the only... Read More

Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
Climate
Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
February 24, 2021
by Reece Nations

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy indicates renewable energy sources made record contributions to the country’s power grid.  The annual report, called the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook,... Read More

$1400 Check Could be Coming Your Way Soon
Congress
$1400 Check Could be Coming Your Way Soon
February 22, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee approved reconciliations to President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion novel coronavirus relief legislation Monday, setting in motion the bill’s final vote in the full House of Representatives expected to follow this week.  If enacted, the legislation would provide $1,400 economic... Read More

Army Chief of Staff Discusses Challenges, Priorities for Upcoming Fiscal Year
Military
Army Chief of Staff Discusses Challenges, Priorities for Upcoming Fiscal Year
February 18, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville shared updates and laid out the branch’s priorities in a virtual webinar discussion hosted by The Heritage Foundation on Wednesday.  During the forum, McConville said the Army’s primary upfront investments will be people-focused and geared toward both... Read More

Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
In The States
Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
February 17, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Rolling blackouts caused by an unprecedented winter storm have delayed the delivery of hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations across Texas, state health officials said Tuesday.  Texas was set to receive 407,650 first doses and 333,650 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

Blockchain Could Move Cryptocurrency to Pivotal Place in Economies
Finance
Blockchain Could Move Cryptocurrency to Pivotal Place in Economies
February 12, 2021
by Reece Nations

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to decentralize systems of commerce across the world, leading to vast peer-to-peer markets absent of manipulation.   In order for this to come to fruition, Sheila Warren, head of data, blockchain and digital assets and member of the executive committee at the World... Read More

Comcast‌ ‌Announces‌ ‌Plans‌ ‌to‌ ‌‘Accelerate’‌ ‌Digital‌ ‌Equity‌ ‌Efforts‌ ‌
Business
Comcast‌ ‌Announces‌ ‌Plans‌ ‌to‌ ‌‘Accelerate’‌ ‌Digital‌ ‌Equity‌ ‌Efforts‌ ‌
February 8, 2021
by Reece Nations

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast announced the company would escalate its commitment to address digital equity by closing the digital divide through addressing digital literacy and the homework gap. Since 2011, Comcast has facilitated the largest low-cost Internet adoption program for low-income Americans, known as “Internet Essentials,” according... Read More

Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development
State News
Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development
February 4, 2021
by Reece Nations

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the first of a series of negotiations Wednesday in a collaborative effort between conservation leaders, fishing organizations and forestry representatives to adapt statewide forest practices.  Brown brokered an agreement between the conservation groups and timber products entities in... Read More

Democrats Expected to Invoke Congressional Review Act to Undo Trump-Era Regulations
Congress
Democrats Expected to Invoke Congressional Review Act to Undo Trump-Era Regulations
February 3, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Although sparingly used since its ratification in 1996, the Congressional Review Act is expected to be utilized by congressional Democrats to reverse a number of Trump administration rules.  The CRA was enacted to fast-track congressional oversight of the executive branch and empower Congress to... Read More

Biden Signs Executive Order to Expand Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act
Health
Biden Signs Executive Order to Expand Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act
February 2, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday, Jan. 28, instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to open a new special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act from Feb. 15 to May 15.  The usual enrollment period began Nov. 1... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Unveils Policy Priorities for First 100 Days of Congress
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Unveils Policy Priorities for First 100 Days of Congress
February 1, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the New Democrat Coalition showcased their legislative priorities for the first 100 days of the 117th Congressional session on Thursday, Jan. 28, in a meeting held virtually with members of the media.  The most pressing issue discussed was the Coalition’s plan to... Read More

Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
State News
Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
January 27, 2021
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Appropriations Committee Chairman Thomas Albert announced Republicans’ rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed COVID-19 recovery plan.  The House Republicans’ plan would provide roughly $3.5 billion in federal and state funds for employers, families, schools and vaccine distribution, according to a statement... Read More

Monmouth Poll Finds Majority Support Trump Impeachment, Voter Fraud Beliefs Persist
Opinion Polls
Monmouth Poll Finds Majority Support Trump Impeachment, Voter Fraud Beliefs Persist
January 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Polling data from Monmouth University found that 56% of Americans approve of the House of Representatives impeaching former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting a violent mob to storm the United States Capitol.  Public support for Trump’s second impeachment... Read More

Americans More Likely to View Government Leadership, Lack of Unity as Nation’s Primary Concern
Opinion Polls
Americans More Likely to View Government Leadership, Lack of Unity as Nation’s Primary Concern
January 25, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Americans were more likely to designate the lack of government leadership and unity as the nation’s primary issue this month, according to polling analysis from Gallup.  Tensions stoked by a contentious presidential transition, the impeachment of former President Donald Trump in the House of... Read More

Biden Releases National Strategy for COVID-19 Response, Pandemic Preparedness
Health
Biden Releases National Strategy for COVID-19 Response, Pandemic Preparedness
January 21, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — On the first full day of his term, President Joe Biden announced his plan to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, entitled “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.”  Biden’s strategy includes issuing 10 executive orders to mitigate the virus. In addition to... Read More

Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
State News
Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
January 19, 2021
by Reece Nations

Interest groups are pleading their cases to state officials in a bid to expedite their constituents’ access to the novel coronavirus vaccine.  Individuals over the age of 70, frontline health care workers, nursing home residents and staff are the first groups of people to receive the... Read More

Americans Expect Biden to Improve Environment, Grow Budget Deficit
Opinion Polls
Americans Expect Biden to Improve Environment, Grow Budget Deficit
January 19, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans surveyed by Gallup predict the incoming Biden-Harris administration will make improvements to the environment and education while likely raising taxes and the national deficit.  Gallup published its findings as part of an ongoing series of “public opinion surveys designed to... Read More

Texas to Take Up Big-Ticket Items as 87th Legislature Convenes
In The News
Texas to Take Up Big-Ticket Items as 87th Legislature Convenes
January 14, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The 87th session of the Texas Legislature began Tuesday as lawmakers try to determine how to parse out the state’s estimated $112.5 billion budget for general-purpose spending over the next two years.  Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday announced his biennial revenue estimate... Read More

Telecommute Taxation: States Take Sides Over Out-of-State Income Tax Dispute
State News
Telecommute Taxation: States Take Sides Over Out-of-State Income Tax Dispute
January 13, 2021
by Reece Nations

CONCORD, N.H. — A collection of 14 states have now signed amicus briefs backing New Hampshire in the state’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether jurisdictions may tax the income of remote workers who cannot commute to their workplaces.  In October, New Hampshire... Read More

Majority of House Republicans Backed Objections to Electoral College Results
Congress
Majority of House Republicans Backed Objections to Electoral College Results
January 12, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Over half of the Republican House caucus last week voted to object to certifying the results of either Arizona, Pennsylvania, or both state’s electoral college results. Although both chambers of Congress would go on to certify the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden... Read More

Environment Efficacy: Biden to Undertake Robust Climate Change Agenda
Environment
Environment Efficacy: Biden to Undertake Robust Climate Change Agenda
January 8, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON —President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to address man-made climate change appears poised to benefit from a bicameral party majority. Biden’s plan, outlined on his campaign website, proposes $1.7 trillion in new “federal investments” over the next 10 years that would incentivize private sectors to transition to... Read More

Kinzinger First Republican Lawmaker to Support Removing Trump From Office
Congress
Kinzinger First Republican Lawmaker to Support Removing Trump From Office
January 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — United States Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., on Thursday became the first GOP lawmaker to call for the invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.  Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment allows the vice president and a majority... Read More

Trump ‘Indefinitely’ Barred From Facebook, Instagram Accounts
Social Media
Trump ‘Indefinitely’ Barred From Facebook, Instagram Accounts
January 7, 2021
by Reece Nations

PALO ALTO, Calif. — After initially stating they would freeze President Donald Trump’s access to its services for a 24-hour period, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday the platform would ban the accounts “indefinitely.”  Zuckerberg made the announcement via a post on his personal Facebook page,... Read More

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Denounce VA’s COVID Response
Veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Denounce VA’s COVID Response
January 6, 2021
by Reece Nations

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America CEO Jeremy Butler issued a statement Tuesday condemning Department of Veterans Affairs officials in response to the administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Butler’s statement was released in response to a MilitaryTimes report revealing the VA’s death totals due... Read More

One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
Elections
One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
January 5, 2021
by Reece Nations

Georgia voters will decide the balance of power in Congress Tuesday in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact his governing agenda. Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will face Democrats Jon Ossoff and... Read More

Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
State News
Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
January 5, 2021
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a comprehensive package of criminal justice reform bills Monday that stemmed from policy recommendations by the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration.  The year-long study from key stakeholders and criminal justice experts that led to... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Biden to Prioritize Bipartisan Legislation for Pandemic Response, Recovery
Blue Dogs Urge Biden to Prioritize Bipartisan Legislation for Pandemic Response, Recovery
December 30, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday requesting that he “prioritize bipartisan legislation” dealing with novel coronavirus pandemic response and recovery.  The letter highlighted the coalition’s policy priorities for the 117th Congressional session, including fiscal responsibility,... Read More

Biden Announces New Department of Defense Nominees
Political News
Biden Announces New Department of Defense Nominees
December 30, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden announced Kathleen Hicks and Colin Kahl as his nominees for deputy secretary of defense and under secretary of defense for policy on Wednesday.  If confirmed to the positions, they are slated to join Secretary of Defense-designate Lloyd Austin in the Pentagon... Read More

House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Return Next Congressional Session
Congress
House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Return Next Congressional Session
December 29, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis would continue its work during the 117th Congressional session with House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., returning as chair of the subcommittee.  Since its establishment in April 2020, the subcommittee... Read More

Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
Technology
Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
December 28, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Incoming members of the White House Office of Digital Strategy were announced Monday in a press release from the Biden-Harris transition team.  In the release, the Biden-Harris transition described the incoming members as “diverse, accomplished, and talented individuals” that will work to extend president-elect... Read More

Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
National Security
Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
December 17, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In the fourth session of their ongoing virtual national security briefing series entitled “National Security in the Shadow of COVID-19,” Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and John Katko, R-N.Y., hosted retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to discuss how the national security environment has evolved due... Read More

Cato Institute Forum Examines Implications of Space Force’s Formation
Think Tanks
Cato Institute Forum Examines Implications of Space Force’s Formation
December 14, 2020
by Reece Nations

In a virtually-hosted policy analysis presented by the Cato Institute, a panel of experts explored whether the creation of the United States Space Force was ahead of its time.  The Dec. 8 panel featured University of Kentucky senior lecturer Robert Farley, Deputy Director and Fellow of... Read More

Congress Expected to Pass NDAA Without Provision for Space Force Reserve, National Guard
Pentagon
Congress Expected to Pass NDAA Without Provision for Space Force Reserve, National Guard
December 8, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Although expected to pass with bicameral and bipartisan support, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 is unlikely to contain provisions that would integrate a reserve component or National Guard for the United States Space Force. The act, H.R. 6395, passed the... Read More

Experts Lend Advice on COVID Relief Policy for Biden Administration, New Congress
Economy
Experts Lend Advice on COVID Relief Policy for Biden Administration, New Congress
December 4, 2020
by Reece Nations

In a virtual roundtable event co-hosted Tuesday by the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, economists discussed what economic policies should be prioritized by the in-coming Biden Administration and Congress.  The panelists who participated in the event, presented... Read More

Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
Congress
Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
November 20, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Material conducted a hearing Wednesday exploring the Surface Transportation Board’s part in developments to the country’s passenger rail system.  During the hearing, executive officials from Metra, Amtrak and the STB gave expert testimony... Read More

Natural Resources Committee Hears Ocean Climate Action Bill, Debate Ends Without Vote
In The News
Natural Resources Committee Hears Ocean Climate Action Bill, Debate Ends Without Vote
November 19, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In a virtual legislative hearing Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee considered legislation introduced by its chairman, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., that would establish an ocean-based carbon sequestration program among other climate change mitigation measures.  Grijalva’s bill, entitled the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, endeavors... Read More

Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
Labor
Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
November 17, 2020
by Reece Nations

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one group that is often, unfairly overlooked are those who keep the infrastructure of high rise offices and residential buildings functioning -- elevator mechanics. Throughout the pandemic’s... Read More

Spanberger, Fitzpatrick Fighting to Omit VA Disability Compensation from Student Aid Consideration
Education
Spanberger, Fitzpatrick Fighting to Omit VA Disability Compensation from Student Aid Consideration
November 11, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., jointly introduced legislation Wednesday that would exclude Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation from the list of benefits that have to be reported in a student’s application for Federal Student Aid.  Under current law, VA disability compensation must... Read More

Republican AGs File Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot Case
2020 Elections
Republican AGs File Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot Case
November 10, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- Republican Attorneys General from 10 states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the latest legal action in the case to contend the counting of certain mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. In the brief, the AGs argue the United States Supreme Court... Read More

Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
Cities
Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
November 9, 2020
by Reece Nations

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled an emergency coronavirus relief program for restaurants and bars in Chicago that are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic.  The grant program will reallocate $10 million in CARES Act funds to businesses impacted by “state-imposed mitigation measures,” Lightfoot... Read More

Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox Announces Details of Forthcoming Utah Gubernatorial Transition
State News
Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox Announces Details of Forthcoming Utah Gubernatorial Transition
November 5, 2020
by Reece Nations

SALT LAKE CITY – Following Tuesday night’s gubernatorial election, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson in the Utah State Capitol in a showcase of their upcoming transition into office. Cox, Utah’s current lieutenant governor, defeated Democratic challenger Chris Peterson,... Read More

Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Military
Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Tests Positive for Coronavirus
October 29, 2020
by Reece Nations

Gen. David Thompson, the United States Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations, tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Department of the Air Force said in an email.  Thompson was tested Oct. 28 after learning that “a close family member, with whom he had contact, tested... Read More

Space Force Establishes Operations Command
Military
Space Force Establishes Operations Command
October 27, 2020
by Reece Nations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Space Force recently launched its Space Operations Command, according to Air Force Magazine. Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting was introduced as the head of the operations command during a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Oct. 21, according to AFM.... Read More

Bootcamp to Begin for First Class of Space Force Recruits
Military
Bootcamp to Begin for First Class of Space Force Recruits
October 21, 2020
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO – The military’s newest branch, the United States Space Force, swore in its first recruits Tuesday, Oct. 20. Seven recruits, five men and two women, will commence the force’s inaugural boot camp at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for seven and a half weeks, according... Read More

Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
Health
Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
October 21, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., introduced a bill in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support that would guarantee access to the future novel coronavirus vaccine at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries. The bill, entitled the “Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally for Seniors Act,” would amend... Read More

Carson, Young, Larsen Co-Sponsor National Aviation Center Resolution
Aviation
Carson, Young, Larsen Co-Sponsor National Aviation Center Resolution
October 16, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Newly proposed legislation by Reps. André Carson, D-Ind., Don Young, R-Alaska, and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., in the House of Representatives would support and promote a national aviation center for research, education and training. The “National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2020”... Read More

Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
Veterans
Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
October 16, 2020
by Reece Nations

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, D-Pa., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., brought forth a bill that would ensure disabled veterans can fully utilize their benefits following disruptions in veterans’ health care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in March 2020, the novel coronavirus... Read More

Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
Taxes
Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
October 15, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., revealed plans to fully repeal the cap on the state and local tax deduction that was included in the Republican-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The state and local tax deduction, also known as the SALT deduction, permits... Read More

Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
Opinion Polls
Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
October 13, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A national survey by the Small Business for America’s Future coalition found that roughly 8 in ten respondents identified something other than the Supreme Court nomination when asked about Congressional priorities. The survey, conducted from Oct. 2 through Oct. 5, took input from 1,511... Read More

New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
State News
New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
October 9, 2020
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has released a report indicating employment in New York City’s restaurant industry fell from 317,800 jobs to only 91,000 jobs after pandemic-related restrictions were imposed on businesses. While the industry once accounted for $10.7 billion in... Read More

American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
October 7, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – United States Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday.  Spanberger, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee and as chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, was presented the award for... Read More

Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020 Elections
Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
October 5, 2020
by Reece Nations

The United States’ intelligence community is expecting active Russian disinformation efforts to influence the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to analysis by the RAND Corporation. Among the corporation’s key findings was that technological innovation has made widespread propaganda efforts by Russia easier to conduct... Read More

Space Force Moon Base Could Become Reality
Military
Space Force Moon Base Could Become Reality
October 1, 2020
by Reece Nations

Although still far from happening, United States Space Command leader Maj. Gen. John Shaw said Space Force troops will eventually be sent to space. Shaw’s comments on the Space Force came during the AFWERX Engage Space Conference, which ran from Sept. 29 through Sept. 30, according... Read More

Bipartisan Delegation and National Security Advisor Meet to Discuss China Policy
Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan Delegation and National Security Advisor Meet to Discuss China Policy
October 1, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan delegation of Congressional leaders met Wednesday with National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger to discuss the United States' foreign policy toward China in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We are grateful to Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger for holding a very constructive... Read More

Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
Congress
Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
September 29, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced its support for an emergency funding bill to help municipalities withstand the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, introduced in the House by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., provides $500 billion in coronavirus relief funds to “every... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
September 28, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its ongoing commitment to expanding the Democratic Party’s majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced six new formal endorsements Monday. The coalition, founded in 1997, is composed of 104 House Democrats and is the largest ideological... Read More

Govs. Whitmer, Cuomo Call for Investigation of Trump’s ‘Politicization’ of Coronavirus Pandemic
Political News
Govs. Whitmer, Cuomo Call for Investigation of Trump’s ‘Politicization’ of Coronavirus Pandemic
September 28, 2020
by Reece Nations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer jointly released a statement urging Congress to open an oversight investigation concerning “the Trump administration’s politicization of government functions,” that undermined the nation’s pandemic response. In their statement, the governors contend President Donald Trump and his... Read More

Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
Health
Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
September 24, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its second report ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their votes on legislation related to toxic chemicals, the Environmental Working Group Action Fund presented Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., with a perfect score. Much of Delgado’s environmental initiatives concern man-made substances... Read More

Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to Engage in Sept. 23 Forum
2020 Elections
Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to Engage in Sept. 23 Forum
September 23, 2020
by Reece Nations

MONROE, La. – A live, virtual forum featuring candidates for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. CST. The forum will mark an opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates vying for the seat held by outgoing Rep. Ralph... Read More

Federal Deficit Could Balloon to 13% by 2050, CBO Report Says
Federal Budget
Federal Deficit Could Balloon to 13% by 2050, CBO Report Says
September 22, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The federal debt owed by the United States government is expected to grow over the next 30 years to almost twice the size of the nation’s economy, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s Long-Term Budget Outlook report. While the average deficit over the past... Read More

Buttigieg’s ‘Win the Era’ PAC Endorses 28 Candidates
Political News
Buttigieg’s ‘Win the Era’ PAC Endorses 28 Candidates
September 18, 2020
by Reece Nations

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s “Win the Era PAC and Action Fund” has endorsed 28 candidates for various offices in the November elections. “I’m excited to announce our latest slate of endorsements, which include forward-thinking leaders across our country who are... Read More

Bill Authorizing President to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor Proposed
Military
Bill Authorizing President to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor Proposed
September 17, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would authorize the president to posthumously award U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe the Medal of Honor. Cashe was injured in October 2005 while deployed in Iraq when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle he was in... Read More

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes Committee, Vote in House Expected
Employment
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes Committee, Vote in House Expected
September 15, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A vote is expected in the House this week on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would require employers to provide “reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a... Read More

Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
Employment
Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
September 11, 2020
by Reece Nations

OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin, all plaintiffs in the suit, were consistently forced to do menial labor and... Read More

Battleground States Voters Age 50 and Over Still Closely Divided on Election
Opinion Polls
Battleground States Voters Age 50 and Over Still Closely Divided on Election
September 10, 2020
by Reece Nations

Two sets of public opinion surveys commissioned by AARP across 11 key battleground states found a majority of likely voters aged 50 and older plan to cast their ballots either absentee or during the early voting period this election cycle. AARP’s poll also found similar levels... Read More

Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
Agriculture
Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
September 10, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Last year, roughly 10.5% of all U.S. households lacked access to enough food for “an active, healthy life for all household members,” according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. This figure is down slightly from 2018’s national food insecurity report, which... Read More

Marquette Poll Finds ‘Slight Change’ in Presidential Race Following Conventions, Kenosha Violence
Opinion Polls
Marquette Poll Finds ‘Slight Change’ in Presidential Race Following Conventions, Kenosha Violence
September 10, 2020
by Reece Nations

MILWAUKEE – Newly released polling data from the Marquette University Law School indicates that voting preferences and attitudes have changed minimally since its last survey in August. Marquette’s poll in August, conducted before unrest had been caused by shootings and protests in Kenosha, Wis., found former... Read More

US Chamber of Commerce Continues to Defy Tradition, Endorses Delgado
Political News
US Chamber of Commerce Continues to Defy Tradition, Endorses Delgado
September 9, 2020
by Reece Nations

RHINEBECK, N.Y. – The United States Chamber of Commerce continues its recent trend of defying tradition by announcing its endorsement of Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., in his first reelection campaign. The chamber is the largest business federation in the world and represents more than three million... Read More

Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
Health
Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
September 8, 2020
by Reece Nations

Telehealth services have made substantial progress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite the hardships the health care industry as a whole has had to endure. The concept of telehealthcare is now more widely accepted than ever before. In August, a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced their support... Read More

Experts Warn Poll Worker Shortages Could Lead to Minority Voter Suppression this November
2020 Elections
Experts Warn Poll Worker Shortages Could Lead to Minority Voter Suppression this November
September 4, 2020
by Reece Nations

Pandemic-induced poll worker shortages could potentially wreak havoc on the electorate of vulnerable communities this November. One high-profile effort to combat this issue, “More Than a Vote,” is launching an initiative with professional athletes to recruit poll workers for this year’s election cycle in crucial swing... Read More

New York Legislators Seek to Install Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide
State News
New York Legislators Seek to Install Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide
September 2, 2020
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. – Elected officials rallied with voting rights advocates this week in support of New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman’s proposed bill that would authorize election boards to establish absentee ballot drop off locations statewide. The Democratic legislator staged the event Monday, Aug. 31, on... Read More

Chamber of Commerce Bucks Tradition, Announces Host of Democrat Endorsements
Political News
Chamber of Commerce Bucks Tradition, Announces Host of Democrat Endorsements
August 31, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a top lobbying group for decades, with the lion’s share of the organization’s support going to conservative candidates. However, in a surprising change from convention, the chamber is now prepared to endorse nearly two dozen freshmen House... Read More

Congress Questions Customs and Border Protection Over Border Wall Construction Contracts
Congress
Congress Questions Customs and Border Protection Over Border Wall Construction Contracts
August 28, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A change in Customs and Border Protection policy that allows the agency to award its own contracts for select U.S.-Mexico border wall construction projects is being questioned by congressional members. In a letter addressed to acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, Reps. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Delta Conducting Mass COVID-19 Testing, Providing Pay Protection for Employees Going Forward
Employment
Delta Conducting Mass COVID-19 Testing, Providing Pay Protection for Employees Going Forward
August 26, 2020
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA – In cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, Delta Air Lines is implementing a widespread COVID-19 testing program for its employees to fortify the safety of passengers and personnel. The partnership between Delta and the Mayo Clinic has been on-going since June, according to Delta. The... Read More

Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
Opinion Polls
Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
August 26, 2020
by Reece Nations

A new Harris poll found 69% of its respondents would support a priority system – particularly for workers in the health care sector and seniors – for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. By comparison, 31% of respondents indicated they would rather the vaccine be... Read More

More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
Political News
More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
August 25, 2020
by Reece Nations

Coinciding with the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Joe Biden for President campaign announced the launch of “Republicans for Biden,” an initiative aimed at courting conservative voters away from incumbent President Donald Trump. Among the 27 prominent Republicans supporting Biden’s candidacy is former... Read More

Oklahoma GOP Runoff Will Set Stage for Challenge to Kendra Horn
2020 Elections
Oklahoma GOP Runoff Will Set Stage for Challenge to Kendra Horn
August 25, 2020
by Reece Nations

OKLAHOMA CITY – Republican voters in Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District will determine their party’s candidate to face incumbent Democrat Rep. Kendra Horn in Tuesday’s primary runoff election. Horn, the first Democrat to represent the district in over 40 years, will face off against either entrepreneur and... Read More

Michelle Obama, Democratic Leaders Lay Out Vision for Racial Justice at DNC
Political News
Michelle Obama, Democratic Leaders Lay Out Vision for Racial Justice at DNC
August 18, 2020
by Reece Nations

In a three-part series entitled “We the People Demand Racial Justice” during the first night of the Democratic National Convention Monday, party leaders teamed with activists to address nationwide racial inequity. The discussion outlined former Vice President Joe Biden’s plan of action for confronting the country’s... Read More

Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
Voting
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
August 13, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary... Read More

Gallup Poll: Most Black Americans Favor Major Policing Changes, Retaining Law Enforcement Presence
Police
Gallup Poll: Most Black Americans Favor Major Policing Changes, Retaining Law Enforcement Presence
August 13, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – New data from the Gallup Center for Black Voices found 61% of Black Americans want the police presence to remain the same in their area. From June 23 through July 6, a Gallup Panel survey asked participants whether they want law enforcement to spend... Read More

Perez Previews Virtual Democratic National Convention During Online Forum
2020 Elections
Perez Previews Virtual Democratic National Convention During Online Forum
August 11, 2020
by Reece Nations

For the first time in its history, the Democratic Party has elected not to gather in person to select a presidential nominee, opting instead to convene virtually from Monday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Aug. 20. The full updated schedule for the Democratic National Convention, dubbed “Uniting... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
Health
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
August 10, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to be included in any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The FCC established the program in April 2020 to better provide health care support as the health crisis brought... Read More

Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
Employment
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
August 10, 2020
by Reece Nations

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s network of Area Health Education Centers,... Read More

Hogan Passes Gavel to Cuomo at National Governors Association Summer Meeting
State News
Hogan Passes Gavel to Cuomo at National Governors Association Summer Meeting
August 6, 2020
by Reece Nations

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan passed his chairmanship of the National Governors Association to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the association's bi-annual meeting Wednesday. Cuomo will head the new gubernatorial leadership in tandem with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the association’s newly elected vice chair. The first... Read More

Members Request Investigation of Multibillion Dollar Pentagon Contract
Congress
Members Request Investigation of Multibillion Dollar Pentagon Contract
August 5, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Two members of Congress have penned letters requesting a probe into the Pentagon’s decision to grant a multibillion dollar moving contract to American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. The three-year, $7.2 billion contract would privately outsource the management of service members’ household goods, according... Read More

District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020 Elections
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
August 4, 2020
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund, was supported... Read More

Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
Education
Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
August 3, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension of various waivers that allow low-income students access through the upcoming school year to school-provided meals. One-in-seven children lived in a food insecure household... Read More

New Report Claims Presidential Election Legitimacy in Jeopardy
2020 Elections
New Report Claims Presidential Election Legitimacy in Jeopardy
August 3, 2020
by Reece Nations

A new report from a political reform nonprofit has outlined major risks to the nation’s democratic election process.  MapLight, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, examined the most significant risks to the 2020 presidential election in the report. Some of the issues highlighted were turnout decline due to... Read More

Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
In The News
Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
July 28, 2020
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America. The event, hosted by Bishop Omar... Read More

Massachusetts Designating Millions to Combat Pandemic Induced Food Insecurity
State News
Massachusetts Designating Millions to Combat Pandemic Induced Food Insecurity
July 23, 2020
by Reece Nations

As part of a $36 million food security program, Massachusetts’ executive administration unveiled $3 million in grants for residents suffering from urgent food instability due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Wednesday the funding will come as part of... Read More

Polling Point of Contention: Despite Stigma, Pre-Election Polls Remain Reliable
Opinion Polls
Polling Point of Contention: Despite Stigma, Pre-Election Polls Remain Reliable
July 21, 2020
by Reece Nations

Since Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Electoral College defeat, public sentiment towards presidential polling numbers often centers around skepticism. Although many were blindsided by that year’s election results, exit polling data tracked closely with popular vote results. Presidential polling leading up to the general election is meant to... Read More

Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
July 17, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Members of the Blue Dog Coalition issued a letter urging congressional leaders to include measures to further protect taxpayer dollars in the next round of pandemic response funding.  The coalition, founded on fiscal responsibility and centrist-ideals, highlighted the fact that more than 1 million... Read More

Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
State News
Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
July 16, 2020
by Reece Nations

RICHMOND, Va. – Due to the lack of federal workplace guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday emergency occupational safety standards to be implemented statewide. The rules, instituted via an executive order, mandate social distancing, sanitation and the use... Read More

Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
In The News
Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
July 15, 2020
by Reece Nations

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released by the House Ways and Means Committee. The report, entitled “Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities”, examined many cross-sector and historically... Read More

Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
State News
Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
July 15, 2020
by Reece Nations

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia agreed to work collaboratively on hastening the switch to all-electric fleet vehicles in an effort to suppress toxic air pollution Tuesday. Their goal, according to a joint memorandum signed by the states’ governors, is to certify all new medium-duty... Read More

Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
Political News
Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
July 13, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., has joined the growing number of lawmakers calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to explain their decision to upend the educational plans of thousands of international students holding F-1 and M-1 visas. Last week the agency prohibited such students... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Launches Task Force to Address Rebuilding the Country Following COVID-19
Economy
NewDEAL Forum Launches Task Force to Address Rebuilding the Country Following COVID-19
July 7, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The NewDEAL Forum has established a task force comprised of state and local officials to devise recommendations on a sustainable recovery from the coronavirus outbreak. The Renewing America Task Force will be led by five Democratic co-chairs including Phoenix, Ariz., Mayor Kate Gallego; Michigan... Read More

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan Recognized for Leadership on Behalf of Businesses
Congress
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan Recognized for Leadership on Behalf of Businesses
July 7, 2020
by Reece Nations

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., has been recognized for her support of small business, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Houlahan, who has represented Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District since 2018, is not only an Air Force veteran, engineer and educator, she’s also the first woman elected to... Read More

Rep. Antonio Delgado Honored with Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Award
Congress
Rep. Antonio Delgado Honored with Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Award
July 6, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y, with its yearly Spirit of Enterprise Award for his support of business-friendly initiatives in the first session of the 116th Congress. The chamber has rated members of Congress based on how they vote on... Read More

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
Congress
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
July 2, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas, received multiple honors from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week for her efforts on behalf of small business and her constituents.  Fletcher, who was elected to represent Texas’ 7th Congressional District in 2018, serves on the House Transportation &... Read More

Senators Urge McConnell Not To Hold Floor Vote on ‘Partisan’ Fifth Circuit Nominee
Judiciary
Senators Urge McConnell Not To Hold Floor Vote on ‘Partisan’ Fifth Circuit Nominee
June 24, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A group of influential Democratic Senators are urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deny a confirmation vote of President Donald Trump’s nominee for a vacant United States appeals court seat. The legislators appealed to McConnell in a letter after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved... Read More

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement
Economy
Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement
June 23, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan effort to expand the employee retention tax credit has gained a significant endorsement from a coalition representing 130 small businesses and key industry organizations.  The bill, entitled the “Jumpstarting Our 5 Businesses’ Success Credit Act”, or JOBS Credit Act of 2020, aims... Read More

‘Juneteenth National Independence Day Act’ Would Make June 19 Federal Holiday
In The News
‘Juneteenth National Independence Day Act’ Would Make June 19 Federal Holiday
June 19, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation would commemorate June 19 as a federal holiday 155 years after Major Gen. Gordon Granger issued the order signifying the end of slavery in the United States. In accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1865 Granger would give “General Order No. 3”... Read More

Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
Aviation
Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
June 19, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Two senators serving on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced legislation designed to improve aviation safety following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.  Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee, jointly announced... Read More

Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
State News
Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
June 18, 2020
by Reece Nations

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating plans to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen economies.  Updated data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker indicates 10 states are averaging their highest seven-day increase in... Read More

Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
Mental Health
Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
June 17, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation filed in the House of Representatives would designate June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and all of June as National PTSI month. The resolution, along with its companion legislation in the Senate, seeks to reduce the stigma surrounding mental... Read More

Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
State News
Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
June 12, 2020
by Reece Nations

A top member of Pennsylvania’s state Republican leadership is stepping down amid claims his party withheld information concerning a GOP representative's coronavirus diagnosis.  Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announced Wednesday he is leaving the Legislature before his term ends in November. Turzai, who had previously declared... Read More

Majority of Americans Cautious Concerning Return to Normalcy
Opinion Polls
Majority of Americans Cautious Concerning Return to Normalcy
June 11, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – As state governors continue to roll back restrictions on gatherings and business brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Gallup survey indicates at least two-thirds of Americans want to meet specific conditions before they are willing to fully restart the United States’ economy.... Read More

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