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Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election
Health
Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election

President-elect Joe Biden's health care advisers have held talks with pharmaceutical-industry executives in which they discussed Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. development program for coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden advisers met with companies that have COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
Health
New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
2020-11-05 22:10:36
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option, a new study shows that it could be significantly more expensive than previously estimated. The study, released by Lanhee J.... Read More

Trump Suggests to Supporters Dr. Fauci Will Be Fired After Election
Political News
Trump Suggests to Supporters Dr. Fauci Will Be Fired After Election
2020-11-02 21:27:32
by Dan McCue

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

Trump Adviser Stands by President's Claim Doctors Boosting COVID Death Toll to Make Money
Health
Trump Adviser Stands by President's Claim Doctors Boosting COVID Death Toll to Make Money

A top Trump campaign adviser stood by the president's accusations that doctors are inflating coronavirus deaths in order to make money. "There have been a number of reports that have raised issues out there regarding billing and things like that,"... Read More

Cunningham, Reed, Call for COVID-19 Relief, Civility During Bipartisan Town Hall
Congress
Cunningham, Reed, Call for COVID-19 Relief, Civility During Bipartisan Town Hall
2020-11-02 14:02:54
by Dan McCue

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

Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
State News
Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
2020-10-29 21:02:40
by Sara Wilkerson

TOPEKA, Kan. --Today, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in collaboration with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is making visible personal protective equipment available to deaf and hard... 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
2020-10-29 21:00:21
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,... Read More

Trump Struggles as COVID-19 Spikes in Midwest States
2020 Elections
Trump Struggles as COVID-19 Spikes in Midwest States

WASHINGTON — An alarming new surge of coronavirus infections drowned out President Donald Trump's false claims that the health crisis was "ending," imperiling his reelection chances as hospitals struggled Wednesday with a rising COVID-19 caseload in key battleground states. Officials recorded more than... Read More

Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine
Health
Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine

The White House and many Americans have pinned their hopes for defeating the COVID-19 pandemic on a vaccine being developed at "warp speed." But some scientific experts warn they're all expecting too much, too soon. "Everyone thinks COVID-19 will go away with... Read More

Flying is Safer Than Grocery Shopping or Eating Out, Report Says
Health
Flying is Safer Than Grocery Shopping or Eating Out, Report Says

Flying ranks below grocery shopping and eating in a restaurant when it comes to the risk of contracting COVID-19 in a public place, a new study claims. It's all in the ventilation and the protocols, researchers at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School... Read More

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles
Supreme Court
Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles

WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will immediately be embroiled in some of the nation's biggest legal battles, including cases that could determine whether the president who nominated her gets four more years in the White House. The 48-year-old Barrett, who... Read More

Senate Packs Up with Coronavirus Relief Bill on Ice Until After Elections
Economy
Senate Packs Up with Coronavirus Relief Bill on Ice Until After Elections

WASHINGTON — Senators prepared to leave town Monday night for their October recess with virtually no prospect of passing new COVID-19 aid legislation before the Nov. 3 elections. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by phone for 52 minutes on Monday in what has... Read More

Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder
Environment
Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador — Just south of the Galapagos' Marchena Island, there's a dive spot known by locals as the "fish arena." There, within the choppy, cool waters of the Pacific, thousands of colorful fish swim in schools, lobsters poke their long antennae... Read More

Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound
Business
Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound

The resurgent Covid-19 pandemic is pushing back the recovery in air travel, turning winter into a survival test for carriers now pinning hopes on a spring rebound. Airlines are urging governments to introduce more testing and travel bubbles to help... Read More

Few New Movies, Small Crowds: Can AMC and B&B Theaters Survive the Pandemic?
Entertainment
Few New Movies, Small Crowds: Can AMC and B&B Theaters Survive the Pandemic?

At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There's a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" and a thriller with Russell Crowe. But it's the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus... Read More

Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus
Economy
Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber could pass a pandemic relief plan this week, though a deal with the White House remains elusive and the Republican-led Senate might not act before the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused each other of "moving the... Read More

US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says
Health
US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said during an interview with CNN on Sunday that the United States is "not going to control the pandemic." When asked why by CNN's Jake Tapper, Meadows responded: "Because it is a contagious virus." Meadows said the country is "making efforts to... Read More

Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement
Business
Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement

Hundreds of people won't be taking to the skies with Delta Air Lines after refusing to follow the airline's mask policy. The company said in a memo to its staff that numerous passengers have been placed on the no-fly list since it... Read More

COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals
Rural
COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

The nation's pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients. And in much of the Midwest... Read More

Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
Health
Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
2020-10-23 15:56:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National Association of Counties’ Virtual Policy Summit to explain her current prioritization of developing a critical understanding of virus spread on... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
Congress
Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
2020-10-23 15:53:39
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank based in Washington, D.C, hosted Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dave Joyce, R-Ohio,  for a discussion of rural broadband access in connection with telehealth and education. The discussion was part of... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests
Congress
Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days. While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive... Read More

FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir as Coronavirus Treatment
Health
FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir as Coronavirus Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially approved remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus, drug manufacturer Gilead Sciences announced Thursday. The Ebola drug was already being used to treat patients under an emergency-use authorization issued in May, but the latest FDA action makes... Read More

House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks
Congress
House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are offering several concessions to Republicans on pandemic-related tax items, including a temporary fix to the thorny problem of how teleworkers and others who work in multiple states during the pandemic should be taxed. That pitch is part of a collection... Read More

Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
Health
Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
2020-10-21 15:41:06
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... Read More

US Discord Deepens Over Vaccines, Immunity as Coronavirus Rebounds
Health
US Discord Deepens Over Vaccines, Immunity as Coronavirus Rebounds

Public skepticism about coronavirus vaccines and enthusiasm on the right for so-called herd immunity are colliding as the U.S. outbreak is worsening, developments that could dash hopes for containing COVID-19 in the months ahead. Herd immunity aims instead to expose more people... Read More

PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes
Political News
PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes

WASHINGTON - Amid ongoing COVID-19 economic aid negotiations and the approaching election, the Senate shot down on Tuesday a standalone measure authorizing a second round of forgivable loans to small businesses. Republicans were unified in their attempt to push forward the bill while nearly... Read More

CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains
Health
CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a "strong recommendation" for mask-wearing by both passengers and operators on planes, trains, buses and taxis to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Masks should cover a person's nose and... Read More

One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says
Congress
One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to decide by Tuesday evening whether a bipartisan deal on COVID-19 relief can pass before the Nov. 3 elections, her spokesman said Monday. The announcement, made in a tweet, came after a nearly hourlong phone call between the Democratic... Read More

Trump Targets Fauci Instead of COVID-19 as Cases and Deaths Rise
Political News
Trump Targets Fauci Instead of COVID-19 as Cases and Deaths Rise

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump reignited his feud with the nation's top infectious disease expert Monday as U.S. deaths from COVID-19 topped 220,000 and coronavirus hospitalizations rose across the country, raising fears of a deadly third wave of infections as winter approaches. In a call... Read More

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