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In Election's Homestretch, Coronavirus Surge Underscores the Parties' Contrasts
2020 Elections
In Election's Homestretch, Coronavirus Surge Underscores the Parties' Contrasts

WASHINGTON -- In the homestretch of the presidential campaign, with the U.S. coronavirus caseload trending ominously upward, the rival campaigns of President Donald Trump and Joe Biden more than ever are providing a clash of contrasts on how to contain COVID-19 and tend to the virus-battered economy.... Read More

COVID-19 'Long-haulers' Worry About Coverage, Costs
Health
COVID-19 'Long-haulers' Worry About Coverage, Costs

Andrea Ceresa has been through three gastroenterologists already and now is moving on to her fourth. She's seen an infectious disease specialist, a hematologist, a cardiologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist, a physiatrist and an integrative doctor. She has an... Read More

Repeal Obamacare? Once GOP Dogma, It's Now the Party's Albatross
Health
Repeal Obamacare? Once GOP Dogma, It's Now the Party's Albatross

WASHINGTON - Contempt for the Affordable Care Act Obamacare was so central to Sen. Joni Ernst's 2014 election campaign that the Iowa Republican, in a TV ad promising she'd "unload" on the law, pulled out a handgun and fired repeatedly. "Give me a shot," she... Read More

What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says
Health
What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As families ready to gather next month for Thanksgiving, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed worry in South Carolina on Thursday about home gatherings further exacerbating the country's COVID-19 caseloads, stressing that people should still social distance,... Read More

Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot
Research
Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot

Seven months into the pandemic, it’s no secret that plenty of people still downplay the risks of COVID-19, scoffing at mask-wearing and social distancing. Politics clearly feeds that mindset, as suggested by a new Pew Research Center survey in which... Read More

Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise
Congress
Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep her caucus together as she holds out for a better coronavirus relief package than the Trump administration’s latest $1.8 trillion proposal, but some Democrats are growing impatient as the window to... Read More

Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’
2020 Elections
Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump burst back onto the campaign trail Monday night, delivering an energetic and combative hourlong speech in Central Florida meant to demonstrate his recovery from COVID-19 and resuscitate his faltering reelection campaign. Trump portrayed his illness... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People
Health
CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People

NEW YORK — The link between extra pounds and severe COVID-19 grew stronger as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people who are merely overweight, not just the obese, may be at high risk of serious... Read More

No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says
Congress
No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi quashed talk of a separate bill to mitigate airline industry layoffs without also aiding other industries and households and funding for schools, nationwide COVID-19 testing and more. “There is no stand-alone bill without a bigger... Read More

Now a COVID-19 Hot Spot, White House Struggles to Work
White House
Now a COVID-19 Hot Spot, White House Struggles to Work

WASHINGTON — In a tableau befitting a surreal election season, there may be more raccoons around the White House than actual staff now — and a president with COVID-19 who insisted on marching around the building Wednesday rather than stay... Read More

House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure
Pentagon
House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. spy chief expressed concerns about U.S. national security Tuesday after news broke that most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after coming in contact... Read More

In Wisconsin, Trump’s Economic Edge is Blunted by COVID
2020 Elections
In Wisconsin, Trump’s Economic Edge is Blunted by COVID

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Shawn Quella can quickly rattle off a litany of economic challenges in his home state: the spike in unemployment this spring as the coronavirus spread, the favorite restaurants that have shut down, local retailers that struggle to... Read More

FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance
Health
FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration issued long-awaited guidance Tuesday on the data it expects from drug companies seeking emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting White House pressure for lower standards intended to push out vaccines quickly. The 18-page... Read More

Immigration Detention Centers Are Emptying Out as the US Cites Coronavirus for Deportations
Immigration
Immigration Detention Centers Are Emptying Out as the US Cites Coronavirus for Deportations

DALLAS — The Pakistani immigrant was desperate. COVID-19 was spreading through the Prairieland compound, an isolated immigrant detention center about an hour southwest of Dallas. The diabetic man’s time in the facility became too much. He made a tough decision:... Read More

Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
Economy
Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
2020-10-06 21:22:56
by Dan McCue

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

Trump Returns to White House, Doctors Say He ‘May Not Entirely Be Out of the Woods’
White House
Trump Returns to White House, Doctors Say He ‘May Not Entirely Be Out of the Woods’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House on Monday night, three days after he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and hours after his doctors warned that they won’t... Read More

COVID-19’s Effect on the Trumps May Not Be Known for a Week or Two, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says
Political News
COVID-19’s Effect on the Trumps May Not Be Known for a Week or Two, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says

BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump revealed early Friday morning that they have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. All the same rules about isolating and the risks of the virus apply... Read More

Trump Stages Drive-By for Supporters After Doctors Disclose More Serious Symptoms
Political News
Trump Stages Drive-By for Supporters After Doctors Disclose More Serious Symptoms

WASHINGTON — President Trump, hospitalized with COVID-19, received supplemental oxygen on Saturday — a previously undisclosed episode — and is being treated with a powerful steroid amid indications that his lungs may have suffered some damage, the White House physician... Read More

Trump Campaign Manager Stepien Tests Positive for COVID-19
In The News
Trump Campaign Manager Stepien Tests Positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, becoming the latest associate of the president to become infected with the disease, spokesman Tim Murtaugh said late Friday Stepien was promoted to run the... Read More

Post-COVID-19 Clinics Get Jump-start From Patients With Lingering Illness
In The News
Post-COVID-19 Clinics Get Jump-start From Patients With Lingering Illness

Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went home in early June. But he’s far from over the disease, still suffering from limited endurance, shortness of breath and hands that can be stiff and swollen. “Before COVID,... Read More

Corralling the Facts on Herd Immunity
Health
Corralling the Facts on Herd Immunity

For a term that’s at least 100 years old, “herd immunity” has gained new life in 2020. It starred in many headlines last month, when reports surfaced that a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and adviser to... Read More

What We Know About the Airborne Spread of the Coronavirus
Health
What We Know About the Airborne Spread of the Coronavirus

The federal government did a quick pivot on the threat of the coronavirus spreading through the air, changing a key piece of guidance over the weekend. On Sept. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that tiny airborne... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
2020-10-02 19:22:37
by Dan McCue

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

Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
Congress
Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
2020-10-02 15:00:21
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan resolution introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Chuck Grassly, R-Iowa, would designate Oct. 5-9 “Malnutrition Awareness Week.” Malnutrition is a significant problem in the United States and results from eating a diet which does not... Read More

CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
In The News
CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
2020-10-02 14:49:31
by Sara Wilkerson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for fall holiday celebrations. As part of the recommendations, the CDC ranked traditional celebratory activities for Halloween and other fall holidays to help Americans celebrate the autumn season safely amid... Read More

Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support
U.S. Senate
Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support

WASHINGTON — Six Senate Republicans, including five facing tight reelection races this fall, voted with Democrats on Thursday on a procedural vote on legislation to block the Trump administration from intervening in a lawsuit to overturn the 2010 health care... Read More

Trump Supreme Court Pick Already Ruled on Pending Obamacare Case — in a Moot Exercise
Supreme Court
Trump Supreme Court Pick Already Ruled on Pending Obamacare Case — in a Moot Exercise

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has already weighed in on one of the most significant and controversial cases it is scheduled to consider this fall — albeit in a mock exercise.... Read More

Trump and First Lady Test Positive for COVID-19 After Close Aide Becomes Ill
Political News
Trump and First Lady Test Positive for COVID-19 After Close Aide Becomes Ill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, shortly after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had fallen ill with the coronavirus. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested... Read More

Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’
U.S. Senate
Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON - Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has rattled the Senate cage, exercising a right every senator has -- though one rarely utilized -- in an effort to put Republicans on defense on health care in the home stretch of... Read More

Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote
Economy
Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered a $1.62 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal in talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, offering more state and local assistance than GOP negotiators have to-date in a sign of potential progress toward a... Read More

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