Health

Contact Tracing Hampered by Testing Delays, Unanswered Phone Calls — and Lack of Trust
Health
Contact Tracing Hampered by Testing Delays, Unanswered Phone Calls — and Lack of Trust

WASHINGTON — Contact tracing may be the last, best hope short of a vaccine to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. But the time-tested method of containing infectious diseases has been hobbled by testing delays, a lack of money... Read More

CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
Education
CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
2020-07-24 17:39:48
by Dan McCue

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

At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
Innovation
At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
2020-07-24 17:26:29
by Dan McCue

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

The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence
Health
The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence

Remember when you decided against a trip to the dog park, a meet-up at a sports bar, or a visit to your sister’s house? New research shows that such social distancing decisions mattered back in April, when the coronavirus was... Read More

GOP Stimulus Plan Bogged Down Despite Agreement with White House
Economy
GOP Stimulus Plan Bogged Down Despite Agreement with White House

WASHINGTON — Lingering differences among Senate Republicans and the White House stalled the rollout of their proposal for another pandemic relief package, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the $1 trillion GOP plan won’t be ready until Monday. Lawmakers had... Read More

What Happens to the US Economy if the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends?
Economy
What Happens to the US Economy if the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends?

WASHINGTON — When the COVID-19 pandemic first drove the country into lockdown and tens of millions of workers lost their jobs, Congress voted to add $600 a week to whatever individual states paid in unemployment insurance. That extra money was... Read More

Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package
Political News
Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and the Trump administration expect to unveil their COVID-19 relief plan Thursday after reaching agreement on key pieces late Wednesday. That package will no longer be one bill but a series of bills addressing the ongoing... Read More

District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
Health
District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
2020-07-22 18:57:32
by Dan McCue

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

Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
Travel
Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
2020-07-22 17:23:01
by Dan McCue

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

Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
Congress
Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
2020-07-22 17:19:38
by Dan McCue

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

Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
U.S. Senate
Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
2020-07-22 13:28:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Scammers who cheat desperate consumers out of money during the coronavirus pandemic prompted calls for federal legislation to crack down on them during a Senate hearing Tuesday. The proposals would set new standards for data privacy, penalize price-gougers... Read More

Biden Calls for Overhauling the Nation’s Caregiving System to Boost the Economy
2020 Elections
Biden Calls for Overhauling the Nation’s Caregiving System to Boost the Economy

Joe Biden proposed on Tuesday a $775 billion overhaul of the nation’s caregiving system, efforts that he argued will create 3 million jobs while freeing up millions of people — largely women and people of color — to enter the... Read More

With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?
Economy
With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday said they will include a new round of coronavirus stimulus payments in the upcoming pandemic relief bill, dramatically increasingly the likelihood that more checks will go out to help Americans combat the economic effects... Read More

Coronavirus Infections Far Exceed Reported Cases, CDC Estimates
Health
Coronavirus Infections Far Exceed Reported Cases, CDC Estimates

Far more people were infected with the novel coronavirus than previously reported in several corners of the U.S., according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency conducted a survey looking at antibodies to... Read More

Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
Political News
Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
2020-07-22 12:53:24
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Nurses from National Nurses United gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning to honor the lives of fellow health care workers who have died from the coronavirus, and to urge Congress to pass legislation to protect them... Read More

Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
Military
Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
2020-07-21 19:50:21
by Dan McCue

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

McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
Congress
McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
2020-07-21 17:43:23
by Dan McCue

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

Jacksonville Sheriff Says He Won’t Be Able to Keep the GOP Convention Safe
In The News
Jacksonville Sheriff Says He Won’t Be Able to Keep the GOP Convention Safe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will be unable to keep the Republican National Convention safe when it comes to the city next month, Sheriff Mike Williams said in a frank interview with local news outlets Monday afternoon. Right... Read More

Trump, Congress Square Off Over Virus Aid as Crisis Worsens
Political News
Trump, Congress Square Off Over Virus Aid as Crisis Worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged a “big flareup” of COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans and differences with Democrats posed fresh challenges for a new federal aid package with the U.S. crisis worsening and emergency... Read More

Poll: Pandemic Hurting Americans' Finances in Disparate Ways
Economy
Poll: Pandemic Hurting Americans' Finances in Disparate Ways

BURTON, Mich. (AP) — Crystal and Chris Martin put off some payments on their home in this blue-collar town near Flint and are pinching pennies to make ends meet until they return to work. In Windsor, Connecticut, Anne Druce's family... Read More

EU Nations Clinch $2.1T Budget, Virus Aid Deal After 4 Days
Economy
EU Nations Clinch $2.1T Budget, Virus Aid Deal After 4 Days

BRUSSELS (AP) — Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented 1.82 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over... Read More

FDA Authorizes Use Of Batch Testing for COVID-19 As Labs Hit Major Delays
Health
FDA Authorizes Use Of Batch Testing for COVID-19 As Labs Hit Major Delays
2020-07-20 20:17:48
by Gaspard Le Dem

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Quest Diagnostics, an American clinical laboratory, to start processing COVID-19 tests in batches in an effort to speed up testing amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases. The technique, called specimen pooling,... Read More

Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
State News
Cuomo, N.Y. Task Force Head to Georgia to Help in COVID-19 Fight
2020-07-20 19:49:27
by Dan McCue

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

New Dem Coalition Calls for Coronavirus Relief Tied to Economic Conditions
Congress
New Dem Coalition Calls for Coronavirus Relief Tied to Economic Conditions
2020-07-20 18:03:05
by Dan McCue

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

Trump Says He’ll Sign Health, Immigration Plans in Coming Weeks
Political News
Trump Says He’ll Sign Health, Immigration Plans in Coming Weeks

Donald Trump said he plans to approve a health care plan, an immigration plan and “various other plans” in coming weeks as polls show the president trailing Democrat Joe Biden. “Nobody will have done what I’m doing in the next... Read More

Texas Readies Morgue Trucks in Preparation for Virus Death Surge
Texas
Texas Readies Morgue Trucks in Preparation for Virus Death Surge

Along the Texas coast outside Corpus Christi, Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales surveyed the sandy Gulf of Mexico beaches packed with swimmers and sunbathers, just the way they are every summer. Then she went back to her office to order... Read More

Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court
State News
Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration went to court Thursday seeking to block Atlanta from enacting coronavirus restrictions and requiring residents to wear masks, setting up a legal showdown between the state and local governments over efforts to contain... Read More

UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research
Intelligence
UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research

Russian state intelligence is hacking international research centers that are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.K., U.S. and Canadian governments said. It is unclear whether research facilities have been damaged or if the vaccine programs have been set... Read More

Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
2020-07-17 14:32:21
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... Read More

Small Businesses Ask for More Aid to Ward Off COVID’s Economic Disaster
Congress
Small Businesses Ask for More Aid to Ward Off COVID’s Economic Disaster
2020-07-17 14:28:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Small business representatives made a plea to Congress Thursday for assistance in getting Americans back to work after millions of workers lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. They said that without financial assistance and retraining of the... Read More

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