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2020-03-31 21:22:28
by Dan McCue
Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau, which had already suspended its field operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, has announced... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau, which had already suspended its field operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, has announced it will further postpone those operations at least through April 15. In a written statement, the agency said it made... Read More

2020-03-31 20:43:46
by Tom Ramstack
Price-Gougers‌ ‌Face‌ ‌a‌ ‌Crackdown‌ ‌for‌ ‌Profiting‌ ‌on‌ ‌Coronavirus‌

WASHINGTON‌ ‌-‌ ‌Attorneys‌ ‌general‌ ‌nationwide‌ ‌are‌ ‌joining‌ ‌in‌ ‌urging‌ ‌companies‌ ‌that‌ ‌sell‌ ‌ online to‌ ‌stop‌ ‌price-gougers‌ ‌trying‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌advantage‌... Read More

WASHINGTON‌ ‌-‌ ‌Attorneys‌ ‌general‌ ‌nationwide‌ ‌are‌ ‌joining‌ ‌in‌ ‌urging‌ ‌companies‌ ‌that‌ ‌sell‌ ‌ online to‌ ‌stop‌ ‌price-gougers‌ ‌trying‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌advantage‌ ‌of‌ ‌consumers‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ ‌coronavirus‌ ‌pandemic. They‌ ‌are‌ ‌selling‌ ‌hand‌ ‌sanitizers,‌ ‌aerosol‌ ‌spray‌ ‌disinfectants,‌ ‌surgical‌ ‌masks‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌devices designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌prevent‌... Read More

Google, Oracle and Trump Cases Put on Hold as Supreme Court Responds to Virus

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has put on indefinite hold a major portion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket, including... Read More

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has put on indefinite hold a major portion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket, including a multibillion-dollar clash between software giants Google and Oracle Corp. and cases that could affect President Donald Trump’s reelection chances.... Read More

2020-03-30 16:51:38
by Dan McCue
New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates

New York is postponing its April 28 presidential primary until June 23, a late date that places it at risk... Read More

New York is postponing its April 28 presidential primary until June 23, a late date that places it at risk of forfeiting some of its delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. The reason for the delay, which was... Read More

2020-03-30 16:48:49
by Dan McCue
White House Listens to Disease Experts, Extends Social Distancing Order

WASHINGTON - Presidential Donald Trump announced Sunday that federal social distancing guidelines that were set to expire March 30 will... Read More

WASHINGTON - Presidential Donald Trump announced Sunday that federal social distancing guidelines that were set to expire March 30 will be extended another month, this after aggressive lobbying by his coronavirus task force. In recent days President Trump has repeatedly... Read More

Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says

A federal judge called on the U.S. government to speed the release of migrant children in detention centers to suitable... Read More

A federal judge called on the U.S. government to speed the release of migrant children in detention centers to suitable adult guardians, saying there are serious questions about whether the facilities are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an order... Read More

2020-03-27 22:24:05
by Dan McCue
Two More Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. are the latest members of Congress to test positive for... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. are the latest members of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. The representative from Charleston had already been in self-quarantine after learning from the attending physician of the House... Read More

2020-03-27 20:05:37
by Dan McCue
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently... Read More

Senate Unanimously Passes Massive Coronavirus Aid Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far... Read More

White House, Congress Agree on $2 Trillion Virus Rescue Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently... Read More

2020-03-24 12:54:42
by Dan McCue
DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year, and all restaurants must end dine-in service, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday. Northam announced the new measures as the number... Read More

Virus Concerns Lead to `Public' Meetings Without the Public

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns. Then with... Read More

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns. Then with the public gone, lawmakers made an emergency change to the state's open-meetings law to let all governmental entities meet via... Read More

2020-03-20 16:50:32
by Dan McCue
First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set to impose similar restrictions at the U.S. border with Mexico later today. It was only two months ago President Donald... Read More

Trump Touts Unproven Coronavirus Remedies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, facing a national outcry over the lack of available coronavirus testing and an imminent spike... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, facing a national outcry over the lack of available coronavirus testing and an imminent spike in positive cases, tried to inject some optimism into the situation Thursday, suggesting that two existing drugs may be effective... Read More

Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Could Deliver $3K to Family of Four

The emerging $1 trillion aid package intended to help weather the COVID-19 economic storm appears likely to deliver $1,000 to... Read More

The emerging $1 trillion aid package intended to help weather the COVID-19 economic storm appears likely to deliver $1,000 to every U.S. adult, plus $500 per child, according to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and a GOP senator involved in the drafting.... Read More

White House, Senators to Negotiate $1T Economic Rescue Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's economic team convene Friday on Capitol Hill to launch negotiations with Senate... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's economic team convene Friday on Capitol Hill to launch negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package amid the coronavirus outbreak. It's the biggest effort yet... Read More

2020-03-20 12:55:49
by Dan McCue
House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - The House appears close to adopting new voting procedures on bills in the wake of two members testing... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House appears close to adopting new voting procedures on bills in the wake of two members testing positive for the coronavirus this week. Though the situation is evolving rapidly, as of Thursday afternoon, House Rules Committee Chairman... Read More

2020-03-19 14:44:47
by Dan McCue
Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON  - Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, both said Wednesday they had... Read More

WASHINGTON  - Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, both said Wednesday they had tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, Diaz-Balart, the first to announce his condition, said he first developed symptoms, including... Read More

Kudlow Says Government Could Take Equity Stakes in Companies That Want Aid

WASHINGTON — The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the administration may consider asking for an equity stake... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the administration may consider asking for an equity stake in corporations that want coronavirus aid from taxpayers. “One of the ideas is, if we provide assistance, we might take... Read More

Census Delays All In-Person Counting Efforts Through April 1 Due to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — This year’s census has pulled up all boots on the ground, for now, as the Census Bureau announced... Read More

WASHINGTON — This year’s census has pulled up all boots on the ground, for now, as the Census Bureau announced Wednesday it had suspended field operations for the rest of the month due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Pandemic Ignites Interest in Remote Voting by Congress; McConnell, Pelosi Say No

WASHINGTON — Senators on both sides of the aisle said this week that the chamber is exploring the possibility of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senators on both sides of the aisle said this week that the chamber is exploring the possibility of voting remotely on a third legislative package responding to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that would upend tradition and require... Read More

2020-03-16 16:10:20
by Dan McCue
Federal Agencies Remain Open in DC, OMB Urges ‘Maximum Telework Flexibilities'

WASHINGTON - The Office of Management and Budget on Sunday asked federal agencies in and around the nation's capitol to... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Office of Management and Budget on Sunday asked federal agencies in and around the nation's capitol to offer telework to all eligible employees, the latest in the government's evolving steps to deal with the coronavirus. In a... Read More

Fauci Says Americans Must Be Prepared to Hunker Down More

WASHINGTON — Americans must be ready for more drastic steps to slow the march of the coronavirus pandemic in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Americans must be ready for more drastic steps to slow the march of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. “Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly... Read More

CDC Says US Gatherings of Over 50 People Should Be Put Off

WASHINGTON — In the most extreme effort yet to slow the march of coronavirus in the U.S., the Centers for... Read More

WASHINGTON — In the most extreme effort yet to slow the march of coronavirus in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that events of 50 people or more not be held for about two months. For... Read More

2020-03-16 13:15:06
by Dan McCue
House Strikes Deal With White House, Passes Sweeping Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON - The House passed an emergency spending package in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion Saturday morning, just hours after reaching an... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House passed an emergency spending package in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion Saturday morning, just hours after reaching an agreement with the White House on the next steps in addressing the unfolding coronavirus outbreak. The vote on the 110-page... Read More

Trump’s Stock Market Now Worst Since Double-Recession George W. Bush

WASHINGTON — The return on stocks since Donald Trump’s presidential election win in 2016 has slumped to 24% thanks to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The return on stocks since Donald Trump’s presidential election win in 2016 has slumped to 24% thanks to the historic rout the past three weeks, undercutting what had been a better-than-average gain for American leaders over the past... Read More

Coronavirus Response Puts Administration Weaknesses Under Spotlight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s inattention to detail, distaste for experts, need for validation and belief that he can create... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s inattention to detail, distaste for experts, need for validation and belief that he can create his own set of alternative facts have been hallmarks of his political rise. But after three years in which daily... Read More

2020-03-12 18:58:38
by Dan McCue
McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate's planned recess next week in order to continue working on... Read More

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate's planned recess next week in order to continue working on legislation to address the economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak. "Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be... Read More

Washington State to Restrict Gatherings of More Than 250 People

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the most drastic move yet to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Washington... Read More

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the most drastic move yet to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected Wednesday to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties,... Read More

Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe to US Over ‘Horrible’ Coronavirus Pandemic

President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step Wednesday of announcing a suspension of all travel from Europe to the U.S.... Read More

President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step Wednesday of announcing a suspension of all travel from Europe to the U.S. in an effort to contain the coronavirus, calling the fast-spreading respiratory illness a “horrible” pandemic that requires an “aggressive” response.... Read More

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