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Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill

Every day, Joyce Barnes starts work at 7 am. She wraps up at 10 pm to go home. And she’s... Read More

Every day, Joyce Barnes starts work at 7 am. She wraps up at 10 pm to go home. And she’s done this for more than three decades as a home health care worker. One of Joyce’s patients suffered a stroke... Read More

2020-06-02 12:31:14
by Gaspard Le Dem
DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest... Read More

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest and a lingering coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s capital. For the past three nights, the District has been rocked by... Read More

2020-06-01 18:23:49
by Dan McCue
Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't exactly a typical Friday night in what could arguably be described as the "foodie district"... Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't exactly a typical Friday night in what could arguably be described as the "foodie district" of Charleston, South Carolina. But it was something of a barometer of how restaurants are fighting to come back from... Read More

2020-05-29 14:59:11
by Kate Michael
Senators Discuss Solutions to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Issue

WASHINGTON - Long-term care is a topic that hits close to home for many. Nursing homes and facilities providing care... Read More

WASHINGTON - Long-term care is a topic that hits close to home for many. Nursing homes and facilities providing care for people 65 and older are often crowded and understaffed, and care for seniors is even more complicated in the... Read More

2020-05-28 12:49:20
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Help Minorities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Medical and social welfare witnesses told a congressional committee Wednesday that ethnic minorities need an increased effort to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Medical and social welfare witnesses told a congressional committee Wednesday that ethnic minorities need an increased effort to protect them from the devastation of coronavirus. They are dying or losing their jobs in some locations at almost twice... Read More

2020-05-27 19:00:56
by Dan McCue
District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday and... Read More

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday and begin phase one of its reopening process. The details of Bowser's announcement are available here. The mayor said though new... Read More

2020-05-22 19:57:18
by Dan McCue
Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week,... Read More

2020-05-22 13:09:03
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate made a first step Thursday toward new legislation intended specifically to protect elderly people from... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate made a first step Thursday toward new legislation intended specifically to protect elderly people from the ravages of coronavirus. The Senate Special Committee on Aging listened to medical experts’ opinions on measures needed to help... Read More

Will Virus Keep Florida Spectators From Astronaut Launch?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds... Read More

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years. In the age of coronavirus,... Read More

2020-05-20 21:19:39
by Gaspard Le Dem
Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced a $400 million coronavirus relief package on Wednesday that taps into some of the... Read More

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced a $400 million coronavirus relief package on Wednesday that taps into some of the $1.25 billion in funding the state received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. In March, Congress... Read More

2020-05-19 20:21:22
by Gaspard Le Dem
The Coronavirus Is Taking A Toll On The Renewable Energy Sector

The natural world has gotten a boost from the coronavirus pandemic.  With fewer cars on the roads and planes in... Read More

The natural world has gotten a boost from the coronavirus pandemic.  With fewer cars on the roads and planes in the sky, the world has benefited from clearer skies and an unprecedented decline in carbon emissions.  Daily CO2 emissions decreased... Read More

Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine in Case He Gets Coronavirus

President Donald Trump revealed Monday he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine preventatively for coronavirus for nearly two weeks — even though his... Read More

President Donald Trump revealed Monday he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine preventatively for coronavirus for nearly two weeks — even though his own medical experts say the drug can be deadly and should not be administered outside hospital settings. Speaking in the... Read More

Coronavirus Vaccine Within a Year Is ‘Far From a Sure Thing,’ Expert Warns

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus vaccine by year’s end is possible, but not something to “bank on,” a leading public health... Read More

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus vaccine by year’s end is possible, but not something to “bank on,” a leading public health expert warned Sunday as the Trump administration continued to push for swift business reopenings in a bid to revive the... Read More

2020-05-15 13:07:38
by Tom Ramstack
Health Official Warns of Botched COVID-19 Management by Trump

WASHINGTON - A whistleblower on the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus warned Congress Thursday that threats from the disease are... Read More

WASHINGTON - A whistleblower on the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus warned Congress Thursday that threats from the disease are greater than most government officials are willing to admit. The pandemic will “get worse and be prolonged” without a better... Read More

Airlines, Government at Odds Over Passenger ‘Contact Tracing’

WASHINGTON — Two months after lawmakers lamented public health officials’ inability to contact air travelers arriving in the U.S. who... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two months after lawmakers lamented public health officials’ inability to contact air travelers arriving in the U.S. who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, the federal government and airlines are still at odds over who should take... Read More

House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are plowing ahead with a Friday vote on a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief measure, arguing the... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are plowing ahead with a Friday vote on a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief measure, arguing the urgency to act outweighs concerns among rank-and-file lawmakers that the “bold” package described by party leaders isn’t bold enough. Several... Read More

Analysis: We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests

The arrival of COVID-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system, and our grade isn’t... Read More

The arrival of COVID-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system, and our grade isn’t pretty: at least 80,000 dead, 1.3 million infected and 30 million unemployed; nursing homes, prisons and meatpacking plants that have... Read More

An Economic Tsunami Could Thrust Half a Billion People Into Extreme Poverty

RIO DE JANEIRO — It seemed like Silvanah Lima was finally getting ahead. Born and raised in Brazil’s drought-ridden northeast,... Read More

RIO DE JANEIRO — It seemed like Silvanah Lima was finally getting ahead. Born and raised in Brazil’s drought-ridden northeast, she moved with her partner to Rio de Janeiro in 2018, in search of work. He was hired as a... Read More

2020-05-12 19:11:48
by Dan McCue
Fauci Warns Senate Panel of "Really Serious" Consequences to Fast Reopening

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be... Read More

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be "really serious" consequences to states and cities across the United States reopening their economies too quickly. He told the Senate... Read More

2020-05-11 21:54:07
by Dan McCue
White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday told all employees working in the White House that they will now be... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday told all employees working in the White House that they will now be required to wear masks whenever they are in the West Wing. The internal memo, which was distributed to staff members... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Majority Disapprove of Coronavirus Protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according to a new poll that also finds the still-expansive support for such limits — including restaurant closures and stay-at-home orders... Read More

Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk. Sen. Charles... Read More

2020-05-08 14:12:00
by Dan McCue
Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal... Read More

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at... Read More

Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses... Read More

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states did not meet a... Read More

2020-05-07 14:59:45
by Gaspard Le Dem
More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders

WASHINGTON - As state governments weigh their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, religious groups across America have voiced concerns that... Read More

WASHINGTON - As state governments weigh their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, religious groups across America have voiced concerns that lockdown measures could infringe on their constitutional rights. Last month, police broke up a gathering of 16 people at Lighthouse... Read More

Trump Officials Ignored Coronavirus Warnings, Ousted Scientist Says in Complaint

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration health officials repeatedly ignored warnings in January and February about the need for masks and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration health officials repeatedly ignored warnings in January and February about the need for masks and other protective equipment to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak, according to a detailed whistleblower complaint from a senior scientist ousted... Read More

2020-05-06 12:47:10
by Gaspard Le Dem
Researchers Claim Reduced Traffic Caused by Pandemic Could Become Permanent

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has made life harder for Americans, but one of the few upsides of the crisis... Read More

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has made life harder for Americans, but one of the few upsides of the crisis has been a massive reduction of traffic across the country. With fewer cars on the roads, Americans have enjoyed cleaner... Read More

2020-05-06 00:30:15
by Dan McCue
Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus

Like a lot of us, Mark Nathan noticed that no matter how successful a business trip had been, he regularly... Read More

Like a lot of us, Mark Nathan noticed that no matter how successful a business trip had been, he regularly returned home only to fall ill from the bacteria and viruses he encountered on airplanes, in hotel and conference rooms... Read More

2020-05-05 14:56:41
by Tom Ramstack
Restaurants Sue Insurance Companies for Business Losses from Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during... Read More

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during the coronavirus shutdown. The insurance companies say their business interruption policies grant them exemptions for viruses that cause no physical... Read More

2020-05-04 19:28:53
by Kate Michael
Former ’Ebola Czar’ Discusses Administration’s COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON‌ ‌–‌ ‌Ron‌ ‌Klain,‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌Ebola‌ ‌response‌ ‌coordinator‌ ‌from‌ ‌2014‌ ‌to‌ ‌2015,‌ ‌recently spoke‌ ‌to‌ ‌diplomats‌ ‌convened‌ ‌virtually‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌... Read More

WASHINGTON‌ ‌–‌ ‌Ron‌ ‌Klain,‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌Ebola‌ ‌response‌ ‌coordinator‌ ‌from‌ ‌2014‌ ‌to‌ ‌2015,‌ ‌recently spoke‌ ‌to‌ ‌diplomats‌ ‌convened‌ ‌virtually‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Meridian‌ ‌International‌ ‌Center‌ ‌to‌ ‌share‌ ‌his‌ ‌lessons learned‌ ‌about‌ ‌pandemic‌ ‌management‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌ongoing‌ ‌Ebola‌ ‌crisis.‌ ‌ Klain,‌ ‌informally‌ ‌dubbed‌... Read More

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