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Political Analysts Predict 2020 Outcomes at Economic Club Election Panel
2020 Elections
Political Analysts Predict 2020 Outcomes at Economic Club Election Panel
2020-10-22 20:51:09
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Likely everyone has a personal opinion on the outcome of the upcoming election, but not many are as in-tune with the ins and outs of the current — and historic — political climate as the analysts brought together... Read More

New Survey Shows Low Trump Job Approval, Weak National Confidence
Opinion Polls
New Survey Shows Low Trump Job Approval, Weak National Confidence
2020-10-22 20:40:11
by Sara Wilkerson

Gallup has released a new survey showing President Trump’s job approval rating at 43.3%, marking one of the lowest approval ratings for an incumbent during his 15th quarter in office. The Gallup poll comes ahead of the last presidential debate... Read More

Supreme Court Pumps Brakes On Curbside Voting In Alabama
State News
Supreme Court Pumps Brakes On Curbside Voting In Alabama
2020-10-22 18:57:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court put the brakes on a lower court order that would have allowed curbside voting in Alabama in November. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law... Read More

Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
Social Media
Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
2020-10-22 18:34:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted to subpoena the chief executives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. Thursday over what its chairman called censorship of information potentially embarrassing to presidential candidate Joe Biden. The social media giants limited the sharing... Read More

National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
Media
National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
2020-10-22 18:03:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The BCC microphone used by CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow during his historic broadcast from war-torn London during World War II is taking up temporary residence at the National Press Club this fall. Casey Murrow, the legendary journalist's... Read More

Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will Be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
Voting
Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will Be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
2020-10-22 16:38:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Consider it another sign of an increasing partisan divide -- heading into the final week of the 2020 election cycle, only 4% of registered voters in states with a Senate contest say they will support Donald Trump or... Read More

Senate Committee Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
Supreme Court
Senate Committee Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
2020-10-22 15:10:09
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly guaranteeing she will be confirmed by a vote of the full Republican-controlled Senate. “How could anybody in their right... Read More

Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
Supreme Court
Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
2020-10-22 14:40:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, despite a Democratic boycott on the hearing. The 12-0 vote by the committee virtually assures... Read More

Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships
U.S. Senate
Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships

WASHINGTON — The Senate's escalating partisan tug-of-war over judicial confirmations has frayed relationships in the chamber for decades, but Thursday's committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett threatens to sever the rope. The vote is expected to unfold as it did for previous judicial nominees... Read More

Trump Enters Final Debate Seeking to Make Up Ground on Biden
Debates
Trump Enters Final Debate Seeking to Make Up Ground on Biden

President Donald Trump has some ground to make up in the final campaign debate Thursday against Democrat Joe Biden after a widely panned performance in a face-off days before he tested positive for coronavirus and ended up in the hospital. But rather than spend... 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

Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say
2020 Elections
Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and are sending disinformation to Americans ahead of Election Day, the leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI warned Wednesday night. The announcement was made during a brief and hastily announced news conference, and it was another reminder of... Read More

'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia
2020 Elections
'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Former President Barack Obama delivered a punishing rebuke of his successor Donald Trump's tenure and a clarion call to supporters for his old running mate Joe Biden at a drive-in rally outside Citizens Bank Park as the sun set Wednesday night. Trump's tone and the misinformation he... Read More

Poll: Biden Draws Even With Trump in Texas; Hegar Closing in on Cornyn in Senate Race
Opinion Polls
Poll: Biden Draws Even With Trump in Texas; Hegar Closing in on Cornyn in Senate Race

AUSTIN, Texas — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has drawn even in Texas with President Donald Trump, and Democrat MJ Hegar is closing in on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Texas voters released Wednesday afternoon. "Biden and Trump find themselves in a Texas standoff, setting the stage for a bare-knuckle... Read More

2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
In The News
2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
2020-10-22 13:32:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Cherry Blossom Festival may still be five months away, but organizers on Wednesday announced the festival parade, long a beloved part of the annual event, has been cancelled for 2021. The reason: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Railroads Asks Senate for Assistance as Pandemic Ravages Their Business
Transportation
Railroads Asks Senate for Assistance as Pandemic Ravages Their Business
2020-10-21 20:30:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak’s president asked Congress for a nearly $5 billion bailout Wednesday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to scare passengers away. The result has been a dramatic drop in fare revenue, furloughs and layoffs for thousands of workers and... Read More

Bootcamp to Begin for First Class of Space Force Recruits
Military
Bootcamp to Begin for First Class of Space Force Recruits
2020-10-21 15:45:19
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO – The military’s newest branch, the United States Space Force, swore in its first recruits Tuesday, Oct. 20. Seven recruits, five men and two women, will commence the force’s inaugural boot camp at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for... 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

Google Monopoly Case by US Sets Stage for Multipronged Attack
Business
Google Monopoly Case by US Sets Stage for Multipronged Attack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc.'s Google in the most significant antitrust case against an American company in two decades, kicking off what promises to be a volley of legal actions against the search giant for allegedly abusing its market power. Google, which... 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

Trump, Stirring Up More Chaos in Final Stretch, May be Exhausting the Voters He Needs
2020 Elections
Trump, Stirring Up More Chaos in Final Stretch, May be Exhausting the Voters He Needs

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - In the final throes of an increasingly daunting reelection campaign, President Donald Trump is revving up his rally schedule and whipping his supporters into a frenzy with the type of nonstop outrage that helped make him the most... 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

Trump Faces Skeptical Court in Fight to Keep Records from House
Political News
Trump Faces Skeptical Court in Fight to Keep Records from House

WASHINGTON - Two of three judges on a Washington appeals court appeared skeptical of President Donald Trump's renewed efforts to prevent accounting firm Mazars USA LLP from turning over his financial records to House Democrats. At a hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals, two judges appointed by... Read More

In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action
Climate
In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action

WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled broad ocean-themed climate legislation, touting the world's oceans as underappreciated tools to combat rising temperatures. "Until today, ocean climate solutions have been mostly out of sight and out of mind in the U.S.," said Jane Lubchenco, who led... Read More

Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half its Cash in September
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half its Cash in September

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's campaign burned through almost half of its cash in September, as his reelection effort cut back on advertising in some key battleground states and he lags in the polls behind his much better-funded Democratic adversary, Joe Biden. The latest... Read More

After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged
State News
After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged

LOS ANGELES - Ballots retrieved from a Baldwin Park drop box that was burned in what authorities say may have been arson have been transferred to the Los Angeles County registrar for sorting and review, officials said Tuesday. County Clerk Dean C. Logan of the registrar's office... Read More

Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 20
2020 Elections
Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 20
2020-10-21 00:29:27
by TWN Staff

POLITICAL ADS New Ads Stress Evers’ Response to COVID Tony for Wisconsin announced a six-figure ad buy in media markets across Wisconsin. “Steady Leadership” promotes Gov. Evers’ leadership in tough times, getting support and supplies to families, farmers, and communities... Read More

McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal
Congress
McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday told fellow Republicans that he has warned the White House not to divide Republicans by sealing a lopsided pre-election COVID-19 relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even as... Read More

Amnesty: Credible Reports Protesters Shot Dead in Nigeria
Foreign Affairs
Amnesty: Credible Reports Protesters Shot Dead in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had fatally shot protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality despite a new curfew going into effect.... Read More

Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
Supreme Court
Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
2020-10-20 22:57:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate will put in a long work session this weekend in a bid to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell has repeatedly said... Read More

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