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In Georgia, Warnock Brings Faith and Activism to the Arena
State News
In Georgia, Warnock Brings Faith and Activism to the Arena

ATLANTA (AP) — In 2008, when Barack Obama was under fire for a sermon his former pastor delivered years earlier, the aspiring president distanced himself from the preacher’s fiery words that channeled Black Americans’ anger over racism. The Rev. Raphael... Read More

UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears
Foreign Affairs
UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears

LONDON (AP) — Trucks waiting to get in and out of Britain backed up for miles and people were stranded at airports Monday as many countries imposed stringent travel restrictions over concerns about a new strain of the coronavirus that... Read More

Congress Seals Agreement on $900 Billion COVID Relief Bill
Congress
Congress Seals Agreement on $900 Billion COVID Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. The package,... Read More

Congress Tries to Keep Live Entertainment Alive
Entertainment
Congress Tries to Keep Live Entertainment Alive
2020-12-18 22:19:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress is trying to make sure the lights don’t go dark on Broadway any longer than necessary as the coronavirus pandemic devastates the live entertainment industry. Since quarantine shut down much of the industry last March, actors, singers,... Read More

Congress Passes Two-day Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown and Keep Relief Bill Talks Going
Congress
Congress Passes Two-day Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown and Keep Relief Bill Talks Going
2020-12-18 22:08:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate on Friday evening passed a two-day, stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown and provide negotiators additional time to resolve differences over a longer-term appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package. The House passed... Read More

Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
Cybersecurity
Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
2020-12-18 21:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is urging House leadership to schedule a classified, bipartisan briefing for members of Congress regarding the recently revealed cyberattack on the networks of the federal government and major American companies. The attack is widely... Read More

Holiday Happenings DC-Style
In The News
Holiday Happenings DC-Style
2020-12-18 21:47:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While there are few things in life that can easily be covered by sweeping generalities, one thing that can be said with some certainty is that thanks to the stubbornness of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people... Read More

Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-18 20:05:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence, began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Friday, part of an effort to ensure the continuity of the government and reassure hesitant... Read More

New Report Reveals Massive Company Migration to Cloud Services
Business
New Report Reveals Massive Company Migration to Cloud Services
2020-12-18 19:47:38
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from Information Services Group, a leading global technology research and advisory firm, reveals that cloud-based information-technology use increased dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced companies to transition to work-at-home environments. Cloud providers like... Read More

Inslee Announces Equity Package in Washington State Budget
State News
Inslee Announces Equity Package in Washington State Budget
2020-12-18 19:43:53
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., announced his $365 million equity package that is part of his 2021-2023 state budget proposal. The equity package announcement is part of the governor’s weeklong policy rollout initiatives that will be a part... Read More

Visit By COVID-Infected Official Shutters Washington Monument
National Parks
Visit By COVID-Infected Official Shutters Washington Monument
2020-12-18 18:20:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The interior of the Washington Monument will be temporarily closed to visitors over exposure concerns from an earlier visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the coronavirus. The National Park Service initially said... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
2020-12-18 17:58:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to President Donald Trump's plan to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count as premature. Trump's insistence that illegal immigrants be excluded from the count could... Read More

Shutdown Deadline Looms Over COVID-19 Relief Talks
Congress
Shutdown Deadline Looms Over COVID-19 Relief Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bearing down on a midnight shutdown deadline, top negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package are committed to sealing an agreement Friday as they resolve remaining differences in hopes of passing the legislation... Read More

Lawmakers Lay Blame for Opioid Epidemic on Purdue Pharma
Prescription Drugs
Lawmakers Lay Blame for Opioid Epidemic on Purdue Pharma
2020-12-18 16:01:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress lashed into the Sackler family Thursday for its pharmaceutical company’s role in promoting a painkiller blamed for killing about 230,000 Americans. Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee said the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma... Read More

Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
Health
Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
2020-12-18 15:58:45
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, introduced legislation in the House to authorize a public advocacy campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccine participation and provide science-backed information to the public. Joined by Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Roger Marshall, R-Kan.,... Read More

Man-Made Chemicals Could Affect Your COVID Response, Vaccine Results
Health
Man-Made Chemicals Could Affect Your COVID Response, Vaccine Results
2020-12-18 15:53:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals known to have a toxic effect on the immune system. PFAS like PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and others are manufactured and used in a variety of industries worldwide, including products for... Read More

N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests
State News
N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests

New Jersey legislators approved three bills Thursday that radically change how the state approaches drug use involving marijuana. The state’s Senate and Assembly voted first to create a new and legal marijuana industry from scratch and called for new regulations... Read More

Split-Ticket Voters Helped Biden Win Georgia. Can They Aid The GOP in The Runoffs?
State News
Split-Ticket Voters Helped Biden Win Georgia. Can They Aid The GOP in The Runoffs?

ATLANTA — A defunct county located in what’s now the heart of Atlanta’s fast-changing northern suburbs offers a glimpse into a challenge facing Democrats — and a potential bright spot for Republicans — in the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs. In... Read More

Trump’s Veto Threat on Defense Bill Tests Republican Loyalty
Pentagon
Trump’s Veto Threat on Defense Bill Tests Republican Loyalty

WASHINGTON — A Senate vote on overriding President Donald Trump’s expected veto of a massive defense bill may prove to be a final test of the Republican party’s loyalty to the commander-in-chief. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the... Read More

Kansas Republican Icon Bob Dole: ‘The Election is Over and Biden Will be President’
Political News
Kansas Republican Icon Bob Dole: ‘The Election is Over and Biden Will be President’

WASHINGTON — Former Republican presidential nominee and Kansas political icon Bob Dole said Thursday the election has been decided, whether President Donald Trump accepts the outcome or not. “The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president on January... Read More

US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump to Highest in Three Months
Economy
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump to Highest in Three Months

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped to the highest level in three months, suggesting the labor market’s recovery is faltering amid the surge in COVID-19 cases and widening business restrictions. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose... Read More

US Cybersecurity Agency Warns of 'Grave' Threat from Hack
Cybercrime
US Cybersecurity Agency Warns of 'Grave' Threat from Hack

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's top cybersecurity agency on Thursday issued its most urgent warning yet about a sophisticated and extensive computer breach, saying it posed a "grave risk" to cyber networks maintained by governments, utilities and the private sector... Read More

US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development
State News
US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move announced Thursday that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country's largest network of wetlands could be at risk... Read More

Winter Travel Raises More Fears of Viral Spread
Travel
Winter Travel Raises More Fears of Viral Spread

Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in COVID-19 cases. In the U.S., AAA predicts that... Read More

Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General Get COVID-19 Vaccines
Health
Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General Get COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. He celebrated the shot as “a medical miracle” that could eventually contain the raging coronavirus... Read More

Snags on COVID-19 Relief May Force Weekend Sessions
Political News
Snags on COVID-19 Relief May Force Weekend Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a hurry up and wait moment on Capitol Hill as congressional negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package struggled through a handful of remaining snags on Thursday. The holdups mean a weekend... Read More

2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement
Health
2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, paving the way for the shot to be added to the U.S. vaccination campaign. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation for the... Read More

Reps. Sewell, Reed Push Legislation to Expand New Markets Tax Credit
Rural
Reps. Sewell, Reed Push Legislation to Expand New Markets Tax Credit
2020-12-17 20:29:46
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y., introduced the New Markets Stabilization Act, bipartisan legislation that will preserve access to the New Markets Tax Credit for underserved communities.  “Historically underserved communities have faced tremendous economic... Read More

Legislation to Protect and Increase Sustainable Retirement Investment
Senior Citizens
Legislation to Protect and Increase Sustainable Retirement Investment
2020-12-17 20:26:36
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, Andy Levin, D-Mich., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., sponsored the Sustainable Investment Policy Act and the Retirees Sustainable Investment Policies Act, two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting and increasing sustainable investments. The... Read More

Biden Poised to Select North Carolina's Michael Regan to lead EPA
EPA
Biden Poised to Select North Carolina's Michael Regan to lead EPA
2020-12-17 20:23:09
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Michael Regan, the top environmental regulator in North Carolina, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to head the agency.... Read More

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