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Coronavirus Quarantine Site in Washington State is Ready — But So Far, the Rooms are Empty
Health
Coronavirus Quarantine Site in Washington State is Ready — But So Far, the Rooms are Empty

SEATTLE — Off Interstate 90 east of North Bend, through a winding, twisting road with blind turns and a gated entrance, sits the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy. The sprawling site features a multilevel building with burn pits, a... Read More

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections
State News
Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections

RICHMOND, Va. — Advocates for people who identify as LGBTQ cheered Thursday as Virginia’s General Assembly passed comprehensive legislation protecting them from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces. “This is a historic day and bright moment for the whole... Read More

Interior Moves to Speed Energy Development on Formerly Protected Utah Land
State News
Interior Moves to Speed Energy Development on Formerly Protected Utah Land

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump drew the ire of tribes and environmentalists when he issued proclamations in December 2017 significantly reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments, two sites designated by previous Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton... Read More

A Doctor’s Death Could Break Chinese People’s Trust in Their Government
Health
A Doctor’s Death Could Break Chinese People’s Trust in Their Government

BEIJING — He appeared on social media, a solitary man in a surgical mask, warning of a deadly virus. The Chinese government moved to downplay the emergency, but Dr. Li Wenliang’s insistence that an epidemic was coming turned him into... Read More

The Trump vs. Pelosi Feud Just Got Worse. Can Washington Get Anything Else Done?
Political News
The Trump vs. Pelosi Feud Just Got Worse. Can Washington Get Anything Else Done?

WASHINGTON — Any semblance of a working relationship between Washington’s two most powerful political leaders disintegrated perhaps beyond repair this week, leaving doubts about whether Congress and the White House will be able to accomplish anything in this election year.... Read More

Amid Irregularities, AP Unable to Declare Winner in Iowa
2020 Elections
Amid Irregularities, AP Unable to Declare Winner in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Associated Press said Thursday that it is unable to declare a winner of Iowa's Democratic caucuses. Following the Iowa Democratic Party's release of new results late Thursday night, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete... Read More

Luria Joins Effort to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination
Employment
Luria Joins Effort to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination
2020-02-06 22:15:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Americans are working more and longer than ever, yet age discrimination worries often give older workers a lack of confidence in being able to keep their jobs or find new ones.  That’s why the House threw its bipartisan... Read More

Defense Contractors Promise Innovations to Keep US Ahead of Foreign Adversaries
Military
Defense Contractors Promise Innovations to Keep US Ahead of Foreign Adversaries
2020-02-06 21:59:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Defense contractors urged Congress Wednesday to increase spending on new military technology as the Trump administration prepares to release its proposed defense budget for fiscal 2021 next week. They described current U.S. military efforts at developing innovative technologies... Read More

States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
Litigation
States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
2020-02-06 21:55:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 27 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the... Read More

Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Benefits for Veteran Firefighters
Congress
Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Benefits for Veteran Firefighters
2020-02-06 21:50:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., believes veteran firefighters should receive fair retirement and health care benefits that better accord to their service to their country. Toward that end, she’s introduced H.R. 5637, the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act.... Read More

With No Front-Runner Emerging, Late-Voting States Poised to Play a Bigger Role
2020 Elections
With No Front-Runner Emerging, Late-Voting States Poised to Play a Bigger Role

PHILADELPHIA — A split winner seems to be emerging from Iowa, where results were still slowly trickling in Wednesday, two days after votes were cast. And in a series of upcoming contests, polling suggests different candidates could come out on... Read More

Majority of Election Sites in Battleground States Lack Validation, McAfee Finds
2020 Elections
Majority of Election Sites in Battleground States Lack Validation, McAfee Finds

WASHINGTON — A vast majority of election-related websites operated by local governments in battleground states lack a key feature that would help distinguish them from those run by commercial entities or criminal hackers — a site that ends in .gov... Read More

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