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Moderna Vaccine Found Highly Effective at Preventing COVID
Health
Moderna Vaccine Found Highly Effective at Preventing COVID

Moderna Inc. said its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5% effective in a preliminary analysis of a large late-stage clinical trial, another sign that a fast-paced hunt by scientists and pharmaceutical companies is paying off with potent new tools that could help control... Read More

Wyoming Governor Directs CARES Act Funds to Assist Residents Seeking Health Insurance
State News
Wyoming Governor Directs CARES Act Funds to Assist Residents Seeking Health Insurance
2020-11-16 19:02:19
by Sean Trambley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon recently directed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to assist Wyoming residents in signing up for health insurance. Governor Gordon allocated $600,000 for the effort, which will be directed to the... Read More

Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
2020-11-16 19:00:38
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Anthony G. Brown, D-Md., Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., have introduced the Africa Foreign Relations, International Cooperation, and Assistance Act, H.R. 8186, to enhance security and economic partnerships between the United States... Read More

Kind Finds Federal Funding for Wisconsin Telehealth Services and Distance Learning
Health
Kind Finds Federal Funding for Wisconsin Telehealth Services and Distance Learning
2020-11-16 18:56:36
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., announced nearly $2,000,000 in grants to support telehealth services and distance learning in Wisconsin.  The grants, approved by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, were awarded to St. Vincent Hospital and the... Read More

'We Are The Firewall.' Senate Republicans Prepare to Make a Stand in Georgia
Political News
'We Are The Firewall.' Senate Republicans Prepare to Make a Stand in Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia Republicans still aren't acknowledging President-elect Joe Biden's victory. But they are raising the specter of his incoming administration's agenda to rally conservatives ahead of the high-stakes Jan. 5 runoffs. At a joint event Friday, U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue promoted the same message about the battle for control... Read More

A Season of Disappointment and Depression as COVID-19 Rages Into Holidays
Economy
A Season of Disappointment and Depression as COVID-19 Rages Into Holidays

LOS ANGELES — Business is booming for Maria Mir. Under normal circumstances, she takes little time off in November and December; the holidays are her busy season. But this is 2020. Nothing is normal. And everyone seems to need her at once.... Read More

Cuomo Threatens Trump With Legal Action Over Vaccine Distribution Plan
State News
Cuomo Threatens Trump With Legal Action Over Vaccine Distribution Plan

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeated his threat to sue the Trump administration as he invoked Martin Luther King, Jr. during Sunday remarks about the COVID outbreak at historic Riverside Church in Manhattan. "The Rev. Dr. King, who spoke in this magnificent church, said of all... Read More

Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA
Immigration
Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which... Read More

ASEAN, China, Other Partners Sign World's Biggest Trade Pact
Trade
ASEAN, China, Other Partners Sign World's Biggest Trade Pact

China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of... Read More

Trump Seems to Acknowledge Biden Win, But He Won't Concede
2020 Elections
Trump Seems to Acknowledge Biden Win, But He Won't Concede

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House, but made clear he would not concede and would keep trying to overturn the election result. Trump's statements... Read More

Violent Clashes in DC After Trump Backers' Election Protest
2020 Elections
Violent Clashes in DC After Trump Backers' Election Protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — After several thousand supporters of President Donald Trump protested the election results and marched to the Supreme Court, nighttime clashes with counterdemonstrators led to fistfights, at least one stabbing and more than 20 arrests. Several other cities... Read More

Republicans Face Court Setbacks, Trump Law Firm Steps Down
State News
Republicans Face Court Setbacks, Trump Law Firm Steps Down

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania... Read More

Preparations for Inauguration Continue at Capitol Despite COVID Uncertainty
In The News
Preparations for Inauguration Continue at Capitol Despite COVID Uncertainty
2020-11-13 21:29:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite known unknowns including when the 2020 presidential election will definitively end and what the status of the coronavirus pandemic will be at the time, preparations for the 59th inaugural ceremonies continues apace on the West Front of... Read More

New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
Congress
New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
2020-11-13 21:25:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - They came from Texas and Colorado and New York and New Mexico. Some came in family SUVs, others in taxi cabs. But what they had in common as they arrived at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on a... Read More

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics
Opinions
Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

Alito: COVID Crisis Has Been a ‘Constitutional Stress Test’
Supreme Court
Alito: COVID Crisis Has Been a ‘Constitutional Stress Test’
2020-11-13 20:27:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., told the Federalist Society in a keynote address Thursday night the coronavirus pandemic has led to "previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty." "I am not diminishing the severity of the virus's threat to... Read More

Concord Coalition Weighs U.S. Deficit Against Pandemic’s Effect on Health Care Policy
Think Tanks
Concord Coalition Weighs U.S. Deficit Against Pandemic’s Effect on Health Care Policy
2020-11-13 15:41:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - With over 10.5 million Americans so far infected with COVID-19, the U.S. health care system’s focus has understandably been on strategies for combating the virus. Yet when the nation is finally able to shift back to handling longer-term... Read More

Blumenthal, Tillis Help Veterans With Legal Claims Against VA
In The News
Blumenthal, Tillis Help Veterans With Legal Claims Against VA
2020-11-13 14:59:08
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., members of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, introduced the Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs... Read More

Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, Poised to Break Stereotypes
Political News
Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, Poised to Break Stereotypes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the Biden White House, the first lady wants to keep her job teaching and the second gentleman plans to quit his law firm to support the vice president’s career. When it comes to political marriages,... Read More

Some Big, Early Shifts on Immigration Expected Under Biden
Immigration
Some Big, Early Shifts on Immigration Expected Under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump's most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were... Read More

White House Leaves Stimulus to Congress after Months of Impasse
Economy
White House Leaves Stimulus to Congress after Months of Impasse

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is stepping back from negotiations on a new stimulus package and leaving it up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to revive long-stalled talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to people familiar with the situation. While the White House probably... Read More

Trump Loyalists Hit with New Wave of Coronavirus After Election Party
White House
Trump Loyalists Hit with New Wave of Coronavirus After Election Party

WASHINGTON — A new wave of people in Donald Trump's orbit — including longtime adviser Corey Lewandowski and Republican lobbyist Jeff Miller — have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending an election night party at the White House. It's unclear if either of them contracted the virus... Read More

Trump, Still Out of Sight, Focuses on His Own Future as Pandemic Worsens
2020 Elections
Trump, Still Out of Sight, Focuses on His Own Future as Pandemic Worsens

WASHINGTON — More than a week after his stinging electoral defeat, President Donald Trump spent another day secluded in the White House on Thursday feverishly tweeting, watching television and telephoning allies — focused more on his own future than governing the nation as it struggles... Read More

Pa. Appellate Court Sides With Trump in Fight Over ID Deadlines for Voters
2020 Elections
Pa. Appellate Court Sides With Trump in Fight Over ID Deadlines for Voters

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appellate court handed President Donald Trump's campaign a minor victory Thursday, barring counties from including in their final vote tallies a small pool of mail ballots from people who had failed to provide required ID by a Monday deadline. In a... Read More

Georgia to Decide Senate Control — And Shape of Biden Presidency
State News
Georgia to Decide Senate Control — And Shape of Biden Presidency

ATLANTA — Georgia has unexpectedly become host to a one-state referendum on a national question — Which party should control the U.S. Senate? — and the outcome will likely shape the ambitions of Joe Biden's presidency as well as his party's future. Money, media and political... Read More

Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say
Cybersecurity
Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say

WASHINGTON — State and federal election officials, along with experts in the private sector, said they had "utmost confidence in the security and integrity" of the Nov. 3 vote, as President Donald Trump continues to make unfounded claims of fraud and key security officials involved... Read More

Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave
Cybersecurity
Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave

WASHINGTON — Key officials at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are stepping down or expecting to get fired from their roles as President Donald Trump continues to question the results of the Nov. 3 election, saying he was the victim of a fraudulent voting process.... Read More

Is Trump Directing the GSA to Decline to Call Joe Biden the President-Elect?
2020 Elections
Is Trump Directing the GSA to Decline to Call Joe Biden the President-Elect?

WASHINGTON — The General Services Administration has missed a deadline to say whether the decision to not recognize President-elect Joe Biden is at the personal direction of outgoing President Donald Trump. Three House Democrats wrote to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy on Monday questioning why the agency has not issued an ascertainment that... Read More

Secure Remote Voting Possible for the House, But Opposition Remains
Congress
Secure Remote Voting Possible for the House, But Opposition Remains

WASHINGTON — House members could securely vote remotely from outside the Capitol using technology that already exists, according to a report from Democrats on the House Administration Committee, but there remains stiff opposition to an expansion of remote voting. The House approved temporary rules changes in May... Read More

Trump Campaign Downsizing, Letting Most Staffers Go
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Downsizing, Letting Most Staffers Go

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign is downsizing and letting most of its staffers go this weekend, with the exception of aides who are helping with election-related litigation efforts. Some aides who work at the campaign's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, were informed this week... Read More

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