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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

Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
Research
Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
2020-11-12 21:36:43
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - In a Georgetown University focus group webinar of voters from Generation Z, the first-time voters expressed their excitement over participating in the democratic process, while at the same time voiced concerns about various influences on the election. The... Read More

Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
State News
Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
2020-11-12 21:20:46
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities.  These... Read More

Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
State News
Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
2020-11-12 21:18:17
by Sean Trambley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon will use CARES Act funding to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas industry. The Energy Rebound Program will utilize up to $15 million in CARES Act funding to... Read More

Sen. Murkowski Unveils Bill Highlighting Benefits to Alaskan Communities
State News
Sen. Murkowski Unveils Bill Highlighting Benefits to Alaskan Communities
2020-11-12 21:16:07
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released her Fiscal Year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act bill.  The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is responsible for funding agencies that are... Read More

Sen. Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act
Veterans
Sen. Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act
2020-11-12 21:11:24
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., celebrated the recent passage of the bipartisan Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, included in a package of veterans’ legislation, the Veterans’ COMPACT Act.  The Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, co-introduced by Sen.... Read More

Bustos Named Steering Committee Co-Chair, DeLauro Making Bid for Appropriations
Congress
Bustos Named Steering Committee Co-Chair, DeLauro Making Bid for Appropriations
2020-11-12 13:34:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has been nominated to serve as co-chair of the Democratic caucus' Steering and Policy Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday. Bustos will replace Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, who informed the speaker last... Read More

A Winter Surge in COVID-19 Cases Seems Inevitable. Can We Stop It?
Health
A Winter Surge in COVID-19 Cases Seems Inevitable. Can We Stop It?

Temperatures are dropping, nights are growing longer, the holidays are nearing, and the science is clear: The pandemic is far from over. A long, dark winter awaits. The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States each day has ballooned from... Read More

Michigan Officials Debunk Trump Dead Voter Claim
State News
Michigan Officials Debunk Trump Dead Voter Claim

DETROIT — President Donald Trump's campaign filed a second lawsuit in Michigan on Tuesday seeking to stop the state's canvassing and certification of ballots, but the state's chief elections official and attorney general defended the election results. The Trump campaign filed the case in federal... Read More

2 White House Aides and Guest of Giuliani Test Positive for Coronavirus
White House
2 White House Aides and Guest of Giuliani Test Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — At least three more people in President Donald Trump's orbit — including White House political director Brian Jack — have tested positive for coronavirus, widening the latest outbreak to ravage the West Wing. Jack, who attended Trump's election night event in the East Room of the White House,... Read More

CDC Declares Masks Also Protect Wearers from COVID-19
Health
CDC Declares Masks Also Protect Wearers from COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says masks, even cloth ones, protect wearers from catching, as well as spreading, the coronavirus. Yes, this is the same national health agency that initially said masks do not safeguard the general... Read More

Biden Selects Longtime Aide Ron Klain as Chief of Staff
Political News
Biden Selects Longtime Aide Ron Klain as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden named longtime aide Ron Klain, who played a leading role during the economic and public health crises of the Obama administration, as his White House chief of staff. Klain will manage the incoming White House through a pandemic that is surging across the... Read More

Only 10,000 Pa. Mail Ballots Arrived After Election Day — Far Too Few to Change the Result if Tossed
State News
Only 10,000 Pa. Mail Ballots Arrived After Election Day — Far Too Few to Change the Result if Tossed

PHILADELPHIA — The vote counting continues. Even after races are called, even after the world's eyes turn from Pennsylvania, workers are continuing to count ballots. Many of the remaining ballots are the slowest or most difficult to count because they have various... Read More

How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'
2020 Elections
How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'

WASHINGTON — Unlike in 2018, this year's "green wave" of Democratic money didn't produce a "blue wave" of victories, thanks in part to a super PAC that helped Republicans close the spending gap. Congressional Leadership Fund, a group aligned with House GOP leadership, spent more... Read More

Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure
Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
2020-11-12 12:56:48
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are leading a bipartisan, bicameral call for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include funding for Upper Mississippi water infrastructure... Read More

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