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The World's Richest King, His Mysterious Fortune and the Protesters who Want Answers
Thailand
The World's Richest King, His Mysterious Fortune and the Protesters who Want Answers

SINGAPORE - The crown prince of Thailand's third marriage unraveled in lurid headlines: The princess was stripped of her titles, her parents and brothers jailed over vague corruption allegations, her uncle purged from his senior police post. Then the heir to the throne... Read More

Emboldened Far-right Groups Challenge Cities, States
In The States
Emboldened Far-right Groups Challenge Cities, States

PORTLAND, Ore. - When wildfires threatened rural Oregon communities last month, another unwelcome phenomenon accompanied them: armed vigilantes blocking entry to outsiders, based on false rumors that protesters had not only started the fires, but also were there to loot the evacuated homes.... Read More

Repeal Obamacare? Once GOP Dogma, It's Now the Party's Albatross
Health
Repeal Obamacare? Once GOP Dogma, It's Now the Party's Albatross

WASHINGTON - Contempt for the Affordable Care Act Obamacare was so central to Sen. Joni Ernst's 2014 election campaign that the Iowa Republican, in a TV ad promising she'd "unload" on the law, pulled out a handgun and fired repeatedly. "Give me a shot," she... Read More

In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community
2020 Elections
In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community
2020-10-16 21:26:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With less than 20 days to go until Election Day 2020, the Biden campaign is engaging in a full-throttled effort to reach out to small business owners across the country. The goal is both to enlist them as... Read More

Carson, Young, Larsen Co-Sponsor National Aviation Center Resolution
Aviation
Carson, Young, Larsen Co-Sponsor National Aviation Center Resolution
2020-10-16 19:36:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Newly proposed legislation by Reps. André Carson, D-Ind., Don Young, R-Alaska, and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., in the House of Representatives would support and promote a national aviation center for research, education and training. The “National Center for the... Read More

Countering China and Unleashing American Innovation on 5G
Think Tanks
Countering China and Unleashing American Innovation on 5G
2020-10-16 19:31:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The term 5G is all over telecommunications these days. It comes with the promise of data speeds up to 100 times faster than current connections and the ability to support devices that will perform functions not yet imaginable.... Read More

Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
Mental Health
Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
2020-10-16 19:28:26
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to addressing the growing crisis of childhood trauma. The announcement... Read More

National Native American Veterans Memorial to Open Near Capitol Hill Nov. 11
Veterans
National Native American Veterans Memorial to Open Near Capitol Hill Nov. 11
2020-10-16 15:40:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol Hill, but come Nov. 11 the site, on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian, will be... Read More

Trump Campaign Seeks to Increase Poll Watchers by Election Day
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Seeks to Increase Poll Watchers by Election Day
2020-10-16 15:21:56
by Sara Wilkerson

With less than three weeks to go until the 2020 presidential election, the Trump campaign is ramping up its efforts to recruit poll watchers for November. Approximately 50,000 poll watchers are projected to be recruited for President Trump’s reelection.  Awareness... Read More

Addressing Food Insecurity and Nutrition Concerns During COVID-19
Think Tanks
Addressing Food Insecurity and Nutrition Concerns During COVID-19
2020-10-16 14:26:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON —The pandemic and its accompanying economic downturn have led to unprecedented challenges including unanticipated job loss and difficulty accessing affordable and nutritious foods. In fact, more Americans than ever have needed to make use of food banks and assistance... Read More

Congress Tries to Take Down Social Media Disinformation
Social Media
Congress Tries to Take Down Social Media Disinformation
2020-10-16 14:05:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Social media experts described organized disinformation campaigns on social media as a threat to democracy during a congressional hearing Thursday. Confusion created by the disinformation is leading some Americans to perceive threats to their health, safety or political... Read More

Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
Veterans
Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
2020-10-16 14:03:28
by Reece Nations

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, D-Pa., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., brought forth a bill that would ensure disabled veterans can fully utilize their benefits following disruptions in veterans’ health care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back... Read More

Fearing Late Votes Might Not Count, Millions Cast Ballots Around America
Voting
Fearing Late Votes Might Not Count, Millions Cast Ballots Around America

HOUSTON _ Haunted by the specter of a potentially fragile election system, Americans are voting early in unprecedented numbers _ a possible harbinger of record turnout for a modern-day election in the U.S. With 19 days to go before the Nov. 3 election, about... Read More

What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says
Health
What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As families ready to gather next month for Thanksgiving, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed worry in South Carolina on Thursday about home gatherings further exacerbating the country's COVID-19 caseloads, stressing that people should still social distance,... Read More

Trump Wants Bigger Coronavirus Relief Package; GOP Support Tepid
Economy
Trump Wants Bigger Coronavirus Relief Package; GOP Support Tepid

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump continues to move away from his own political party on COVID-19 aid, saying Thursday that he's authorized his top negotiator to offer Democrats more than $1.8 trillion. "Absolutely I would. I would pay more," Trump said in an interview with Fox... Read More

US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August
Employment
US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped last week to the highest since August and Americans increasingly moved to longer-term jobless aid. Both are troubling signs for a labor market whose recovery from the pandemic was already slowing. Initial jobless claims... Read More

Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy
Census
Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy

WASHINGTON _ Once the Trump administration ends its count for the 2020 census early Friday morning, advocates and even former Census Bureau directors fear the administration won't take the time to correct what could be the most inaccurate count in decades.... Read More

President Trump's Town Hall Turns Contentious; Joe Biden Focuses on Policy
2020 Elections
President Trump's Town Hall Turns Contentious; Joe Biden Focuses on Policy

WASHINGTON _ As President Donald Trump angrily refused to disavow the QAnon conspiracy theory or accept responsibility for the surge of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., Joe Biden laid out his policy plans in a more muted style on a separate stage. Their dueling town halls... Read More

Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
Taxes
Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
2020-10-15 20:38:27
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., revealed plans to fully repeal the cap on the state and local tax deduction that was included in the Republican-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The state and local tax deduction, also... Read More

Harris Suspends Travel After Campaign Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19
2020 Elections
Harris Suspends Travel After Campaign Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19
2020-10-15 19:19:56
by Dan McCue

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, has suspended in-person events through Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus. Though Harris herself has tested negative for the virus in recent days, a flight... Read More

Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
2020-10-15 18:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee set the date Thursday on the fourth day of contentious... Read More

Phone a Friend: Democrats Look Beyond Campaign Volunteers to Boost Turnout
2020 Elections
Phone a Friend: Democrats Look Beyond Campaign Volunteers to Boost Turnout

WASHINGTON — An average voter might not listen to a campaign volunteer calling to say that this is the most important election of their lifetime. Voters have heard that line before. But that voter might be more inclined to listen... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues
Economy
Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed doubts Wednesday about a COVID-19 aid package becoming law before the Nov. 3 elections. After a morning phone call with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mnuchin said the myriad disputes over funding and policy questions... Read More

Trump Hasn’t Recovered From Tailspin Set Off by Raucous Debate Performance, Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Trump Hasn’t Recovered From Tailspin Set Off by Raucous Debate Performance, Poll Shows

WASHINGTON — With three weeks left until election day, President Donald Trump has not recovered from the self-inflicted wounds of his first debate with Joe Biden and, instead, has sunk further behind his challenger, a new USC Dornsife poll shows.... Read More

Democrats Hammer on Health Care in Third Day of Supreme Court Nominee Barrett’s Hearings
In The News
Democrats Hammer on Health Care in Third Day of Supreme Court Nominee Barrett’s Hearings

WASHINGTON — Democrats zeroed in on key issues surrounding health care Wednesday on the third day of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, as Republicans argued members of the other party have overblown their criticisms of a qualified... Read More

Federal Agencies Using Machine Learning and AI to Tackle Problems
Technology
Federal Agencies Using Machine Learning and AI to Tackle Problems
2020-10-15 13:16:09
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Machine learning and artificial intelligence technology are fast-moving, complex technologies businesses and government agencies are increasingly putting to use to develop efficiencies of people and processes. Federal IT practitioners, in particular, are seeing the benefits of this technology... Read More

Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
Transportation
Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
2020-10-14 18:44:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is pushing to kick-start the creation of a new infrastructure grant program that would improve the energy efficiency of the U.S. transportation sector while boosting the nation's competitiveness in the global marketplace. A new... Read More

Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
State News
Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
2020-10-14 17:48:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Tom Malinowski are urging the FBI to step up the federal response to the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group they say has increased its activity in New Jersey. According to a recent report... Read More

Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
State News
Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
2020-10-14 17:43:11
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable. The deadline to register to... Read More

Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable
Opinion Polls
Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable

WASHINGTON — As Republicans inch closer to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and Joe Biden enjoys a national lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race, there’s also an intense battle going on for control of Congress.... Read More

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