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DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
Federal Budget
DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
2020-10-09 14:49:05
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Angus King, I-Maine, reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles. The Domestic Reduction... Read More

House Financial Services Committee Democrats Urge SEC to Finalize Rule on Improper Executive Pay
Business
House Financial Services Committee Democrats Urge SEC to Finalize Rule on Improper Executive Pay
2020-10-09 14:47:32
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Brad Sherman, D-Calif., chairman of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, led nine Financial Services Committee members in a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton... Read More

Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
State News
Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
2020-10-09 14:45:58
by Sean Trambley

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19.  Local and global market demand for Washington’s world-renowned shellfish has dropped... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

Supreme Court Refuses to Halt By-Mail Abortion Pills
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Refuses to Halt By-Mail Abortion Pills

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court let women, for now, keep obtaining abortion-inducing pills by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic, deferring action on a Trump administration request to reinstate a requirement that patients visit a medical facility. In an unsigned,... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People
Health
CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People

NEW YORK — The link between extra pounds and severe COVID-19 grew stronger as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people who are merely overweight, not just the obese, may be at high risk of serious... Read More

No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says
Congress
No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi quashed talk of a separate bill to mitigate airline industry layoffs without also aiding other industries and households and funding for schools, nationwide COVID-19 testing and more. “There is no stand-alone bill without a bigger... Read More

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Starts Under 2020 Cloud
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Starts Under 2020 Cloud

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett starts Monday amid a very 2020 backdrop: Beset by COVID-19, sharply divided along political lines, conducted with the help of remote videoconferencing, with sweeping policies on health care, abortion... Read More

Trump Presses Barr to Target Political Enemies While Justice Department Stays Mute
Political News
Trump Presses Barr to Target Political Enemies While Justice Department Stays Mute

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at U.S. Attorney General William Barr for not doing more to prosecute his political enemies, including arresting Obama-era officials who the president accuses — without evidence — of illegally spying on his 2016... Read More

Plans to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer and Overthrow Government Foiled, Officials Say
State News
Plans to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer and Overthrow Government Foiled, Officials Say

DETROIT — Federal agents said Thursday they thwarted a plot to violently overthrow the government as well as kidnap and harm Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — a conspiracy that included visits to her home in northern Michigan and training with... Read More

Pelosi, Raskin Unveil Bill to Create 'Presidential Capacity' Commission
Congress
Pelosi, Raskin Unveil Bill to Create 'Presidential Capacity' Commission
2020-10-09 13:59:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation on Friday that would task a congressional commission with reviewing whether future presidents are mentally fit to remain in office. Pelosi has been raising questions about Trump's mental fitness since his COVID-19 diagnosis and... Read More

Second Presidential Debate On Ice As Candidates Opt for Separate Events
2020 Elections
Second Presidential Debate On Ice As Candidates Opt for Separate Events
2020-10-08 20:52:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It appears the final two scheduled presidential debates of the 2020 election cycle are not going to happen. After a morning of fast-moving events, ABC News has announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will take part in a... Read More

American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
2020-10-08 20:48:43
by Sara Wilkerson

On Wednesday, Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., was honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation with their prestigious “Friend of Farm Bureau” award, an honor bestowed on lawmakers in recognition of their agricultural efforts for their farming communities. To receive the... Read More

South Carolina Senate Race Between Lindsey Graham, Jaime Harrison Now a Toss-Up
State News
South Carolina Senate Race Between Lindsey Graham, Jaime Harrison Now a Toss-Up

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Days before the second debate between Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison on Friday, one political prognosticator has shifted the race to a toss-up. The ratings change away from “Lean Republican,” from the... Read More

Justice Department to Allow Election Fraud Cases to be Public
2020 Elections
Justice Department to Allow Election Fraud Cases to be Public

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will allow prosecutors to make public announcements and take overt investigative steps when it comes to election fraud cases in the days leading up to the presidential vote, breaking with longstanding tradition of not doing... Read More

Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early
Census
Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court upheld an order requiring Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his department to keep the census count going until the end of the month. Wednesday’s ruling maintains a decision by a California federal judge... Read More

Now a COVID-19 Hot Spot, White House Struggles to Work
White House
Now a COVID-19 Hot Spot, White House Struggles to Work

WASHINGTON — In a tableau befitting a surreal election season, there may be more raccoons around the White House than actual staff now — and a president with COVID-19 who insisted on marching around the building Wednesday rather than stay... Read More

Low Tech Talk in Google, Oracle High Tech Copyright Clash
Supreme Court
Low Tech Talk in Google, Oracle High Tech Copyright Clash
2020-10-08 14:40:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic was high tech: the code behind smartphones. But on Wednesday the Supreme Court looked to more low tech examples, from the typewriter keyboard to restaurant menus, try to resolve an $8 billion-plus copyright dispute between... Read More

IRS Makes Plea for Upgrade to Improve Tax Collections
Congress
IRS Makes Plea for Upgrade to Improve Tax Collections
2020-10-08 14:32:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers joined the Internal Revenue Service’s commissioner Wednesday in making a plea to upgrade the computers and staff that collect the nation’s taxes. They said budget cutbacks and the coronavirus have resulted in shortcomings in the agency’s ability... Read More

Takeaways From the Vice Presidential Debate Between Harris and Pence
2020 Elections
Takeaways From the Vice Presidential Debate Between Harris and Pence

For 90 minutes, the understudies had their moment. Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris faced each other Wednesday night behind plexiglass partitions in a low-key debate that was peevish but generally polite. Their clash probably won’t have... Read More

WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
Media
WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
2020-10-08 14:20:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents’ Association on Wednesday "strongly" encouraged journalists to "avoid working from the White House grounds entirely" if at all possible. The notice, circulated among the association's members and posted on its website, came after BuzzFeed... Read More

Vice Presidential Debate Features Fiery Exchanges But Civil Behavior
2020 Elections
Vice Presidential Debate Features Fiery Exchanges But Civil Behavior

SALT LAKE CITY — Vice President Mike Pence struggled to get the Trump campaign back on track Wednesday in a heated but disciplined debate with Sen. Kamala Harris that contrasted sharply with the chaotic clash last week between the presidential... Read More

Supreme Court Staying Out of Steinbeck Family Dispute
Arts
Supreme Court Staying Out of Steinbeck Family Dispute
2020-10-07 19:45:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined to get involved in a long-running dispute among members of the late author John Steinbeck's family, leaving in place a $5 million award to his stepdaughter. The author of "Cannery Row," “The Grapes of... Read More

Trump Can't Block Grand Jury Subpoena for Tax Returns, Appeals Court Rules
In The News
Trump Can't Block Grand Jury Subpoena for Tax Returns, Appeals Court Rules
2020-10-07 19:36:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Trump cannot block enforcement of a New York grand jury subpoena for eight years of his tax returns. The ruling, which affirmed a lower court decision, sets the stage for... Read More

Election Officials Talk Facts, Myths, and Safest Approaches to Mail-In Ballots
2020 Elections
Election Officials Talk Facts, Myths, and Safest Approaches to Mail-In Ballots
2020-10-07 19:32:26
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — With just weeks until Election Day, the Bipartisan Policy Center wanted to be sure that Americans had access to all the facts about voting in the 2020 election. The think tank recognized misinformation perpetuating — specifically surrounding the... Read More

Led Zeppelin Victorious in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case
Entertainment
Led Zeppelin Victorious in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case
2020-10-07 19:28:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Fans of Led Zeppelin are feeling a "Whole Lotta Love" for the U.S. Supreme Court this week after the justices declined to take up the long-running copyright battle over the band's "Stairway to Heaven." The justices did not... Read More

Vice Presidential Debate Could Be Most Watched Ever But Few Will Have a Change of Heart
2020 Elections
Vice Presidential Debate Could Be Most Watched Ever But Few Will Have a Change of Heart
2020-10-07 19:16:54
by Dan McCue

Tonight's debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will likely be the most-watched vice presidential debate ever, but it's unlikely to dramatically change the minds of viewers, according to an academic steeped in... Read More

Government Election Officials Say Voting by Mail is Secure
2020 Elections
Government Election Officials Say Voting by Mail is Secure
2020-10-07 14:03:54
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- State and federal election officials advocated for aggressive measures to prevent foreign influence and voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election during a congressional hearing Tuesday. They also denied President Donald Trump’s assertions that a big increase in... Read More

American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
2020-10-07 13:59:48
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – United States Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday.  Spanberger, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee and as chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation and... Read More

House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure
Pentagon
House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. spy chief expressed concerns about U.S. national security Tuesday after news broke that most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after coming in contact... Read More

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