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State Attorneys General Try to Soften SBA Crackdown on Business Loans
State News
State Attorneys General Try to Soften SBA Crackdown on Business Loans
2020-10-06 17:39:18
by Tom Ramstack

The attorneys general from 18 states are pushing back against the Small Business Administration for what they describe as an overly zealous crackdown on fraud in the coronavirus relief loans. They are bothered by the SBA's proposed appeal process for... Read More

Kamala Harris Faces Intense Pressure, Double Standards Leading Into Vice Presidential Debate
Debates
Kamala Harris Faces Intense Pressure, Double Standards Leading Into Vice Presidential Debate

SAN JOSE, Calif. — With Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test casting uncertainty on the final two presidential debates, the pressure is on for Kamala Harris to make the case to American voters that she and Joe Biden belong in the... Read More

Polls: Amy Kennedy Leading Jeff Van Drew In Closely Watched South Jersey Congressional Race
2020 Elections
Polls: Amy Kennedy Leading Jeff Van Drew In Closely Watched South Jersey Congressional Race

Democrat Amy Kennedy is holding a narrow lead in her campaign to unseat New Jersey Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew, according to a new poll, a sign of the party-switching congressman’s vulnerability in a competitive South Jersey district. The Monmouth... Read More

Biden Moves Ahead of Trump in Poll of Miami-Dade’s Hispanic Voters
Political News
Biden Moves Ahead of Trump in Poll of Miami-Dade’s Hispanic Voters

MIAMI — Cuban-American voters continue to favor President Donald Trump over Joe Biden in Miami-Dade County, but more are moving toward the Democratic nominee, boosting Biden’s chances of winning battleground Florida, according to a poll by Bendixen & Amandi International... Read More

Despite Surprise News, Polls Show a Stable Race with Trump Behind in Key States
Opinion Polls
Despite Surprise News, Polls Show a Stable Race with Trump Behind in Key States

WASHINGTON — The last few weeks have heaped surprise after surprise onto an already-contentious race for the White House: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the confirmation battle over her replacement, reports that President Donald Trump paid only $750 in federal... Read More

COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process
U.S. Senate
COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump emerged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening, Senate Republicans were continuing to operate on a timeline that would allow them to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court —... Read More

Supreme Court Starts New Term, With Health Care, Religion and Gay Rights on the Docket
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Starts New Term, With Health Care, Religion and Gay Rights on the Docket

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court opened a new term Monday and within weeks is set to hear cases on health care and religion that may give a preview of how the conservative majority will wield its power. But the eight... Read More

Trump Returns to White House, Doctors Say He ‘May Not Entirely Be Out of the Woods’
White House
Trump Returns to White House, Doctors Say He ‘May Not Entirely Be Out of the Woods’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House on Monday night, three days after he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and hours after his doctors warned that they won’t... Read More

New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
Employment
New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
2020-10-05 20:20:18
by Sara Wilkerson

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and his House colleagues recently introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act of 2020, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over their earned annual leave received during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 2 million... Read More

Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
Environment
Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
2020-10-05 20:18:12
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act achieved final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives with support from a wide swath of bipartisan lawmakers.  The ACE Act helps conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat, including by reauthorizing the... Read More

Religious Groups Sue Virginia Over Law Protecting Gay Rights
State News
Religious Groups Sue Virginia Over Law Protecting Gay Rights
2020-10-05 15:10:53
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. - Religious groups and a wedding photographer are suing the state of Virginia over a new law that bans discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender persons. The law is directed primarily against discrimination in employment, housing and public... Read More

The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
Supreme Court
The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

21 Million California Ballots Are on Their Way to Voters
State News
21 Million California Ballots Are on Their Way to Voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the first time in California history, a ballot will make its way in the mail this week to every registered California voter, a decision made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that will reshape the election... Read More

Sen. Pat Toomey Won’t Run for Reelection, Sources Say
Political News
Sen. Pat Toomey Won’t Run for Reelection, Sources Say

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the next elections... Read More

Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings
Congress
Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it won’t be safe for the Senate to move ahead with Supreme Court hearings for Amy Coney Barrett given the virus outbreak that has sickened three Republican senators. While acknowledging that Democrats can’t block... Read More

COVID-19’s Effect on the Trumps May Not Be Known for a Week or Two, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says
Political News
COVID-19’s Effect on the Trumps May Not Be Known for a Week or Two, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says

BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump revealed early Friday morning that they have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. All the same rules about isolating and the risks of the virus apply... Read More

Trump Stages Drive-By for Supporters After Doctors Disclose More Serious Symptoms
Political News
Trump Stages Drive-By for Supporters After Doctors Disclose More Serious Symptoms

WASHINGTON — President Trump, hospitalized with COVID-19, received supplemental oxygen on Saturday — a previously undisclosed episode — and is being treated with a powerful steroid amid indications that his lungs may have suffered some damage, the White House physician... Read More

Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020 Elections
Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020-10-05 12:56:14
by Reece Nations

The United States’ intelligence community is expecting active Russian disinformation efforts to influence the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to analysis by the RAND Corporation. Among the corporation’s key findings was that technological innovation has made widespread propaganda... Read More

New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
Education
New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
2020-10-05 12:50:26
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey conducted by the Rand Corporation researchers indicates that most schools were not fully prepared for remote instruction and prolonged school closures at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rand researchers compiled responses from 957 elementary and secondary... Read More

Trump Campaign Manager Stepien Tests Positive for COVID-19
In The News
Trump Campaign Manager Stepien Tests Positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, becoming the latest associate of the president to become infected with the disease, spokesman Tim Murtaugh said late Friday Stepien was promoted to run the... Read More

Healthy Corals in Biscayne Bay Surprised Scientists. They May Help Reefs Survive
Climate
Healthy Corals in Biscayne Bay Surprised Scientists. They May Help Reefs Survive

MIAMI — During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals. There were no signs of... Read More

Post-COVID-19 Clinics Get Jump-start From Patients With Lingering Illness
In The News
Post-COVID-19 Clinics Get Jump-start From Patients With Lingering Illness

Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went home in early June. But he’s far from over the disease, still suffering from limited endurance, shortness of breath and hands that can be stiff and swollen. “Before COVID,... Read More

Corralling the Facts on Herd Immunity
Health
Corralling the Facts on Herd Immunity

For a term that’s at least 100 years old, “herd immunity” has gained new life in 2020. It starred in many headlines last month, when reports surfaced that a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and adviser to... Read More

Democrats Spot Erosion of Trump’s Rural Dominance
Donald Trump
Democrats Spot Erosion of Trump’s Rural Dominance

MONACA, Pa. — Terri Mitko is sure there are former supporters of President Donald Trump who aren’t going to be voting for him again, because she lives with one: her husband. “There was a whole ‘I don’t want to vote... Read More

What We Know About the Airborne Spread of the Coronavirus
Health
What We Know About the Airborne Spread of the Coronavirus

The federal government did a quick pivot on the threat of the coronavirus spreading through the air, changing a key piece of guidance over the weekend. On Sept. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that tiny airborne... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War
2020-10-02 19:22:37
by Dan McCue

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52% say they've already started stockpiling food and other essential in anticipation of social unrest, according to a new national poll.... Read More

High Court to Hear GOP Bid to Reimpose Arizona Voting Restrictions
Elections
High Court to Hear GOP Bid to Reimpose Arizona Voting Restrictions
2020-10-02 19:21:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider a bid by Arizona Republicans to overturn a lower court ruling that struck down recently imposed voting restrictions in the state. In January, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of... Read More

Justices Agree to Decide Challenge to FCC's Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
Media
Justices Agree to Decide Challenge to FCC's Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
2020-10-02 19:17:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear oral arguments in a challenge to the FCC's efforts to loosen rules that limit media ownership. The underlying case was brought by Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project, a coalition of low-power... Read More

Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020 Elections
Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020-10-02 15:24:19
by Dan McCue

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand Canyon, Arizona's political landscape is marked by sharp distinctions, shadows and hazardous crevices. As the Oct. 7 start of early... Read More

Michigan Announces $80 Million for Opioids Crisis Response
State News
Michigan Announces $80 Million for Opioids Crisis Response
2020-10-02 15:08:14
by Sean Trambley

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Opioids Task Force announced the state has received $80 million in federal funding to respond to the ongoing opioids crisis.  The funds... Read More

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