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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
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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
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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

O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
Congress
O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
2020-10-02 15:05:12
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.” Halleran made his observation during... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
Congress
Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
2020-10-02 15:00:21
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan resolution introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Chuck Grassly, R-Iowa, would designate Oct. 5-9 “Malnutrition Awareness Week.” Malnutrition is a significant problem in the United States and results from eating a diet which does not... Read More

CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
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CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
2020-10-02 14:49:31
by Sara Wilkerson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for fall holiday celebrations. As part of the recommendations, the CDC ranked traditional celebratory activities for Halloween and other fall holidays to help Americans celebrate the autumn season safely amid... Read More

Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support
U.S. Senate
Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support

WASHINGTON — Six Senate Republicans, including five facing tight reelection races this fall, voted with Democrats on Thursday on a procedural vote on legislation to block the Trump administration from intervening in a lawsuit to overturn the 2010 health care... Read More

Trump Supreme Court Pick Already Ruled on Pending Obamacare Case — in a Moot Exercise
Supreme Court
Trump Supreme Court Pick Already Ruled on Pending Obamacare Case — in a Moot Exercise

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has already weighed in on one of the most significant and controversial cases it is scheduled to consider this fall — albeit in a mock exercise.... Read More

Supreme Court Starts Quiet Term That Could Turn Tumultuous
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Starts Quiet Term That Could Turn Tumultuous

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court begins its new term Monday on unsettled ground, still dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and staring down a consequential health care case and the possibility of a contested presidential election that could... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Amid Faltering Talks
Congress
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Amid Faltering Talks

WASHINGTON — House Democrats passed their own revised version of a coronavirus aid package Thursday, in a largely symbolic expression of frustration with protracted talks on a bipartisan compromise. On a party-line vote of 214-207, the House sent to the... Read More

Powerful House Democrats Urge Return of Spending Bill Earmarks
Congress
Powerful House Democrats Urge Return of Spending Bill Earmarks

WASHINGTON — Two of the most influential House Democrats said Thursday that the chamber should bring back earmarks next year, saying a de facto prohibition on “congressionally directed spending” gives too much power to the executive branch. Majority Leader Steny... Read More

Trump and First Lady Test Positive for COVID-19 After Close Aide Becomes Ill
Political News
Trump and First Lady Test Positive for COVID-19 After Close Aide Becomes Ill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, shortly after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had fallen ill with the coronavirus. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested... Read More

Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
2020-10-01 19:19:24
by Dan McCue

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes College alumni from signing a letter to the school's president opposing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S.... Read More

Space Force Moon Base Could Become Reality
Military
Space Force Moon Base Could Become Reality
2020-10-01 19:13:37
by Reece Nations

Although still far from happening, United States Space Command leader Maj. Gen. John Shaw said Space Force troops will eventually be sent to space. Shaw’s comments on the Space Force came during the AFWERX Engage Space Conference, which ran from... Read More

Government Small Business Loans Subjected to Widespread Fraud
Business
Government Small Business Loans Subjected to Widespread Fraud
2020-10-01 19:10:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Small Business Administration inspector general defended his agency Thursday during questioning from members of Congress about reports of widespread fraud in government loans to employers. The loans are supposed to help small businesses stay afloat during the... Read More

Bipartisan Delegation and National Security Advisor Meet to Discuss China Policy
Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan Delegation and National Security Advisor Meet to Discuss China Policy
2020-10-01 14:30:38
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan delegation of Congressional leaders met Wednesday with National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger to discuss the United States' foreign policy toward China in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We are grateful to Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew... Read More

BPC Considers a Points-Based Immigration System for the US
Think Tanks
BPC Considers a Points-Based Immigration System for the US
2020-10-01 14:23:04
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The issue of immigration can be polarizing, but the Bipartisan Policy Center has decided to tackle the topic with a series of discussions on immigration policies around the world. The think tank’s latest dialogue coincides with the launch... Read More

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