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Hill Republicans in Tough Battles Not Thrilled with Trump Debate Style
2020 Elections
Hill Republicans in Tough Battles Not Thrilled with Trump Debate Style

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans in tough reelection battles said Wednesday that President Donald Trump did not do them any favors in his first debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “With the debate interrupting and name calling — Omaha... Read More

Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’
U.S. Senate
Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON - Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has rattled the Senate cage, exercising a right every senator has -- though one rarely utilized -- in an effort to put Republicans on defense on health care in the home stretch of... Read More

Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote
Economy
Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered a $1.62 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal in talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, offering more state and local assistance than GOP negotiators have to-date in a sign of potential progress toward a... Read More

What Americans Say About Biden, Trump in Polls
Opinion Polls
What Americans Say About Biden, Trump in Polls

The first debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden was filled with insults, interruptions and falsehoods. But who won? Many Americans who watched the presidential candidates face off on Tuesday night think Biden came out on top, new polls... Read More

US Appeals Court Blocks Trump from Shutting Down Census Count Early
Census
US Appeals Court Blocks Trump from Shutting Down Census Count Early

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Wednesday to let stand a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from shutting down the census count early in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S.... Read More

Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Legislation, Hours Before Deadline
Congress
Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Legislation, Hours Before Deadline

WASHINGTON — The Senate easily cleared a stopgap funding measure Wednesday that would avoid a partial government shutdown in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 elections. On an 84-10 vote, the Senate sent to President Donald Trump’s desk... Read More

Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them
2020 Elections
Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Donald Trump’s volcanic debate performance put the president’s sympathy for white supremacists in the campaign spotlight Wednesday, heightening a sense of menacing chaos in the race that threatens to undercut other Republicans up for reelection in a... Read More

Medical Community Warns Congress About Politicizing Vaccine Development
Health
Medical Community Warns Congress About Politicizing Vaccine Development
2020-09-30 20:40:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee sought assurances from medical experts Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccines pharmaceutical companies plan to distribute soon will protect the public from the disease. Lawmakers were concerned that political pressure would force the companies to sacrifice... Read More

Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
2020-09-30 20:34:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a dispute over whether people living in the United States illegally must be included in the reapportionment of congressional seats. Under federal law, once the decennial census is completed, the... Read More

Debates Commission Vows to Make Changes Ahead of Next Trump/Biden Faceoff
2020 Elections
Debates Commission Vows to Make Changes Ahead of Next Trump/Biden Faceoff
2020-09-30 18:33:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates said Wednesday it will consider changes to ensure the next two debates between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden don't descend into chaos. "Chaos" is among the more printable words... Read More

An Evening of Insults and Accusations as Trump Repeatedly Interrupts the Debate
2020 Elections
An Evening of Insults and Accusations as Trump Repeatedly Interrupts the Debate

CLEVELAND — Shouting, insults and misinformation dominated the first presidential debate, as President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to close a persistent polling gap and mobilize his base with conspiracy theories that veered into encouragement for a far-right hate group and... Read More

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Release 2019 Tax Returns
Political News
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Release 2019 Tax Returns

Democratic nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris released their latest tax returns ahead of Tuesday night’s presidential debate, showing that the Democratic candidates and their spouses paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to the federal government... Read More

Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed
Health
Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed

Keen to send the nation’s kids back to reopened schools, President Donald Trump has called children “virtually immune,” “essentially immune” and “almost immune” to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But a new report by researchers from the Centers for Disease... Read More

North Dakota Issues Non-Driver Photo IDs to Native Americans
North Dakota
North Dakota Issues Non-Driver Photo IDs to Native Americans
2020-09-30 17:22:47
by Sara Wilkerson

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is hosting photo identification events at tribal reservations this week in an effort to help Native Americans vote in the 2020 election. Non-driver photo ID cards will be given by NDDOT to those who... Read More

‘Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia,’ Trump Says at Debate
2020 Elections
‘Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia,’ Trump Says at Debate

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump closed out his first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday night by repeating on national television his false claim that poll watchers had been blocked from observing the first day of in-person... Read More

These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners
Health
These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners

Most Americans have never heard of Dr. Richard Whitley, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Yet as the coronavirus pandemic drags on and the public eagerly awaits a vaccine, he may well be among the... Read More

Americans are Drinking More Alcohol During Pandemic — Especially Women, Study Finds
In The News
Americans are Drinking More Alcohol During Pandemic — Especially Women, Study Finds

Pandemic-fatigued Americans are drinking about 14% more alcohol this year than they did in 2019, an alarming increase that’s even more pronounced among women, researchers said Tuesday. The new study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found a 17%... Read More

Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Visits Capitol
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Visits Capitol

WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett’s Capitol Hill path to the Supreme Court began on Tuesday with courtesy calls unlike any other Supreme Court nominee’s — sans handshakes, amid the homestretch of a heated presidential campaign and without the traditional veteran... Read More

To America’s Eight Year Olds...Stand By
Opinions
To America’s Eight Year Olds...Stand By

Twenty-eight years ago, I watched all three presidential debates at home with my dad. The I992 campaign gave America an incumbent Republican president widely viewed as a WWII hero, experienced in public policy and clearly a decent man debating a young,... Read More

Key Takeaways From the First Presidential Debate Between Trump and Biden
2020 Elections
Key Takeaways From the First Presidential Debate Between Trump and Biden

Well that was ugly. After a series of world-shaking events, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden grappled face to face (sort of) in their first presidential debate Tuesday night — a scabrous spectacle that held out the prospect... Read More

Can Technology Predict Wildfires? New Systems Attempt to Better Forecast Their Spread
Wildfires
Can Technology Predict Wildfires? New Systems Attempt to Better Forecast Their Spread

LOS ANGELES — When freak lightning storms passed over Northern California’s wine country last month and sparked hundreds of wildfires, a newly established network of remote weather stations, orbiting satellites and supercomputers spun into action and attempted to predict the... Read More

Political Ads & Polling Round Up: September 30
Polling and Ads
Political Ads & Polling Round Up: September 30
2020-09-29 21:38:47
by TWN Staff

POLITICAL ADS Biden Going Bilingual Biden for President announced new commercials in Spanish and English that emphasize the importance of the Latino community.  In the markets of Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, "We Are Someone" will... Read More

Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
Congress
Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
2020-09-29 21:36:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted to advance a stopgap spending bill Tuesday night, the penultimate step to avoiding a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. The vote to limit debate on the measure paves the way for a final vote in... Read More

Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
Congress
Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
2020-09-29 20:22:37
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced its support for an emergency funding bill to help municipalities withstand the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, introduced in the House by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., provides $500 billion... Read More

Congress Tries to Root Out White Supremacy Among Police
Congress
Congress Tries to Root Out White Supremacy Among Police
2020-09-29 20:19:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and witnesses at a congressional hearing Tuesday urged greater vigilance of police departments to weed out officers with White supremacist tendencies. They said the White supremacists create a risk of inflaming racial tensions in a way that... Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Request by Navajos for Extra Time to Count Their Ballots
State News
Federal Judge Rejects Request by Navajos for Extra Time to Count Their Ballots
2020-09-29 16:02:51
by Dan McCue

A federal judge in Arizona has rejected a request from members of the Navajo Nation that elections officials be given 10 extra days to count their mail-in ballots. The six Navajo plaintiffs had asked for the extension because service is... Read More

Boston Globe Webinar Delves Into Presidential Debate Strategy
Debates
Boston Globe Webinar Delves Into Presidential Debate Strategy
2020-09-29 16:01:04
by Sara Wilkerson

Tonight’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is the candidates’ first, and perhaps best chance to define the rest of the election, according to a panel of seasoned political advisors assembled by the Boston Globe.... Read More

Washington Monument to Reopen and Live Entertainment Returns in D.C.
Entertainment
Washington Monument to Reopen and Live Entertainment Returns in D.C.
2020-09-29 15:59:33
by Dan McCue

The Washington Monument, closed for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen to the public Thursday, Oct. 1. The National Park Service announced Monday that the monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days... Read More

House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan
Congress
House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan

WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package Monday night as part of a last-ditch attempt to secure new aid before the Nov. 3 elections. Even as talks resumed between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven... Read More

Trump Administration Pushes to End Census Next Week
Census
Trump Administration Pushes to End Census Next Week

WASHINGTON — Days after a judge ordered the Census Bureau to continue enumerating for another month beyond its current Sept. 30 deadline, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the agency, announced Monday he intends to end all in-person counting efforts... Read More

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