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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on 2020, ‘It’s an Incredible Time to Be Mayor’
Cities
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on 2020, ‘It’s an Incredible Time to Be Mayor’
2020-09-25 19:02:32
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has garnered more attention than ever as a result of the city’s ongoing COVID crisis response and reopening efforts as well as widespread demonstrations against police violence in 2020.  To be sure, as... Read More

Select Committee Makes Final Recommendation on How to Fix Congress
Congress
Select Committee Makes Final Recommendation on How to Fix Congress
2020-09-25 18:57:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An 18-month effort to make Congress work better and retain staff more effectively came to an end Thursday, when the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress announced its final list of recommendations. Created by an overwhelming... Read More

Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
Congress
Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
2020-09-25 14:48:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats used a hearing on climate change Thursday to advocate for pending clean energy bills that would revamp a big swath of federal regulations. Record-setting wildfires in western states and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast are adding... Read More

US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery
Employment
US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits were little changed last week, contrasting with estimates for a decline and highlighting an economic recovery that’s coming in fits and starts. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs increased by 4,000 to 870,000 in... Read More

For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs
Energy
For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs

WASHINGTON — In Democratic politics, and infrastructure and fighting climate change have become increasingly synonymous: You can’t have one without the other. Take the $494 billion surface transportation bill that House Democrats passed July 1. Republicans criticized it as an... Read More

Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate
Education
Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning plan has caused “enormous learning losses” and left tens of thousands of Black and Latino students without a basic education, according to allegations in a class action lawsuit filed... Read More

Fauci to FDA: ‘I Got Your Back’ on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Standards
Health
Fauci to FDA: ‘I Got Your Back’ on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Standards

ATLANTA — The federal government’s top infectious disease official attempted to reassure the public Thursday that he’ll support safety standards set by federal officials for any COVID-19 vaccines and their work won’t be swayed by politics. “If (U.S. Food and... Read More

House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
Congress
House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed House committee leaders to put together a more slender coronavirus relief package than the one that previously passed the chamber, in their latest offer in talks with the White House. The House could... Read More

Trump’s Talk of Rejecting Election Result Evokes Chaos Scenarios
2020 Elections
Trump’s Talk of Rejecting Election Result Evokes Chaos Scenarios

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump, backed by his army of attorneys, has laid groundwork to undermine an election result that does not cast him as victor, Republican lawmakers found themselves in the astonishing position Thursday of having to reassure... Read More

Trump Promotes Health Care 'Vision' But Gaps Remain
Health
Trump Promotes Health Care 'Vision' But Gaps Remain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what aides termed a “vision” for health care heavy on unfulfilled aspirations. “This is affirmed, signed, and... Read More

Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
Education
Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
2020-09-24 21:21:33
by Sara Wilkerson

Third Way recently added new additions to its ACADEMIX Upshot series, a short-form research series dedicated to examining the impact of COVID-19 on America’s education system. Academic experts across the country have contributed to Third Way’s series since it first... Read More

Big Data, Big Challenges. Will Big Government be Able to Handle it?
Technology
Big Data, Big Challenges. Will Big Government be Able to Handle it?
2020-09-24 21:18:21
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Along with the rapid creation of data comes the complications of capitalizing on new capabilities for storing, computing, analyzing and visualizing the information. The Federal News Network convened a panel of top government data officials to discuss how... Read More

Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
2020 Elections
Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
2020-09-24 21:14:47
by Dan McCue

The top elections officials of what will undoubtedly be two of the most closely watched states in the nation on election night 2020 told attendees of a virtual forum Tuesday that their top priority will be ensuring that the vote... Read More

Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
Congress
Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
2020-09-24 20:39:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away... Read More

Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
Congress
Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
2020-09-24 20:15:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published... Read More

Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
Health
Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
2020-09-24 18:19:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its second report ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their votes on legislation related to toxic chemicals, the Environmental Working Group Action Fund presented Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., with a perfect score. Much of... Read More

Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
Veterans
Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
2020-09-24 14:11:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle East will be addressed promptly. A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee was responding to a National Academy of Sciences report this... Read More

Trump Refuses to Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power
2020 Elections
Trump Refuses to Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump refused Wednesday to commit to giving up power should he lose the November race, adding to concerns that a contested election could lead to a constitutional crisis and a unique challenge to the nation’s democracy.... Read More

House Democrats’ Leadership Races Reflect Coming Generational Change
Political News
House Democrats’ Leadership Races Reflect Coming Generational Change

WASHINGTON — Only one House Democrat in the caucus’s 14-member elected leadership team is exiting the chamber next year, but that opening has created a competitive race for assistant speaker and cleared opportunities for other ambitious Democrats to run for... Read More

Schumer Seeks to Block Supreme Court Replacement Before Election Day
Supreme Court
Schumer Seeks to Block Supreme Court Replacement Before Election Day

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused the GOP of hypocritically trashing precedent to quickly transform the top court into a right-wing bulwark against the liberal values the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for. “They are fighting to reverse Justice... Read More

Trump Wants New Justice to be Able to Decide 2020 Election
Supreme Court
Trump Wants New Justice to be Able to Decide 2020 Election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, trailing in public polling and lagging in fundraising, wants a new Supreme Court justice confirmed before the election to be able to break potential ties on the court over election litigation. “In terms of time,... Read More

Fauci Scolds Rand Paul for Misconstruing NY’s Coronavirus Battle
Political News
Fauci Scolds Rand Paul for Misconstruing NY’s Coronavirus Battle

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the typically reserved infectious disease expert, put Sen. Rand Paul on blast during a testy congressional hearing Wednesday after the Kentucky Republican trash-talked New York’s coronavirus response. Paul, who remains skeptical of face masks and social distancing... Read More

Democrats Propose New Restraints on White House Aimed at Trump
Political News
Democrats Propose New Restraints on White House Aimed at Trump

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats on Wednesday rolled out a sweeping draft package of reforms they say would prevent future presidential abuses of power and more effectively combat foreign interference in U.S. elections. The late... Read More

Thousands Gather to Remember Ginsburg as Justice and American Icon
Supreme Court
Thousands Gather to Remember Ginsburg as Justice and American Icon
2020-09-23 20:35:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The crowd began gathering early behind the aluminum railing that ran up and down East Capitol Street Wednesday morning. Some said they'd journeyed to the neighborhood the night before to scope out their logistics for the day ahead.... Read More

The Atlantic Festival Tackles The State of Higher Education
Education
The Atlantic Festival Tackles The State of Higher Education
2020-09-23 17:49:33
by Sara Wilkerson

As part of the second day of its four-day festival, the Atlantic Festival held multiple panels featuring college leaders and providers discussing college reopenings and the lasting impact of the pandemic on the higher education landscape in the future.  In... Read More

Economists Say Pandemic Needs to End Before U.S. Economy Returns to Normal
Economy
Economists Say Pandemic Needs to End Before U.S. Economy Returns to Normal
2020-09-23 17:47:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Economists warned Congress Tuesday of long-term damage to the U.S. economy if the coronavirus pandemic is not brought under control soon. They cautioned during two separate congressional hearings that the slow improvement to the economy since the pandemic... Read More

Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to Engage in Sept. 23 Forum
2020 Elections
Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to Engage in Sept. 23 Forum
2020-09-23 17:43:33
by Reece Nations

MONROE, La. – A live, virtual forum featuring candidates for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. CST. The forum will mark an opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates vying for the... Read More

Supreme Court Expected to Forge Ahead With Eight Justices After Ginsburg’s Death
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Expected to Forge Ahead With Eight Justices After Ginsburg’s Death

WASHINGTON — A shorthanded Supreme Court can move forward as usual with the slate of oral arguments already set for the first few months of its new term that starts in October, but having only eight members changes how they... Read More

Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists
2020 Elections
Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists

President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to... Read More

Americans Losing Trust in CDC, Public-Health Experts Warn
Health
Americans Losing Trust in CDC, Public-Health Experts Warn

People who are exposed to a COVID-19 patient but feel fine don’t necessarily need to get tested, the nation’s top public health agency declared in August — only to drop that advice last Friday. The same day, it declared that... Read More

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