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Postal Service Ordered to Stop Sending ‘False’ Voting Mailer
2020 Elections
Postal Service Ordered to Stop Sending ‘False’ Voting Mailer

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to stop sending a notice advising Colorado residents to request mail-in ballots, saying confusion would result because the state automatically mails ballots to voters. “The notice provides false or misleading information” and... Read More

Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says
2020 Elections
Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says

President Donald Trump is playing into Russia’s hands by claiming that his political adversaries are trying to rig the U.S. election, a former senior intelligence official said. Sue Gordon, who left the second-highest post in the Office of the Director... Read More

Scientists Tell Congress Coronavirus Lessons Must Be Remembered for Future Epidemics
Health
Scientists Tell Congress Coronavirus Lessons Must Be Remembered for Future Epidemics
2020-09-14 14:48:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Scientists updated a congressional committee Friday on how the U.S. Energy Department is helping to develop a cure and vaccine for COVID-19. They said Energy Department supercomputers are unlocking mysteries about the structure of the virus as they... Read More

Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020-09-12 16:43:24
by Dan McCue

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania with less than 60 days remaining before Election Day. Most recent polling in the state gives former... Read More

Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States
Marijuana
Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

When Tamarack Dispensary opened in the northwestern Montana city of Kalispell in 2009, medical marijuana was legal but still operating on the fringes of the conservative community. Times have changed. Owner Erin Bolster no longer receives surprised or puzzled looks... Read More

Police ‘Pretext’ Traffic Stops Need to End, Some Lawmakers Say
Police
Police ‘Pretext’ Traffic Stops Need to End, Some Lawmakers Say

WASHINGTON — On a family vacation in Virginia in 2017, Democratic Maryland state Del. Charles E. Sydnor III was driving in the left lane on a nearly empty, unfamiliar highway when a state trooper pulled him over. Sydnor’s wife and... Read More

Trump Made a Promise to Save Coal in 2016. He Couldn’t Keep It
Donald Trump
Trump Made a Promise to Save Coal in 2016. He Couldn’t Keep It

President Donald Trump spent more than $1 billion in taxpayer funds, rolled back environmental rules and tried to stop power plant closings to fulfill a vow he made to West Virginia coal miners in the 2016 campaign. But nothing he’s... Read More

Republicans Are Knocking on Voters’ Doors. Democrats Aren’t. Will It Affect the 2020 Outcome?
2020 Elections
Republicans Are Knocking on Voters’ Doors. Democrats Aren’t. Will It Affect the 2020 Outcome?

WASHINGTON — Democrats think it’s dangerous and unnecessary. Republicans consider it safe and essential. And both agree that, when it comes to in-person voter communication, neither side has ever experienced a dynamic like the one in this election. The ongoing... Read More

Running an Election in a Pandemic, In 10 Steps
In The News
Running an Election in a Pandemic, In 10 Steps

WASHINGTON — When the pandemic hit and more than a thousand usual poll workers backed out of working the April primary in Madison, Wisconsin, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl needed replacements who were available to work late, had customer service skills... Read More

Portland First to Ban Private Entities From Using Facial Recognition Technology
Cities
Portland First to Ban Private Entities From Using Facial Recognition Technology
2020-09-11 20:30:53
by Kate Michael

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland officials voted on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in favor of the nation’s first-ever ban on private entities using facial recognition technology in its city public spaces. In a second ordinance approved on the same day, the... Read More

Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
Employment
Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
2020-09-11 18:20:09
by Reece Nations

OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin, all plaintiffs in the suit, were consistently... Read More

Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
Trade
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
2020-09-11 18:03:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products,... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Delays Mailing of Absentee Ballots
State News
Wisconsin Supreme Court Delays Mailing of Absentee Ballots
2020-09-11 16:31:00
by Dan McCue

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has temporarily delayed the mailing of absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election as it considers whether to order the addition of the Green Party presidential ticket. The 4-3 decision in which all... Read More

Family Business in Decline? Fewer Get to Congress Through Heredity
Congress
Family Business in Decline? Fewer Get to Congress Through Heredity

WASHINGTON — When Congress is in session, Andy Levin can’t stop talking about his dad. “From Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer down to people who are not that much more senior than me, I get to go to work and... Read More

Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal
Political News
Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal

WASHINGTON — The congressional stalemate over a new coronavirus relief package grew further entrenched Thursday as Senate Democrats blocked a slimmed-down Republican proposal that they deemed “emaciated” because it did not include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans,... Read More

Dr. Fauci Tells Americans to ‘Hunker Down’ in Cold Months to Fight Coronavirus
Health
Dr. Fauci Tells Americans to ‘Hunker Down’ in Cold Months to Fight Coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that people in the U.S. should prepare to spend a lot of time at home as temperatures drop in upcoming weeks. “We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it’s... Read More

Poll: Most Adults Wary of Taking Any Vaccine Approved Before the Election
Opinion Polls
Poll: Most Adults Wary of Taking Any Vaccine Approved Before the Election

The public is deeply skeptical about any coronavirus vaccine approved before the November election, and only 42% would be willing to get a vaccine in that scenario, according to a new poll. The results of the poll by the Kaiser... Read More

US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week
Employment
US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits failed to decline as expected last week, a sign extensive job losses are persisting as the nation continues to struggle to control the coronavirus. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs were unchanged at... Read More

Biden Lavishes Time and Money on Key Industrial States, But Hasn’t Locked Them Down Yet
2020 Elections
Biden Lavishes Time and Money on Key Industrial States, But Hasn’t Locked Them Down Yet

WASHINGTON — The worst strategic mistake Hillary Clinton made in her 2016 campaign for president, many analysts believe, was overconfidence about three states Democrats had won in every presidential election since 1992 — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. No one is... Read More

Microsoft Detects Foreign Cyberattacks Targeting US Presidential Election
2020 Elections
Microsoft Detects Foreign Cyberattacks Targeting US Presidential Election

Groups from Russia, China and Iran have stepped up cyberattacks in an effort to disrupt the U.S. presidential election in November, a Microsoft Corp. investigation found. The groups have increased cyberattacks targeting the political campaigns of Democratic presidential nominee Joe... Read More

US Remembers 9/11 as Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions
In The News
US Remembers 9/11 as Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans commemorated 9/11 Friday as a new national crisis — the coronavirus pandemic — reconfigured and divided anniversary ceremonies and a presidential campaign carved a path through the observances. In New York, victims' relatives gathered Friday... Read More

Battleground States Voters Age 50 and Over Still Closely Divided on Election
Opinion Polls
Battleground States Voters Age 50 and Over Still Closely Divided on Election
2020-09-10 21:19:52
by Reece Nations

Two sets of public opinion surveys commissioned by AARP across 11 key battleground states found a majority of likely voters aged 50 and older plan to cast their ballots either absentee or during the early voting period this election cycle.... Read More

Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
Agriculture
Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
2020-09-10 15:22:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Last year, roughly 10.5% of all U.S. households lacked access to enough food for “an active, healthy life for all household members,” according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. This figure is down slightly from... Read More

Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media
Social Media
Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media
2020-09-10 15:19:50
by Daniel Londono

Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants to hold social media platforms accountable when terrorist organizations use their website portals to raise funds and spread propaganda. A proposal by the New Jersey Democrat, the Online Arsenal to Combat Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would fine... Read More

Idaho Leads Nation in Financial Stability Under Gov. Little
State News
Idaho Leads Nation in Financial Stability Under Gov. Little
2020-09-10 15:15:48
by Sara Wilkerson

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho leads the country in financial stability due in part to Republican Gov. Brad Little’s deregulatory measures since taking office, which helped spur an economic rebound for the state as tax revenues beat projected revenues by $37... Read More

Amtrak Asks Congress for Supplement to Avoid Bankruptcy Caused by Pandemic
Congress
Amtrak Asks Congress for Supplement to Avoid Bankruptcy Caused by Pandemic
2020-09-10 15:10:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak made a plea to Congress Wednesday for billions of dollars in supplemental funding to avoid financial collapse as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate its ridership. The number of riders on the national passenger railroad dropped by... Read More

Marquette Poll Finds ‘Slight Change’ in Presidential Race Following Conventions, Kenosha Violence
Opinion Polls
Marquette Poll Finds ‘Slight Change’ in Presidential Race Following Conventions, Kenosha Violence
2020-09-10 15:02:38
by Reece Nations

MILWAUKEE – Newly released polling data from the Marquette University Law School indicates that voting preferences and attitudes have changed minimally since its last survey in August. Marquette’s poll in August, conducted before unrest had been caused by shootings and... Read More

Trump Campaign Raises $210 Million in August, Trailing Biden
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Raises $210 Million in August, Trailing Biden

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that they jointly raised $210 million in August, trailing the record haul their Democratic counterparts brought in during the same time period. While Trump’s August... Read More

Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches
2020 Elections
Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohioans stake the names of their preferred candidates in the November election outside their homes, a new form of activism is showing up alongside the traditional candidate yard signs. Absentee ballot requests, voter registration forms and... Read More

Furor Erupts Over Trump’s Claim He Knowingly Downplayed the Coronavirus
Political News
Furor Erupts Over Trump’s Claim He Knowingly Downplayed the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said in a taped interview that he deliberately downplayed the danger of the coronavirus in public early this year even though he knew it posed a deadly threat to Americans, a revelation that sent shock... Read More

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