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Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Moderators
2020 Elections
Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Moderators
2020-09-02 19:11:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the moderators for its upcoming general election debates with Chris Wallace of Fox News presiding over the first meeting of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The moderators for the... Read More

Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
Business
Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
2020-09-02 13:55:58
by Dan McCue

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - As part of its ongoing effort to protect its workers from COVID-19, Tyson Foods is launching a nationwide monitoring program at its facilities while extending its occupational health staff. The new monitoring strategy was designed with the... Read More

At Tyson Foods, Pandemic Inspires Massive Effort to Address Food Insecurity
Hunger
At Tyson Foods, Pandemic Inspires Massive Effort to Address Food Insecurity
2020-09-02 13:47:51
by Dan McCue

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - The COVID-19 pandemic put everyone through changes. But for large companies, particularly those in the business of providing Americans with something to eat, the challenges that needed to be addressed, quickly, were far ranging and complex. A... Read More

New York Legislators Seek to Install Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide
State News
New York Legislators Seek to Install Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide
2020-09-02 13:45:32
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. – Elected officials rallied with voting rights advocates this week in support of New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman’s proposed bill that would authorize election boards to establish absentee ballot drop off locations statewide. The Democratic legislator staged... Read More

Group Linked to National Democrats Will Spend Millions as Missouri Governor Race Heats Up
2020 Elections
Group Linked to National Democrats Will Spend Millions as Missouri Governor Race Heats Up

WASHINGTON — National Democrats will spend more than $5 million over the next five weeks on TV ads in Missouri to boost Democrat Nicole Galloway’s campaign against Republican Gov. Mike Parson. A Stronger Missouri, an independent expenditure group linked to... Read More

Massachusetts Primary: Rep. Richard Neal Fends Off Challenge from Alex Morse
2020 Elections
Massachusetts Primary: Rep. Richard Neal Fends Off Challenge from Alex Morse

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Rep. Richard E. Neal, who over his 16 terms in Congress has risen to the top of one of the House’s most seminal committees, overcame a Democratic primary challenge from his left Tuesday by defeating Holyoke Mayor... Read More

Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating
Prescription Drugs
Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating

WASHINGTON — The pharmaceutical industry’s leading lobby group said Tuesday it did not know of a meeting at the White House to discuss lowering prescription drug prices, after President Donald Trump said executives were coming in this week to negotiate.... Read More

After Labor Day, Senate Plans to Vote on ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Bill
Congress
After Labor Day, Senate Plans to Vote on ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Senate Republicans hope to vote next week on a so-called “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package even as the gap between the White House and Democrats remains as wide as ever. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a close ally of Majority Leader Mitch... Read More

DeVos: Open Schools But Let Parents Choose Whether Children Attend
Education
DeVos: Open Schools But Let Parents Choose Whether Children Attend

DETROIT — In a new letter to the nation’s parents, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is encouraging them to send their kids back to school, warning of students falling behind academically without directly addressing the health risks posed by the coronavirus.... Read More

Trump Has Slipped Among Key Groups That Backed Him in 2016
Opinion Polls
Trump Has Slipped Among Key Groups That Backed Him in 2016

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s support has eroded among key groups of voters who backed him in 2016 — a major reason why he continues to trail former Vice President Joe Biden and a prime motivator for the president’s reelection... Read More

Trump’s Kenosha Visit Exposes US Divides Ahead of November Vote
Political News
Trump’s Kenosha Visit Exposes US Divides Ahead of November Vote

KENOSHA, Wis. — In front of a brick building northwest of downtown, on a day when the nation’s gaze again fixed on this once-strong factory city, Justin Blake declared that President Donald Trump must be defeated as he stood over... Read More

Fearing Delays and Chaos, Swing States Weigh Early Counting of Mail-in Ballots
In The News
Fearing Delays and Chaos, Swing States Weigh Early Counting of Mail-in Ballots

WASHINGTON — The cumbersome and sometimes slow counting of an expected record number of mail-in ballots — especially in some crucial swing states — could delay results and open the door to challenges in this year’s elections. In 13 states... Read More

First Vaccine Doses Would Go to Health Workers Under US Guide
Health
First Vaccine Doses Would Go to Health Workers Under US Guide

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should go to front-line health-care workers and first responders, followed by people at higher medical risk from the virus, said a group of scientists and academics advising the U.S. government. The draft guidelines... Read More

DOJ Puts New Limits on Spying Authority Trump Called ‘Witch Hunt’
Dep. of Justice
DOJ Puts New Limits on Spying Authority Trump Called ‘Witch Hunt’

The Justice Department announced a sweeping set of controls on surveillance activities, especially those targeting elected officials, candidates for federal office or their staff and advisers. The new restrictions announced in memos Tuesday by Attorney General William Barr reflect his... Read More

Congress Demands Treasury Department Monitor Coronavirus Bailout Money Better
Congress
Congress Demands Treasury Department Monitor Coronavirus Bailout Money Better
2020-09-01 21:40:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress directed tough questions at the U.S. Treasury secretary Tuesday about fraud and abuse in the Trump administration’s coronavirus relief program. They said billions of dollars intended to protect jobs and family homes were being diverted... Read More

Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-09-01 19:00:17
by Dan McCue

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be among the first to receive it. After appearing before the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices last... Read More

Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
Political News
Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
2020-09-01 17:16:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Lincoln Project, a group of prominent Republicans working to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump and members of Congress who support him, unveiled a coalition of veterans, members of the military and individuals from the national... Read More

Blumenthal Urges Congress to Pass Legislation Saving America’s Independent Event Venues
Entertainment
Blumenthal Urges Congress to Pass Legislation Saving America’s Independent Event Venues
2020-09-01 17:13:35
by Sara Wilkerson

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and leaders in Connecticut’s entertainment industry called on Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act, otherwise known as the SOS Act, which would provide Small Business Administration grants for independent live music and event operators... Read More

O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
Congress
O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
2020-09-01 17:06:34
by Dan McCue

Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., made a little history on Monday by launching the Blue Dog Democrats' first-ever virtual rural opportunity roundtable series. The discussion with local and tribal leaders focused on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and... Read More

Biden’s Hint on Supreme Court Nominee Sets Off Speculation on Prospective Candidates
2020 Elections
Biden’s Hint on Supreme Court Nominee Sets Off Speculation on Prospective Candidates
2020-09-01 16:18:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent statement during a press conference that he would nominate an African American woman to the Supreme Court if he is elected is narrowing the list to three likely nominees. Although he declined... Read More

Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda
Congress
Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer laid out the chamber’s agenda for September, including marijuana legislation and anti-discrimination bills, but in a letter to colleagues Monday he acknowledged that there is no appropriations deal in sight as the... Read More

Critical Deadlines Loom for Highways, Airlines and Transit
Infrastructure
Critical Deadlines Loom for Highways, Airlines and Transit

WASHINGTON — With just weeks left in the legislative year, Congress faces two big transportation deadlines on Sept. 30, a transportation to-do list and potentially dire consequences if it does not act. Without congressional involvement, airlines have signaled they will... Read More

Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say
Congress
Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say

A second round of coronavirus stimulus checks remains in limbo as August draws to a close without an agreement among lawmakers on a relief package. Talks about the relief package, which is expected to include stimulus checks, resumed last week,... Read More

GOP Governors Ignored Mask Mandate Advice From Task Force
State News
GOP Governors Ignored Mask Mandate Advice From Task Force

WASHINGTON — The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released eight weekly reports from the White House Coronavirus Task Force this summer that showed concerns about the coronavirus’s spread, the same time period when the administration prematurely declared victory... Read More

Nation’s Eyes on Kenosha Ahead of Trump’s Visit After Jacob Blake Shooting
Political News
Nation’s Eyes on Kenosha Ahead of Trump’s Visit After Jacob Blake Shooting

KENOSHA, Wis. — Still in mourning from three shootings last week that left a Black man paralyzed at the hands of police and two white men dead from the bullets of a teenage vigilante, Kenosha was bracing for more unrest... Read More

Biden Hits Trump on Urban Unrest: ‘Fires are Burning and We Have a President Who Fans the Flames’
2020 Elections
Biden Hits Trump on Urban Unrest: ‘Fires are Burning and We Have a President Who Fans the Flames’

WASHINGTON — A week before the traditional Labor Day kickoff, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden plunged into the fall campaign’s homestretch Monday with a bitter duel over racism and violence, casting the general election as a... Read More

Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.
2020 Elections
Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Staples Center will serve as a polling place where Los Angeles voters can cast ballots for the 2020 presidential election from Oct. 30 through Election Day, Nov. 3. In a statement, the parties involved touted arenas as... Read More

Chaotic Rules Make it Hard to Know Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19
Health
Chaotic Rules Make it Hard to Know Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19

Who should get tested for COVID-19? Depends who you ask. The controversy sparked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent shift in guidance, saying asymptomatic people exposed to COVID-19 shouldn’t necessarily be tested, highlights a growing frustration for... Read More

Where Small Businesses Are Feeling the Most Pandemic Pain
Economy
Where Small Businesses Are Feeling the Most Pandemic Pain

In Austin, Texas, they’re expecting more closures. In New York, they’re struggling to pay the bills. In San Francisco, they worry that the old normal is never coming back. Small businesses are often described as the heart of the U.S.... Read More

Biden to Address Violent Protests in Campaign Swing, Aide Says
2020 Elections
Biden to Address Violent Protests in Campaign Swing, Aide Says

Joe Biden will “go out this week, addressing this moment in the country” as parts of the U.S. are racked by demonstrations over racial justice, a top aide to the Democratic presidential candidate said. Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager,... Read More

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