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Harris Mask Mandate Would Reinforce What 'Responsible People' Should Do
Political News
Harris Mask Mandate Would Reinforce What 'Responsible People' Should Do
2020-08-28 17:42:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that a nationwide mask mandate she and running mate Joe Biden have called for would simply reinforce the behavior of "responsible people who love our neighbors." "We have to... Read More

Japan PM Shinzo Abe Says He's Resigning for Health Reasons
Foreign Affairs
Japan PM Shinzo Abe Says He's Resigning for Health Reasons

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said Friday he is stepping down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave many of his goals unfinished. Abe has had... Read More

Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska
Geopolitics
Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that... Read More

Powell’s Fed Shift Allows for Higher Employment and Inflation
Economy
Powell’s Fed Shift Allows for Higher Employment and Inflation

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell unveiled a new approach to setting U.S. monetary policy, letting inflation and employment run higher in a shift that will likely keep interest rates low for years to come. Following a more than yearlong review,... Read More

Postal Service Order to Provide States With Details on Changes to Mail Delivery Ahead of Election
Political News
Postal Service Order to Provide States With Details on Changes to Mail Delivery Ahead of Election

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to detail the number of mail-sorting machines and blue collection boxes that it slated for removal and provide other information about its recent changes to delivery in the... Read More

Six Takeaways From The Republican National Convention
2020 Elections
Six Takeaways From The Republican National Convention

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unleashed a harsh series of attacks against Joe Biden Thursday night, casting his Democratic opponent as “the destroyer of American greatness” and framing the November election as a bitterly divisive clash between two irreconcilable slices... Read More

Trump, Turning White House lnto Convention Venue, Defends Record, Paints Biden as ‘Weak,’ Extreme
2020 Elections
Trump, Turning White House lnto Convention Venue, Defends Record, Paints Biden as ‘Weak,’ Extreme

WASHINGTON — With the White House transformed into campaign venue, President Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for a second term Thursday night, describing his own record as exemplary and painting rival Joe Biden as a weak-minded liberal who would... Read More

DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
Political News
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
2020-08-27 21:01:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the... Read More

Advocates Still Fighting for Equality on 19th Amendment Centennial
Civil Rights
Advocates Still Fighting for Equality on 19th Amendment Centennial
2020-08-27 19:42:03
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Even as the White House was bedecked in gold and purple to commemorate the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, activists and scholars continued to contemplate the ongoing fight for women’s equality. On August 26, designated... Read More

Tech Giants Try to Dismiss Lawsuit Accusing Them of Child Labor Violation
Litigation
Tech Giants Try to Dismiss Lawsuit Accusing Them of Child Labor Violation
2020-08-27 12:27:26
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Some of America’s technology giants are trying to get a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of promoting the use of children to mine cobalt for their lithium-ion batteries. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and Tesla said... Read More

5 Takeaways From the Third Night of the RNC
Political News
5 Takeaways From the Third Night of the RNC

Outside events have a way of crashing even the most painstakingly crafted political productions. As though horribly scripted, the police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, set off in stark relief the debate over racism and law... Read More

Vice President Mike Pence Touts ‘Law and Order’ at RNC as Nation’s Protests Grow
2020 Elections
Vice President Mike Pence Touts ‘Law and Order’ at RNC as Nation’s Protests Grow

WASHINGTON — Mike Pence emerged from President Donald Trump’s long shadow Wednesday night to accept the nomination for vice president, delivering a revisionist case for their management of the coronavirus pandemic and offering unwavering support for law enforcement amid growing... Read More

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Receive This Year’s Liberty Medal
Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Receive This Year’s Liberty Medal

PHILADELPHIA — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court, has been selected this year’s recipient of the Liberty Medal, the National Constitution Center announced Wednesday. According to Jeffrey Rosen, head of the NCC, Ginsburg will be the subject... Read More

‘America First’ vs. America in the World. On Most Foreign Policy Issues, Trump and Biden Vary Widely
Foreign Affairs
‘America First’ vs. America in the World. On Most Foreign Policy Issues, Trump and Biden Vary Widely

WASHINGTON — An arms-extortion scandal with Ukraine; a crash-and-burn peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians; insults to allies while cozying up to adversaries — the foreign policy agenda of President Donald Trump has been, pretty literally, all over the... Read More

US Sees Little Evidence of Foreign Meddling in Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
US Sees Little Evidence of Foreign Meddling in Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said they see little evidence of coordinated voter fraud or efforts by foreign adversaries to manipulate mail-in balloting ahead of the November election even as President Donald Trump repeatedly warns that the vote is at risk.... Read More

White House Backs Stopgap Government Funding as Part of Coronavirus Aid Package, Meadows Says
Political News
White House Backs Stopgap Government Funding as Part of Coronavirus Aid Package, Meadows Says

WASHINGTON — Another COVID-19 relief package should be coupled with government funding, which expires Sept. 30 unless extended in a stopgap bill, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday. “I think that if we do a COVID deal... Read More

Delta Conducting Mass COVID-19 Testing, Providing Pay Protection for Employees Going Forward
Employment
Delta Conducting Mass COVID-19 Testing, Providing Pay Protection for Employees Going Forward
2020-08-26 21:03:15
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA – In cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, Delta Air Lines is implementing a widespread COVID-19 testing program for its employees to fortify the safety of passengers and personnel. The partnership between Delta and the Mayo Clinic has been on-going... Read More

Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
Opinion Polls
Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
2020-08-26 15:10:33
by Reece Nations

A new Harris poll found 69% of its respondents would support a priority system – particularly for workers in the health care sector and seniors – for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. By comparison, 31% of respondents indicated... Read More

‘Keep Plants Out of Politics’: Gardening Historian Says of Rose Garden Renovation
Political News
‘Keep Plants Out of Politics’: Gardening Historian Says of Rose Garden Renovation

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a Rose Garden by any other design might not, it seems. In late July, first lady Melania Trump announced that she would renovate the 125-foot by 60-foot plot behind... Read More

Republican Convention Draws 15.9 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016
2020 Elections
Republican Convention Draws 15.9 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016

The first night of the Republican National Convention averaged 15.9 million viewers on Monday, a sharp drop of 28% from 2016. The audience figure from Nielsen was also below the opening night of last week’s Democratic National Convention which averaged... Read More

Analysis: Trump, Biden Agree: Election Will Turn on the Person, More Than Policy
Political News
Analysis: Trump, Biden Agree: Election Will Turn on the Person, More Than Policy

WASHINGTON — For all their differences, Donald Trump and Joe Biden share a similar view of the 2020 election: It’s more a choice between two men than between competing agendas. “Character is on the ballot,” Biden says often. His acceptance... Read More

Secretary of State Pompeo’s RNC Speech From Israel Shatters Norms, Spurs Investigation
2020 Elections
Secretary of State Pompeo’s RNC Speech From Israel Shatters Norms, Spurs Investigation

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Tuesday broke tradition, his own recent departmental guidelines and — according to Democrats — campaign law by addressing the Republican National Convention to endorse President Donald Trump during an official visit... Read More

5 Takeaways From the Second Night of the RNC
2020 Elections
5 Takeaways From the Second Night of the RNC

Live, from the White House Rose Garden! Coming to you from a rooftop in Jerusalem! It’s the Republican National Convention! Neither is your typical presidential campaign backdrop. However, for an incumbent who doesn’t just break customs but rather grinds them... Read More

Stephanie Bice Wins GOP Runoff, Will Face Rep. Kendra Horn
Oklahoma
Stephanie Bice Wins GOP Runoff, Will Face Rep. Kendra Horn

WASHINGTON — State Sen. Stephanie Bice won the Republican nomination Tuesday to challenge vulnerable freshman Democrat Kendra Horn in Oklahoma’s 5th District after a contentious primary runoff that tested whether GOP primary voters will always side with the most ardent... Read More

Q&A: ‘Is This When I Drop Dead?’ Two Doctors Report From the COVID-19 Front Lines
Health
Q&A: ‘Is This When I Drop Dead?’ Two Doctors Report From the COVID-19 Front Lines

Health workers across the country looked on in horror when New York became the global epicenter of the coronavirus. Now, as physicians in cities such as Houston, Phoenix and Miami face their own COVID-19 crises, they are looking to New... Read More

Democrats’ Down-ballot ‘Green Wave’: State Legislative Candidates Raise Record Sums Online
2020 Elections
Democrats’ Down-ballot ‘Green Wave’: State Legislative Candidates Raise Record Sums Online

WASHINGTON — Aimy Steele says she’s still in shock. The Democratic candidate was always determined to raise more money this election than she did in 2018, when her unsuccessful campaign collected less than $100,000 running for a state House seat... Read More

Haunted Houses Vie for Payroll Protection, Enhanced Coronavirus Relief
Economy
Haunted Houses Vie for Payroll Protection, Enhanced Coronavirus Relief
2020-08-25 21:29:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A coalition of haunted house operators and others who offer "seasonal" and "location-based" entertainment are pressing Congress to change the Paycheck Protection Program so their industry can take advantage of it. They are also asking that their industry... Read More

Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
State News
Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
2020-08-25 19:13:23
by Sara Wilkerson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge struck down a state order Monday that required "brick and mortar” schools in the state to be open five-days-a-week by the end of the month. Judge Charles Dodson of the Leon County Circuit Court... Read More

More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
Political News
More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
2020-08-25 19:02:04
by Reece Nations

Coinciding with the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Joe Biden for President campaign announced the launch of “Republicans for Biden,” an initiative aimed at courting conservative voters away from incumbent President Donald Trump. Among the 27 prominent... Read More

Parkland Shooting Survivors Begin Voter Drive Aimed at Young People in Swing States
Political News
Parkland Shooting Survivors Begin Voter Drive Aimed at Young People in Swing States

March For Our Lives, the anti-gun violence group started by survivors of deadly school shooting, is kicking off a voter registration drive in order to encourage young people, especially those in red and swing states, to vote in the November... Read More

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