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Chamber of Commerce Bucks Tradition, Announces Host of Democrat Endorsements
Political News
Chamber of Commerce Bucks Tradition, Announces Host of Democrat Endorsements
2020-08-31 15:44:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a top lobbying group for decades, with the lion’s share of the organization’s support going to conservative candidates. However, in a surprising change from convention, the chamber is now prepared to... Read More

Congress Moves Closer to Alternatives for Safe Voting During Nov. 3 Election
2020 Elections
Congress Moves Closer to Alternatives for Safe Voting During Nov. 3 Election
2020-08-31 15:39:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress and the courts are closing in on strategies to secure the nation’s vote in November without sacrificing the health of voters confronting risks of coronavirus. Much of the discussion focuses on benefits and perils of absentee voting... Read More

Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests
In The News
Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property.... Read More

Pandemic Precautions Are Protecting Wildfire Fighters — So Far
Wildfires
Pandemic Precautions Are Protecting Wildfire Fighters — So Far

District Chief Paul Duarte’s team, the first to reach the Pine Gulch fire as it began spreading across western Colorado about three weeks ago, put months of planning to the test as they prepared to battle their first major wildfire... Read More

Controversial Antigen Tests Could Be Key to Defeating COVID-19
Health
Controversial Antigen Tests Could Be Key to Defeating COVID-19

The day before a planned visit from President Donald Trump earlier this month, a technician swabbed Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to test him for COVID-19. Within 15 minutes, a plus sign for a positive result appeared on the screen of... Read More

Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States
Education
Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States

Through his high school years in Orlando in the 1990s, Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy never heard a word about a massacre seven decades earlier that took place on Election Day just 15 minutes away in Ocoee. Only later did... Read More

This Rural Minnesota Town Swelled With Immigrants. But Will Census Count Them?
Census
This Rural Minnesota Town Swelled With Immigrants. But Will Census Count Them?

MILAN, Minn. — The October chill hit Gabriel Elias like a truck when he reached the airport parking lot in Minneapolis. He recalls surveying the cold, unfamiliar landscape. The trees looked near death. As his uncle drove nearly three hours... Read More

CARES Act Funding Leads to Nearly $50 Million in Broadband Projects in Idaho
State News
CARES Act Funding Leads to Nearly $50 Million in Broadband Projects in Idaho
2020-08-28 20:02:33
by Dan McCue

BOISE, Idaho - Federal coronavirus relief funds will pay for 102 projects aimed at extending broadband connectivity to 43,000 underserved households in Idaho, the state's governor and Department of Commerce announced Friday. Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, and Commerce officials,... Read More

Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
2020 Elections
Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
2020-08-28 19:57:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Though former Vice President Joe Biden continues to ride high in polls after two weeks of political conventions, the key to defeating President Donald Trump in November will be in the focus on how a booming U.S. economy... Read More

College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
Education
College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
2020-08-28 18:10:11
by Sara Wilkerson

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce strains on key cornerstones of society, the education system in America is faced with its biggest challenge yet: students returning to the classroom. To find out more about how students are feeling as... Read More

Congress Questions Customs and Border Protection Over Border Wall Construction Contracts
Congress
Congress Questions Customs and Border Protection Over Border Wall Construction Contracts
2020-08-28 17:47:51
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A change in Customs and Border Protection policy that allows the agency to award its own contracts for select U.S.-Mexico border wall construction projects is being questioned by congressional members. In a letter addressed to acting CBP Commissioner... Read More

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

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