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Existing Home Sales Soar a Record 24.7% in July
Economy
Existing Home Sales Soar a Record 24.7% in July
2020-08-21 15:23:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes in the United States rose by an unprecedented 24.7% in July extending the summer rebound from the coronavirus after the global pandemic hammered the market in late winter and spring. The National Association of... Read More

114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
Congress
114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
2020-08-21 15:20:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House convenes for a rare Saturday session, over 100 Democrats are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the floor to consideration of a bill to extend an emergency bonus to unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
Congress
Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
2020-08-21 15:16:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to return to bargaining on a new coronavirus relief bill. Earlier this month,... Read More

Kansas Latest State to Offer Online Food Purchases with EBT Card
State News
Kansas Latest State to Offer Online Food Purchases with EBT Card
2020-08-20 20:27:59
by Sara Wilkerson

TOPEKA, Kan. - Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Children and Families announced the state will officially allow food stamp recipients to purchase food online using a Kansas Benefits Card, or EBT Card, at retailers Amazon and Walmart.  In a press... Read More

Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
State News
Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
2020-08-20 19:39:57
by Sara Wilkerson

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time $500 stimulus check on a first-come-first-served basis at select financial institutions. As many as 77,000 Oregon residents will be eligible... Read More

Senate Committee on Aging Reports on Financial Challenges Women Face
Aging
Senate Committee on Aging Reports on Financial Challenges Women Face
2020-08-20 15:35:05
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bob Casey, D-Penn., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Special Committee on Aging, released a report last week examining the challenges older women face preparing financially for retirement.  During... Read More

Trump, Pence Campaign Events Signal Lax Approach to Virus
Campaigns
Trump, Pence Campaign Events Signal Lax Approach to Virus

DES MOINES (AP) — Sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder, some without face masks, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump jammed into an airplane hangar for an Arizona campaign event this week, ignoring the advice of Trump's own health... Read More

Pelosi Says Postmaster Has No Plans to Restore Mail Cuts
Postal Service
Pelosi Says Postmaster Has No Plans to Restore Mail Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service faced more questions and a federal lawsuit Wednesday over mail disruptions, despite assurances by President Donald Trump's postmaster general of no more service changes until after the November election — a pledge made only after a... Read More

Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos
Education
Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks used by the state... Read More

Florida Modeled a Smooth Mail Election. Yes, Florida.
2020 Elections
Florida Modeled a Smooth Mail Election. Yes, Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The votes were swiftly counted, winners were declared, and by about 10 o'clock that night most of the results of Tuesday's primary election — one with large numbers of mailed votes — were known in Florida.... Read More

US Demands Restoration of UN Sanctions Against Iran
Geopolitics
US Demands Restoration of UN Sanctions Against Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to demand the restoration of all international sanctions on Iran in a move that will further isolate the U.S. at the United Nations, test the credibility of the U.N. Security Council and... Read More

Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning
Foreign Affairs
Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit after falling ill from suspected poisoning that his allies believe is linked to his political activity. The 44-year-old... Read More

For Joe Biden, Long Path to a Potentially Crucial Presidency
2020 Elections
For Joe Biden, Long Path to a Potentially Crucial Presidency

When Joe Biden steps to the podium Thursday night as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, he will offer himself to a wounded, meandering nation as balm — and as a bridge. A 77-year-old steeped in the American political establishment for a... Read More

Democrats Pound Their Message: To Oust Trump, You Must Vote
2020 Elections
Democrats Pound Their Message: To Oust Trump, You Must Vote

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama warned that American democracy could falter if President Donald Trump is reelected, a stunning rebuke of his successor that was echoed by Kamala Harris at the Democratic Convention as she embraced her historic role as the... Read More

FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy
Regulation
FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Investors fled drug developer BioMarin in droves on Wednesday, driving shares down by a third after U.S. regulators rejected the company’s potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a... Read More

A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries
Elections
A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Navy pilot Scott Franklin has ousted Rep. Ross Spano, making the Florida congressman dogged by ethics investigations the eighth incumbent House member to be defeated in party primaries this year. Tuesday's contests were shaped by... Read More

Poll: Pandemic Shifts How Consumers Use Gig Companies
Opinion Polls
Poll: Pandemic Shifts How Consumers Use Gig Companies

NEW YORK (AP) — When ride-hailing heavyweights Uber and Lyft and delivery giants Grubhub and Instacart began making shared rides and meals available with a few taps on a smartphone, they transformed the way people work, travel and get food... Read More

Now Playing at the Mall Parking Lot: Movies, Drag Shows
Entertainment
Now Playing at the Mall Parking Lot: Movies, Drag Shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Angel Dougherty went to the mall last month — not to shop, but to watch a drive-in drag show in the parking lot. “This year has been so anxiety filled and chaotic, I figured this experience... Read More

Pharmacists Can Give Childhood Shots, U.S. Officials Say
Regulation
Pharmacists Can Give Childhood Shots, U.S. Officials Say

NEW YORK (AP) — Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive aimed at preventing future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases. Alex Azar, the head of the U.S. Department of... Read More

Ex-Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Charged in Border Wall Scheme
In The News
Ex-Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Charged in Border Wall Scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.” The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed... Read More

COVID-19 Complicates Hurricane Season’s Natural Disaster Response
Natural Disasters
COVID-19 Complicates Hurricane Season’s Natural Disaster Response
2020-08-19 20:00:11
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of a bizarre earthquake and the above average number of named storms this season, officials are examining how natural disaster response should continue while overlapping with the nation’s ongoing efforts to combat the coronavirus. State... Read More

Whitmer Latest to Join Governors Coalition on Election Security
State News
Whitmer Latest to Join Governors Coalition on Election Security
2020-08-19 17:15:33
by Dan McCue

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday became the latest Democratic governor to formally pledge to uphold the integrity of the November general election. The informal coalition stemmed from concerns over changes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has imposed on the agency's... Read More

Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
Education
Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
2020-08-19 15:30:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school environments or transition to online classrooms while maintaining rigorous curriculums. Everyone is striving to keep students’ minds sharp and bodies... Read More

Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?
Voting
Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a case that could have major ramifications ahead of the November election, a panel of federal judges in Atlanta questioned lawyers Tuesday about Florida’s decision to require felons to pay off all court fees and fines... Read More

Georgia Voters to be Made ‘Inactive’ After Absentee Mail Undeliverable
State News
Georgia Voters to be Made ‘Inactive’ After Absentee Mail Undeliverable

ATLANTA — Tens of thousands of Georgia voter registrations are on track to be changed to inactive status because absentee ballot applications mailed to them in the spring were undeliverable. These voters will still be able to vote in November’s... Read More

Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package
Political News
Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are planning to roll out a “skinny” version of their eight-bill COVID-19 aid package with $10 billion added for the U.S. Postal Service as early as this week. The legislation will be composed of provisions that... Read More

Democratic Convention Draws 18.7 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016
Television
Democratic Convention Draws 18.7 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016

MSNBC had the largest prime-time audience on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but overall viewing of the party’s virtual gathering on Monday was down significantly from four years ago. Nielsen data showed an average of around... Read More

Postal Chief, Facing Political Furor, Backs Off Service Changes Until After Election
Political News
Postal Chief, Facing Political Furor, Backs Off Service Changes Until After Election

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced Tuesday that he would pause changes to U.S. Postal Service operations until after the November election, following an intensifying backlash from lawmakers in both parties. DeJoy, who took office in June after his... Read More

Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds
Political News
Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign eagerly capitalized on Russia’s efforts to meddle in the U.S. election four years ago, according to a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report that raises new concerns about connections between his top aides and... Read More

Democratic Convention Features Pleas for Unity, Attacks on Trump
2020 Elections
Democratic Convention Features Pleas for Unity, Attacks on Trump

MILWAUKEE — Democrats opened their four-day national convention Monday with relentless attacks on President Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis and stoking of racial divisions, enlisting Republican defectors, Democratic rivals and ordinary Americans to broaden support for Joe Biden’s... Read More

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