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Federal Judge in Idaho Stops State From Implementing Ban on Transgender Athletes
Courts
Federal Judge in Idaho Stops State From Implementing Ban on Transgender Athletes

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge in Idaho has issued a temporary injunction to keep the state from implementing a controversial law banning transgender girls and women from participating in women’s sports while a legal challenge moves forward. The ruling... Read More

Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says
Wildfires
Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says

WASHINGTON — The former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security claims in a political ad released Monday that President Donald Trump tried to withhold disaster relief money for California’s wildfires because voters in the state opposed him... Read More

Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill
Congress
Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to introduce a scaled-back stimulus bill amid the standoff over a new virus relief plan that’s dragged on for weeks, according to two Senate Republican aides. The legislation would include a $300 a week enhanced... Read More

Trump Says He Will Give His Nomination Acceptance Speech From the White House
Donald Trump
Trump Says He Will Give His Nomination Acceptance Speech From the White House

While campaigning in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, President Donald Trump announced Monday that he plans to deliver his nomination acceptance speech at the White House, even though it is not supposed to be used for partisan political events. Trump will address GOP... Read More

Vouching for Joe Biden, Michelle Obama Says Trump Is ‘Clearly in Over His Head’
Political News
Vouching for Joe Biden, Michelle Obama Says Trump Is ‘Clearly in Over His Head’

Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered a blistering attack on President Donald Trump in giving the keynote speech of Monday’s opening night of Democrats’ virtual national convention, saying he has governed by “chaos” while displaying an “utter lack of empathy.”... Read More

5 Takeaways From the First Night of the Democratic National Convention
2020 Elections
5 Takeaways From the First Night of the Democratic National Convention

Is it really a convention without swarms of delegates in funny hats? Democrats endeavored to find out on Monday, kicking off their four-night nominating convention, an all-virtual affair with only the most tenuous of ties to its host city of... Read More

Appeals Court Rules That Only Men Can Be Drafted by U.S. Military
Military
Appeals Court Rules That Only Men Can Be Drafted by U.S. Military
2020-08-17 15:59:49
by Tom Ramstack

Only men can be drafted into the U.S. military, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled last week. The ruling was based on a lawsuit filed by the advocacy group National Coalition for Men and two men who alleged... Read More

Postal Service Cutbacks Spur Fears of Election Havoc
Congress
Postal Service Cutbacks Spur Fears of Election Havoc

WASHINGTON — Spurred by fears that President Donald Trump is trying to eviscerate the U.S. Postal Service to help him win reelection, House Democrats demanded Sunday that the nation’s postmaster general testify next Monday at an emergency hearing on widespread... Read More

The Democratic National Convention Has Gone Virtual. Here’s How to Watch
2020 Elections
The Democratic National Convention Has Gone Virtual. Here’s How to Watch

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez had predicted Milwaukee would be the place to be this summer. “Don’t forget, folks, 490 days and this place will be hopping,” Perez said last year at a news conference announcing the city would... Read More

Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots
Health
Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics will trump public health in the quest for a vaccine. The country’s plan to start mass inoculations as soon as... Read More

Kamala Harris’ Eligibility Is ‘Case Closed,’ Trump Adviser Says
2020 Elections
Kamala Harris’ Eligibility Is ‘Case Closed,’ Trump Adviser Says

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign officials backed away from questioning Kamala Harris’ eligibility for national office, describing the issue as a non-starter and “case closed.” The president raised the matter twice last week in news conferences and offered praise for... Read More

Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says
Elections
Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says

Election voting is the cybersecurity industry’s most difficult challenge, and casting ballots on paper is the safest option against any digital disruptions, says CrowdStrike Holdings co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer Dmitri Alperovitch. “Voting is the hardest thing to secure... Read More

Struggling Farmers Work With Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay Afloat
Agriculture
Struggling Farmers Work With Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay Afloat

As the pandemic shut down restaurants this spring, California farmers and ranchers saw their markets drop by half, leaving many with fields full of crops but no buyers. And as millions of people lost their jobs, the state’s food banks... Read More

Delaware Thrust Into Unlikely Starring Role in 2020 Campaign
State News
Delaware Thrust Into Unlikely Starring Role in 2020 Campaign

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware isn't a swing state. It has three electoral votes. Driving its entire length, from Pennsylvania to Maryland, takes only a little more than an hour and a half. But the state has an unexpected starring... Read More

Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote
Civil Rights
Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. Harry... Read More

Behind Closed Doors: How Biden’s Team Weighed the VP Candidates
2020 Elections
Behind Closed Doors: How Biden’s Team Weighed the VP Candidates

WILMINGTON, Del. — The vetting Kamala Harris endured to earn her spot on Joe Biden’s presidential ticket was like none other in recent history. It was at once a public audition and highly secretive. It took sharp turns as the... Read More

How Will Kamala Harris Impact the Rest of the Democratic Ticket?
2020 Elections
How Will Kamala Harris Impact the Rest of the Democratic Ticket?

WASHINGTON — The fundraising email from California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris hit inboxes Tuesday evening with the subject line “Proud to announce.” But it wasn’t about Harris making history as her party’s vice presidential nominee.  “I’m excited to let you... Read More

Trump Says ‘Suburban Housewife’ Will Vote for Him. What Do Polls, 2018 Election Show?
Donald Trump
Trump Says ‘Suburban Housewife’ Will Vote for Him. What Do Polls, 2018 Election Show?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the “suburban housewife” will vote for him in the upcoming election — but polls and past election results tell a different story. “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me,” the president tweeted.... Read More

Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?
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Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The other is a rising star, a trailblazer accustomed to breaking barriers. Both have deep Bay Area ties. And to many... Read More

Trump Adds Grandiose Promises to Campaign Pitch
Campaigns
Trump Adds Grandiose Promises to Campaign Pitch

WASHINGTON — The payroll tax, a bedrock of the American retirement system since 1941, will end as soon as President Donald Trump is reelected, he promised last weekend. A new Iran nuclear deal will come to pass a month after... Read More

QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia
2020 Elections
QAnon Supporter Wins GOP’s US House Runoff in Georgia

ROME, Ga. — Marjorie Taylor Greene was victorious in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District Republican runoff, and she is likely to become the first QAnon supporter to earn a seat in Congress. Addressing supporters shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern, she credited... Read More

‘Extraordinarily Nasty’: Trump and His Campaign Launch Swift Attack on Kamala Harris
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‘Extraordinarily Nasty’: Trump and His Campaign Launch Swift Attack on Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called California Sen. Kamala Harris “nasty” and the “meanest” member of the U.S. Senate shortly after Joe Biden named her as his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Trump said Harris was “extraordinarily nasty”... Read More

GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?
2020 Elections
GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?

When a Democrat or Republican runs for president, there’s usually a stable of low-profile legal experts affiliated with the party who can help navigate the country’s thicket of ballot-access laws. But if you were, say, music megastar Kanye West mounting... Read More

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate
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Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of... Read More

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy
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Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole. In the race for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, U.S.... Read More

National Zoo Says Female Giant Panda May Be Expecting Another Cub
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National Zoo Says Female Giant Panda May Be Expecting Another Cub
2020-08-15 08:48:16
by Gaspard Le Dem

D.C. may have a new furry resident on the way. The National Zoo announced on Friday that its giant female panda, Mei Xiang, appears to be pregnant, and could be giving birth to a new cub over the weekend. After... Read More

America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine
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America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where more than 5 million people have been infected and more than 161,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by... Read More

‘Chaos and Confusion’: Cost-cutting and Turmoil at Postal Service Fuel Worry for Mail Voting
Voting
‘Chaos and Confusion’: Cost-cutting and Turmoil at Postal Service Fuel Worry for Mail Voting

The United States Postal Service has possibly never been more important, or more embattled. The 245-year-old organization has faced years of derision from President Donald Trump. And as the election nears with his prospects uncertain, Trump has intensified his unfounded... Read More

The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed
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The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed

LOS ANGELES — Early on a Thursday morning in February, two men in suits rapped on the door of the South Los Angeles apartment that Gadseel Quiñonez shares with his little brother. The men were from the Los Angeles Police... Read More

‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?
Economy
‘I’ve Now Dipped Into the Pie.’ Will COVID-19 Change Americans’ Views of the Social Safety Net?

LOS ANGELES — If you had posed the scenario to him as a hypothetical a few months ago — “Your company will be hemorrhaging cash, and you’ll turn to Uncle Sam for emergency funds” — Jim Brady would’ve confidently dismissed... Read More

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