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Picking Harris, Biden Puts Centrist Stamp on Democrats’ Future
Political News
Picking Harris, Biden Puts Centrist Stamp on Democrats’ Future

WASHINGTON — In picking Kamala Harris as his running mate, Joe Biden set a marker for how he believes Democrats can win — both in this election and in the future — with a multiracial coalition that can excite voters,... Read More

Pine Gulch Wildfire Explodes, Becoming One of the Largest in Colorado History
Wildfires
Pine Gulch Wildfire Explodes, Becoming One of the Largest in Colorado History

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Pine Gulch fire, a lightning-sparked wildfire burning north of Grand Junction, exploded overnight, nearly doubling in size to become the seventh-largest fire in the state’s history, fire officials said. The fire, which started July 31,... Read More

‘Words Can’t Explain How I Feel.’ Florida Felons Vote for First Time Since Rights Restoration
Voting
‘Words Can’t Explain How I Feel.’ Florida Felons Vote for First Time Since Rights Restoration

MIAMI — Deshaun Jones couldn’t sleep Monday night. Anticipation gnawed at her insides as she went on the internet, researching and evaluating candidates. The very next day the 44-year-old social worker would do something that she hadn’t done in more... Read More

Trump Administration Backs Off Plans to Open Land Near Utah National Parks to Drilling
Public Lands
Trump Administration Backs Off Plans to Open Land Near Utah National Parks to Drilling

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has canceled plans to open tens of thousands of acres for oil and gas drilling near three national parks in Utah next month, a victory for environmentalists and residents angered by its proposal. In all,... Read More

Trump’s Latest Move Would Gut DACA Program, Dreamers Say
Immigration
Trump’s Latest Move Would Gut DACA Program, Dreamers Say

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s move to curtail a program sparing young immigrants from deportation is an effort to “dismantle” an initiative the U.S. Supreme Court just spared, a group of immigrants said in court. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad... Read More

Gallup Poll: Most Black Americans Favor Major Policing Changes, Retaining Law Enforcement Presence
Police
Gallup Poll: Most Black Americans Favor Major Policing Changes, Retaining Law Enforcement Presence
2020-08-13 12:12:22
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – New data from the Gallup Center for Black Voices found 61% of Black Americans want the police presence to remain the same in their area. From June 23 through July 6, a Gallup Panel survey asked participants whether... Read More

Opportunity Possible for Trump to Make Supreme Court Solidly Conservative
Supreme Court
Opportunity Possible for Trump to Make Supreme Court Solidly Conservative
2020-08-13 12:07:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are preparing for the possibility they and President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to turn the Supreme Court sharply to the conservative right soon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent announcement that she is undergoing treatment... Read More

Trump, Biden Declared Winners in Connecticut as Primary Season Comes to a Close
2020 Elections
Trump, Biden Declared Winners in Connecticut as Primary Season Comes to a Close

HARTFORD, Conn. — In the final primaries of the year nationwide, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were declared the winners Tuesday night as Connecticut closed out the primary season for the presidential candidates. The Associated Press called the... Read More

With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator
Congress
With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. The... Read More

Michael Flynn Faces Skeptical Appeals Court in Fight to Have Case Dismissed
Dep. of Justice
Michael Flynn Faces Skeptical Appeals Court in Fight to Have Case Dismissed

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court grilled former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s lawyer about his claim that a trial-court judge has no choice but to grant the U.S. Justice Department’s surprise motion to dismiss the criminal case. During a... Read More

Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On
Health
Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On

President Vladimir Putin said Russia cleared the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for use and hopes to begin mass inoculation soon, even before clinical testing has finished. “The first registration has taken place,” Putin said Tuesday at a televised government meeting,... Read More

Interior Department Withheld Records About Bernhardt During Confirmation, IG Says
Dep. of Interior
Interior Department Withheld Records About Bernhardt During Confirmation, IG Says

WASHINGTON — Political officials at the Interior Department deliberately held back “sensitive” records about Interior Secretary David Bernhardt during his confirmation process, the department’s internal watchdog said Tuesday. Bernhardt had his confirmation hearing in March 2019 and the Senate confirmed... Read More

A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading
Agriculture
A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading

MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues... Read More

A ‘War Room’ That Arms Black and Latino Voters Against Disinformation
In The News
A ‘War Room’ That Arms Black and Latino Voters Against Disinformation

WASHINGTON — As the internet lit up last month with prominent Latinos vowing to boycott Goya pinto beans, Adobo seasoning and other products after the company’s CEO lavishly praised President Donald Trump, a backlash quickly developed on social media. Accounts... Read More

It’s Official: Kamala Harris Named Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential Running Mate
2020 Elections
It’s Official: Kamala Harris Named Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential Running Mate

SAN JOSE, Calif. — After weeks of growing speculation, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answered on Tuesday the most highly anticipated question of his campaign, naming California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate. “Back when Kamala was Attorney... Read More

Perez Previews Virtual Democratic National Convention During Online Forum
2020 Elections
Perez Previews Virtual Democratic National Convention During Online Forum
2020-08-11 22:14:21
by Reece Nations

For the first time in its history, the Democratic Party has elected not to gather in person to select a presidential nominee, opting instead to convene virtually from Monday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Aug. 20. The full updated schedule for... Read More

New Website Aims To Help Voters Navigate Vote-By-Mail Process
Voting
New Website Aims To Help Voters Navigate Vote-By-Mail Process
2020-08-11 22:08:06
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new tool, designed to help U.S. voters navigate the task of voting by mail by streamlining the process of applying for an absentee ballot, is now available. The free tool, which can be accessed at VoteByMail.io, first asks users... Read More

New COVID-19 Initiative Sets Out to Help Companies Bring Workers Back
Business
New COVID-19 Initiative Sets Out to Help Companies Bring Workers Back
2020-08-11 22:04:18
by Sara Wilkerson

In an effort to help companies bring workers safely back amid the pandemic, a new initiative called the COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons was announced in late July as a collaborative effort between Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and the... Read More

Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System
Food
Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System
2020-08-11 17:51:39
by Gracie Kreth

NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation has published a paper calling for immediate action to reform the U.S. food system. Amid the pandemic and deep economic downturn the country is facing, food insecurity has escalated, particularly among Black, Indigenous and... Read More

Co-Working Could Be the Future of Workplaces
Business
Co-Working Could Be the Future of Workplaces
2020-08-11 13:29:11
by Gracie Kreth

As more Americans are working from home -- in some cases indefinitely -- co-working companies are at a crossroads. Before COVID-19, co-working spaces were growing exponentially and according to real-estate company JLL, co-working offices were projected to account for 30% of... Read More

Coronavirus Cases Among Children on the Rise as Schools Gear Up For Reopening
Education
Coronavirus Cases Among Children on the Rise as Schools Gear Up For Reopening
2020-08-11 12:12:35
by Gaspard Le Dem

New data shows that a growing number of children across the country are testing positive for the coronavirus as many schools prepare to resume in-person classes this fall. Over the last two weeks of July, the U.S. reported 97,078 new... Read More

Lebanon’s Cabinet Resigns en Masse Amid Public Outrage Over Beirut Blast
Lebanon
Lebanon’s Cabinet Resigns en Masse Amid Public Outrage Over Beirut Blast

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s beleaguered prime minister and the rest of his Cabinet resigned Monday, six days after a catastrophic explosion in Beirut’s port leveled large areas of the capital. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he was stepping down as demonstrators... Read More

Trump Pulled From News Conference After Shooting Outside White House
White House
Trump Pulled From News Conference After Shooting Outside White House

WASHINGTON — A Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man outside the White House grounds Monday, officials said, although it wasn’t clear whether the individual had sought to attack the president. The Secret Service said that neither the president... Read More

Employers Face Payroll Tax Dilemma After Trump Delays Due Date
Business
Employers Face Payroll Tax Dilemma After Trump Delays Due Date

President Donald Trump’s order to delay collection of payroll taxes thrusts a dilemma on U.S. companies: continue withholding the money from workers expecting bigger paychecks or pass it on and potentially put themselves or their employees at risk of a... Read More

Standoff on US Virus Relief Package Leaves Damage All Around
Economy
Standoff on US Virus Relief Package Leaves Damage All Around

There were plenty of casualties left in the rubble of failed negotiations on another trillion-dollar-plus rescue package for a U.S. economy mired in a historic, pandemic-induced recession. Worst hit are the families, businesses, and state and local governments that have... Read More

Center for American Progress Mulls Proposal for Supreme Court Term Limits
Supreme Court
Center for American Progress Mulls Proposal for Supreme Court Term Limits
2020-08-10 20:11:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - While the Constitution does not expressly grant lifetime appointment for Supreme Court justices, it has, since the nation’s founding, been inferred from Article III, Section I, that “The Judges… shall hold their Offices during good Behavior” has meant... Read More

Nearly Half The World’s Movie Theaters Are Back in Operation, New Data Finds
Arts
Nearly Half The World’s Movie Theaters Are Back in Operation, New Data Finds
2020-08-10 20:09:06
by Sara Wilkerson

Despite renewed concerns over a summer resurgence of the coronavirus, nearly half of the world’s movie theaters are back in operation, according to new data from the United Kingdom’s Gower Street Analytics. Gower Street, a film tech company that provides... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
Health
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
2020-08-10 20:05:34
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to be included in any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The FCC established the program in April 2020 to better provide health care... Read More

Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
Employment
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
2020-08-10 20:00:09
by Reece Nations

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s... Read More

States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid
Economy
States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid

A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back. The leaders of states including New York... Read More

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