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10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes
Sports
10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes

College athletes have made their voices heard with unprecedented volume this summer, asserting themselves on issues of health and safety, social justice and financial equity. Now, with the college sports landscape in a state of chaos, that movement may now... Read More

Trump Admits to Blocking Postal Service Funding to Undercut Voting by Mail
2020 Elections
Trump Admits to Blocking Postal Service Funding to Undercut Voting by Mail

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would block a funding boost for the U.S. Postal Service to handle an expected flood of mail-in ballots in coming weeks, admitting it’s part of a White House effort to limit... Read More

Baseless Birther Attack on Kamala Harris Shows How Trump Is Struggling to Define Her
2020 Elections
Baseless Birther Attack on Kamala Harris Shows How Trump Is Struggling to Define Her

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump amplified a false claim Thursday that California-born Kamala Harris might be ineligible to serve as vice president, a smear that recalls the racist “birther” campaign he waged against former President Barack Obama. It marked a... Read More

Israel to Delay West Bank Annexation Plans for Now in Deal to Discuss Normalizing Ties With UAE
Geopolitics
Israel to Delay West Bank Annexation Plans for Now in Deal to Discuss Normalizing Ties With UAE

BEIRUT — The United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to work toward establishing full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt, for now, Israel’s controversial plans to annex occupied West Bank land sought by Palestinians for their... Read More

US Economic Hole Remains Deep Despite Jobless Claims Milestone
Economy
US Economic Hole Remains Deep Despite Jobless Claims Milestone

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic began in March, a milestone that underscores both the depth of economic damage and long road to recovery from the sharpest... Read More

Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
Opinion Polls
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
2020-08-14 11:54:12
by Sara Wilkerson

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions. ... Read More

The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020-08-13 20:07:49
by Gaspard Le Dem

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual all-day programming, speeches will be packed into two-hour televised segments across four nights, from Monday, August 17, to Thursday, August... Read More

Espy Gaining Ground in Mississippi Senate Race
Polling and Ads
Espy Gaining Ground in Mississippi Senate Race
2020-08-13 19:59:42
by TWN Staff

A recent poll conducted on behalf of the Mike Espy for Senate Committee shows Espy trailing Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith by just five percentage points in the Mississippi race for the U.S. Senate. Hyde-White has served in the Senate for... Read More

Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
Voting
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
2020-08-13 19:36:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump... Read More

Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
Education
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week
Weather
A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week

MIAMI — A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine this week, according to the National Hurricane Center. The depression is about 1,220 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is traveling west... Read More

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

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