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Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows

President Donald Trump’s support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll shows. The poll from the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies... Read More

People Live Longer in Blue States; Study Points to Impact of State Policies
Research
People Live Longer in Blue States; Study Points to Impact of State Policies

WASHINGTON — Weak environmental protections, safety rules and labor and civil rights protections may be cutting lives short in conservative states and deepening the divide between red and blue states, according to a new study on links between life expectancy... Read More

Rep. Karen Bass Surged Up Biden’s VP List. Is She Ready For the National Stage?
2020 Elections
Rep. Karen Bass Surged Up Biden’s VP List. Is She Ready For the National Stage?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Karen Bass is an unlikely contender for vice president. The five-term Los Angeles Democrat has never run for statewide office, much less a national one; she hasn’t faced a tough reelection race in her comfortably liberal... Read More

Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured as Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut
Lebanon
Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured as Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut

BEIRUT — A massive explosion at Lebanon’s main port rocked Beirut on Tuesday, overwhelming hospitals dealing with the injured and dying. The blast was so large it blew out windows across the capital and was even heard from Cyprus. Authorities... Read More

‘Every Day Was Nonstop Calls’: How a Blue State Republican Became the Face of Mail Voting
2020 Elections
‘Every Day Was Nonstop Calls’: How a Blue State Republican Became the Face of Mail Voting

Kim Wyman’s phone started ringing at the end of February. As the rapid spread of the coronavirus made it clear that the 2020 election cycle would have to accommodate social distancing, reporters and election officials across the country started reaching... Read More

Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor
Law
Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor

ATLANTA — Shortly after U.S. Rep. John Lewis died, grieving Democrats were faced with two difficult choices: tap a replacement for the late civil rights icon on the ballot within days or slow the process and risk a legal challenge.... Read More

Congress Reviews Security for Upcoming Federal Election
2020 Elections
Congress Reviews Security for Upcoming Federal Election
2020-08-04 21:52:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Security systems for mail-in ballots need additional funding and information technology assistance to be ready for the upcoming November election, security experts told Congress Tuesday. They warned that foreign adversaries and other hackers will try to influence the... Read More

Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 60, Injures Thousands
In The News
Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 60, Injures Thousands

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured,... Read More

Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
Technology
Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
2020-08-04 20:24:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband cable access into underserved rural communities. The Governors' Broadband Development Fund bill was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and... Read More

District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020 Elections
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020-08-04 20:16:09
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for... Read More

Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
State News
Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
2020-08-04 20:11:52
by Dan McCue

TOPEKA, Kan. - As Congress continues to wrestle with how much it will give to states and cities in the next coronavirus relief package, the state of Kansas says it has seen a dramatic increase in its tax collections, partly... Read More

Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
Education
Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
2020-08-04 20:01:48
by Sara Wilkerson

As schools across the country consider their learning options for the upcoming academic school year, a new Gallup poll says fewer parents favor full-time in-person instruction, suggesting a shift in parental preferences from late May.  At the end of the... Read More

Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020 Elections
Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020-08-04 19:49:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Roughly half of voters in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania have health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and would prefer to vote by mail in the November election, according to a new poll. The... Read More

Fans Would Be Just As Upset by Lack of Football as Losing the White House
Opinion Polls
Fans Would Be Just As Upset by Lack of Football as Losing the White House
2020-08-04 19:39:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Football fans for teams at both the college and professional level would be just as upset by a season without games as they would by their preferred candidate losing the race for the While House, a new survey... Read More

'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill
Congress
'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple... Read More

Nevada to Mail All Voters Ballots; Trump Promises Lawsuit
State News
Nevada to Mail All Voters Ballots; Trump Promises Lawsuit

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Monday to mail all of the state's active voters ballots ahead of the November election, a move being criticized by President Donald Trump, who promised a lawsuit to block... Read More

Trump Nursing Home Plan Limits Supply of Free COVID-19 Tests
Health
Trump Nursing Home Plan Limits Supply of Free COVID-19 Tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won't supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.... Read More

AP VoteCast: How Black Women Shape Democratic Politics
Political News
AP VoteCast: How Black Women Shape Democratic Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black women are often called the backbone of the Democratic Party — reliable and loyal voters whose support can make or break a candidate. In 2018, they were more likely than women in any other racial or... Read More

Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue
Political News
Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple... Read More

Lujan Grisham Builds Profile as Biden Looks to Make VP Pick
2020 Elections
Lujan Grisham Builds Profile as Biden Looks to Make VP Pick

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Michelle Lujan Grisham has not received the attention of many higher-profile candidates under consideration to be Joe Biden's running mate. But she has a resume that few of them can match. The New Mexico governor has executive experience... Read More

Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
Local Elections
Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
2020-08-03 21:12:20
by Sara Wilkerson

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has warned officials who already postponed a local election once due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, they would be violating the law if they attempted to move the election again, this time to next year.... Read More

Moderates Who Flipped House in '18 Prominent in First Slate of Obama Endorsements
2020 Elections
Moderates Who Flipped House in '18 Prominent in First Slate of Obama Endorsements
2020-08-03 21:07:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Moderates who flipped the House of Representatives to Democratic control after the 2018 election figure prominently in former President Barack Obama's first slate of endorsements for the 2020 elections. Obama endorsed 118 candidates in 17 states, announcing his... Read More

Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
Education
Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
2020-08-03 21:02:49
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension of various waivers that allow low-income students access through the upcoming school year to school-provided meals. One-in-seven children... Read More

Independent Restaurant Coalition Runs Ad to Support Congressional RESTAURANT Act
Business
Independent Restaurant Coalition Runs Ad to Support Congressional RESTAURANT Act
2020-08-03 20:54:50
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate another package of coronavirus relief, the Independent Restaurant Coalition is stepping up its effort to make sure they are included in the emergency funding this time around.  This week,... Read More

New Report Claims Presidential Election Legitimacy in Jeopardy
2020 Elections
New Report Claims Presidential Election Legitimacy in Jeopardy
2020-08-03 15:37:10
by Reece Nations

A new report from a political reform nonprofit has outlined major risks to the nation’s democratic election process.  MapLight, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, examined the most significant risks to the 2020 presidential election in the report. Some of the issues... Read More

Poll Shows Many Younger Voters Aren’t Prepared To Vote By Mail
Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Many Younger Voters Aren’t Prepared To Vote By Mail
2020-08-03 13:57:47
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - New polling data shows that while younger U.S. voters are increasingly interested in voting by mail, many aren’t prepared to do so in 2020. According to a survey released this week by public affairs firm Global Strategy Group,... Read More

Judge Defines Bitcoin as Currency Under D.C. Money Laundering Law
Law
Judge Defines Bitcoin as Currency Under D.C. Money Laundering Law
2020-08-03 13:55:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A federal judge’s recent ruling gave prosecutors nationwide a new tool for pursuing money launderers by redefining bitcoin as a form of currency. The ruling was based on the prosecution of a man who tried to evade criminal... Read More

Fed’s Kashkari Urges Congress to Act, Suggests Fresh Lockdown
Economy
Fed’s Kashkari Urges Congress to Act, Suggests Fresh Lockdown

The surging U.S. savings rate means the country can afford to support Americans laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, while a “hard” lockdown could deliver a faster economic recovery, a senior Federal Reserve official said on Sunday. Federal Reserve... Read More

White House and Congress Still Far From Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Bill
Political News
White House and Congress Still Far From Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — As millions of Americans drifted toward financial crisis, the two parties remained deadlocked after weekend talks on another round of economic relief intended to ease the burden of job losses from the worsening coronavirus outbreak. Administration officials and... Read More

Trump Plans ‘Emergency’ to Stay in Office, Top Democrat Says
2020 Elections
Trump Plans ‘Emergency’ to Stay in Office, Top Democrat Says

President Donald Trump has no intention of “peacefully” transferring power if he loses the November election, according to House Majority Whip James Clyburn. Trump, who floated the idea of delaying the vote last week over fraud concerns, neither plans to... Read More

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