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UK’s Truss in Washington to Press for Post-Brexit Trade Deal
Trade
UK’s Truss in Washington to Press for Post-Brexit Trade Deal

U.K. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will meet with her U.S. counterpart Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Monday as part of the third round of talks to reach a trade deal between the two countries. Prime Minister Boris Johnson put... Read More

SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years
Space
SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was... Read More

RNC: Decision On Private Trump Renomination Vote Not Final
Political News
RNC: Decision On Private Trump Renomination Vote Not Final

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said on Saturday, citing the coronavirus. However,... Read More

Despite Virus Threat, Black Voters Wary of Voting By Mail
Elections
Despite Virus Threat, Black Voters Wary of Voting By Mail

DETROIT (AP) — Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he's not planning to take advantage of Michigan’s expanded vote-by-mail system when he casts his ballot in November. The retired teacher from Detroit just isn't sure... Read More

Supreme Court Won't Halt Challenged Border Wall Projects
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Won't Halt Challenged Border Wall Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined by a 5-4 vote Friday to halt the Trump administration's construction of portions of the border wall with Mexico following a recent lower court ruling that the administration improperly diverted money to the project. The... Read More

A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?
Elections
A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?

WASHINGTON — If you’ve turned on a television in the Kansas City area recently, you’ve probably seen Bob Hamilton’s face. He’s one of 11 names on Kansas Republicans’ Aug. 4 primary ballot for the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen.... Read More

Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities
Health
Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 pandemic battered large, metropolitan areas this spring, rural hospitals prepared to be next on the front lines. But in order to ready their facilities for a potential surge in patients, those small hospitals had to... Read More

With DACA Ruling, Did Supreme Court Grant Trump New Powers to Reshape Health Care?
Immigration
With DACA Ruling, Did Supreme Court Grant Trump New Powers to Reshape Health Care?

President Donald Trump came into office vowing to repeal and replace Obamacare. While he successfully neutralized the health care law’s requirement that everyone carry insurance, the law remains in effect. When Fox News host Chris Wallace noted that Trump has... Read More

Advocates Rally to Tear Down Highways That Bulldozed Black Neighborhoods
Infrastructure
Advocates Rally to Tear Down Highways That Bulldozed Black Neighborhoods

WASHINGTON — As protesters in cities from Richmond, Virginia, to San Francisco toppled statues last month, urban planner Amy Stelly allowed herself to hope that New Orleans might soon fell its own worst “racist monument.” For much of her life,... Read More

Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America
In The States
Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America

Arizona, once the rock-solid Republican home of party legends John McCain and Barry Goldwater, could well have its first Democratic legislature in almost three decades next year. If it does, Republicans will have COVID-19 to blame. Arizona’s Senate and House... Read More

States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs
In The News
States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs

WASHINGTON — Nearly 25 years ago, President Bill Clinton vowed to “end welfare as we know it,” and Congress bought in, passing landmark legislation designed to help millions of low-income Americans find work and get off the rolls for good.... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Throws Support Behind Housing Legislation
Affordable Housing
New Democrat Coalition Throws Support Behind Housing Legislation
2020-07-31 19:34:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed several pieces of legislation to promote affordable housing development, increase access to affordable lending, and provide transparency of COVID-19 housing and rental relief. “Access to affordable housing is essential to our quality of... Read More

$1.3 Trillion Spending Package Approved by House, Includes $500 Million For Election Security
Congress
$1.3 Trillion Spending Package Approved by House, Includes $500 Million For Election Security
2020-07-31 19:31:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $1.3 trillion spending package which includes bills to fund almost all of the federal government while providing an additional $500 million for election security. The so-called minibus passed 217-197... Read More

Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
Congress
Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
2020-07-31 19:25:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., vowed Friday that members will not leave the nation's capital until there's a deal on a new coronavirus relief package. Speaking on the House floor, Hoyer said, "We will not start the... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Sees Momentum Building Behind Pragmatic Democrats
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Sees Momentum Building Behind Pragmatic Democrats
2020-07-31 19:14:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced Friday that it is expanding its commitment to building on the party's majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by throwing its support behind 10 additional candidates. The Fund, formed by... Read More

Select Committee Offers More Advice On Improving Congressional Operations
Congress
Select Committee Offers More Advice On Improving Congressional Operations
2020-07-31 18:57:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously endorsed 12 new proposals on Friday aimed at improving the continuity of operations in Congress. The new slate of recommendations is the fourth such package passed by the bipartisan... Read More

Asylum Seekers at U.S. Mexico Border, A ‘Population in Peril’
Immigration
Asylum Seekers at U.S. Mexico Border, A ‘Population in Peril’
2020-07-31 18:53:36
by Kate Michael

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Well before the pandemic, migrants at the northern Mexican border were vulnerable to poor health outcomes. Mexican and U.S. policies put in place before COVID-19 affected migrants' quality of life, and policies added during the health crisis... Read More

Third Way: Biden Will Win If He Can 'Seal the Deal' With Undecided Suburban Voters
2020 Elections
Third Way: Biden Will Win If He Can 'Seal the Deal' With Undecided Suburban Voters
2020-07-31 18:50:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Four months out from Election Day, Democrats appear on the upswing in America's increasingly diverse suburbs. But to seal the deal, and secure the White House, presumptive nominee Joe Biden needs to win over the one-in-five suburban voters... Read More

Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
State News
Wisconsin Makes It Unanimous: All States With Democratic Governors Have Mask Mandates
2020-07-31 18:39:44
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin on Thursday became the latest state to impose a statewide face mask mandate, meaning all 24 states with a Democratic governor now have such a requirement in place. By comparison, only 8 of the 26 states with Republican governors... Read More

Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
Emergency Management
Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
2020-07-31 13:10:21
by Jacob Pederson

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Hurricane Hanna hit Texas with winds... Read More

Armed Services Panel Cancels Hearing for Controversial Pentagon Nominee
U.S. Senate
Armed Services Panel Cancels Hearing for Controversial Pentagon Nominee

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday canceled at the last minute the nomination hearing for Anthony J. Tata, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to be the Pentagon’s policy chief. Tata, a retired Army brigadier general and regular... Read More

House Votes to End Military Ban on Transgender Troops
Military
House Votes to End Military Ban on Transgender Troops

WASHINGTON — The House adopted by voice vote an amendment to the fiscal 2021 Defense appropriations bill Thursday that would effectively bring an end to the Trump administration’s severe restrictions on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military. The amendment... Read More

Pennsylvania Voters Think Trump is Bungling the Coronavirus Pandemic, New Poll Says
Opinion Polls
Pennsylvania Voters Think Trump is Bungling the Coronavirus Pandemic, New Poll Says

PHILADELPHIA — A predictable downturn in the mood of Pennsylvania voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slumping economy spells trouble for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, according to a new poll. And former Vice President Joe Biden benefits: The... Read More

In Sprawling Capitol, Leaders Struggle to Keep Virus at Bay
Congress
In Sprawling Capitol, Leaders Struggle to Keep Virus at Bay

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are under increasing pressure from lawmakers to boost testing for the coronavirus in the Capitol, an idea they have so far rejected because of concerns about the... Read More

D.C. Public Schools Will Go All-Virtual Until At Least November
Education
D.C. Public Schools Will Go All-Virtual Until At Least November
2020-07-30 21:39:51
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia officials on Thursday announced that D.C. public schools will hold all classes remotely until the end of the fall semester’s first term on November 6. The decision comes after several neighboring school districts, including Montgomery... Read More

Extra $600 in Jobless Aid Set to Lapse as Talks Deadlock
Economy
Extra $600 in Jobless Aid Set to Lapse as Talks Deadlock

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deadlocked Senate on Thursday exited Washington for the weekend without acting to extend a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep both families and the economy afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak... Read More

Cost, Hassle of Stamps Questioned as Mail-In Voting Surges
2020 Elections
Cost, Hassle of Stamps Questioned as Mail-In Voting Surges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if it weren't for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting the necessary postage to cast a ballot this year will be a struggle. Bryant, 63, doesn't have $10 for a... Read More

Republicans Quickly Rebuff Trump After His Vote Delay Idea
2020 Elections
Republicans Quickly Rebuff Trump After His Vote Delay Idea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s suggestion of postponing the November election drew condemnation from Republican officials in the states and on Capitol Hill as they tried to bat away questions their own party leader had raised about the legitimacy of that... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

Economy Last Quarter Was Worst in US History, Shrinking 32.9%
Economy
Economy Last Quarter Was Worst in US History, Shrinking 32.9%
2020-07-30 15:45:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter -- the worst quarterly decline ever -- amid a coronavirus pandemic that shuttered businesses and threw millions out of work. The Commerce Department's estimate... Read More

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