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Postal Service, Treasury Reach Deal on $10 Billion Pandemic Relief Loan
In The News
Postal Service, Treasury Reach Deal on $10 Billion Pandemic Relief Loan
2020-07-30 14:12:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nearly four months after Congress approved a $10 billion loan for the struggling U.S. Postal Service as part of the CARES Act, the service and the Treasury Department have struck a deal on the terms of the loan.... Read More

Big Tech Chief Executives Defend Against Antitrust Accusations in Congress
Congress
Big Tech Chief Executives Defend Against Antitrust Accusations in Congress
2020-07-30 14:03:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The chief executives of the biggest computer and Internet companies faced tough questioning in Congress Wednesday on whether they have too much control over the U.S. market. Some lawmakers want to break up their dominance under federal antitrust... Read More

Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
Census
Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
2020-07-30 14:01:04
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats attacked the president’s plan to exclude illegal immigrants from the 2020 Census during a congressional hearing Wednesday while Republicans said they wanted to prevent foreign influence. The House Oversight Committee held what it called an “emergency hearing”... Read More

Trump Floats Election 'Delay' Amid Claims of Voting Fraud
2020 Elections
Trump Floats Election 'Delay' Amid Claims of Voting Fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is for the first time floating a “delay” to November’s presidential election, as he makes unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud. The dates of federal elections — the Tuesday after... Read More

First Republican Votes by Proxy on the House Floor
Congress
First Republican Votes by Proxy on the House Floor

WASHINGTON — Florida Rep. Francis Rooney became the first House Republican to vote by proxy Wednesday, bucking his party’s leadership and its outspoken opposition to the emergency procedure. Rooney, who is retiring at the end of this term, filed a... Read More

Rep. Clyburn Asks Kemp for Documents Detailing Georgia’s Handling of COVID-19
State News
Rep. Clyburn Asks Kemp for Documents Detailing Georgia’s Handling of COVID-19

ATLANTA — The chairman of a U.S. House coronavirus subcommittee sent Gov. Brian Kemp a letter Wednesday saying Georgia is not in compliance with White House COVID-19 task force recommendations and requesting detailed plans for dealing with the pandemic. U.S.... Read More

Pelosi Announces Masks Are Required ‘At All Times’ in the House
Congress
Pelosi Announces Masks Are Required ‘At All Times’ in the House

WASHINGTON — In Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement Wednesday that masks would now be required on the House floor she reminded those present that, “the speaker has the authority to direct the sergeant at arms to remove a member from the... Read More

Trump, Mnuchin Push Short-Term Aid Package
Economy
Trump, Mnuchin Push Short-Term Aid Package

WASHINGTON — With prospects dim for a broader $1 trillion-plus COVID-19 relief package by the end of the week, President Donald Trump and his top negotiators are talking about a narrow package focused on continuing expanded unemployment benefits and preventing... Read More

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday morning at the White House, according to multiple news reports. Gohmert, who was scheduled to fly to Texas on Wednesday morning with President Donald Trump, tested... Read More

Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Talks With Putin
Geopolitics
Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Talks With Putin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hasn’t discussed reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite having numerous phone calls as recently as last week. “I have... Read More

Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
Military
Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
2020-07-29 20:32:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is winding down the U.S. military presence in Germany, and relocating some, but not all of those troops closer to the Russian border, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Wednesday. The decision marks a major force restructuring... Read More

RNC Intervenes In Iowa Dispute Over Absentee Voting
State News
RNC Intervenes In Iowa Dispute Over Absentee Voting
2020-07-29 20:24:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee on Monday urged Iowa election officials to block counties from sending out absentee ballot request forms with pre-filled voter information. In a letter, the RNC’s chief counsel asked Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate... Read More

Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
Political News
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
Political News
Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
2020-07-29 14:13:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Trump's re-election campaign allegedly laundered $170 million in spending to conceal payments made to Trump family associates and people working with the campaign, a non-partisan campaign watchdog claims. In an 81-page complaint filed with the Federal Election... Read More

Ahead of Trump’s 16th Visit to Texas, Yet Another Poll Shows he Trails Biden
Opinion Polls
Ahead of Trump’s 16th Visit to Texas, Yet Another Poll Shows he Trails Biden

WASHINGTON — Another day, another poll showing that Texas is up for grabs despite President Donald Trump’s bluster. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads 47% to 45%, with only one in 20 voters still undecided, in a Morning Consult poll... Read More

Trump to Keep DACA Protections in Place to Review Court Decision, Reject New Applications
Immigration
Trump to Keep DACA Protections in Place to Review Court Decision, Reject New Applications

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will allow certain young, undocumented immigrants to renew deportation protections for one year as his administration reviews a Supreme Court decision that blocked his efforts to end a program designed to let them remain in... Read More

Trump Spends 9-in-10 Advertising Dollars Defending States He Won
2020 Elections
Trump Spends 9-in-10 Advertising Dollars Defending States He Won

President Donald Trump is spending nearly all of his advertising money to keep states he won in 2016, playing a game of defense in areas a Republican incumbent should be able to count on. More than 92% of his state-based... Read More

Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies
Congress
Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and his decision to intercede in criminal cases involving President Donald Trump’s close associates. The attorney... Read More

Extreme Voting Lines Expose Where Georgia Primary Failed
2020 Elections
Extreme Voting Lines Expose Where Georgia Primary Failed

ATLANTA — The last polling place in Georgia closed well after midnight. Voters had waited over five hours at Christian City, an assisted living community south of Atlanta. The line twisted far down the street, the most egregious example of... Read More

Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier
State News
Democrats Score Court Wins to Make Voting by Mail Easier

Democrats on Tuesday notched two victories in lawsuits aimed at making it easier to vote by mail during the pandemic. The state of Rhode Island agreed to eliminate witness or notary requirements for people voting by mail throughout the 2020... Read More

As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible
Health
As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible

Younger people are less likely to be hospitalized or die of COVID-19 than their elders, but they circulate more freely while carrying the disease, and their cases are harder to trace. Together, these facts terrify California hospital officials. People under... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall
Congress
Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

Pandemic Hit Postal Service Finances Hard, but $25 Billion Rescue Deal Remains Stuck in Senate
In The News
Pandemic Hit Postal Service Finances Hard, but $25 Billion Rescue Deal Remains Stuck in Senate

WASHINGTON — Every day the U.S. Postal Service delivers 430 million letters and packages, including 4 million prescriptions, from Mesquite to Marfa, and from the high rises of Manhattan to the shores of Maui. “We’d be lost without it, truthfully,”... Read More

Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
In The News
Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
2020-07-28 21:57:19
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America.... Read More

Trump Will Accept Republican Nomination in North Carolina
2020 Elections
Trump Will Accept Republican Nomination in North Carolina
2020-07-28 20:57:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday night that he will accept the Republican presidential nomination in Charlotte, N.C., two months after throwing the convention process into chaos over a spat with North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Trump, who... Read More

Permanent Closings Possible as UK Arts Sector Faces Ongoing Crisis
Arts
Permanent Closings Possible as UK Arts Sector Faces Ongoing Crisis
2020-07-28 20:36:24
by Sara Wilkerson

As the United Kingdom sets out its plan of guiding and supporting its arts industry amid the pandemic, the sector remains in a state of crisis as freelancers in the British theatre sector consider leaving the profession and theatres face... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
Geopolitics
Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
2020-07-28 20:33:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is urging the chamber to take up two measures aimed at responding to reports of a Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In... Read More

Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
Congress
Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
2020-07-28 20:31:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Just a few months ago, Braudilia Mendez had four employees to help care for the toddlers at Curious Mind, a bilingual child care center in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. But when the pandemic struck, Mendez was forced to... Read More

Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
Mental Health
Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
2020-07-28 20:26:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's probably never been a month in presidential politics like July 2020. For the better part of it, the current occupant of the White House, President Donald Trump, has sought to display his mental fitness on television, by... Read More

First Presidential Debate Moved to Cleveland Amid Pandemic Concerns
Debates
First Presidential Debate Moved to Cleveland Amid Pandemic Concerns
2020-07-28 16:22:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former VIce President Joe Biden, has been moved to the Health Education Campus Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, the organizers announced. The Commission on... Read More

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