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Massachusetts Designating Millions to Combat Pandemic Induced Food Insecurity
State News
Massachusetts Designating Millions to Combat Pandemic Induced Food Insecurity
2020-07-23 20:30:45
by Reece Nations

As part of a $36 million food security program, Massachusetts’ executive administration unveiled $3 million in grants for residents suffering from urgent food instability due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Wednesday the... Read More

Senate Confronts China Threat to Beat Out U.S. Economy
Geopolitics
Senate Confronts China Threat to Beat Out U.S. Economy
2020-07-23 20:25:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate tried to figure out a response Wednesday to a trade war with China that is taking on new urgency during the coronavirus pandemic. Republican and Democratic senators identified Chinese computer hackers and patent thieves as... Read More

NAACP Sues ED For ‘Robbing’ Public Schools of Coronavirus Funding
Education
NAACP Sues ED For ‘Robbing’ Public Schools of Coronavirus Funding
2020-07-23 14:10:06
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The NAACP is adding its voice to a broad legal challenge of a rule by the U.S. Department of Education that diverts COVID-19 relief aid away from public schools to benefit private education.  The powerful civil rights organization... Read More

Analysis: Is Trump Stretching the Law to Deploy Federal Police Power in Cities?
Law
Analysis: Is Trump Stretching the Law to Deploy Federal Police Power in Cities?

WASHINGTON — The federal government has broad power to enforce the laws of the United States, but not to police the streets or maintain order in a city if protests lead to violence. That has been how the separation of... Read More

House Passes Bill to Remove Confederate, Racist Statues and Busts
Congress
House Passes Bill to Remove Confederate, Racist Statues and Busts

WASHINGTON — A measure seeking to remove the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney — who wrote the opinion in the high court’s Dred Scott decision that ruled Black people were not U.S. citizens — along... Read More

What Happens to the US Economy if the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends?
Economy
What Happens to the US Economy if the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends?

WASHINGTON — When the COVID-19 pandemic first drove the country into lockdown and tens of millions of workers lost their jobs, Congress voted to add $600 a week to whatever individual states paid in unemployment insurance. That extra money was... Read More

Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package
Political News
Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and the Trump administration expect to unveil their COVID-19 relief plan Thursday after reaching agreement on key pieces late Wednesday. That package will no longer be one bill but a series of bills addressing the ongoing... Read More

Trials of Parents in College Admissions Scam to Proceed in Groups, Judge Says
Education
Trials of Parents in College Admissions Scam to Proceed in Groups, Judge Says

Ten of the remaining parents charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite U.S. colleges will be tried in two groups, after a federal judge rejected their appeal for separate proceedings. “There is common and overlapping evidence” in... Read More

Twitter Says Direct Messages Accessed in 36 of 130 Hack Victims
Social Media
Twitter Says Direct Messages Accessed in 36 of 130 Hack Victims

Twitter Inc. completed its review of the 130 accounts that were hacked on its social network last week and discovered that the attackers accessed direct messages for as many as 36 of them, including one elected official in the Netherlands.... Read More

Biden Bolsters Campaign Staff in Key Battleground State of North Carolina
2020 Elections
Biden Bolsters Campaign Staff in Key Battleground State of North Carolina
2020-07-22 19:03:56
by Dan McCue

The Biden for President campaign is expanding its staff and operations in the key battleground state of North Carolina, where polls currently have the former vice president leading President Trump by two percentage points. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in North... Read More

District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
Health
District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
2020-07-22 18:57:32
by Dan McCue

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a new face mask order Wednesday after the city saw a marked increase in coronavirus cases, particularly among those under 40. “Basically it says, if you leave home, you should wear a mask,”... Read More

Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
Travel
Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
2020-07-22 17:23:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., took to the floor of the House Wednesday to urge members to support his bill requiring the Transportation Security Administration to conduct a pilot temperature screening program of all airline passengers. Budd and Reps.... Read More

Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
Congress
Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
2020-07-22 17:19:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and John Katko, R-N.Y., introduced bipartisan legislation to require federal executive branch agencies to report to Congress on their planning to address a potential resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the provisions of the... Read More

Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
U.S. Senate
Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
2020-07-22 13:28:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Scammers who cheat desperate consumers out of money during the coronavirus pandemic prompted calls for federal legislation to crack down on them during a Senate hearing Tuesday. The proposals would set new standards for data privacy, penalize price-gougers... Read More

Biden Calls for Overhauling the Nation’s Caregiving System to Boost the Economy
2020 Elections
Biden Calls for Overhauling the Nation’s Caregiving System to Boost the Economy

Joe Biden proposed on Tuesday a $775 billion overhaul of the nation’s caregiving system, efforts that he argued will create 3 million jobs while freeing up millions of people — largely women and people of color — to enter the... Read More

With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?
Economy
With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday said they will include a new round of coronavirus stimulus payments in the upcoming pandemic relief bill, dramatically increasingly the likelihood that more checks will go out to help Americans combat the economic effects... Read More

Coronavirus Infections Far Exceed Reported Cases, CDC Estimates
Health
Coronavirus Infections Far Exceed Reported Cases, CDC Estimates

Far more people were infected with the novel coronavirus than previously reported in several corners of the U.S., according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency conducted a survey looking at antibodies to... Read More

Trump’s Move to Exclude Some Immigrants in Census Could Affect States’ Seats in Congress
Census
Trump’s Move to Exclude Some Immigrants in Census Could Affect States’ Seats in Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed his administration to exclude immigrants who are in the United States illegally when calculating how many seats in Congress each state gets after the current census, a decision that critics denounced as... Read More

Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
Political News
Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
2020-07-22 12:53:24
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Nurses from National Nurses United gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning to honor the lives of fellow health care workers who have died from the coronavirus, and to urge Congress to pass legislation to protect them... Read More

House Proposes Billions of Dollars for Technology Throughout Government
Congress
House Proposes Billions of Dollars for Technology Throughout Government

WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, House appropriators have approved hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding for fiscal 2021, culminating in the Appropriations Committee’s July 15 approval of legislation that would provide nearly $51 billion for the Homeland Security... Read More

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
In The News
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
2020-07-22 12:43:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and... Read More

Republican Mayor Backs Sheriff’s Concerns About Convention Security
Political News
Republican Mayor Backs Sheriff’s Concerns About Convention Security

MIAMI — Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday that he agrees with the Duval County sheriff that the existing security plan and resources for the Republican National Convention are inadequate, and said he would not be comfortable hosting the event... Read More

First Votes in 2020 Election Will Be Cast in 6 Weeks
2020 Elections
First Votes in 2020 Election Will Be Cast in 6 Weeks

Voters in the crucial battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina will begin casting ballots in September, giving President Donald Trump and Joe Biden just weeks to make their cases to voters. The first absentee ballots will be sent... Read More

White House Threatens Defense Bill Veto Over Confederate Base Names
Congress
White House Threatens Defense Bill Veto Over Confederate Base Names

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a massive defense policy bill over a provision that would rename military bases such as Fort Bragg that are named after Confederate officers. The veto threat Tuesday came hours before... Read More

State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls
Law
State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk to voters. She chooses her clothes carefully. She stops to take notes on her phone at the end of driveways,... Read More

Tax Hikes in a Pandemic: Some States and Cities Say Yes
Taxes
Tax Hikes in a Pandemic: Some States and Cities Say Yes

WASHINGTON — Nashville City Councilman Bob Mendes tried unsuccessfully for two years to get his booming city to raise property taxes to address its growing municipal needs. Then came COVID-19. The City Council last month approved a 34% increase. What... Read More

Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
Military
Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
2020-07-21 19:50:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 to better regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals on military bases and surrounding communities. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also... Read More

Trump Moves to Bar Undocumented Aliens From Reapportionment Count
In The News
Trump Moves to Bar Undocumented Aliens From Reapportionment Count
2020-07-21 19:29:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday barring people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in congressional reapportionment. The Supreme Court last year blocked the administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the census form, with... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Will Provide Tax Credit to Food and Beverage Distributors
Congress
Bipartisan Bill Will Provide Tax Credit to Food and Beverage Distributors
2020-07-21 19:23:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., introduced a bill Tuesday providing a tax credit to food and beverage distributors to cover debt incurred for products shipped, but not yet paid for, due the coronavirus outbreak. The... Read More

McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
Congress
McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
2020-07-21 17:43:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to be in the Republican-controlled Senate's next coronavirus relief proposal. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, McConnell said the GOP... Read More

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