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John Lewis Funeral Plans Still in the Works
Congress
John Lewis Funeral Plans Still in the Works

ATLANTA — At a family news conference on Sunday morning, John Lewis’ youngest brother, Henry Grant Lewis, did not announce any funeral arrangements, which are expected to take place across Washington, D.C., Atlanta and his place of birth, Troy, Alabama.... Read More

Glitches, Turmoil Dog Texas GOP’s Virtual Convention
2020 Elections
Glitches, Turmoil Dog Texas GOP’s Virtual Convention

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Republican Party’s virtual state convention stumbled its way toward a messy conclusion Sunday that could leave its legitimacy in doubt. “This convention will be challenged in court and should be challenged in court,” Amy Hedtke,... Read More

Trump Says He’ll Sign Health, Immigration Plans in Coming Weeks
Political News
Trump Says He’ll Sign Health, Immigration Plans in Coming Weeks

Donald Trump said he plans to approve a health care plan, an immigration plan and “various other plans” in coming weeks as polls show the president trailing Democrat Joe Biden. “Nobody will have done what I’m doing in the next... Read More

Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland
Law Enforcement
Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have asked for internal investigations into the use of federal police by Attorney General William Barr and the acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department, Chad Wolf, to crack down on protests in Portland, Oregon, and... Read More

Trump Won’t Commit to Accepting Result If He Loses Election
2020 Elections
Trump Won’t Commit to Accepting Result If He Loses Election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump refused again to promise he would accept the results of November’s presidential election and brushed aside public opinion polls that showed his standing with voters plummeting over his handling of the worsening coronavirus outbreak. In... Read More

John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, Dies at 80
Congress
John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, Dies at 80

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, has... Read More

Twitter Racing to Unravel Mystery Cyberattack
Cybercrime
Twitter Racing to Unravel Mystery Cyberattack

As Twitter Inc. grapples with the worst security breach in its 14-year history, it must now uncover whether its employees were victims of sophisticated phishing schemes or if they deliberately allowed hackers to access high-profile accounts. On Wednesday, some of... Read More

Convicted by Software? Not so Fast, Says California Lawmaker
Criminal Justice
Convicted by Software? Not so Fast, Says California Lawmaker

WASHINGTON — Amid a national debate over bias and discrimination in the criminal justice system, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., is pushing legislation that he says will level the playing field for criminal defendants whose lives may depend on the conclusions... Read More

Belt and Road Reemerges in Pakistan With Flurry of China Deals
Geopolitics
Belt and Road Reemerges in Pakistan With Flurry of China Deals

China’s Belt and Road program has found new life in Pakistan with $11 billion worth of projects signed in the last month, driven by a former lieutenant general who has reinvigorated the infrastructure plan that’s been languishing since Prime Minister... Read More

Meet the Youth Liberation Front Behind a Militant Marathon of Portland Protests
In The States
Meet the Youth Liberation Front Behind a Militant Marathon of Portland Protests

PORTLAND, Ore. — Shortly before 1 a.m. on July 5, as protesters braced for more long hours on the streets in Oregon’s largest city, the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front took to Twitter with a stern declaration. “Be like water,... Read More

Companies Join In Nonpartisan Effort to Boost Elections Participation
Voting
Companies Join In Nonpartisan Effort to Boost Elections Participation
2020-07-17 19:32:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 100 U.S. companies, including Microsoft, Estee Lauder and Target have committed to engage in nonpartisan efforts to bolster participation by their employees and customers in the 2020 elections. The initiative, called the Civic Alliance, was founded... Read More

Justice Ginsburg Says Cancer Has Returned, But She Won't Retire
Supreme Court
Justice Ginsburg Says Cancer Has Returned, But She Won't Retire
2020-07-17 17:24:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court. The 87-year-old Ginsburg, who spent time in the hospital this week for a... Read More

RNC Eyes Outdoor Amphitheater for Trump Jacksonville Speech
Political News
RNC Eyes Outdoor Amphitheater for Trump Jacksonville Speech

WASHINGTON — With coronavirus cases in Florida surging, the Republican National Committee announced Thursday morning that it would limit attendance at the Jacksonville convention in August. The RNC raised expectations last month that President Donald Trump would accept the GOP... Read More

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Administration Rejects New DACA Applications
Immigration
Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Administration Rejects New DACA Applications

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is venturing onto increasingly shaky legal ground as officials reject new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, sidestepping a Supreme Court ruling reinstating DACA, legal experts and lawmakers say. The court ruled... Read More

Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court
State News
Georgia Governor’s Office Seeks to Block Atlanta Mask Mandate in Court

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration went to court Thursday seeking to block Atlanta from enacting coronavirus restrictions and requiring residents to wear masks, setting up a legal showdown between the state and local governments over efforts to contain... Read More

UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research
Intelligence
UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research

Russian state intelligence is hacking international research centers that are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.K., U.S. and Canadian governments said. It is unclear whether research facilities have been damaged or if the vaccine programs have been set... Read More

Annual Congressional Baseball Game Canceled
Sports
Annual Congressional Baseball Game Canceled

WASHINGTON — The beloved Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has officially been canceled this year. The “friendly” bipartisan summer sporting event that pits Republican members of Congress against their Democratic colleagues will be put on hold until 2021 as the... Read More

Supreme Court Sides With Florida GOP to Block Ex-Felons from Voting
In The News
Supreme Court Sides With Florida GOP to Block Ex-Felons from Voting

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned down an emergency appeal from voting rights lawyers Thursday, leaving in place what a federal judge in Florida called an unconstitutional “pay-to-vote system” that could prevent hundreds of thousands of ex-felons from casting a... Read More

Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
2020-07-17 14:32:21
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Members of the Blue Dog Coalition issued a letter urging congressional leaders to include measures to further protect taxpayer dollars in the next round of pandemic response funding.  The coalition, founded on fiscal responsibility and centrist-ideals, highlighted the... Read More

Americans Say They Want to See More Immigration, Not Less
Opinion Polls
Americans Say They Want to See More Immigration, Not Less
2020-07-17 14:30:01
by Sara Wilkerson

Results of a recent Gallup poll show 34% of Americans believe that there should be more immigration, rather than less, the highest in the poll’s 55-year history. Support for immigration is up from the 27% found in the same poll... Read More

Small Businesses Ask for More Aid to Ward Off COVID’s Economic Disaster
Congress
Small Businesses Ask for More Aid to Ward Off COVID’s Economic Disaster
2020-07-17 14:28:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Small business representatives made a plea to Congress Thursday for assistance in getting Americans back to work after millions of workers lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. They said that without financial assistance and retraining of the... Read More

School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
Health
School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
2020-07-16 20:43:52
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases in all but a handful of U.S. states, school districts across the country are pushing ahead with plans to resume in-person classes this fall. With the pandemic continuing, minimizing the risk... Read More

Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
State News
Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
2020-07-16 15:35:03
by Reece Nations

RICHMOND, Va. – Due to the lack of federal workplace guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday emergency occupational safety standards to be implemented statewide. The rules, instituted via an executive order, mandate... Read More

Interior Department to End Grizzly Bear Restoration in the North Cascades
Environment
Interior Department to End Grizzly Bear Restoration in the North Cascades
2020-07-16 15:23:46
by Jacob Pederson

The Interior Department is dropping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State, citing the concerns of people who live and work in the area. The move has alarmed environmentalists who say the decision threatens the... Read More

GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
2020 Elections
GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
2020-07-16 13:48:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is reducing the size of its planned presidential nominating convention in Jacksonville, Fla., in August in the face of a continued surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the state. The GOP’s plans... Read More

Insurance Companies and FCC See Big Future in Telemedicine
Health
Insurance Companies and FCC See Big Future in Telemedicine
2020-07-16 13:46:31
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Whether due to office closures, fear of seeking medical assistance during the pandemic, or simply for convenience, the nation has seen a rise in telemedicine over the last four months. While telemedicine isn’t new, barriers to adoption, such... Read More

National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
Cybersecurity
National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
2020-07-16 13:37:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans agreed Wednesday during a congressional hearing that the U.S. government needs a more proactive strategy for protecting against cyberattacks but disagreed how to accomplish it. Democrats want a new agency to address cyberthreats while Republicans... Read More

Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
Economy
Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
2020-07-16 13:34:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A week before Congress turns its attention to the next coronavirus relief bill, advocates for the nation's restaurants are urging lawmakers to include a number of provisions to specifically bolster the struggling industry. “In just the past two... Read More

Justice Ginsburg Has Left Hospital, Is Doing Well at Home, Court Says
Supreme Court
Justice Ginsburg Has Left Hospital, Is Doing Well at Home, Court Says

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from a Baltimore hospital and is back at home, a day after being admitted with a possible infection, the U.S. Supreme Court said. The hospital stay was the latest health scare for an 87-year-old... Read More

Trump, Trailing in Race, Fires His Campaign Manager
Campaigns
Trump, Trailing in Race, Fires His Campaign Manager

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, falling further behind Joe Biden in polls as he struggles to contain the growing coronavirus pandemic and recession, shook up his campaign staff Wednesday night, replacing his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, with another longtime aide.... Read More

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