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Trump’s Edge on Economy Vanishes as More Voters Now Trust Biden
Opinion Polls
Trump’s Edge on Economy Vanishes as More Voters Now Trust Biden

President Donald Trump has lost the one remaining advantage he had with voters, with 50% of voters now saying they trust Joe Biden to do a better job managing the U.S. economy than Donald Trump, according to a new poll... Read More

Congress Edges Toward Deal to Extend Federal Unemployment Subsidy in Coronavirus Bill
Congress
Congress Edges Toward Deal to Extend Federal Unemployment Subsidy in Coronavirus Bill

WASHINGTON — After initial resistance from some Republicans, Congress is inching closer to an agreement to extend at least some of the $600-a-week federal unemployment insurance subsidy approved this spring to help American workers hurt by the coronavirus crisis. When... Read More

Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
Infrastructure
Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
2020-07-15 21:16:32
by Jacob Pederson

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of federal infrastructure projects ranging from highway upgrades to the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines. The president announced the... Read More

Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
Congress
Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
2020-07-15 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Bloom research, prevention, response, and mitigation to aid in the fight against harmful outbreaks of red tide and... Read More

EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards
Environment
EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards
2020-07-15 19:27:14
by Jacob Pederson

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone concentrations dropping nationwide. The EPA, by rule, endeavors to complete regular air quality standard reviews within a five-year time frame,... Read More

Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
Cities
Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
2020-07-15 15:44:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

The city of Berkeley in Northern California will become the first U.S. city to remove police from traffic stops in an effort to reduce racial profiling and avoid deadly run-ins between law enforcement and Black drivers. On Wednesday morning, the... Read More

Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
In The News
Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
2020-07-15 15:38:38
by Reece Nations

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released by the House Ways and Means Committee. The report, entitled “Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved... Read More

Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
State News
Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
2020-07-15 15:30:51
by Reece Nations

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia agreed to work collaboratively on hastening the switch to all-electric fleet vehicles in an effort to suppress toxic air pollution Tuesday. Their goal, according to a joint memorandum signed by the states’ governors,... Read More

International Cooperation on COVID-19 Urged During Congressional Hearing
Foreign Affairs
International Cooperation on COVID-19 Urged During Congressional Hearing
2020-07-15 15:27:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - U.S. experts on European financial and political policy added their voices to an international call for greater cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic during a congressional hearing Tuesday. They described the struggle to find a vaccine and to... Read More

House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
Congress
House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
2020-07-15 15:20:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill on a vote of 30 to 22.  The legislation funds the Department of Defense, including operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment... Read More

Masks Offer Much More Protection Against Coronavirus Than Many Think
Health
Masks Offer Much More Protection Against Coronavirus Than Many Think

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a common refrain that masks don’t protect you; they protect other people from your own germs, which is especially important to keep unknowingly infected people from spreading the coronavirus. But now, there’s mounting evidence that masks... Read More

Trump Signs Hong Kong Sanctions Law, Revokes Special Trade Privileges
Foreign Affairs
Trump Signs Hong Kong Sanctions Law, Revokes Special Trade Privileges

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he had signed legislation that establishes a regime for gradually sanctioning foreign banks if they continue to indirectly support Chinese officials’ crackdown on Hong Kong. In a Rose Garden news conference, the president... Read More

Moderna Vaccine Produced Antibodies to COVID-19 In All Patients Tested
Health
Moderna Vaccine Produced Antibodies to COVID-19 In All Patients Tested

Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine produced antibodies to the coronavirus in all patients tested in an initial safety trial, federal researchers said. The neutralizing antibody levels produced were equivalent to the upper half of what’s seen in patients who get infected... Read More

Joe Biden Sets Out Aggressive Plan to Tackle Climate Change
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Sets Out Aggressive Plan to Tackle Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden unveiled a proposal for rebuilding the economy Tuesday that focuses heavily on restoring American leadership in the fight against global warming, directing government recovery efforts toward expanding clean energy and rapidly reversing the Trump administration’s abandonment... Read More

Presidential Elections Usually Inspire a Big Jump in Voter Registration. Not in Pa., This Year
2020 Elections
Presidential Elections Usually Inspire a Big Jump in Voter Registration. Not in Pa., This Year

PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when the election was supposed to be the big story of 2020. With all that attention and energy, voter registration numbers would go through the roof. Parties, campaigns and advocacy groups planned to knock... Read More

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for ‘Possible Infection’
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for ‘Possible Infection’

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday for a “possible infection,” according to a spokeswoman. Ginsburg, 87, who’s been hospitalized several times this year over complications with her gallbladder, was first taken to a hospital in Washington, D.C.,... Read More

Appeals Panel Denies Snyder, Dillon Requests for New Hearing on Flint Depositions
In The States
Appeals Panel Denies Snyder, Dillon Requests for New Hearing on Flint Depositions

DETROIT — A federal appellate panel Tuesday upheld its June ruling that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former state treasurer Andy Dillon could not be shielded from certain depositions in civil litigation related to the Flint water crisis. A... Read More

UK Bans Huawei From 5G Networks in Security Crackdown
Cybersecurity
UK Bans Huawei From 5G Networks in Security Crackdown

Huawei Technologies Co. will be banned from providing equipment for the U.K.’s next generation mobile networks from the end of this year, in a sweeping crackdown on the Chinese company that risks escalating tensions between London and Beijing. Under the... Read More

Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
Education
Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
2020-07-14 20:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The decision was announced at the start of... Read More

Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
Military
Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced
2020-07-14 19:46:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS contamination to the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment -- originally proposed by Dingell and passed with bipartisan... Read More

Partnership Series Explores the Experience of Black Immigrants Arriving in the U.S.
Immigration
Partnership Series Explores the Experience of Black Immigrants Arriving in the U.S.
2020-07-14 19:36:36
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A summer series partnership between the District of Columbia’s Heurich House Museum and the Bipartisan Policy Center is exploring the immigrant experience in America.  Last week’s discussion, the second in the series, focused specifically on immigrants’ arrivals and... Read More

Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
Arts
Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
2020-07-14 19:30:50
by Sara Wilkerson

Angie Benson, a freelance theatrical musician based in northern Virginia, minced no words about her beliefs during a recent conversation with The Well News. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, “the arts are essential,” she said.  “Now more than ever,” she added.... Read More

House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
Congress
House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
2020-07-14 19:24:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The recent passage of the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act provided House Democrats with a high profile opportunity to draw distinctions between how they and their Republican colleagues differ on the health care law. It... Read More

Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
Cities
Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
2020-07-14 14:22:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled an unusual plan to encourage Chicagoans to participate in the U.S. government’s once-a-decade push to count every U.S. resident: a cowboy on a horse.  The mayor was speaking at a press conference when... Read More

What is Contact Tracing, and How Does it Work with COVID-19?
Health
What is Contact Tracing, and How Does it Work with COVID-19?

What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19? The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others. Health experts... Read More

White House Turns on Fauci as Trump Minimizes Virus Spike
Health
White House Turns on Fauci as Trump Minimizes Virus Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before... Read More

US Rejects Nearly All Chinese Claims in South China Sea
Geopolitics
US Rejects Nearly All Chinese Claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China... Read More

Immigration Courts Reopen Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases
In The News
Immigration Courts Reopen Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases

BALTIMORE (AP) — Three immigration courts reopened Monday as the government extended its push to fully restart the clogged system despite rising coronavirus cases in states where many of the small courtrooms are located. In Baltimore, people with hearings to reach final... Read More

More Than 200 Schools Back Lawsuit Over Foreign Student Rule
Education
More Than 200 Schools Back Lawsuit Over Foreign Student Rule

BOSTON (AP) — More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing.... Read More

Cuomo Outlines Plan to Reopen Schools in New York
State News
Cuomo Outlines Plan to Reopen Schools in New York

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a data-driven plan on Monday for reopening New York schools that hinges on consistently dropping coronavirus infection rates, mandates for face mask usage in classrooms and daily screenings of staff and students.... Read More

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