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China’s New ‘Rule of Law’ in Hong Kong Sets Stage for New Protests
China
China’s New ‘Rule of Law’ in Hong Kong Sets Stage for New Protests

BEIJING — The novel coronavirus ground the world to a halt, and restive Hong Kong was no exception. Protests dwindled, social distancing took hold, and the city’s tear-gassed streets and incendiary politics seemed to fade from the world’s attention. In... Read More

Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
Historical Documents
Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
2020-05-01 19:30:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress may be closed due to the coronavirus, but its manuscript division has just added the digitized papers of three presidents to its online collection. The presidencies of each of the men, Andrew Johnson, Chester... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
2020-05-01 19:27:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed the Inspectors General Independence Act, which establishes seven-year terms for the position and protects those who hold it from politically-motivated firings by only allowing removal for cause. The bill was introduced by... Read More

Center for Politics Adds Alaska to Senate Battleground Map
2020 Elections
Center for Politics Adds Alaska to Senate Battleground Map
2020-05-01 18:24:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The University of Virginia's Center for Politics made a key change Friday to its rating of the race for the Alaska Senate Seat currently occupied by GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan, moving the seat from "Safe" to "Likely" Republican... Read More

Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
State News
Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
2020-05-01 18:18:11
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature want to take Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to court over her decision to invoke emergency powers during the coronavirus crisis. The dispute started in March when Whitmer declared a state of emergency... Read More

Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
Business
Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
2020-05-01 16:44:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee on Friday asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to testify after both Republicans and Democrats on the panel expressed concerns his deputies may have lied to Congress. The letter, which is signed by four Democrats... Read More

Cunningham Convinces Wealthy Homeowners to Return $1 Million SBA Loan
Congress
Cunningham Convinces Wealthy Homeowners to Return $1 Million SBA Loan
2020-05-01 15:32:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A wealthy homeowners association on exclusive Kiawah Island in South Carolina is returning a $1 million federal loan intended to help small businesses and nonprofits after being taken to task by Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C. Cunningham, who is... Read More

Federal Reserve Expands Paycheck Protection Program to Add More Lenders
Economy
Federal Reserve Expands Paycheck Protection Program to Add More Lenders
2020-05-01 14:27:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said Thursday it is expanding a program that helps the government provide stimulus loans to small businesses and is designed to keep workers on payrolls during the coronavirus pandemic. In a brief statement on its... Read More

Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
Economy
Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
2020-05-01 14:24:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said Thursday it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program, a vehicle created to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial shape before the... Read More

Trump Makes Crucial 2020 Bet on States Reopening With His Advice
2020 Elections
Trump Makes Crucial 2020 Bet on States Reopening With His Advice

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is facing a turning point in his bid for reelection, betting that a handful of Southern and Midwestern states can reopen their economies without triggering an even deeper public health crisis. If it works out,... Read More

White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests
Health
White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is using coronavirus testing data from a volunteer tracking project led by journalists, according to a strategy document released by the White House, as one key government health agency significantly lags in counting how many... Read More

How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System
Employment
How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System

WASHINGTON — As the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits grew by nearly 4 million in just the last week, it’s little surprise that the systems charged with responding are overwhelmed. For decades, state and federal agencies have seen... Read More

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