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Another Group is Running TV Ads Against the President — and They’re Republicans
2020 Elections
Another Group is Running TV Ads Against the President — and They’re Republicans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For many Fox TV viewers, former Matthews Mayor Shawn Lemmond will be the uninvited guest at Saturday’ star-spangled Salute to America event with President Donald Trump. Lemmond will be featured in an ad during the Fourth of... Read More

Biden Surpasses Trump in June Fundraising
2020 Elections
Biden Surpasses Trump in June Fundraising

Joe Biden reported raising $10 million more than President Donald Trump last month amid new polls showing the former vice president holding a solid lead in the race for the White House. The increasingly strong footing of Trump’s presumed Democratic... Read More

Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
Congress
Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
2020-07-02 19:07:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen and pad session that the House will vote later this month to remove the bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney from the U.S. Capitol. Taney wrote the... Read More

After Narrow Primary Win, McGrath Will Need Progressive Vote To Defeat McConnell
2020 Elections
After Narrow Primary Win, McGrath Will Need Progressive Vote To Defeat McConnell
2020-07-02 14:57:29
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Amy McGrath successfully fended off a late surge from progressive challenger Charles Booker last month in Kentucky’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.  After a week of painstaking ballot counting, McGrath prevailed against Booker by just 15,000 votes out... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
2020-07-02 14:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would decide whether Congress may see currently redacted parts of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. As is... Read More

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
Congress
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
2020-07-02 13:47:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas, received multiple honors from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week for her efforts on behalf of small business and her constituents.  Fletcher, who was elected to represent Texas’ 7th Congressional District in 2018,... Read More

New Online Map Shows U.S. Flood Risk Considerably Higher Than Shown In Federal Data
Natural Disasters
New Online Map Shows U.S. Flood Risk Considerably Higher Than Shown In Federal Data
2020-07-02 13:45:10
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new virtual map unveiled this week provides a comprehensive and precise look at the risk of flooding across America through a free online tool called Flood Factor. The website, developed by the First Street Foundation, a non-profit research and... Read More

Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
Employment
Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
2020-07-02 13:40:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, pushing the nation's unemployment rate down to 11.1%, down from a peak of 14.7% in April, the Labor Department said Thursday. June was the second month in a row of payroll... Read More

Lauren Boebert Ran Against AOC and the ‘Squad’ in Colorado, and Beat Rep. Scott Tipton in the Process
2020 Elections
Lauren Boebert Ran Against AOC and the ‘Squad’ in Colorado, and Beat Rep. Scott Tipton in the Process

WASHINGTON — When Lauren Boebert launched her Republican primary campaign against Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton back in December, she was asked who she considered her actual opponent: Tipton or New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “I’m absolutely running against her,”... Read More

Trump Raises $266 Million in Second Quarter, Widening Advantage
2020 Elections
Trump Raises $266 Million in Second Quarter, Widening Advantage

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s campaign along with the Republican National Committee raised $266 million during the second quarter of 2020, widening the president’s cash advantage over Joe Biden. The Trump campaign said Wednesday that it increased its fundraising by 71%... Read More

Appeals Court Halts Florida Felons from Registering to Vote, Pending Further Review
State News
Appeals Court Halts Florida Felons from Registering to Vote, Pending Further Review

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal appellate court has temporarily stopped a judge’s order that granted hundreds of thousands of felons the right to vote, the latest turn in Florida’s battle over felon voting rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

Republicans Push Back on Democrats’ DC Statehood Bill
Political News
Republicans Push Back on Democrats’ DC Statehood Bill

WASHINGTON — Republican senators came out swinging Wednesday against a bill passed in the House last week that would make the District of Columbia the 51st state. “From a South Carolina point of view, this is a very bad deal,”... Read More

Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years
Campaign Finance
Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years

WASHINGTON — Billionaires gave 37 times as much in political contributions in the last election as they did 10 years earlier, according to a new study. During the 2018 election cycle, billionaires gave $611 million, up from $17 million in... Read More

Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate
Social Media
Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan support for a pair of Senate bills that would force social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to change their content moderation policies could mark a turning point in Washington’s ongoing efforts to maintain greater control... Read More

House Clears Bill Extending Loan Program for Small Businesses to Aug. 8
Economy
House Clears Bill Extending Loan Program for Small Businesses to Aug. 8

WASHINGTON — A day after the Senate passed a last-minute extension of the Paycheck Protection Program loan application deadline, the House did the same Wednesday, clearing the bill for the president.  Somewhat unexpectedly, the Senate by unanimous consent passed a... Read More

Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate
Climate
Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled Senate. But it fired a political warning shot: Democrats view climate change as a top issue for an already turbulent... Read More

Majority Want Businesses to Offer Workers Paid Sick Time for COVID-19, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Majority Want Businesses to Offer Workers Paid Sick Time for COVID-19, Poll Finds
2020-07-01 20:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans said they would feel safe patronizing a business or restaurant if they knew those who worked there were guaranteed paid sick leave if they came down with COVID-19, a new poll shows. The latest... Read More

New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
Trade
New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
2020-07-01 18:55:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's NAFTA no more. As of 12:01 this morning, the U.S. - Mexico - Canada trade agreement, better known as the USMCA, is in full effect, formally replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement "Today marks the... Read More

House Votes To Block Controversial Rewrite Of Decades-Old Anti-Redlining Laws
Congress
House Votes To Block Controversial Rewrite Of Decades-Old Anti-Redlining Laws
2020-07-01 14:58:53
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- The House on Monday voted to block the Trump administration from overhauling rules that affect how banks make loans to people in lower to moderate-income communities. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters, challenges a recent ruling by... Read More

Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
Mental Health
Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
2020-07-01 14:50:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A psychologist and psychiatrist on Tuesday suggested Congress provide stronger federal intervention to prevent a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. They said suicides and substance abuse are on the upswing as Americans struggle with quarantines, social... Read More

Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends
Health
Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease specialist warned Tuesday that the United States could see up to 100,000 new cases per day of the virus that causes COVID-19 if the nation does not take steps to control the pandemic.... Read More

Treasury Secretary, Fed Chairman Split on Urgency of Congressional Relief Action
Economy
Treasury Secretary, Fed Chairman Split on Urgency of Congressional Relief Action

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell have worked hand in hand to soften the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19, but they don’t appear to see eye to eye on the potential for a quick... Read More

Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
Geopolitics
Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin is back under the microscope amid accusations that he ignored intelligence that Russia offered to pay Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Democrats returning from a classified briefing at... Read More

Hickenlooper to Take on Gardner in Colorado Senate Race
2020 Elections
Hickenlooper to Take on Gardner in Colorado Senate Race

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper easily dispatched a challenge from the left and will take on Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in one of Democrats’ best Senate pickup opportunities this year. Hickenlooper was leading former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff 59%... Read More

87% of Americans Unhappy With State of The Country, Survey Finds
Opinion Polls
87% of Americans Unhappy With State of The Country, Survey Finds

WASHINGTON — Almost 90% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the state of the country, and their unhappiness is affecting their political decisions four months before the presidential election, a new study from Pew Research Center shows. Only 17%... Read More

House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill
Congress
House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — The House will cut short its work week and vote Wednesday on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that Democrats hail as transformative and Republicans dismiss as doomed. The House had originally scheduled votes for Thursday, but late Tuesday... Read More

High Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools
Education
High Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools
2020-06-30 21:12:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struck down a ban on taxpayer funding for religious schools on Tuesday, saying such institutions can't be prevented from participating in programs that use public funds to support private education. The 5-4 ruling upheld a... Read More

FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-06-30 21:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate the timely development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The agency said the guidance reflects advice it has been... Read More

Justices Hold Booking.com Can Trademark Its Name
Business
Justices Hold Booking.com Can Trademark Its Name
2020-06-30 20:59:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A nearly unanimous Supreme Court said Tuesday that the travel website Booking.com can trademark its name, a ruling of high significance to other companies using a generic word followed by ".com." as a name. Lower courts had sided... Read More

The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
Congress
The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
2020-06-30 20:54:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense policy discussions are attracting most of the attention on Capitol Hill this week as the Senate takes up the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill on the floor and the House Armed Service Committee marks up its version.... Read More

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