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Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer
Education
Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer

President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Trump made... Read More

The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off
Economy
The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off

Everyone wants to know: When, oh when, will it go back to normal? As some governors across the United States begin to ease restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, hopes are soaring that life as Americans knew... Read More

Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak
2020 Elections
Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first major test of an almost completely vote-by-mail election during a pandemic is about to unfold in Ohio, offering lessons to other states about how to conduct one of the most basic acts of democracy... Read More

Poll: Cost Makes Nearly 1 in 10 Leery of Seeking COVID Care
Opinion Polls
Poll: Cost Makes Nearly 1 in 10 Leery of Seeking COVID Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — As states gear up to reopen, a poll finds a potential obstacle to controlling the coronavirus: nearly 1 in 10 adults say cost would keep them from seeking help if they thought they were infected. The Gallup-West Health Healthcare... Read More

Small Business Loan Program Restarts, Runs Into Snags
Economy
Small Business Loan Program Restarts, Runs Into Snags

NEW YORK (AP) — The second round of loan applications for the government's small business relief program has been slowed by computer issues at the Small Business Administration. Lenders complained Monday that they couldn't get their applications into the SBA... Read More

Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules
Dep. of Justice
Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” The memo to... Read More

NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
Congress
NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
2020-04-28 12:13:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a network of state and local leaders, is urging Congressional leaders of both parties to consider the input of those on the front lines of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill to... Read More

House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
Congress
House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
2020-04-27 21:28:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will return to work on Capitol Hill on May 4, some 11 days before the stay-at-home order currently in effect in the District of Columbia is set to expire. “Senators will return to Washington... Read More

Supreme Court Says Georgia Can't Copyright State Code
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Georgia Can't Copyright State Code
2020-04-27 19:56:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that an annotated version of Georgia's state law code is not subject to copyright protection because it is a "government edict" and must be free for all to use. In a 5-4... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
2020-04-27 17:07:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress acted unlawfully when it reneged on a commitment to shield Affordable Care Act insurers from financial losses in the early years of its implementation. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices... Read More

Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
Supreme Court
Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
2020-04-27 17:04:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday tossed one of its most closely-watched cases of the term, claiming a subsequent easing of the restrictions being challenged -- a ban on transporting guns -- effectively left them with nothing to decide.... Read More

Prosecutors Oppose Inmate Releases Despite Jails Spreading Coronavirus
Criminal Justice
Prosecutors Oppose Inmate Releases Despite Jails Spreading Coronavirus
2020-04-27 14:25:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Some federal prosecutors are opposing the trend of granting inmates supervised release from jail to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In U.S. District Court filings, federal prosecutors argue most of the inmates asking for home confinement instead of... Read More

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