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Supreme Court Refuses to Block Federal Executions
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Federal Executions
2020-06-29 18:14:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the execution of four federal prison inmates -- executions that will mark the first use of the death penalty on the federal level in nearly 20 years. A majority... Read More

Local Health Departments Face the Threat of Budget Cuts During Pandemic
Health
Local Health Departments Face the Threat of Budget Cuts During Pandemic
2020-06-29 15:57:52
by Jacob Pederson

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak is worsening the strain on city and county health departments that have been tasked with doing more with less resources since the 2008 recession, an updated report from the National Association of County... Read More

Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
2020-06-29 15:55:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal wing... Read More

The Pandemic is Exacerbating America’s Systemic Food Inequality
Food
The Pandemic is Exacerbating America’s Systemic Food Inequality

Access to food has been unequal in America long before the onset of the coronavirus. But the pandemic has deepened the problem, with images of snaking lines at food banks bringing the harsh reality to light. Even in the U.S.,... Read More

Trump Struggles As Furor Grows Over Reported Russian Bounty Offer to Kill U.S. Troops
Political News
Trump Struggles As Furor Grows Over Reported Russian Bounty Offer to Kill U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, confronted with a damaging report that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and allied troops in Afghanistan, declared Sunday on Twitter that he was never briefed about the finding by U.S. intelligence.... Read More

US COVID-19 Surge Likely to Continue for Weeks, Frieden Says
Health
US COVID-19 Surge Likely to Continue for Weeks, Frieden Says

A surge in coronavirus that has seen record numbers of new U.S. cases in recent days is likely to continue for weeks after states moved too soon to reopen their economies, two of the country’s leading public health experts said... Read More

House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035
Climate
House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035

House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that’s sure to inflame opponents on the right. The proposal will be released at an event at... Read More

Trump Retweets Video With ‘White Power’ Shoutout From The Villages
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Trump Retweets Video With ‘White Power’ Shoutout From The Villages

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump retweeted a video Sunday morning that includes a supporter shouting “white power” during a rally in The Villages. “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will... Read More

It’s Official, Mississippi Passes Bill to Retire State Flag With Confederate Symbol
State News
It’s Official, Mississippi Passes Bill to Retire State Flag With Confederate Symbol

BILOXI, Miss. — The Mississippi Senate joined the House on Sunday in a historic vote to take down the 1894 state flag with its Confederate battle emblem and ask Mississippi voters to approve a new flag in November. House Bill... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
Political News
Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
2020-06-26 22:07:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday evening decline to force Texas officials to offer mail-in ballots to all voters in the state because of the threat posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The court's order is the latest development... Read More

Q&A: Why the National Trust for Preservation Changed Its Stance on Confederate Monuments
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Q&A: Why the National Trust for Preservation Changed Its Stance on Confederate Monuments

In the wake of global protests and civil unrest after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the first time has expressed support for the removal of Confederate monuments from... Read More

Protests in US Spur Some in Middle East to Look in the Mirror
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Protests in US Spur Some in Middle East to Look in the Mirror

BEIRUT — Early in life, Maryam Abu Khaled saw that she was treated differently than others. As a child in her West Bank hometown of Jenin, the Black Palestinian had schoolmates who wouldn’t sit beside her, fearing her color would... Read More

Supreme Court 2020: Major Rulings on Abortion, Trump’s Tax Returns Still to Come
Supreme Court
Supreme Court 2020: Major Rulings on Abortion, Trump’s Tax Returns Still to Come

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is nearing the end of its term and ready to release major decisions on abortion, religion and the separation of powers between the president and Congress — specifically, whether House Democrats or a New York... Read More

The Democrats’ Dilemma: Expand the Battleground Map or Play It Safe?
2020 Elections
The Democrats’ Dilemma: Expand the Battleground Map or Play It Safe?

WASHINGTON — A significant rise in support has suddenly made presumptive nominee Joe Biden competitive in a group of states that, until recently, were viewed as unwinnable for the Democrats. But that doesn’t mean his campaign or other well-funded groups... Read More

Hickenlooper Holding On To Double Digit Lead In Colorado’s US Senate Primary
2020 Elections
Hickenlooper Holding On To Double Digit Lead In Colorado’s US Senate Primary
2020-06-26 21:14:26
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - New polling shows former Governor John Hickenlooper taking a dominant lead over Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, just days before voters cast their ballots on June 30. In a survey published on Thursday by... Read More

How Some Cities Are Shifting Resources and Responsibilities Away From Law Enforcement
Cities
How Some Cities Are Shifting Resources and Responsibilities Away From Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON — Every weekday morning, mental health clinician Carleigh Sailon turns on her police radio in downtown Denver and finds out who she can help next. She, along with a paramedic, jump in a repurposed city van, stripped of its... Read More

House Adopts Bill to Make DC 51st State; Senate GOP Opposes
Congress
House Adopts Bill to Make DC 51st State; Senate GOP Opposes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, saying Congress has both the moral obligation and constitutional authority to ensure that the city's 700,000 residents are allowed full voting... Read More

Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
Science
Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
2020-06-26 20:07:08
by Jacob Pederson

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s authors said while they found detrimental impacts... Read More

FEC Quorum Proves Short-Lived, As GOP Commissioner Resigns
Elections
FEC Quorum Proves Short-Lived, As GOP Commissioner Resigns
2020-06-26 19:59:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Barely a month after regaining its ability to take major enforcement actions, the Federal Elections Commission is once again losing its quorum. On Friday, longtime Republican commissioner Caroline Hunter submitted her letter of resignation to President Donald Trump,... Read More

9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
Law
9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
2020-06-26 19:55:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump does not have the authority to unilaterally divert Pentagon funds to build a miles-long wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, a federal appeals court ruled Friday afternoon. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S.... Read More

New Coronavirus Spike Alarms Republicans, But Not Trump
Health
New Coronavirus Spike Alarms Republicans, But Not Trump

WASHINGTON — The final Thursday in June saw jobless claims top 1 million for a 14th straight week and a frightening spike in coronavirus infections across the Sun Belt, compelling a growing number of Republican governors and members of Congress... Read More

In Latest Crackdown, Asylum Seekers to Face New Hurdles to Get US Work Permits
Immigration
In Latest Crackdown, Asylum Seekers to Face New Hurdles to Get US Work Permits

MIAMI — Over the past 20 years, asylum seekers in the United States have benefited broadly from a regulatory provision in immigration law that allowed them to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) within a 30-day deadline after their initial... Read More

Wait Weeks to Tally November’s Votes? One Ex-Official Says That ‘Could Be Generous’
2020 Elections
Wait Weeks to Tally November’s Votes? One Ex-Official Says That ‘Could Be Generous’

WASHINGTON — This week’s key primary contests in Kentucky and New York have provided yet more evidence that Election Day will last beyond the first Tuesday in November. In both states, the abundance of absentee ballots that did not need... Read More

CDC: COVID-19 Cases May Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported
Health
CDC: COVID-19 Cases May Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported

WASHINGTON — The number of cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 may be 10 times higher than what has been reported, according to a top federal health official. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Thursday... Read More

US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast For Second Week
Employment
US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast For Second Week

A higher-than-expected number of Americans sought unemployment benefits for a second week, signaling a slowdown in U.S. labor market improvement. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 60,000 to 1.48 million last week from an upwardly revised figure... Read More

House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens
Congress
House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens

WASHINGTON — The House passed a sweeping overhaul of policing rules Thursday on a near party-line vote with little expectation it will break a partisan stalemate that’s put any Senate plans to act on hold. The legislation, named the George... Read More

GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
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GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
2020-06-26 13:57:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Confronted with an extraordinary public health crisis, the federal government moved with uncommon agility to bolster the economy and quickly establish services for those infected with the virus, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said Thursday. But in doing... Read More

Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
Political News
Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
2020-06-26 13:19:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down by the Justices. Overturning the Affordable Care Act would take away health coverage for about... Read More

House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
Cities
House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
2020-06-26 13:15:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Friday will vote on historic legislation that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia, making it the 51st U.S. state. The bill -- aptly named H.R. 51 -- is expected to pass... Read More

Judges Tell Congress Internet Video Will Make Courts More Accessible
Courts
Judges Tell Congress Internet Video Will Make Courts More Accessible
2020-06-25 19:43:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Judges and lawmakers at a congressional hearing Thursday left little doubt that Internet video and teleconferencing will become permanent parts of court proceedings soon. They described the emergency procedures instituted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as an... Read More

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