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House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
Health
House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
2020-06-30 16:58:51
by Dan McCue

Proxy voting has been extended through mid-August in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.  House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving, in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, notified Pelosi that the public health emergency due to the coronavirus... Read More

Trump Campaign Sues Pennsylvania Over Mail Ballot Drop Boxes
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Sues Pennsylvania Over Mail Ballot Drop Boxes

PHILADELPHIA — The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania state and county elections officials Monday, saying mail ballot drop boxes are unconstitutional the way they were used in the June 2 primary election and asking a federal court to bar them from... Read More

In Kentucky, Will it Be Booker or McGrath to Face McConnell?
Political News
In Kentucky, Will it Be Booker or McGrath to Face McConnell?

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The wait for Kentucky’s primary election results will be over at 6 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, but key races might be called by lunchtime. Kentucky election officials have spent the last week counting ballots in an election... Read More

Alabama Asks Supreme Court to Review COVID-19 Election Ruling
Elections
Alabama Asks Supreme Court to Review COVID-19 Election Ruling

WASHINGTON — Alabama officials asked the Supreme Court to step into the debate over how to conduct election laws in the midst of a national health crisis, in a legal dispute over absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s... Read More

Comer Named as House Oversight Committee Ranking Member
Congress
Comer Named as House Oversight Committee Ranking Member

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders Monday named Rep. James R. Comer, R-Ky., as the next ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Comer was one of several members who expressed interest in the job after Ohio’s Jim Jordan,... Read More

Florida’s Coronavirus Outbreak Complicates GOP Convention, Trump’s Reelection Bid
2020 Elections
Florida’s Coronavirus Outbreak Complicates GOP Convention, Trump’s Reelection Bid

MIAMI — When Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, returns to Florida Thursday, he’ll find a much different situation than when he last visited in late May. Florida at the time was reopening... Read More

Park Police Criticized for Use of Force During Protest Near White House
Law Enforcement
Park Police Criticized for Use of Force During Protest Near White House
2020-06-30 16:38:02
by Tom Ramstack

A political protester and an Australian television reporter led criticisms during a congressional hearing Monday against U.S. Park Police who aggressively cleared Lafayette Square park near the White House June 1. Police forced Black Lives Matter protesters to back away... Read More

United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
Political News
United Congress Pushes for Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
2020-06-30 16:32:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both parties on Capitol Hill continue to demand answers from the Trump administration about reported bounties paid by Russian operatives to Afghan insurgents for targeting American troops. Administration officials held a briefing for a limited number... Read More

Supreme Court Affirms Trump's Right to Say 'You're Fired' to Consumer Regulator
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Affirms Trump's Right to Say 'You're Fired' to Consumer Regulator
2020-06-29 19:56:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed President Donald Trump's ability to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Monday, but left undisturbed the rest of the statute that created the agency in the wake of the 2008... Read More

Bipartisan Coalition Requests Funding for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Environment
Bipartisan Coalition Requests Funding for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
2020-06-29 19:45:34
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to request Congressional funding to plug "orphan" oil and gas wells across the... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Prostitution Pledge for AIDS Funding
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Prostitution Pledge for AIDS Funding
2020-06-29 18:18:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld a provision of federal law Monday that requires foreign affiliates of U.S.-based health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition of receiving taxpayer money to fight AIDS around the world.  Writing for the majority... Read More

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
In The News
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
In The News
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
In The News
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

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