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Joe Biden’s Ad Launch Signals New Strength in His Campaign to Unseat Trump
In The News
Joe Biden’s Ad Launch Signals New Strength in His Campaign to Unseat Trump

Joe Biden has launched his first major advertising campaign of the general election race, spending $15 million in key states where President Donald Trump is running spots attacking the former vice president. The move by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee... Read More

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Drops From Consideration as Joe Biden’s Running Mate
2020 Elections
Sen. Amy Klobuchar Drops From Consideration as Joe Biden’s Running Mate

MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday night that she asked Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to take her name out of consideration as his vice presidential running mate, and recommended that he pick a woman of color. “America must... Read More

McConnell Protégé Justin Walker Confirmed to Powerful DC Circuit Court
Judiciary
McConnell Protégé Justin Walker Confirmed to Powerful DC Circuit Court

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 51-42 to confirm Justin Walker, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky for less than one year but a protege of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for a seat... Read More

US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast at 1.51 Million
Employment
US Initial Jobless Claims Worse Than Forecast at 1.51 Million

Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell less than forecast last week, showing only gradual improvement from the worst of the pandemic-related layoffs even as states re-open more of their economies. Initial jobless claims for regular state programs totaled... Read More

Bolton Book Shows Trump Eager to Help Autocrats in US Courts
Foreign Affairs
Bolton Book Shows Trump Eager to Help Autocrats in US Courts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump repeatedly sought to interfere in the U.S. judicial system to curry favor with leaders from Turkey to China, according to a new book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton. At a Group of 20... Read More

Dreamers, Congress See Hard Work Ahead Despite Court Ruling
Immigration
Dreamers, Congress See Hard Work Ahead Despite Court Ruling

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruling that spells relief for the thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children also takes pressure off Congress to find an immediate fix to their predicament. But because it leaves the... Read More

CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
Cities
CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
2020-06-18 20:54:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Congressional Budget Office found that D.C. statehood would carry a price tag for taxpayers, but could also result in significant savings if the District takes on costs currently covered by the federal government.... Read More

Senate Approves Bipartisan $2.8 Billion Plan to Benefit Conservation, Parks
Environment
Senate Approves Bipartisan $2.8 Billion Plan to Benefit Conservation, Parks
2020-06-18 19:13:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a major bipartisan public lands bill Wednesday authorizing the spending of nearly $3 billion a year on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The Great American Outdoors Act,... Read More

Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
Congress
Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
2020-06-18 18:37:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits in the Capitol of previous House Speakers who served in the Confederacy. The move is the latest in her effort to expunge honorifics for Confederate... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Trump Can't Unilaterally End Obama-Era DACA Program
Immigration
Supreme Court Rules Trump Can't Unilaterally End Obama-Era DACA Program
2020-06-18 15:52:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump does not have the legal authority to abruptly rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a decision that for now will protect about 650,000 young immigrants... Read More

Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless
Congress
Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless

The U.S. has spent more than half of $3 trillion in economic rescue funds passed by Congress — with little of the oversight intended to ensure the money goes to the right places. Three new oversight bodies are barely functional:... Read More

Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election
Research
Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election

Democrats and Republicans hold starkly diverging views of the U.S. economy and the gap is widening as the pandemic persists, casting a shadow over President Donald Trump’s hopes for a V-shaped recovery powered by pent-up demand as nationwide lockdowns ease.... Read More

Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs
Law Enforcement
Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs

WASHINGTON — Greater disclosure of police use of force and no-knock warrants, and financial incentives for local law enforcement departments to ban chokeholds, are the centerpieces of a Senate GOP policing reform bill announced Wednesday. The Senate bill and a... Read More

Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says
Congress
Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are now required to wear masks during in-person committee meetings, but it’s up to the chairmen and chairwomen of those panels to decide on enforcement. Following updated guidance from attending physician Brian Monahan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Read More

Bolton Book Says Trump Sought Xi’s 2020 Help, Roiling Race Anew
Political News
Bolton Book Says Trump Sought Xi’s 2020 Help, Roiling Race Anew

WASHINGTON — Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a new book that President Donald Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help him win reelection by buying more U.S. farm products, according to an excerpt published by The... Read More

Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book
In The News
Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to criminally charge John Bolton with disclosing classified information in his upcoming White House memoir, and the Justice Department late Wednesday ramped up its legal campaign by seeking a temporary restraining order to... Read More

Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
State News
Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
2020-06-18 13:46:30
by Reece Nations

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating plans to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen economies.  Updated data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker indicates 10 states are... Read More

Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
Education
Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
2020-06-18 13:36:15
by Gaspard Le Dem

Roughly three in five college students in America are struggling to meet basic living needs like food and housing during the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report by The Hope Center. The study, which surveyed more than 38,000 students... Read More

Solicitor General Noel Francisco Leaving Justice Department
In The News
Solicitor General Noel Francisco Leaving Justice Department
2020-06-17 20:58:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who represented the Trump administration in a series of high profile Supreme Court cases, is leaving the Justice Department. Francisco, who officially informed President Trump of his decision Wednesday morning, will step down... Read More

Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
Mental Health
Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
2020-06-17 15:49:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation filed in the House of Representatives would designate June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and all of June as National PTSI month. The resolution, along with its companion legislation in the Senate, seeks... Read More

Ohio To Send Absentee Ballot Requests To All Registered Voters
2020 Elections
Ohio To Send Absentee Ballot Requests To All Registered Voters
2020-06-17 15:40:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Monday that absentee ballot requests will be mailed to the state’s 7.8 million registered voters ahead of the November election. “For nearly a decade, Ohioans have received an absentee ballot request ahead... Read More

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux Wins Primary for Open Seat in Georgia Suburbs
2020 Elections
Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux Wins Primary for Open Seat in Georgia Suburbs

WASHINGTON — Public policy professor Carolyn Bourdeaux was declared the outright winner Tuesday of a crowded Democratic primary in suburban Atlanta, as absentee ballots continued to be counted a week after the chaotic June 9 elections. Bourdeaux had 52.7 percent... Read More

The RNC Is Gone, Leaving Charlotte to Sort Out Millions in Contract Liabilities
Political News
The RNC Is Gone, Leaving Charlotte to Sort Out Millions in Contract Liabilities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The decision to move the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, Fla., has left Charlotte’s host committee with “tens of millions” in contractual liabilities, the committee’s CEO said Monday. Republican officials announced last week that they’re moving most... Read More

CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says
Cybersecurity
CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says

WASHINGTON — In early 2017 the Central Intelligence Agency suffered a massive data loss when an agency employee stole vast quantities of information including some of its most secretive hacking tools because of lax cybersecurity measures, according to a redacted... Read More

Philly Elections Officials Caught 40 Cases of Double-Voting in Primary
Elections
Philly Elections Officials Caught 40 Cases of Double-Voting in Primary

PHILADELPHIA — Two days after Pennsylvania’s primary election, Philadelphia elections officials suddenly stopped counting votes. They had to make sure no one voted twice — once by mail and once in person — so they couldn’t count a stack of... Read More

Trump Golf Club Asks Palm Beach County for Rent Relief
Taxes
Trump Golf Club Asks Palm Beach County for Rent Relief

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump’s golf club in West Palm Beach has asked Palm Beach County to defer some of the $88,338 monthly rent it pays to lease public land for the president’s the private golf club, citing... Read More

Texas Democrats Ask US Supreme Court to Expand Mail Voting
2020 Elections
Texas Democrats Ask US Supreme Court to Expand Mail Voting

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Democratic Party on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to expand mail voting to all voters in the state. The party, which has fought to expand mail voting during the COVID-19 global pandemic since April,... Read More

Second Michigan Poll Shows Trump Even Farther Behind, Biden Lead at 16 Points
Opinion Polls
Second Michigan Poll Shows Trump Even Farther Behind, Biden Lead at 16 Points

DETROIT — The damage done to President Donald Trump’s standing in Michigan following recent protests outside the White House and in cities across the U.S. may have been even greater than originally believed, a new poll released to the Free... Read More

Trump Administration Sues to Block Bolton’s Book From Being Published
Political News
Trump Administration Sues to Block Bolton’s Book From Being Published

Whatever’s in John Bolton’s book, President Donald Trump really doesn’t want it to see the light of day. Trump’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge to block the former national security adviser’s book from being published... Read More

DC Statehood Bill Set for June 26 House Vote
Congress
DC Statehood Bill Set for June 26 House Vote

WASHINGTON — The House will vote next week on legislation to grant statehood to Washington, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer announced Tuesday. If the House passes the bill on June 26, it will be the first time a statehood... Read More

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