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White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic
Economy
White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A proposal to boost tourism by providing tax breaks for Americans who travel inside the United States is being “actively” considered by the White House for inclusion in the next coronavirus stimulus package. Three White House officials told... Read More

Union Miners Sue Trump Administration Over COVID-19 Workplace Protections
Mining
Union Miners Sue Trump Administration Over COVID-19 Workplace Protections

WASHINGTON — Two unions representing hundreds of miners in the Pittsburgh region sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, demanding federal workplace health officials authorize stronger COVID-19 protections for the country’s mines as demand for coal and other minerals rebounds with... Read More

Virginia Native Pharrell Joins Gov. Northam to Announce Juneteenth Will Be a State Holiday
In The States
Virginia Native Pharrell Joins Gov. Northam to Announce Juneteenth Will Be a State Holiday

NORFOLK, Va. — Juneteenth, the day commemorating slavery’s end in the United States — which falls on Friday this year — will be a paid holiday for Virginia state employees, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. Joining Northam in Richmond for... Read More

Medicaid Rolls Surge, Adding to Budget Woes
Medicaid
Medicaid Rolls Surge, Adding to Budget Woes

WASHINGTON — Many of the tens of millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance along with their jobs are enrolling in Medicaid — and with state budgets decimated by the pandemic, state officials worry they won’t have the... Read More

Obama to Appear In His First Virtual Fundraiser for Joe Biden
2020 Elections
Obama to Appear In His First Virtual Fundraiser for Joe Biden
2020-06-16 16:13:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former President Barack Obama is making his fundraising debut for Joe Biden next week, appearing at an online event aimed at reaching thousands of small-dollar donors Biden, who was Obama's vice president, announced the fundraiser via Twitter Monday... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
2020-06-16 15:54:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed the Justice in Policing Act, bicameral legislation that seeks to better hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and communities. “Action is long... Read More

Georgia Democrats Set New Primary Turnout Record, Outpacing GOP Voters
State News
Georgia Democrats Set New Primary Turnout Record, Outpacing GOP Voters

ATLANTA — Democrats set a new turnout record for primary voting in last week’s Georgia vote, soaring past 1 million voters to outpace Republicans during an election plagued by significant obstacles at polling sites. The latest results, still being tallied... Read More

Supreme Court Rulings Leave Trump in the Minority
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rulings Leave Trump in the Minority

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has aggressively stoked America’s culture wars since taking office but three major Supreme Court rulings Monday suggested — in a season already marked by sweeping calls for police reforms and racial justice — that he’s... Read More

How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows
Political News
How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows

WASHINGTON — There are several noticeable changes in the makeup of the Democratic and Republican parties since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. Reports of a widened gender gap and more minorities leaning... Read More

Democrats, Republicans Want Interior to Ban Florida Offshore Drilling
Environment
Democrats, Republicans Want Interior to Ban Florida Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON — The majority of Florida’s House of Representatives delegation, including Donald Trump confidante Matt Gaetz and 12 of Florida’s 13 House Democrats, are demanding additional answers from the Interior Department regarding any Trump administration plan for offshore drilling near... Read More

Capitol Police, a Department Shrouded in Secrecy
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police, a Department Shrouded in Secrecy

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress have called for an overhaul of law enforcement practices following the police killing of George Floyd, but those same lawmakers who want accountability and transparency nationwide aren’t taking a stance on whether their... Read More

Poll: Americans Are The Unhappiest They've Been in 50 Years
Opinion Polls
Poll: Americans Are The Unhappiest They've Been in 50 Years

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Spoiler alert: 2020 has been rough on the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they've been in nearly 50 years. This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID... Read More

Educators Tell Congress COVID-19 Leaves Schools Vastly Underfunded
Education
Educators Tell Congress COVID-19 Leaves Schools Vastly Underfunded
2020-06-16 14:36:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- School administrators cautioned Congress Monday about underfunding education as the COVID-19 epidemic takes a big bite out of government appropriations. They said many schoolchildren already are falling behind in their studies while they face a likelihood of fewer... Read More

D.C. Council Hearing Sparks Thousands of Calls to Defund Local Police Department
Cities
D.C. Council Hearing Sparks Thousands of Calls to Defund Local Police Department
2020-06-16 14:33:36
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people called on the D.C. Council to defund the Metropolitan Police Department on Monday during a six-hour virtual hearing that drew an unprecedented response from local activists and community leaders. In an impressive show of unity,... Read More

Retail Sales Rebound As States Reopen After COVID-19 Lockdowns
Economy
Retail Sales Rebound As States Reopen After COVID-19 Lockdowns
2020-06-16 14:30:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Retail sales rebounded across the country in May as a growing number of states allowed stores and restaurants to reopen and consumers were finally allowed to venture out and spend federal stimulus checks and tax refunds. According to... Read More

Iowa State Fair Cancellation Silences Forum for Candidates Hoping to Connect With Voters
State News
Iowa State Fair Cancellation Silences Forum for Candidates Hoping to Connect With Voters
2020-06-16 14:25:04
by Sara Wilkerson

The cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair due to ongoing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus isn't just a blow to those who love carnival rides, live music, fried Twinkies and an almost unimaginable array of food items... Read More

FDA Revokes Emergency Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Fight Coronavirus
Health
FDA Revokes Emergency Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Fight Coronavirus
2020-06-15 19:14:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for treating COVID-19 as evidence mounts that the drugs don't work and can cause serious side effects. “We’ve made clear throughout the public health emergency... Read More

Nearly Half of Older Workers Hesitant to Return to Work as Pandemic Wanes
Opinion Polls
Nearly Half of Older Workers Hesitant to Return to Work as Pandemic Wanes
2020-06-15 19:09:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nearly half of workers ages 45-64 say they are not in any rush to return to the office in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, a new "Back-to-Normal Barometer" survey has found. Released Monday, the ongoing survey's latest... Read More

Biden Campaign Fundraising Surged in May
2020 Elections
Biden Campaign Fundraising Surged in May
2020-06-15 19:00:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign announced Monday that it raised $80.8 million in May, fueled by a daily virtual fundraising campaign the candidate and two committees associated with the Democratic Party perfected during the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects White House Bid to Overturn California 'Sanctuary' Law
Immigration
Supreme Court Rejects White House Bid to Overturn California 'Sanctuary' Law
2020-06-15 18:54:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to overturn one of California's so-called “sanctuary” laws, leaving intact rules prohibiting law enforcement from aiding federal agents in taking custody of immigrants as they are released from... Read More

Third Way Presents Strategists’ Views on Engaging the Latino Voter
Campaigns
Third Way Presents Strategists’ Views on Engaging the Latino Voter
2020-06-15 15:59:12
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The Latino voter may well determine the outcome of ballot races across the country this year, however, it’s a mistake to consider this population a single-issue constituency election strategists said at a recent virtual forum hosted by Third... Read More

Rule Barring Some College Students From Receiving COVID-19 Relief ‘Immoral,’ Advocates Say
Education
Rule Barring Some College Students From Receiving COVID-19 Relief ‘Immoral,’ Advocates Say
2020-06-15 15:54:11
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Education Betsy Devos issued a new rule on Thursday that would prevent colleges from granting coronavirus relief funds to undocumented students and non-citizens, including recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. After weeks... Read More

Gay, Transgender Workers Protected by Anti-Discrimination Laws, Supreme Court Rules
Employment
Gay, Transgender Workers Protected by Anti-Discrimination Laws, Supreme Court Rules
2020-06-15 15:50:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. The 6-3 ruling was considered something of a surprise, given the supposed... Read More

COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide
Opinions
COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic created a global economic downturn, the U.S. faced a mounting affordable housing crisis. In March, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that the U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable units to sufficiently house extremely... Read More

Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering
Litigation
Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering
2020-06-15 13:12:13
by Tom Ramstack

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that says “Black Lives Matter” in large letters on a street near the White House. The lawsuit filed by Rich Penkoski... Read More

Congress Tackling Police Reform, But GOP and Democratic Lawmakers Differ on Aims
Congress
Congress Tackling Police Reform, But GOP and Democratic Lawmakers Differ on Aims

WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of another black man’s death at the hands of a white police officer, this time in Atlanta, Republican allies of President Trump clashed Sunday with Democratic lawmakers over police-reform legislation expected to be a focal... Read More

Fed’s Powell to Bring Sober Message to Capitol Hill This Week
Economy
Fed’s Powell to Bring Sober Message to Capitol Hill This Week

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will deliver a cautionary message about the U.S. economy and COVID-19 when he appears twice this week on Capitol Hill. His remarks to lawmakers are widely expected to echo the mostly downbeat assessment... Read More

‘Deconstruct’ But Don’t Defund Police, Democrats’ Clyburn Says
Law Enforcement
‘Deconstruct’ But Don’t Defund Police, Democrats’ Clyburn Says

House Democratic Whip James Clyburn rejected calls within his party to defund police departments, aligning with more moderate proposals as Congress works on a response to nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. “Nobody is going to defund the police,”... Read More

Kudlow Says Extra Jobless Payments Will End as Planned in July
Economy
Kudlow Says Extra Jobless Payments Will End as Planned in July

The $600-a-week bonus payments made to some Americans laid off during the coronavirus pandemic will end as planned in July, said White House economic director Larry Kudlow. Congress in March approved the extra money on top of state unemployment payments... Read More

Trump’s Tulsa Rally Should ‘Probably’ Include Face Masks, Adviser Says
Health
Trump’s Tulsa Rally Should ‘Probably’ Include Face Masks, Adviser Says

Those attending President Donald Trump’s upcoming Tulsa rally should “probably” wear masks, one of his advisers says. Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council chief, stressed the importance of continuing to observe safety guidelines — such as practicing social distancing and wearing... Read More

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