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Biden Has More Support From Women Than Clinton Did, Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Biden Has More Support From Women Than Clinton Did, Poll Shows

Joe Biden’s lead among women over President Donald Trump is now even larger than Hillary Clinton’s in 2016, according to a new poll. Biden leads Trump by 21 percentage points in a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll published Sunday. Biden has... Read More

CBO: May Deficit Down From April, But Still Huge Amid Pandemic
Federal Budget
CBO: May Deficit Down From April, But Still Huge Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the federal deficit in May was $424 billion, substantially lower than April’s $738 billion but still the second-largest monthly shortfall since records have been kept. The deficit for the first eight months... Read More

GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
Political News
GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
2020-06-09 14:10:35
by Dan McCue

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina plan to vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a capacity crowd at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte without the restrictions officials have imposed on... Read More

US to Allow Two Chinese Passenger Flights Per Week
Transportation
US to Allow Two Chinese Passenger Flights Per Week
2020-06-08 20:54:58
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Friday that Chinese airlines would be limited to just two weekly roundtrip flights between Chinese and American soil until further notice. Two days earlier, the Trump administration had issued a decision... Read More

Comcast Pledges $100 Million to Fight ‘Injustice and Inequality’
In The News
Comcast Pledges $100 Million to Fight ‘Injustice and Inequality’
2020-06-08 19:58:05
by Dan McCue

Comcast is allocating $100 million toward fighting injustice and inequality faced by African-Americans and other communities. The new initiative will encompass social-justice programs aimed at inequality against “any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability,” chairman/CEO Brian Roberts announced... Read More

House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
Congress
House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
2020-06-08 19:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while... Read More

Local Governments Tested by Challenges on Multiple Fronts
Cities
Local Governments Tested by Challenges on Multiple Fronts
2020-06-08 13:32:41
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The year 2020 will no doubt be remembered as the year when crisis and turmoil took center stage not just in the U.S., but around the world. From a global pandemic, to upheavals in the economy to social... Read More

Bill in Congress Would Punish China for Intrusions in Hong Kong Autonomy
Geopolitics
Bill in Congress Would Punish China for Intrusions in Hong Kong Autonomy
2020-06-08 13:24:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Congress moved closer Thursday to approving economic sanctions against China for its interference with Hong Kong’s independence. Most Democrats and Republicans on a Senate committee joined in saying the United States must take action to condemn China’s plan... Read More

'All Eyes' on New York: Reopening Tests City Torn by Crises
Cities
'All Eyes' on New York: Reopening Tests City Torn by Crises

NEW YORK (AP) — The city that never sleeps had a curfew for much of last week. Famous stores were boarded up after days of unrest. The lights are out on Broadway theaters, and the subway no longer runs overnight.... Read More

Democrats Proposing New Police Procedures, Accountability
Congress
Democrats Proposing New Police Procedures, Accountability

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures is being proposed by Democrats in response to the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, according to a draft outline obtained by The Associated Press. The Justice... Read More

Virus, Racial Unrest Force Trump Campaign to Recalibrate
Campaigns
Virus, Racial Unrest Force Trump Campaign to Recalibrate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than five months before voters will decide his fate, President Donald Trump is confronting a vastly different political reality than he once envisioned. For starters, if the election were held today, he’d likely lose. The president,... Read More

Poll: Pandemic Does Little to Alter US Views on Health Care
Opinion Polls
Poll: Pandemic Does Little to Alter US Views on Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pushed hospitals to the edge, and millions of workers lost job-based coverage in the economic shutdown to slow the spread, but a new poll suggests Americans have remarkably little interest in big changes to health... Read More

Democrats Look to Counter GOP Vote-By-Mail Fraud Claims
Elections
Democrats Look to Counter GOP Vote-By-Mail Fraud Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in voting, which President Donald Trump has said, without offering proof, will lead to election fraud.... Read More

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It
Education
College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus left Grainger Rickenbaker, a 21-year-old Drexel University student and hockey goalie, without in-person lectures, seminars or labs as the school switched to remote learning. So he sued. Rickenbaker is suing the Philadelphia university for the pro-rated... Read More

Judges Try to Balance Legal Rights and Courtroom Health
Courts
Judges Try to Balance Legal Rights and Courtroom Health

t’s tough getting people to report for jury duty in normal times. It’s even harder during a pandemic. The kidnapping and rape trial of Kenneth Weathersby Jr. opened Feb. 24 in Vallejo, Calif., but three weeks later two jurors refused... Read More

Pandemic Gives Navy ‘Opportunity’ to Revise Its Long-term Plans
Military
Pandemic Gives Navy ‘Opportunity’ to Revise Its Long-term Plans

WASHINGTON — Even before the pandemic hit the service hard, the U.S. Navy was in rough seas. The lingering aftermath of two deadly collisions in 2017, constant leadership turnover, and pressure from just about everyone in Washington to expand the... Read More

Trump’s Attacks on Mail-in Voting Worry Some Election Officials
Voting
Trump’s Attacks on Mail-in Voting Worry Some Election Officials

WASHINGTON —There is growing concern among election officials and experts that the increasingly partisan debate around voting by mail could sow doubt in the results of the presidential election. For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest... Read More

She’s Patrolled the Navajo Nation for Nearly 20 Years. Nothing Prepared Her for the COVID-19 Outbreak
In The News
She’s Patrolled the Navajo Nation for Nearly 20 Years. Nothing Prepared Her for the COVID-19 Outbreak

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation patrol car pulled up to the jail near the center of town and Officer Carolyn Tallsalt stepped out. She adjusted her surgical mask, pressing the edges so they sealed against her cheeks, then... Read More

Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic
State News
Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic
2020-06-05 19:08:49
by Dan McCue

The state of Tennessee must provide all 4.1 million of its registered voters with the option of casting ballots by mail during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a state court judge ruled on Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle held... Read More

Report Suggests Native Americans Would Be Disenfranchised With All-By-Mail Vote
2020 Elections
Report Suggests Native Americans Would Be Disenfranchised With All-By-Mail Vote
2020-06-05 18:54:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A switch to all-by-mail voting ahead of the 2020 general election would disenfranchise Native Americans because it would be impossible for some of them to cast a ballot that way, the Native American Rights Fund says in a... Read More

When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
Technology
When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
2020-06-05 17:49:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If you wanted to have a front row seat to a global viral pandemic, you probably couldn't have been in a better position to do so than Keith Herron was three months ago. The company he'd worked at... Read More

Trump Appeals to Religious Voters With Battleground Map in Mind
2020 Elections
Trump Appeals to Religious Voters With Battleground Map in Mind

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is seeking to invoke religion to bolster his law and order image during the civil unrest in an appeal to evangelical and Catholic conservatives, two groups he routinely turns to when he’s facing strong criticism.... Read More

Analysis: Racism, Unrest, Police Brutality. Is America Living 1968 All Over Again? Yes, and No
In The News
Analysis: Racism, Unrest, Police Brutality. Is America Living 1968 All Over Again? Yes, and No

In the broad sweep of American history, certain years stand like grim mileposts. The year 1968, bathed in blood and drenched in sorrow, is one. The year 2020 may be another. The nation is convulsed today in a way it... Read More

Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
2020 Elections
Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
2020-06-05 14:48:59
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Texans cannot request mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections out of fear that they might contract the coronavirus if they vote in person. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... Read More

Dems Urge Congress To Create “Robust” Recovery Plan For Clean Energy
Health
Dems Urge Congress To Create “Robust” Recovery Plan For Clean Energy
2020-06-05 14:44:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A group of lawmakers in the House and Senate urged congressional leaders on Wednesday to support the clean energy sector in future coronavirus stimulus legislation. In a letter signed by 57 members -- all Democrats or independents --... Read More

New York Times Says Senator’s Op-Ed Didn’t Meet Standards
Media
New York Times Says Senator’s Op-Ed Didn’t Meet Standards

NEW YORK (AP) — In an embarrassing about-face, The New York Times said Thursday that an opinion piece it ran by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton advocating the use of federal troops to quell nationwide protests about police mistreatment of black... Read More

Following Mattis: More in the GOP Frown on Trump's Tone
Political News
Following Mattis: More in the GOP Frown on Trump's Tone

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s inability to unify the nation at a time of grave unrest is testing his uneasy alliance with mainstream Republicans, some emboldened by Gen. James Mattis’ plea for a leader who lives up to the... Read More

ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House
Litigation
ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration Thursday, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before President Donald... Read More

Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate
U.S. Senate
Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans.... Read More

Immigrants Anxious as They Await Supreme Court DACA Decision
Immigration
Immigrants Anxious as They Await Supreme Court DACA Decision

PHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya’s hands get sweaty and her throat feels like it’s closing just talking about the anxiety of every Monday this spring. The immigrant rights activist who's shielded from deportation and allowed to legally work in the... Read More

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