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Report Suggests Pandemic Underscored Importance of Sustainable Fisheries Management
Environment
Report Suggests Pandemic Underscored Importance of Sustainable Fisheries Management
2020-06-11 21:13:09
by Jacob Pederson

Global demand for fish has reached an all-time high despite the economic and supply challenges posed by COVID-19.  This year, the world consumed enough fish for every man, woman, and child on the planet to have about 45 pounds each.... Read More

After Primaries Debacle, Georgia Democrats Gearing Up For Best Election ‘In Many Generations’
2020 Elections
After Primaries Debacle, Georgia Democrats Gearing Up For Best Election ‘In Many Generations’
2020-06-11 19:14:35
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Election season got off to a rocky start in Georgia on Tuesday with voters across the state facing long lines and technical glitches with new ballot machines during the primaries, which had been delayed twice due to the... Read More

Lafayette Square Transformed Into Fulcrum of Protest Art
Arts
Lafayette Square Transformed Into Fulcrum of Protest Art
2020-06-11 15:39:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Days after the Trump administration's use of smoke bombs and pepper spray to push demonstrators from Lafayette Park near the White House so that the entire area could be sealed off with a temporary iron fence, the barrier... Read More

Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
Opinion Polls
Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
2020-06-11 15:20:32
by Sara Wilkerson

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, Americans have struggled to find information they believe they can trust on the rate of infection, the death rate and what they should be doing to protect themselves, a new Gallup/Knight... Read More

Supreme Court Cases Could Have Major Impact on ‘Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice’
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Cases Could Have Major Impact on ‘Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice’
2020-06-11 15:11:00
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court heard a number of cases this term that could have major implications for reproductive rights. While each case heard by the Supreme Court is significant, the collective decisions on multiple health care-related cases could... Read More

Majority of Americans Cautious Concerning Return to Normalcy
Opinion Polls
Majority of Americans Cautious Concerning Return to Normalcy
2020-06-11 15:05:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – As state governors continue to roll back restrictions on gatherings and business brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Gallup survey indicates at least two-thirds of Americans want to meet specific conditions before they are willing to... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools
Education
Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools

WASHINGTON — The Senate health committee on Wednesday considered the steps schools should take to reopen later this year as officials seek to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19 while compensating for learning gaps students experienced this year. The... Read More

Busy Summer Ahead for Appropriators After Pandemic Delays
Federal Budget
Busy Summer Ahead for Appropriators After Pandemic Delays

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the coming weeks will begin deciding how to spend another $1.4 trillion in annual appropriations, diving into debates over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall, public health programs and more after coronavirus-related delays sidelined the process... Read More

Jon Ossoff Avoids Runoff to Win Democratic Nomination for Senate in Georgia
2020 Elections
Jon Ossoff Avoids Runoff to Win Democratic Nomination for Senate in Georgia

ATLANTA — Jon Ossoff captured the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, emerging from a crowded field that included two well-financed rivals to win an outright victory in the race to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Ossoff, 33,... Read More

Congress Weighs Next Steps on WHO Relationship
Health
Congress Weighs Next Steps on WHO Relationship

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are considering new ways to approach the World Health Organization, as President Donald Trump’s intentions behind his threat to terminate the relationship remain unclear. The WHO retains bipartisan support from Congress, even in the face of evidence... Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
Congress
Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
2020-06-10 18:14:32
by Tom Ramstack

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national standards for police behavior. It also would ban chokeholds, reduce legal immunity for police misconduct and create a national database... Read More

Outcomes Uncertain in a Slew of Federal Primary Races in Georgia
Voting
Outcomes Uncertain in a Slew of Federal Primary Races in Georgia

ATLANTA — None of the most hotly contested congressional races in Georgia could be called Tuesday night, leaving most candidates waiting to see who would make the runoffs or whether any had won their primary outright. A few favorites jumped... Read More

Trump Vilifies Elderly Protester as His Campaign Struggles to Relaunch
In The News
Trump Vilifies Elderly Protester as His Campaign Struggles to Relaunch

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is struggling to convince voters to back a second term, despite nearly 112,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19, the second-worst unemployment level since the Great Depression and a historic surge of national protests against... Read More

Internal Document Reveals Federal Plan to Ask Nurses to Reuse Masks
Health
Internal Document Reveals Federal Plan to Ask Nurses to Reuse Masks

WASHINGTON — Internal Federal Emergency Management Agency data show that the government’s supply of surgical gowns has not meaningfully increased since photos first emerged in March of nurses wearing trash bags for protection. “The demand for gowns outpaces current U.S.... Read More

Democrats Seek Answers on Surveillance of Protesters by Federal Agencies
Congress
Democrats Seek Answers on Surveillance of Protesters by Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are probing the possible use of high-tech surveillance tools by federal law enforcement agencies to monitor protesters at nationwide marches against police brutality. House Democrats have in recent days sent letters to the FBI, Drug Enforcement... Read More

Senate GOP Policing Plan May Hold Some Compromises for Democrats
Congress
Senate GOP Policing Plan May Hold Some Compromises for Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, led by South Carolina’s Tim Scott, are putting together their own policing legislation and say they hope to find common ground with Democrats on issues such as body cameras, data collection on use of force and... Read More

Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
In The News
Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
2020-06-10 17:47:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials pledged a vigorous crackdown Tuesday during a Senate hearing on fraudsters who are trying to make easy money off vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. They accused con artists of selling fake vaccines and... Read More

Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls
2020 Elections
Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On an unprecedented primary election day, reports of problems at polling stations across South Carolina’s Richland County have been rolling in. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that led to increased requests for absentee ballots, there has been a... Read More

Advisory Panel Slams EPA Proposal To Overhaul Clean Air Accounting Methods
Environment
Advisory Panel Slams EPA Proposal To Overhaul Clean Air Accounting Methods
2020-06-09 21:45:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A panel of scientists on Tuesday slammed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to overhaul accounting methods used to evaluate the various economic and social costs of clean air regulations. Last week, the agency proposed a new set... Read More

As Businesses Reopen, Workplace Testing Is the ‘Wild West’
Business
As Businesses Reopen, Workplace Testing Is the ‘Wild West’

WASHINGTON — Testing employees for the coronavirus as they come into work will be an important step in safely getting Americans back on the job. But employers have been left to their own devices as they navigate the public health... Read More

North Korea Cuts Off Contact With South Korea, Dialing Up Tensions
Geopolitics
North Korea Cuts Off Contact With South Korea, Dialing Up Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea — After days of increasingly hostile rhetoric, North Korea on Tuesday said it was cutting off all communication with South Korea, renewing tensions after a lull during which both countries battled the threat of the coronavirus. In... Read More

CBO Says Pandemic Shaved $3.9 Trillion Off US Economy, Slow Down Will Linger
Economy
CBO Says Pandemic Shaved $3.9 Trillion Off US Economy, Slow Down Will Linger
2020-06-09 21:11:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic shaved roughly $3.9 trillion from the U.S. economy and will likely prevent the nation's quarterly growth rate from climbing above zero percent through the end of 2021, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The... Read More

Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020 Elections
Failed Voting Machines, Long Lines and Anger Mark Georgia Primary Election
2020-06-09 19:44:19
by Dan McCue

Georgians who overcame concerns about the coronavirus to participate in Tuesday's primary election encountered long lines, extended waits and a new touch screen voting system that experienced widespread problems. So bad did the situation become that by mid-morning one lawmaker,... Read More

Venezuelan Embassy Activists Avoid Jail With Plea Bargain
Law
Venezuelan Embassy Activists Avoid Jail With Plea Bargain
2020-06-09 17:55:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A plea bargain with federal prosecutors is allowing four activists to avoid jail time after they occupied the Venezuelan Embassy in April and May. The four were part of a group that stayed in the embassy in Washington,... Read More

In Reversal, Pentagon Open to Stripping Names of Confederate Generals Off Fort Hood, Other Posts
Pentagon
In Reversal, Pentagon Open to Stripping Names of Confederate Generals Off Fort Hood, Other Posts

WASHINGTON — Abandoning decades of resistance, the Pentagon signaled Monday that it is open to stripping the names of Confederate heroes off Fort Hood and nine other Army posts, including one named for the rebels’ top general, Robert E. Lee.... Read More

US Officially Entered ‘Unprecedented’ Recession in February
Economy
US Officially Entered ‘Unprecedented’ Recession in February

The U.S. entered an “unprecedented” recession in February as job growth and production began grinding to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, a trade group said Monday, ending the country’s longest economic boom on record. The National Bureau of... Read More

Biden, Trump Take Opposing Stands: One Visits Floyd Family; the Other Meets With Police
Political News
Biden, Trump Take Opposing Stands: One Visits Floyd Family; the Other Meets With Police

WASHINGTON — As Joe Biden stood with the family of George Floyd on Monday in demanding police accountability, President Donald Trump also made clear where he stands, meeting with law enforcement officers and accusing Biden of undermining public safety. Much... Read More

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

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