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Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets
Veterans
Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets
2020-06-04 20:58:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - America's veteran population is changing, with its overall size declining, the number of women in its ranks on the rise, and a generation of Post 9-11 vets who are far more likely to suffer from a service-connected disability... Read More

Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises
Political News
Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing... Read More

Ex-Defense Chief Mattis Rips Trump for Dividing Americans
Military
Ex-Defense Chief Mattis Rips Trump for Dividing Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump's heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House and said his former boss was setting up a “false... Read More

Virginia Governor to Announce Removal of Lee Statue
State News
Virginia Governor to Announce Removal of Lee Statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday to remove one of the country’s most iconic monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior... Read More

Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study
Health
Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in people in close contact with someone with the disease. Results published Wednesday by the New England... Read More

Tourist Towns Balance Fear, Survival in Make-or-Break Summer
Travel
Tourist Towns Balance Fear, Survival in Make-or-Break Summer

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — As the coronavirus raced across America, this quaint seaside town did what would normally be unthinkable for a tourist destination. Spooked by a deluge of visitors, the tiny Oregon community shooed people from its expansive... Read More

Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Bolster Whistleblower Protections
Intelligence
Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Bolster Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee backed new protections for intelligence community whistleblowers and new reporting requirements for political campaigns as part of a broader intelligence authorization bill. The legislation, approved 14-1 by the panel on Wednesday, follows President Donald... Read More

Lawmakers Dust Off Old Proposals on Police Overhauls
Congress
Lawmakers Dust Off Old Proposals on Police Overhauls

WASHINGTON — The policy ideas Democratic members of Congress will propose this month to address deadly police force have been around for years, but so has the opposition from law enforcement advocacy groups and the lawmakers who support them. Rep.... Read More

Party Divisions Evident in Congress Over Expanded Use of Absentee Ballots
2020 Elections
Party Divisions Evident in Congress Over Expanded Use of Absentee Ballots
2020-06-04 12:49:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A congressional subcommittee on Wednesday threw itself into the growing controversy over absentee voting as a safeguard against coronavirus. Democrats and Republicans agreed voters should not need to risk their lives at polling places by exposing themselves to... Read More

Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
Congress
Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
2020-06-04 12:04:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Maryland's Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday introduced legislation in their chamber to replace the bust of Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's racist Dred Scott decision, currently on display in the... Read More

Eagles' Henley Headlines Robust Debate Over Digital Copyright Law
Congress
Eagles' Henley Headlines Robust Debate Over Digital Copyright Law
2020-06-03 20:14:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eagles founder and co-songwriter Don Henley urged a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to stand by the side of artists he contends have been catastrophically harmed by a safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When it... Read More

Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
Military
Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
2020-06-03 19:57:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes the use of active-duty military to police U.S. cities and contain current street protests over the death of George Floyd. "I've always believed and continue to believe that the National... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Comprehensive Push to “Achieve Racial Justice”
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Comprehensive Push to “Achieve Racial Justice”
2020-06-03 19:54:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition, an alliance of centrist Democrats in Congress, condemned racially motivated police violence on Wednesday in the wake of nationwide unrest following the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota. “The... Read More

Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
Criminal Justice
Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
2020-06-03 19:50:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The further move this week by cities to reopen as coronavirus infections subside is raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease, particularly in jails. The worries were heightened by protests this week against police brutality that drew... Read More

Poll Finds Most Americans Say Anger Over Police Killings Is Justified
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Most Americans Say Anger Over Police Killings Is Justified
2020-06-03 13:43:42
by Gaspard Le Dem

A Monmouth University poll out Tuesday found a majority of Americans think that anger over police killings of African-Americans is justified, though fewer agree with the actions carried out by some of those protesters. According to the poll, around 57%... Read More

US Legislatures Slow to Pass Laws Limiting Use of Force
State News
US Legislatures Slow to Pass Laws Limiting Use of Force

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force.... Read More

Iowa Voters Oust Rep. King, Shunned for Insensitive Remarks
2020 Elections
Iowa Voters Oust Rep. King, Shunned for Insensitive Remarks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades... Read More

Biden Moves Closer to Formally Winning Democratic Nomination
2020 Elections
Biden Moves Closer to Formally Winning Democratic Nomination

Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests Tuesday that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. Biden could... Read More

Trump Says GOP is Pulling Convention from North Carolina
Political News
Trump Says GOP is Pulling Convention from North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns... Read More

Black Female Mayors in Spotlight Amid Protests and Pandemic
Cities
Black Female Mayors in Spotlight Amid Protests and Pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation's attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death. “I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is... Read More

Nadler Seeks to Punish Barr for Not Testifying
Congress
Nadler Seeks to Punish Barr for Not Testifying

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee squared off against Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday to counter what Democrats say is continued defiance of Congress for refusing to testify at a Justice Department oversight hearing. Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced that... Read More

Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies
Litigation
Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal... Read More

Homeland Security Grossly Understated Family Separations, Watchdog Says
Homeland Security
Homeland Security Grossly Understated Family Separations, Watchdog Says

Customs and Border Protection separated dozens more migrant children at ports of entry in 2018 than it publicly attested to at the height of the Trump administration’s so-called zero tolerance policy, according to a new report published Tuesday by the... Read More

Trump Uses Racial Wounds for Political Gain, Biden Says
2020 Elections
Trump Uses Racial Wounds for Political Gain, Biden Says

WASHINGTON — The clash between President Donald Trump and his critics over civil unrest sweeping the country intensified Tuesday, as Joe Biden bluntly accused him of being “more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of... Read More

‘New Era’ for China-Japan Ties Dissipates Over Trump-Xi Fight
Geopolitics
‘New Era’ for China-Japan Ties Dissipates Over Trump-Xi Fight

TOKYO — What was meant to be a landmark year for Japan-China relations has turned sour, as the U.S. standoff with Beijing leaves Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caught up in a fight between his country’s biggest trading partner and its... Read More

Will Joe Biden Make a Former Florida Police Chief His 2020 Running Mate?
2020 Elections
Will Joe Biden Make a Former Florida Police Chief His 2020 Running Mate?

WASHINGTON — Val Demings’ rise from Orlando, Fla.’s first black woman police chief to a congresswoman with a central role in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial landed her on Joe Biden’s vice presidential shortlist. And now, as protests over the... Read More

Lawmakers Look at Military Gear Transfers to Police
Congress
Lawmakers Look at Military Gear Transfers to Police

WASHINGTON — The eruptions of violence at protests of police brutality in recent days have rekindled congressional efforts to end the practice of giving surplus military gear to law enforcement agencies. The program, which is run through the Defense Logistics... Read More

Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
In The News
Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
2020-06-02 19:24:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last... Read More

Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality
Civil Rights
Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality
2020-06-02 19:13:32
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A coalition of hundreds of national civil rights organizations urged Congress on Monday to address systemic police violence against African-American people in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis last... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Slashing 129K from Voting Rolls
Voting
Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Slashing 129K from Voting Rolls
2020-06-02 19:11:37
by Dan McCue

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that could remove about 129,000 people from the state's voter rolls ahead of the November election.  This is the second time the state's highest court considered hearing the case, having... Read More

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