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The 30-Somethings Who Fled Big Cities to Shelter With Mom and Dad
In The News
The 30-Somethings Who Fled Big Cities to Shelter With Mom and Dad

AUSTIN, Texas — It took three weeks, but Lawrence and Arlene Maze finally persuaded their younger son, Gregory, of Los Angeles, to get on a flight home to Austin. “He basically shut his business down to come here and has... Read More

House Democrats Release Updated Calendar for Pandemic-Plagued Session
Congress
House Democrats Release Updated Calendar for Pandemic-Plagued Session
2020-05-29 18:34:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday released the updated plan for conducting congressional business into the summer. The plan and calendar emailed members states that the focus for June will be on having the House committees hold... Read More

As Primary Approaches, South Carolina Republicans Vows to Return Congressional District to the GOP
Primaries
As Primary Approaches, South Carolina Republicans Vows to Return Congressional District to the GOP
2020-05-29 18:32:00
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The theme of the contest is most succinctly spelled out on the campaign signs that have appeared this week in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, like so many clumps of blooming Black-Eyed Susans. "Take Back the Lowcountry,"... Read More

America’s Mariners Perform Essential Work During COVID-19 Crisis
Opinions
America’s Mariners Perform Essential Work During COVID-19 Crisis

Each week, tug boat operators cross the Bering Sea from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Akutan Island, towing a barge full of groceries, medicine and other life-sustaining provisions. After offloading the cargo, containers full of fish products are loaded onto the... Read More

State Legislatures Are Increasingly Looking To Take The Lead On Immigration
Immigration
State Legislatures Are Increasingly Looking To Take The Lead On Immigration
2020-05-29 15:01:51
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - In the past decade, many U.S. states have faced labor shortages that have placed a financial strain on local businesses and economies.  With fewer skilled immigrants entering the country and young people losing interest in blue-collar jobs, key... Read More

Senators Discuss Solutions to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Issue
Health
Senators Discuss Solutions to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Issue
2020-05-29 14:59:11
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Long-term care is a topic that hits close to home for many. Nursing homes and facilities providing care for people 65 and older are often crowded and understaffed, and care for seniors is even more complicated in the... Read More

RNC Safety Proposal for Charlotte Convention Makes No Mention of Masks, Distancing
Political News
RNC Safety Proposal for Charlotte Convention Makes No Mention of Masks, Distancing
2020-05-29 14:45:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A letter outlining the Republican National Committee's coronavirus safety plan for its upcoming presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, includes several medical checks, but makes no mention of either wearing masks or requirements for social distancing. The... Read More

National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
In The News
National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
2020-05-29 14:35:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists strongly condemned the early morning arrests on Friday of a CNN correspondent and his production team, as they were covering ongoing protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death... Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
2020-05-29 12:29:26
by Dan McCue

A majority of Hawaii residents continue to support the construction of a new observatory atop the dormant Maunakea volcano on the Big Island of the archipelago, despite protests that have brought the project to a standstill, a new poll shows.... Read More

Vote-By-Mail Deadlines Leave States Just Weeks to Get Ready
State News
Vote-By-Mail Deadlines Leave States Just Weeks to Get Ready

WASHINGTON — Election officials have just weeks left to ensure that their states can handle a surge of mail-in votes in November in the face of fierce opposition from President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. With just a little... Read More

Trump Signs Order Targeting Social Media Companies
Political News
Trump Signs Order Targeting Social Media Companies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies such as Twitter, accusing them of having “unchecked power” and escalating his feud with the popular digital platforms he relies on as a political bullhorn as... Read More

US State Jobless-Benefit Rolls Post First Decline of Pandemic
Employment
US State Jobless-Benefit Rolls Post First Decline of Pandemic

U.S. states’ jobless rolls shrank for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic in a sign people are starting to return to work, even as millions more Americans filed for unemployment benefits. Continuing claims, which tally Americans’ ongoing benefit claims... Read More

China Approves Hong Kong Security Legislation, Defying Trump
Geopolitics
China Approves Hong Kong Security Legislation, Defying Trump

Chinese lawmakers approved a proposal for sweeping new national security legislation in Hong Kong, defying a threat by President Donald Trump to respond strongly to a measure that democracy advocates say will curb essential freedoms in the city. The National... Read More

Kansas Republican Susan Wagle Drops Out of Senate Race After Conversations with GOP Leaders
2020 Elections
Kansas Republican Susan Wagle Drops Out of Senate Race After Conversations with GOP Leaders

WASHINGTON — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate four days ahead of the filing deadline. The Wichita Republican’s decision to forgo the race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts comes hours after... Read More

North Carolina House Prepares for Expected Surge in Mail-In Votes in November
State News
North Carolina House Prepares for Expected Surge in Mail-In Votes in November
2020-05-28 21:35:22
by Dan McCue

The North Carolina House of Representatives on Thursday gave its near unanimous support to a bill allocating millions of dollars and granting counties more flexibility in dealing with what is expected to be a huge surge in mail-in voting in... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Endorses Greater Flexibility for Small Business Aid Program
Congress
House Overwhelmingly Endorses Greater Flexibility for Small Business Aid Program
2020-05-28 20:17:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the House on Thursday passed legislation providing struggling small businesses with greater flexibility in using coronavirus relief loans. The bill, which amends the Paycheck Protection Program enacted in March, passed by a vote... Read More

Congress Seeks to Help Minorities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus
Health
Congress Seeks to Help Minorities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus
2020-05-28 12:49:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Medical and social welfare witnesses told a congressional committee Wednesday that ethnic minorities need an increased effort to protect them from the devastation of coronavirus. They are dying or losing their jobs in some locations at almost twice... Read More

FCC Commissioner Says Lack Of Broadband Access Amid Pandemic Is ‘A National Disaster’
Infrastructure
FCC Commissioner Says Lack Of Broadband Access Amid Pandemic Is ‘A National Disaster’
2020-05-28 12:46:30
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has reignited a longstanding debate on the issue of unequal access to broadband internet in America, also known as the “digital divide.” With thousands of businesses shut down, having access to a reliable internet connection... Read More

Lawmakers Ejected in Hong Kong Debate on Chinese Anthem Bill
Foreign Affairs
Lawmakers Ejected in Hong Kong Debate on Chinese Anthem Bill

HONG KONG (AP) — Three pro-democracy lawmakers were ejected from Hong Kong's legislative chamber Thursday morning, disrupting the second day of debate on a contentious bill that would criminalize insulting or abusing the Chinese national anthem. The legislature’s president, Andrew... Read More

Trump Continues to Claim Broad Powers He Doesn't Have
White House
Trump Continues to Claim Broad Powers He Doesn't Have

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override" governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's... Read More

Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt
Congress
Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation extending surveillance authorities the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it. House Democratic... Read More

NASA and SpaceX Postpone Historic Astronaut Launch to Saturday
Space
NASA and SpaceX Postpone Historic Astronaut Launch to Saturday

ORLANDO, Fla. — With bad weather hovering over the Space Coast Wednesday, SpaceX and NASA had to postpone their return to space until the weekend. The mission plans to take astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space... Read More

Longtime Texas Congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, Dies at Age 89
Congress
Longtime Texas Congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, Dies at Age 89

Retired Texas congressman Sam Johnson, a conservative stalwart whose service to country spanned seven years as a prisoner of war and a long stint in the U.S. House, died Wednesday in Plano of natural causes. He was 89. The Plano... Read More

Iowa Rep. Steve King Facing Toughest Primary Yet
2020 Elections
Iowa Rep. Steve King Facing Toughest Primary Yet

WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve King reminded those watching a virtual candidate forum on Facebook on Saturday that he has never lost a race. But that could change next week. While it’s rare for incumbents to lose primaries, the Iowa Republican... Read More

Twitter Becomes Trump’s Latest Enemy After it Tags His Claims as False
Social Media
Twitter Becomes Trump’s Latest Enemy After it Tags His Claims as False

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to strongly regulate or close down social media platforms he deems unfriendly to conservatives, escalating a war with Silicon Valley a day after Twitter for the first time warned that Trump was posting... Read More

As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court
Congress
As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court

WASHINGTON — For the first time in U.S. history, House members on Wednesday voted without being physically present in the Capitol, a change in congressional rules brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that Republicans are already turning into a campaign... Read More

Bring Your Own Sanitizer, Pen: Texas Sets Safety Standards for In-Person Voting
State News
Bring Your Own Sanitizer, Pen: Texas Sets Safety Standards for In-Person Voting

AUSTIN, Texas — With Texas Republican leaders fighting efforts to expand mail-in voting during the pandemic, the state’s top election official has issued guidelines designed to improve the safety of polling places, voters and election workers. Voters were advised to... Read More

US Coronavirus Deaths Pass 100,000 Mark in Under Four Months
In The News
US Coronavirus Deaths Pass 100,000 Mark in Under Four Months

WASHINGTON — The nation’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 in less than four months on Wednesday, a heart-rending inflection point in a pandemic that has profoundly altered Americans’ daily lives, ravaged the U.S. economy and put the country’s bare-knuckle political... Read More

State of Small Business Report Outlines the Struggle for Survival and Reopening
Economy
State of Small Business Report Outlines the Struggle for Survival and Reopening
2020-05-27 19:21:32
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The economy is in crisis, but not everyone is feeling it the same way. One of the hardest-hit sectors is America’s small businesses. Over 99% of the nation’s 28.7 million firms are small and medium-sized businesses which contribute... Read More

CBO Report Says Federal Highway Fund Could Go Broke In 2022
Transportation
CBO Report Says Federal Highway Fund Could Go Broke In 2022
2020-05-27 19:19:25
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Federal funding for U.S. highway projects could soon run out, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that gives lawmakers advice on economic and budgetary matters. The Highway Trust Fund -- a... Read More

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