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Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
2020-05-27 19:03:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule, a move seen as foreshadowing the end of some or all of... Read More

District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
Economy
District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
2020-05-27 19:00:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday and begin phase one of its reopening process. The details of Bowser's announcement are available here. The mayor said though new... Read More

Poll Shows Trump Has Large Favorability Gap With Women
Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Trump Has Large Favorability Gap With Women
2020-05-27 13:51:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

New polling shows that a majority of female Trump supporters in 2016 who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic would vote for him again, however, 48% of women still hold a very unfavorable view of him as opposed... Read More

Sens. Feinstein, Loeffler, Inhofe Cleared in DOJ Stock Trade Probe
Political News
Sens. Feinstein, Loeffler, Inhofe Cleared in DOJ Stock Trade Probe

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is dropping its inquiry into Sen. Dianne Feinstein over stock trades made as the novel coronavirus struck the U.S. and roiled the economy, a person familiar with the matter said. Feinstein, D-Calif., is among a... Read More

Federal Workers See Risks to Them in Trump Push to Reopen US
Employment
Federal Workers See Risks to Them in Trump Push to Reopen US

As Donald Trump presses states to reopen, government workers and their unions say they’re increasingly concerned that their bosses will force them back to the office without sufficient protection. Agencies’ approaches to returning to offices have been uneven, they say.... Read More

Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting
In The News
Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using mail-in ballots, a scorched-earth campaign that could undermine confidence in the democratic process as the novel coronavirus threatens to make... Read More

Coronavirus Widens Health Care Divide Between Red States and Blue States
Health
Coronavirus Widens Health Care Divide Between Red States and Blue States

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Jenny Morones and Courtney Marrs are both working mothers. Both labor to raise three children on low incomes. Both fled abusive relationships. But because Morones lives in California — a state that expanded its safety net through... Read More

U.S. Government’s Most Experienced Watchdog Steps Down
Oversight
U.S. Government’s Most Experienced Watchdog Steps Down

WASHINGTON — Glenn Fine, a top official in the Pentagon inspector general’s office, stepped down Tuesday in the latest installment of a recent drama over internal oversight in the Trump administration. Fine, who is one of five inspectors general to... Read More

Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting
Political News
Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for... Read More

North Carolina Says It Wants RNC to Produce Convention Pandemic Plan
Political News
North Carolina Says It Wants RNC to Produce Convention Pandemic Plan
2020-05-27 13:16:41
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's health and human services secretary has asked the CEO of the Republican National Convention to provide the state with a written coronavirus safety plan for the presidential nominating event currently planned for Charlotte in August. The request by... Read More

House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
Congress
House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
2020-05-27 13:05:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with 20 other Republican lawmakers sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday night in a bid to block the first proxy votes in congressional history. The House is returning to Washington Wednesday to... Read More

RNC 2020: North Carolina Says Republicans Need a Pandemic Plan With ‘Several Scenarios’
2020 Elections
RNC 2020: North Carolina Says Republicans Need a Pandemic Plan With ‘Several Scenarios’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Prompted by President Donald Trump’s threat to pull the Republican National Convention from Charlotte unless “full attendance” was allowed, North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen requested a written COVID-19 safety plan from the CEO... Read More

‘Bored’ Seismologists Find a New Hobby: Tracking Silence
In The News
‘Bored’ Seismologists Find a New Hobby: Tracking Silence

DALLAS — If you’ve been noticing more birds chirping and more frogs singing, it’s probably not your imagination. Noise created by humans, such as car and truck traffic, quieted by about 30% between late March, when Gov. Greg Abbott closed... Read More

A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court
Courts
A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court

MIAMI — The fate of billions of dollars squirreled away in the bank accounts, luxury properties and exotic cars of convicted Venezuelan officials and their business cronies has become entangled in a colossal legal battle in Miami federal court. On... Read More

Lofgren Announces FISA Amendment Agreement, Clearing Way for House Vote
Intelligence
Lofgren Announces FISA Amendment Agreement, Clearing Way for House Vote
2020-05-26 19:52:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., announced Tuesday there will be a vote tomorrow on a measure she's championed to prohibit the collection of Americans’ internet search history and web browsing data without a warrant. Since January, Lofgren, Rep. Warren... Read More

GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
Political News
GOP Governors Offer States as Alternative Sites for GOP Convention
2020-05-26 18:16:34
by Dan McCue

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has offered his state and its "world-class facilities" to serve as host of the Republican National Convention in August, a day after President Donald Trump threatened to move the event from North Carolina unless he is... Read More

New Dems, Problem Solvers Endorse Legislation to Improve Paycheck Protection Program
Business
New Dems, Problem Solvers Endorse Legislation to Improve Paycheck Protection Program
2020-05-26 18:12:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Both the New Democrat Coalition and the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed legislation on Tuesday intended to make the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program work better for more businesses across the country. Since its creation in the very first... Read More

Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
Congress
Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
2020-05-26 18:05:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a virtual discussion late last week on the challenges faced by district staff working remotely and the steps federal agencies can take to protect staffers as they return to... Read More

NY Stock Exchange Reopens for First Time in Two Months
Finance
NY Stock Exchange Reopens for First Time in Two Months
2020-05-26 18:02:58
by Dan McCue

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday, and though it was largely seen as a symbolic first step toward economic recovery, the financial markets opened with a surge of optimism. In early trading, the Dow Jones... Read More

Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
Voting
Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
2020-05-26 14:34:21
by Tom Ramstack

A group of Virginia voters is suing their state over a plan for wider use of absentee ballots during the primary election next month as coronavirus restrictions continue. Their lawsuit is one of more than a dozen pending nationwide that... Read More

State Attorneys General Threaten to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
Environment
State Attorneys General Threaten to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
2020-05-26 14:32:16
by Tom Ramstack

Three Mid-Atlantic attorneys general are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce water quality standards to protect the Chesapeake Bay. They accuse the EPA of ignoring its court-ordered duty to prevent polluters in New York and... Read More

Congressional Leaders Push to Remove Swastikas, Praise for Hitler from Veterans’ Cemeteries
Veterans
Congressional Leaders Push to Remove Swastikas, Praise for Hitler from Veterans’ Cemeteries

Congressional leaders who oversee the budget for the Veterans Administration are making a Memorial Day push for the removal of gravestones containing swastikas and praise for Adolf Hitler from veterans’ cemeteries. Outrage over the symbols representing Nazism is bipartisan. The... Read More

Trump Halts Entry Into US From Brazil, White House Says
Foreign Affairs
Trump Halts Entry Into US From Brazil, White House Says

The U.S. will restrict the entry of non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil, where coronavirus cases are spiking, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday. The order begins at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, and the entry of all foreigners who’ve... Read More

Top Candidates in Baltimore Mayor’s Race Eye Different Paths to Victory
Cities
Top Candidates in Baltimore Mayor’s Race Eye Different Paths to Victory

BALTIMORE — Moira Graham finally got her ballot in the mail on Wednesday. Now comes the hard part. With just days remaining in the race for Baltimore’s next mayor, Graham, 67, must figure out who’s the best choice to lead... Read More

Dr. Birx Won’t Say Whether U.S. Will Shut Down for Potential Coronavirus Second Wave
Health
Dr. Birx Won’t Say Whether U.S. Will Shut Down for Potential Coronavirus Second Wave

Dr. Deborah Birx says it’s too early to tell whether we’ll have a second coronavirus shutdown. The White House coronavirus task force expert said Sunday that the nation will have to wait and see what the conditions are like when... Read More

Biden Lays Memorial Wreath in First Public Event Since Virus
Political News
Biden Lays Memorial Wreath in First Public Event Since Virus

Joe Biden emerged Monday from his stay-at-home lockdown after more than 10 weeks to mark Memorial Day with a tribute to veterans. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Jill, visited the Veterans Memorial Park at the Delaware Memorial... Read More

Trump Threatens to Move Republican National Convention from North Carolina
Political News
Trump Threatens to Move Republican National Convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump threatened to move the planned Republican National Convention from North Carolina unless the state’s governor can guarantee the party will be allowed full attendance. Trump took aim at North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, in a... Read More

Pulling Dollar Bills Off the Wall to Keep Going in Rural California
Economy
Pulling Dollar Bills Off the Wall to Keep Going in Rural California

BISHOP, Calif. — This is a time of year that many rural towns in the Owens Valley usually celebrate — rodeo and fishing season. Normally, tourists from Southern California would be swarming into the eastern Sierra Nevada range, streaming into... Read More

Sen. Cory Booker Renews Effort to Get Names of Sailors Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial
In The News
Sen. Cory Booker Renews Effort to Get Names of Sailors Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

After an effort to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial hit a roadblock in the Senate, supporters of inscribing the names of the men who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans are continuing to... Read More

NASA Astronauts Go Back to the Future with Capsule Launch
Space
NASA Astronauts Go Back to the Future with Capsule Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff" capsule. Make no mistake: This is not your father's — or grandfather's — capsule. SpaceX's Dragon... Read More

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