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Biden Campaign Asks Vice Presidential Contenders for References
Political News
Biden Campaign Asks Vice Presidential Contenders for References

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign is asking some potential vice presidential candidates to submit references, as the presumptive Democratic nominee’s team begins the formal vetting process, according to two people with knowledge of the process. Some of the contenders, most... Read More

All Texas Voters Eligible to Vote by Mail Amid Coronavirus, Federal Judge Rules
2020 Elections
All Texas Voters Eligible to Vote by Mail Amid Coronavirus, Federal Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that all Texas voters are eligible to vote by mail to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus amid the pandemic. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery sided with the Texas Democractic Party in his... Read More

Appeals Court Rules New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary
2020 Elections
Appeals Court Rules New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic cannot stop New York’s Democratic presidential primary, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday — and state election officials said they plan to go ahead with the election June 23. The Manhattan-based 2nd Circuit Court... Read More

Groundbreaking Survey Series Asks, 'What Will It Take to Return to Normalcy?'
In The News
Groundbreaking Survey Series Asks, 'What Will It Take to Return to Normalcy?'
2020-05-19 21:09:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Would you be willing to take a cruise right now? How about attending a live sporting event? Or staying in a hotel? Perhaps flying? A new survey of the travel and leisure attitudes of Americans found that more... Read More

The Coronavirus Is Taking A Toll On The Renewable Energy Sector
Energy
The Coronavirus Is Taking A Toll On The Renewable Energy Sector
2020-05-19 20:21:22
by Gaspard Le Dem

The natural world has gotten a boost from the coronavirus pandemic.  With fewer cars on the roads and planes in the sky, the world has benefited from clearer skies and an unprecedented decline in carbon emissions.  Daily CO2 emissions decreased... Read More

Number of Female CEOs in the Fortune 500 Hits All-Time Record
Business
Number of Female CEOs in the Fortune 500 Hits All-Time Record
2020-05-19 20:08:44
by Dan McCue

The number of women running America's largest corporations has reached a record high with 37 of the companies on this year's Fortune 500 being led by female CEOs, Fortune magazine announced on Monday. The Fortune 500, which ranks America's largest... Read More

Illinois Governor Finds Running Most-Troubled US State Only Gets Harder
Illinois
Illinois Governor Finds Running Most-Troubled US State Only Gets Harder

J.B. Pritzker certainly knew what he was getting into when he ran for governor of debt-laden Illinois in 2018, a position once dubbed the worst job in American politics. But the billionaire scion of the Hyatt hotel fortune could not... Read More

Space Exploration’s Next Frontier: Remote-Controlled Robonauts
Space
Space Exploration’s Next Frontier: Remote-Controlled Robonauts

As Japan’s second female astronaut to fly up in the Space Shuttle Discovery, Naoko Yamazaki didn’t expect to spend a quarter of her time dusting, feeding mice and doing other menial jobs. It can cost more than $430 million a... Read More

How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona
2020 Elections
How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump carried Arizona on his way to the White House four years ago, voters were simultaneously ushering another nationally renowned Republican with polarizing views on law enforcement and immigration out of office. Now Joe Arpaio is... Read More

Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist
Environment
Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist

A species of bee from Florida that scientists thought might no longer exist was rediscovered earlier this spring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Before then, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016. “I was... Read More

Little of the $500 Billion in Relief Fund for Businesses Has Been Spent
Economy
Little of the $500 Billion in Relief Fund for Businesses Has Been Spent

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department has disbursed less than 8% — just $37.5 billion of $500 billion — of the emergency funds that Congress approved two months ago for loans and loan guarantees to help stabilize the economy, according to... Read More

Lawmakers Cry Foul Over Firing of State Inspector General
Dep. of State
Lawmakers Cry Foul Over Firing of State Inspector General

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump received criticism from members of his own party Monday for his weekend firing of the State Department’s independent watchdog, with Senate Republicans demanding an explanation for the abrupt ouster of the latest inspector general removed from... Read More

Justice Department Leaves ‘Unresolved’ Recommendations from 2016 Election Probes
2016 U.S. Election
Justice Department Leaves ‘Unresolved’ Recommendations from 2016 Election Probes

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department hasn’t resolved several recommendations from a 2018 internal probe into the FBI’s actions ahead of the 2016 presidential election, which included the mishandling of a probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server and controversial text messages... Read More

Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine in Case He Gets Coronavirus
In The News
Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine in Case He Gets Coronavirus

President Donald Trump revealed Monday he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine preventatively for coronavirus for nearly two weeks — even though his own medical experts say the drug can be deadly and should not be administered outside hospital settings. Speaking in the... Read More

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Seeks $1.2 Billion From Congress
Immigration
US Citizenship and Immigration Services Seeks $1.2 Billion From Congress

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has requested $1.2 billion in emergency funding due to a drastic decline in green card and other visa applications that could drain its fee-based coffers by this summer, the agency said Monday. USCIS,... Read More

Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins
2020 Elections
Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins

ATLANTA — Some voters encountered lines when early voting began Monday for Georgia’s primary as election workers kept people 6 feet apart, allowed only a few inside at a time and cleaned touchscreens after each voter. Turnout appeared to be... Read More

Census Bureau Nears Goal for 2020 Count, But Crucial Areas Lag
Census
Census Bureau Nears Goal for 2020 Count, But Crucial Areas Lag

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau has reached the cusp of its goal for the nation to respond to the 2020 count, but with rates still lagging in minority neighborhoods, advocates and members of Congress worry that people in diverse communities... Read More

Pompeo Faces Scrutiny as House Chair Reveals Ousted Watchdog Probed Arms Sales
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Faces Scrutiny as House Chair Reveals Ousted Watchdog Probed Arms Sales

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel on Monday raised the possibility that the State Department’s inspector general was fired because he was investigating President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration last year that expedited an arms sale to... Read More

Justice Dept. Seeks Dismissal of Equal Rights Amendment Suit
Litigation
Justice Dept. Seeks Dismissal of Equal Rights Amendment Suit
2020-05-19 14:07:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is attempting to get a lawsuit dismissed that seeks to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A Justice Department motion to dismiss filed last week says the deadline expired for states to... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Promises New Aid to State, Local Governments
Congress
Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Promises New Aid to State, Local Governments
2020-05-19 14:03:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan, bicameral effort is underway to provide hundreds of billions in funding to state and local governments reeling from the budgetary hit they've taken due to the coronavirus outbreak. The House bill introduced Monday by Reps. Josh... Read More

Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
Intelligence
Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
2020-05-19 13:59:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been tapped to be the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, taking the place of Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who stepped down last week amid an investigation into his stock transactions. Burr... Read More

Department of Transportation Relaxes Rest Stop Rules For Truck Drivers
Transportation
Department of Transportation Relaxes Rest Stop Rules For Truck Drivers
2020-05-18 21:25:26
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Thursday that it had finalized new rules to give truckers more flexibility on their driving hours. The announcement comes after two years of intense public debate over how to give... Read More

Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings
2020-05-18 17:07:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sudan is liable for $4.3 billion in punitive damages for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 people dead and injured thousands. Despite the court's unanimous ruling, however,... Read More

Horn Says It's Time to Get Back to Work, Focus on Targeted, Bipartisan Aid Package
Congress
Horn Says It's Time to Get Back to Work, Focus on Targeted, Bipartisan Aid Package
2020-05-18 16:29:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's a simple way to sum up the message Rep. Kendra Horn delivered to her colleagues and constituents during the marathon session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, it was that enough is enough. In... Read More

Democrats Wrote the Playbook on Digital Organizing, So Why Is Trump Dominating?
Campaigns
Democrats Wrote the Playbook on Digital Organizing, So Why Is Trump Dominating?

WASHINGTON — Political campaign apps are hardly a new phenomenon, but when President Donald Trump recently unveiled the one for his reelection bid, digital innovators on the left responded with alarm — and exasperation. A refrain echoed from executive suites... Read More

Powell Warns US Recovery Could Stretch Through End of 2021
Economy
Powell Warns US Recovery Could Stretch Through End of 2021

The U.S. economy will recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but the process could stretch through until the end of next year and depend on the delivery of a vaccine, said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. “Assuming there’s not a second... Read More

Coronavirus Vaccine Within a Year Is ‘Far From a Sure Thing,’ Expert Warns
In The News
Coronavirus Vaccine Within a Year Is ‘Far From a Sure Thing,’ Expert Warns

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus vaccine by year’s end is possible, but not something to “bank on,” a leading public health expert warned Sunday as the Trump administration continued to push for swift business reopenings in a bid to revive the... Read More

Trump Says Return of Sports Essential for Country’s ‘Psyche’
Mental Health
Trump Says Return of Sports Essential for Country’s ‘Psyche’

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump said that the return of professional sports was essential for the “psyche of our country” as it rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic. The president promised robust virus testing for athletes and spectators as he called into... Read More

Loeffler’s Campaign Hoped For Reset. But Senator’s Stocks Came Under New Scrutiny
2020 Elections
Loeffler’s Campaign Hoped For Reset. But Senator’s Stocks Came Under New Scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s campaign was seeking a reset after a rocky first few months in the Republican’s tenure as a Georgia senator. Instead, an FBI investigation of a fellow senator suddenly placed Loeffler’s own stock sales front and... Read More

‘Never Trumpers’ Plan to Hold Their Own GOP Convention in Charlotte in August
Political News
‘Never Trumpers’ Plan to Hold Their Own GOP Convention in Charlotte in August

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Orr and Charles Jeter plan to join other Republicans at a convention in Charlotte this August — but not the one that will renominate President Donald Trump. Instead they’ll join a group called “Republicans for a... Read More

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