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Sen. Burr Steps Aside as Intelligence Committee Chair
U.S. Senate
Sen. Burr Steps Aside as Intelligence Committee Chair

WASHINGTON — The GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday he would temporarily step down from his committee post after the FBI seized his cellphone in its investigation into whether he sold a significant portion of his stock... Read More

Senate Passes Amended FISA Surveillance Overhaul
Privacy
Senate Passes Amended FISA Surveillance Overhaul

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily passed an amended bill to revive and increase oversight of surveillance powers. Senators voted, 80-16, to pass the measure before finishing up work on Capitol Hill for the week. Under a previous agreement,... Read More

Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
Education
Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
2020-05-14 21:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts how difficult it will be to reopen the nation's public schools in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak need only spend a few moments speaking to leaders of the National School Boards Association. Public schools... Read More

Democratic Women Urge Stronger Biden Response in Tara Reade Case
In The News
Democratic Women Urge Stronger Biden Response in Tara Reade Case

WASHINGTON — Democratic activists and women’s groups say they saw a familiar and distressing playbook unfolding when Joe Biden addressed the sexual assault allegation against him by denying them and largely moving on. Now, they’re trying to convince Biden that... Read More

Bipartisanship Is Alive and Well on Capitol Hill, Index Finds
Congress
Bipartisanship Is Alive and Well on Capitol Hill, Index Finds
2020-05-14 18:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the rancor one hears consistently on cable news and in the Twittersphere, bipartisanship is alive and well among rank and file members of Congress, according to a new survey conducted by The Lugar Center and the McCourt... Read More

Coronavirus Job Losses Now Top 36 Million
Employment
Coronavirus Job Losses Now Top 36 Million
2020-05-14 14:01:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nearly 3 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total job losses since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in mid-February to roughly 36 million, the Labor Department said Thursday. An additional 842,000 people applied... Read More

Iowa Logs Record Number of Absentee Ballot Requests Ahead of June Primary
State News
Iowa Logs Record Number of Absentee Ballot Requests Ahead of June Primary
2020-05-14 13:57:23
by Gaspard Le Dem

With the Iowa primaries less than three weeks away, an unprecedented number of voters have applied to vote by mail in the state’s June 2 election. As of Tuesday, 356,315 voters had requested an absentee ballot, with 96,311 ballots already... Read More

4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
Litigation
4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
2020-05-14 13:50:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled against President Donald Trump on Thursday in a lawsuit alleging he's violated the Constitution's emoluments clause by profiting from foreign and state government patrons at his hotel in downtown Washington. A divided 4th... Read More

Poll: Trump Holds Advantage in Battleground States
Opinion Polls
Poll: Trump Holds Advantage in Battleground States

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is ahead by 6 points in 15 battleground states, though presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is leading nationally, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday. The poll showed that 52% of registered voters in battleground... Read More

About 1 in 10 Ballots Went Undelivered to Baltimore Voters During Special Election
Political News
About 1 in 10 Ballots Went Undelivered to Baltimore Voters During Special Election

BALTIMORE — Nearly 1 in 10 ballots was unable to be delivered to Baltimore city voters during the special election in April, raising concerns for the June 2 primary, which is also being conducted by mail. The data, released by... Read More

Repeal of Voter-Approved Redistricting Plan Heads to Ballot in Missouri
State News
Repeal of Voter-Approved Redistricting Plan Heads to Ballot in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missourians will get another chance to decide how state legislative districts should be drawn, with the Missouri House approving legislation Wednesday seeking to repeal a redistricting process that was approved by voters in 2018. The 98-58... Read More

What Tuesday’s Special Elections Taught Us, and What They Didn’t
2020 Elections
What Tuesday’s Special Elections Taught Us, and What They Didn’t

WASHINGTON — It’s difficult to glean broader trends from a couple of special elections, but that didn’t stop both parties from drawing polar opposite lessons from Tuesday’s contests in California and Wisconsin. In California’s competitive 25th District, Republican Mike Garcia,... Read More

Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated
2020 Elections
Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated

LOS ANGELES — Republican Mike Garcia claimed victory Wednesday in the race for an open congressional seat north of Los Angeles, the first time the GOP has flipped a California district from blue to red in more than 20 years.... Read More

Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections
State News
Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp used his emergency powers to extend an executive order that limits legal liability for Georgia’s hospitals and medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic, while also including a provision that specifically excludes abortion providers from the... Read More

Democrats’ Bill Would Force Airlines to Make More Refunds
Congress
Democrats’ Bill Would Force Airlines to Make More Refunds

WASHINGTON — Five Senate Democrats hope to force airlines to offer cash refunds for flights canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, including those canceled by travelers worried about health risks. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, Richard Blumenthal,... Read More

Paul Manafort Released to Home Confinement Over Virus Fears
In The News
Paul Manafort Released to Home Confinement Over Virus Fears

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump who was convicted of financial crimes and illegal lobbying, was released from prison to home confinement, according to his lawyer, Kevin Downing. Manafort, 71, was released from a low-security prison in... Read More

Social Distancing Not As Effective as Hoped, New Modeling Shows
Health
Social Distancing Not As Effective as Hoped, New Modeling Shows

MINNEAPOLIS — New modeling by Minnesota researchers of the COVID-19 pandemic showed that social distancing isn’t as effective as initially expected in reducing deaths and infections, but will still help protect the state from a novel and highly infectious coronavirus.... Read More

Texas AG Asks State Supreme Court to Order Election Officials to Reject Mail Ballots
State News
Texas AG Asks State Supreme Court to Order Election Officials to Reject Mail Ballots

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday asked the Texas Supreme Court to order election officials in several counties to reject mail ballot applications from people who fear catching the coronavirus during in-person voting. The motion specifically mentioned... Read More

Fed’s Powell to Congress: Economy Needs More Fiscal Relief
Economy
Fed’s Powell to Congress: Economy Needs More Fiscal Relief

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has a clear message for Congress: Spend more money, right now. In an interview Wednesday with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Powell called the COVID-19 pandemic an unprecedented economic challenge that needs... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Stay-at-Home Order
State News
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Stay-at-Home Order

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the state’s stay-at-home order, ruling that the governor’s administration overstepped its authority when it shut down schools and nonessential businesses through the end of May to slow the spread of the coronavirus.... Read More

Justices to Decide If Electoral College Members Must Stick to Their Promises
Supreme Court
Justices to Decide If Electoral College Members Must Stick to Their Promises
2020-05-13 21:00:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday was asked to sort out rules for the Electoral College system of selecting a president, and to decide whether those rules allow "faithless" electors to vote as they please or instead gives states... Read More

Congress Must Return to Session
Opinions
Congress Must Return to Session

There is no question that the United States is in crisis. A global pandemic and economic crisis have upended American life, costing lives and leaving millions of families without a way to make ends meet. In the face of this... Read More

Congress Tries to Protect Employers From Lawsuits Tied to Coronavirus
Congress
Congress Tries to Protect Employers From Lawsuits Tied to Coronavirus
2020-05-13 13:30:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Industry and legal experts told the U.S. Senate Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic is creating liabilities that are not adequately addressed by existing laws and regulations. As a result, business owners are running up against hundreds of lawsuits... Read More

National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
Economy
National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
2020-05-13 13:24:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus relief bill introduced in the House on Tuesday that allocates $375 billion for the nation's smaller cities, towns, counties and... Read More

House Lawmakers Urge Relief For Auto Industry in Next Coronavirus Bills
Congress
House Lawmakers Urge Relief For Auto Industry in Next Coronavirus Bills
2020-05-13 13:17:12
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Tuesday urged Congress to provide funding for the U.S. automobile industry in future coronavirus stimulus packages. “America’s motor vehicle industry must remain the heart of our nation’s manufacturing capability,” wrote the... Read More

House Spending Bill Would Boost Transit, Amtrak, Highways
Congress
House Spending Bill Would Boost Transit, Amtrak, Highways

WASHINGTON — House Democrats’ newest proposal for coronavirus recovery spending would use federal law to compel passengers and workers on Amtrak, transit and airplanes to wear face masks, and would give an additional $15.75 billion to transit, allocate $15 billion... Read More

Analysis: We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests
Health
Analysis: We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests

The arrival of COVID-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system, and our grade isn’t pretty: at least 80,000 dead, 1.3 million infected and 30 million unemployed; nursing homes, prisons and meatpacking plants that have... Read More

An Economic Tsunami Could Thrust Half a Billion People Into Extreme Poverty
Economy
An Economic Tsunami Could Thrust Half a Billion People Into Extreme Poverty

RIO DE JANEIRO — It seemed like Silvanah Lima was finally getting ahead. Born and raised in Brazil’s drought-ridden northeast, she moved with her partner to Rio de Janeiro in 2018, in search of work. He was hired as a... Read More

Will The GOP Keep Its Convention Just to Show The Party Is Tougher Than the Dems?
Political News
Will The GOP Keep Its Convention Just to Show The Party Is Tougher Than the Dems?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Could the political conventions this summer turn into a weird test of courage vs. caution in this unprecedented era of the coronavirus? The day after Democrats announced their Milwaukee convention may be scaled back or even conducted... Read More

Tom Tiffany Keeps Duffy Seat in GOP Hands in Wisconsin
2020 Elections
Tom Tiffany Keeps Duffy Seat in GOP Hands in Wisconsin

Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany won the special election in Wisconsin on Tuesday to fill former GOP Rep. Sean P. Duffy’s House seat in a race that both parties were watching for signs of how President Donald Trump would do... Read More

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