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In Nebraska’s 2nd District, Kara Eastman Gets Rematch With Rep. Don Bacon
2020 Elections
In Nebraska’s 2nd District, Kara Eastman Gets Rematch With Rep. Don Bacon

Nonprofit business consultant Kara Eastman won the Democratic primary in Nebraska’s 2nd District on Tuesday, setting up a rematch against Republican incumbent Don Bacon in a seat Democrats are targeting in November. With 68% of precincts reporting, Eastman was leading... Read More

Residents of Low-Wage Red States Collect Biggest Stimulus Checks
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Residents of Low-Wage Red States Collect Biggest Stimulus Checks

WASHINGTON — Residents of lower-income states that voted for President Donald Trump got bigger stimulus checks in general than those in wealthier coastal enclaves that tend to back Democrats, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service. The demographics of... Read More

COVID Bailout Cash Goes to Big Players That Have Paid Millions to Settle Allegations of Wrongdoing
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COVID Bailout Cash Goes to Big Players That Have Paid Millions to Settle Allegations of Wrongdoing

The Trump administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic-related bailouts to health care providers with checkered histories, including a Florida-based cancer center that agreed to pay a $100 million criminal penalty as part of a federal antitrust... Read More

With Coronavirus Cases Set to Soar, State Coalitions Are Mostly Talk
In The States
With Coronavirus Cases Set to Soar, State Coalitions Are Mostly Talk

Born last month to organize a 50-state free-for-all, regional coalitions to combat the coronavirus have so far been more ornamental than operational. Seven Northeastern states said they will purchase masks, ventilators and sanitizer as a team, but officials provided few... Read More

How Long Immunity Lasts After a Coronavirus Infection and What That Means for Vaccines
Health
How Long Immunity Lasts After a Coronavirus Infection and What That Means for Vaccines

In 1846, the measles descended on a rocky cluster of islands in the North Atlantic for the first time in decades, and its path was relentless. The virus infected more than 6,000 of the Faroe Islands’ 7,782 inhabitants, killing dozens... Read More

Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
Veterans
Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
2020-05-12 21:33:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America called on Congress and the Inspector General of Veteran Affairs to look into VA oversight of state-run veterans homes in the wake of a ProPublica investigation casting light on the grave consequences... Read More

Supreme Court Asked to Reject Tax Records Request
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Asked to Reject Tax Records Request
2020-05-12 20:37:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Attorneys for President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to toss congressional and state subpoenas seeking financial records from his bankers and accountants. In the first of the related cases heard Tuesday, the justices were asked... Read More

Fauci Warns Senate Panel of
Health
Fauci Warns Senate Panel of "Really Serious" Consequences to Fast Reopening
2020-05-12 19:11:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be "really serious" consequences to states and cities across the United States reopening their economies too quickly. He told the Senate... Read More

House Democrats Roll Out $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
Congress
House Democrats Roll Out $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
2020-05-12 19:06:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats rolled out their latest package of legislation intended to provide economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic while focusing on areas that were either missed or in need of revision in other aid packages. In a briefing... Read More

Tuesday Special Elections Could Be Harbinger of Second Blue Wave Come November
Political News
Tuesday Special Elections Could Be Harbinger of Second Blue Wave Come November
2020-05-12 15:54:42
by Dan McCue

A pair of congressional primaries on Tuesday could prove to be the first indicators of a brewing second blue wave come the November general election. The most high-profile of the contests is taking place in California's 25th Congressional District, in... Read More

Analysis: The Senate and Partisanship Return to the Capitol
U.S. Senate
Analysis: The Senate and Partisanship Return to the Capitol

WASHINGTON — It’s been two months since Speaker Nancy Pelosi rose in a closed-door meeting of Democrats to rebuke colleagues who wanted to leave the Capitol to avoid the risk of contracting the coronavirus. “We are the captains of the... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Split on Rights for Catholic School Teachers
Employment
Supreme Court Appears Split on Rights for Catholic School Teachers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices sounded split Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of thousands of teachers in religious schools, as they heard cases involving two who were fired from Catholic schools in Los... Read More

COVID-19 Nixed Door-Knocking. So One Group Asks Voters to Record Anti-Trump Videos
Political News
COVID-19 Nixed Door-Knocking. So One Group Asks Voters to Record Anti-Trump Videos

WASHINGTON — A Democratic super PAC that had once taken a hands-on approach to identifying rural voters angry with President Donald Trump is changing up its approach in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it wants those critical battleground... Read More

Economic Blow of the Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers
Agriculture
Economic Blow of the Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers

Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater. It’s probably good, he said, to not have too much... Read More

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Texas Vote-By-Mail Restrictions
Voting
Lawsuit Seeks to Block Texas Vote-By-Mail Restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas — Opening a new front in the legal battle to expand voting by mail in Texas, a federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks to block a handful of state regulations described as onerous and detrimental to voting rights. The... Read More

Civil Rights Groups Seek to Avoid Purge of Pennsylvania Voter Rolls
State News
Civil Rights Groups Seek to Avoid Purge of Pennsylvania Voter Rolls

PHILADELPHIA — Civil rights groups asked a federal court Monday to let them defend against a lawsuit over voter rolls in the Philadelphia suburbs. The lawsuit was brought two weeks ago by Judicial Watch, a conservative activist group known for... Read More

DNC Seeks Rule Change to Respond to Virus Threat at Convention
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DNC Seeks Rule Change to Respond to Virus Threat at Convention

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee will decide whether to give convention organizers free rein to make whatever changes are necessary to “protect the public safety” amid the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes changing the format and date of the... Read More

Supreme Court Could Reshape Congressional Subpoena Power in Trump Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Could Reshape Congressional Subpoena Power in Trump Case

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and House Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but both sides will tell the Supreme Court during oral arguments Tuesday that the fate of four committee subpoenas could redraw the limits of congressional investigative... Read More

Governors of 5 States Call for $1 Trillion in Federal Relief
State News
Governors of 5 States Call for $1 Trillion in Federal Relief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his counterparts in four Western states on Monday asked Congress for $1 trillion in COVID-19 pandemic relief for all states and local governments. Newsom joined with the governors of Oregon, Washington, Nevada... Read More

GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid
Federal Budget
GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid

The flood of pandemic-relief spending from Washington has rekindled deficit concerns among Republican lawmakers, one of several hurdles facing the next round of stimulus many economists say is needed to pull the U.S. out of its downward spiral. After backing... Read More

Trump Backs Expanded Testing as West Wing Battles Infections
Health
Trump Backs Expanded Testing as West Wing Battles Infections

WASHINGTON — Under fire for inadequate coronavirus testing across the country, President Donald Trump insisted Monday that enough testing is available to allow more Americans to safely return to work even as the White House, perhaps the world’s most secure... Read More

White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
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White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
2020-05-11 21:54:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday told all employees working in the White House that they will now be required to wear masks whenever they are in the West Wing. The internal memo, which was distributed to staff members... Read More

Justices Consider Whether Large Swath of Oklahoma Is Still An Indian Reservation
Supreme Court
Justices Consider Whether Large Swath of Oklahoma Is Still An Indian Reservation
2020-05-11 21:27:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In recent years most arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding political divisions have involved racial and partisan gerrymandering. On Monday, the justices considered a case that asks, at its heart, whether a large swath of eastern Oklahoma... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Action Fund Backs Joe Biden for President
2020 Elections
New Democrat Coalition Action Fund Backs Joe Biden for President
2020-05-11 21:24:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund endorsed Vice President Joe Biden for president on Monday, with Rep. Ami Bera of California, chair of the group, declaring "we know a winner when we see one." “Our coalition is comprised... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Majority Disapprove of Coronavirus Protests
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC Poll: Majority Disapprove of Coronavirus Protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according to a new poll that also finds the still-expansive support for such limits — including restaurant closures and stay-at-home orders... Read More

Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets
Veterans
Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk. Sen. Charles... Read More

As Trump Pulls Back From Virus, Congress Races to Fill Void
Political News
As Trump Pulls Back From Virus, Congress Races to Fill Void

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump tries to move on from the coronavirus, Congress is rushing to fill the void and prepare the country for the long fight ahead. Compelled by the lack of comprehensive federal planning as states begin to reopen,... Read More

Drive-Thrus and Drive-Ins Were Fading. Coronavirus Made Them a Lifeline
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Drive-Thrus and Drive-Ins Were Fading. Coronavirus Made Them a Lifeline

LOS ANGELES — To venture out in Southern California during the COVID-19 pandemic is to encounter a landscape dressed in an unfamiliar coat. Freeways bear unimaginably light traffic. Playgrounds are wrapped in caution tape. The simple act of picking up... Read More

South Florida Prepares for Unique Hurricane Season
State News
South Florida Prepares for Unique Hurricane Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If Florida experiences the misfortune of a hurricane on top of an epidemic this year, the encounter will be unlike any previous confrontation with the powerful storms. If you lose power, it may take longer to... Read More

Trump Lashes Out at GOP Critics, Increasing Their Visibility
Political News
Trump Lashes Out at GOP Critics, Increasing Their Visibility

Reed Galen was about to go to sleep one night last week when his phone pinged. President Donald Trump was tweeting about him and his group of longtime Republican allies who are working to make sure Trump is not reelected.... Read More

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