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Republicans Push Back on Democrats’ DC Statehood Bill
Political News
Republicans Push Back on Democrats’ DC Statehood Bill

WASHINGTON — Republican senators came out swinging Wednesday against a bill passed in the House last week that would make the District of Columbia the 51st state. “From a South Carolina point of view, this is a very bad deal,”... Read More

Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years
Campaign Finance
Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years

WASHINGTON — Billionaires gave 37 times as much in political contributions in the last election as they did 10 years earlier, according to a new study. During the 2018 election cycle, billionaires gave $611 million, up from $17 million in... Read More

Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate
Social Media
Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan support for a pair of Senate bills that would force social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to change their content moderation policies could mark a turning point in Washington’s ongoing efforts to maintain greater control... Read More

House Clears Bill Extending Loan Program for Small Businesses to Aug. 8
Economy
House Clears Bill Extending Loan Program for Small Businesses to Aug. 8

WASHINGTON — A day after the Senate passed a last-minute extension of the Paycheck Protection Program loan application deadline, the House did the same Wednesday, clearing the bill for the president.  Somewhat unexpectedly, the Senate by unanimous consent passed a... Read More

Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate
Climate
Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled Senate. But it fired a political warning shot: Democrats view climate change as a top issue for an already turbulent... Read More

Majority Want Businesses to Offer Workers Paid Sick Time for COVID-19, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Majority Want Businesses to Offer Workers Paid Sick Time for COVID-19, Poll Finds
2020-07-01 20:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans said they would feel safe patronizing a business or restaurant if they knew those who worked there were guaranteed paid sick leave if they came down with COVID-19, a new poll shows. The latest... Read More

New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
Trade
New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
2020-07-01 18:55:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's NAFTA no more. As of 12:01 this morning, the U.S. - Mexico - Canada trade agreement, better known as the USMCA, is in full effect, formally replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement "Today marks the... Read More

House Votes To Block Controversial Rewrite Of Decades-Old Anti-Redlining Laws
Congress
House Votes To Block Controversial Rewrite Of Decades-Old Anti-Redlining Laws
2020-07-01 14:58:53
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- The House on Monday voted to block the Trump administration from overhauling rules that affect how banks make loans to people in lower to moderate-income communities. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters, challenges a recent ruling by... Read More

Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
Mental Health
Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
2020-07-01 14:50:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A psychologist and psychiatrist on Tuesday suggested Congress provide stronger federal intervention to prevent a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. They said suicides and substance abuse are on the upswing as Americans struggle with quarantines, social... Read More

Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends
Health
Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease specialist warned Tuesday that the United States could see up to 100,000 new cases per day of the virus that causes COVID-19 if the nation does not take steps to control the pandemic.... Read More

Treasury Secretary, Fed Chairman Split on Urgency of Congressional Relief Action
Economy
Treasury Secretary, Fed Chairman Split on Urgency of Congressional Relief Action

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell have worked hand in hand to soften the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19, but they don’t appear to see eye to eye on the potential for a quick... Read More

Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
Geopolitics
Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin is back under the microscope amid accusations that he ignored intelligence that Russia offered to pay Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Democrats returning from a classified briefing at... Read More

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