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Trump’s Tax Returns Put Supreme Court Back in Political Storm
Supreme Court
Trump’s Tax Returns Put Supreme Court Back in Political Storm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear what could become the biggest cases involving Donald Trump as president, a pair of constitutional clashes that could insulate chief executives from investigations while in office and add an explosive... Read More

Universities Sued by Students Who Say Online Education Inadequate
Education
Universities Sued by Students Who Say Online Education Inadequate
2020-05-11 13:36:49
by Tom Ramstack

Universities nationwide are being sued by parents and students who say the schools are falling short of their duties during the coronavirus shutdown. The universities have switched to online education until the national emergency subsides. The students and their parents... Read More

Space Force Leaders Divulge Inaugural Projects and Priorities
Military
Space Force Leaders Divulge Inaugural Projects and Priorities
2020-05-11 13:20:23
by Kate Michael

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 approved a new, independent Space Force within the Department of the Air Force. As this new military branch takes shape, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and Chief of Space Operations General... Read More

Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines
Montana
Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines

WASHINGTON — When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock launched his bid last year for the Democratic presidential nomination, he said he aimed to “defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice.” Although his White House effort... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Endorses Two New Candidates In 2020 House Race
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Endorses Two New Candidates In 2020 House Race
2020-05-08 20:06:56
by Gaspard Le Dem

The NewDem Action Fund, the political arm of the New Democrat Coalition, endorsed two new candidates as part of their effort to flip Republican-held seats in the House of Representatives in 2020. The fund announced on Friday that it would... Read More

With DACA Down to the Wire, Immigrant Health Care Workers Fight the Pandemic as Possible Deportation Looms
Immigration
With DACA Down to the Wire, Immigrant Health Care Workers Fight the Pandemic as Possible Deportation Looms

PHILADELPHIA — When hospital CT technologist Louise Rogenski scans patients known or suspected to have COVID-19, she’s close enough to see the fear in their eyes. She never lets it show that she’s anxious too — and not only because... Read More

Can’t Decipher Trump-speak? Meet Margaret, the Computer Bot
In The News
Can’t Decipher Trump-speak? Meet Margaret, the Computer Bot

WASHINGTON — Bill Frischling’s moment of inspiration came three years ago, when Margaret, his artificial intelligence bot, tried to transcribe a 127-word section of a speech by President Donald Trump. The passage, ostensibly commemorating a World War II battle, careened... Read More

County Leaders to Governors: Let Us Make Our Own Calls on Reopening
In The States
County Leaders to Governors: Let Us Make Our Own Calls on Reopening

In Colorado’s rural Eagle County, local commissioners are setting their own rules for reopening the area economy. They’re doing so with the backing of Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat who granted the county Colorado’s first exemption to statewide stay-at-home restrictions.... Read More

Many Health Providers on Brink of Insolvency
Health
Many Health Providers on Brink of Insolvency

WASHINGTON — While hospitals strain to treat the surge of acutely ill COVID-19 patients, the crisis threatens the stability of the rest of the health care system. Elective surgeries and routine medical care are on hold. As a result, medical... Read More

ER Visits Plummet Amid Pandemic: ‘More People Are Dying at Home’
Health
ER Visits Plummet Amid Pandemic: ‘More People Are Dying at Home’

DETROIT — When COVID-19 first hit metro Detroit, hospitals urged sick people to stay away. Now they’re saying come back because the original message, compounded with fears, came with a cost: Heart attack victims died at home. Stroke patients let... Read More

New Dems Propose Tying Expanded Jobless Benefits to Economic and Public Health
Congress
New Dems Propose Tying Expanded Jobless Benefits to Economic and Public Health
2020-05-08 17:26:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Derek Kilmer, chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, joined with Rep. Don Beyer this week to release a draft framework for the Workers’ Relief and Security Act, bicameral legislation that would tie ongoing expanded unemployment benefits to... Read More

Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
Congress
Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
2020-05-08 15:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is seeking to stem the stunning wave of layoffs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the employee retention tax credit. Roughly 33.5... Read More

Michigan Legislature Sues Gov. Whitmer Over Extension of Coronavirus Emergency
State News
Michigan Legislature Sues Gov. Whitmer Over Extension of Coronavirus Emergency
2020-05-08 15:45:15
by Gaspard Le Dem

Republican lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature are suing Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over her move to extend stay-at-home orders last week amid the coronavirus crisis. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike... Read More

Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
Spotlight
Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
2020-05-08 14:12:00
by Dan McCue

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at... Read More

Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
U.S. Senate
Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
2020-05-08 13:43:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Top federal lawmakers argued for multi-billion dollar investments in new technology to test for coronavirus and develop vaccines against it during a Senate hearing Thursday. They also agreed with government health administrators they face an uncertain outcome for... Read More

NewDEAL Welcomes Spring 2020 Leader Class of State and Local Officials
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NewDEAL Welcomes Spring 2020 Leader Class of State and Local Officials
2020-05-08 13:35:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a group dedicated to developing exceptional American leaders, has selected a new class of 15 elected officials to join its select membership. Leaders in the 185-person network cover 48 states and are working to enact pro-growth progressive... Read More

Russia Probe Transcripts Released by House Panel After Delays
Congress
Russia Probe Transcripts Released by House Panel After Delays

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee released thousands of pages of transcripts from previously secret witness interviews in an investigation into 2016 Russian election interference completed two years ago, rekindling partisan accusations and interpretations amid President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.... Read More

A Convention During a Pandemic: RNC Hires Health Expert to Advise on 2020 Event
Political News
A Convention During a Pandemic: RNC Hires Health Expert to Advise on 2020 Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—With the coronavirus pandemic expected to linger through the summer, Republican National Convention officials announced Thursday the hiring of a veteran health expert with national security experience to help ensure convention safety. Dr. Jeffrey Runge, a former medical director... Read More

How The Post Office Became a Potent Weapon for Democrats
2020 Elections
How The Post Office Became a Potent Weapon for Democrats

WASHINGTON — As Democrats hastily rewrite their playbook for the pandemic era, targeting voter anxieties that now include medical testing, corporate bailouts and collapsing supply chains, one chapter is proving unexpectedly resonant. Its working title could be “Don’t Mess with... Read More

Barr Vows to Push Overturning of Obamacare, Despite Virus
Health
Barr Vows to Push Overturning of Obamacare, Despite Virus

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department would continue its efforts to invalidate Obamacare even as millions of Americans have lost their health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. Barr, in an interview with CBS News on Thursday,... Read More

Senate Moves a Step Closer to Restoring FEC Quorum
Elections
Senate Moves a Step Closer to Restoring FEC Quorum

WASHINGTON — The Senate Rules and Administration panel voted Thursday 9-to-1 along party lines to advance the nomination of Texas GOP lawyer James “Trey” Trainor III to join the Federal Election Commission. That vote tally was of the senators voting... Read More

House Republicans Form Task Force to Probe China’s Role in Pandemic
Congress
House Republicans Form Task Force to Probe China’s Role in Pandemic

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are forming a task force to investigate China’s role in the spread of the coronavirus as GOP lawmakers broaden their attempt to put a focus on the actions of the government in Beijing. “China’s cover-up directly... Read More

House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support
Congress
House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support

WASHINGTON — As they work on the next bill to respond to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, House Democrats are eschewing negotiations with Republicans or the White House, and hope to vote on their own measure as soon... Read More

White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive
In The News
White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive

WASHINGTON — The White House blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from issuing specific guidance for U.S. day cares, restaurants, churches, theaters and other businesses to reopen from the coronavirus outbreak out of concern the recommendations were too... Read More

Justice Department Moves to Drop Prosecution of Michael Flynn
In The News
Justice Department Moves to Drop Prosecution of Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department moved Thursday to drop its prosecution of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and the only White House official charged in the Russia investigation, a dramatic undoing of one of the most... Read More

Jobless Rate Spikes to 14.7%, Highest Since Great Depression
Employment
Jobless Rate Spikes to 14.7%, Highest Since Great Depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus... Read More

Biden Uses Virtual Events to Target Battleground Florida
2020 Elections
Biden Uses Virtual Events to Target Battleground Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is back on the campaign trail, targeting the critical battleground state of Florida — but without actually leaving home. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is staying in his Delaware house amid efforts to slow the spread of... Read More

Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening
State News
Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states did not meet a... Read More

New Poll Shows Bullock Leading Daines In Montana Senate Race
Opinion Polls
New Poll Shows Bullock Leading Daines In Montana Senate Race
2020-05-07 19:42:01
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new poll released on Tuesday by Montana State University puts Democratic Governor Steve Bullock seven points ahead of Republican Senator Steve Daines in the state’s Senate race. In the online poll, which surveyed 738 registered voters, more than 46%... Read More

Unanimous Supreme Court Tosses Out 'Bridgegate' Convictions
Supreme Court
Unanimous Supreme Court Tosses Out 'Bridgegate' Convictions
2020-05-07 17:48:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court tossed out the convictions of two people involved in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal Thursday, concluding their prosecution was a case of prosecutorial overreach. "The question presented is whether the defendants committed property fraud," said Justice... Read More

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