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Federal Reserve Expands Paycheck Protection Program to Add More Lenders
Economy
Federal Reserve Expands Paycheck Protection Program to Add More Lenders
2020-05-01 14:27:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said Thursday it is expanding a program that helps the government provide stimulus loans to small businesses and is designed to keep workers on payrolls during the coronavirus pandemic. In a brief statement on its... Read More

Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
Economy
Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
2020-05-01 14:24:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said Thursday it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program, a vehicle created to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial shape before the... Read More

Trump Makes Crucial 2020 Bet on States Reopening With His Advice
2020 Elections
Trump Makes Crucial 2020 Bet on States Reopening With His Advice

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is facing a turning point in his bid for reelection, betting that a handful of Southern and Midwestern states can reopen their economies without triggering an even deeper public health crisis. If it works out,... Read More

White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests
Health
White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is using coronavirus testing data from a volunteer tracking project led by journalists, according to a strategy document released by the White House, as one key government health agency significantly lags in counting how many... Read More

How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System
Employment
How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System

WASHINGTON — As the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits grew by nearly 4 million in just the last week, it’s little surprise that the systems charged with responding are overwhelmed. For decades, state and federal agencies have seen... Read More

Justice Department Sees Early Fraud Signs in SBA Loan Flurry
Criminal Justice
Justice Department Sees Early Fraud Signs in SBA Loan Flurry

The Justice Department has begun a preliminary inquiry into how taxpayer money was lent out under the Paycheck Protection Program and has already found possible fraud among businesses seeking relief, a top official said. Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who... Read More

Biden Chooses Vetting Team as Running Mate Search Ramps Up
2020 Elections
Biden Chooses Vetting Team as Running Mate Search Ramps Up

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday named a panel of supporters to vet his running mate. With the presidential campaign largely on hold because of the coronavirus crisis, a significant amount of attention is focused on whom Biden... Read More

Biden on Sex Assault Allegation: 'This Never Happened'
2020 Elections
Biden on Sex Assault Allegation: 'This Never Happened'
2020-05-01 12:50:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday publicly denied allegations from a former staffer who says the then-senator sexually assaulted her 27 years ago. "They aren't true," Biden said in a statement emailed to reporters and also published... Read More

NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
Science
NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
2020-04-30 19:58:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NASA awarded contracts to three companies on Thursday to design and develop human landing systems, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024 as part of the... Read More

Biden, Sanders Strike Deal on National Convention Delegates
Political News
Biden, Sanders Strike Deal on National Convention Delegates
2020-04-30 17:46:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have struck a deal that will allow Sanders, the former White House hopeful, to keep hundreds of delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The agreement gives Sanders and... Read More

Trump Orders Meat Plants To Stay Open Amid Concerns For Worker Safety
Economy
Trump Orders Meat Plants To Stay Open Amid Concerns For Worker Safety
2020-04-30 15:41:04
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Amid growing concerns that the coronavirus crisis could disrupt America’s food chain, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to keep meat and poultry processing plants open during the pandemic. Citing the Defense Production Act, which... Read More

Members, Staff in the Dark About Prevalence of Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases
Health
Members, Staff in the Dark About Prevalence of Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases

WASHINGTON — Staffers and members who work in the Cannon House Office Building were not informed that 11 construction workers working on its renovation tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, a troubling revelation because lawmakers and their staff... Read More

McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage
In The News
McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage

Mitch McConnell couldn’t stand the heat. The Republican Senate leader on Wednesday backed off his controversial claim that coronavirus-ravaged states should go bankrupt and said he’s “open” to bailing them out, apparently caving to blistering criticism from New York Gov.... Read More

Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort to drastically cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by year’s end, according to two people familiar... Read More

Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program
Congress
Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal said he wants to go back to the future in the next round of coronavirus relief aid. The Massachusetts Democrat told the nation’s mayors Wednesday that he would try to... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Seeking Virus Data, People Struggle With Trust
Health
AP-NORC Poll: Seeking Virus Data, People Struggle With Trust

WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Manley tested positive for COVID-19, his sister urged him to get on the malaria drug that she'd heard Fox News hosts plugging and that President Donald Trump was heralding as a potential “game changer” for fighting the coronavirus.... Read More

Trump Erupts at Campaign Team as His Poll Numbers Slide
2020 Elections
Trump Erupts at Campaign Team as His Poll Numbers Slide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump erupted at his top political advisers last week when they presented him with worrisome polling data that showed his support eroding in a series of battleground states as his response to the coronavirus comes... Read More

Drug Proves Effective Against Virus as Economic Damage Rises
Health
Drug Proves Effective Against Virus as Economic Damage Rises

Scientists on Wednesday announced the first effective treatment against the coronavirus — an experimental drug that can speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients — in a major medical advance that came as the economic gloom caused by the scourge deepened... Read More

Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down
Health
Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused. And a... Read More

Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns
Transportation
Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies. Yet methods of getting around, ranging from trains and buses to ferries and bicycles,... Read More

30 Million Have Sought US Jobless Aid Since Virus Hit
Economy
30 Million Have Sought US Jobless Aid Since Virus Hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed... Read More

Blind Justice: No Visual Cues in High Court Phone Cases
Supreme Court
Blind Justice: No Visual Cues in High Court Phone Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the evening before he was to argue a case before the Supreme Court years ago, Jeffrey Fisher broke his glasses. That left the very nearsighted lawyer with an unappealing choice. He could wear contacts and clearly... Read More

Joe Biden Wins Ohio's Mail-In Primary Delayed by Coronavirus
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Wins Ohio's Mail-In Primary Delayed by Coronavirus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joe Biden won Ohio’s presidential primary, clinching a contest that was less about the Democratic nomination and more about how states can conduct elections in the era of the coronavirus. Tuesday's primary was the first major test... Read More

Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic
Senior Citizens
Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — At greater risk from COVID-19, some seniors now face added anxiety due to delays obtaining Medicare coverage. Advocates for older people say the main problem involves certain applications for Medicare's “Part B” coverage for outpatient care. It... Read More

Virus, Stalled Economy Raise Democratic Hopes to Take Senate
2020 Elections
Virus, Stalled Economy Raise Democratic Hopes to Take Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bullock was the lame-duck governor of solidly red Montana, fresh off a failed Democratic presidential bid, when he announced he’d challenge Republican Sen. Steve Daines for his seat. Days after declaring his candidacy last month, Montana’s... Read More

Stressed-Out Americans Are More Worried About Money Than Health
Opinion Polls
Stressed-Out Americans Are More Worried About Money Than Health

The coronavirus pandemic is causing Americans to worry more about their finances than health, according to a study by MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer. Money was the top concern for 52% of full-time U.S. workers, compared with 44%... Read More

Trump Halted Travel From Europe for 30 Days. Officials Now Say It Could Be Months
Travel
Trump Halted Travel From Europe for 30 Days. Officials Now Say It Could Be Months

WASHINGTON — Restrictions on travel from Europe to the United States introduced in March by President Donald Trump could last for months, despite his initial statement they would remain in place for 30 days, three senior administration officials told McClatchy.... Read More

Despite McConnell Comment, States Can’t Go Bankrupt, Only Default
Political News
Despite McConnell Comment, States Can’t Go Bankrupt, Only Default

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion last week that he’d rather let states go bankrupt than see Congress rescue their coronavirus-decimated budgets raises the question: What would a state bankruptcy look like? It would first require Congress to... Read More

Hillary Clinton Becomes Latest Democrat to Endorse Biden
2020 Elections
Hillary Clinton Becomes Latest Democrat to Endorse Biden

Hillary Clinton, the first woman to become a major party's presidential nominee, endorsed Joe Biden's White House bid on Tuesday, continuing Democrats' efforts to coalesce around the former vice president as he takes on President Donald Trump. Clinton made her... Read More

US Economy Shrank at 4.8% Rate Last Quarter as Virus Struck
Economy
US Economy Shrank at 4.8% Rate Last Quarter as Virus Struck

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a recession that will end the longest expansion on record. The Commerce Department... Read More

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