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CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
Health
CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
2020-04-29 15:00:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that dogs, cats and other animals keep the same social distance from their counterparts as has been recommended for humans. The recommendation came after a small number of animals... Read More

All Coronavirus and No Campaign Rallies. Does Donald Trump Have a Florida Problem?
2020 Elections
All Coronavirus and No Campaign Rallies. Does Donald Trump Have a Florida Problem?

MIAMI — Grappling with a pandemic that has put his leadership under a microscope and kept him far from home, President Donald Trump’s popularity is diminishing in Florida. Throughout the month of April, with the economy, campaigns and society in... Read More

Hope Turns to Doubt, Then Gunfire, As New Saudi Megacity Emerges
Saudi Arabia
Hope Turns to Doubt, Then Gunfire, As New Saudi Megacity Emerges

When Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled plans for Neom, a futuristic megacity on the Red Sea coast, residents rejoiced. Jobs and investment would surely accompany the $500 billion development at the center of the young leader’s plan... Read More

At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from President Donald Trump, many local Republican election officials across the country are continuing to push for expanding mail-in voting ahead of November’s election. The novel coronavirus outbreak has made voting in person a health hazard:... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Backs Bill To Examine U.S. Response To Coronavirus Crisis
Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus Backs Bill To Examine U.S. Response To Coronavirus Crisis
2020-04-28 21:19:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers endorsed a bill on Monday to create a new congressional task force to scrutinize the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Made in America Emergency Preparedness Act, introduced in early April... Read More

Federal Reserve Extends Lending to Smaller US Cities and Counties
Economy
Federal Reserve Extends Lending to Smaller US Cities and Counties
2020-04-28 20:22:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expanding the eligibility criteria for a lending program intended to support the municipal bond market to allow small U.S. cities and municipalities to access needed funds from the central bank. The loosening of lending... Read More

House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
Congress
House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
2020-04-28 16:05:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A day after announcing members would be returning to Washington, House leadership reversed course Tuesday and announced they will not bring the chamber back into session next week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made the announcement Tuesday... Read More

Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
Research
Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
2020-04-28 13:00:07
by Gaspard Le Dem

The coronavirus crisis has dominated headlines in 2020, but research shows some Americans are paying more attention than others. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, nearly all U.S. adults -- about 92% -- say they’re keeping... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
2020-04-28 12:53:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats endorsed a bipartisan bill on Monday that would establish a commission to assess the nation's readiness to deal with future pandemics. H.R. 6429, the National Commission on COVID-19 Act, was introduced... Read More

New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary
State News
New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary
2020-04-28 12:47:02
by Dan McCue

New York election officials on Monday canceled the state's Democratic presidential primary due to concerns over spreading the coronavirus, infuriating Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and his supporters. The decision by the New York Board of Elections was unanimous, and the... Read More

Trial Over Florida’s Felon Voting Rights Begins With Social Distancing and Glitches
Voting
Trial Over Florida’s Felon Voting Rights Begins With Social Distancing and Glitches

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the last 18 months, the voting status of more than 1 million felons in Florida has been arguably the premier voting rights case in the nation. And this week it’s on trial — virtually. The initiative... Read More

Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer
Education
Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer

President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Trump made... Read More

The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off
Economy
The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off

Everyone wants to know: When, oh when, will it go back to normal? As some governors across the United States begin to ease restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, hopes are soaring that life as Americans knew... Read More

Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak
2020 Elections
Ohio's Mail-In Primary Tests Voting During Virus Outbreak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first major test of an almost completely vote-by-mail election during a pandemic is about to unfold in Ohio, offering lessons to other states about how to conduct one of the most basic acts of democracy... Read More

Poll: Cost Makes Nearly 1 in 10 Leery of Seeking COVID Care
Opinion Polls
Poll: Cost Makes Nearly 1 in 10 Leery of Seeking COVID Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — As states gear up to reopen, a poll finds a potential obstacle to controlling the coronavirus: nearly 1 in 10 adults say cost would keep them from seeking help if they thought they were infected. The Gallup-West Health Healthcare... Read More

Small Business Loan Program Restarts, Runs Into Snags
Economy
Small Business Loan Program Restarts, Runs Into Snags

NEW YORK (AP) — The second round of loan applications for the government's small business relief program has been slowed by computer issues at the Small Business Administration. Lenders complained Monday that they couldn't get their applications into the SBA... Read More

Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules
Dep. of Justice
Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” The memo to... Read More

NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
Congress
NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
2020-04-28 12:13:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a network of state and local leaders, is urging Congressional leaders of both parties to consider the input of those on the front lines of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill to... Read More

House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
Congress
House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
2020-04-27 21:28:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will return to work on Capitol Hill on May 4, some 11 days before the stay-at-home order currently in effect in the District of Columbia is set to expire. “Senators will return to Washington... Read More

Supreme Court Says Georgia Can't Copyright State Code
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Georgia Can't Copyright State Code
2020-04-27 19:56:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that an annotated version of Georgia's state law code is not subject to copyright protection because it is a "government edict" and must be free for all to use. In a 5-4... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
2020-04-27 17:07:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress acted unlawfully when it reneged on a commitment to shield Affordable Care Act insurers from financial losses in the early years of its implementation. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices... Read More

Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
Supreme Court
Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights
2020-04-27 17:04:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday tossed one of its most closely-watched cases of the term, claiming a subsequent easing of the restrictions being challenged -- a ban on transporting guns -- effectively left them with nothing to decide.... Read More

Prosecutors Oppose Inmate Releases Despite Jails Spreading Coronavirus
Criminal Justice
Prosecutors Oppose Inmate Releases Despite Jails Spreading Coronavirus
2020-04-27 14:25:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Some federal prosecutors are opposing the trend of granting inmates supervised release from jail to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In U.S. District Court filings, federal prosecutors argue most of the inmates asking for home confinement instead of... Read More

FCC Asks Supreme Court to Allow TV Stations to Own Newspapers
Media
FCC Asks Supreme Court to Allow TV Stations to Own Newspapers
2020-04-27 14:00:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission is asking the Supreme Court to review media ownership rules to allow broadcast stations to own newspapers. The FCC, along with the Justice Department, says the current regulations that prevent media companies from owning... Read More

Grocery Stores Seeking Masks for ‘Essential’ Workers Confront Shortages, Federal Interference
Health
Grocery Stores Seeking Masks for ‘Essential’ Workers Confront Shortages, Federal Interference

The day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early April advised everyone to cover their faces in public, the co-owner of a small network of grocery stores in Wisconsin logged into Facebook and began a post: “HELP!”... Read More

The Back-to-Work Math Gets Messy for America’s Newly Unemployed
Employment
The Back-to-Work Math Gets Messy for America’s Newly Unemployed

Riley Crutchfield, a hairdresser in Macon, Ga., is nervous about going back to a job that requires her to touch people all day. In Houston, former Waffle House trainee manager Maxime Pierre has election-year politics and risk-reward tradeoffs in mind.... Read More

Lawmakers Warn Contact-Tracing is Ripe for Abusive Surveillance
Civil Rights
Lawmakers Warn Contact-Tracing is Ripe for Abusive Surveillance

WASHINGTON — It is a big promise from Silicon Valley to a nation looking for ways to be freed from home confinement: Smartphones could discreetly detect those who may have COVID-19 and nudge them to quarantine, blunting renewed outbreaks as... Read More

Isolation, Boredom Can Be Harmful in Their Own Way, Doctors Say
Political News
Isolation, Boredom Can Be Harmful in Their Own Way, Doctors Say

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Steven Siegel wakes every morning at 5, feeds his dogs, makes a fresh cup of coffee and begins exercising. By 7:30 a.m., he’s had breakfast, a shower, has dressed and is at work in his office.... Read More

Mnuchin Says Rising Budget Deficits to be a Focus ‘Over Time’
Federal Budget
Mnuchin Says Rising Budget Deficits to be a Focus ‘Over Time’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that “over time” the U.S. will need to look into the sharply rising budget deficits created by the multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus support packages. Right now “we’re in a war,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Rising Support for Mail Voting Amid Pandemic
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC Poll: Rising Support for Mail Voting Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ support for mail-in voting has jumped amid concerns about the safety of polling places during the coronavirus pandemic, but a wide partisan divide suggests President Donald Trump’s public campaign against vote by mail may be resonating with his... Read More

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