In The News

White Supremacist Web Searches Grow in Pandemic
Technology
White Supremacist Web Searches Grow in Pandemic

As Americans are staying home to stem the spread of the coronavirus, online searches for white supremacist content have increased, according to a London-based company that uses technology to disrupt violent extremism. In states that have had local stay-at-home orders... Read More

Barr Threatens Legal Action Against Governors Over Lockdowns
In The News
Barr Threatens Legal Action Against Governors Over Lockdowns

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will consider taking legal action against governors who continue to impose stringent rules for dealing with the coronavirus that infringe on constitutional rights even after the crisis subsides in their states, Attorney General William Barr... Read More

Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak
Economy
Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

As several Southern governors began to reopen their states shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak, some mayors pushed back Tuesday, saying they have yet to see the decline in COVID-19 cases needed to ease stay-at-home orders. “I am beyond disturbed,” Van... Read More

Trump Says He Will Suspend Immigration Green Cards Amid Outbreak
Immigration
Trump Says He Will Suspend Immigration Green Cards Amid Outbreak

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, citing the economic impact of the coronavirus shutdown, on Tuesday ordered a 60-day ban on new immigrants seeking permanent status in the United States. The ban will cover people seeking green cards that provide permanent... Read More

Presidential Debate Planning Proceeds Despite Virus Worries
2020 Elections
Presidential Debate Planning Proceeds Despite Virus Worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparations for the 2020 general election debates are proceeding “according to schedule” despite the coronavirus outbreak. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized all general election debates since 1988, said in a statement Tuesday that... Read More

Should Third Parties Who Want Trump Defeated Stay Off the Ballot in Swing States?
2020 Elections
Should Third Parties Who Want Trump Defeated Stay Off the Ballot in Swing States?

PHILADELPHIA — Jerome Segal isn’t your typical candidate for president, but as he’ll tell you, this isn’t a typical election. Segal, founder and candidate of the newly created Bread and Roses Party, admits he has no vision of winning the... Read More

Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences
Transportation
Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences

As Americans remain at home, many roads in cities, suburbs and rural areas are practically deserted. But the absence of traffic is a seductive draw for one type of driver: speeders. “People are saying, ‘Wow, the roads are wide open.... Read More

Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
Congress
Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
2020-04-21 20:55:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has released a lengthy checklist it hopes will help guide the White House and congressional leaders as they continue to work toward fully reopening the U.S. economy. While the caucus, which has 25... Read More

Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests
Voting
Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests

WASHINGTON — States are expecting an increase in voters wanting to mail in their ballots as the coronavirus pandemic has made in-person voting potentially dangerous. Some people have questioned whether mail-in ballots are secure. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
2020-04-21 20:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new... Read More

FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
Health
FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
2020-04-21 20:40:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first diagnostic test for the coronavirus that allows people to collect their sample at home -- a development that could greatly expand testing options in states fighting to corral the... Read More

Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
State News
Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
2020-04-21 20:38:05
by Dan McCue

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin health official said Tuesday that the city had identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus while participating in the state's controversial April 7 primary election. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said in... Read More

Polls Show Collins Could Lose Senate Seat To ‘Pragmatic’ Dem Challenger
Political News
Polls Show Collins Could Lose Senate Seat To ‘Pragmatic’ Dem Challenger
2020-04-21 20:35:56
by Gaspard Le Dem

In 2014, Susan Collins was looking at an easy victory in Maine. The veteran Senator was well-funded, well-liked, and faced little competition in her bid for re-election. Her main challenger, Shenna Bellows, was a young progressive with no name recognition... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
Economy
Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
2020-04-21 20:33:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition urged the Trump administration Tuesday to fix problems community-based financial institutions are encountering as they try to access the Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, administrator... Read More

Lawmakers Seek Relief Funds For Electronic Union Elections
Labor
Lawmakers Seek Relief Funds For Electronic Union Elections
2020-04-21 18:20:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, led by Reps. Andy Levin, D-Mich., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., is pressing for the inclusion of funding and a directive in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to enable the National Labor Relations Board... Read More

Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
Congress
Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
2020-04-21 18:09:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says an emergency proxy-voting plan for members that could be voted on as soon as Thursday is a fine first step, but he would like to take a second look at technology that... Read More

Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress
Congress
Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress

WASHINGTON — Ahead of a week where voting logistics could be tested in real time, a dozen organizations are urging Congress to enable remote deliberations for House floor and committee action and for Congress to invest in its own technology... Read More

Trump’s Pick for Pentagon Watchdog Prompts Questions
Pentagon
Trump’s Pick for Pentagon Watchdog Prompts Questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved swiftly this month to replace inspectors general across the government. Now Trump’s nominees for these watchdog jobs face questions about whether they will bark when needed, especially if Trump wants silence. Arguably the most... Read More

Oil Spirals Below Zero in ‘Devastating Day’ for Global Industry
Energy
Oil Spirals Below Zero in ‘Devastating Day’ for Global Industry

The day started like any other gloomy Monday in the oil market’s worst crisis in a generation. It ended with prices falling below zero, thrusting markets into a parallel universe where traders were willing to pay $40 a barrel just... Read More

Senate Stalls On More Coronavirus Funds for Small Businesses
Economy
Senate Stalls On More Coronavirus Funds for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and the White House remained at stalemate Monday over an emergency coronavirus package to replenish a small business assistance program that ran out of funds last week, even as critics said misuse of the popular loan... Read More

3 Southern States Move to Reopen Businesses Amid Coronavirus Crisis
State News
3 Southern States Move to Reopen Businesses Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Several Southern states moved on Monday to lift stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even as top federal health officials warned that too abrupt a reopening could spark new outbreaks of disease. South Carolina and Georgia made the most aggressive... Read More

Trump Says He'll 'Suspend Immigration,' Offers No Details
Immigration
Trump Says He'll 'Suspend Immigration,' Offers No Details

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he will sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” because of the coronavirus. “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the... Read More

Hospitals: As We Fight COVID-19, Drop the Lawsuits Stop Suing the Government, Taxpayers, and Patients
Immigration
Hospitals: As We Fight COVID-19, Drop the Lawsuits Stop Suing the Government, Taxpayers, and Patients
2020-04-21 12:13:27
by Cynthia Fisher

A recent survey found 91 percent of Americans want healthcare price transparency – and support that hospitals and healthcare facilities be required to publicly disclose the prices of their services. Hospitals – which, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, have already... Read More

Justices Rule Montana Homeowners Can Pursue State Law Claims Against Superfund Site
Supreme Court
Justices Rule Montana Homeowners Can Pursue State Law Claims Against Superfund Site
2020-04-20 19:30:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Montana homeowners can sue Atlantic Richfield Co. under state law to get additional cleanup of arsenic left over from years of copper smelting, however, writing for the majority on a divided court, Chief Justice John Roberts said before... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Trials Unconstitutional
Law
Supreme Court Rules Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Trials Unconstitutional
2020-04-20 19:27:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that defendants in criminal trials can only be convicted by a unanimous jury, striking down a practice that has already been abandoned by all but one state. Writing for the majority on... Read More

Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
Economy
Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
2020-04-20 19:25:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of Senators is urging the chamber's leadership to support aid to local newspaper, radio and television stations in the next iteration of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader... Read More

Maryland Court Reinstates School Nutrition Standards
State News
Maryland Court Reinstates School Nutrition Standards
2020-04-20 14:04:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration must reinstate nutrition standards for school meals that the Agriculture Department eliminated in 2018, a federal court in Maryland ruled this week. The plaintiffs were the Center for Science in the Public Interest as well... Read More

Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
Technology
Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
2020-04-20 14:00:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general issued a guidance this week that authorizes the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Prisons and other Justice Department agencies to intercept communications from threatening drones or destroy them without prior consent. The policy... Read More

REPORT: Immigration Reform Was A Hot Topic For State Legislatures In 2019
Immigration
REPORT: Immigration Reform Was A Hot Topic For State Legislatures In 2019
2020-04-20 13:56:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Congress made little progress on immigration reform last year, but state legislatures are keeping the ball rolling. Nearly every U.S. state passed legislation related to immigration in 2019, according to a report by the National Council on State... Read More

Sweden Claims Coronavirus Success After Keeping Country Open
Political News
Sweden Claims Coronavirus Success After Keeping Country Open

Criticized for refusing to lock down, Sweden’s top health official says herd immunity is inevitable and took credit for the slowing of coronavirus numbers. “According to our modelers, we are starting to see so many immune people in the population... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top