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Virus Payments Hit Glitches as IRS Sends Billions to Americans
Economy
Virus Payments Hit Glitches as IRS Sends Billions to Americans

WASHINGTON — Errors are turning up in the Internal Revenue Service’s $1,200 payments to households this week, with some people receiving too little, a handful getting more than expected and some seeing their payment go into an unrecognizable bank account.... Read More

Senate Challengers Flush With Campaign Cash in Pivotal States
2020 Elections
Senate Challengers Flush With Campaign Cash in Pivotal States

WASHINGTON — If first-quarter fundraising dollars were votes, then Democratic challengers would have captured Senate seats in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Maine and Montana. Nearly all the party’s Senate contenders hauled in more campaign money than their opponents in pivotal... Read More

House Democrats Widen Massive Fundraising Edge
Campaign Finance
House Democrats Widen Massive Fundraising Edge

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have expanded their financial advantage over Republicans in battleground districts, new fundraising reports show. The reports covering the year’s first three months, which were due to the Federal Election Commission by midnight Wednesday, show fundraising did... Read More

Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing
Census
Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau’s new plan for a delayed 2020 census — if the agency can pull it off — could mean chaos for states drawing new legislative maps next year. Hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau... Read More

Governors Will Ease Coronavirus Restrictions Under White House Plan
State News
Governors Will Ease Coronavirus Restrictions Under White House Plan

WASHINGTON — Claiming that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak has passed, President Donald Trump outlined a broad road map Thursday for each state to begin phasing out restrictions that have forced tens of millions of Americans to stay home... Read More

Trump Unveils Phased Approach to Reopening Economy
Economy
Trump Unveils Phased Approach to Reopening Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — New White House guidelines outline a phased approach to restoring normal commerce and services, but only for places with strong testing and seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases. President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's plans to ease... Read More

Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
Congress
Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
2020-04-16 20:29:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After weeks of calls for some kind of tech-based system to allow members of Congress to work from their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee proposed a decidedly low-tech alternative --... Read More

GOP Moving Forward With Convention Plans Despite Pandemic Uncertainty
Political News
GOP Moving Forward With Convention Plans Despite Pandemic Uncertainty
2020-04-16 19:24:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Republican party is moving forward with plans to hold its National nominating convention in Charlotte, N.C. this summer, despite continued uncertainty over when the coronavirus outbreak will finally crest and go away. "Truthfully, there really isn't a... Read More

Kilmer, Murphy Among Those Named to White House Task Force on Rebuilding American Economy
Economy
Kilmer, Murphy Among Those Named to White House Task Force on Rebuilding American Economy
2020-04-16 19:16:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., are among the bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers named to a White House panel tasked with counseling the White House on when and how to get the economy moving again... Read More

“Trust Us” - Exposing Huawei’s Influence Playbook in the COVID Era
Opinions
“Trust Us” - Exposing Huawei’s Influence Playbook in the COVID Era
2020-04-16 16:41:36
by Craig Singleton

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc around the world, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its media surrogates have turned to a familiar messaging playbook to manipulate the narrative surrounding the outbreak, one well-steeped in disinformation, denial, and deceit. As phrases like... Read More

Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
State News
Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
2020-04-16 14:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Ahead of an expected White House announcement on the easing of restrictions meant to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, governors across the nation are preparing for a "new normal" that will be quite different from the... Read More

Trump Reelection Imperiled as Coronavirus Hits Key States
Political News
Trump Reelection Imperiled as Coronavirus Hits Key States

Some battleground states crucial to President Donald Trump’s political future are being particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, a development that could decimate his central argument for reelection at a critical moment. The booming economy Trump hoped to ride... Read More

SAT Tests to Move Online, at Home if Coronavirus Forces School Closures in Fall
Education
SAT Tests to Move Online, at Home if Coronavirus Forces School Closures in Fall

High school students will be able to take an at-home, online SAT test if the coronavirus keeps schools closed into the fall, the College Board announced Wednesday. “The College Board would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and... Read More

Texas Voters Who Fear Catching COVID-19 Can Vote by Mail, State Judge Rules
2020 Elections
Texas Voters Who Fear Catching COVID-19 Can Vote by Mail, State Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge said Wednesday afternoon that all voters in Texas afraid to contract COVID-19 through in-person voting should be allowed to vote by mail during the pandemic. State District Judge Tim Sulak of the 353rd District... Read More

Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Michigan Redistricting Commission
State News
Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Michigan Redistricting Commission

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court upheld the creation of Michigan’s independent redistricting commission in a decision issued Wednesday that rejected an appeal by state Republicans that the commission violated their constitutional rights. More than a dozen states have some... Read More

White House to Unveil Guidelines for Reopening Economy
Economy
White House to Unveil Guidelines for Reopening Economy

President Donald Trump nudged the nation’s governors on Wednesday to get ready to reopen their economies and dubiously threatened to override them should they refuse, as the country’s coronavirus death toll continued to skyrocket. Speaking from the White House Rose... Read More

Unemployment Claims Surge By Another 5.2 Million As White House Eyes Restarting Economy
Employment
Unemployment Claims Surge By Another 5.2 Million As White House Eyes Restarting Economy
2020-04-16 14:20:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, jumped by another 5.2 million last week, bringing the four-week total to about 22 million, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That number wipes out the total number of jobs created during... Read More

President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings
Veterans
President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings
2020-04-15 23:12:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed into law bipartisan legislation that enables veterans to virtually attend Department of Veteran Affairs claims hearings from home. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C, and John Katko, R-N.Y. in October.... Read More

President Trump's Name to be Embossed on Stimulus Checks
In The News
President Trump's Name to be Embossed on Stimulus Checks
2020-04-15 18:56:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump's name will be printed on the stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is about to start sending to millions of Americans across the country. The inclusion of Trump's name was first... Read More

IAVA Expands Effort to Provide Timely Help to Vets During Pandemic
Veterans
IAVA Expands Effort to Provide Timely Help to Vets During Pandemic
2020-04-15 18:51:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is expanding its highly regarded rapid response program to provide aid and comfort to even more veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. Newly rebranded as the IAVA's "Quick Reaction Force," the initiative... Read More

Retail Sales Plunge a Historic 8.7% After Pandemic Takes Hold
Economy
Retail Sales Plunge a Historic 8.7% After Pandemic Takes Hold
2020-04-15 14:42:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Despite the widespread hoarding of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other items that continue to leave many store shelves bare, U.S. retail sales plunged 8.7% in March, an unprecedented decline, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The deceleration of... Read More

Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions
State News
Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions

BALTIMORE — While Northeast states have announced a pact to figure out when and how to lift restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Maryland continues to coordinate its response to the pandemic with its southern neighbors in... Read More

Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests
Health
Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests

We’ve all heard it incessantly for the past month amid the coronavirus outbreak: “maintain social distancing.” But despite shutting down businesses, working from home and traveling less, people still went out in droves to go on jogs and meet friends... Read More

Highway Fund’s Shortfall Deepened by Plunge in Gas Tax Revenue
Infrastructure
Highway Fund’s Shortfall Deepened by Plunge in Gas Tax Revenue

While Congress has focused much of its coronavirus relief legislation on helping struggling airlines, state highway officials are worried about another crisis on the horizon: plummeting gas tax revenues as most Americans stay at home. The federal government largely pays... Read More

Pentagon Looks to Undo Parts of McCain Anti-Lobbying Law
Lobbying
Pentagon Looks to Undo Parts of McCain Anti-Lobbying Law

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly asked Congress to reverse key parts of a recent law that tightened the rules governing retired Defense Department officials influencing their former government colleagues on behalf of defense contractors. Three years ago, Washington enacted... Read More

Here’s How the Coronavirus Outbreak Rewrote the Presidential Primary Calendar
2020 Elections
Here’s How the Coronavirus Outbreak Rewrote the Presidential Primary Calendar

If your Democratic primary hasn’t happened yet, you might want to check the date. The coronavirus outbreak has left the presidential primary calendar in a state of flux as government officials and party leaders attempt to balance health and safety... Read More

Reopening the Economy Requires Testing, and the US Still Isn’t Close
Economy
Reopening the Economy Requires Testing, and the US Still Isn’t Close

WASHINGTON — Six weeks after the president and other senior officials promised that any American would soon be able to get a test for coronavirus, testing continues to lag, prompting an escalating call from leading medical centers, lawmakers and others... Read More

Trump Suspends US Funding for World Health Organization
In The News
Trump Suspends US Funding for World Health Organization

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is suspending U.S. funding for the World Health Organization pending an administration review of its early response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The suspension threatens to undermine the WHO, the... Read More

The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery
In The States
The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery

It looks increasingly likely the South will endure more death and economic loss from COVID-19 than any other region in the country — and not just because Southern governors were slow to shut down businesses and order people to stay... Read More

Coronavirus Becomes a Weapon of Disinformation in Middle East Battle for Influence
Geopolitics
Coronavirus Becomes a Weapon of Disinformation in Middle East Battle for Influence

BEIRUT — The coronavirus had struck the emir of Qatar, said one bogus headline. His wife was infected too, claimed another. Authorities in Qatar, one online video indicated, were to blame for allowing “Turks and Iranians to bring corona to... Read More

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