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Governors Call Out White House on Dearth of Coronavirus Testing
Health
Governors Call Out White House on Dearth of Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to tout the nation’s coronavirus testing capacity, several governors took to the airwaves to vehemently challenge his assessment and to complain that the federal government had been laggardly in providing support... Read More

White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses
Political News
White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and congressional Democrats expressed optimism Sunday that more than $450 billion in loans and aid to Americans most affected by the coronavirus outbreak will be enacted this week, providing a measure of financial help as... Read More

Gas Selling for Under $1 Per Gallon in 13 States
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Gas Selling for Under $1 Per Gallon in 13 States

Gas is selling at drastically reduced prices in the United States as people continue to quarantine themselves indoors due to coronavirus. In a whopping 13 states, gas could be found for less than $1 per gallon as of late last... Read More

States Go Their Own Ways on Environmental Enforcement During Crisis
Environment
States Go Their Own Ways on Environmental Enforcement During Crisis

WASHINGTON — Some state environmental regulators have decided not to follow the Trump administration’s lead in easing enforcement of environmental rules for companies adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the Environmental Protection Agency, most states appear to be providing... Read More

Chicago Goatherds, Shepherds and Duck Owners Wary of New Push to Regulate Livestock After Death of Horse
Chicago
Chicago Goatherds, Shepherds and Duck Owners Wary of New Push to Regulate Livestock After Death of Horse

CHICAGO — When the temperature finally cracked 50 degrees last month, Carolyn Ioder opened the gate at her back door and let her six goats trot through the Austin neighborhood toward an empty field where they would nibble on hay... Read More

Trump Faces Ugly Electoral College Map as Coronavirus Jolts Reelection Push
2020 Elections
Trump Faces Ugly Electoral College Map as Coronavirus Jolts Reelection Push

The Rust Belt? It’s looking like a solid #BlueWall again. Arizona? President Donald Trump has only led one out of the last 13 polls in the state. Even Florida, the ultimate Democratic heartbreaker, appears to be slipping away from the... Read More

Hospital Hackers Seize Upon Coronavirus Pandemic
Cybercrime
Hospital Hackers Seize Upon Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, staffers at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois got an unwelcome surprise when they arrived at work one morning last month: Cybercriminals had hijacked their computer network and were holding... Read More

The ‘Veepstakes’ Are Usually Top Secret. Why Biden’s Search Is Spilling Into Public View
2020 Elections
The ‘Veepstakes’ Are Usually Top Secret. Why Biden’s Search Is Spilling Into Public View

WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris is making a hard push on television. Amy Klobuchar is pitching herself as a voting rights champion. And Stacey Abrams is openly campaigning for the job. As the Democratic Party closes rank around its presumed presidential... Read More

New York AG Orders Four Companies to Stop Selling COVID-19 Tests, Cures
Health
New York AG Orders Four Companies to Stop Selling COVID-19 Tests, Cures
2020-04-17 19:29:34
by Dan McCue

New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered four companies to immediately stop selling unauthorized coronavirus home test kits and purported cures. "This isn’t a game," James said in a post on Twitter. "Giving people a false sense of security is... Read More

At Top Medical Schools, WHO Program Plays “Critical” Role For Nurses In Training
In The News
At Top Medical Schools, WHO Program Plays “Critical” Role For Nurses In Training
2020-04-17 16:54:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Scores of public health experts responded with shock and anger this week to the decision by the White House to halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization. The move, announced by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, comes... Read More

Kasich, McAuliffe on COVID-19’s Impacts on Campaigns, Elections, and Voter Security
In The News
Kasich, McAuliffe on COVID-19’s Impacts on Campaigns, Elections, and Voter Security
2020-04-17 14:25:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Despite continued uncertainty over how the Coronavirus pandemic will end, its economic impact will surely cast a shadow over the November election, according to a pair of former governors. Govs. John Kasich, a Republican of Ohio, and Terry... Read More

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

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