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Congress Called on to Include 'Direct and Flexible Funding' to All Counties in Next Relief Bill
County News
Congress Called on to Include 'Direct and Flexible Funding' to All Counties in Next Relief Bill
2020-04-10 19:03:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As Congress considers a fourth coronavirus relief package, it must include direct and flexible funding and resources to counties of all sizes, the National Association of Counties said this week. In a lengthy letter sent to the leaders... Read More

Trump Administration, Citing Coronavirus, Expels 10,000 Migrants in Less Than 3 Weeks
Immigration
Trump Administration, Citing Coronavirus, Expels 10,000 Migrants in Less Than 3 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has quickly expelled roughly 10,000 migrants to Mexico and other countries in less than three weeks since imposing its most severe immigration restrictions yet in response to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Thursday. After the... Read More

White House Agrees to Bipartisan Talks on Interim 'Paycheck Protection' Bill
Economy
White House Agrees to Bipartisan Talks on Interim 'Paycheck Protection' Bill
2020-04-10 18:40:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration agreed on Friday to pursue bipartisan talks with members of the House and Senate on an interim bill to boost funding to the federal government's $350 million "Paycheck Protection" program. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer... Read More

COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
Geopolitics
COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
2020-04-10 18:37:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the continued uncertainties related to the COVID-19 virus, government officials trying to beat back the pandemic need to resist the temptation to erect new barriers to trade, an international trade watchdog said Friday. Further, the report said,... Read More

How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
In The News
How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-04-10 18:33:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - To no one's surprise, the coronavirus outbreak -- once it breached our shores -- became all anyone was talking about. Fears over the pandemic and the grim death toll projections dominated the early narrative, to be surpassed later... Read More

The Army Corps of Engineers Adds Virus Prep to Its Long List of Specialties
Infrastructure
The Army Corps of Engineers Adds Virus Prep to Its Long List of Specialties

Spring rains were already swelling the Mississippi River, threatening floods along a 700-mile stretch between St. Louis and Baton Rouge, La., when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showed up at a convention center in Manhattan in late-March. The Army... Read More

West Virginia Poised to Become First State to Allow Political Gambling
In The News
West Virginia Poised to Become First State to Allow Political Gambling

West Virginia appears poised to become the first state in the U.S. to allow gambling on politics, a move that would let people turn their Trump-versus-Biden predictions into cash. The West Virginia Lottery, which oversees betting in the state, said... Read More

Competing Hospitals Cooperate to Meet the Crisis
Health
Competing Hospitals Cooperate to Meet the Crisis

For hospitals, among the nation’s biggest and most competitive businesses, giving up lucrative surgeries to make way for a competitor’s overflow of patients does not come naturally. But as COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm the American health care system, U.S. hospitals... Read More

Pockets of Rural America Are Less Vulnerable to Pandemic’s Economic Fallout — For Now
Rural
Pockets of Rural America Are Less Vulnerable to Pandemic’s Economic Fallout — For Now

Every part of the country will feel the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis. But the small and isolated rural areas that lagged during the economic boom may fare better, relatively speaking, in the aftermath of the pandemic. Those places... Read More

The Feds Fell Short on PPE, So Everyday Americans Stepped Up
Health
The Feds Fell Short on PPE, So Everyday Americans Stepped Up

States are desperate for medical supplies, governors are pleading with the federal government to secure dwindling lifesaving equipment, and the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise nationally. But emerging from this crisis has been a widespread effort by... Read More

Starting Next Week, Americans Can Give IRS Deposit Info to Get Stimulus Check Faster
Economy
Starting Next Week, Americans Can Give IRS Deposit Info to Get Stimulus Check Faster

WASHINGTON — As soon as next week, Americans will be able to provide the Internal Revenue Service with direct deposit information so they can receive their stimulus checks of up to $1,200, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told House Democrats in... Read More

Fauci Says US Virus Deaths May Be 60,000, Half of Projections
Health
Fauci Says US Virus Deaths May Be 60,000, Half of Projections

U.S. fatalities from Covid-19 may be as low as 60,000 — far fewer than earlier projections — because of safety measures such as social distancing, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said Thursday. “The real data are telling us it... Read More

Joe Biden Proposes Expanding Medicare Eligibility and Student Debt Relief
Political News
Joe Biden Proposes Expanding Medicare Eligibility and Student Debt Relief

WASHINGTON — In a peace offering to progressives a day after Sen. Bernie Sanders quit the presidential race, Joe Biden announced support Thursday for an expansion of Medicare and education policies that move closer to his former rival’s agenda. Biden,... Read More

Georgia Primary Delayed Again to June 9 During Coronavirus Emergency
2020 Elections
Georgia Primary Delayed Again to June 9 During Coronavirus Emergency

ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday postponed the state’s primary election for three weeks, until June 9, as the coronavirus spreads, poll workers quit and voters worry about getting sick at precincts. The election must be... Read More

Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions
State News
Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions

AUSTIN, Texas — Going against a recent federal appeals court ruling, a lower federal judge says Texas abortion providers can offer certain abortions while they continue fighting in court against a state order that halted most abortions. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Trump Says Mail Voting is ‘Terrible.’ But Florida GOP Still Pushing for It
Voting
Trump Says Mail Voting is ‘Terrible.’ But Florida GOP Still Pushing for It

MIAMI — President Donald Trump, despite being among the more than 2 million mail voters in Florida, launched an attack on the voting method this week. But in his adopted home state, mail ballots have been a boon to both... Read More

Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
Think Tanks
Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
2020-04-09 21:01:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats alike concede the road to the White House is paved through America's suburbs, what's less clear is how much they truly understand this rapidly changing portion of the electorate. For decades, the suburbs were... Read More

Virtual Event Focuses on Leading During a Crisis
Business
Virtual Event Focuses on Leading During a Crisis
2020-04-09 20:52:20
by Kate Michael

Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban headlined a virtual discussion hosted by Axios Friday afternoon focused on leading in a crisis, sharing his thoughts on specifically how to lead and work together for social good in the midst of a global pandemic. ... Read More

New Jersey Moves Primary Election to July 7
2020 Elections
New Jersey Moves Primary Election to July 7
2020-04-09 17:52:44
by Dan McCue

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Wednesday that will move the state's primary from June 2 to July 7. As he signed the order, Murphy said he was doing so to avoid scenes like those that played... Read More

Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
Economy
Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
2020-04-09 17:42:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he believes the U.S. could reopen for business in May, following a near halt caused by the coronavirus outbreak. During an extended interview on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" program, Mnuchin said... Read More

Feds’ Stockpile for Coronavirus Response is Exhausted
In The News
Feds’ Stockpile for Coronavirus Response is Exhausted

WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration depleted the national stockpile of medical supplies over the last month to fight the coronavirus, it sent hundreds of thousands of masks, respirators and other protective equipment to states with very small outbreaks, new... Read More

Trump’s New Chief of Staff Rattles White House in Crisis Mode
White House
Trump’s New Chief of Staff Rattles White House in Crisis Mode

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has escalated tensions in the White House with a swift series of staff changes that have drawn complaints from some in the West Wing about his management style, according... Read More

Fight Intensifies Over How to Carry Out Election Amid Pandemic
2020 Elections
Fight Intensifies Over How to Carry Out Election Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — The political and legal chaos that engulfed Wisconsin’s primary Tuesday marked the beginning of a national battle over how democracy will function in the middle of a pandemic — a months-long struggle that could tip the balance of... Read More

New Data Suggest Coronavirus Death Toll May Not Be as High as Feared
In The News
New Data Suggest Coronavirus Death Toll May Not Be as High as Feared

WASHINGTON — Public health experts say information about the spread of the novel coronavirus through Texas and Florida in coming days could be crucial in predicting how many Americans are likely to die from the pandemic. The apparent effects of... Read More

Texas Democrats Sue Elections Officials to Demand Mail-In Voting
Political News
Texas Democrats Sue Elections Officials to Demand Mail-In Voting

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Democratic Party sued state and county election officials in federal court on Tuesday to demand mail-in voting for elections scheduled during the coronavirus pandemic. In a complaint filed in the San Antonio federal district court,... Read More

Now Comes the Hard Part: Joe Biden Must Unify a Divided Party
2020 Elections
Now Comes the Hard Part: Joe Biden Must Unify a Divided Party

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden confronted the daunting task Wednesday of uniting and energizing a party that has been through a long, divisive primary, and is now distracted by the fears and daily challenges of a global pandemic and world economic... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Ban to Remain for Religious Ads
Religion
U.S. Supreme Court Allows Ban to Remain for Religious Ads
2020-04-08 18:11:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to review a lower court ruling that allows the Washington, D.C. transit system to ban religious ads. As a result, transit agencies now have the discretion to prohibit religious, political and... Read More

D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Environment
D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
2020-04-08 18:09:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency improperly rescinded Obama-era restrictions on a class of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), after the court struck down a portion of the rules, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. In a divided ruling,... Read More

Bernie Sanders Drops Presidential Bid
2020 Elections
Bernie Sanders Drops Presidential Bid
2020-04-08 18:05:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who made two tries to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, ended his latest bid for the White House Wednesday, conceding he is too far behind frontrunner Joe Biden to catch up. “I... Read More

Acting Navy Boss Quits Amid Uproar Over Coronavirus Controversy
Military
Acting Navy Boss Quits Amid Uproar Over Coronavirus Controversy
2020-04-08 14:26:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Bowing to increasing pressure, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, following his profanity-laced tirade against the fired captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt. Modly’s abrupt exit came shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined... Read More

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