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DNC, Democratic Party of Georgia Team Up to Boost Vote-By-Mail Efforts
2020 Elections
DNC, Democratic Party of Georgia Team Up to Boost Vote-By-Mail Efforts
2020-04-08 14:25:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee is partnering with the Democratic Party of Georgia on a massive campaign to encourage Georgians to fill out and return an application to vote by mail. Georgia's presidential and state primaries, originally planned for... Read More

Trump Shakes Up Press Team As White House Deals With Virus
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Trump Shakes Up Press Team As White House Deals With Virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shook up his communications team on Tuesday, replacing his press secretary and adding new staffers as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Stephanie Grisham, who had held the titles of press secretary and White... Read More

Hospitals Say Feds Are Seizing Masks and Other Supplies
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Hospitals Say Feds Are Seizing Masks and Other Supplies

WASHINGTON — Although President Donald Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and... Read More

Wisconsin Voters Defy Stay-at-Home Orders With Polls Open
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Voters Defy Stay-at-Home Orders With Polls Open

Wisconsin voters defied stay-at-home orders and waited for hours to cast ballots in the first state to hold an in-person election since the coronavirus pandemic shut down most public spaces. Although at least a dozen states have delayed primaries or... Read More

Love Him or Hate Him, Brits Rally Around a Stricken Boris Johnson
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Love Him or Hate Him, Brits Rally Around a Stricken Boris Johnson

LONDON — Back in December, when Britain was in the midst of an angry, divisive general election campaign, Amy Woodrow Arai went door to door in her southeast London neighborhood, desperate to divert votes away from Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. To... Read More

Immigrants Must Have Bond Hearing After Being Held 6 Months, Appeals Court Rules
Immigration
Immigrants Must Have Bond Hearing After Being Held 6 Months, Appeals Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided 2-1 Tuesday that detained immigrants facing deportation and possible persecution in their home countries must be given bond hearings after six months. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,... Read More

John Lewis Backs Joe Biden: ‘He’s a Man of Courage’
Political News
John Lewis Backs Joe Biden: ‘He’s a Man of Courage’

ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. John Lewis endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s bid for the White House on Tuesday, saying he’d use his pulpit as a veteran leader of the civil rights movement to “help elect a man of conscience”... Read More

Streaming Service Quibi Off to Strong Start, Topping Disney+ and Netflix in Downloads
Technology
Streaming Service Quibi Off to Strong Start, Topping Disney+ and Netflix in Downloads

MILLBRAE, Calif. — Quibi, the new Hollywood streaming service, had a promising launch on Monday, with a surge of downloads catapulting it to become one of the most popular entertainment apps, according to San Francisco app analytics firm App Annie.... Read More

Some Shelters Shutter to Protect Homeless, Staff
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Some Shelters Shutter to Protect Homeless, Staff

For years, the Harbor House shelter had a routine for feeding and sheltering the hundreds of homeless people in Thousand Oaks, Calif., many of them elderly. Each evening, one of a dozen local churches, temples and mosques would host a... Read More

New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States
Elections
New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped states, which Congress just pumped $150 billion into, will nonetheless have to pony up in order to access new election security grants in the massive new coronavirus aid package signed by President Donald Trump. The $2.3 trillion... Read More

Trump Removes Watchdog Expected to Oversee $2 Trillion Virus Relief Fund
Political News
Trump Removes Watchdog Expected to Oversee $2 Trillion Virus Relief Fund
2020-04-07 20:48:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday summarily removed the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus. Glenn Fine, the... Read More

Tools to Handle the Challenges of Parenting During Pandemic
Mental Health
Tools to Handle the Challenges of Parenting During Pandemic
2020-04-07 15:55:50
by Kate Michael

Schools and activities are closed, parents are trying to work from home, and everyone feels cooped up and a little crazy. Parenting during a pandemic puts additional stress on a family, but there are strategies that can help you to... Read More

Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
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Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
2020-04-07 15:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- "We knew it was coming." Those were among the first words uttered by a young emergency room doctor when reached by The Well News earlier this week. The doctor, who had told his hospital he would be speaking... Read More

Medical Group Endorses Hydroxychloroquine for ‘Sufficiently Severe’ Coronavirus Patients
Health
Medical Group Endorses Hydroxychloroquine for ‘Sufficiently Severe’ Coronavirus Patients

NEW YORK — A task force led by the American Thoracic Society in New York has temporarily endorsed using hydroxychloroquine for hospitalized coronavirus patients with “severe pneumonia.” The group stressed the recommendation applies only to hospitalized patients where the “clinical... Read More

Army Stops Sending Recruits to Basic Training Over Coronavirus Concerns
Military
Army Stops Sending Recruits to Basic Training Over Coronavirus Concerns

WASHINGTON — The Army will temporarily hold off on sending new recruits to basic training in order to strengthen protective measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on those bases, the head of Army Training and Doctrine Command said... Read More

Nearly $1.4 Billion Needed to Feed Hungry Nationwide
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Nearly $1.4 Billion Needed to Feed Hungry Nationwide

PHILADELPHIA — As need spikes and food supplies dwindle, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief agency said it faces a $1.4 billion shortfall in resources over the next six months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The alert comes from Feeding America,... Read More

Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29
State News
Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered non-essential businesses and schools across New York to remain closed through the end of the month, as the coronavirus claimed another 599 lives in the Empire State overnight. In his daily... Read More

Government Report on COVID-19 Crisis Confirms US Hospitals Face Dire Problems
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Government Report on COVID-19 Crisis Confirms US Hospitals Face Dire Problems

WASHINGTON — The first government report on the state of the nation’s hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic has confirmed that they are facing severe shortages of tests, critical protective gear and the staff needed to treat and protect both patients... Read More

Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
Law
Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
2020-04-07 15:28:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Free speech advocates are expressing concern that criminal proceedings being held by closed circuit video during the coronavirus pandemic threaten to cut off the people’s right to know what’s happening in federal and state courts. A federal judiciary... Read More

Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
2020 Elections
Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday After Court Blocks Delay
2020-04-07 15:26:10
by Dan McCue

Wisconsin’s presidential preference and other primaries will proceed as scheduled Tuesday after the state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ last-minute attempt to delay in-person voting by executive order. The state’s highest court, voting 4-2, agreed with Republican legislators who... Read More

Federal Workers Can Sue Over Any Age Bias In Employment Action
Supreme Court
Federal Workers Can Sue Over Any Age Bias In Employment Action
2020-04-06 20:59:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Age Discrimination and Employment Act allows federal employees to sue over any age bias inferred by an adverse employment action -- even when that bias isn't the driving factor behind... Read More

Justices Decline to Revisit Case Involving 60s Black Militant
Supreme Court
Justices Decline to Revisit Case Involving 60s Black Militant
2020-04-06 17:57:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court did not add any new cases to its docket Monday morning, declining, among other things, to revisit the murder conviction of the 1960s black militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown. A native of Baton... Read More

High Court Upholds Police Right to Stop Vehicles Without Suspicion of Crime
Supreme Court
High Court Upholds Police Right to Stop Vehicles Without Suspicion of Crime
2020-04-06 17:55:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Kansas deputy sheriff did not violate a motorist's constitutional rights when he pulled over a truck owned by a driver with a revoked license. The case stems from events that occurred... Read More

Therapists Offer Help in Dealing With Stress During the Pandemic
Mental Health
Therapists Offer Help in Dealing With Stress During the Pandemic
2020-04-06 17:49:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Fear. Anxiety. Grief. Helplessness. Depression. There are many ways Americans are feeling about the health and economic crisis that surrounds us as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps through the nation.  Many are turning to friends and family for comfort.... Read More

No Probe on Trump’s Early Virus Response, House Democrat Says
Congress
No Probe on Trump’s Early Virus Response, House Democrat Says

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said it’s unlikely a congressional panel overseeing coronavirus relief will investigate the Trump administration’s initial response to the pandemic that’s claimed thousands of American lives. “This committee will be forward-looking,” Clyburn told CNN’s Jake Tapper... Read More

Defense Secretary Defends Firing of Navy Captain Who Warned of Coronavirus Spread
Military
Defense Secretary Defends Firing of Navy Captain Who Warned of Coronavirus Spread

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that he supported acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s decision to fire the Navy captain who wrote a letter to his superiors about his concerns of the coronavirus pandemic aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. “I... Read More

Democrats Urge Mnuchin to Avoid ‘Unreasonable’ Terms on Airlines
Economy
Democrats Urge Mnuchin to Avoid ‘Unreasonable’ Terms on Airlines

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged the Treasury Department to move more quickly to help airlines to save industry jobs and refrain from imposing “unreasonable conditions” that might spur some carriers to decline... Read More

Bronx Zoo Tiger is First U.S. Animal to Test Positive for Coronavirus
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Bronx Zoo Tiger is First U.S. Animal to Test Positive for Coronavirus

NEW YORK — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo is the first animal to test positive for coronavirus in the U.S., officials said Sunday. Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, was tested “out of an abundance of caution” after coming... Read More

Biden Suggests DNC Consider Virtual 2020 Nominating Convention
2020 Elections
Biden Suggests DNC Consider Virtual 2020 Nominating Convention

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said the party should consider a virtual nominating convention this summer because the coronavirus has led to limits on public gatherings. “We’re going to have to do a convention, we may have to do a... Read More

‘Hardest, Saddest’ Days Ahead in COVID-19 Outbreak, Surgeon General Warns
Health
‘Hardest, Saddest’ Days Ahead in COVID-19 Outbreak, Surgeon General Warns

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. coronavirus death toll neared 10,000 on Sunday, Surgeon Gen. Jerome Adams said the coming week would be “the hardest and saddest of most Americans’ lives,” likening the projected loss of life to “our Pearl Harbor... Read More

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