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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
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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
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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

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
In The News
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

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