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Pelosi to Push Vote-By-Mail Funding for States in Next Stimulus
Congress
Pelosi to Push Vote-By-Mail Funding for States in Next Stimulus

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the nation must move to a vote-by-mail system amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and that she plans to advocate funding for that in the next stimulus measure. “In terms of the elections, I think... Read More

Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15
Census
Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15
2020-03-31 21:22:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau, which had already suspended its field operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, has announced it will further postpone those operations at least through April 15. In a written statement, the agency said it made... Read More

Could Artificial Intelligence Have Been Used to Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?
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Could Artificial Intelligence Have Been Used to Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?
2020-03-31 21:20:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The United States’ former chief technology officer and a top regulatory policy official from Johnson & Johnson spoke at a Bipartisan Policy Center virtual briefing Tuesday morning about how artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to predict or... Read More

Could The Little-Known Mayor of Atlanta Be Biden's Running Mate?
Political News
Could The Little-Known Mayor of Atlanta Be Biden's Running Mate?
2020-03-31 21:13:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has not been shy in recent weeks in touting a number of women he believes are well-qualified to be the first African-American vice president of the United States. “I really believe that we’ve... Read More

From Pa. Science Fairs to Coronavirus Response Coordinator: Deborah Birx’s Path to the White House
White House
From Pa. Science Fairs to Coronavirus Response Coordinator: Deborah Birx’s Path to the White House

PHILADELPHIA — When Deborah Birx told classmates at Carlisle High School that she planned to compete in the local science fair, some laughed. It was the early 1970s, and Birx was a pretty girl with a bubbly personality. She waitressed... Read More

Latinas Want to See One of Their Own as Biden’s VP. But They May Be at a Disadvantage
2020 Elections
Latinas Want to See One of Their Own as Biden’s VP. But They May Be at a Disadvantage

WASHINGTON — As Joe Biden begins to formalize a list of potential running mates, it’s clear that several African American women will sit prominently at the top. Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams already boast considerable national profiles, and Val Demings,... Read More

Former Fed Chairwoman Warns ‘Prolonged Recession’ Possible
Economy
Former Fed Chairwoman Warns ‘Prolonged Recession’ Possible

WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen, the former chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, warned Monday that the longer the economy is locked down, the worse the recession will be. But she added she was encouraged by the actions of the Fed and... Read More

Price-Gougers‌ ‌Face‌ ‌a‌ ‌Crackdown‌ ‌for‌ ‌Profiting‌ ‌on‌ ‌Coronavirus‌
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Price-Gougers‌ ‌Face‌ ‌a‌ ‌Crackdown‌ ‌for‌ ‌Profiting‌ ‌on‌ ‌Coronavirus‌
2020-03-31 20:43:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON‌ ‌-‌ ‌Attorneys‌ ‌general‌ ‌nationwide‌ ‌are‌ ‌joining‌ ‌in‌ ‌urging‌ ‌companies‌ ‌that‌ ‌sell‌ ‌ online to‌ ‌stop‌ ‌price-gougers‌ ‌trying‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌advantage‌ ‌of‌ ‌consumers‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ ‌coronavirus‌ ‌pandemic. They‌ ‌are‌ ‌selling‌ ‌hand‌ ‌sanitizers,‌ ‌aerosol‌ ‌spray‌ ‌disinfectants,‌ ‌surgical‌ ‌masks‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌devices designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌prevent‌... Read More

Treasury Rolls Out Airline Aid Strategy, Urging Carriers to Act Quickly
Economy
Treasury Rolls Out Airline Aid Strategy, Urging Carriers to Act Quickly
2020-03-31 17:59:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department provided some guidance Monday night on how it will award grants and loans to airlines affected by the coronavirus outbreak, urging them to apply for "payroll support" by Friday. The department said the resources it... Read More

Real Estate Industry Hoping for Stimulus Aid for Non-Depository Lenders
Economy
Real Estate Industry Hoping for Stimulus Aid for Non-Depository Lenders
2020-03-31 16:14:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Even before Congress had passed the third economic stimulus package of the coronavirus era on Friday, talk had turned to what should be included in a currently hypothetical, but no less likely, fourth stimulus bill. Among the welcome... Read More

Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
Law
Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
2020-03-31 16:08:39
by Dan McCue

Federal judges in three states blocked efforts to shutter abortion providers during the coronavirus outbreak. In Texas, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel held that the Supreme Court has already "spoken clearly" on a woman's right to abortion and therefore Texas... Read More

CBO: Trump’s Budget Would Add Trillions to Deficit, Even Before Coronavirus
Federal Budget
CBO: Trump’s Budget Would Add Trillions to Deficit, Even Before Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s fiscal 2021 budget request would add $5.4 trillion more to the cumulative 10-year deficit than the White House originally estimated, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released Monday. That would mean increased deficits during... Read More

Stuck-at-Home Americans Get Robbed Less Often, But Fight More
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Stuck-at-Home Americans Get Robbed Less Often, But Fight More

With more than two-thirds of the U.S. population ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s tougher for burglars to find an empty house to rob. But the cooped-up residents seem more likely to fight each other. That’s what... Read More

Google, Oracle and Trump Cases Put on Hold as Supreme Court Responds to Virus
Supreme Court
Google, Oracle and Trump Cases Put on Hold as Supreme Court Responds to Virus

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has put on indefinite hold a major portion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket, including a multibillion-dollar clash between software giants Google and Oracle Corp. and cases that could affect President Donald Trump’s reelection chances.... Read More

‘Dreamers’ Fear Loss of Legal Status as USCIS Offices Stay Closed
Immigration
‘Dreamers’ Fear Loss of Legal Status as USCIS Offices Stay Closed

WASHINGTON — For tens of thousands of immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the coronavirus pandemic has created additional challenges to staying in the U.S. legally. Adrian Escarate, a 31-year-old “Dreamer” from Chile, needs to renew... Read More

Trump Rollback of Mileage Standards Guts Climate Change Push
Environment
Trump Rollback of Mileage Standards Guts Climate Change Push

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards Tuesday, raising the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come and gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change. The Trump... Read More

Sergeants at Arms Extend Capitol Closure
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Sergeants at Arms Extend Capitol Closure
2020-03-30 20:30:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol building will remain closed to tourists through May 1, the Sergeants at Arms of the House and Senate announced Monday. The decision comes after the White House extended its voluntary guidance on social distancing to... Read More

Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
Energy
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
2020-03-30 20:28:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Strike Down Seattle Campaign Finance Voucher System
Campaign Finance
Supreme Court Declines to Strike Down Seattle Campaign Finance Voucher System
2020-03-30 20:23:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Seattle's "Democracy Voucher Program," leaving in place the city's public financing program for local elections. Though the justices offered no explanation for their decision not to... Read More

New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates
State News
New York Postpones Primary, Risking Loss of Delegates
2020-03-30 16:51:38
by Dan McCue

New York is postponing its April 28 presidential primary until June 23, a late date that places it at risk of forfeiting some of its delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. The reason for the delay, which was... Read More

White House Listens to Disease Experts, Extends Social Distancing Order
Health
White House Listens to Disease Experts, Extends Social Distancing Order
2020-03-30 16:48:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Presidential Donald Trump announced Sunday that federal social distancing guidelines that were set to expire March 30 will be extended another month, this after aggressive lobbying by his coronavirus task force. In recent days President Trump has repeatedly... Read More

Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says
Law
Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says

A federal judge called on the U.S. government to speed the release of migrant children in detention centers to suitable adult guardians, saying there are serious questions about whether the facilities are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an order... Read More

Pa. Postponed its Primary. Here’s What It Means for Voters and 2020 Campaigns
2020 Elections
Pa. Postponed its Primary. Here’s What It Means for Voters and 2020 Campaigns

PHILADELPHIA—June 2 is shaping up to be the Super Tuesday of postponed primaries. Pennsylvania will join 11 states and the District of Columbia in voting that day, after rescheduling its primary due to the coronavirus. Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday... Read More

Fauci Warns 100,000-200,000 Coronavirus Deaths Possible in US
Health
Fauci Warns 100,000-200,000 Coronavirus Deaths Possible in US

U.S. coronavirus deaths could reach as high as 200,000, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said, in a stark warning as debate rages about how soon to reopen parts of the U.S. economy. “Looking at what... Read More

Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Extended to April 30, Trump Says
Health
Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Extended to April 30, Trump Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Sunday that federal social distancing guidelines meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus would be extended to April 30, setting aside his calls to jump-start the U.S. economy within another two weeks and... Read More

Two More Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
Congress
Two More Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
2020-03-27 22:24:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. are the latest members of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. The representative from Charleston had already been in self-quarantine after learning from the attending physician of the House... Read More

Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2
State News
Rhode Island Secretary of State Sees Opportunity in Primary Delay to June 2
2020-03-27 21:41:50
by Dan McCue

Less than a week after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo approved a board of elections request to move the state's presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, a plan to have a mostly mail-in election in the wake of... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
Congress
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
2020-03-27 20:05:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently... Read More

‘Prisons Are Bacteria Factories’; Elderly Inmates Are Most at Risk of Illness
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‘Prisons Are Bacteria Factories’; Elderly Inmates Are Most at Risk of Illness

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Here in the Estelle prison unit, most of the male inmates in the geriatric dormitory first ran afoul of the law years or even decades ago, convicted of crimes ranging from murder and sex offenses to forgery... Read More

Other States Want to ‘Trade’ for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Here’s What They’re Offering
State News
Other States Want to ‘Trade’ for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Here’s What They’re Offering

LEXINGTON, Ky. — We knew the internet was thirsty for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Now it’s sending its best trade proposals to nab him. Like NBA teams that feel like they’re one superstar trade away from being a contender, envious... Read More

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