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Entrepreneurs Hope Ally Klobuchar Has Future Role to Help Enact Their Agenda
2020 Elections
Entrepreneurs Hope Ally Klobuchar Has Future Role to Help Enact Their Agenda

WASHINGTON — For the past few weeks, John Dearie, the founder of the nonprofit Center for American Entrepreneurship, has clung to a dream. His handpicked co-chair of the Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus, Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, might become the next vice... Read More

US Indictment of Venezuela’s Maduro Carries Echoes of Noriega. Will It End the Same Way?
Venezuela
US Indictment of Venezuela’s Maduro Carries Echoes of Noriega. Will It End the Same Way?

MIAMI — In January of 1990, a once powerful Latin American leader stood before a Miami judge to face charges that he’d taken $4.6 million in bribes in exchange for allowing his nation to become a hub for Colombian cocaine... Read More

Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
Trade
Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
2020-03-27 13:40:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new chapter in North American commerce began two weeks ago Friday, when Canada became the third and final country to ratify... Read More

Trump Brags About China Travel Ban; Health Experts Say It’s Had Little Effect
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Trump Brags About China Travel Ban; Health Experts Say It’s Had Little Effect

WASHINGTON — Confronted with criticism about the lagging federal response to the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump often boasts about his Jan. 31 decision to restrict travel from China, where the outbreak began, claiming he saved thousands of American lives.... Read More

Mass Layoffs Hit the Economy. Can the Stimulus Plan Stem the Tide?
Economy
Mass Layoffs Hit the Economy. Can the Stimulus Plan Stem the Tide?

WASHINGTON — Even in the darkest hours of 2008, when the nation teetered on the edge of a second Great Depression, Congress never passed anything close to the economic stimulus plan scheduled for final approval Friday. The Senate’s roughly $2-trillion... Read More

Pelosi Vows Quick House Approval of $2 trillion Coronavirus Relief Plan
Congress
Pelosi Vows Quick House Approval of $2 trillion Coronavirus Relief Plan

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package approved by the Senate will breeze through the House in a “strong, bipartisan” vote on Friday, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meaning President Donald Trump will likely be able to sign the enormous bill... Read More

US Surpasses China, Italy in Coronavirus Cases
Health
US Surpasses China, Italy in Coronavirus Cases

The United States has surpassed Italy and China in having the most confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a global case tracker run by Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday afternoon, the United States was reporting more than 82,400 cases, above... Read More

EPA Backs Off Enforcing Pollution Rules as Virus Strains Work
Environment
EPA Backs Off Enforcing Pollution Rules as Virus Strains Work

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will temporarily relax civil enforcement of various environmental regulations, a move it says is necessary given worker shortages and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. In a memo issued Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

Trump Campaign Threatens TV Stations Airing Ads Criticizing President’s Coronavirus Actions
Media
Trump Campaign Threatens TV Stations Airing Ads Criticizing President’s Coronavirus Actions

WASHINGTON — The Trump reelection campaign told TV stations they could lose their operating licenses for airing an ad criticizing the president’s actions in the coronavirus crisis — a challenge that may be more bluster than actual threat. President Donald... Read More

Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
Economy
Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
2020-03-26 15:42:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment claims reached a historic high of 3.28 million last week due to a wave of layoffs and business closures stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The figure shattered the previous record of... Read More

Maryland Elections Board to Recommend No In-Person Voting for June Primary
Maryland
Maryland Elections Board to Recommend No In-Person Voting for June Primary

BALTIMORE — The State Board of Elections is recommending that there be no in-person voting for the June 2 primary due to the new coronavirus pandemic, pushing citizens to mail-in or drop-off ballots that would be sent to every one... Read More

Supreme Court Justices’ Perks Revealed in New Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justices’ Perks Revealed in New Report

WASHINGTON — When Supreme Court justices speak at public universities across the country, they often travel in style — and, at times, at taxpayer expense. The justices’ travel perks have included private plane trips, blocs of fancy hotel rooms and... Read More

National Parks Closing After Waived Fees Led to More Visitors
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National Parks Closing After Waived Fees Led to More Visitors

WASHINGTON — A week ago, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt waived entry fees to national parks across the country to encourage people to use the outdoors as safe escapes during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were limited restrictions and warnings for people to... Read More

Trump’s Refusal to Use Wartime Powers to Direct Scarce Medical Supplies Has Left States Fighting It Out
Health
Trump’s Refusal to Use Wartime Powers to Direct Scarce Medical Supplies Has Left States Fighting It Out

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump invoked emergency war powers last week to fight the coronavirus outbreak, many were hopeful that the federal government would take charge in addressing the nation’s dire shortage of ventilators, protective masks and other critical... Read More

Senate Unanimously Passes Massive Coronavirus Aid Plan
Political News
Senate Unanimously Passes Massive Coronavirus Aid Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far... Read More

Space Force Set for First Launch Thursday
Military
Space Force Set for First Launch Thursday

ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Space Force is moving ahead with a crucial national security launch Thursday that remains on track, even as installations around the country move to telework due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess, the... Read More

Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
Political News
Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
2020-03-25 19:23:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island - and one territory - Puerto Rico - have postponed their presidential primary elections due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, three... Read More

Justice Department Proposes Pausing Court Procedures During Emergency
Courts
Justice Department Proposes Pausing Court Procedures During Emergency
2020-03-25 16:21:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -The Justice Department is asking Congress to authorize courts to detain criminal suspects indefinitely without trials until the coronavirus subsides. The request would give chief federal judges the power to alter procedures for arrests, investigations and how the cases... Read More

Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
2020-03-25 16:19:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact the White House and Senate were able to reach a deal on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill early Wednesday, the U.S. economy is still facing a huge shock to its system, the president of... Read More

Trump Wants Country ‘Opened Up,’ Prompting Blowback from Governors
Economy
Trump Wants Country ‘Opened Up,’ Prompting Blowback from Governors

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and some of the nation’s most prominent governors plunged into heated debate Tuesday over how much death they’re willing to risk in order to get the economy running again during the coronavirus pandemic. Public health... Read More

Burr Faces Lawsuit Over Sale of Up to $1.7 Million in Stock
Litigation
Burr Faces Lawsuit Over Sale of Up to $1.7 Million in Stock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fallout continued this week over revelations that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr dumped up to $1.7 million in stock after private briefings about the coronavirus, including a personal lawsuit against him. Politico reported the shareholder suit against Burr... Read More

Free Speech Lawsuit Against Trump Gets Go-Ahead from Judge
Litigation
Free Speech Lawsuit Against Trump Gets Go-Ahead from Judge

Free speech advocates can move forward with a lawsuit alleging U.S. President Donald Trump violated the Constitution by threatening journalists and news organizations who have criticized his administration. U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield on Tuesday denied Trump’s request to throw... Read More

House Report Tables Remote Voting by Members of Congress
Congress
House Report Tables Remote Voting by Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Remote voting is not coming to the House anytime soon, according to a House Rules Committee report. But some advocates say the report didn’t fully consider the options available and members are still pushing for emergency alternatives. House... Read More

White House, Congress Agree on $2 Trillion Virus Rescue Bill
Political News
White House, Congress Agree on $2 Trillion Virus Rescue Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently... Read More

Deal Reached on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill — Largest by far in US History
Congress
Deal Reached on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill — Largest by far in US History

WASHINGTON — After haggling for days over the final details, Senate Democrats and the White House agreed Tuesday to a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package to combat the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, including direct payments to most Americans... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for End to Partisan Games With Economic Rescue Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for End to Partisan Games With Economic Rescue Legislation
2020-03-24 23:18:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With the latest economic stimulus bill stalled on Capitol Hill since Sunday, both the Blue Dogs and New Democrat coalitions in the House are calling for an end to the partisanship that is preventing the roughly $2 trillion... Read More

Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers
Courts
Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers

WASHINGTON — Democrats saw warning signs long before President Donald Trump nominated Neomi Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At the time, she was a White House lawyer who zealously defended Trump’s agenda.... Read More

Biden Holds Sizable Edge Over Trump in Swing Counties, Poll Finds
2020 Elections
Biden Holds Sizable Edge Over Trump in Swing Counties, Poll Finds

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has a substantial lead over President Donald Trump in 300 of the crucial so-called swing counties that could determine the November election, a new poll released Tuesday showed. The poll was taken last week as Americans... Read More

With Medical Safety Gear Scarce, the Public Is Stepping Up. Here’s Help on Ways to Help
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With Medical Safety Gear Scarce, the Public Is Stepping Up. Here’s Help on Ways to Help

Increasingly desperate pleas from health care workers and public authorities for donations of face masks and other protective gear are an unsettling sign of just how unprepared American hospitals are for the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Alison Cooke, assistant chief of... Read More

Bloomberg Transfers $18 Million to DNC, Dems In Battleground States
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Transfers $18 Million to DNC, Dems In Battleground States
2020-03-24 19:27:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has abandoned plans to form a new super PAC dedicated to defeating President Donald Trump and is instead donating $18 million to the Democratic National Committee to achieve the same ends.... Read More

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