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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
In The News
‘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

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
In The News
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
In The News
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

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