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Gabbard, Weld Drop Out of 2020 Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Gabbard, Weld Drop Out of 2020 Presidential Race
2020-03-19 18:56:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld have ended their 2020 election bids. Gabbard, who endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, left the race after poor showings in every primary and caucus but one --... Read More

O'Halleran, A Warrior for Job Creation, Seeks Solar Energy Training for Veterans
Employment
O'Halleran, A Warrior for Job Creation, Seeks Solar Energy Training for Veterans
2020-03-19 15:02:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is no stranger to fighting to create jobs and a stronger economy for all Americans. His latest effort in this area is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to foster workforce training for transitioning military personnel in... Read More

Sherrill Fights for Local Families by Rolling Back Tax Deduction Caps
Economy
Sherrill Fights for Local Families by Rolling Back Tax Deduction Caps
2020-03-19 14:59:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., knew it would be a crippling blow to her constituents and the local economy. It had been bad enough when the Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act enacted in 2017 capped the deduction middle... Read More

Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals
Employment
Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals
2020-03-19 14:56:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is one of the leaders in a bipartisan effort to address an oft-overlooked area of jobs development -- the dramatic shortage of support professionals to work with the disabled. Rice, along with Reps. Peter... Read More

Dems Sue Wisconsin to Expand Voting Access in Wake of Pandemic
Voting
Dems Sue Wisconsin to Expand Voting Access in Wake of Pandemic
2020-03-19 14:51:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic Party sued the state of Wisconsin Wednesday in a bid to expand access to voting in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The filing of the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District... Read More

Murphy, Cunningham Urge Leadership to Suspend Tariffs During Coronavirus Crisis
Economy
Murphy, Cunningham Urge Leadership to Suspend Tariffs During Coronavirus Crisis
2020-03-19 14:48:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have written a letter to the Congressional leadership, urging them to temporarily suspend tariffs imposed by the White House as part of Congress’ upcoming coronavirus response bill. Both Murphy, a... Read More

Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
Congress
Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
2020-03-19 14:44:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, both said Wednesday they had tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, Diaz-Balart, the first to announce his condition, said he first developed symptoms, including... Read More

Kudlow Says Government Could Take Equity Stakes in Companies That Want Aid
Business
Kudlow Says Government Could Take Equity Stakes in Companies That Want Aid

WASHINGTON — The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the administration may consider asking for an equity stake in corporations that want coronavirus aid from taxpayers. “One of the ideas is, if we provide assistance, we might take... Read More

Sanders Suspends All Campaign Facebook Ads Amid Rumors His Campaign is Finished
2020 Elections
Sanders Suspends All Campaign Facebook Ads Amid Rumors His Campaign is Finished

Bernie Sanders suspended all of his Facebook campaign ads Wednesday on the heels of another stinging primary setback, sparking rumors that he’s about to drop out of the race. The Facebook ad freeze came after Joe Biden won Tuesday’s primaries... Read More

‘Refuting the Narrative.’ Biden’s Results in Arizona and Florida Show Latino Support
2020 Elections
‘Refuting the Narrative.’ Biden’s Results in Arizona and Florida Show Latino Support

MIAMI — For all the talk of Joe Biden’s weakness with Latinos, the former vice president deeply wounded his rival and tightened his grip on the Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night by successfully competing with Bernie Sanders for Hispanic voters... Read More

Census Delays All In-Person Counting Efforts Through April 1 Due to Coronavirus
Census
Census Delays All In-Person Counting Efforts Through April 1 Due to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — This year’s census has pulled up all boots on the ground, for now, as the Census Bureau announced Wednesday it had suspended field operations for the rest of the month due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Trump Harnesses Wartime Powers and Signs Coronavirus Legislation
Political News
Trump Harnesses Wartime Powers and Signs Coronavirus Legislation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked wartime powers that could boost the manufacturing of medical equipment used to fight the coronavirus pandemic, as hospitals braced for a nationwide explosion of infections and Congress rushed to pass emergency legislation... Read More

Pandemic Ignites Interest in Remote Voting by Congress; McConnell, Pelosi Say No
Congress
Pandemic Ignites Interest in Remote Voting by Congress; McConnell, Pelosi Say No

WASHINGTON — Senators on both sides of the aisle said this week that the chamber is exploring the possibility of voting remotely on a third legislative package responding to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that would upend tradition and require... Read More

FCC Commissioners Debate Upcoming 5G Digital Divide
Technology
FCC Commissioners Debate Upcoming 5G Digital Divide
2020-03-18 15:54:12
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Federal Communications Commissioners spoke about the nation’s race to 5G at a New America Open Technology Institute discussion held virtually on Tuesday afternoon. Panelists offered thoughts on heading off a 5G digital divide with affordable connectivity for all.... Read More

After Ohio 'Chaos' DNC Urges Remaining Primary States to Rethink Methods
2020 Elections
After Ohio 'Chaos' DNC Urges Remaining Primary States to Rethink Methods
2020-03-18 15:48:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The head of the Democratic party asked the remaining primary states on Tuesday to embrace alternatives like voting by mail during the coronavirus crisis, rather than entertain last-minute cancellations of the vote that would only bread "more chaos... Read More

Ohio Primary Date Change Inspires Multiple Lawsuits
State News
Ohio Primary Date Change Inspires Multiple Lawsuits

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State government leaders were preparing for a legal battle and they got it over the last-minute decision late Monday to postpone Ohio’s primary election over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The Ohio Democratic Party and Kiara... Read More

China to Expel US Newspaper Journalists
Foreign Affairs
China to Expel US Newspaper Journalists

WASHINGTON — Political skirmishing between Washington and Beijing escalated Tuesday when China announced it was expelling U.S. journalists working for three American news outlets in response to Trump administration restrictions on Chinese media here. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R.... Read More

Maryland Primary Moves; Voters to Pick Cummings’ Replacement by Mail
In The News
Maryland Primary Moves; Voters to Pick Cummings’ Replacement by Mail

BALTIMORE — Maryland is postponing its April 28 primary to June 2 and shifting the special Baltimore-area congressional election to mail-in ballots only — all part of an effort to allow citizens to vote without jeopardizing their health during the... Read More

White House Seeks $1 Trillion Economic Stimulus, Including Payouts to Americans
Economy
White House Seeks $1 Trillion Economic Stimulus, Including Payouts to Americans

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed a $1 trillion economic stimulus package to counter the effects of the coronavirus, including relief for small businesses and the airline industry, and sizable checks for Americans in the next two weeks.... Read More

Biden Wins Arizona, Florida and Illinois Primaries in Sweep That Could Lock Up Democratic Nomination
2020 Elections
Biden Wins Arizona, Florida and Illinois Primaries in Sweep That Could Lock Up Democratic Nomination

Joe Biden won the Arizona, Florida and Illinois primaries Tuesday, a clean sweep that carried him a considerable way toward clinching the Democratic nomination on an extraordinary election day shadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. The former vice president prevailed over... Read More

Coronavirus Pushes Hospitals to Share Information About Stocks of Protective Gear
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Coronavirus Pushes Hospitals to Share Information About Stocks of Protective Gear

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Masks, gloves and other equipment are crucial as health care workers face the COVID-19 outbreak. There is a strategic national stockpile that the U.S. government controls — but no one knows what, beyond that stockpile, is available... Read More

State AGs Crack Down on Coronavirus Scams
State News
State AGs Crack Down on Coronavirus Scams

WASHINGTON — From disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker in Missouri to a convenience store operator in New Jersey, suspected fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus panic to trick consumers into buying useless or harmful products, triggering state anti-gouging... Read More

IRS Extends Tax Deadline 90 Days in Response to Coronavirus
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IRS Extends Tax Deadline 90 Days in Response to Coronavirus
2020-03-17 21:57:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration announced Tuesday that individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their 2019 tax bills for 90 days past the usual April 15 deadline to July 15. The extension is an effort to inject... Read More

Primary Day a Mixed Bag in the Three States Holding Contests
2020 Elections
Primary Day a Mixed Bag in the Three States Holding Contests
2020-03-17 21:52:22
by Dan McCue

The first presidential primary day held against the backdrop of self-quarantines and widespread shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer was a mixed bag for the three states that opted to go ahead with the vote despite concerns over the... Read More

Joe Biden Wins Washington Presidential Primary
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Wins Washington Presidential Primary

SEATTLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Washington’s presidential primary, further cementing his status as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. As of Monday afternoon, Biden led with nearly 38% of the statewide vote, compared with about... Read More

Recession is Coming; the Only Questions Now Are How Soon and How Deep?
Economy
Recession is Coming; the Only Questions Now Are How Soon and How Deep?

WASHINGTON — When the world’s largest economy begins to shut down — closing schools, sports arenas and entire categories of businesses, and sending millions of American workers home — it’s no longer a question of whether a recession may be... Read More

Congress Begins Work on Third Economic Stimulus Bill for The Coronavirus Crisis
Economy
Congress Begins Work on Third Economic Stimulus Bill for The Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers began negotiating a third economic stimulus bill to prevent the U.S. economy from cracking under the weight of the coronavirus epidemic even as efforts stalled Monday to finish work on a second bill that passed the House... Read More

Reporters Get New Guidelines as Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases Grow
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Reporters Get New Guidelines as Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases Grow

WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill’s exposure to the coronavirus is growing, and reporters were asked to do their part as measures to combat the virus that causes COVID-19 escalated significantly around the Capitol on Monday. At least three current and one... Read More

Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
Intelligence
Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
2020-03-17 14:08:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate reached a short-term deal Monday night on reinstating national security authorities that expired over the weekend, giving the chamber a chance to pivot to debate coronavirus relief legislation. Senators unanimously agreed to a 77-day extension of... Read More

House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
Congress
House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
2020-03-17 13:57:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has told members they can remain in their districts through next Monday, but at least for now, no decision has been made on the balance of House schedule for the week. In a... Read More

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