In The News

Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
State News
Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
2020-03-17 13:54:02
by Dan McCue

After hours of confusion the Ohio primary scheduled to be held Tuesday has been canceled by order of the state Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton. Acton's decision, announced shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night, capped a seven-hour period when it... Read More

US Airlines Seeking Nearly $60 Billion to Sustain Industry During Virus Outbreak
Business
US Airlines Seeking Nearly $60 Billion to Sustain Industry During Virus Outbreak
2020-03-16 21:56:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Airlines are asking for close to $60 billion in government assistance to help them deal with industry travails associated with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Airlines for America, the trade association that represents Delta, United, American and Southwest,... Read More

In Light of Coronavirus Outbreak, Veterans Need Assurance That the VA Is Prepared
Opinions
In Light of Coronavirus Outbreak, Veterans Need Assurance That the VA Is Prepared
2020-03-16 20:04:33
by Jeremy Butler

Fear and concern regarding the novel coronavirus continues to grow daily with an alarming number of new patients diagnosed around the world every day. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the leading post-9/11 veterans services organization, and as... Read More

Federal Agencies Remain Open in DC, OMB Urges ‘Maximum Telework Flexibilities'
Health
Federal Agencies Remain Open in DC, OMB Urges ‘Maximum Telework Flexibilities'
2020-03-16 16:10:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Office of Management and Budget on Sunday asked federal agencies in and around the nation's capitol to offer telework to all eligible employees, the latest in the government's evolving steps to deal with the coronavirus. In a... Read More

US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
Supreme Court
US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
2020-03-16 16:07:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday postponed oral arguments scheduled for the rest of March, "in keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19." In a written statement the court said it "will examine the options... Read More

Coronavirus Closures Upend Census Plans for Counting Homeless, College Students
Census
Coronavirus Closures Upend Census Plans for Counting Homeless, College Students

WASHINGTON — The closure or quarantining of many homeless shelters, nursing homes and colleges to stem the spread of the coronavirus is forcing the U.S. Census Bureau to change the way it counts some of the most difficult to reach... Read More

Fauci Says Americans Must Be Prepared to Hunker Down More
Health
Fauci Says Americans Must Be Prepared to Hunker Down More

WASHINGTON — Americans must be ready for more drastic steps to slow the march of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. “Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly... Read More

CDC Says US Gatherings of Over 50 People Should Be Put Off
Health
CDC Says US Gatherings of Over 50 People Should Be Put Off

WASHINGTON — In the most extreme effort yet to slow the march of coronavirus in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that events of 50 people or more not be held for about two months. For... Read More

Biden Vows to Put a Woman on Democratic Ticket
Political News
Biden Vows to Put a Woman on Democratic Ticket

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden vowed to pick a woman as his running mate and temporarily halt all immigrant deportations during a Democratic presidential debate Sunday where the pronouncements competed with concerns about a coronavirus pandemic that has the nation on... Read More

Fed Takes Emergency Steps to Slash Rates and Ease Bank Rules
Federal Reserve
Fed Takes Emergency Steps to Slash Rates and Ease Bank Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve took massive emergency action Sunday to try to help the economy withstand the coronavirus by slashing its benchmark interest rate to near zero and saying it would buy $700 billion in Treasury and mortgage... Read More

Tuesday's Primaries Offer Chance for Biden to Reach Latinos
2020 Elections
Tuesday's Primaries Offer Chance for Biden to Reach Latinos

PHOENIX (AP) — In Joe Biden’s pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination, he’s run repeatedly into a wall in the West, where Bernie Sanders’ strength among Latinos propelled his campaign even as he struggled with other groups. Tuesday’s primaries in Arizona and... Read More

House Strikes Deal With White House, Passes Sweeping Coronavirus Relief Package
Economy
House Strikes Deal With White House, Passes Sweeping Coronavirus Relief Package
2020-03-16 13:15:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed an emergency spending package in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion Saturday morning, just hours after reaching an agreement with the White House on the next steps in addressing the unfolding coronavirus outbreak. The vote on the 110-page... Read More

Analysis: Biden's Pragmatism Shines in Virus-Centered Debate
2020 Elections
Analysis: Biden's Pragmatism Shines in Virus-Centered Debate

NEW YORK (AP) — As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden's moderate approach to governing often fails to excite his party's most passionate voters. But on the debate stage, as the nation wrestled with the consequences of a frightening pandemic, Biden's... Read More

Deer, Bear and Everywhere: Animals Move Into the City
Urban
Deer, Bear and Everywhere: Animals Move Into the City

SEATTLE — Mark Jordan works his way down a muddy forest slope, cutting through ferns and a small stream. The Seattle University professor and a pair of students slowly approach a trail camera they’ve set up to record wildlife. Jordan... Read More

It’s the National Dish That Brought Down a Dictator. And It’s Delicious
Iraq
It’s the National Dish That Brought Down a Dictator. And It’s Delicious

BAGHDAD — Standing by a small concrete pool, chef Mohammad Qassem thrusts his hand into the murky water. Out comes a sizable carp, 6 pounds or so. As the fish thrashes, he grabs a club. He thwacks once. He thwacks... Read More

Bee Lawns Generate National Buzz
Environment
Bee Lawns Generate National Buzz

WASHINGTON — Bees are excellent dancers. When a forager bee alights upon an Eden of pollen and nectar, it goes home to tell its hive mates. The greater the intensity of the dance, the richer the source of food being... Read More

Cybercriminals Seek Profit in Coronavirus
Cybercrime
Cybercriminals Seek Profit in Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — An email seemingly from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of new coronavirus infections and urges readers to click on a link to see a list of infections in their community. But the email actually... Read More

Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus
State News
Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus
2020-03-13 17:57:06
by Dan McCue

Louisiana is postponing its presidential primaries, originally set for April 4, becoming the first state to take the step as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Louisiana will now hold its presidential primaries on... Read More

American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
Courts
American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
2020-03-13 15:15:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The American Constitution Society has launched a new data tracker that will monitor the gender, racial and ethnic diversity of the nation's federal courts. According to the nonpartisan legal think tank, while the overwhelming number of judges who... Read More

Democrats Would Do Well to Acknowledge Differences in Blue Wall Counties in 2020
2020 Elections
Democrats Would Do Well to Acknowledge Differences in Blue Wall Counties in 2020
2020-03-13 14:52:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Blue Wall counties that flipped to Trump in 2016 were smaller, had a less skilled workforce, and had fewer businesses than their safe blue neighbors, but most importantly, they were all predisposed to struggle in the face of... Read More

Coalition Launches to Celebrate and Protect the Bayh-Dole Act
Innovation
Coalition Launches to Celebrate and Protect the Bayh-Dole Act
2020-03-13 14:49:06
by Dan McCue

North Charleston, South Carolina, the smaller, hard-working neighbor of the historic coastal city that shares its name, suddenly found itself at the center of a regional crisis. Home to a thriving Navy base for nearly a century, it learned in... Read More

House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
Sports
House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
2020-03-13 14:44:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both the House and Senate are enthusiastically reaching across the aisle in a bid to fend off a proposal by Major League Baseball to drop big league affiliation with 42 minor league teams. Major League Baseball... Read More

Trump’s Stock Market Now Worst Since Double-Recession George W. Bush
Wall Street
Trump’s Stock Market Now Worst Since Double-Recession George W. Bush

WASHINGTON — The return on stocks since Donald Trump’s presidential election win in 2016 has slumped to 24% thanks to the historic rout the past three weeks, undercutting what had been a better-than-average gain for American leaders over the past... Read More

Coronavirus Response Puts Administration Weaknesses Under Spotlight
Political News
Coronavirus Response Puts Administration Weaknesses Under Spotlight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s inattention to detail, distaste for experts, need for validation and belief that he can create his own set of alternative facts have been hallmarks of his political rise. But after three years in which daily... Read More

As Redistricting Approaches, Democrats Boost National Fundraising for State Legislatures
State News
As Redistricting Approaches, Democrats Boost National Fundraising for State Legislatures

WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of virtually ceding state legislative races to Republicans, the Democratic Party organization dedicated to winning those seats and other allied groups nationally are ramping up fundraising in a bid to win control of state... Read More

The Vote Must Go On: States Prep for Primaries Amid Coronavirus
2020 Elections
The Vote Must Go On: States Prep for Primaries Amid Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Despite widespread cancellations of campaign events and everyday activities across the nation amid the new coronavirus pandemic, four states with primaries next week are sending the message: Voting will go on, but with an extra dose of hand... Read More

McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
Congress
McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
2020-03-12 18:58:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate's planned recess next week in order to continue working on legislation to address the economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak. "Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be... Read More

Democratic Debate Moved to DC Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Debates
Democratic Debate Moved to DC Due to Coronavirus Concerns
2020-03-12 18:56:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee is moving Sunday’s presidential primary debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., due to concerns over the coronavirus. In a brief written statement, DNC communications director... Read More

Biden Hires New Campaign Manager, Sets Sights on November
2020 Elections
Biden Hires New Campaign Manager, Sets Sights on November
2020-03-12 18:54:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday that Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, a veteran of five presidential campaigns including two with Barack Obama, will now be his campaign manager, replacing Greg Schultz. The change comes after Schultz helped guide... Read More

Report to Address Need for the Draft and Women’s Exclusion
Military
Report to Address Need for the Draft and Women’s Exclusion
2020-03-12 17:24:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States stopped drafting young men into the military in 1973, but the issue of the draft, and whether women as well as men should be subject to it, is very much alive. On March 25, the... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top