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Biden Tells Virtual Gathering Face Mask Distribution Coming
White House
Biden Tells Virtual Gathering Face Mask Distribution Coming
2021-02-24 21:54:31
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said during a virtual meeting with essential workers on Wednesday that the administration plans to distribute millions of cloth face masks beginning early next month. According to a statement from the White House, the reusable, American-made masks... Read More

A Grown-Up Bromance? First Biden/Trudeau Talks Long On Policy
Foreign Affairs
A Grown-Up Bromance? First Biden/Trudeau Talks Long On Policy
2021-02-24 21:40:12
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - If ever there was a sign that a new sheriff is in town in the nation's Capitol, it was the tenor of President Joe Biden's first bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Though the coronavirus forced... Read More

Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
Telecom
Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
2021-02-24 19:21:34
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Any policy aiming to truly address the nation’s broadband access crisis must be accompanied by robust federal funding to ensure these efforts are sustainable, according to one of the country’s top telecom executives. Speaking at the AT&T Policy... Read More

Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
Climate
Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
2021-02-24 15:45:46
by Reece Nations

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy indicates renewable energy sources made record contributions to the country’s power grid.  The annual report, called... Read More

School Voucher Push Taps Frustration Over Distance Learning
Education
School Voucher Push Taps Frustration Over Distance Learning

ATLANTA (AP) — With her children struggling in many classes last spring, Kelli Rivera became so frustrated with how her suburban Atlanta district was handling the coronavirus pandemic that she withdrew them to home-school them. They're back in public school... Read More

Biden to Order a Review of US Supply Chains for Vital Goods
White House
Biden to Order a Review of US Supply Chains for Vital Goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is preparing to sign an executive order to review U.S. supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that power cars, phones, military equipment and other goods.  The United States has become... Read More

‘War’ Report from FBI Overlooked Before Capitol Riot
Congress
‘War’ Report from FBI Overlooked Before Capitol Riot
2021-02-24 14:35:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers repeated their conviction at a Senate hearing Tuesday that never again should insurrectionists be allowed to attack the U.S. Capitol like they did on Jan. 6 while acknowledging huge security lapses. They reviewed failures in intelligence reports,... Read More

Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
Antitrust
Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
2021-02-23 22:07:55
by Victoria Turner

Four panelists warned today that proposed legislative reforms for more aggressive antitrust enforcement in Big Tech would likely spill over across all industries, hindering innovation and harming consumers. Strengthening the antitrust laws - federal and state statutes that restrict the... Read More

Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
In The States
Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
2021-02-23 22:01:53
by TWN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday, May 1, will be the day of the special election to fill the Texas 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated due to the death of Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday, adding... Read More

Former FEC Chairs Offer Bipartisan Endorsement of For The People Act
Elections
Former FEC Chairs Offer Bipartisan Endorsement of For The People Act
2021-02-23 21:52:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two former chairs of the Federal Elections Commission -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- have thrown their support behind the election reform provisions of the For the People Act. In a letter to the leaders... Read More

What NY Prosecutors Could Learn from Trump's Tax Records
In The States
What NY Prosecutors Could Learn from Trump's Tax Records

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump's tax records.Now, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, he will soon have them.... Read More

Indian Country Gripped by Haaland Hearing for Top US Post
Political News
Indian Country Gripped by Haaland Hearing for Top US Post

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department. She is a sister, an auntie and a fierce pueblo woman whose political... Read More

Interior Nominee Haaland Vows 'Balance' on Energy, Climate
Political News
Interior Nominee Haaland Vows 'Balance' on Energy, Climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas will continue to play a major role in America for years to come, even as the Biden administration seeks to conserve public lands and address climate change, President Joe Biden's nominee to head... Read More

Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
Congress
Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
2021-02-23 15:58:08
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether to confirm him as the next U.S. attorney general. Garland is a federal judge who also is President Joe Biden’s... Read More

$1400 Check Could be Coming Your Way Soon
Congress
$1400 Check Could be Coming Your Way Soon
2021-02-22 21:47:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee approved reconciliations to President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion novel coronavirus relief legislation Monday, setting in motion the bill’s final vote in the full House of Representatives expected to follow this week.  If enacted,... Read More

Biden Boosts Pandemic Lending to Smallest of Small Businesses
Economy
Biden Boosts Pandemic Lending to Smallest of Small Businesses
2021-02-22 18:22:30
by TWN Staff

President Joe Biden is extending federal pandemic assistance to the smallest of the nation's small businesses and taking steps to ensure funds reach minority and woman-owned businesses. The steps announced Monday morning are intended to bring more equity to the... Read More

Economic Challenges Difficult, Not Insurmountable
Economy
Economic Challenges Difficult, Not Insurmountable
2021-02-22 17:54:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — According to experts convened by the political advocacy group The Concord Coalition, the nation’s long standing fiscal, monetary, and economic challenges were made more difficult by the pandemic, but they are not insurmountable.  Leaders from the Congressional Budget... Read More

Big Factor in COVID Votes: Would Dems Sink First Biden Goal?
Congress
Big Factor in COVID Votes: Would Dems Sink First Biden Goal?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders have a potent dynamic on their side as Congress preps for its first votes on the party's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill: Would any Democrat dare cast the vote that scuttles new President Joe Biden's... Read More

Garland to Focus on Civil Rights, Political Independence
Political News
Garland to Focus on Civil Rights, Political Independence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, will appear for his confirmation hearing vowing to prioritize civil rights, combat extremist attacks and ensure the Justice Department remains politically independent.Garland, a federal appeals court judge who... Read More

Biden Stands Firm on Tanden for OMB
Political News
Biden Stands Firm on Tanden for OMB
2021-02-19 23:05:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden told reporters waiting for him at Joint Base Andrews Friday evening he has no intention of withdrawing the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget. A short time... Read More

New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
Geopolitics
New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
2021-02-19 22:51:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In his first press conference as Pentagon chief, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan depends entirely on the Taliban reducing attacks on NATO forces. “Clearly the violence is too high right... Read More

Grassroots Donors Spark $7 Million Mid-Winter Harvest for Democrats
Campaign Finance
Grassroots Donors Spark $7 Million Mid-Winter Harvest for Democrats
2021-02-19 22:26:33
by TWN Staff

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Commitee revealed Friday that it raised $7 million in January due to robust grassroots support, the hard work of House Democrats and the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The DCCC’s January fundraising was anchored by $5.4... Read More

Inslee Taps Feds for $2.2 Billion in Relief Funds
In The States
Inslee Taps Feds for $2.2 Billion in Relief Funds
2021-02-19 22:04:45
by TWN Staff

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday approved the appropriation of $2.2 billion federal funding earmarked to help move the state from COVID-19 pandemic to a lasting recovery. House Bill 1368, which the governor signed Friday afternoon, draws from a pool of... Read More

Your Land? My Land? An Author Ponders the Implications
Books
Your Land? My Land? An Author Ponders the Implications
2021-02-19 19:51:47
by Dan McCue

Simon Winchester has spent a lot of time thinking about land. As a student in his native Great Britain, he read geology at St. Catherine's College and, having become involved in the University Exploration Club, soon found himself a member... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Agenda for COVID Recovery
Political News
NewDEAL Forum Releases Agenda for COVID Recovery
2021-02-19 19:45:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the vital role of state and local government in achieving President Biden’s charge for our country to Build Back Better, the NewDEAL Forum released policy recommendations Thursday for responding to immediate crises and addressing long-term challenges exacerbated... Read More

Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
Military
Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
2021-02-19 15:31:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A report from the Office of the Inspector General recommended that America make safeguarding women's rights in Afghanistan a top priority, describing the fragile nature of gains in equality in the region. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan... Read More

As Momentum Builds, Analysts Discuss Proposals for a Basic Child Allowance
Child Care
As Momentum Builds, Analysts Discuss Proposals for a Basic Child Allowance
2021-02-19 15:21:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — With proposals by both the Biden Administration and Sen. Mitt Romney coming to the table in early 2021, prospects for an American child allowance have their strongest-ever chance of coming to fruition. Both plans create a new child... Read More

Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit
Foreign Affairs
Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will make his first big appearance on the global stage as president on Friday, offering Group of Seven allies and other foreign leaders a glimpse into his plans to dramatically reshape U.S. foreign policy even... Read More

Biden Repudiates Trump on Iran, Ready for Talks on Nuke Deal
Geopolitics
Biden Repudiates Trump on Iran, Ready for Talks on Nuke Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, in a sharp repudiation of former President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" that sought... Read More

Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
Congress
Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
2021-02-18 15:30:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Witnesses at a congressional hearing Wednesday said the African American community should receive reparations for the inequality and bigotry that started with slavery but continues now. They were speaking in support of a recently reintroduced bill that would... Read More

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