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Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
Mental Health
Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
2020-06-17 15:49:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation filed in the House of Representatives would designate June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and all of June as National PTSI month. The resolution, along with its companion legislation in the Senate, seeks... Read More

Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering
Litigation
Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering
2020-06-15 13:12:13
by Tom Ramstack

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that says “Black Lives Matter” in large letters on a street near the White House. The lawsuit filed by Rich Penkoski... Read More

Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans Poised to Decide Whether to Seek Statehood
2020-06-15 12:37:17
by Dan McCue

Residents of Puerto Rico will be casting a telling vote this November -- one that could decide whether the island -- now a territory of the United States -- will seek statehood or not. While the referendum is non-binding because... Read More

New Tool Developed by RAND Corp. Uses Air Travel Data to Predict COVID-19 Risk
Health
New Tool Developed by RAND Corp. Uses Air Travel Data to Predict COVID-19 Risk
2020-06-12 12:53:11
by Dan McCue

A new tool developed by the RAND Corporation analyzes COVID-19 cases and air travel data to predict the spread of the coronavirus. According to the non-profit think tank, by providing estimates of the number of infected passengers, the tool can... Read More

When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
Technology
When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
2020-06-05 17:49:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If you wanted to have a front row seat to a global viral pandemic, you probably couldn't have been in a better position to do so than Keith Herron was three months ago. The company he'd worked at... Read More

Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
2020 Elections
Appeals Court Rules COVID-19 Fears Not Valid Reason for Voting by Mail in Texas
2020-06-05 14:48:59
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Texans cannot request mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections out of fear that they might contract the coronavirus if they vote in person. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... Read More

New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
2020-06-02 18:50:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new survey has found that 36% of American workers would sue their employers if one of their co-workers contracted COVID-19 upon their return to work, and soon after contracted it themselves. Additionally, the latest "Back-to-Normal Barometer" survey... Read More

Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
Business
Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
2020-06-01 18:23:49
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't exactly a typical Friday night in what could arguably be described as the "foodie district" of Charleston, South Carolina. But it was something of a barometer of how restaurants are fighting to come back from... Read More

Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
Voting
Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
2020-05-26 14:34:21
by Tom Ramstack

A group of Virginia voters is suing their state over a plan for wider use of absentee ballots during the primary election next month as coronavirus restrictions continue. Their lawsuit is one of more than a dozen pending nationwide that... Read More

Groundbreaking Survey Series Asks, 'What Will It Take to Return to Normalcy?'
In The News
Groundbreaking Survey Series Asks, 'What Will It Take to Return to Normalcy?'
2020-05-19 21:09:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Would you be willing to take a cruise right now? How about attending a live sporting event? Or staying in a hotel? Perhaps flying? A new survey of the travel and leisure attitudes of Americans found that more... Read More

Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
Education
Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
2020-05-14 21:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts how difficult it will be to reopen the nation's public schools in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak need only spend a few moments speaking to leaders of the National School Boards Association. Public schools... Read More

National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
Economy
National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
2020-05-13 13:24:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus relief bill introduced in the House on Tuesday that allocates $375 billion for the nation's smaller cities, towns, counties and... Read More

Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
Congress
Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
2020-05-08 15:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is seeking to stem the stunning wave of layoffs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the employee retention tax credit. Roughly 33.5... Read More

Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
Spotlight
Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
2020-05-08 14:12:00
by Dan McCue

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at... Read More

New Poll Shows Bullock Leading Daines In Montana Senate Race
Opinion Polls
New Poll Shows Bullock Leading Daines In Montana Senate Race
2020-05-07 19:42:01
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new poll released on Tuesday by Montana State University puts Democratic Governor Steve Bullock seven points ahead of Republican Senator Steve Daines in the state’s Senate race. In the online poll, which surveyed 738 registered voters, more than 46%... Read More

Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
Innovation
Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
2020-05-06 00:30:15
by Dan McCue

Like a lot of us, Mark Nathan noticed that no matter how successful a business trip had been, he regularly returned home only to fall ill from the bacteria and viruses he encountered on airplanes, in hotel and conference rooms... Read More

Supreme Court's First-Ever Sitting for Arguments By Phone Goes Off Without a Hitch
Supreme Court
Supreme Court's First-Ever Sitting for Arguments By Phone Goes Off Without a Hitch
2020-05-05 15:12:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Somewhere, Alexander Graham Bell must be smiling. Some 144 years after the Scottish-born scientist invented the world's first working telephone, the U.S. Supreme Court made history Monday by hearing oral arguments using his technology and allowing the world... Read More

Advocates Sue North Carolina In Push To Relax Vote-By-Mail Rules
Voting
Advocates Sue North Carolina In Push To Relax Vote-By-Mail Rules
2020-05-05 15:01:43
by Gaspard Le Dem

A group of North Carolina voters backed by a Democratic non-profit group is suing the state in an effort to ease restrictions around mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed by Democracy Docket, a non-profit founded by Marc... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
2020-04-28 12:53:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats endorsed a bipartisan bill on Monday that would establish a commission to assess the nation's readiness to deal with future pandemics. H.R. 6429, the National Commission on COVID-19 Act, was introduced... Read More

Polls Show Collins Could Lose Senate Seat To ‘Pragmatic’ Dem Challenger
Political News
Polls Show Collins Could Lose Senate Seat To ‘Pragmatic’ Dem Challenger
2020-04-21 20:35:56
by Gaspard Le Dem

In 2014, Susan Collins was looking at an easy victory in Maine. The veteran Senator was well-funded, well-liked, and faced little competition in her bid for re-election. Her main challenger, Shenna Bellows, was a young progressive with no name recognition... Read More

Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
Technology
Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
2020-04-20 14:00:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general issued a guidance this week that authorizes the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Prisons and other Justice Department agencies to intercept communications from threatening drones or destroy them without prior consent. The policy... Read More

Kasich, McAuliffe on COVID-19’s Impacts on Campaigns, Elections, and Voter Security
In The News
Kasich, McAuliffe on COVID-19’s Impacts on Campaigns, Elections, and Voter Security
2020-04-17 14:25:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Despite continued uncertainty over how the Coronavirus pandemic will end, its economic impact will surely cast a shadow over the November election, according to a pair of former governors. Govs. John Kasich, a Republican of Ohio, and Terry... Read More

Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
Congress
Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
2020-04-16 20:29:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After weeks of calls for some kind of tech-based system to allow members of Congress to work from their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee proposed a decidedly low-tech alternative --... Read More

President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings
Veterans
President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings
2020-04-15 23:12:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed into law bipartisan legislation that enables veterans to virtually attend Department of Veteran Affairs claims hearings from home. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C, and John Katko, R-N.Y. in October.... Read More

Small Farmers Worry Government Won’t Bail Them Out of Pandemic Woes
Agriculture
Small Farmers Worry Government Won’t Bail Them Out of Pandemic Woes
2020-04-14 21:07:19
by Gaspard Le Dem

When the coronavirus started shutting down livestock markets, Darvin Bentlage knew his farm would take a hit. Springtime cattle sales usually bring in about a third of his ranching income, and cattle prices were already at a low, he said. ... Read More

Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
Think Tanks
Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
2020-04-09 21:01:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats alike concede the road to the White House is paved through America's suburbs, what's less clear is how much they truly understand this rapidly changing portion of the electorate. For decades, the suburbs were... Read More

Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
In The News
Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
2020-04-07 15:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- "We knew it was coming." Those were among the first words uttered by a young emergency room doctor when reached by The Well News earlier this week. The doctor, who had told his hospital he would be speaking... Read More

Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
Law
Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
2020-04-07 15:28:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Free speech advocates are expressing concern that criminal proceedings being held by closed circuit video during the coronavirus pandemic threaten to cut off the people’s right to know what’s happening in federal and state courts. A federal judiciary... Read More

Ratings Agency Says Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders Face 'Intense' Liquidity Crunch
Economy
Ratings Agency Says Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders Face 'Intense' Liquidity Crunch
2020-04-03 16:44:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The rating agency Moody's downgraded its outlook for non-bank mortgage lenders in the U.S. from "stable" to "negative" on Thursday, warning the industry faces "intense" liquidity problems due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. As previously reported in The... Read More

Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
In The News
Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
2020-04-03 13:36:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "Surreal" is the first word Shaun Thompson uses to describe what's happened to his business since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. just over a month ago. Tele-Town Hall was founded in 2006 with a single... Read More

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