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Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
Political News
Lincoln Project Unveils Veteran Coalition Opposing Trump's Re-Election
2020-09-01 17:16:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Lincoln Project, a group of prominent Republicans working to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump and members of Congress who support him, unveiled a coalition of veterans, members of the military and individuals from the national... Read More

Biden’s Hint on Supreme Court Nominee Sets Off Speculation on Prospective Candidates
2020 Elections
Biden’s Hint on Supreme Court Nominee Sets Off Speculation on Prospective Candidates
2020-09-01 16:18:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent statement during a press conference that he would nominate an African American woman to the Supreme Court if he is elected is narrowing the list to three likely nominees. Although he declined... Read More

Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
Health
Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
2020-08-31 16:03:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played out against the backdrop of a global viral pandemic -- a heated debate continues to rage. Since the election of... Read More

Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
2020 Elections
Think Tank Sees Keeping Economy Tied to COVID-19 Key to Defeating Trump in November
2020-08-28 19:57:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Though former Vice President Joe Biden continues to ride high in polls after two weeks of political conventions, the key to defeating President Donald Trump in November will be in the focus on how a booming U.S. economy... Read More

More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
Political News
More Than Two Dozen Republicans Break From Party, Endorse Joe Biden
2020-08-25 19:02:04
by Reece Nations

Coinciding with the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Joe Biden for President campaign announced the launch of “Republicans for Biden,” an initiative aimed at courting conservative voters away from incumbent President Donald Trump. Among the 27 prominent... Read More

The Republican National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Republican National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020-08-21 18:59:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democrats dominated the political universe this week, holding what has been widely called a very successful first-of-its-kind virtual national convention, and sending its ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris,... Read More

Senate Committee on Aging Reports on Financial Challenges Women Face
Aging
Senate Committee on Aging Reports on Financial Challenges Women Face
2020-08-20 15:35:05
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bob Casey, D-Penn., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Special Committee on Aging, released a report last week examining the challenges older women face preparing financially for retirement.  During... Read More

Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
Education
Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
2020-08-19 15:30:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school environments or transition to online classrooms while maintaining rigorous curriculums. Everyone is striving to keep students’ minds sharp and bodies... Read More

New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
Education
New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
2020-08-18 22:24:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new state initiative launched last week by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity allows residents to earn college credits at state institutions at no cost, and without needing to take coursework. Through a partnership with two educational... Read More

The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020-08-13 20:07:49
by Gaspard Le Dem

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual all-day programming, speeches will be packed into two-hour televised segments across four nights, from Monday, August 17, to Thursday, August... Read More

Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
Voting
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
2020-08-13 19:36:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump... Read More

Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
Education
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

New Website Aims To Help Voters Navigate Vote-By-Mail Process
Voting
New Website Aims To Help Voters Navigate Vote-By-Mail Process
2020-08-11 22:08:06
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new tool, designed to help U.S. voters navigate the task of voting by mail by streamlining the process of applying for an absentee ballot, is now available. The free tool, which can be accessed at VoteByMail.io, first asks users... Read More

Members Request Investigation of Multibillion Dollar Pentagon Contract
Congress
Members Request Investigation of Multibillion Dollar Pentagon Contract
2020-08-05 21:24:13
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Two members of Congress have penned letters requesting a probe into the Pentagon’s decision to grant a multibillion dollar moving contract to American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. The three-year, $7.2 billion contract would privately outsource the management... Read More

Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
Technology
Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
2020-08-04 20:24:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband cable access into underserved rural communities. The Governors' Broadband Development Fund bill was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and... Read More

Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
Education
Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
2020-08-03 21:02:49
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension of various waivers that allow low-income students access through the upcoming school year to school-provided meals. One-in-seven children... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
In The News
Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
2020-07-28 21:57:19
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America.... Read More

Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
Congress
Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
2020-07-28 20:31:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Just a few months ago, Braudilia Mendez had four employees to help care for the toddlers at Curious Mind, a bilingual child care center in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. But when the pandemic struck, Mendez was forced to... Read More

Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
Mental Health
Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
2020-07-28 20:26:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's probably never been a month in presidential politics like July 2020. For the better part of it, the current occupant of the White House, President Donald Trump, has sought to display his mental fitness on television, by... Read More

Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
Congress
Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
2020-07-27 19:37:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Americans left jobless due to the COVID-19 pandemic could soon gain greater economic peace of mind thanks to a bill introduced Monday by Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash. The Worker Relief and Security Act ties... Read More

At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
Innovation
At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
2020-07-24 17:26:29
by TWN

WASHINGTON - It has been an eventful summer for Philip Morris International, the company perhaps best known for its Marlboro and Chesterfield cigarette brands. First, Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos declared in the company’s recently released integrated report that he... Read More

McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
Congress
McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
2020-07-21 17:43:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to be in the Republican-controlled Senate's next coronavirus relief proposal. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, McConnell said the GOP... Read More

Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
2020-07-17 14:32:21
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Members of the Blue Dog Coalition issued a letter urging congressional leaders to include measures to further protect taxpayer dollars in the next round of pandemic response funding.  The coalition, founded on fiscal responsibility and centrist-ideals, highlighted the... Read More

School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
Health
School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
2020-07-16 20:43:52
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases in all but a handful of U.S. states, school districts across the country are pushing ahead with plans to resume in-person classes this fall. With the pandemic continuing, minimizing the risk... Read More

Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
State News
Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
2020-07-16 15:35:03
by Reece Nations

RICHMOND, Va. – Due to the lack of federal workplace guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday emergency occupational safety standards to be implemented statewide. The rules, instituted via an executive order, mandate... Read More

Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
Congress
Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
2020-07-15 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Bloom research, prevention, response, and mitigation to aid in the fight against harmful outbreaks of red tide and... Read More

Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
Arts
Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
2020-07-14 19:30:50
by Sara Wilkerson

Angie Benson, a freelance theatrical musician based in northern Virginia, minced no words about her beliefs during a recent conversation with The Well News. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, “the arts are essential,” she said.  “Now more than ever,” she added.... Read More

House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
Congress
House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
2020-07-14 19:24:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The recent passage of the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act provided House Democrats with a high profile opportunity to draw distinctions between how they and their Republican colleagues differ on the health care law. It... Read More

Trump Campaign Hires 300 'Field Staffers' to Address Surging Biden
Campaigns
Trump Campaign Hires 300 'Field Staffers' to Address Surging Biden
2020-07-13 19:31:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's re-election campaign announced Monday they've hired an additional 300 staffers to help get out the vote in 20 target states. The new hires bring the field operation of Trump Victory,... Read More

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