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2020-11-10 21:06:31
by Dan McCue
America Will Likely Have to Wait for Biden Cabinet Picks

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden wasted no time in assembling the new coronavirus task force he unveiled Monday, but it... Read More

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden wasted no time in assembling the new coronavirus task force he unveiled Monday, but it will likely be early December before the majority of Americans learn who the new president has picked for his cabinet.... Read More

2020-11-05 22:10:36
by Sean Trambley
New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option, a new study shows that it could be significantly more expensive than previously estimated. The study, released by Lanhee J.... Read More

2020-10-27 20:25:00
by Dan McCue
Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would... Read More

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to editors@thewellnews.com. A pair of advertisements, one funded by... Read More

2020-10-27 13:13:56
by Sean Trambley
Corporate Pro Bono Initiatives Deliver Legal Aid to Those Who Need It Most

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card... Read More

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card left in a machine, she faced new barriers to gaining employment and becoming a productive member of society. Candid with... Read More

2020-10-24 15:35:50
by Dan McCue
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility... Read More

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had... Read More

2020-10-23 15:56:23
by Kate Michael
Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National... Read More

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National Association of Counties’ Virtual Policy Summit to explain her current prioritization of developing a critical understanding of virus spread on... Read More

2020-10-16 21:26:08
by Dan McCue
In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community

WASHINGTON - With less than 20 days to go until Election Day 2020, the Biden campaign is engaging in a... Read More

WASHINGTON - With less than 20 days to go until Election Day 2020, the Biden campaign is engaging in a full-throttled effort to reach out to small business owners across the country. The goal is both to enlist them as... Read More

2020-10-16 15:40:54
by Dan McCue
National Native American Veterans Memorial to Open Near Capitol Hill Nov. 11

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol Hill, but come Nov. 11 the site, on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian, will be... Read More

2020-10-15 13:16:09
by Kate Michael
Federal Agencies Using Machine Learning and AI to Tackle Problems

WASHINGTON — Machine learning and artificial intelligence technology are fast-moving, complex technologies businesses and government agencies are increasingly putting to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Machine learning and artificial intelligence technology are fast-moving, complex technologies businesses and government agencies are increasingly putting to use to develop efficiencies of people and processes. Federal IT practitioners, in particular, are seeing the benefits of this technology... Read More

2020-10-13 18:15:38
by Dan McCue
If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House... Read More

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House Historian Matthew Wasniewski and his staff of nine know the next several weeks will be busy indeed. Not only do... Read More

2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the... Read More

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

2020-10-06 21:34:25
by Sara Wilkerson
CATO Institute Releases Biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors

Today the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, released its 15th biennial fiscal policy report card on the... Read More

Today the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, released its 15th biennial fiscal policy report card on the nation’s governors. This year’s CATO report card examines the country’s governors and their state budget actions since 2018.  Prior to... Read More

2020-10-06 21:18:30
by Dan McCue
Tenney Falsely Accuses Brindisi of Lying on Impeachment, Support for Police

This is the first installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you... Read More

This is the first installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to editors@thewellnews.com. In a television and Internet ad... Read More

2020-10-02 19:22:37
by Dan McCue
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Worried About Another Civil War

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52%... Read More

Sixty-one percent of Americans are worried that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War, while 52% say they've already started stockpiling food and other essential in anticipation of social unrest, according to a new national poll.... Read More

2020-10-02 15:24:19
by Dan McCue
Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand... Read More

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand Canyon, Arizona's political landscape is marked by sharp distinctions, shadows and hazardous crevices. As the Oct. 7 start of early... Read More

2020-10-01 19:19:24
by Dan McCue
Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes... Read More

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes College alumni from signing a letter to the school's president opposing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S.... Read More

2020-09-26 14:44:19
by Dan McCue
North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win... Read More

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win re-election even if he just squeaks out a victory in the Tar Heel State, but he might as well pack... Read More

2020-09-24 20:39:54
by Dan McCue
Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing... Read More

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away... Read More

2020-09-24 20:15:19
by Dan McCue
Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published... Read More

2020-09-24 14:11:00
by Tom Ramstack
Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle East will be addressed promptly. A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee was responding to a National Academy of Sciences report this... Read More

2020-09-23 17:43:33
by Reece Nations
Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to Engage in Sept. 23 Forum

MONROE, La. – A live, virtual forum featuring candidates for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23... Read More

MONROE, La. – A live, virtual forum featuring candidates for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. CST. The forum will mark an opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates vying for the... Read More

2020-09-19 17:14:48
by Dan McCue
In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics

WASHINGTON - The hallmark of a true battleground state is that any one of a variety of factors can come... Read More

WASHINGTON - The hallmark of a true battleground state is that any one of a variety of factors can come into play and make a sure bet in the weeks leading up to the vote an “also ran” on election... Read More

2020-09-17 20:24:39
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Director Warns Congress of Evolving Terrorism Threats

WASHINGTON -- The FBI’s director acknowledged Thursday that the risks of terrorism and other attacks against the United States are... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The FBI’s director acknowledged Thursday that the risks of terrorism and other attacks against the United States are evolving so fast that his agency has difficulty managing them. Cyberattackers threaten the next presidential election, COVID-19 vaccine development and... Read More

2020-09-17 14:02:19
by Dan McCue
Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down

WASHINGTON - Tom Wickham is stepping down as parliamentarian of the House of Representatives at the end of the month,... Read More

WASHINGTON - Tom Wickham is stepping down as parliamentarian of the House of Representatives at the end of the month, and will be replaced by Jason Smith, his current deputy parliamentarian. In announcing the change, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,... Read More

2020-09-15 17:52:53
by Dan McCue
Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5 trillion proposal they hope will end... Read More

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5 trillion proposal they hope will end the current stalemate over new relief to bolster the coronavirus battered economy. The Problem Solvers Caucus, led by co-chairs Reps.... Read More

2020-09-14 20:40:32
by Dan McCue
Cities Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Protections

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Mayors and a coalition of leaders from smaller municipalities are urging the U.S. Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Mayors and a coalition of leaders from smaller municipalities are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold protections against discrimination in the delivery of government services. The court is currently scheduled to hear the... Read More

2020-09-12 16:43:24
by Dan McCue
Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential... Read More

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania with less than 60 days remaining before Election Day. Most recent polling in the state gives former... Read More

2020-09-11 18:03:17
by TWN
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for... Read More

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products,... Read More

2020-09-08 23:34:26
by Dan McCue
Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of announcement that makes one stop and wonder if they'd heard it right. While... Read More

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of announcement that makes one stop and wonder if they'd heard it right. While unions have profitably invested in private equity firms as part of their portfolio for years, the general belief about the... Read More

2020-09-04 23:47:00
by Dan McCue
Could Past Be Prologue In Florida Come Election Night?

WASHINGTON - It was the end of a long day and night in Florida’s Martin County. Straggling reporters wandered into... Read More

WASHINGTON - It was the end of a long day and night in Florida’s Martin County. Straggling reporters wandered into the newsroom, filing a few late sentences to be added to the local election coverage. But inside the newspaper's library,... Read More

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