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

WASHINGTON - The Democrats dominated the political universe this week, holding what has been widely called a very successful first-of-its-kind... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bob Casey, D-Penn., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school... Read More

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

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

A new state initiative launched last week by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity allows residents to earn... Read More

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

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

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one... Read More

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

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

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia. ... Read More

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

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

A new tool, designed to help U.S. voters navigate the task of voting by mail by streamlining the process of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON – Two members of Congress have penned letters requesting a probe into the Pentagon’s decision to grant a multibillion... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians.... Read More

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

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

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Just a few months ago, Braudilia Mendez had four employees to help care for the toddlers at Curious... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - There's probably never been a month in presidential politics like July 2020. For the better part of it,... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Americans left jobless due to the COVID-19 pandemic could soon gain greater economic peace of mind thanks to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - It has been an eventful summer for Philip Morris International, the company perhaps best known for its Marlboro... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON – Members of the Blue Dog Coalition issued a letter urging congressional leaders to include measures to further protect... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases in all but a handful of U.S. states, school districts across... Read More

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

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

RICHMOND, Va. – Due to the lack of federal workplace guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Gov.... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on... Read More

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

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

Angie Benson, a freelance theatrical musician based in northern Virginia, minced no words about her beliefs during a recent conversation... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The recent passage of the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act provided House Democrats with a... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's re-election campaign announced Monday they've hired an additional 300 staffers... Read More

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

2020-07-13 13:46:42
by Dan McCue
Biden-Bernie Platform Gives Trump Little to Hang Campaign On

WASHINGTON - The policy platform recommendations released by the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden provide little ammunition for... Read More

WASHINGTON - The policy platform recommendations released by the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden provide little ammunition for President Donald Trump to use to right his struggling campaign. Ever since Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president... Read More

2020-07-10 19:50:05
by Dan McCue
The Congressional Appropriations Process Explained

WASHINGTON - When House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer explains the congressional appropriations process, it all sounds so simple. "Funding the... Read More

WASHINGTON - When House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer explains the congressional appropriations process, it all sounds so simple. "Funding the government is the Constitutional responsibility of the Congress," he told The Well News recently, in a statement for this article.... Read More

International Students On Hold In Wake Of Administration’s Deportation Threat

WASHINGTON - International students at universities across the country have been rattled and confused by a new Trump administration rule... Read More

WASHINGTON - International students at universities across the country have been rattled and confused by a new Trump administration rule that threatens to deport them if they are unable to attend in-person classes in the fall.  The U.S. Immigration and... Read More

2020-07-07 23:33:36
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy experts at a congressional hearing Tuesday described the Russian government as increasingly troubled under the rule... Read More

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy experts at a congressional hearing Tuesday described the Russian government as increasingly troubled under the rule of Vladimir Putin and a growing threat to the United States. They said recent reports that the Russian military paid... Read More

2020-06-30 20:54:17
by Dan McCue
The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer

WASHINGTON - Defense policy discussions are attracting most of the attention on Capitol Hill this week as the Senate takes... Read More

WASHINGTON - Defense policy discussions are attracting most of the attention on Capitol Hill this week as the Senate takes up the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill on the floor and the House Armed Service Committee marks up its version.... Read More

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