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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

2020-06-23 18:48:31
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan effort to expand the employee retention tax credit has gained a significant endorsement from a coalition... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan effort to expand the employee retention tax credit has gained a significant endorsement from a coalition representing 130 small businesses and key industry organizations.  The bill, entitled the “Jumpstarting Our 5 Businesses’ Success Credit Act”, or... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - New legislation filed in the House of Representatives would designate June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness... Read More

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

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

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that... Read More

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

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

Residents of Puerto Rico will be casting a telling vote this November -- one that could decide whether the island... Read More

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

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

A new tool developed by the RAND Corporation analyzes COVID-19 cases and air travel data to predict the spread of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - If you wanted to have a front row seat to a global viral pandemic, you probably couldn't have... Read More

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

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

A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday that Texans cannot request mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections out... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A new survey has found that 36% of American workers would sue their employers if one of their... Read More

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

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

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't exactly a typical Friday night in what could arguably be described as the "foodie district"... Read More

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

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

A group of Virginia voters is suing their state over a plan for wider use of absentee ballots during the... Read More

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

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