Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
Research
Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
State News
Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
2020-10-29 21:02:40
by Sara Wilkerson

TOPEKA, Kan. --Today, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in collaboration with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is making visible personal protective equipment available to deaf and hard... Read More

Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Military
Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Tests Positive for Coronavirus
2020-10-29 21:00:21
by Reece Nations

Gen. David Thompson, the United States Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations, tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Department of the Air Force said in an email.  Thompson was tested Oct. 28 after learning that “a close family member,... Read More

Trump Struggles as COVID-19 Spikes in Midwest States
2020 Elections
Trump Struggles as COVID-19 Spikes in Midwest States

WASHINGTON — An alarming new surge of coronavirus infections drowned out President Donald Trump's false claims that the health crisis was "ending," imperiling his reelection chances as hospitals struggled Wednesday with a rising COVID-19 caseload in key battleground states. Officials recorded more than... Read More

Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder
Environment
Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador — Just south of the Galapagos' Marchena Island, there's a dive spot known by locals as the "fish arena." There, within the choppy, cool waters of the Pacific, thousands of colorful fish swim in schools, lobsters poke their long antennae... Read More

Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound
Business
Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound

The resurgent Covid-19 pandemic is pushing back the recovery in air travel, turning winter into a survival test for carriers now pinning hopes on a spring rebound. Airlines are urging governments to introduce more testing and travel bubbles to help... Read More

With Just Days to Go, Trump Faces Two Adversaries: Joe Biden and the Pandemic
2020 Elections
With Just Days to Go, Trump Faces Two Adversaries: Joe Biden and the Pandemic

WASHINGTON — With Election Day just nine days away, President Donald Trump fought an uphill battle Sunday against two adversaries: Joe Biden and the pandemic. Trump's repeated claim that the country had turned the corner on the coronavirus was undercut by news that members of Vice President Mike... Read More

US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says
Health
US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said during an interview with CNN on Sunday that the United States is "not going to control the pandemic." When asked why by CNN's Jake Tapper, Meadows responded: "Because it is a contagious virus." Meadows said the country is "making efforts to... Read More

Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement
Business
Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement

Hundreds of people won't be taking to the skies with Delta Air Lines after refusing to follow the airline's mask policy. The company said in a memo to its staff that numerous passengers have been placed on the no-fly list since it... Read More

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

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

FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir as Coronavirus Treatment
Health
FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir as Coronavirus Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially approved remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus, drug manufacturer Gilead Sciences announced Thursday. The Ebola drug was already being used to treat patients under an emergency-use authorization issued in May, but the latest FDA action makes... Read More

Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
State News
Supreme Court Pumps Brakes on Curbside Voting in Alabama
2020-10-22 18:57:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court put the brakes on a lower court order that would have allowed curbside voting in Alabama in November. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law... Read More

US Discord Deepens Over Vaccines, Immunity as Coronavirus Rebounds
Health
US Discord Deepens Over Vaccines, Immunity as Coronavirus Rebounds

Public skepticism about coronavirus vaccines and enthusiasm on the right for so-called herd immunity are colliding as the U.S. outbreak is worsening, developments that could dash hopes for containing COVID-19 in the months ahead. Herd immunity aims instead to expose more people... Read More

New Survey Predicts Dismal Outlook for Mom and Pop Shops for the Holidays
Economy
New Survey Predicts Dismal Outlook for Mom and Pop Shops for the Holidays
2020-10-20 19:38:07
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey released from Alignable, the country’s largest online referral network for small businesses, shows 45% of consumers shifted from shopping at local businesses to purchasing goods from national, online retailers when they were most concerned about COVID. The... Read More

CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains
Health
CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a "strong recommendation" for mask-wearing by both passengers and operators on planes, trains, buses and taxis to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Masks should cover a person's nose and... Read More

Trump Targets Fauci Instead of COVID-19 as Cases and Deaths Rise
Political News
Trump Targets Fauci Instead of COVID-19 as Cases and Deaths Rise

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump reignited his feud with the nation's top infectious disease expert Monday as U.S. deaths from COVID-19 topped 220,000 and coronavirus hospitalizations rose across the country, raising fears of a deadly third wave of infections as winter approaches. In a call... Read More

In Election's Homestretch, Coronavirus Surge Underscores the Parties' Contrasts
2020 Elections
In Election's Homestretch, Coronavirus Surge Underscores the Parties' Contrasts

WASHINGTON -- In the homestretch of the presidential campaign, with the U.S. coronavirus caseload trending ominously upward, the rival campaigns of President Donald Trump and Joe Biden more than ever are providing a clash of contrasts on how to contain COVID-19 and tend to the virus-battered economy.... Read More

Fed's Bostic Cautions That US Economic Recovery is Very Uneven
Economy
Fed's Bostic Cautions That US Economic Recovery is Very Uneven

Some parts of the U.S. economy are coming back strongly while others are still struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic. "In some segments the economy is recovering and rebounding in a very robust way," Bostic said... Read More

Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
Mental Health
Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
2020-10-16 19:28:26
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to addressing the growing crisis of childhood trauma. The announcement... Read More

Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
Veterans
Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
2020-10-16 14:03:28
by Reece Nations

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, D-Pa., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., brought forth a bill that would ensure disabled veterans can fully utilize their benefits following disruptions in veterans’ health care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back... Read More

What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says
Health
What Happens With COVID-19 'Is in the Hands of the American Public,' CDC Director Says

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As families ready to gather next month for Thanksgiving, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed worry in South Carolina on Thursday about home gatherings further exacerbating the country's COVID-19 caseloads, stressing that people should still social distance,... Read More

Harris Suspends Travel After Campaign Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19
2020 Elections
Harris Suspends Travel After Campaign Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19
2020-10-15 19:19:56
by Dan McCue

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, has suspended in-person events through Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus. Though Harris herself has tested negative for the virus in recent days, a flight... Read More

Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020 Elections
Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020-10-13 20:42:33
by Dan McCue

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 [email protected] A television ad the Trump reelection campaign... Read More

US Recovery Doesn’t Depend on a Stimulus Deal, Kudlow Says
Economy
US Recovery Doesn’t Depend on a Stimulus Deal, Kudlow Says

A fiscal stimulus deal isn’t essential to the U.S. recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, though the Trump administration and Congressional Democrats will keep talking, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said. “Well no, I don’t think it’s dead at all,”... Read More

New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
State News
New York State Comptroller Calls for Federal Support of NYC’s Restaurant Industry
2020-10-09 19:33:38
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has released a report indicating employment in New York City’s restaurant industry fell from 317,800 jobs to only 91,000 jobs after pandemic-related restrictions were imposed on businesses. While the industry... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People
Health
CDC Expands COVID Risk Warning to Include Overweight People

NEW YORK — The link between extra pounds and severe COVID-19 grew stronger as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people who are merely overweight, not just the obese, may be at high risk of serious... Read More

Now a COVID-19 Hot Spot, White House Struggles to Work
White House
Now a COVID-19 Hot Spot, White House Struggles to Work

WASHINGTON — In a tableau befitting a surreal election season, there may be more raccoons around the White House than actual staff now — and a president with COVID-19 who insisted on marching around the building Wednesday rather than stay... Read More

WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
Media
WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
2020-10-08 14:20:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents’ Association on Wednesday "strongly" encouraged journalists to "avoid working from the White House grounds entirely" if at all possible. The notice, circulated among the association's members and posted on its website, came after BuzzFeed... Read More

Vice Presidential Debate Features Fiery Exchanges But Civil Behavior
2020 Elections
Vice Presidential Debate Features Fiery Exchanges But Civil Behavior

SALT LAKE CITY — Vice President Mike Pence struggled to get the Trump campaign back on track Wednesday in a heated but disciplined debate with Sen. Kamala Harris that contrasted sharply with the chaotic clash last week between the presidential... Read More

House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure
Pentagon
House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. spy chief expressed concerns about U.S. national security Tuesday after news broke that most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after coming in contact... Read More

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