Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
State News
Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
2021-01-20 17:18:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent to Virginia educators and public health officials. The move comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control published a... Read More

EXPLAINER: What is WHO Team in Wuhan Looking For
Health
EXPLAINER: What is WHO Team in Wuhan Looking For

WUHAN, China (AP) — The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit has been shrouded in secrecy, with... Read More

Fury at the Shaken Capitol Over the Attack, Security, Virus
Congress
Fury at the Shaken Capitol Over the Attack, Security, Virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time the fury enveloping the U.S. Capitol comes not from an insurgent mob but from within. The anger on display is searing — Democrat against Republican; Republican against Republican; legislators of both parties against the catastrophic... Read More

Possible Virus Exposure for Lawmakers Sheltering During Riot
Congress
Possible Virus Exposure for Lawmakers Sheltering During Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 while they sheltered at an undisclosed location during the Capitol siege by a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump. The Capitol's attending physician notified... Read More

Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
State News
Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
2021-01-08 21:39:34
by Sara Wilkerson

As the first week of the new year comes to an end, the vaccine distribution system across the country continues to face numerous challenges in producing an effective rollout as the public remains confused on who is supposed to get... Read More

Fauci: US Could Soon Give 1 Million Vaccinations a Day
Health
Fauci: US Could Soon Give 1 Million Vaccinations a Day

The U.S. could soon be giving at least a million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges. The slow pace... Read More

Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection
State News
Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some... Read More

House Legislation Provides Rental Assistance to Families in Response to Recessions and Natural Disasters
Economy
House Legislation Provides Rental Assistance to Families in Response to Recessions and Natural Disasters
2021-01-04 14:34:21
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced the Crisis Housing Act establishing a new automatic housing assistance program to provide emergency rental assistance vouchers to households during natural disasters or economic recessions.  “When responding to an unforeseen disaster... Read More

Congress Opens New Session as Virus, Biden's Win Dominate
Congress
Congress Opens New Session as Virus, Biden's Win Dominate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress convened Sunday for the start of a new session, swearing in lawmakers during a tumultuous period as a growing number of Republicans work to overturn Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump and the coronavirus surges. Democrat Nancy Pelosi was reelected as... Read More

Details Announced for First Session of 117th Congress
Congress
Details Announced for First Session of 117th Congress
2020-12-30 14:46:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The 117th Congress will convene at noon on Sunday for an opening session unlike any other thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Following a Quorum Call, the House will begin the election of Speaker of the House, with... Read More

Lincoln Project’s Ads in Palm Beach County Aimed at Vacationing, TV-watching Trump
Political News
Lincoln Project’s Ads in Palm Beach County Aimed at Vacationing, TV-watching Trump

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Lincoln Project, which spent much of the year trolling President Donald Trump with TV ads aimed directly at him, is deploying the tactic in South Florida. Starting Wednesday, if Trump turns on the TV at... Read More

Inaugural Luncheon Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Political News
Inaugural Luncheon Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
2020-12-29 20:47:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The more-than-century-old tradition of feting the new president with a post-inauguration luncheon is the latest casualty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which has hosted the lunch, with limited exception, since 1953,... Read More

US Airport Travelers Set COVID Pandemic High After Christmas Despite Surging Cases
Travel
US Airport Travelers Set COVID Pandemic High After Christmas Despite Surging Cases

The number of air travelers in the United States soared to a pandemic high on Sunday despite the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases. A whopping 1,284,599 travelers were recorded at checkpoints by the Travel Security Administration on Sunday, marking the... Read More

DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
Cities
DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
2020-12-23 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia will ban indoor dining as of Wednesday night and is tightening other restrictions to tamp down on a surge of coronavirus cases. According to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the tightened measures are needed due... Read More

Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
Health
Congress Investigates Cruises as Coronavirus Super Spreaders
2020-12-21 17:05:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee is pressuring the Centers for Disease Control to deliver more information on the role of cruise ships in spreading coronavirus. Cruise operators like Carnival Corp. are accused of marketing their tourist ships as being safe... Read More

Birx Travels, Family Visits Highlight Pandemic Safety Perils
Health
Birx Travels, Family Visits Highlight Pandemic Safety Perils

WASHINGTON (AP) — As COVID-19 cases skyrocketed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, warned Americans to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.” For many Americans that guidance has been... Read More

US Airport Traffic Rising Despite Holiday Travel Warnings
Travel
US Airport Traffic Rising Despite Holiday Travel Warnings

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored, despite an... Read More

UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears
Foreign Affairs
UK Holds Crisis Talks as France Closes Border on Virus Fears

LONDON (AP) — Trucks waiting to get in and out of Britain backed up for miles and people were stranded at airports Monday as many countries imposed stringent travel restrictions over concerns about a new strain of the coronavirus that... Read More

Congress Tries to Keep Live Entertainment Alive
Entertainment
Congress Tries to Keep Live Entertainment Alive
2020-12-18 22:19:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress is trying to make sure the lights don’t go dark on Broadway any longer than necessary as the coronavirus pandemic devastates the live entertainment industry. Since quarantine shut down much of the industry last March, actors, singers,... Read More

Visit By COVID-Infected Official Shutters Washington Monument
National Parks
Visit By COVID-Infected Official Shutters Washington Monument
2020-12-18 18:20:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The interior of the Washington Monument will be temporarily closed to visitors over exposure concerns from an earlier visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the coronavirus. The National Park Service initially said... Read More

Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
Health
Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
2020-12-18 15:58:45
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, introduced legislation in the House to authorize a public advocacy campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccine participation and provide science-backed information to the public. Joined by Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Roger Marshall, R-Kan.,... Read More

Man-Made Chemicals Could Affect Your COVID Response, Vaccine Results
Health
Man-Made Chemicals Could Affect Your COVID Response, Vaccine Results
2020-12-18 15:53:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals known to have a toxic effect on the immune system. PFAS like PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and others are manufactured and used in a variety of industries worldwide, including products for... Read More

Winter Travel Raises More Fears of Viral Spread
Travel
Winter Travel Raises More Fears of Viral Spread

Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in COVID-19 cases. In the U.S., AAA predicts that... Read More

Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General Get COVID-19 Vaccines
Health
Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General Get COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. He celebrated the shot as “a medical miracle” that could eventually contain the raging coronavirus... Read More

Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
National Security
Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
2020-12-17 18:28:13
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In the fourth session of their ongoing virtual national security briefing series entitled “National Security in the Shadow of COVID-19,” Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and John Katko, R-N.Y., hosted retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to discuss how the... Read More

Biden Inaugural Committee Urges Americans to Stay Home on Big Day
Inauguration
Biden Inaugural Committee Urges Americans to Stay Home on Big Day
2020-12-15 20:18:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee on Tuesday offered a first glimpse at detailed plans for a scaled down inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Its main advice to Americans who want to be... Read More

New Bill Seeks to Make Bankruptcy Easier For Consumers Hit by Pandemic Recession
Congress
New Bill Seeks to Make Bankruptcy Easier For Consumers Hit by Pandemic Recession
2020-12-14 14:55:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democratic members of Congress are trying to throw a lifeline to families and individuals teetering toward financial disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new bill designed to make claiming bankruptcy easier. The Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act introduced... Read More

Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days
Health
Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days

President Donald Trump and other top U.S. officials will be offered the newly approved coronavirus vaccine within days as part of a plan to ensure continuity in government amid the pandemic, people familiar with the effort said. The vaccinations will... Read More

Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message
State News
Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message

LOS ANGELES — With the coronavirus running rampant in Los Angeles and hospitals projected to overflow by Christmas, officials have fallen back on a familiar refrain: Stay home. "My message couldn't be simpler: It's time to hunker down. It's time to cancel everything," Los... Read More

Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
Employment
Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
2020-12-08 16:59:54
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — This week, the American Worker Holiday Relief Act was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. “With the economy backsliding as COVID-19... Read More

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