Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine
Health
Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine

The White House and many Americans have pinned their hopes for defeating the COVID-19 pandemic on a vaccine being developed at "warp speed." But some scientific experts warn they're all expecting too much, too soon. "Everyone thinks COVID-19 will go away with... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests
Congress
Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days. While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues
Economy
Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed doubts Wednesday about a COVID-19 aid package becoming law before the Nov. 3 elections. After a morning phone call with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mnuchin said the myriad disputes over funding and policy questions... Read More

Trump Presses Barr to Target Political Enemies While Justice Department Stays Mute
Political News
Trump Presses Barr to Target Political Enemies While Justice Department Stays Mute

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at U.S. Attorney General William Barr for not doing more to prosecute his political enemies, including arresting Obama-era officials who the president accuses — without evidence — of illegally spying on his 2016... 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

FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance
Health
FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration issued long-awaited guidance Tuesday on the data it expects from drug companies seeking emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting White House pressure for lower standards intended to push out vaccines quickly. The 18-page... Read More

Trump Returns to White House, Doctors Say He ‘May Not Entirely Be Out of the Woods’
White House
Trump Returns to White House, Doctors Say He ‘May Not Entirely Be Out of the Woods’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House on Monday night, three days after he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and hours after his doctors warned that they won’t... Read More

Trump Stages Drive-By for Supporters After Doctors Disclose More Serious Symptoms
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Trump Stages Drive-By for Supporters After Doctors Disclose More Serious Symptoms

WASHINGTON — President Trump, hospitalized with COVID-19, received supplemental oxygen on Saturday — a previously undisclosed episode — and is being treated with a powerful steroid amid indications that his lungs may have suffered some damage, the White House physician... Read More

Trump Aides Ask Conservatives for Trust on Supreme Court
White House
Trump Aides Ask Conservatives for Trust on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top aides reached out to prominent conservatives over the weekend to discuss potential strategies for the upcoming battle over a vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, asking... Read More

Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence
2016 U.S. Election
Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence

WASHINGTON — Trump administration appointees suppressed intelligence on Russian election interference and the threat from white supremacists, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by the Department of Homeland Security’s former intelligence chief. The complaint by Brian Murphy alleges interference from... Read More

White House Poised to Set Boundaries of WeChat, TikTok Crackdown
Technology
White House Poised to Set Boundaries of WeChat, TikTok Crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is debating the scope and effective date of its bans on Chinese social media apps WeChat and TikTok and will make its decisions public later this month, according to people familiar with the matter. The... Read More

Six Takeaways From The Republican National Convention
2020 Elections
Six Takeaways From The Republican National Convention

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unleashed a harsh series of attacks against Joe Biden Thursday night, casting his Democratic opponent as “the destroyer of American greatness” and framing the November election as a bitterly divisive clash between two irreconcilable slices... Read More

Trump, Turning White House lnto Convention Venue, Defends Record, Paints Biden as ‘Weak,’ Extreme
2020 Elections
Trump, Turning White House lnto Convention Venue, Defends Record, Paints Biden as ‘Weak,’ Extreme

WASHINGTON — With the White House transformed into campaign venue, President Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for a second term Thursday night, describing his own record as exemplary and painting rival Joe Biden as a weak-minded liberal who would... Read More

‘Keep Plants Out of Politics’: Gardening Historian Says of Rose Garden Renovation
Political News
‘Keep Plants Out of Politics’: Gardening Historian Says of Rose Garden Renovation

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a Rose Garden by any other design might not, it seems. In late July, first lady Melania Trump announced that she would renovate the 125-foot by 60-foot plot behind... Read More

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

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

McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck
Political News
McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’d support whatever agreement the Trump administration and congressional Democrats reach on a coronavirus relief package, even if he has “some problems with certain parts of it.” The Kentucky Republican, who... Read More

'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill
Congress
'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple... Read More

White House and Congress Still Far From Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Bill
Political News
White House and Congress Still Far From Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — As millions of Americans drifted toward financial crisis, the two parties remained deadlocked after weekend talks on another round of economic relief intended to ease the burden of job losses from the worsening coronavirus outbreak. Administration officials and... Read More

As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill
Economy
As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill

WASHINGTON — With a $600-a-week unemployment benefit expiring this week, senior White House aides continued to suggest Sunday that a jobless benefit that was too generous would discourage people from going back to work. The officials said a short-term stopgap... Read More

GOP Stimulus Plan Bogged Down Despite Agreement with White House
Economy
GOP Stimulus Plan Bogged Down Despite Agreement with White House

WASHINGTON — Lingering differences among Senate Republicans and the White House stalled the rollout of their proposal for another pandemic relief package, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the $1 trillion GOP plan won’t be ready until Monday. Lawmakers had... Read More

Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package
Political News
Senate Republicans, White House Near Agreement on Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and the Trump administration expect to unveil their COVID-19 relief plan Thursday after reaching agreement on key pieces late Wednesday. That package will no longer be one bill but a series of bills addressing the ongoing... Read More

US Starts One-Year Clock to Quit World Health Organization
In The News
US Starts One-Year Clock to Quit World Health Organization

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sent a letter giving the United Nations a one-year notice for the U.S. to quit the World Health Organization, formalizing President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the agency even as the coronavirus rages out of... Read More

White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic
Economy
White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A proposal to boost tourism by providing tax breaks for Americans who travel inside the United States is being “actively” considered by the White House for inclusion in the next coronavirus stimulus package. Three White House officials told... Read More

White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
In The News
White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
2020-05-11 21:54:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday told all employees working in the White House that they will now be required to wear masks whenever they are in the West Wing. The internal memo, which was distributed to staff members... Read More

White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive
In The News
White House Rejects CDC Reopening Guidance as Too Prescriptive

WASHINGTON — The White House blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from issuing specific guidance for U.S. day cares, restaurants, churches, theaters and other businesses to reopen from the coronavirus outbreak out of concern the recommendations were too... Read More

Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening
State News
Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states did not meet a... Read More

White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests
Health
White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is using coronavirus testing data from a volunteer tracking project led by journalists, according to a strategy document released by the White House, as one key government health agency significantly lags in counting how many... Read More

Governors Call Out White House on Dearth of Coronavirus Testing
Health
Governors Call Out White House on Dearth of Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to tout the nation’s coronavirus testing capacity, several governors took to the airwaves to vehemently challenge his assessment and to complain that the federal government had been laggardly in providing support... Read More

White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses
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White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and congressional Democrats expressed optimism Sunday that more than $450 billion in loans and aid to Americans most affected by the coronavirus outbreak will be enacted this week, providing a measure of financial help as... Read More

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