This Week

Florida Quietly Changed Driver’s License Requirements for Immigrants
Immigration
Florida Quietly Changed Driver’s License Requirements for Immigrants

MIAMI — Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have been able to drive legally in Florida may be unable to get driver’s licenses again, after the state quietly changed its identification requirements for obtaining licenses. In May the Florida... Read More

A Cartel War Has Transformed Once-tranquil Guanajuato Into One of Mexico’s Deadliest States
Mexico
A Cartel War Has Transformed Once-tranquil Guanajuato Into One of Mexico’s Deadliest States

IRAPUATO, Mexico — Word spread quickly here after gunfire erupted at a neighborhood drug rehab center. Natalia Acosta Medina bolted from her patio, sprinted through the muddy streets and climbed the stairs of the two-story facility. More than two dozen... Read More

As Sports Teams Struggle, So Do Their Hometowns
Sports
As Sports Teams Struggle, So Do Their Hometowns

J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, known for its signature Irish nachos, sits less than a mile from the home stadiums of the Dallas Cowboys football team and the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington, Texas. For years, fans have converged... Read More

A Farmer, ‘Little Ghosts’ and 18,000 Tobacco Plants: How COVID-19 Upended Farming in South Korea
South Korea
A Farmer, ‘Little Ghosts’ and 18,000 Tobacco Plants: How COVID-19 Upended Farming in South Korea

NORTH JEOLLA PROVINCE, South Korea — It wasn’t yet 9 a.m., but Promdeth Phonsrikaew stood sweat-soaked in the field. He was in his third hour of picking tobacco, beginning shortly after dawn at the foot of a mountain in a... Read More

Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction
Police
Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction

WASHINGTON — As legislators across the United States propose policing changes, one issue has been a sticking point: bans on police using tear gas against protesters. Dozens of law enforcement agencies have used forms of tear gas on protesters marching... Read More

Trump Campaign Requests Fourth Presidential Debate, Earlier Timeline
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Requests Fourth Presidential Debate, Earlier Timeline
2020-08-06 18:08:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's campaign requested a fourth presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden be added in early September, arguing that a number of states will already have begun sending mail-in ballots to voters before the first... Read More

Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
Prescription Drugs
Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
2020-08-06 17:45:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring the federal government to buy "essential" drugs from U.S. companies, a White House trade advisor said. “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is that we... Read More

2020 Hutchins Forum Hosts Discussion on America’s Racial Reckoning
In The News
2020 Hutchins Forum Hosts Discussion on America’s Racial Reckoning
2020-08-06 13:53:21
by Gracie Kreth

Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and PBS NewsHour co-hosted a discussion Wednesday afternoon about the coronavirus pandemic and the racial reckoning occurring in America and the impact these two simultaneous events will have on the upcoming... Read More

Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights
State News
Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday granting convicted felons the right to vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to... Read More

Legendary Journalist and Writer Pete Hamill Dead at 85
Media
Legendary Journalist and Writer Pete Hamill Dead at 85

NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the Brooklyn-born bard of the five boroughs and eloquent voice of his beloved hometown as both newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died Wednesday morning. He was 85. Hamill fell on Saturday, fracturing his right hip,... Read More

In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress
State News
In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress

WASHINGTON — About 150 local Republican officials in Northeast Texas will gather Saturday to select the likely replacement in Congress for Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe in an election closed to the public. The voters, made up of GOP... Read More

Public Colleges Face Gut Punch from States’ COVID-19 Deficits
Education
Public Colleges Face Gut Punch from States’ COVID-19 Deficits

America’s public colleges and universities are facing one of their toughest financial challenges ever as the economic collapse hammers state tax collections and tens of thousands of students opt to wait out the pandemic or study online. With the recession... Read More

Trump Says He May Accept the Nomination from the White House
Political News
Trump Says He May Accept the Nomination from the White House

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s considering accepting the GOP nomination at the White House because it would be the “easiest … and by far the least expensive.” Trump also said the media would be allowed... Read More

Trump Slams Absentee Voting and Claims Coronavirus ‘Will Go Away’
Political News
Trump Slams Absentee Voting and Claims Coronavirus ‘Will Go Away’

President Donald Trump slammed voting by mail as a “disaster” Wednesday just a day after urging his supporters to do just that in Florida. Hours after admitting that absentee voting and vote by mail are the same thing, the president... Read More

Biden’s Campaign Plans $280 Million Ad Blitz in the Fall
2020 Elections
Biden’s Campaign Plans $280 Million Ad Blitz in the Fall

WASHINGTON — Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s presidential campaign will buy $280 million in advertising time in the fall, almost twice as much as the $151 million President Donald Trump has slated so far for the final three months before Election... Read More

Absentee Ballot Versus Vote-By-Mail? A Guide to Election Terms
Elections
Absentee Ballot Versus Vote-By-Mail? A Guide to Election Terms

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump frequently says there’s a difference between absentee voting, which he once called “good” in a tweet, and mail-in voting, which he has called “inaccurate and fraudulent.” But the people who run elections don’t make that... Read More

Voter Lawsuit Aims to Block Mask Mandate at Minnesota Polling Places
Litigation
Voter Lawsuit Aims to Block Mask Mandate at Minnesota Polling Places

MINNEAPOLIS — A group of voters backed by Republican legislators sued Gov. Tim Walz and other state and local officials Tuesday in federal court, aiming to block a face mask requirement at polling places. Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance... Read More

Former Justice Dept. Official Criticizes Dismissed Charges Against Flynn
Law
Former Justice Dept. Official Criticizes Dismissed Charges Against Flynn
2020-08-06 13:16:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates renewed suspicions of favoritism in Senate testimony Wednesday about the dropped charges against the Trump administration’s first national security advisor.  She called the dismissal of charges against Michael Flynn for allegedly... Read More

Digital Theater Initiative Raises Over $100K for Child Hunger Fund
Arts
Digital Theater Initiative Raises Over $100K for Child Hunger Fund
2020-08-06 13:13:40
by Sara Wilkerson

The Homebound Project, a digital theater initiative created by a volunteer coalition of theater directors, producers, stage and screen actors, has raised over $100 thousand in its efforts to provide funds for No Kid Hungry, a national organization driven to... Read More

Hogan Passes Gavel to Cuomo at National Governors Association Summer Meeting
State News
Hogan Passes Gavel to Cuomo at National Governors Association Summer Meeting
2020-08-06 13:04:45
by Reece Nations

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan passed his chairmanship of the National Governors Association to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the association's bi-annual meeting Wednesday. Cuomo will head the new gubernatorial leadership in tandem with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the association’s... Read More

Biden Will Not Travel to Milwaukee to Accept Democratic Nomination
2020 Elections
Biden Will Not Travel to Milwaukee to Accept Democratic Nomination
2020-08-05 23:17:11
by Dan McCue

MILWAUKEE, Wis.— Former Vice President Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee, Wis., later this month to accept the Democratic presidential nomination due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Party officials also said Wednesday none of the other planned... Read More

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

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

Kansas GOP Picks Rep. Marshall for Senate Seat Over Kobach
2020 Elections
Kansas GOP Picks Rep. Marshall for Senate Seat Over Kobach

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could... Read More

South Carolina Poll Shows Harrison in Striking Distance of Graham, Tight Presidential Race
Opinion Polls
South Carolina Poll Shows Harrison in Striking Distance of Graham, Tight Presidential Race

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new poll from Morning Consult put Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison within one percentage point of incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. According to the poll, 43% of voters said they would vote for the former... Read More

Carolyn Maloney Prevails in Primary After Weeks of Vote Counting
Elections
Carolyn Maloney Prevails in Primary After Weeks of Vote Counting

WASHINGTON — New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney has won her primary after six weeks of vote counting in the 12th District. New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez confirmed Tuesday night that the board certified Maloney... Read More

NY Board of Elections Appeals Ruling It Must Count Absentee Ballots Without Postmarks
Voting
NY Board of Elections Appeals Ruling It Must Count Absentee Ballots Without Postmarks

NEW YORK — At least one hotly contested New York primary election is still up in the air thanks to a federal court ruling this week that readmitted thousands of mail-in ballots thrown out because of missing postmarks. The Monday... Read More

Senators Look to Break Deadlock With Small-Business Proposals
Business
Senators Look to Break Deadlock With Small-Business Proposals

WASHINGTON — Sens. Marco Rubio and Susan Collins have introduced legislation to extend a popular small-business relief program past its Aug. 8 expiration date as talks between Republicans and Democrats on a larger relief package appear deadlocked. Florida’s Rubio and... 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

Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows

President Donald Trump’s support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll shows. The poll from the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies... Read More

People Live Longer in Blue States; Study Points to Impact of State Policies
Research
People Live Longer in Blue States; Study Points to Impact of State Policies

WASHINGTON — Weak environmental protections, safety rules and labor and civil rights protections may be cutting lives short in conservative states and deepening the divide between red and blue states, according to a new study on links between life expectancy... Read More

Rep. Karen Bass Surged Up Biden’s VP List. Is She Ready For the National Stage?
2020 Elections
Rep. Karen Bass Surged Up Biden’s VP List. Is She Ready For the National Stage?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Karen Bass is an unlikely contender for vice president. The five-term Los Angeles Democrat has never run for statewide office, much less a national one; she hasn’t faced a tough reelection race in her comfortably liberal... Read More

Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured as Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut
Lebanon
Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured as Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut

BEIRUT — A massive explosion at Lebanon’s main port rocked Beirut on Tuesday, overwhelming hospitals dealing with the injured and dying. The blast was so large it blew out windows across the capital and was even heard from Cyprus. Authorities... Read More

‘Every Day Was Nonstop Calls’: How a Blue State Republican Became the Face of Mail Voting
2020 Elections
‘Every Day Was Nonstop Calls’: How a Blue State Republican Became the Face of Mail Voting

Kim Wyman’s phone started ringing at the end of February. As the rapid spread of the coronavirus made it clear that the 2020 election cycle would have to accommodate social distancing, reporters and election officials across the country started reaching... Read More

Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor
Law
Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor

ATLANTA — Shortly after U.S. Rep. John Lewis died, grieving Democrats were faced with two difficult choices: tap a replacement for the late civil rights icon on the ballot within days or slow the process and risk a legal challenge.... Read More

Congress Reviews Security for Upcoming Federal Election
2020 Elections
Congress Reviews Security for Upcoming Federal Election
2020-08-04 21:52:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Security systems for mail-in ballots need additional funding and information technology assistance to be ready for the upcoming November election, security experts told Congress Tuesday. They warned that foreign adversaries and other hackers will try to influence the... Read More

Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 60, Injures Thousands
In The News
Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 60, Injures Thousands

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured,... Read More

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

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

District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020 Elections
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020-08-04 20:16:09
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for... Read More

Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
State News
Despite Pandemic, Kansas Sees Windfall in Tax Collections
2020-08-04 20:11:52
by Dan McCue

TOPEKA, Kan. - As Congress continues to wrestle with how much it will give to states and cities in the next coronavirus relief package, the state of Kansas says it has seen a dramatic increase in its tax collections, partly... Read More

Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
Education
Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
2020-08-04 20:01:48
by Sara Wilkerson

As schools across the country consider their learning options for the upcoming academic school year, a new Gallup poll says fewer parents favor full-time in-person instruction, suggesting a shift in parental preferences from late May.  At the end of the... Read More

Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020 Elections
Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020-08-04 19:49:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Roughly half of voters in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania have health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and would prefer to vote by mail in the November election, according to a new poll. The... Read More

Fans Would Be Just As Upset by Lack of Football as Losing the White House
Opinion Polls
Fans Would Be Just As Upset by Lack of Football as Losing the White House
2020-08-04 19:39:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Football fans for teams at both the college and professional level would be just as upset by a season without games as they would by their preferred candidate losing the race for the While House, a new survey... 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

Nevada to Mail All Voters Ballots; Trump Promises Lawsuit
State News
Nevada to Mail All Voters Ballots; Trump Promises Lawsuit

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Monday to mail all of the state's active voters ballots ahead of the November election, a move being criticized by President Donald Trump, who promised a lawsuit to block... Read More

Trump Nursing Home Plan Limits Supply of Free COVID-19 Tests
Health
Trump Nursing Home Plan Limits Supply of Free COVID-19 Tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won't supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.... Read More

AP VoteCast: How Black Women Shape Democratic Politics
Political News
AP VoteCast: How Black Women Shape Democratic Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black women are often called the backbone of the Democratic Party — reliable and loyal voters whose support can make or break a candidate. In 2018, they were more likely than women in any other racial or... Read More

'Sobering' Report Shows Hardening Attitudes Against Media
Opinion Polls
'Sobering' Report Shows Hardening Attitudes Against Media

NEW YORK (AP) — The distrust many Americans feel toward the news media, caught up like much of the nation's problems in the partisan divide, only seems to be getting worse. That was the conclusion of a “sobering” study of... Read More

Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue
Political News
Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue

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

News From The Well
scroll top