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COVID-19 Meets the 2020 Election: The Perfect Storm for Misinformation
Social Media
COVID-19 Meets the 2020 Election: The Perfect Storm for Misinformation

SEATTLE — When a mysterious virus began racing around the globe early this year, scientists at the University of Washington’s newly created Center for an Informed Public described it as the perfect storm for bogus information, both innocent and malicious.... Read More

Social Media Platforms Gird for 78 Days of Disinformation Chaos After Election Day
Social Media
Social Media Platforms Gird for 78 Days of Disinformation Chaos After Election Day

WASHINGTON — The 78 days between Election Day this fall and Inauguration Day next January could be a greatly unsettled time for American democracy. Unlike most presidential elections, when ballots are tallied and counted in a majority of precincts by... Read More

Policing Protests Propel Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts
Marijuana
Policing Protests Propel Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s strict drug laws encourage police officers to search for drugs during otherwise routine interactions, such as traffic stops, said Georgia state Sen. Harold Jones II, a Democrat and former prosecutor. That increases the odds of encounters escalating... Read More

Judge Orders Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline During Environmental Review
Energy
Judge Orders Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline During Environmental Review

The Dakota Access pipeline must shut down by Aug. 5, a district court ruled Monday in a stunning defeat for the Trump administration and the oil industry. The decision, which shuts the pipeline during a court-ordered environmental review that’s expected... Read More

Trump Support Withering in Areas Where Virus Cases Are Rising
2020 Elections
Trump Support Withering in Areas Where Virus Cases Are Rising

Coronavirus is skyrocketing in Republican-leaning Sunbelt and interior states, where shifting attitudes about the virus and President Donald Trump’s handling of it could spell more trouble for his re-election effort. New cases have exploded in particular in Arizona and Florida,... Read More

Medicaid Enrollment Increase Puts Pressure on State Budgets
Medicaid
Medicaid Enrollment Increase Puts Pressure on State Budgets

WASHINGTON — Medicaid experts and public health officials are pushing Congress to increase federal funding for the program for low-income people, as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more individuals into government-sponsored coverage. Total Medicaid enrollment was up 5.8% over the past... Read More

House Democrats Propose Removal of ‘Racial Intolerance’ Statues From Capitol
Congress
House Democrats Propose Removal of ‘Racial Intolerance’ Statues From Capitol

WASHINGTON — The draft House fiscal 2021 Legislative Branch spending bill released Monday would order the removal from the Capitol statues of Confederates and others “with unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” including John C. Calhoun and Roger B. Taney, according... Read More

Blue Dogs Push Bill To Crack Down On Chinese Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Pandemic
Foreign Affairs
Blue Dogs Push Bill To Crack Down On Chinese Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Pandemic
2020-07-06 17:05:47
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A group of moderate House Democrats wants the U.S. government to track down potential attempts by the Chinese government to use the coronavirus crisis to its advantage. The Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of 26 centrist lawmakers, introduced... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Cellphone Robocall Ban
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Cellphone Robocall Ban
2020-07-06 17:01:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, stems from a 2015 decision by Congress to carve out an exception to... Read More

Supreme Court Rules States Can Penalize Faithless Electors
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules States Can Penalize Faithless Electors
2020-07-06 16:53:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that so-called faithless electors can be penalized if they renege on their pledge to vote for their state voters' choice for president. Writing for a nearly unanimous court, Justice Elena Kagan began... Read More

College Grads Face Uphill Employment Battle Even as Unemployment Rate Declines
Employment
College Grads Face Uphill Employment Battle Even as Unemployment Rate Declines
2020-07-06 14:18:26
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - June is always an anxious time for new graduates, but there’s never been a summer in memory as stark for new job seekers as this one. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 40 million have lost... Read More

Rep. Antonio Delgado Honored with Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Award
Congress
Rep. Antonio Delgado Honored with Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Award
2020-07-06 14:11:02
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y, with its yearly Spirit of Enterprise Award for his support of business-friendly initiatives in the first session of the 116th Congress. The chamber has rated members of Congress... Read More

Court Upholds Maryland’s Ban on Rapid Fire Gun Bump Stocks
State News
Court Upholds Maryland’s Ban on Rapid Fire Gun Bump Stocks
2020-07-06 14:03:19
by Tom Ramstack

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan won a judgment this week against gun rights advocates who wanted to overturn the state’s ban on bump stocks and other attachments. Bump stocks speed up the firing rate on semi-automatic weapons, turning them into the... Read More

Trump’s Taxes, Birth Control Top Supreme Court’s Closing Agenda
Supreme Court
Trump’s Taxes, Birth Control Top Supreme Court’s Closing Agenda

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to cap a term like no other with potentially blockbuster decisions covering birth control, religious rights and President Donald Trump’s efforts to keep his financial records private. The justices will tackle their eight remaining... Read More

World Health Organization Reports New Global Record for Coronavirus Cases
Health
World Health Organization Reports New Global Record for Coronavirus Cases

The global number of coronavirus cases reported on Saturday was highest on record, according to the World Health Organization. Cases rose by 212,326 in 24 hours, with the United States, Brazil and India showing the largest increases. The previous record... Read More

Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines
Education
Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines

PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education. By Wednesday, Lavender had... Read More

1 Ad, 3 Accents: How Democrats Aim to Win Latino Votes
Political News
1 Ad, 3 Accents: How Democrats Aim to Win Latino Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.”... Read More

Trump-Connected Lobbyists Reap Windfall in COVID-19 Boom
Political News
Trump-Connected Lobbyists Reap Windfall in COVID-19 Boom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.... Read More

Democrats, Biden Look to Accelerate Southern Political Shift
Political News
Democrats, Biden Look to Accelerate Southern Political Shift

ATLANTA (AP) — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation. Now, during a national reckoning on racism,... Read More

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US
Political News
For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Donald Trump vowed to “safeguard our values” from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances... Read More

‘It Is Historic’: Women of Color Dominate Joe Biden’s List for Vice President
Presidential
‘It Is Historic’: Women of Color Dominate Joe Biden’s List for Vice President

As Joe Biden weighs potential running mates, he has been asked repeatedly about the women he is considering. The Democrat has responded repeatedly that multiple women of color are on his list. The former vice president’s statement has all the... Read More

Pete Buttigieg on Running as a Gay Man and His Struggles With Black Voters
Political News
Pete Buttigieg on Running as a Gay Man and His Struggles With Black Voters

Pride 2020 is officially in the books and man, it was complicated: The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to cancel parades; the horrific deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery sparked monthlong Black Lives Matter protests, many joined by... Read More

Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting in Alabama
2020 Elections
Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay... Read More

Trump's Rushmore Trip Draws Real and Figurative Fireworks
Political News
Trump's Rushmore Trip Draws Real and Figurative Fireworks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands, but even in a part of the country where many... Read More

Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore
Health
Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that's making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that... Read More

Democrats Say US Needs to Address Protective Gear Shortage
Health
Democrats Say US Needs to Address Protective Gear Shortage

A congressional committee criticized President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday for a series of problems in distributing personal protective and testing equipment during the coronavirus pandemic and called on the administration to come up with a better plan. “We need... Read More

From Big Cities to Backyards, July 4 Not Usual Blowout Bash
In The News
From Big Cities to Backyards, July 4 Not Usual Blowout Bash

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off. This year, people... Read More

Group of Veteran California Republicans Will Campaign Against Trump and Senators Who Back Him
2020 Elections
Group of Veteran California Republicans Will Campaign Against Trump and Senators Who Back Him

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Now that the Lincoln Project has the nation’s attention with its ads baiting and attacking President Donald Trump, the political action committee is going grassroots. To start, the Lincoln Project, founded by well-known conservatives late last year,... Read More

Another Group is Running TV Ads Against the President — and They’re Republicans
2020 Elections
Another Group is Running TV Ads Against the President — and They’re Republicans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For many Fox TV viewers, former Matthews Mayor Shawn Lemmond will be the uninvited guest at Saturday’ star-spangled Salute to America event with President Donald Trump. Lemmond will be featured in an ad during the Fourth of... Read More

Biden Surpasses Trump in June Fundraising
2020 Elections
Biden Surpasses Trump in June Fundraising

Joe Biden reported raising $10 million more than President Donald Trump last month amid new polls showing the former vice president holding a solid lead in the race for the White House. The increasingly strong footing of Trump’s presumed Democratic... Read More

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