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Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
Health
Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
2020-10-23 15:56:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National Association of Counties’ Virtual Policy Summit to explain her current prioritization of developing a critical understanding of virus spread on... Read More

McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal
Congress
McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday told fellow Republicans that he has warned the White House not to divide Republicans by sealing a lopsided pre-election COVID-19 relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even as... 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

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

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 and First Lady Test Positive for COVID-19 After Close Aide Becomes Ill
Political News
Trump and First Lady Test Positive for COVID-19 After Close Aide Becomes Ill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, shortly after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had fallen ill with the coronavirus. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested... Read More

Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote
Economy
Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered a $1.62 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal in talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, offering more state and local assistance than GOP negotiators have to-date in a sign of potential progress toward a... Read More

Pelosi Says Democrats Will Make New Aid ‘Proffer’ to Mnuchin
Congress
Pelosi Says Democrats Will Make New Aid ‘Proffer’ to Mnuchin

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there’s a chance she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can still reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package, and that Democrats will unveil a new “proffer” shortly. “I trust Secretary Mnuchin to represent something that... Read More

Democrats Propose New Restraints on White House Aimed at Trump
Political News
Democrats Propose New Restraints on White House Aimed at Trump

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats on Wednesday rolled out a sweeping draft package of reforms they say would prevent future presidential abuses of power and more effectively combat foreign interference in U.S. elections. The late... Read More

House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill Shortly After Bipartisan Deal
Congress
House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill Shortly After Bipartisan Deal

WASHINGTON — The House swiftly passed a stopgap funding measure needed to avert a partial government shutdown in eight days after top congressional leaders reached a deal resolving a fight over farm payments. On a lopsided vote of 359-57, the... 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

Eisenhower Memorial Dedicated
In The News
Eisenhower Memorial Dedicated
2020-09-17 20:13:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A long-awaited memorial honoring president and World War II commanding general Dwight D. Eisenhower was dedicated Thursday night and is open to the public as of Friday. The new garden memorial was originally slated to open on May... 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

Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says
Wildfires
Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says

WASHINGTON — The former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security claims in a political ad released Monday that President Donald Trump tried to withhold disaster relief money for California’s wildfires because voters in the state opposed him... Read More

Trump Says He Will Give His Nomination Acceptance Speech From the White House
Donald Trump
Trump Says He Will Give His Nomination Acceptance Speech From the White House

While campaigning in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, President Donald Trump announced Monday that he plans to deliver his nomination acceptance speech at the White House, even though it is not supposed to be used for partisan political events. Trump will address GOP... Read More

Trump Admits to Blocking Postal Service Funding to Undercut Voting by Mail
2020 Elections
Trump Admits to Blocking Postal Service Funding to Undercut Voting by Mail

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would block a funding boost for the U.S. Postal Service to handle an expected flood of mail-in ballots in coming weeks, admitting it’s part of a White House effort to limit... Read More

Opportunity Possible for Trump to Make Supreme Court Solidly Conservative
Supreme Court
Opportunity Possible for Trump to Make Supreme Court Solidly Conservative
2020-08-13 12:07:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are preparing for the possibility they and President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to turn the Supreme Court sharply to the conservative right soon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent announcement that she is undergoing treatment... Read More

Interior Department Withheld Records About Bernhardt During Confirmation, IG Says
Dep. of Interior
Interior Department Withheld Records About Bernhardt During Confirmation, IG Says

WASHINGTON — Political officials at the Interior Department deliberately held back “sensitive” records about Interior Secretary David Bernhardt during his confirmation process, the department’s internal watchdog said Tuesday. Bernhardt had his confirmation hearing in March 2019 and the Senate confirmed... Read More

Trump Pulled From News Conference After Shooting Outside White House
White House
Trump Pulled From News Conference After Shooting Outside White House

WASHINGTON — A Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man outside the White House grounds Monday, officials said, although it wasn’t clear whether the individual had sought to attack the president. The Secret Service said that neither the president... Read More

Trump Continues to Claim Broad Powers He Doesn't Have
White House
Trump Continues to Claim Broad Powers He Doesn't Have

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override" governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's... Read More

Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
Historical Documents
Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
2020-05-01 19:30:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress may be closed due to the coronavirus, but its manuscript division has just added the digitized papers of three presidents to its online collection. The presidencies of each of the men, Andrew Johnson, Chester... Read More

Trump’s New Chief of Staff Rattles White House in Crisis Mode
White House
Trump’s New Chief of Staff Rattles White House in Crisis Mode

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has escalated tensions in the White House with a swift series of staff changes that have drawn complaints from some in the West Wing about his management style, according... Read More

From Pa. Science Fairs to Coronavirus Response Coordinator: Deborah Birx’s Path to the White House
White House
From Pa. Science Fairs to Coronavirus Response Coordinator: Deborah Birx’s Path to the White House

PHILADELPHIA — When Deborah Birx told classmates at Carlisle High School that she planned to compete in the local science fair, some laughed. It was the early 1970s, and Birx was a pretty girl with a bubbly personality. She waitressed... Read More

Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers
Courts
Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers

WASHINGTON — Democrats saw warning signs long before President Donald Trump nominated Neomi Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At the time, she was a White House lawyer who zealously defended Trump’s agenda.... Read More

Trump Grants Clemency to 11, Including Former Junk Bond King Michael Milken
In The News
Trump Grants Clemency to 11, Including Former Junk Bond King Michael Milken

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued a pardon Tuesday to Michael Milken, the disgraced former junk bond king who later became a prominent Los Angeles philanthropist, in a mass clemency to 11 convicted felons that marked a dramatic expansion of... Read More

From ‘Hoax’ to ‘Serious’: Why One Former Aide Thinks Trump Shifted on Climate Change
Climate
From ‘Hoax’ to ‘Serious’: Why One Former Aide Thinks Trump Shifted on Climate Change

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration last month that climate change is a “serious subject” marked the completion of a yearlong shift away from his outright denial of the global threat — a shift, according to one former aide, driven... Read More

State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
In The News
State of the Union: Trump Won’t Shake, Pelosi Rips Speech on the Eve of Impeachment Finale
2020-02-05 19:20:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It started with President Donald Trump refusing to shake hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ended with the speaker ripping up the president's speech in full view of  everyone in the House chamber, and thanks to television,... Read More

Key Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union Speech
White House
Key Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union Speech

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, on the eve of his likely acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, delivered his third State of the Union address — and added to the drama with a handful of stage-managed surprises. His 78-minute remarks... Read More

Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear
In The News
Trump Expands ‘Travel Ban’ to Six More Countries, But True Impact Unclear

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump marked the roughly third-year anniversary of his controversial “travel ban” on Friday by adding six African, Central and East Asian countries to the list of those whose nationals face restrictions on travel to the United... Read More

Senate Panel Approves USMCA, Moving It One Step Closer to Ratification
In The News
Senate Panel Approves USMCA, Moving It One Step Closer to Ratification
2020-01-08 14:43:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday gave its approval to the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, moving it a step closer to ratification. The 25-3 vote by the committee sent the trade deal, also known simply as USMCA, to... Read More

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