National Politics

  Trump doubles up with Memorial Day events in Maryland, Virginia

Trump has been steadily ramping up his schedule in an effort to portray the nation as returning to its pre-coronavirus pandemic ways.

  US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

CDC, states’ reporting of virus test data causes confusion

  Trump’s pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

Israel’s Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

Former US Rep. Allen West recovering after Texas crash

  White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

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North Korea’s Kim holds meeting on bolstering nuclear forces

Joe Biden wins Hawaii presidential primary delayed by virus

Biden says he was too ‘cavalier’ about black Trump backers

FBI director orders internal review of Flynn investigation

  Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

  Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

  Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak.

  'Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington state to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits.

  GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

As Americans confront a crisis unlike any in modern times, the world’s greatest deliberative body is doing almost anything but deliberate the coronavirus.

  Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday to highlight lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.

  Trump: US may rethink decision to exit surveillance treaty

Divided Senate confirms Ratcliffe as intelligence chief

Trump counting on Supreme Court to block probes, lawsuits

  Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from US prison

  Politicians seek to reassure as doubts swirl over coronavirus pandemic safety; unemployment rises

Film: ‘Roe’ plaintiff says her anti-abortion switch was act

AP source: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be released from prison

Cohen has been serving a federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress.

Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump’s ‘own medicine’

They have sparred since the beginning of the Trump presidency and more sharply since Pelosi ascended to the speakership in 2019, for the second time.

Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Supreme Court blocks House from Mueller grand jury material

The court’s order keeps previously undisclosed details from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election out of the hands of Democratic lawmakers at least until early summer.

  Trump threatens funds for states easing voting in pandemic

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to hold up federal funds for two battleground states because they are trying to make it easier to vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate panel approves subpoena in Hunter Biden probe

A Senate committee has voted to issue a subpoena as part of its investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, a move that met immediate opposition from Democrats who said the panel should be focused on overseeing the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Biden warns of ‘abuse of power’ in measured Trump critique

Speaking to Columbia University Law School graduates via video, Biden urged them to “protect the very foundations of democracy.”

  AP-NORC poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections

A new poll finds that strong concerns about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places.

  Pompeo denies retaliation but won’t explain State Dept. watchdog ouster

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday adamantly denied that he recommended firing the State Department’s independent watchdog in retaliation for investigations into Pompeo’s conduct as America’s top diplomat.

NerdWallet: Student loan interest rate dropping to historic low

The interest rate on new undergraduate federal student loans will decrease to 2.75%, the lowest point on record, for the 2020-21 school year.

  New Jersey, other states, work to fight virus misinformation

The many still unanswered questions about the coronavirus and its origins have fueled a number of misleading and false claims about the outbreak and the government's response to it, state leaders and misinformation experts say.

  States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

The surges come as much of Asia, Europe and many U.S. states have been easing lockdowns to restart their economies as new infections wane.

Trump allies lining up doctors to prescribe rapid reopening

Republican political operatives are recruiting “pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by public health experts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

  Some stimulus payments will be sent in the form of debit cards

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Monday it’s going to start mailing about 4 million stimulus payments on debit cards.

  My ‘decision to make’: Trump defends criticized use of drug

Trump's announcement a day earlier that he was taking the drug, hydroxychloroquine, caught many in his administration by surprise and set off an urgent effort by officials to justify his action.

Flynn’s lawyers ask appeals court to force dismissal of case

Lawyers for Michael Flynn are asking a federal appeals court to order the dismissal of the criminal case against the former Trump administration national security adviser.

  Mnuchin and Powell push differing priorities to aid economy

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell are being questioned Tuesday about a small business lending program included in the government’s $2 trillion relief package.

  Experts: Trump’s threats to WHO could undercut global health

Health experts say U.S. President Donald Trump’s increasing attacks on the World Health Organization for its handling of the coronavirus demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of the U.N. agency’s role and could ultimately serve to weaken global health.

Annie Glenn, famed widow of U.S. Sen. John Glenn, dies at 100

Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and a communication disorders advocate, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19.

  Mother’s Day church service exposed more than 180 people to coronavirus in California

The infected person who attended tested positive for the virus the following day. The church’s pastor says the person in question did not have symptoms during the service.

  Oregon Supreme Court halts order nixing state coronavirus restrictions

The case is related to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by 10 churches around Oregon that argued the state’s social distancing directives were unconstitutional.

  Trump says he’s taking malaria drug to protect against virus

The president said his doctor did not recommend the drug to him, but he requested it from the White House physician.

Florida Sen. Rubio named acting chair of intelligence panel

Rubio will replace North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, who said last week that he would step aside after federal agents examining his recent stock sales showed up at his home with a warrant to search his cellphone. Friday was his last day in the position.

  Moderna: Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging

A Massachusetts company says its experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing.

Barr says he doesn’t envision investigations of Biden, Obama

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he did not expect investigations into the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation to lead to criminal probes into either President Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, or former President Barack Obama.

  Good news, bad news on taxes for coronavirus relief money

When you decide to pay the taxes owed on unemployment may depend on your financial situation.

Source: Trump admin. to name new DEA head, US attorney in DC

The official says Tim Shea, a former senior adviser to Attorney General William Barr, will become the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  Democrats: Fired watchdog was looking into Saudi arms sale

Neither the White House nor the State Department has provided specific reasons for Linick's dismissal, which comes amid broader concerns over Trump’s removal of numerous inspectors general at various executive branch departments.

  Challenges of pandemic threaten historically black colleges and universities

The pandemic's impact on historically black schools in the U.S. could be harmful and long-lasting, putting their future at risk.

Homeland Security to give telecoms advice on protecting 5G towers from conspiracy theorists

In Western Europe, 5G towers have been attacked by those who believe conspiracy theories that claim the technology spreads a pathogen that causes the coronavirus.

  Obama criticizes virus response in online graduation speech

Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation's response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials "aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

  Trump fires State Dept. watchdog critical of admin moves

A senior department official said Pompeo removed Steve Linick from his job Friday but gave no reason for his removal. Linick had served in the job since 2013.

  Democrats push new $3T coronavirus relief bill through House

Democratic leaders were pressing ahead despite grumbling from party moderates leery of the measure's massive price tag and liberals who wanted bolder steps, like money to cover workers' salaries.

  Trump still confident in virus test despite false negatives

The head of the Food and Drug Administration said Friday his agency has provided new guidance to the White House after data suggested that the test used by President Donald Trump and others every day may be inaccurate and provide false negatives.

  5 sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt get virus for second time

Five sailors on the aircraft carrier sidelined in Guam due to a COVID-19 outbreak have gotten the virus for the second time and have been taken off the ship, according to the Navy.

Biden says he would not pardon Trump or block investigations

The former vice president made his statement in response to a voter who asked him on Lawrence O'Donnell's show, “The Last Word,” whether he would “commit to not pulling a Gerald Ford in giving Donald Trump a pardon under the pretense of healing the nation.”

  Virus tests hospitals as some states reopen; world death toll at 300K

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 4.4 million people and killed more than 300,000. Experts say the actual numbers are likely far higher.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club to partially reopen this weekend

President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club will partially reopen to members as South Florida slowly reopens from the coronavirus lockdown.

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit over Trump’s hotel profits

A federal appeals court revived the lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his Washington, D.C. hotel.

Senate votes to renew federal surveillance powers

The Senate has passed legislation that would extend a series of expired federal surveillance tools designed to help law enforcement officials track suspected terrorists, moving one step closer to reviving them.

  Whistleblower: US still lacks virus plan; Americans at risk

America faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, says a government whistleblower who alleges he was ousted from his job after warning the Trump administration to prepare for the pandemic.

Officials release edited coronavirus reopening guidance

U.S. health officials have released part of some long-delayed specific guidance that schools, businesses, and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns.

Burr steps aside as Senate intelligence chair amid FBI probe

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the move, saying he and Burr had agreed it was in the Senate's best interests.

  Ahead of election, Trump attacks Russia probe and Democrats

President Donald Trump and Republicans are launching a broad election-year attack on the foundation of the Russia investigation, including declassifying intelligence information to try to place senior Obama administration officials under scrutiny for routine actions.

  As coronavirus rolls on, Republicans hit ‘pause’ on new aid

GOP leaders see an unfolding crisis that does not yet cry out for further action.

  There’s not nearly enough remdesivir, the drug that fights coronavirus, for all who need it

It may be the most sought-after drugs on our pandemic-ridden planet: remdesivir, the only drug shown to work against coronavirus and be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  Trump, GOP launch broad attack on Russia probe foundations

The Justice Department's move to dismiss the criminal case against Flynn marks another step in his transformation, in the eyes of Trump and his allies, from rogue adviser to victim of runaway law enforcement.

Senate narrowly rejects new limits on internet surveillance

A debate has erupted in Congress over whether to protect the browsing history of internet users.

Emails: Trump nominee involved in shelving CDC virus guide

A former chemical industry executive nominated to be the nation’s top consumer safety watchdog was involved in sidelining detailed guideline s to help communities reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, internal government emails show.

Whistleblower: US could face virus rebound ‘darkest winter’

A government whistleblower says America faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus.

Virus restrictions fuel anti-government ‘boogaloo’ movement

It's a fringe movement with roots in a online meme culture steeped in irony and dark humor. But experts warn that the anti-government “boogaloo” movement has attracted a dangerous element of far-right extremists.

Justices fear ‘chaos’ if states can’t bind electors’ votes

The justices heard arguments on an unusual voting issue that could have important consequences for the 2020 presidential election in an era of intense political polarization.

  Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing coronavirus

The expulsions are the latest administration measure aimed at preventing the entry of migrant children, following other programs such as the since-rescinded "zero tolerance" policy that resulted in thousands of family separations.

  UN forecasts pandemic to shrink world economy by 3.2 percent

The U.N.'s mid-year report released Wednesday said COVID-19 is expected to slash global economic output by nearly $8.5 trillion over the next two years, wiping out nearly all gains of the last four years.

  AP Exclusive: CDC coronavirus guidance more restrictive than White House

Advice from the top U.S. disease control experts on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions during the coronavirus pandemic was more detailed and restrictive than the plan released by the White House last month.

  New Zealand barber snips away at midnight as nation reopens

Malls, retail stores and restaurants are all reopening Thursday in the South Pacific nation of 5 million.

  Powell warns of a possible sustained recession from pandemic

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday of the threat of a prolonged recession resulting from the viral outbreak and urged Congress and the White House to act further to prevent long-lasting economic damage.

Saturday classes? Schools mull ways to make up lost time

Any remediation plans will be complicated by social distancing mandates that may require smaller class sizes and budget cuts that appear imminent because of falling local and state revenues.