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  • AP-NORC poll: Broad support for state virus control efforts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike approve of how state and local governments are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Fewer than half of Americans say the same of the response by the federal government and President Donald Trump, […]
  • AP-NORC poll: Less than half back Trump’s pandemic response

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life. But less than half approve of the job done thus far by President Donald Trump and the federal government, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center […]
  • Iowa governor got 2nd chance; she thinks felons should, too

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, will never forget the summer night 20 years ago when a state trooper stopped her minivan on Interstate 35 and found a nearly empty bottle of Black Velvet whisky on the seat behind her. What followed was a sometimes humiliating series of hearings and counseling […]
  • Federal judge signals he won’t postpone Wisconsin election

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge signaled Wednesday that he won’t postpone or make any major changes to Wisconsin’s presidential primary to alleviate concerns that voters and poll workers could contract the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge William Conley told attorneys for the Democratic National Committee and a host of liberal-leaning groups that they haven’t […]
  • Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are increasingly pushing shutdown orders of their own. Trump […]
  • Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Census Day — the date used to determine where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. The virus’s spread forced the U.S. Census Bureau […]
  • Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following guidelines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. Public health officials stressed Tuesday that the number could […]
  • Trump allies warn against feud with swing state governor

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic in one of the nation’s most important swing states. Both sides have tried to de-escalate the feud this week, although Trump’s […]
  • White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. Public health officials stressed that the number […]
  • McConnell releasing ad tied to his role in virus rescue bill

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Looking to capitalize on his leadership post during the coronavirus crisis, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching a campaign ad in his home state that touts his role in passing the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package. The TV ad debuting across Kentucky on Wednesday boasts of the benefits going to […]
  • Pelosi sees infrastructure package similar to Trump $2T plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats want to enact a massive infrastructure package upgrading the nation’s broadband, road and water systems, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, in the next installment of Congress’ effort to help the country weather the destructive blows inflicted by the coronavirus outbreak. Pelosi said the measure would be in the range of […]
  • Review: In ‘Slay the Dragon,’ a gerrymandering investigation

    Feeling beaten down by the news? Why not watch a documentary on gerrymandering to cheer you up? “Slay the Dragon,” by Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman, deftly outlines how redistricting has eroded American democracy and helped usher compromise out of our legislatures. It’s a level-headed documentary about an unlevel playing field that traces the scope […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misfires on virus death rates, tests

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a grim reality of surging coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the need for ventilators. A look at his claims: MORTALITY TRUMP: “So we have more cases than anybody, […]
  • Florida governor loses latest bid to curtail felon voting

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have lost their latest bid to enforce a state law denying the right to vote for felons who have not paid all court fines and fees. Tuesday’s decision by the entire bench of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest setback for Gov. Ron DeSantis and […]
  • US warship captain seeks crew isolation as virus spreads

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. In a memo to Navy leaders, the […]
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