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Supreme Court set to issue opinions Thursday on Trump’s financial records

Supreme Court set to issue opinions Thursday on Trump’s financial records

The Supreme Court is expected to issue opinions in two cases concerning access to President Donald Trump’s financial records on Thursday, the final day of the term, the court announced on Wednesday. The cases tackle whether Trump can stop the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives from getting his financial and banking records from his accounting firm…

Study finds state legislatures are dominated by White men

Study finds state legislatures are dominated by White men

State legislatures are majority White and male, and are especially lacking in representation for first- and second-generation immigrants, according to a new report from New American Leaders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping naturalized citizens or their children run for elected office. Of the current 7,383 state legislators in the US more than 81% are…

Trump trashes CDC school-reopening guidelines — then CDC updates them

Trump trashes CDC school-reopening guidelines — then CDC updates them

After President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he disagreed with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safely reopening schools because they are “very tough” and “expensive,” the agency said it would issue new recommendations next week. The move came as the Trump administration makes a concerted push for schools to reopen by…

Covid-19 creates headaches for Republicans racing to stage Florida convention

Covid-19 creates headaches for Republicans racing to stage Florida convention

The surge in coronavirus cases in Florida is creating fresh headaches for Republicans who are scrambling to raise money and quickly organize a political convention in the state after President Donald Trump abandoned plans to accept his party’s nomination in Charlotte, North Carolina. Florida, the site of next month’s scaled-down convention, is now one of…

Here are the 3 Supreme Court cases the justices have yet to rule on

Here are the 3 Supreme Court cases the justices have yet to rule on

The Supreme Court is ending its term unusually late this year, with decisions in three cases still under wraps days after the justices would have typically cleared out its docket for the season. The coronavirus pandemic can be partly blamed for the delay. Already, the justices broke tradition in May by holding oral arguments over…

Mississippians could vote to strike a Jim Crow-era voting process in November

Mississippians could vote to strike a Jim Crow-era voting process in November

Mississippians in November will decide whether to change a Jim Crow-era voting provision that critics say suppresses Black political power. Under current state law, as written in Mississippi’s 1890 Constitution, winners of state-level, statewide offices must receive both an outright majority of the popular vote and a majority of the state’s 122 House districts. If…

Government watchdog probing controversial Census hirings

Government watchdog probing controversial Census hirings

An internal government watchdog is reviewing a move that once again stoked concerns about political meddling in the Census Bureau. The creation in June of two new political positions at the Census Bureau raised eyebrows among the statistical world and those who watch the Census. The bureau, which is currently conducting its decennial count, is…

Chief Justice John Roberts was briefly hospitalized in June after a fall

Chief Justice John Roberts was briefly hospitalized in June after a fall

Chief Justice John Roberts was briefly hospitalized on June 21 after falling while walking near his home, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said Tuesday. “The Chief Justice was treated at a local hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall while walking for exercise near his home,” said…

Primary results: 3 takeaways from New Jersey and Delaware

Primary results: 3 takeaways from New Jersey and Delaware

For voters who hadn’t yet mailed in their ballots in New Jersey and Delaware, Tuesday was a hurry-up-and-wait kind of day. Now that the deadline has passed, assuming there aren’t any late-night mail collections, the waiting begins. Don’t expect a full slate of results for about a week in the Garden State, which doesn’t traditionally…

Democrats hold $30 million ad advantage in battle for Senate control

Democrats hold $30 million ad advantage in battle for Senate control

Democrats in crucial Senate races across the country are swamping the airwaves with ads in the furious battle for control of the chamber, far outpacing Republican spending as their party grows more bullish about their prospects for retaking the majority. In battleground states nationwide, Democratic candidates and outside groups have been inundating the air with…

Covid-19 testing: A spike in demand, a delay on results

Covid-19 testing: A spike in demand, a delay on results

As Covid-19 cases in the US spike, some states, labs and public health departments are warning that turnaround times for diagnostic testing have slowed. The challenges, which stem in part from persistent obstacles in the test supply chain, underscore that while overall US testing capacity has multiplied, the nation’s health system still struggles in some…

New Hampshire’s GOP governor defends Trump’s rally — but isn’t attending

New Hampshire’s GOP governor defends Trump’s rally — but isn’t attending

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu assured reporters Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s upcoming rally in the state could be pulled off safely and without a mandatory mask order, even as he was unlikely to attend himself. “We’ve treated all gatherings in the state, from the time the pandemic began to today, the same, whether they…

What we learned from Mary Trump’s damning portrait of her uncle

What we learned from Mary Trump’s damning portrait of her uncle

Seeking to prevent nothing less than the “end of American democracy,” Donald Trump’s niece Mary lays out a long and twisted saga of mind games and family drama in a new book her family attempted to block. “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” presents a damning portrait…

Who got the most PPP loans? Health care businesses

Who got the most PPP loans? Health care businesses

The hard-hit health care industry, including doctors’ and dentists’ offices, received the largest dollar amount of loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to federal data released Monday. Businesses in the health care and social assistance field garnered a total of $67.4 billion in potentially forgivable loans, or nearly 13% of the total dollars distributed,…

Massachusetts governor signs bill allowing all voters to vote by mail

Massachusetts governor signs bill allowing all voters to vote by mail

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill on Monday allowing all registered voters in the Bay State to vote by mail in the primary and general elections this fall if they choose, his office confirmed to CNN. The new law means Massachusetts joins other states — including Michigan, Nevada, California, New Hampshire and Wisconsin —…

GOP governors in Florida and Texas split as coronavirus cases surge

GOP governors in Florida and Texas split as coronavirus cases surge

As coronavirus cases spike in Texas and Florida, the states’ Republican governors have split on how seriously to take the surge in cases and whether to mandate masks. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott — who had previously blocked local governments from requiring masks, and had been among the first to reopen businesses — last week…

Trump administration begins formal withdrawal from World Health Organization

Trump administration begins formal withdrawal from World Health Organization

The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, multiple officials tell CNN, a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the Americas over the past week. The withdrawal, which goes into effect next July, has drawn criticism…

Movement for Black Lives unveils sweeping police reform proposal

Movement for Black Lives unveils sweeping police reform proposal

The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of 150 Black organizations, announced a sweeping legislative proposal on Tuesday to reform policing and address systemic racism — offering a more progressive approach than the legislation House Democrats approved last month. The proposed bill would abolish the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well…

FBI director unleashes on China in speech

FBI director unleashes on China in speech

Chinese hackers have moved swiftly to target US pharmaceutical and research institutions making progress in the fight against coronavirus, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday in a wide-ranging speech that included some of the agency’s starkest accusations about the country’s threat to the US to date. Speaking for nearly an hour at a think tank…