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COVID-19 Deaths Falling but Americans 'Must Remain Vigilant'

COVID-19 Deaths Falling but Americans 'Must Remain Vigilant'

U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are falling again as the nation recovers from the devastating winter surge. FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, ventilator tubes are attached to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are falling again as the nation recovers fr
U.S. News Ranks Best States for 2021

U.S. News Ranks Best States for 2021

U.S. News’ annual Best States rankings launch includes data on the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the country for about a year. U.S. News ranked all 50 states based on data within 71 metrics across eight categories, such as education, health care and opportunity. U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 2021 Best States rankings
Kamala Harris Carves Out a Role of Her Own

Kamala Harris Carves Out a Role of Her Own

Vice President Kamala Harris is in the spotlight as she navigates her job – and the potential of becoming the leader of the free world. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks in Washington on March 2. Harris' favorability rating grew from 29% in 2019 to 53% earlier this year, according to polling by Gallup. SHE CHATS UP WORLD leaders and d
Influx of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Poses Political Test for Biden

Influx of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Poses Political Test for Biden

President Joe Biden is fielding criticism from both sides of the aisle over how his administration is handling a dramatic rise in border crossings by unaccompanied migrant minors. U.S. President Joe Biden makes brief remarks before signing several executive orders directing immigration actions on February 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden is facing
Feds: Detroit Mayor Didn’t Reject Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Feds: Detroit Mayor Didn’t Reject Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Reports that the Detroit mayor had rejected Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses based on its efficacy underscore a perception officials are trying to combat. "Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure the residents of the city of Detroit get the best,” Detroit Mayor M
Senate Passes $1.9T Coronavirus Relief After Late-Night Marathon Session

Senate Passes $1.9T Coronavirus Relief After Late-Night Marathon Session

The rescue package, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks and $300-a-week federal unemployment benefits, heads back to the House this week to vote on the Senate-amended bill. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the president pro tempore of the Senate, presides during debate on the Senate COVID-19 relief bill. The Senate passed Democrats' $1.9 trillion coronavirus
The Democratic Senate: Open for Business

The Democratic Senate: Open for Business

House-passed measures that never saw the light of day in the GOP-led Senate are getting new life with Democratic control. But hurdles remain with a split Senate and the filibuster. Sen. Chuck Schumer ascends an escalator in Washington, in December. Democrats emboldened by hard-fought victories in crucial Senate contests are seeing new opportunities
The GOP’s Big 2022 Issue: School Reopening

The GOP’s Big 2022 Issue: School Reopening

Republicans hope that hammering Democrats about school reopenings will be their key to the majority in 2022. Sen. John Barrasso holds a sign during a Senate Republican press conference on school reopenings on Thursday in Washington. Roughly three-quarters of students in the U.S. attend a school that's open for in-person learning. But you wouldn't k
Biden: Enough Coronavirus Vaccine Supply for Every Adult By End of May

Biden: Enough Coronavirus Vaccine Supply for Every Adult By End of May

Biden also directed states to prioritize educators for vaccination. President Joe Biden said Tuesday there will be enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every adult by the end of May. President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved up his coronavirus vaccine supply timeline, saying there will be enough doses for every adult by the end of May. Previously Biden sai
Coronavirus, Misconduct Allegations Take Toll on Andrew Cuomo

Coronavirus, Misconduct Allegations Take Toll on Andrew Cuomo

After enjoying political reinvention at the outset of the pandemic just a year ago, the New York governor now faces arguably the most serious political crisis of his long career. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives to a COVID-19 vaccination site in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 22. Federal prosecutors are investigating Cuomo's coronavirus task force.
Trump Addresses CPAC as Republican Party Leader

Trump Addresses CPAC as Republican Party Leader

Trump called for a ‘united’ party but ticked off a political enemies list of those who have crossed him and voted to impeach or convict him. Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) DONALD TRUMP IS NO longer president of the United S
House Nears Relief Bill Passage; Dems Mull Wage Hike Rescue

House Nears Relief Bill Passage; Dems Mull Wage Hike Rescue

Democrats are edging a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief package to the brink of House passage. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters before the House votes to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Pelosi is flanked by Rep. Katherine Clark,
Minimum Wage Hike Must Come Out of Coronavirus Relief Bill, Ruling Says

Minimum Wage Hike Must Come Out of Coronavirus Relief Bill, Ruling Says

The Senate parliamentarian ruled that the minimum wage provision runs afoul of budget rules, dealing a blow to a progressive priority backed by President Joe Biden. The provision was deemed to have run afoul of the rule that governs the types of measures that can be included in bills passed through the budget reconciliation process. THE SENATE parl
The Pandemic Has Been a Windfall for Billionaires

The Pandemic Has Been a Windfall for Billionaires

American billionaires are the biggest winners of the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is among the richest of the rich and world-famous entrepreneurs. The coronavirus numbers are staggering. Half a million dead, more than 28 million cases just in America alone. But here's another number that is certainly eyebrow-raising:
Snubbed as Obama High Court Pick, Garland in Line to Be AG

Snubbed as Obama High Court Pick, Garland in Line to Be AG

President Joe Biden's pick of Judge Merrick Garland to be attorney general offers a seemingly problem-free nominee with bipartisan support. FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at The Queen theater in Wilmin
Ted Cruz’s Crisis of Crisis Management

Ted Cruz’s Crisis of Crisis Management

Ted Cruz violated a basic rule of politics when he jetted off to Cancun while his home state of Texas was besieged by a winter storm. Then he made it worse. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-T,X.) checks in for a flight at Cancun International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 in Cancun, Mexico. THE FIRST RULE OF politics is, don't abandon your constituents in a c
Ted Cruz’s Crisis of Crisis Management

Ted Cruz’s Crisis of Crisis Management

Ted Cruz violated a basic rule of politics when he jetted off to Cancun while his home state of Texas was besieged by a winter storm. Then he made it worse. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-T,X.) checks in for a flight at Cancun International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 in Cancun, Mexico. THE FIRST RULE OF politics is, don't abandon your constituents in a c
Jobless Claims Disappoint, Rising to 861,000

Jobless Claims Disappoint, Rising to 861,000

The labor market is showing signs of weakness in early 2021. The Labor Department reported that 861,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment claims last week. The number of Americans filing first-time unemployment claims rose last week to 861,000 even as last week's disappointing number was revised higher, the Labor Department reported on Th
CDC: Winter Storm Delays Coronavirus Vaccine Shipments and Deliveries

CDC: Winter Storm Delays Coronavirus Vaccine Shipments and Deliveries

It is not known how many doses will be affected by the severe winter weather. Several jurisdictions across the country have been informed that their deliveries of coronavirus vaccines could be delayed due to severe winter weather. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of "widespread delays" in shipments and deliveries of coronav
Biden Administration Increasing Coronavirus Vaccines Sent to States

Biden Administration Increasing Coronavirus Vaccines Sent to States

The weekly increase of doses being sent to states represents a 57% increase from the amount states received when Biden was inaugurated. The administration will be "increasing the vaccine supply to 13.5 million doses per week to states." The Biden administration will increase the weekly supply of coronavirus vaccines sent to states after the Nationa
Pelosi Says Independent Commission Will Examine Capitol Riot

Pelosi Says Independent Commission Will Examine Capitol Riot

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with impeachment managers Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., speaks to members of the media during a news conferenc
Biden Moving to Bar Medicaid Work Requirements

Biden Moving to Bar Medicaid Work Requirements

The administration is expected to take actions aimed at revoking a controversial policy permitted by the Trump administration. President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the National Institutes of Health on Thursday. The Associated Press The Biden administration is moving to revoke a controversial policy championed by the Trump administration tha
Trump Defense Team: ‘Fight’ Is Just Part of the Political Lexicon

Trump Defense Team: ‘Fight’ Is Just Part of the Political Lexicon

The former president’s attorneys called on the Senate to dismiss the case, calling the article of impeachment ‘an unjust and blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance.’ Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen, lawyers for former President Donald Trump, talk during a break on the fourth day of the Senate Impeachment trials on Friday.
House Managers Link Trump to Capitol Riot: ‘He Had Every Reason to Know’

House Managers Link Trump to Capitol Riot: ‘He Had Every Reason to Know’

House managers meticulously laid out the links between Trump’s words, the actions of his supporters and the deadly riot at the Capitol during Day Two of the former president’s trial. House impeachment manager Del. Stacey Plaskett speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Wednesday. HOUSE IMPEACHMENT managers
11 HBCUs With the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

11 HBCUs With the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

Two of these historically Black schools had a four-year graduation rate above 50%, per U.S. News data. Spelman College, which is the No. 1 school in the U.S. News rankings of HBCUs, had a four-year graduation rate of 68%. The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes
NATO Talks Tough on Russia Bolstered by Biden’s Firmer Hand With Putin

NATO Talks Tough on Russia Bolstered by Biden’s Firmer Hand With Putin

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg cites the strongest NATO presence in Europe ‘since the end of the Cold War’ as Biden appears intent to act more decisively against Putin. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives a joint statement with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the European Commission headquarters, Dec. 15, 202
Trump Impeachment Trial Set to Resume in Senate

Trump Impeachment Trial Set to Resume in Senate

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate, the House managers and Trump’s legal team reached an agreement on the trial format and structure. Donald Trump's impeachment trial for his role in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol resumes Tuesday in the Senate. THE SECOND IMPEACHMENT trial of Donald Trump begins in earnest this week over wh
WHO: Global Coronavirus Vaccinations Top Reported Infections

WHO: Global Coronavirus Vaccinations Top Reported Infections

However, nearly 130 countries with a total population of about 2.5 billion have yet to administer a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine. An elderly woman gets a shot of China's Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination center, Feb. 1, 2021, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. THE NUMBER OF coronavirus vaccinations administered globally has ov
Biden Digs In on $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Amid New Criticism of the Cost

Biden Digs In on $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Amid New Criticism of the Cost

The president’s insistence that a relief package of that size is needed comes after an op-ed critical of the plan penned by a prominent economic adviser to Democratic presidents. Biden Digs In on $1.9T Stimulus "The biggest risk is not going too big, it's if we go too small," President Joe Biden said Friday, of his proposed coronavirus relief leg
Democrats Look to Cast the Republican Party as the Greene Party

Democrats Look to Cast the Republican Party as the Greene Party

The focus on Marjorie Taylor Greene not only forces Republican members of Congress to take a stand for or against her but it poses problems for GOP candidates in districts nationwide. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene stands alongside fellow first-term Republican members of Congress on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. GOP firebrand Rep. Marjor
Trump’s Lawyers Proclaim His Innocence in Filing Ahead of Impeachment Trial

Trump’s Lawyers Proclaim His Innocence in Filing Ahead of Impeachment Trial

The former president’s lawyers sought to pick apart arguments that will be presented by House impeachment managers prosecuting the case against him at next week’s Senate trial. “Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th president’s statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they w
Vaccine Data by Race, Ethnicity Sorely Lacking in U.S.

Vaccine Data by Race, Ethnicity Sorely Lacking in U.S.

Early but incomplete figures suggest Black Americans have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine at a disproportionately low rate. A health worker administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during mass vaccinations at Coors Field in Denver on Jan. 30. The U.S. is lacking a complete picture of who is getting a COVID-19 vaccine by race and ethnicity, though limit
Biden to Meet With GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief

Biden to Meet With GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief

President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday afternoon with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of what he is seeking in coronavirus aid. Snow falls on the North Lawn of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) By AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pres
Protecting Democracy at the Cost of Projecting Democracy

Protecting Democracy at the Cost of Projecting Democracy

Talk of a permanent fence around the Capitol after this month’s riot is eliciting intense reactions as symbolism is weighed against security. Razor wire and fences surround the U.S. Capitol building at sunrise on Jan. 23. Federal officials are considering keeping high fences around the Capitol area permanently. In Abe Lincoln's day, Americans wal
With Trump Acquittal Likely, Democrats Float Alternative to Impeachment Trial

With Trump Acquittal Likely, Democrats Float Alternative to Impeachment Trial

After an ominous procedural vote, Schumer reaffirmed his vow to hold a trial while some Republicans and Democrats poured cold water on censuring the former president instead. usanews.over-blog.com Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Susan Collins are gauging support for their proposal for a censure resolution against former President Donald Trump. Some Democra
Biden’s Early Move to Deliver on His Promise of Racial Equity

Biden’s Early Move to Deliver on His Promise of Racial Equity

The president signed four executive orders meant to thwart discrimination against minorities – the start of a broad-based plan to address racial equity. Since taking office, President Joe Biden has signed four executive orders meant to thwart discrimination against racial minorities. ELECTED OFFICIALS MAY not be able to change the hearts and mind
Trump Administration Had No Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Plan: White House

Trump Administration Had No Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Plan: White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump is followed by members of the coronavirus task force as he arrives to speak about administration efforts to develop a vaccine during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - T
Lloyd Austin Confirmed as Biden’s Secretary of Defense

Lloyd Austin Confirmed as Biden’s Secretary of Defense

The Senate approved the nomination a day after Congress approved a waiver for the retired Army general to serve as the civilian leader of the military. After a 93-2 vote, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin was confirmed as the country’s first Black Pentagon chief. THE SENATE overwhelmingly confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee for defense secretary on F
Biden: On Message and Above the Fray

Biden: On Message and Above the Fray

As members of Congress feuded over the impeachment trial and coronavirus relief, Biden went about his first week in office as though none of it were happening. President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus pandemic in the State Dining Room at the White House on Thursday. Biden has emphasized the need for unity in his public statements. DEMOCRATS
The Agenda for Biden’s First 100 Days Takes Shape

The Agenda for Biden’s First 100 Days Takes Shape

The Biden administration is moving ahead aggressively on an ambitious agenda, leveraging the goodwill they have after winning an election. President Joe Biden signs an executive order at the White House on Wednesday. Much of Biden's early agenda will likely be done through executive order or directives to federal agencies. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN wants
Biden’s Surreal Transition to Power Inside Fortress Washington

Biden’s Surreal Transition to Power Inside Fortress Washington

Concerns about the coronavirus and an overwhelming security response combined to make Joe Biden’s inauguration historic in its own right. President Joe Biden signs documents as Vice President Kamala Harris, right, and others watch on in the U.S. Capitol after the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. EXACTLY ONE YEAR AFTER the first coronavirus cas
What Biden Can and Can't Get From an Evenly Divided Senate

What Biden Can and Can't Get From an Evenly Divided Senate

So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden. FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a news conference after boycotting the vote by the Republican-led panel to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Sup
Trump’s Lonely Last Days

Trump’s Lonely Last Days

Impeached for a second time, the president has few allies remaining. A Marine stands outside the West Wing of the White House at dusk after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on Jan. 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. HE LOST HIS FAVORITE means of communication, he lost the support of 10 House Republicans, he lost several forme
Trump’s Lonely Last Days

Trump’s Lonely Last Days

Impeached for a second time, the president has few allies remaining. A Marine stands outside the West Wing of the White House at dusk after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on Jan. 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. HE LOST HIS FAVORITE means of communication, he lost the support of 10 House Republicans, he lost several forme
Trump Impeached for Historic Second Time One Week After Capitol Riot

Trump Impeached for Historic Second Time One Week After Capitol Riot

Congress, with bipartisan support, voted to impeach the president for ‘incitement of insurrection’ after an expedited debate that saw criticism of Trump from members in both parties. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to the House Floor at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wedne
Backlash Intensifies Against Team Trump After Capitol Riot

Backlash Intensifies Against Team Trump After Capitol Riot

A second impeachment, a campaign finance boycott and a public shaming campaign are targeting Trump and his supporters seen to have incited the attempted insurrection. A campaign sign for President Donald Trump lies in the Capitol Reflecting Pool, on Capitol Hill, Jan. 9, 2021, in Washington, D.C. IN MARCH 2019, AS Democrats newly in the House major
What Biden's Cabinet Picks Say About How He Plans to Govern

What Biden's Cabinet Picks Say About How He Plans to Govern

Joe Biden promised that his presidency would mean a return to normalcy. FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden announces his climate and energy team nominees and appointees at The Queen Theater in Wilmington Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) BY ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden promised t
A Reflection of America in the Rioters

A Reflection of America in the Rioters

After the Capitol insurrection, President-elect Joe Biden expressed his disgust by saying, ‘This is not who we are.’ But what if it is? Protesters gather on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, in Washington. AFTER A MOB OF TRUMP supporters stormed the Capitol building to prevent lawmakers from certifying the results of the presidential
A Reflection of America in the Rioters

A Reflection of America in the Rioters

After the Capitol insurrection, President-elect Joe Biden expressed his disgust by saying, ‘This is not who we are.’ But what if it is? Protesters gather on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, in Washington. AFTER A MOB OF TRUMP supporters stormed the Capitol building to prevent lawmakers from certifying the results of the presidential
Shocking, But Predictable, Violence in Donald Trump’s Final Days

Shocking, But Predictable, Violence in Donald Trump’s Final Days

Critics say the violence in the nation’s capital was a long time coming after President Donald Trump’s litany of comments excusing – or encouraging – such actions. Supporters of President Donald Trump protest inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, in Washington. AFTER BEING EGGED ON BY President Donald Trump at a morning rally, an angry mob