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Lawmakers batter Big Tech CEOs, but don't land many blows

Posted 7/30/2020 in National

Congressional lawmakers finally got a chance to grill the CEOs of Big Tech over their dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices that stifle competition. But it's not clear how much they advanced their goal of bringing some of the world's largest companies to heel.



Census head testifies he wasn't informed about Trump district drawing order

Posted 7/30/2020 in National

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testified Wednesday that he wasn't informed ahead of time about President Donald Trump's order seeking to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the process of redrawing congressional districts.



Republicans tuck $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have more than just the "invisible enemy" in mind.



As crime surges on his watch, Trump warns of Biden's America

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

President Donald Trump is painting a dystopian portrait of what Joe Biden's America might look like, asserting crime and chaos would ravage communities should the former vice president win the White House in November.



Trump on his own yet again as he skips farewell to Lewis

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

One by one, they passed through the grand Capitol Rotunda to pay respects to the civil rights icon.



Biden vows to fight racial inequality with economic agenda

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised Tuesday that his economic agenda would combat long-standing racial inequalities as he sought to draw another sharp contrast with President Donald Trump.



Cosmetology students, hairstylists describe a race divide

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

After repeatedly being denied service by high-end salons because her hair was perceived as "too difficult" to style, Kanessa Alexander took an unusual step. She opened a shop of her own in a predominantly white Boston neighborhood with four Black stylists serving all hair textures.



GOP's jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states.



Unions sue USDA over faster chicken plant production speeds

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

The union representing workers at chicken processing plants in six states sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying its policy of allowing companies to slaughter birds more quickly endangers workers and makes it more difficult to protect against spread of the coronavirus.



Experts worry about errors if census schedule is sped up

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

After asking for coronavirus-related deadline extensions in April, the Trump administration now appears to be abandoning that request by asking Congress for extra funding to wrap up the 2020 census "as quickly, and safely as possible" in a move that could help ensure the number-crunching for redrawing congressional districts takes place on President Donald Trump's watch.



Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales.



Source: US, Oregon in talks about pulling agents in Portland

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

The Trump administration has started talks with the Oregon governor's office and indicated that it would begin to draw down the presence of federal agents sent to quell two months of chaotic protests in Portland if the state stepped up its own enforcement, a senior White House official said Tuesday.



Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, pushing back against angry, skeptical Democrats who said President Donald Trump's administration is unconstitutionally suppressing dissent.



Trump administration won't accept new DACA applications

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will reject new applications and shorten renewal periods for an Obama-era program that shields young people from deportation, taking a defiant stance after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to let it be scrapped completely.



US officials: Russia behind spread of coronavirus disinformation

Posted 7/29/2020 in National

Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday.



As Congress fights, analysts warn economy needs help now

Posted 7/28/2020 in National

As Congress and the White House resume their efforts to agree on a new economic aid package, evidence is growing that the U.S. economy is faltering. And so is concern that the government may not take the steps needed to support hiring and growth.



Here's how Trump's opposition to mail voting hurts the GOP

Posted 7/28/2020 in National

Republicans once dominated voting by mail in Florida. But that was before President Donald Trump got involved.



Democratic National Convention to require masks, distancing

Posted 7/28/2020 in National

Everyone attending the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next month will have to wear a face mask, consent to daily testing for COVID-19, fill out questionnaires and maintain a physical distance from others.



Health tips from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen for 7-28-20

Posted 7/28/2020 in National



Black soldiers monument in Boston faces scrutiny amid racial reckoning

Posted 7/28/2020 in National

The white Union Army commander sits rigid atop an imposing horse. His Black men, rifles to their shoulders, march resolutely alongside on their way to battle.



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