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Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura Olson covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

Kids ages 5 to 11 next in line for COVID-19 vaccines as White House rolls out plans

By: - October 20, 2021

Making another age group eligible for vaccines could be significant in preventing another spike in infections this winter.

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

By: - October 14, 2021

The case has implications for Pa., where abortion rights are a key issue in the 2022 race for governor

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

By: and - October 4, 2021

Progressives have called for Senate action on the social programs bill before taking a vote in the House on traditional infrastructure.

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying | Analysis

By: - September 26, 2021

Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky.

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

By: - September 23, 2021

As of Sept. 16, more than 5.5 million children have been infected by the virus since the start of the pandemic. That represents more than 15% of the total cases.

U.S. House Dems propose $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

By: - September 21, 2021

That disaster relief money is slightly more than the $24 billion that the Biden administration asked Congress to approve for extreme weather events during the last 18 months, including hurricanes, floods and wildfires. 

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

By: - September 20, 2021

The nation’s top court announced in May that it would take up the Mississippi case. Since that announcement, the justices also voted in a 5-4 decision against preventing a more-strict Texas law from taking effect.

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

By: - September 18, 2021

The proposals were drafted based on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy plan. The House Democrats’ outline may be altered in the Senate, where some senators want to tweak those policies (including getting those upgraded Medicare benefits to seniors sooner).

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

By: - September 17, 2021

The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot campaign as soon as Monday, and the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee’s decision threw up a roadblock for that goal.

States, including Pa., that borrowed from feds to cover unemployment checks now owe interest

By: - September 7, 2021

Ten states collectively owe the federal government more than $52B, according to the U.S. Treasury.

House Democrats advance budget resolution, overcoming standoff on timing of infrastructure vote

By: and - August 24, 2021

Every House Republican voted against the budget plan

COVID-19 booster shots to roll out starting next month, feds say

By: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. health officials announced a plan Wednesday to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans starting Sept. 20, with the scheduling of the additional shot to be based on when a person was fully vaccinated. The new round of jabs will be extended to those who received the two-dose vaccine from either Pfizer or Moderna, and can be […]