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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.

Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’

By: - November 23, 2020

The expiring provisions from the $2 trillion CARES Act and subsequent executive orders will mean reductions in unemployment benefits for those struggling to find work, the loss of eviction protections, and a restart to monthly student loan bills that had been suspended.

Seven members of Congress test positive for COVID-19 in one week, as U.S. cases surge

By: - November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — Seven members of the U.S. House and Senate announced during the past week that they have tested positive for COVID-19, marking a burst of infections on Capitol Hill as cases have surged across the country. At least 29 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began earlier this year, […]

The U.S. Supreme Court could strike down the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what’s at stake

By: - November 10, 2020

The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court hearing arguments Tuesday over whether that statute should be overturned.

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

By: - October 27, 2020

Without agreement on Capitol Hill, states won’t see additional money flowing as they attempt to prepare for a vaccine that could be approved as soon as next month.

Former Pa. guv candidate Paul Mango at the center of Trump admin’s vaccine push

By: - October 26, 2020

Paul Mango also has been mentioned as a potential candidate for 2022, when Pennsylvania will have two wide-open races for governor and U.S. Senate.

‘Eighteen years is a long time:’ Pa.’s Toomey plans return to private sector; will back Trump for re-elect

By: - October 5, 2020

Toomey, 58, said his reasons for not seeking a third, six-year term in Washington were "not political, they are personal."

Report: Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey expected not to run for Senate or governor in 2022

By: - October 4, 2020

Toomey had been viewed as a prohibitive Republican favorite in either race, and his decision leaves a wide-open GOP primary for the two major elected offices.

Trump tests positive for COVID-19, enters quarantine

By: , and - October 2, 2020

Late Thursday, Bloomberg News had reported that Hope Hicks, a close aide to Trump, had tested positive for the virus. Hicks had traveled to and from the presidential debate in Cleveland on Air Force One with Trump and also traveled to Minnesota with him, Bloomberg said.

Biden says he’ll support election outcome but Trump urges supporters to ‘watch very carefully’

By: - September 30, 2020

Biden defended mail balloting as safe, secure, necessary amid the coronavirus pandemic—and a practice that Trump also uses to cast his vote.

Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate

By: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate.