Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’
By: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson, Ariana Figueroa and Jane Norman - 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: Laura Olson - 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: Laura Olson - 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.