National Politics

NFL proceeds with plans for regular season

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is still planning on having a normal season and will release its 2020 regular-season schedule Thursday night. The league is discussing contingencies for changes to the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. In case…

Federal social distancing guidelines to expire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the federal government will not be extending its social distancing guidelines when they expire Thursday at the end of the month. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the coronavirus guidelines will…

Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president."We need you in the White House. I will do all that I can to see that that happens, Joe," Sanders said to the former vice…

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Wisconsin struggles to hold its primary on Tuesday, President Donald Trump and Democrats are bickering over how to provide voters with safe and secure access to a ballot as the coronavirus pandemic rages in the U.S. and…

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed…

U.S. pushes back Tax Day to July 15

Steve Mcuchin, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, announced on Twitter on Friday that Tax Day will be pushed back from April 15 to July 15. He said the decision was made by the direction of President Donald Trump. https://twitter.com/stevenmnuchin1/status/1241002750483324930 He added…

Gabbard ends long-shot 2020 bid after disruptive candidacy

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is suspending her presidential campaign, ending a long-shot 2020 effort that saw her feuding with Hillary Clinton and raising fears among Democrats that she would mount a third-party candidacy. She's offering her full support to Joe Biden. Gabbard attracted a sizable following in New Hampshire but largely failed to resonate elsewhere. Gabbard publicly feuded with Hillary Clinton during her 2020 run and ended up suing her for defamation. Democrats have feared she would mount a third-party run for the presidency, potentially siphoning votes away from the eventual Democratic nominee. But Gabbard has said she isn't considering that.

Trump’s economic rescue package could approach $1 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a massive federal effort, President Donald Trump asked Congress to speed emergency checks to Americans, enlisted the military for MASH-like hospitals and implored ordinary people — particularly socially active millennials — to do their part by…

4 takeaways from Joe Biden's sweep of Arizona, Florida and Illinois

(CNN) Former Vice President Joe Biden has a near-insurmountable lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders after sweeping Tuesday's primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois. Now, the question is whether the Democratic primary arrives at a swift end in the coming days or continue on longer, as states that…

The Latest: Sanders camp says he'll 'assess his campaign'

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential primaries (all times local): 8:30 a.m. The manager of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign says his candidate “is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign."…

Biden wins Washington state Primary

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden won the statewide vote in Washington’s vote-by-mail Democratic presidential primary, maintaining the narrow lead he’s held over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders since last week as additional results were counted Monday. Biden’s…

5 questions heading into Tuesday's Democratic primaries

Only three of the four states that had been scheduled to hold Democratic presidential primaries amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus are going ahead. Leaders in Ohio called off Tuesday's election just hours before polls were set to open. Elections officials in Arizona, Illinois and Florida say they're moving forward with plans to vote. But there are questions about what voter turnout will look like, with people being warned to stay away from crowds. The states allow early voting, so there's a good chance many people cast ballots remotely by mail. If Joe Biden widens his lead over Bernie Sanders, it could spell the end of the presidential primary.

House passes bipartisan $8.3B bill to battle coronavirus

The House has easily passed an $8.3 billion measure to battle the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. The sweeping bipartisan vote came just nine days after President Donald Trump requested action. The legislation more than triples the $2.5 billion plan unveiled by Trump just last week. It would speed development of vaccines and new medicines to battle the virus, pay for containment operations, and beef up preparedness. Trump is expected to sign the measure, which has the blessing of top Republicans. Next up is the GOP-controlled Senate, which hopes to pass the bill Thursday for Trump's signature.