Virus relief bill remains up in air as negotiations resume

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats reported progress over the weekend even as they highlighted their differences.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok’s US business

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

  Foreign threats loom ahead of US presidential election

  Joe Biden nears final decision on running mate

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  Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

Supreme Court won’t halt challenged border wall projects

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

  Delayed election results? Maybe, but not because of fraud

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

  Greta Van Susteren interviews Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on stimulus negotiations, mail-in voting, Nov. election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Hakeem Jeffries will appear on Full Court Press Sunday, August 2, 2020

  Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

  Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death

St. Louis County’s top prosecutor will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of minorities.

  Trump floats idea of election delay, a virtual impossibility

President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and confronted by fresh evidence of an economic collapse and an escalating public health crisis, on Thursday suggested delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election as he pushed unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting due to the coronavirus

  Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

  Herman Cain dies of COVID at 74

  John Lewis mourned as ‘founding father’ of ‘better America’

  Portland prepares for US agents to step back from protests

Full appeals court to review dismissal of Flynn case

  Democrats trim convention hours amid coronavirus pandemic

Senator, union leader: Postal Service considers downsizing

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking concerns ahead of an anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin and a union leader said Wednesday.

  Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

Trump took sweeping digs at so-called “crazy left radical Democrats” on a fundraising trip to the fracking fields of West Texas. The oil and gas industry is struggling with the pandemic economic downturn and global oversupply.

  Freelancers, technicians in arts and entertainment industry still uncertain about future

The extra $600 on unemployment checks from the federal government will be cut off at the end of July unless the government extends it.

  Rep. Gohmert tests positive for COVID before planned trip with Trump

Gohmert, R-Texas, did not wear a mask at the judiciary committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General Bill Barr testified.

  Civil rights icon Lewis lauded as warrior at Georgia capitol

He spent more than three decades in Congress, and his district included most of Atlanta. Wednesday's service is part of a series of public remembrances for Lewis that began over the weekend.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes medical procedure at hospital

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone a nonsurgical medical procedure in New York City and expects to be released from a hospital there by the end of the week.

  Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious

As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight to the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.

  US death toll from COVID tops 150,000 as virus aid talks continue

Trump signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook.

Administration wants West Wing remodel money in virus bill

The Trump administration wants $377 million in the next coronavirus relief bill for a long-delayed modernization of the West Wing, but the timetable for construction is yet to be determined.

  US jabs Russia over claim of spreading virus disinformation

U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November.

  US agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby

Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday.

  4 Big Tech CEOs getting heat from Congress on competition

Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are set to answer for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.

US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,600 more

Spurred on by President Donald Trump’s demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,600 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense leaders said Wednesday.

  Trump touts doctor in conspiracy theory video, discredited COVID-19 treatment

Stella Immanuel is featured in a video retweeted by the president Monday showing a group in white coats pushing false claims about COVID-19. It has since been deleted by Twitter and other social media platforms.

Experts worry about errors if census schedule is sped up

After asking for coronavirus-related deadline extensions in April, the Trump administration now appears to be abandoning that request.

US officials say Russia is spreading virus disinformation

The U.S. government has identified two suspected Russian military intelligence operatives who it believes are helping direct the spread of disinformation through websites that have published extensively on the coronavirus pandemic, American politics and international affairs.

  Democrats, GOP far apart on virus aid; Trump wants a deal

It's unclear whether any agreement can be reached between Congress and President Donald Trump before Friday's deadline for expiring aid.

Biden vows to fight racial inequality with economic agenda

Joe Biden unveiled a plan Tuesday to ensure that the nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery is built around promoting racial equality, promising to dramatically spur investment in Black-owned small businesses and encourage home ownership while closing wealth gaps among minority communities.

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

The mayors of Portland, Oregon, and five other major U.S. cities have appealed to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized agents to cities that don’t want their presence.

Trump administration won’t accept new DACA applications

The Trump administration will begin allowing so-called “Dreamer” immigrants to renew their permits to live and work in the United States.

Trump defends disproved COVID-19 treatment

Trump pushed unproven claims that an anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, is an effective treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

  Spotlight on 4 Big Tech CEOs testifying in congressional competition probe

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook of Apple will answer for their companies’ practices before Congress for the first time as a group.

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

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.

  National teacher union supports strikes over reopening plans

The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school employees, issued a resolution on Tuesday saying it will support any local chapter that decides to strike over reopening plans.

  Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests

Barr will say that the violence in Portland, Oregon, and other cities is disconnected from the death of Floyd, which he describes as a “horrible” event that prompted a necessary national reckoning on the relationship between Black men and law enforcement.

Despite judge’s order, migrant kids remain in ICE custody

The U.S. government did not release 100 immigrant children detained with their parents despite this week’s deadline set by a judge who had described family detention centers as “on fire” due to the threat of the coronavirus.

  Park Police head: No White House order for move on protest

The head of the U.S. Park Police denied Tuesday that his officers turned their clubs and chemical agents on protesters in front of the White House last month to clear the area for a staged photo event by President Donald Trump shortly afterward.

  Amid soaring Florida coronavirus cases, governor criticized

Florida’s average number of new cases has soared more than 1,500% since the governor declared it reopened in early May.

Twitter gives Trump Jr. a tweet timeout for pandemic misinformation

Twitter has temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s son from tweeting on its site after he shared a video riddled with unsupported claims about the coronavirus Monday.

Watchdog group: Trump campaign improperly masking payments

The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center alleges the Trump reelection campaign is involved in a “laundering” effort that violates election law, according to a complaint the group filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

Iran missiles target mock carrier as US bases go on alert

The drill underlines the lingering threat of military conflict between Iran and the U.S. in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Ex-FBI agent Strzok due out with book about Trump, Russia

Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose pejorative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign made him a target of the president’s wrath, is releasing a book on his concerns the president could be compromised.

Georgia senator removes ad that made opponent’s nose bigger

Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia has taken down a digital campaign ad featuring a manipulated picture of his Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, with an enlarged nose.

  Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis lies in state at Capitol

Lawmakers and the public are honoring Rep. John Lewis as his body lies in state at the U.S. Capitol starting Monday.

  White House, Democrats at odds on virus aid but talking

Suggesting a narrower pandemic relief package may be all that’s possible, the White House still pushed ahead with Monday’s planned rollout of the Senate Republicans’ $1 trillion effort as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assailed the GOP “disarray” as time-wasting during the crisis.

Democratic National Convention to require masks, distancing

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

  Trump’s national security adviser has coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far.

2nd presidential debate host withdraws amid virus outbreak

The university was set to host the inaugural face-off between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Sept. 29.

Trump welcomes ‘The Walking Marine’ to White House

President Donald Trump has welcomed a Marine veteran to the White House as he completed his 300-mile walk to the nation’s capital to raise awareness about the problem of veteran suicide.

  As Congress fights, analysts warn economy needs help now

With unemployment still at a high 11.1% and hiring potentially slowing in July, the economy is likely to weaken further without more government aid, economists say.

What to do when your $600 weekly unemployment check expires

The relief act scheduled the $600 unemployment benefit to end “on or before July 31.”

Officer challenges account of violent clearing of protesters

The account of Adam DeMarco challenges key aspects of the Trump administration’s explanation for the clearing of the Lafayette Square protest in front of the White House.

AP-NORC poll: Anxiety props up Biden support, Trump voters fervent

The poll finds that Biden's supporters are less enthusiastic than Trump's, although the Democrat's coalition may be equally motivated by anxiety.

  Consulate closures an inflection point in China-US relations

The forced closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston and China's order in response to shutter the U.S. Consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu mark a new low point in ties between the world's largest economies that can't easily be smoothed over.

  Body of civil rights icon John Lewis crosses Selma bridge

The late U.S. Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time Sunday as remembrances continue for the civil rights icon.

Trump says he won’t throw out first pitch at Yankees game

President Donald Trump won’t be throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium next month after all.

Mnuchin: Virus aid package soon, $1,200 checks by August

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that Republicans were set to roll out the next COVID-19 aid package Monday and assured there was backing from the White House after he and President Donald Trump's top aide met to fine-tune the $1 trillion proposal that had floundered just days before.

  AP-NORC poll: US course at record low, Trump sinks on virus

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Trump’s approval for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32% of Americans supportive of his approach.

  Portland protesters breach fence around federal courthouse; police declare riot

In the hours leading up to the declared riot, thousands of people gathered in the city for another night of protests as demonstrations over George Floyd's killing and the presence of federal agents sent by President Donald Trump showed no signs of abating.

With no new law to curb drug costs, Trump tries own changes

Unable to land the big deal with Congress to curb drug costs, President Donald Trump on Friday moved on his own to allow imports of cheaper medicines, along with other limited steps that could have some election-year appeal.

No virus bill yet: White House, GOP at odds over jobless aid

Negotiations over a new COVID-19 rescue bill were in flux Friday after the White House floated cutting an unemployment benefits boost to as little as $100 and President Donald Trump turned to a new priority, adding money to build a new FBI headquarters.

  No need to worry, ‘Paw Patrol’ has not been canceled

Nick Jr., the network that runs the popular children’s show, said its cancellation is news to them.

Trump, GOP ally vow Confederate base names won’t change

The House and Senate have overwhelmingly approved bills to change Confederate base names.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison again

Michael Cohen walked out of a federal prison in New York on Friday afternoon, his lawyer Danya Perry told The Associated Press, a day after U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9.

  California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

San Jose’s Salon Blu is now cutting hair outdoors amid California’s recently relaxed rules on hair salons, but it is also servicing clients indoors.

  AP-NORC poll: Nearly half say job lost to virus won’t return

Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, as temporary cutbacks give way to shuttered businesses, bankruptcies and lasting payroll cuts.

  Christopher Columbus statues taken down at 2 Chicago parks

Two statues of Christopher Columbus that stood in Chicago parks were taken down early Friday at the direction of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a week after protesters trying to topple one of the monuments to the Italian explorer clashed with police.

Trump highlights cognitive test results

In three recent interviews, Trump has boasted about a cognitive assessment that he took in 2018.