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AHLA Supports Plan to Add Funds For Small Business Loans, Seeks Additional Action to Protect Hotel Jobs

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today expressed support for plans by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to provide an additional $250 billion in loans for small businesses. In a letter sent to Congressional leadership today, AHLA urged Congress to make several updates to the CARES Act in addition to increasing the funding. AHLA also sent an urgent letter to the Federal Reserve and Treasury seeking action to prevent thousands of hotel properties...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Congressional, American Hotel Lodging Association AHLA, Federal Reserve and Treasury


Trump Moves To Kneecap Oversight Of COVID-19 Stimulus

There are trillions of taxpayer dollars in the trunk, Donald Trump is at the wheel and the cops are nowhere in sight. The congressional coronavirus relief measures for taxpayers and businesses passed in recent weeks are the largest in U.S. history. Members of Congress, understandably, made an effort when writing the legislation to ensure all that money was spent responsibly, and according to the law. But over and over in recent days, President Trump has sought to kneecap those checks. For exa...
Tags: News, Congress, Obama Administration, White House, Treasury, Pentagon, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Grimm, Trump, Grimms, Brian Miller, Bob Livingston, This Week, Matt Shuham, Glenn Fine


Signal Threatens To Dump US Market If EARN IT Act Passes

Signal is warning that an anti-encryption bill circulating in Congress could force the private messaging app to pull out of the U.S. market. PC Magazine reports: Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the free app, which offers end-to-end encryption, has seen a surge in traffic. But on Wednesday, the nonprofit behind the app published a blog post, raising the alarm around the EARN IT Act. "At a time when more people than ever are benefiting from these (encryption) protections, the EARN IT ...
Tags: Congress, Tech, United States, Signal, Senate Judiciary Committee, Lund, PC Magazine, Joshua Lund


Trump Removed the Head of the Coronavirus Bailout Oversight Board. Its Members Could Be Next.

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In the wake of President Trump’s move to push aside the official who was supposed to lead the coronavirus bailout watchdog group, four other members are just as vulnerable. Trump was able to remove the panel’s chosen head, Glenn Fine, by naming a new Defense Department inspector general and bumping Fine to t...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, House, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Treasury, Fine, Homeland Security, Pentagon, Interior Department, Defense Department, Justice Department, Atkinson, Grimm, Trump


Trump Moves To Kneecap Oversight Of Biggest COVID-19 Stimulus

There are trillions of taxpayer dollars in the trunk, Donald Trump is at the wheel and the cops are nowhere in sight. The congressional coronavirus relief measures for taxpayers and businesses passed in recent weeks are the largest in U.S. history. Members of Congress, understandably, made an effort when writing the legislation to ensure all that money was spent responsibly, and according to the law. But over and over in recent days, President Trump has sought to kneecap those checks. For exa...
Tags: News, Congress, Obama Administration, White House, Treasury, Pentagon, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Grimm, Trump, Grimms, Brian Miller, Bob Livingston, This Week, Matt Shuham, Glenn Fine


Stocks close out best week since 1974 after Fed acts again

The S&P 500 index closed out its best week since 1974 with another gain Thursday after the Federal Reserve launched its latest unprecedented effort to support the economy through the coronavirus outbreak. The central bank's announcement of programs to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to households, local governments and businesses overshadowed a report that another 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week. The Fed's actions, as well as efforts by Congress, are aimed at ...
Tags: Congress, Federal Reserve, Fed


Signal sends smoke, er, signal: If Congress cripples anonymous speech with EARN IT Act, we'll leave the US

Secure messaging app says it could not continue under proposed law Secure messaging app developer Signal says its US operation hangs in the balance due to a proposed law in America.…
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Signal sends smoke, er, signal: If Congress cripples anonymous speech with EARN IT Act, we'll shut US ops

Secure messaging app says it could not continue operations in America under proposed law Secure messaging app developer Signal says its US operation hangs in the balance due to a proposed law in America.…
Tags: Congress, US, America, Software, Signal


Why The Economy Is Unlikely To Recover As Quickly As It Collapsed

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump has been telling voters that the U.S. economy will leap back to life “like a rocket,” stronger than ever after its bout with the coronavirus. But there is a reason economics is called the “dismal science.” There are emerging signs that any recovery will fail to match the speed and severity of the economic collapse that occurred in just a few weeks. The 2020 presidential and Senate elections likely will take place as the world’s largest economy is still att...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Jobs, News, Congress, Senate, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Economy, Ap, Harvard University, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Baltimore, Fox Business Network


Top House Republican says it's 'disgusting' Democrats want mail-in voting funding in the next coronavirus bill

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) isn't too worried about democracy right now.As Congress discusses further relief bills amid the COVID-19 pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has insisted they include funding for mail-in ballots through the primaries and November election. But McCarthy slammed that demand as "disgusting" on Thursday, even after Wisconsin's pandemic primary proved problematic just days earlier."You want to hold up the bill because you want to cha...
Tags: News, Jimmy Fallon, Congress, Senate, Politico, House, Wisconsin, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Mccarthy, Trump, Don, Calif, Kevin McCarthy


Ruthless Forces U.S. Seek To Bring Down President Donald Trump and Our Nation

Ruthless Forces U.S. Seek To Bring Down President Donald Trump and Our Nation, iStock-1213378005 U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- We Americans bear witness to the ruthless danger the Regime of Xi Jinping, and its puppet, “W.H.O.,” poses to our Nation’s very survival. We Americans bear witness, simultaneously, to a sinister cabal within our own Government intent, as well, on destroying our Nation, from within. There are those, here, who seek a political, social, economic and cultural metamorphosis of ...
Tags: Europe, Guns, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, China, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Chicago, West, United States, Xi Jinping, House, New York Times, Fox News


Where Things Stand: Grassley’s Soft Spot

We’ve known for some time that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has a soft spot for protecting whistleblowers. That affection apparently extends to inspector generals as well. In a bipartisan letter sent to the White House on Wednesday, Grassley and seven other senators demanded President Trump explain himself over the sudden firing of Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that sparked an impeachment inquiry into President Tru...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, House, Treasury, Mitt Romney, Kansas, Senate Intelligence Committee, Atkinson, Trump, Mike Pence, Josh Marshall, Tierney Sneed, State, World Health Organization WHO


Pence Claims Trump Took COVID-19 Threat More Seriously Than World Health Org

In a clear effort to give cover to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday night accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of mishandling the COVID-19 epidemic when it first began to spread globally. Pence told Fox News host Sean Hannity that while he and President Donald Trump “expect” to continue to help fund the WHO, “that doesn’t mean that at the right time in the future, we aren’t going to ask the tough questions about how the World Health Organization could have...
Tags: News, Congress, China, Who, World Health Organization, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Sean Hannity, World Health Organization WHO, Pence, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Cristina Cabrera, TV Clip, COVID-19


Senate Democrats block McConnell's $250 billion small business loans bill, demanding double funding

Senators will either have to return to Washington or get negotiating to get the next round of coronavirus relief funding flowing.With just four senators in the chamber on Thursday, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) blocked a unanimous voice vote in favor of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's $250 billion small business loans bill. Cardin called the bill a "political stunt," and reflected congressional Democrats' demands for great accountability and diversity in how the bill would be spent.Ca...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Senate, House, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Fed, Calif, McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Cardin, Ben Cardin D Md


Record 16.6 million have sought U.S. jobless aid amid coronavirus outbreak

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks. The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948. They paint a picture of a job market that is quickly unraveling as businesses have shut down across the country because of the coronavirus outbreak. More than 2...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Sport, Ap, Soccer, United States, Maine, Tennessee, Treasury, Nashville, University of Pennsylvania, Salt Lake City, Morgan Stanley, Transportation Security Administration, Patrick Whittle, Treasury Department


Coronavirus: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

By MICHAEL BIESECKER WASHINGTON  — The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients. The Department of Health and Human Services told The Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory. The HHS statement confirms federal docume...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Congress, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Sport, Ap, Soccer, House, Fema, Donald Trump, Trump, The Associated Press, Federal Emergency Management Agency


Grassley Requests Trump Provide Legitimate Reason For Firing Intelligence Watchdog

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and seven other senators on both sides of the aisle sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday asking him to fully explain to Congress why he fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, last week. The other signatories were Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MO), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). The senators pointed out that Trump was legally ...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Donald Trump, Dianne Feinstein, Senate Intelligence Committee, Susan Collins, Ron Wyden, Atkinson, Trump, Sen Chuck Grassley R IA, Grassley, Congressional, House Intelligence Committees


Book Review: Incomprehensible! a Study of How the Legal System Encourages Incomprehensibility, Why It Matters, and What Can Be Done About It

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. Incomprehensible!: A Study of How the Legal System Encourages Incomprehensibility, Why It Matters, and What Can Be Done about It. By Wendy Wagner & Will Walker. New York: Cambridge University Press, 201...
Tags: New York, Law, Congress, Book Reviews, Wagner, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Law Library Review, Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Wendy Wagner Will Walker, David H Michels, Zariski, Legal Literacy Athabasca AB


Yes, we should blame China’s communist government for the spread of COVID-19

Apparently, blaming China for exporting a deadly virus around the globe, lying about the danger it posed and withholding vital information regarding its origin is now considered racist by polite society. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Emergencies Program, said at a news conference, “There is no blame in this.  All we need now is to identify the things we need to do to move forward quickly, with speed and to avoid any indication of ethnic or other association...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, White House, China, America, Spain, Sport, Soccer, United States, New York Times, Italy, World Health Organization, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, John Phillips, Mike Ryan, KABC


Reevaluating the foresight, leadership of Brown, Schwarzenegger

Ancient Egyptians first observed that only when we eliminate traditions do we discover why they first became traditions. That’s a warning state officials must heed this spring, as they shape a sharply reduced state budget where many programs will likely be slashed or eliminated. To rephrase the Egyptians: Eliminate a state program and you eventually learn why it was set up. This can be a very hard lesson. So it’s been this spring, as California coped with the many consequences of ex-Gov. Jerry B...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Times, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Brown, Schwarzenegger, Sempra Energy, LA County


Close vote count reveals flaw in LA County’s pricey new system

Los Angeles County spent more than $300 million and 10 years developing new election technology, but problems on March 3 prompted an election night apology from county Registrar Dean Logan and an order for an investigation from the County Board of Supervisors. Now a local group in Long Beach is uncovering even more problems. The Long Beach Reform Coalition requested a recount of Measure A, which lifts the sunset date on a sales-tax increase, after it won a late come-from-behind victory by 16 vot...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Long Beach, Logan, Los Angeles County, LA County, Newsom, Registrar Dean Logan, America Social, County Board of Supervisors Now, Long Beach Reform Coalition, LBRC


Beach bacteria monitoring halted, COVID-19 community testing urged, drones to enforce Maui stay-at-home order, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Testing for bacteria at Kona beach ©2020 All Hawaii News State halts beachwater bacteria testing for duration of coronavirus shelter-at-home order. All routine coastal beach water monitoring has been suspended, in order to comply with Gov. David Ige’s shelter-in-place order aimed at halting the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Hawaii State Department of Health announced today. Star-Advertiser.Beach water quality monitoring on hold during stay-at-home orders. The state health departmen...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Whole Foods, Congress, New York City, Hawaii, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Istanbul Turkey, West Hawaii, Oahu


Trump again criticizes WHO as 400,000 cases confirmed in America – as it happened

Bernie Sanders ends 2020 presidential runUS sees highest one-day death tollBlack Americans dying in greater numbers from Covid-19Live global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 1.59am BST 1.33am BST Bernie Sanders, who has dropped out of the presidential race today, wrote an op-ed about the US coronavirus response for The Guardian. In this unprecedented moment in American history, we need an unprecedented legislative ...
Tags: New York, Republicans, Congress, US, America, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Trump, US elections 2020, Coronavirus outbreak


McConnell Moves on Quick Aid Vote While Pelosi Urges More Cash

(Bloomberg) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressed ahead with his plan for a quick vote Thursday on a $250 billion boost in a small business aid program, putting him at odds with the two top Democrats in Congress who want to double the size of an interim stimulus package.McConnell has offered an amendment to the record $2.2 trillion pandemic response package to boost the total available to the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses to $600 billion.His plan for quick Senate a...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Bloomberg, Democrats, House, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Npr, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, PPP, Cnbc


Silicon Valley startups may get to tap into the $350 billion coronavirus small-business loan program after all, thanks to late rule changes by regulators

Some startups may get loans from the $350 billion Small Business Administration program created by the new stimulus package.  Late last week and over the weekend, the SBA and Treasury Department issued some rules and guidance that seem to make it easier for startups to apply and qualify for the aid. The vast majority of startups have fewer than 500 employees and so would be considered small businesses, but the SBA's rules concerning the ties companies have to their investors and their investor...
Tags: Congress, US, Trends, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, National Venture Capital Association, Field, Trump, Treasury Department, Small Business Administration, SBA, NVCA, Justin Field, Silicon Valley Field


Below The Radar: S Res 110

Senator Chris Murphy attempted to tie federal gun control legislation to the Saugus High School shooting in Santa Clarita, California during an interview with MTV. In the background is fellow anti-gunner Sen. Richard Blumenthal. United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- One thing to keep in mind is when you look at what has been introduced in Congress, not all of the items are legislation. Sometimes, attacks on our rights can come in other ways – even if they don’t actually infringe on our rights, the...
Tags: Guns, Congress, Senate, Reagan, United States, Mtv, Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Murphy, Harold, Santa Clarita California, Chris Murphy, Saugus High School, Gun Rights News, Sen Richard Blumenthal, Harold Hutchison


Bipartisan group of 14 Senators asks USDA to allocate CCC funding to biofuel industry

In Washington, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and 12 of their Senate colleagues today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the country follows the advice of local and state governments and remain at home, motor fuel use has rapi...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Senate, Usda, Policy, United States, Iowa, U S Department of Agriculture USDA, Ernst, Sonny Perdue, Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, CCC funding, Commodity Credit Corporation CCC, Grassley Duckworth


Coronavirus Live Updates: As N.Y. Reports a Record Death Toll, Scientists Warn the Virus Might Not Fade in Summer

New York State now has more confirmed cases than any single country in the world outside of the United States. Congress mulls billions in additional funding. A jail in Chicago is the largest-known source of U.S. infections.
Tags: News, Congress, Chicago, United States, New York State, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Mnuchin: Direct Deposits Will Be Out Next Week For COVID-19 Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is telling House Democrats that direct deposits to Americans will begin next week under the coronavirus aid package. Mnuchin is also telling the lawmakers that $98 billion has been approved for small business retention under a program the Trump administration wants Congress to bolster with another $250 billion in a vote expected Thursday. The comments were made during a conference call with lawmakers briefed by Mnuchin, Vice President Mike P...
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Rep. Banks Calls on Barr, Pompeo to Bring International Criminal Court Case against China over Coronavirus Coverup

Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) is calling on the State Department and Department of Justice to bring a case against China to the United Nations International Court of Justice for damages stemming from the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, joining the growing number of lawmakers who want to see China held responsible.“If China’s leaders hadn’t become embarrassed by the outbreak and tried to cover up its spread, the world may have had a better chance to prepare for this or even contain it in Wuhan ...
Tags: News, Congress, Banks, China, Indiana, Beijing, United Nations, World Trade Organization, Chinese communist party, State Department, Department Of Justice, Wuhan, State, United Nation, Mike Pompeo, Elise Stefanik