A federal judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many
President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice
Republicans Pick Jacksonville, Florida, as Alternative Convention Site The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced the location of the site on Thursday. RNC's Ronna McDaniel, via statement The convention was originally to be hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, but plans changed due to coronavirus restrictions. Convention business will still resume in Charlotte due to contractual obligations between the RNC and the city. Trump will accept the party nomination the week of August 24 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney are accusing government leaders and the United Nations of failing to bring Islamic State extremists responsible for the genocide against Iraq's Yazidi minority to justice
Donald Trump Says RNC Will Not Take Place in North Carolina On Tuesday, Trump announced that Charlotte, North Carolina, would no longer be hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC). The president said Republicans have been “forced to seek another state” due to North Carolina’s continued precautions against COVID-19. Donald Trump, via statement Trump then chastised Governor Roy Cooper for costing the state “hundreds of millions of dollars.” Donald Trump, via statement Trump’s outrage is in response to Cooper’s statement that there is no “guarantee” the full-scale convention would be able to go ahead in North Carolina. Cooper sited uncertainty over “the status of COVID-19” in August, saying he was not willing to “risk the health and safety” of his citizens. Governor Roy Cooper, via NBC News
MSNBC has shuffled its daytime lineup, doubling Nicolle Wallace's workload and moving Chuck Todd's ‘Meet the Press Daily’ program from 5 p.m. ET to 1 p.m. Wallace's program will increase by an hour and run from 4 to 6 p.m. Wallace, the former Bush administration communications official and fierce critic of President Donald Trump, had been drawing a bigger audience than Todd
Microsoft, known primarily for its work software like Windows and Office, is in talks to buy TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has raised national-security concerns for U.S. officials
House Passes $484 Billion Bill for Small Business Aid The new bill was passed by a 388-5-1 vote. Four Republicans and one Democrat voted against the proposal, while independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voted "present." The only Democrat who opposed it was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said that the bill did not do enough to help struggling individuals and governments. The proposal was sent to President Trump, who is expected to sign the new bill into law during a ceremony at noon EST on Friday. The latest stimulus package is meant to help small businesses and hospitals who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will also help expand coronavirus testing, which is needed for Americans to start returning to normal life. After Trump signs the bill, the U.S. government’s emergency response will total more than $2.5 trillion across four bills.
The Trump administration is taking steps to give telehealth a broader role under Medicare, with an executive order that serves as a call for Congress to make doctor visits via personal technology a permanent fixture of the program
Stephanie Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary Grisham is leaving her current role to become Melania Trump’s chief of staff and spokeswoman. Melania Trump, via statement Melania Trump, via statement Grisham had previously served as the first lady’s communications chief before accepting the roles of White House press secretary and communications director in June 2019. Lindsay Reynolds resigned as Melania Trump’s chief of staff earlier this week “to spend time with her family,” according to the first lady. Kayleigh McEnany, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, will become the new White House press secretary, according to 'The New York Times.'
The House Oversight Committee has invited the new postmaster general to appear at a hearing next month to examine operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries