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Coronavirus claimed its highest daily number of U.S. deaths since May earlier this week, and the Texas National Guard was forced to deploy a team for the grim task of helping out with the morgues in El Paso. School districts around the country, including in Virginia, are debating whether to...
WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed.That’s all thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision...
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children.But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be...
WASHINGTON — They’ve won their campaigns. Now, newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives are spending their first days in the nation’s capital, learning how to perform their new jobs.The orientation session for those incoming House freshmen began on Thursday and stretches into next week, covering their...
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states.It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths.But putting wider mask...
WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate may depend on two runoff races in Georgia, where the outcome won’t be known until early January—opening the door to a fresh round of massive campaign spending in the Peach State.One runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock...
WASHINGTON— Tuesday’s election was a disaster for congressional Democrats, who were expected to pick up nearly a dozen GOP seats in the House but instead lost races while also failing to flip Senate seats held by vulnerable Republicans. The outlook for Democratic control of the Senate did not improve the...
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning, but the outcome of a razor-thin presidential contest actually depends on key battleground states that are trying to finish tallying millions of remaining mail ballots.Here are some questions—and answers—about what’s going on in those states:Why is the counting...
WASHINGTON — Democrats gained at least one Republican-held seat in the U.S. Senate, but also lost a seat of their own and were unable to defeat several GOP incumbents in the elections, ending up early Wednesday with an increasingly challenging path to wresting control of the chamber away from...
WASHINGTON — Democrats have a shot at winning the White House, capturing the Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House — an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for years.In the Senate, the clearest route...