GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

WASHINGTON — It’s National Census Day.Organizations across the country are marking the occasion with webinars, virtual rallies, Twitter chats and other digital events throughout the week. April 1 is the date by which all people in U.S. households are to be counted.But the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make the count even...
WASHINGTON — States are receiving old or expired medical supplies from the federal stockpile.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice: Use them anyway.The shortage of vital medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators, in the face of COVID-19 has led public health officials to advise hospital workers to...
On March 19, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia businesses and individuals who may be running low on cash due to the COVID-19 pandemic could have an extra month to pay their state income taxes. But the Northam administration specified that the state’s May 1 filing deadline, a date...
I've been thinking a lot lately about an interview I did on a bleak day in December of 2016 in Buchanan County.In the gravel lot of a maintenance yard for coal-bed methane machinery, a 68-year-old heavy equipment operator was showing me his truck — festooned with Trump and "Hillary...
WASHINGTON — A $2 trillion bill to aid workers, health care providers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic passed the U.S. House on Friday and was signed by President Donald Trump.https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1243637430483390470?s=20Many House members reconvened in Washington to approve the 880-page measure, which stands to be the largest economic aid package...
Asked whether he would implement a shelter-in-place order to reduce further spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam contended that the mandate was just another description for what he had already done.“We’re talking semantics here,” Northam said at a news briefing on...
Virginia’s congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to “quickly approve” a request for federal funding for the Virginia National Guard.Gov. Ralph Northam requested funding on Tuesday under Title 32, a section of the U.S. code that enables the federal government to fully...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense is on course to get a major funding boost as the U.S. military is drawn into the nation’s war against an “invisible enemy.” The issue is of special concern in Virginia — home to the Pentagon, more than two dozen military bases and...
WASHINGTON — Earl Devaney is feeling déjà vu.Devaney, a former longtime federal watchdog, was hired in 2009 to police the distribution of $840 billion in federal stimulus spending for the Obama administration. He had previously worked for the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. EPA’s environmental enforcement division and as the Interior...
By Tram Nguyen Every person in Virginia deserves to live in their community free from fear.The exclusion of undocumented Virginians from being able to drive has been a crippling barrier to that principle. But the state legislature has now passed a bill that will allow driving for many immigrant...