National Newswatch

Biden to boost pandemic lending to smallest businesses

Feb 22 2021 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is targeting federal pandemic assistance to the nation's smallest businesses and taking steps to further equity in what is known as the Paycheck Protection Program. The administration is establishing a two-week window, starting on Wednesday, in which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees — the overwhelming majority of small […]

Biden to mark nation crossing 500,000 COVID-19 deaths

Feb 21 2021 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 lives lost from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House. The nation is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed U.S. fatality due to the novel coronavirus. The […]

Biden revokes terrorist designation for Yemen’s Houthis

Feb 5 2021 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's administration is moving to revoke the designation of Yemen's Houthis as a terrorist group, citing the need to mitigate one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. President Donald Trump's administration had branded the Iranian-backed Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization, a move that limited the provision of aid to the […]

In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

Jan 17 2021 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he is sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies, his incoming chief of staff said Sunday. Biden intends a series of executive actions in his first hours […]

Biden outlines ‘Day One’ agenda of executive actions

Jan 16 2021 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday. The opening salvo would herald a 10-day blitz of executive actions as Biden seeks […]

US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose

Jan 12 2021 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, officials said Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that “the administration in the states has […]

Top US officials expected to get COVID-19 vaccine this week

Dec 14 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. officials will begin receiving coronavirus vaccines this week as part of updated federal continuity of government plans that now include terrorism and pandemics as threats to the nation, and its leaders. The effort comes after President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that White House aides should receive the COVID-19 vaccine “somewhat […]

Trump says he’s nixing plan for early vaccine at White House

Dec 13 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he was reversing an administration directive to vaccinate top government officials against COVID-19, while public distribution of the shot is limited to front-line health workers and people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Trump made the announcement hours after his administration confirmed that senior U.S. officials, […]

GOP leader McDaniel to run for 3rd term with Trump’s backing

Dec 2 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, is launching her bid for a third two-year term heading the GOP's governing organization after the party’s stronger-than-anticipated showing in November’s election, even though President Donald Trump lost. In a letter Wednesday to the 168 members of the RNC announcing her candidacy, McDaniel said she has the support […]

CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test

Dec 1 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to shorten the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19, as the virus rages across the nation. According to a senior administration official, the new guidelines, which are set to be released as soon as Tuesday evening, will allow people […]

Trump science adviser Scott Atlas leaving White House job

Nov 30 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Dr. Scott Atlas, a science adviser to President Donald Trump who was skeptical of measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, is leaving his White House post. A White House official confirmed that the Stanford University neuroradiologist, who had no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, resigned at the end of his […]