A group of 16 Senate Republicans expressed their support for an extension of the $25 billion payroll support program (PSP) for United States airlines Wednesday, as the demand for air travel remains suppressed and tens of thousands of airline employees face potential furloughs and layoffs. In October, U.S. carriers are expected to lay off employees when they are no longer tied to the conditions set forth by Congress to receive federal aid. "In recent weeks several airlines have notified significant segments of their workforces that their jobs could be at risk on October 1, 2020, following the expiration of CARES Act relief," the senators wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The NCAA has stepped up to protect student-athletes' welfare amid the ongoing pandemic as it pertains to scholarships, eligibility and player health for the 2020 fall season. The NCAA Board of Governors announced on Wednesday that athletes who opt out of the 2020 season will retain full scholarships. "All student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19," the NCAA said.
White House officials told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that if a deal is not reached with Democrats on coronavirus relief by Friday, negotiations will likely stop. "I think at this point we're either going to get serious about negotiating and get an agreement in principle," Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer snapped back at Meadows' remark, following another day of negotiations between the parties, saying that Democrats would not be the ones to leave negotiations.
WNBA players took a stance against the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream -- who is against the league publicly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement -- by showing support for an opponent she is facing in a special election for her Senate seat. Players from the Dream, Seattle Storm, Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury walked into the IMG Academy arena in Bradenton, Florida, on Tuesday sporting black T-shirts with the words "VOTE WARNOCK" printed in white. The shirts were in protest against Atlanta Dream co-owner Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who submitted a letter in July expressing her disagreement with the league's plan to promote Black Lives Matter.
On Tuesday night, voters in Missouri opted to end the political legacy of the Lacy Clay family, which has represented the St. Louis-area 1st District for over 50 years, by electing Cori Bush, a progressive Black woman. Bush ran and lost against Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., who is also Black, in 2018, riding momentum from her involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement which was ignited in Ferguson, a city in her district, after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police. Bush will be the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress in the state's history and had significant backing from the Justice Democrats, a coalition working to elect progressives to Congress, as well as from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Lawmakers and legal experts are calling on the Security and Exchange Commission to investigate the trading activity of a number of health care executives, some of whom have already made millions of dollars in stock trades during the period that their companies were working as part of a mad dash for coronavirus cures and treatments. "I think the SEC needs to be on full alert at this moment," said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, in an interview with ABC News. There have been indications the SEC is stepping up examination of potential insider trading in connection with the stock of a number of health care companies that have been engaged in the race for COVID-19 treatments -- many of whom have received lucrative government contracts to help address the public health crisis.
Fourth graders at a school in North Carolina have been asked to quarantine for 14 days after a student there tested positive for COVID-19. The school, a Thales Academy in Wake Forest, said it was notified on Monday that the student became infected after having contact with an infected family member. The student was asymptomatic and was last at school on Friday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and the rest of the planned convention speakers will not travel to Wisconsin for the quadrennial Democratic National Convention, according to a release from its committee Wednesday, citing health concerns with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts -- who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic -- the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention's production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event," the release said. Biden, who was scheduled to accept the party's nomination in the key battleground state on Aug. 20, will now accept the nomination from Delaware.
Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, reflected on the vice presidential vetting process in an interview with ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast, and discussed how the women on former Vice President Joe Biden's shortlist may be feeling ahead of his pick. The senator from Virginia has an unusual amount of first-hand experience with the vetting process. Before being selected as Clinton's running mate in 2016, Kaine was among the finalists identified by then-Sen. Barack Obama for his ticket in 2008.
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates appeared before a Senate panel Wednesday where she pushed back against attacks by Republicans aimed at undercutting the legitimacy of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Yates, who served as deputy attorney general in the final year of the Obama administration and then briefly as acting attorney general under President Trump until her firing in January 2017, defended her role in overseeing aspects of the probe and at times directly disputed claims by Republicans who have alleged President Donald Trump and his associates were unfairly targeted by the FBI. Countering a key claim by Trump, Yates told the committee that she did not believe former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden sought to influence the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, recalling a Jan. 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting where she first learned from Obama about Flynn's contacts with the former Russian ambassador.
It has been 10 days since 2-year-old Kamdyn was found wandering in a Miramar, Florida, parking lot located over 12 hours away from his family. Police in South Florida, including Miramar and Hollywood departments, have been on the hunt for the toddler's mother, Leila Cavett, since July 26. The white Chevy pickup truck the 21-year-old was last seen driving was found abandoned in Hollywood, police said.
In a predominantly Latino neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, doctors working through the non-profit group SOMOS Community Care have spent months on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, those same doctors are traveling to other cities around the country that have been seeing surges in new COVID-19 cases in an effort to get free testing to communities of color, which have already been hit disproportionately hard by the virus and face scarcities in access to testing as well. One of these doctors is Dr. Jacqueline Delmont, chief medical officer of SOMOS, who has been working for free operating a pop-up free testing site in Miami Lakes, Florida for the past two weeks.. The doctor, who is originally from Venezuela and has devoted her career to helping fellow immigrants, said “the moment” they arrived, people were lining up as early as 4 a.m. to get tested.
Warning that tensions with China have reached "unprecedented" levels, China’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday chastised President Donald Trump’s use of the phrase "China virus" and fiercely disputed accusations that the Chinese government withheld potentially life-saving information about COVID-19 in the earliest days of the pandemic. "We have to base ourselves on real facts, and … the timeline is very clear," Ambassador Cui Tiankai said. In late December 2019, Chinese authorities identified "a few cases" of "pneumonia of unknown cause" in the Wuhan province, and within days -- on Jan. 3 -- the World Health Organization was notified, according to Tiankai.
Voters in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday were finalizing two key matchups in November that could determine the balance of power in the Senate. A contentious GOP Senate primary in Kansas could possibly elevate the state to be another potential pickup opportunity for Democrats on the expanding battlefield for the upper chamber. An endangered member of the "squad" -- Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib -- and her formal rival, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, were closing out a highly competitive primary in Detroit and its surrounding suburbs.
Search crews have located a Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle nearly 400 feet under the ocean's surface after it sunk in a deadly accident off the coast of Southern California last week, according to military officials. "Officials with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) positively identified on Aug. 3 the location of the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) that sunk off the coast of San Clemente Island on July 30," a military official said in a statement Tuesday.
John James, the Republican Senate candidate in Michigan pursuing a challenge against Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, is navigating a delicate balancing act between being Black at a deeply introspective moment for the country on race and being a Republican on the same ballot as a president who repeatedly aggravates racial anguish. Publicly, James is a loyalist to the Republican playbook, refusing to contrast himself with President Donald Trump or criticize him in any significant way -- in the hopes of shoring up support from Trump's base to capture a long-held Democratic seat. Privately, James has challenged the president, according to Politico, on issues ranging from funding for Michigan's Great Lakes to his "s---hole countries" remark, a comment Trump made in 2018 about countries in Africa.
More than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate was stored in the Beirut warehouse that was the scene of Tuesday's deadly explosion that killed dozens of people in the Lebanese capital, authorities say. At least 70 people are dead and more than 3,500 injured following the massive explosion that rocked the city Tuesday evening, according to the Lebanese health minister. An estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, an explosive compound, was stored in the warehouse, according to Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
Ta'Marsh Pope, 47, of Silverton, Ohio, has gone from COVID-19 skeptic to a harbinger of the pandemic's dangers. The single mother and eligibility technician at Hamilton County Job & Family Services in Cincinnati told ABC News she was one of the many Americans skeptical about mask wearing and the seriousness of the coronavirus back in the spring. Things changed on Father's Day when she was diagnosed with the disease and for over a month she battled the headaches, severe breathing problems and sleepless nights where she said she thought she wouldn't make it to the next day.
Preliminary hearings resumed Tuesday for Chad Daybell, who is charged in the case of two Idaho children found dead in June after a monthslong search. Daybell's wife, Lori Vallow, who is the mother of the children, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, has also been charged. The hearings began Monday and included harrowing testimonies from detectives who found the bodies of Tylee and JJ on Daybell's property on June 9, including that JJ had been found with duct tape around arms, feet and head, which was inside a black plastic bag.
Bill Nye the Science Guy has a simple message for many of the same people who grew up learning from his television show: choose to stay at home and you will save lives. Large gatherings have ignited a debate between experts urging the public to wear masks and social distance and people who are tired of being cooped up at home, eager to go out and socialize.
“He’s not a radical. But he is running on the most liberal policy platform of any Democratic candidate in modern history.”
“Public opinion has been shifting leftward, and Biden’s thinking has shifted with it.”
“Biden shows that he’s more moderate than some in his party.”
“Biden has always been a creature of his time, and the COVID-19 crisis could force him to veer further left.”
“Liberal activists have lauded the campaign’s outreach to progressives.”