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Wolf defends feds in Portland protests, rebuffs former Homeland Security leaders

Wolf defends feds in Portland protests, rebuffs former Homeland Security leaders

Official White House Photo by Shealah CraigheadBy QUINN OWEN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf continued to defend his agency’s response to the recent Portland, Oregon, protests, when he appeared before a Senate panel on Thursday. He also blamed local officials for not cooperating, and said criticism from two former homeland security…

With negotiations on brink of collapse, no clear path forward on coronavirus relief

With negotiations on brink of collapse, no clear path forward on coronavirus relief

drnadig/iStockBy ALLISON PECORIN and TRISH TURNER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Conversations between administration officials and Democratic congressional leaders about coronavirus relief may soon fall apart, with both parties leaving the Capitol on Thursday evening claiming to be “very far apart” on key issues.Now, as the clock ticks down on the self-imposed Friday deadline for an agreement,…

Denying federal aid to state, local governments could put neediest residents at risk

Denying federal aid to state, local governments could put neediest residents at risk

uschools/iStockBy SHANNON K. CRAWFORD, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Like their residents, state and local governments are finding themselves cash-strapped as they contend with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Whether to provide them with more assistance is a key point of contention as negotiators on Capitol Hill work to broker a deal on the next relief package.Where they…

Biden faces backlash for comparing diversity in African American, Latino communities

Biden faces backlash for comparing diversity in African American, Latino communities

Mark Makela/Getty ImagesBy MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Former Vice President Joe Biden joined the American Federation of Teachers’ virtual convention on Thursday and addressed the ongoing debate over reopening schools and COVID-19 vaccine development.Former Vice President Joe Biden has come under fire for comparing diversity in African American and Latino…

NY Attorney General lawsuit seeks to dissolve National Rifle Association

NY Attorney General lawsuit seeks to dissolve National Rifle Association

DNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, MATTHEW MOSK and PETE MADDEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The New York Attorney General is filing a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association, seeking to dissolve the powerful gun lobby for a multitude of alleged violations of state law governing charities.Attorney General Letitia James is accusing the NRA of an array of…

Dems want expert panel to OK coronavirus vaccine before mass use

Dems want expert panel to OK coronavirus vaccine before mass use

simon2579/iStockBy BENJAMIN SIEGEL and LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — House Democrats are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to empower an independent panel of experts to review and sign off before a coronavirus vaccine is distributed to the general public, a move aimed at quelling some health experts’ fears the Trump administration might ram…

Kudlow defends Trump’s coronavirus executive actions against accusations they are ineffective

Kudlow defends Trump’s coronavirus executive actions against accusations they are ineffective

Official White House Photo by Keegan BarberBY: JACK ARNHOLZ, ABC NEWS(WAHINGTON) — White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow defended President Donald Trump’s executive actions on coronavirus relief Sunday, saying the administration had to take measures after Democrats “rejected various compromises.””(The action) provides significant economic assistance,” he told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos…

Schumer denounces ‘paltry’ and ‘unworkable’ Trump coronavirus executive actions

Schumer denounces ‘paltry’ and ‘unworkable’ Trump coronavirus executive actions

ABCNews.comBY: ADAM KELSEY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — One day after President Donald Trump’s response to Congress’ impasse over additional coronavirus relief spending by signing a series of executive actions, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described the directives as “paltry … unworkable, weak and far too narrow” a solution to address the needs of millions of out-of-work…

Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus relief

Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus relief

Oleg Albinsky/IStockBy KATHERINE FAULDERS, ABC News(WASHINGTON ) — President Donald Trump said that his administration would enhance unemployment benefits through the end of the year if congressional negotiations fail, during a press conference on Friday.President Donald Trump signed multiple excecutive actions one day after coronavirus relief negotiations fell apart in Congress.Trump on Saturday signed a…

COVID relief bill: Negotiations reach breaking point

COVID relief bill: Negotiations reach breaking point

uschools/iStockBy ALLISON PECORIN and TRISH TURNER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Talks between the administration and Democratic leadership on a path forward for a COVID-19 relief bill collapsed Friday, with both parties leaving negotiations citing no measured progress toward an agreement and no plans for a future meeting.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows…