Health insurers say they’ll waive coronavirus testing fees; Trump, Congress weigh payroll, industry aid

Major health insurance companies will waive copayments for novel coronavirus testing, Vice President Mike Pence said at a briefing with firm executives and President Donald Trump at the White House.

Affordable housing and political will can end U.S. homelessness, new book says

Almost 570,000 people sleep on the streets or in emergency shelters across the United States on any given night. The count rises to about 1.6 million over a full year. But who are they? What causes their homelessness? How does…

As Maryland reports three virus cases, officials seek to calm public and trace contacts

WASHINGTON – In the wake of three Maryland residents testing positive for coronavirus, officials sought to calm the public Friday as test kits were delivered across the country and more people in the state were being tested for possible exposure.…

As new cases are reported, senators question government’s coronavirus response

WASHINGTON — As new cases of the coronavirus surfaced Tuesday, some Democratic senators questioned the pace and effectiveness of the federal government’s response to the outbreak of the disease. The immediate risk to the general public remains low, principal deputy…

Honoring Emmett Till, House passes bill making lynching a federal hate crime

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Wednesday to make lynching a federal hate crime. The measure was named after Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955.  The final vote was 410-4. Three Republicans and…

Trump’s proposed Chesapeake Bay cleanup cuts draw fire

Members of Congress, state lawmakers and environmental groups are rallying against President Donald Trump’s 91% funding cut for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

Senate acquits Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will remain in office after Wednesday’s final vote in his Senate impeachment trial resulted in acquittals on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, bringing the four-month impeachment process to a close.  A…

In shadow of impeachment, Trump says state of the Union “is stronger than ever”

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump elicited polarized reactions from members of Congress in opposing parties as he addressed charged, partisan issues like healthcare and immigration during his third State of the Union address Tuesday. Before starting his speech, Trump rejected…

Senate rejects calling witnesses to impeachment trial, will vote on articles next week

WASHINGTON – On Friday, the 11th day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the Senate voted not to allow additional witnesses or evidence, setting the stage for a final vote next week on two articles accusing him of…

Maryland’s Delaney drops out of presidential race days before Iowa caucus

WASHINGTON — Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has withdrawn from the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, only days before the Iowa caucuses. “It has been a privilege to campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, but it is clear that God…