Author: Meredith St. Henry

Mayors in Georgia Clash Against Governor as More States Mandate Face Masks

COVID-19 has claimed more than 138,000 lives in the United States. Two states, Texas and Florida, reported their biggest single-day death tolls since the pandemic started; 156 people died in Florida and 129 people died in Texas. More than half of U.S. states are now mandating face masks in public places. Colorado’s governor says lives and the economy depend on people…

Russia Accused of Hacking COVID-19 Vaccine Research Institutions

Moscow is facing serious hacking accusations involving the COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research at institutions worldwide. Russian spies are reportedly hacking organizations in the U.S., Britain and Canada that are working to fight the pandemic. The kremlin says Russia has nothing to do with the hacking attempts. But the group accused of doing the hacking—known as Cozy Bear—is linked to…

More States Mandate Wearing Masks in Public

The number of new COVID-19 cases is up in 41 states, and cases continue to skyrocket across the Sunbelt. In Florida, cases have shot up by more than 100,000 in 10 days. That makes Florida the third state joining New York and California to pass the 300,000 mark for COVID-19 cases. Now about half the states across the country are making…

White House Upends System For COVID-19 Data Collection

The Trump administration is rolling out a new system to streamline the way data is collected about the spread of COVID-19. Now hospitals will send information on the number of COVID-19 patients and available beds and ventilators directly to the Department of Health and Human Services—not to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Department of Human Services reports…

Pres. Trump to Rollback National Environmental Policy

The Trump administration is planning to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act. The act has been in place for 50 years and mandates environmental reviews of major federal infrastructure projects, like pipelines and freeways. President Trump says the regulations have blocked or delayed important infrastructure projects. And now with the policy rollback, he argues a major project that would take…

President Trump Replaces Campaign Manager

President Trump is replacing his campaign manager, Brad Parscale. The move comes as poll numbers are declining and less-than expected turn outs at campaign rallies. Bill Stepien, a longtime GOP operative, will replace him. But Parscale will remain in charge of the campaign’s digital and data strategies and continue to be a senior adviser to the campaign.

Supreme Court Approves 2nd Federal Execution in 17 Years

Early Thursday morning, just two days after Daniel Lewis Lee was the first federal prisoner executed in 17 years, the Supreme Court approved another. In a 5-4 vote, the court lifted two court orders on keeping the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey on hold. Purkey is a convicted murder who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 16-year-old girl. Then he dismembered,…

Backlash Over Student Visa Guidelines Force White House to Back Up

There’s some positive news for international students. The White House abandoned guidelines that would have put many of those students at risk of deportation. The government had plans that would have required foreign students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The guidelines drew quick criticism and lawsuits from several…

Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty, Judge Denies Bail

In continuing coverage, Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, pleaded not guilty to charges she recruited girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997. Some of the girls were as young as 14. In court on Tuesday, her legal team proposed a $5 bail package to grant her release, saying she has not left the country since Epstein’s…