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Five Orange County Schools Honored With Blue Ribbon Awards

Five schools in Orange County have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for the year 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. Ethan B. Allen Elementary School in Fountain Valley, Laguna Road Elementary School in Fullerton, Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa, Red Hill Lutheran…

OC Officials Plan for Potential COVID Outbreaks at Local Schools

Orange County officials are preparing for potential outbreaks of COVID-19 in area schools as they gradually reopen for in-person learning in the coming weeks. Dr. Matthew Zahn, medical director of the communicable disease control division at the Orange County, California, Health Care Agency (OCHCA), said…

Republicans Applaud Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Republican lawmakers on Saturday applauded the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Many backers highlighted Barrett’s time clerking for late Justice Antonin Scalia as well as her time serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. “I am…

Murkowski to Meet With Barrett Before Supreme Court Confirmation Vote

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), one of two Republicans to publicly oppose the Senate moving to confirm President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee before the Nov. 3 election, said on Saturday she will meet with the nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. “For weeks I have…

Neiman Marcus Emerges From Bankruptcy

Neiman Marcus Holding Co said on Friday it has completed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection process, emerging from one of the highest-profile retail collapses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its restructuring plan eliminated more than $4 billion of debt and $200 million of annual interest expense.…

Senate Democrats Vow to Oppose Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

Senate Democrats quickly promised to oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee shortly after she was announced, with some saying they wouldn’t even meet with her. Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the vacant seat on Saturday. Over a dozen Democrats in the Senate…

Trump, Republicans Urge Democrats to Handle Barrett Nomination With Respect

President Donald Trump and Republicans urged the Democrats to handle Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination with respect. Trump made the remarks on Saturday during a speech nominating Barrett as a U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) justice in the Rose Garden. “I further urge all members of the…

Barrett Promises to Judge Law as It’s Written If Confirmed to Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett vowed to rule on cases by interpreting the law as it’s written if she’s confirmed to the Supreme Court, criticizing judges who veer into policymaking territory. Barrett, a federal judge, once clerked for late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative. “I clerked for…

Biden Calls on Senate to Delay Consideration of SCOTUS Nominee Barrett

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday called on the Senate to not act on the Supreme Court vacancy until after voters decide on whether to re-elect President Donald Trump or choose Biden as commander-in-chief. Biden issued a statement just after Trump nominated Amy Coney…

Rochester Names First Female Police Chief in Wake of Racial Justice Protests

NEW YORK—The mayor of Rochester, New York named the city’s first female police chief on Saturday, weeks after firing the previous chief amid protests over the death of a black man in police custody. Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a top official at the Rochester Housing Authority who…

Two Former Republican Congressmen Endorse Biden Over Trump

Two former GOP members of Congress have announced their endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Former Reps. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) and Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) wrote in an op-ed that they don’t support President Donald Trump because of his “childish name-calling, crude behavior, and immature…

Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, setting the stage for a heated nomination battle in Congress ahead of the November election. Trump announced his choice at the…

At Least 1,400 Virginia Voters Receive Duplicate Mail-in Ballots

At least 1,400 voters in Virginia have received two mail-in ballots, the state Republican Party said, a number later confirmed by officials. In Fairfax County, 1,000 voters or more received two absentee mail-in ballots. “Before the supervisors caught it, the people applying the labels applied…

Where Amy Coney Barrett Stands on Gun Rights and Abortion

Amy Coney Barrett, who currently serves as a federal judge the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, is a top contender to be nominated to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court bench. As an appellate court judge, Barrett has weighed in on a number…

New York’s Daily CCP Virus Cases Top 1,000 for First Time in Months

New York state officials on Saturday reported 1,005 new CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus cases in 24 hours, the sharpest increase in nearly four months. The new cases represented about 1 percent of the 99,953 tests conducted on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said…

Lawmakers Propose Amendment to Limit Supreme Court to 9 Justices

Reps. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) and Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) are proposing to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to permanently set the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, a move that is aimed at undermining efforts to pack the nation’s top court. The congressman…

FDA and HHS Implement Safe Importation Action Plan to Lower Drug Prices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they have taken steps toward making safe and affordable drugs accessible to American patients. As outlined in the Safe Importation Action Plan (pdf), there are two ways…

Trump to Establish US-Africa Pandemic Research Institute to Fight Future Outbreaks

The White House has announced plans to establish a joint pandemic research institute between the United States and Africa, aiming to prevent future outbreaks of deadly diseases. In a statement, the White House Press Secretary said that, following President Donald Trump’s remarks at the Historically…

Trump Calls for ‘Honest Vote,’ Says He Won’t Lose Unless ‘They Cheat’

President Donald Trump on Friday said he wants a “friendly transition” of power if he loses to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden but told a rally that he won’t lose the upcoming election unless his opposition cheats. “The only way that we’re going to lose…

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