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In-person hearings return as coronavirus ebbs

Congressional committees continue their slow return to normal operations on Capitol Hill this week, with a significant increase in hearings scheduled for the start of June. Both the House Armed Services and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees this week will hold their first in-person hearings since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the closing of most congressional office buildings and operations to the public. Both of those hearings will be open only to a select few individuals, and are expected to have several committee members asking questions from remote locations. Witnesses and staffers will be required to maintain safe ... Read more

Rabbis to Return to German Military Amid Growing Anti-Semitism

BERLIN — Germany will allow rabbis to return to the chaplaincy of its military for the first time since they were kicked out under the Nazis in the 1930s, as officials struggle to curb a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in society as a whole. Lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved an agreement drawn up last year between the government in Berlin and the country’s Central Council of Jews. It stipulated that up to 10 rabbis would provide spiritual support to the estimated 300 Jewish soldiers serving the country in missions abroad. Germany’s defense minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, called the vote “a special ... Read more

When the coronavirus makes it unsafe to return to work

As states open up, businesses are starting to call their employees back to work, but many don’t feel safe going back. Why it matters: This is poised to be the next big challenge in the American economy: workers may be forced to chose between their health and their livelihood. “It’s a very big problem,” says Andrew Stettner, an expert on worker protections at the Century Foundation. “A lot of people don’t feel safe. They’re anxious, and businesses are starting to reopen, and I think employer behavior will be all over the place.” The big picture: Under the CARES Act, those ... Read more

Champions for Charity’ Was A Needed Return To TV Sports

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Sunday allowed the pair to compete on a different field: the golf course. In a game raising money for coronavirus relief, Manning and Brady paired with, respectively, golf greats Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for an 18-hole match at Woods’ home course, Medalist Golf Club. While Woods and Manning ultimately won the event by one hole, the real victors are sports fans everywhere, who were able to enjoy televised sports once again. The game, titled “The Match II: Champions for Charity,” was a rematch of the ... Read more

Pentagon Sets New Rules for ‘Return to Normal Operations’ Worldwide

‘We’ve got a ways to go,’ says official in charge of re-opening, but local commanders given authority to decide. The Defense Department is easing its global travel restrictions and laying out guidelines for reopening the Pentagon in preparation to “return to normal operations,” officials announced on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has lifted a blanket restriction on travel put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, replacing it with conditions-based guidelines designed to allow domestic and overseas travel to and from locations that have seen a drop in COVID-19 cases. DOD officials outlined similar rules for reopening the Pentagon, ... Read more

SpaceX and NASA unite to return Americans to space

Cape Canaveral, Fla. For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. The curtain rises on Wednesday with the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts, a test flight years in the making. The drama unfolds from the exact spot where ... Read more

Gina McCarthy’s Return to Politics After Obama Tenure

Maintaining a healthy environment is a “key component” of Trump’s “America first” agenda, an EPA spokesperson countered in an email. “EPA will continue to move forward on this agenda, and we hope NRDC under Gina McCarthy’s leadership can support us in this important mission,” the spokesperson said. A lifelong public servant with a thick Massachusetts accent and a blunt style, McCarthy is not a reflexive partisan. For much of her career, she held state environmental-agency positions in Massachusetts and Connecticut—roles in which she served under Democrats and Republicans, including then–Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. She came to Washington to work in ... Read more

NBA Could Return Soon Under the Watchful Eye of Mickey Mouse

News Sports Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel via APIn this March 12, 2020, file photo, a crowd is shown along Main Street USA in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel via AP) The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks ... Read more

SBA Demands Planned Parenthood Return $80 Million in Stimulus Funds

Any organization founded on death cannot be trusted to play by the rules. To help small businesses survive and pay their employees during the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government and the Small Business Association rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program with clear guidelines for application and approval. In order to receive stimulus funds, the small business could not employ more than 500 people. That’s one of the guidelines. Planned Parenthood applied anyway, knowing full well it did not meet the qualifications. It’s safe to say that the nation’s largest abortion provider exceeds the maximum number of employees by a wide ... Read more

Just 1 in 4 remote workers wants to return to office, Gallup survey shows

U.S. copes with COVID-19 pandemic Bass Pro Shops marketing manager David Smith (R) carries a box of donated face masks into Mercy Health in Chesterfield, Mo., on May 13. The company is donating 1 million FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to healthcare workers and first responders working on the front lines of the pandemic. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo MoveOn.org holds a protest calling attention to the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus response on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on May 13. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo Signs are seen in front ... Read more