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President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Trump was returning to Washington after spending the weekend at Trump National Golf Club. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Dems say Trump's payroll tax break weakens Social Security

Aug. 11, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s move to defer Social Security payroll taxes could be taking him into treacherous political territory. His directive — aimed at boosting an economy shaken by the coronavirus pandemic — doesn’t affect retirement benefits but impacts how...

President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Trump was returning to Washington after spending the weekend at Trump National Golf Club. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Dems say Trump's payroll tax break weakens Social Security

Aug. 10, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s move to defer Social Security payroll taxes could be taking him into treacherous political territory. His directive — aimed at boosting an economy shaken by the coronavirus pandemic — doesn’t affect retirement benefits but impacts how...

In this photo provided by Lauren Shell, Shell poses for a selfie at her home in Leominster, Mass., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.  During the pandemic Shell, a breast cancer survivor, arranged a quick video visit through the app Zoom in May with her doctor in Boston. Telemedicine grew explosively after COVID-19 shut down much of the economy earlier this year and forced doctors and patients to connect virtually. (Lauren Shell via AP)

Telemedicine shines during pandemic but will glow fade?

Aug. 10, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

Racked with anxiety, Lauren Shell needed to talk to her cancer doctor. But she lives at least an hour away and it was the middle of her workday. It was also the middle of a pandemic. Enter telemedicine. The 34-year-old Leominster, Massachusetts, resident arranged a quick video visit through the app Zoom in May...

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

Aug. 9, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden...

President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's pandemic relief orders are limited in scope

Aug. 9, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's new executive orders to help Americans struggling under the economic recession are far less sweeping than any pandemic relief bill Congress would pass. Trump acted Saturday after negotiations for a second pandemic relief bill reached an impasse. Democrats...

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Azar leads highest-level US delegation to Taiwan in decades

Aug. 9, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Beijing has already protested Azar’s visit as a...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Aug. 8, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, speaks during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Bollier is pitching herself as a “voice of reason” with a decade's worth of working with lawmakers from both parties (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker's Senate bid

Aug. 8, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla. When Azar arrives in Taiwan he’ll find a society that has managed to contain COVID-19 by doing things the U.S. has fumbled, such as having a national plan and citizens willing to wear masks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

US health chief to visit Taiwan, a COVID-19 success story

Aug. 7, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said Friday he wants to learn about Taiwan's “incredibly effective” response to the cornavirus even though the island did things that the U.S. has fumbled, such as having a unified strategy and citizens willing to wear masks. Azar leads a U.S....

Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment

Aug. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

An Iowa appeals court dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law passed last year that does not require Medicaid to pay for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The Iowa Court of Appeals in its ruling posted Wednesday agreed with a lower court finding that the legal challenge was speculative...