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Recent articles by Maureen:

Pence says CDC changing school reopening guidelines after Trump called them 'tough and expensive'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is revising its guidance on schools after Trump tweeted his disagreement with them, Pence said. → Read More

Fauci to testify before Congress on state of coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials will testify before Congress Tuesday on the state of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Even if Congress bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants, local police departments might not comply

Police reform proposals from both Democrats and Republicans use funding cuts as enforcement. That tool has been used before with mixed success. → Read More

Protesters kneel at MLK memorial in DC to honor George Floyd and others who died in police custody

The week of demonstrations in DC has been a mix of peaceful and combative moments. → Read More

Obama hosts town hall discussion of 're-imagining policing' after George Floyd's death

Former President Barack Obama, who is expected to give brief opening remarks, has been emphasizing the need to turn protests into policy. → Read More

Pastor tells Mike Pence leaders need the 'right tone' during listening session over George Floyd's death

Vice President Mike Pence was told at a "listening session" on George Floyd's death that the "right tone" is needed. → Read More

Pandemic, George Floyd death has once-confident Senate Republicans on defense in November election

Last fall, the GOP was favored to keep the Senate. Now, the coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd's death could boost Democrats' chance of seizing it. → Read More

Sisolak pushes back on Trump's call to quell protests with military force

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak refuted the president's criticisms about governors' response to the George Floyd protests. → Read More

Ousted HHS official Rick Bright says he's concerned US moving too quickly on coronavirus vaccine

Rick Bright, an immunologist who says he was unfairly ousted from HHS, testified before a House committee Thursday. → Read More

Fauci says vaccine 'likely,' but not in time for school: 5 takeaways from the Senate coronavirus hearing

At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said a coronavirus vaccine is "likely" but not in time for when school starts in August. → Read More

Trump says schools should 'absolutely open' this fall, says Fauci did not give 'acceptable answer'

President Donald Trump said Dr. Anthony Fauci did not give an “acceptable answer” when saying there's not easy answer to reopening schools. → Read More

Books, dogs, rustic living rooms: What we saw when the Senate held a remote coronavirus hearing

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing called several witnesses on Tuesday to discuss the country's response to the coronavirus. → Read More

State and local governments brace for huge cuts as feds debate sending help for coronavirus-related revenue loss

Officials haven't decided whether to help state and local governments with budget shortfalls projected to be larger than during the Great Recession. → Read More

Interview: Karen Pence talks about helping her own family and others deal with the mental stress of COVID-19

Second lady Karen Pence talked to USA TODAY about what she's doing to help her family and others cope with the mental stress of COVID-19. → Read More

Vice President Pence shows alliance with governors, despite Trump's attacks

As the liaison to governors, Vice President Mike Pence has managed the unusual feat of pleasing his boss and those attacked by President Donald Trump. → Read More

'Governors need clarity': States get a jump on Trump task force with talks on economic reopening

The governors of six northeast states hit early by the coronavirus announced a joint effort to ease restrictions so parts of the shuttered economy can reopen. → Read More

Marlon Bundo, Vice President Mike Pence's bunny, explains coronavirus guidelines

Marlon Bundo, the Pence family rabbit, is doing his part to fight the coronavirus. In an ebook, he uses rhymes to explain the White House guidelines. → Read More

Will I get a check? Where do I find peanut butter? What crisis-hit Americans are asking lawmakers amid coronavirus

Congressional offices across the country are overwhelmed with questions from constituents and calls for help with dealing with the coronavirus crisis. → Read More

Pence urges churches not to worship in groups larger than 10 people

Vice President Mike Pence is encouraging fellow faith followers not to attend services larger than 10 people to prevent the spread of coronavirus. → Read More

Anti-quarantine protests, Trump pressure put governors on political tightrope over coronavirus

Governors from Florida to Wisconsin are walking a tightrope between increased deaths and economic devastation – as Trump shakes the wire with political provocations. → Read More